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Marlin Week: After a storm passed through Ocean City on Tuesday, the boats returning from fishing in the

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WOC Fire Closes Mad Fish For Now

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The Ocean City Fire Department is pictured battling the three-alarm fire at the Mad Fish restaurant last Friday morning.

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WEST OCEAN CITY – An early morning fire last Friday that severely damaged a popular restaurant is still under investigation this week. Around 4:30 a.m. last Friday, a fire broke out at the Mad Fish restaurant along the commercial harbor in West Ocean City. The start of the blaze was characterized as more of an explosion, or loud pop, according to several witnesses in the area. First-arriving firefighters reported fire showing from the roof area on the east side of the waterfront restaurant. A total of nine fire companies from Worcester and neighboring Sussex County in Delaware responded to the fire, which took over an hour to bring under control. The building was not occupied at the time and no injuries were reported. The fire damage appears to be limited to the easternmost portion of the waterfront restaurant, although there is likely smoke and water damage. In a prepared statement, Mad Fish owners and operators reported due to the damage, the restaurant will be closed indefinitely. “In the very early hours of Aug. 2, emergency personnel were called to Mad Fish due to a fire generated by currently unknown causes,” the statement reads. “It is with great sadness that we share this news and report that due to the extent of the damage, Mad Fish will be closed until further notice.” In the statement, Mad Fish thanked first responders and their loyal staff and patrons and vowed to make a swift return. “We would like to thank the firefighters and emergency personnel who swiftly responded to this emergency,” the statement reads. “We would also like to thank all of our staff for their hard work over the last year in making Mad Fish an up-and-coming success in Ocean City. We are so grateful for those who supported Mad Fish early on in this new venture. We will be back and stronger than ever.” In true Ocean City fashion, almost immediately after the fire, the resort’s restaurant and hospitality community rallied and offered positions for the many Mad Fish employees displaced by the fire. Anecdotally, many of those employees have been hired by other establishments for the remainder of the summer season and beyond. The Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire and the probe was ongoing this week. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Matt Owens at 410-632-5666, ext. 2, or

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‘Navigation-Specific’ Dredging Underway

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OCEAN CITY – The dredge vessel Currituck arrived in the resort area this week to begin a five-day dredging operation of silting hotspots in the Inlet. “I applaud the Army Corps of Engineers for taking the steps necessary to get dredging of the Ocean City Inlet underway,” Congressman Andy Harris said. “The fishing and maritime industry is critical to our local economy and community. This dredging is a high priority, and I am glad the corps is getting the job done.” The Inlet and other channels in and around the commercial harbor naturally fill in and are in constant need of maintenance dredging, but the problem has become more acute in recent years to the point the Inlet is often unnavigable for larger vessels on even the highest of tides. A couple of times a year, the Army Corps of Engineers sends the Curritiuck, or its sister ship the Murden to conduct routine maintenance dredging of the Inlet, removing sand and material from the channel and depositing it on the sand-starved north end of Assateague. However, Army Corps of Engineers Corporate Communications Officer Chris Gardner said the project that got underway this week is a little different in that it will focus mainly on

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the areas of the Inlet channel that have been filling in since the corps’ last operation. “This dredging is navigation-specific maintenance dredging, so all of the work will be in the channel itself,” he said. “The crew will be focusing on the common shoaling hotspots for the most part.” The timing could be better in the midst of the White Marlin Open and its hundreds of participating boats heading in and out of the Inlet each day. However, Gardner said the Currituck and Murden are in high demand for similar projects up and down the coast, making it difficult to find windows in their schedules for Ocean City. He said the impact on the tournament should be minimal. “Regarding the White Marlin Open, we realize this is a heavy traffic time for the Inlet, but this work is extremely important and this is when the Currituck was able to fit Ocean City into its packed schedule,” He said. “There should be enough room for mariners to transit and for the Currituck to carry out its work, but we, of course, encourage boaters to take caution to avoid the dredge while it is working.” The Currituck arrived on Tuesday in the area and began working in the Inlet on Wednesday. The vessel is expected to wrap up its work no later than mid-week depending on weather.

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OCEAN CITY – With the new Cambria Hotel steadily rising from the old Cropper Concrete property just north of the Route 50 bridge, the developers came before the Planning Ocean City Commission this week with some revisions to the original site plan. The exterior structure of the eightand-a-half story Cambria Hotel and its associated amenities are taking shape after breaking ground in February 2018 and developers this week came back to the planning commission seeking approval for a handful of site plan revisions for the finished product. On Tuesday, the planning commission heard a request to approved expanded outdoor seating for the hotel’s

rooftop restaurant, the conversion of four storage areas to additional hotel rooms, the development of a Starbucks in the first-floor lobby area and the relocation of an indoor fitness center. Planning and Community Development Director Bill Neville briefed the commission on why the proposed changes were being requested at this time. “This is a site plan revision while the Cambria is still under construction,” he said. “They’ve reached a point where they are working on interior revisions, and it’s a good time to bring it back before you so there aren’t any last-minute issues when they are close to opening.” The Cambria Hotel project was approved after careful vetting by the planning commission and ultimately

the Mayor and Council over zoning and height issues for the better part of a year in 2016 and 2017. The zoning change came with conditions, including a maximum height for the hotel at eight-and-a-half stories, a total lot coverage not to exceed 50 percent, a 10foot easement along the waterfront for a potential bayside boardwalk, wider sidewalks, reduced impacts on neighboring residential areas and other factors. The proposed changes presented on Tuesday would increase the number of rooms from the original 132 to 137 including five suites. It will now feature 137 spacious guest rooms with private balconies, an indoor-outdoor infinity pool, poolside cabanas, a tiki bar, outdoor fire pits and local art collections.

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Because of the conditions placed on its approval, the Cambria’s footprint occupies a fairly small portion of the overall former concrete plant property. As a result, expanding the number of rooms, growing the outdoor seating at the rooftop restaurant and adding a Starbucks, for example, were reason to take a closer look at the original parking calculations, according to Neville. “We think it’s important to take a look at some of these issues such as the expansion of the rooftop bar and outdoor seating and the first-floor Starbucks that could alter the parking calculations,” he said. “After a review, there would still be more than enough parking with the proposed changes.” Even with the proposed changes, the Cambria would still comfortably meet its parking requirements. Neville pointed out the zoning of the property would allow for a much larger project than what is being built. “Even though they are changing from 131 rooms to 137, the larger site area would allow for many more rooms,” he said. “With the changes, it’s still less dense than what the property allows for.” Commission Chair Pam Buckley pointed out altering the size of the outdoor seating would require adjusting the size of the restaurant in kind. “The way it sits now, the restaurant would have to be reduced by 400 square feet,” she said. “That’s unless something else changes along the way.” Commission member Lauren Taylor said she sought a closer look at the parking calculations to make sure the requirements were being met. “We need to be sure they are not double-dipping with the allowable parking discounts,” she said. “We know there is little, if any, street parking in that area.” However, Buckley pointed out the project as designed had a least one parking space per hotel room along with the significant amount of other parking for the restaurant and other amenities. Neville agreed, pointing out the project is less dense than what could be allowed. The developers have also been working with the Ocean City Development Corporation (OCDC), which has signed off on some of the design features with a few adjustments in color schemes and railing designs, for example. The planning commission ultimately approved the site plan revisions with the staff recommendations, the OCDC’s input and the adjustment of the square footage of the rooftop restaurant. When asked when the Cambria Hotel was expected to open, local attorney Joe Moore, who represents the developer, said it should be ready to go before next summer. “They estimate opening by about April,” he said. “They want to be open before the beginning of a new season.”

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SNOW HILL – County leaders opted not to begin enforcing the latest international building codes this week. On Tuesday, staff presented the Worcester County Commissioners with information on the three international codes adopted by the state, and therefore required to be adopted in Worcester County. A motion to adopt the codes — the International Building Code, the International Residential

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Code and the International Energy Conservation Code — failed however, with just two commissioners voting in support of it. “Worcester County has got a reputation for being harder to build than any of the surrounding counties,” said Commissioner Ted Elder, one of those






who voted against adoption of the codes. According to Ed Tudor, the county’s director of development review and permitting, every time the state adopts a new edition of the codes the local jurisdictions have to follow suit. “This is a process we go through every three years,” he said. He said that as it typically did, the county would simply need to approve a resolution bringing forward the local amendments that have been passed over the years. “The standards do allow local jurisdictions to make limited local amendments to the codes, which we have done at the beginning of each threeyear code cycle for many years,” he wrote in his report to the commissioners. “The local amendments are generally necessary to align the provisions of the building codes with other provisions of our zoning ordinance for things like permit expiration times and submittal requirements.” Commissioner Josh Nordstrom made a motion to move forward with adopting the new codes. Commis-

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sioner Chip Bertino said he was bothered by the fact that the codes were international. “It’s developed in the United States but they make it available internationally,” Tudor explained. Elder said he thought the codes were getting out of hand. “Some of it is so strict that it’s holding back builders and people building houses,” he said. “I just would like to remind everybody that in this county we’ve got several homes 100, 150 years old that didn’t have any building codes and they’ve survived all this time.” He said he would vote against Nordstrom’s motion because he was concerned that the codes were getting too strict. Elder, Bertino, Commissioner Joe Mitrecic, Commissioner Jim Bunting and Commissioner Bud Church voted against the motion, which failed. Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kelly Shannahan said the county was required to adopt the codes within 12 months of the date they were effective in the state, which was in March 2019. “I brought it forward to you today because we’ve had builders requesting to use it,” Tudor said. Mitrecic said the commissioners could address the issue again in March 2020.

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SNOW HILL – Problems continue to plague the county’s $5 million public safety radio system. The Worcester County Commissioners this week gave staff conceptual approval to move forward with re-banding frequencies for the radio system. New frequencies are expected to address interference problems the radios have experienced. “We need to change these channels,” said Billy Birch, the county’s director of emergency services. According to Birch, four or five of the county’s radio frequencies should be replaced to eliminate the interference issues experienced by first responders. “If you look at a straight line from Worcester County to our interference, the biggest source of our interference is 96 miles and that interference source is Virginia Beach,” he said. “They do share seven of the eight current frequencies that we possess today. That’s why we’re asking for your approval to do this re-banding.” Commissioner Ted Elder said the radio system had been the source of countless problems since it was purchased in 2015.

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“It seems like every time we spend more money we have more problems,” he said. Elder added that emergency responders at an accident in Whaleyville and at a fire in Ocean Pines recently had struggled with interference during their communications. “This has got to be cured,” he said. “Somebody’s going to get seriously injured or killed.” Commissioner Chip Bertino questioned why the commissioners hadn’t received the report Birch was citing during his presentation. “This is ridiculous that we’re going to be discussing something we haven’t even had on a topic that, as we all know, has been a major concern to all of us,” he said. Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kelly Shannahan said there was a meeting scheduled in early September during which the commissioners could share their concerns with Harris Corporation, the company that the radios were purchased from, as well as with Federal Engineering, the county’s consultant on the issue. “The purpose of bringing this before

you today was this re-banding initiative needs to get started immediately,” he said. When Elder suggested the radio issues deserved some urgency, Birch said that Federal Engineering had brought up re-banding last year but had advised the county to wait a year to be sure it was truly needed. “We’ve done exactly what they said,” Birch said. “That’s why I’m coming before you today to say there’s no other possibilities that I am fully aware of, after doing a lot of research on it. We need to do this.” He said that one of the county’s existing channels experienced 34,000 interference hits during a particular time period in which another channel, one of those the county wants to take on, experienced just 43 interference hits. “Every public safety organization, whether it’s fire, police, law enforcement, whoever, are fighting for a finite amount of space,” he said. “We’re trying to find clear frequency channels.” Birch said the cost could be less than $5,000 if staff were able to do it

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in house. He said it could cost hundreds of thousands if an outside company had to be hired. “We’re not going to go out and do it without asking you,” he said. “The accusation being made is we’re doing things with this system. We’re not doing it. What interference you’re seeing is happening because of the biome, the earth that we live in, and the bouncing of the tropospheric ducting.” Commissioner Joe Mitrecic said that the re-banding should have already been done. “I think we continue to chase this problem,” he said. “Instead of being proactive, we’re reactive and that’s why we keep getting ourselves in this hole that we’re in today… I think we need to move forward with it. I’m not happy with moving forward with it, I’m not happy with the whole situation, but I haven’t been happy since the day we put these radios in use.” Birch said he was monitoring the ongoing interference issues and would keep the commissioners informed. “If we get complaints on it the last thing I or my staff is going to do is sit on it because we’ve got to fix it,” he said. “These men and women are the ones we’re dispatching and sending places.”

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OCEAN CITY -- The small plane forced to make an emergency landing in the ocean last month suffered engine trouble about eight miles offshore and was attempting to get to the airport, according to a preliminary National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report released this week. Around 6:15 p.m. on July 16, a single-engine 1981 Cessna 172 RG crashed into the ocean about a quarter mile from shore at 21st Street. The pilot and lone occupant, identified as Trevor Deihl, 23, of Reedville, Va., was able to get out of the aircraft and was not seriously injured. He was assessed at the scene by Ocean City EMS immediately following the crash and it was determined he did not need to be transported to the hospital. The NTSB on Wednesday released its preliminary report on the incident. According to the report, the Cessna 172 RG was registered and operated by Deihl at the time of the incident. The flight originated at the Reedville Airport in Reedville, Va. and its stated purpose was an aerial survey. According to the NTSB report, the purpose of the flight was to spot fish in support of a commercial fishing operation. According to the NTSB report, Deihl outlined where and when he began to experience engine trouble. “He said that at 3,000 feet above the water and

eight miles offshore, the engine began to shake and lose RPMs,” the report reads. “In an effort to avoid ditching the airplane in the ocean waters, he navigated to the shoreline and the nearest airport. When it became evident he was unable to reach the airport, he ditched the airplane in the shallow waters of the ocean surf to avoid bystanders on the beach.” A video of the crash shows the plane maintaining a horizontal position as it glided into the ocean before nose-diving into the water. It is uncertain just when Deihl was able to get out of the downed aircraft, but he was successfully able to glide it into the water just offshore. Had the incident occurred much earlier in the day, there likely would have been numerous swimmers and bathers in the ocean in that area. According to the NTSB report, the skies were clear with high visibility and light winds. There were no meteorological conditions that contributed to the emergency landing. The plane suffered extensive damage to the right elevator, according to the report. However, it was essentially destroyed when it was pulled from the ocean. Personnel from the Ocean City Beach Patrol, the Ocean City Police Department and the Ocean City Fire Department responded immediately to the scene. Members of the Ocean City Fire Department dive team stabilized the downed aircraft, which had floated into the shoreline. Waves pounded the vessel as it came to rest in the shore break, causing further damage. The plane was ultimately dragged onto the beach and later removed.





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OCEAN CITY – A rented pontoon boat capsized near the Route 50 bridge last Thursday sending all 15 passengers into the swirling water. Around 1 p.m. on Aug. 1, Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) received a call for a capsized pontoon boat near the Route 50 Bridge. Connor Tressler, 19, of Dauphin, Pa., was one of 15 occupants on the rented pontoon along with three family members, including his mother, two brothers and friends. Tressler said the group had rented the pontoon boat and enjoyed an afternoon on the water before running aground just north of the Route 50 Bridge on their way back to the rental operation on Talbot Street. The boat was reportedly rated for 16 passengers and was carrying 15, all of whom ended up in the water. “We had 15 people on board, which was probably way too many,” he said. “There was also a weight limitation and we were probably over that by 400 or 500 pounds. My younger brother and his three friends were with us and the lightest one of them is 220 pounds. The rental company didn’t weigh us or caution us we were too heavy. They just sent us on our way.” Tressler said pontoon ran aground

The rented pontoon is pictured being removed after capsizing last week. Photo by Finn McCabe

on a sandbar near the bridge, and per the rental company’s instructions, some got into the water and pushed it off before getting back in. By then, the rented pontoon was drifting parallel to the bridge and caught in the swirling current in that area. Tressler said the pontoon boat was sluggish and difficult to operate in the strong current with 15 people on board and just a 90horsepower motor and drifted into the bridge pilings east of the channel. “We were two minutes from returning the boat to the rental company,” he

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BERLIN – All shopfronts in downtown Berlin are spoken for as the town enters the second half of a busy summer season. Several new businesses are set to open in Berlin during the coming weeks while others have expanded their offerings. Ivy Wells, the town’s economic and community development director, said there were currently no vacancies in the downtown commercial district. “Everything’s going well,” she said. “It’s been really crowded downtown lately.” Just last week, the Healing Arts Center of the Eastern Shore opened on Franklin Avenue. The business is made up of several providers, including Zenna Wellness Studio. “It’s a conglomerate of different holistic style offerings,” Wells said. “It’s great because that building has been vacant for a really long time.” Life’s Simple Pleasures, the shop that was initially in the new building on Gay Street, will take over the Main Street space previously occupied by Zenna Wellness. Farther north on Main Street, glass artist Michele Krempa is preparing to open her new retail shop next door to DiFebo’s Restaurant. The shop, which will feature Seachelle Designs LLC glass beads, is now open. “She’s a bead manufacturer and wholesaler,” Wells said. “She’s always wanted a retail shop.” The store will occupy the old Cul-

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ver’s Antiques location. While it will feature retail initially, in October Krempa is expected to begin making beads there. “People will actually get to watch her staff make glass beads,” Wells said. “It adds to the whole ‘made in Berlin’ concept. The majority of our shops all offer something that’s made in Berlin.” To the delight of DeNovo’s fans, work is now underway at the restaurant’s new location on Gay Street. Bob and Kelli Beck initially shared plans to open “Pop’s Kitchen” on Gay Street back in March. They have now acquired use of the entire first floor of the building at 15 Gay St. and will offer carryout as well as a small seating area. Wells said she was also pleased to see that several existing Berlin businesses had expanded their offerings. On What Grounds now offers crepes, and J&M Meat Market has installed a grill and has a menu of burgers and cheesesteaks. Viking Tree Trading Company has expanded its offerings to include a selection of vinyl records. “It’s a testament to the success of the businesses when they expand,” Wells said. She added that she was thrilled to see merchants working together as well. Burley Oak Brewery recently partnered with Uncle Jon’s Soap on a "Jream" soap. “It’s nice when business owners get together and collaborate,” she said.

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capsized vessel. The Coast Guard and NRP responded and began plucking victims from the water. However, most were rescued by other private boats in the area, according to Tressler. Although all were clearly shaken up and distraught, no major injuries were reported. One victim was transported to Atlantic General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and was released. None of the other passengers required medical attention. Tressler said he and the others on the boat rented the pontoon with some basic knowledge of the water and the operation of a pontoon boat, mostly from experiences on a calm lake at home in Pennsylvania, but were unprepared for the conditions that resulted in the incident last Thursday. He said the rental company did tell them how to get off a sandbar, but essentially just handed them the keys and let them go out with little or no other instruction. He said the situation could have had a disastrous ending. “The truth is somebody should have died,” he said. “The fact that somebody didn’t is a blessing.”

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OCEAN CITY – Two nonprofits in Worcester County are teaming up to raise awareness and funds through a Walk for Recovery event. In conjunction with National Recovery Month and the Worcester Goes Purple initiative, organizers with the Atlantic Club and the Worcester County Warriors Against Opiate Addiction are joining together to host a Walk for Recovery event on the Boardwalk next month. The five-mile walk will take place on the Boardwalk on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 2-5 p.m. Laura Puckett, event cochair, said proceeds from the event will go toward scholarships that support high school students affected by

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addiction and help get people into treatment. “It’s going toward helping Worcester County families touched by the disease of addiction,” she said. Puckett said the Atlantic Club has hosted a Walk for Recovery event for the past eight years. But in an effort to expand the organization’s reach, it partnered with the Worcester County Warriors. “We weren’t really reaching people,” she said. “We had it every year, but we couldn’t find an avenue to reach others.” To that end, Puckett said the Atlantic Club reached out to the Warriors, who welcomed the partnership. “It’s just evolved, and it’s been wonderful,” she said. “It is bigger and better.”

Puckett said the walk will be one of many events throughout the month of September to promote conversations on addiction and highlight resources that are available to those in the community. “We want to bring attention to substance abuse and celebrate recovery,” she said. “We want them to see what recovery looks like and how we support and give back to the community.” Puckett added that many in the community are not even aware of the resources that are available. At the Atlantic Club, she said doors are open 24-hours to assist those seeking help for addiction. The organization also offers 12-step programs, sober events and resources. “Some don’t even know what we do,” she said. “The two of us are bring-

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ing support to one another with the avenues we have. That’s what made the difference this year.” Puckett said registration will begin at 1 p.m. and the walk will start at 2 p.m. on the Boardwalk at the Inlet. This year’s event will also feature vendors, “In Memory Of” chalkboards and other activities. “We want to break the stigma,” she said, “and it all starts with the first step.” Community members can support the cause through sponsorships – which range from $100 to $1,000 – or through individual and team participation. The registration fee is $20 per individual and the first 50 to register will receive a free T-shirt. Donations and registration may be made on the Atlantic Club’s website, Donations can also be sent to the Atlantic Club, Attn: Sue Rodden, at P.O. Box 563 Ocean City, MD 21843. Make checks payable to The Atlantic Club. For more information, visit the organization’s Facebook page, or call Laura Puckett at 443-397-5618 or Heidi McNeeley at 302-381-0569. Any questions may also be directed to The Atlantic Club General Manager, Sue Rodden at 410-213-1007. “Addiction is a real problem in our community, but I believe there is hope,” Puckett said. “That’s what we want to give.”

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SNOW HILL – The Worcester County Commissioners delayed a decision on a request for additional sewer capacity from Frontier Town. The commissioners voted unanimously to table a request for additional EDUs (equivalent dwelling units) from Frontier Town until after they’ve hosted the Aug. 20 public hearing on newly proposed standard sewer flow calculations. “I’d like to go through that process first,” Commissioner Chip Bertino said. “I want to have that conversation and see how it would impact this project and other projects.” On Tuesday the commissioners were presented with a request from Frontier Town for 38 EDUs to serve an additional 112 campsites. Staff told the commissioners they could amend the county’s water and sewerage plan to accommodate the request by moving EDUs from the northern section of the service area, approve a portion of the request or deny the request. When asked if the county’s sewer committee had a specific recommendation, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kelly Shannahan said the committee did not make recommendations. “I can speak for myself,” he said. “I think as we’ve stated in the report that there are a very limited number of EDUs that are remaining in the northern part of the service area, north of the airport. It is meeting the intended purposes of allowing for new development and infill development along the Route 50 corridor. I think by adjusting these and shifting these down south to the campground would detract from future growth and development in the Route 50 corridor. I think it’s a dangerous precedent to set.” Commissioner Ted Elder said that an increased number of campsites at

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Frontier Town could lead to more congestion in the already busy area. “If we keep expanding there we’re going to create a lot more problems,” he said, making a motion to deny the request. Commissioner Bud Church asked about the feasibility of expansion of the Mystic Harbour Wastewater Treatment Plant so that more EDUs would be available. “I know from my district there’s a number of concerns about allocations,” he said. Bob Mitchell, the county’s director of environmental programs, said the challenge in expanding the plant was finding area for spray irrigation. Shannahan agreed. “The physical expansion of the plant is not the difficult issue,” he said. “The difficult issue is disposal of effluent.” John Ross, deputy director of public works, said staff were exploring the possibility of spraying more at Eagle’s Landing. “They’re taking every gallon we send up there and they’re still taking water out of the ground …,” he said. “They need it and they want it.” Elder said that if the county let Frontier Town purchase more EDUs there wouldn’t be enough sewer capacity left for other properties. “You have to hold some of these (EDUs) ready for these people that are actually going to need them,” he said. Mitchell said the table outlining the various EDUs allocated to each category of development had been developed as a planning table. “We gave estimated totals — the growth pattern has not matched what our expectations were,” he said, referring to the “campground explosion.” Commissioner Jim Bunting asked whether the number of gallons per day attributed to each EDU could or

should be adjusted. Staff said that could be reviewed. When Commissioner Diana Purnell called for a vote on the motion to deny the EDU request, it failed, with just Elder, Purnell and Bertino voting in favor of it. Hugh Cropper, Frontier Town’s attorney, told the commissioners when Sun Communities had purchased the property, it had included nearly 600 campsites that were all on septic. He said the company had purchased 166 EDUs and built a pump station that was later deeded to the county so the property could be served by public sewer. He said the latest EDU request was “the last piece of the puzzle” because it would allow Frontier Town to put campsites on the land that was previously the property’s drain field. He added that Frontier Town was good for Worcester County. “They’re a great sewer customer because when you have disposal problems in the harsh of the winter they’re closed,” he said. “They’re a good citizen in Worcester County. They also have Castaways where they did the exact same thing, a successful partnership where a drain field was taken out. The drain field was right at the beach. They decommissioned it, cleaned it up, put campsites there.” He said Frontier Town should be viewed as a success for the county. “’You’ve taken tens and tens of thousands of gallons of untreated effluent out of the watershed, out of the critical area,” Cropper said. “It’s being treated. My client has paid for it and granted all that infrastructure. This is the last piece of the puzzle.” The commissioners voted unanimously in support of a motion from Commissioner Joe Mitrecic to table the request until the public hearing was held Aug. 20 at 11:30 a.m.

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White Marlin Open Sets Record With $6.1M In Prize Money

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After three days of fishing, the Chasin’ Tails is in position to win $1.5 million with a 74-pound white marlin, above left. One of the other highlights from the first day of fishing was a 277-pound shark caught by the Polarizer. Photos courtesy of Fish In OC/Hooked On OC Photos courtesy of Fish In OC/Hooked On OC







OCEAN CITY – With three days of the 2019 White Marlin Open in the books, there is much drama yet to unfold, but it appears the tournament record for white marlin releases will likely be shattered. The 2019 event has been unique for how the boat-fishing days have been expended. There are 404 boats registered in this year’s tournament, each with three fishing days, for a total of 1,212 “boat days.” A worldrecord $6.1 million in prize money is up for grabs in the 46th edition of the tournament. Historically, most participating boats fish Monday and that was the case this week when 389 went out. Typically, most boats take a lay day on Tuesday, then pick two of the remaining three days depending on weather, sea conditions and the leaderboard. However, because the white marlin bite has been red hot, another 355 went out on Tuesday. Roughly two-thirds of the boat days were expended in just the first two days. On Wednesday, just 122 boats went out and another 103 went out on Thursday, leaving 243 boats with one more chance on Friday to erase and rewrite the leaderboard. Driving the early expenditure of boat days has been the red hot white marlin bite. The tournament prides itself on conservation and remarkable catch-and-release rates and that has been the case again thus far this year. There has been no shortage of white marlin releases, but most have been too short or too light to qualify. In 2016, when prevailing conditions and water temperatures were similar to this year, a tournamentrecord 1,358 white marlin were caught and released and that number will almost surely fall this year. Through Wednesday, 1,128 white marlin had been caught and released by WMO participants with two days and 346 boat days remaining. As if the WMO doesn’t produce enough drama on it own, adding to the hype this year is the participation of NBA legend Michael Jordan. In the weeks leading up to this year’s WMO, it became known Jordan’s 80-foot Viking, aptly named Catch 23, was registered for the tournament, but it remained uncertain if the basketball superstar would participate. Those questions were answered this week when Jordan’s private plane arrived at the Salisbury airport and the NBA legend was spotted around Sunset Marina where the Catch 23 was docked. On Wednesday, Jordan got in the action with a white marlin release around 9:44 a.m. SEE NEXT PAGE

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There were lots of cheers when this 465.5-pound blue marlin, caught by the Haulin N Ballin team, was hoisted to the weigh station.

on the Catch 23, according to WMO fishing reports. After three days of active fishing, the Chasin’ Tails sat atop the white marlin leaderboard with a 74-pounder potentially worth $1.45 million. The Backlash, which won the tournament recently, sat in second with a 73.5pound white marlin worth an estimated $1.5 million, while the Cricket was in third with a 71-pound white worth $89,000. The lone blue marlin on the board is a 465.5-pounder caught by the Haulin N Ballin on Tuesday, which was potentially worth $740,000 through Wednesday. There was another blue marlin brought to the scale on Wednesday, but it fell just short of the minimum length and not weighed. In the tuna division, the Crisdel sat on top of the leaderboard through Wednesday with a 201-pound bigeye worth an estimated $940,000. The Mjolnir was second with a 145.5pounder worth $130,000, while the Right Place was third with a 135pounder worth $36,000 and the Reeldiculous was fourth with a 121pounder worth $100,000. The Natural sat atop the wahoo leaderboard through Wednesday with an 82-pounder worth an estimated $18,000, while the Keepin It Reel was second with a 61.5-pounder also worth $18,000. A pair of 54.5-pound wahoos from the Caneelin and the Night Hawk III shared third place in the division. In the dolphin division, the Game Changer sat in first with a 35.5pounder, while the Viking 72 was in second, the Ditch Digger II was in third, the Right Hook was in fourth and the Hellsea was in fifth. The lone shark weighed at the scale through Wednesday is a 277-pounder caught by the Polarizer worth an estimated $225,000.

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OCEAN CITY – Ed Joy, a resident of Chevy Chase, Md., is no stranger to the White Marlin Open. Each year since its creation, he has participated in what is widely considered the largest and richest billfish tournament in the world. To boot, he is 93 years old. But Joy said he doesn’t let that stop him from returning to Ocean City each year to take part in the action offshore. “As long as I’m able and breathing, and I don’t cause too much of a headache, I’m going to keep on doing it,” he said. At the urging of angler and friend Bob Herder, Joy said he entered the first White Marlin Open, held in 1974.

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“He had a boat here and invited me to fish with him,” he said. “That’s how I got started.” Each year since, Joy has returned to the tournament for a chance to compete against both skilled and novice anglers. “I think the competition is what it’s all about,” he said. “I think it makes us sharper and makes everyone better.” Joy said he remembers the early days of the White Marlin Open. In its first year, the tournament drew 57 boats, 150 anglers and paid $20,000 in prize money with the top award of $5,000. “I believe it cost about $500 or $600 and the prizes were a lot smaller,” he said. “I think I won largest dolphin way back in the day and I got a Shimano reel, probably worth $75. But I will say the tournament has kept up with the

times.” Joy recognized the Motsko family for their efforts to improve the White Marlin Open each year. “The tournament is so great for Ocean City and it’s been handled so well,” he said. “I’m very proud of Jimmy Motsko for the job he has done to bring the largest billfish tournament to Ocean City.” This year, Joy, along with his crew and fellow anglers on the boat Streaker, fished on Monday and Tuesday and plan to fish Friday of the tournament. But he said he never enters all the calcuttas. “We enter the basic ones and the ones we know we can compete in,” he said. “We are basically not tuna fishermen … We are always interested in white marlin. It’s number one.”

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Participating in the White Marlin Open, however, does not come cheap. “I don’t think people realize how expensive it has become in terms of dollars and cents …,” he said. “We have a budget that’s between $22,500 and $23,000, which includes the cost of fuel, food and bait. If someone told me back in the day it would cost that much, I would have said you were crazy.” Regardless, Joy said he is eager to take part in the tournament each year. In 2013, Streaker took the top prize for heaviest wahoo, and in 2015 it took the top prize for largest dolphin. “In order to do something like this you have to love the competition,” he said. Joy said he didn’t even let a broken thumb stop him from attending this year’s event. He said doctors fashioned his cast to accommodate his fishing rod. “I’m doing just fine,” he added. Joy, a Dover native, said he fell in love with fishing at a young age. “I started surf fishing at the Indian River Inlet at the age of five,” he said. “I think it drove my family crazy.” Joy said he has been fishing out of Ocean City since the 1950s. And in 1960, he joined the Ocean City Light Tackle Club. In addition to the White Marlin Open, Joy said he has participated in several other national and international tournaments, including ones in Australia and Canada. His interest in fishing has also taken him on trips to South and Central America and Africa. “I have been blessed and I tell people I have caught every billfish in both the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean,” he said. “I have always been after the billfish.” Joy and his fellow anglers fished this week on the boat Streaker, which he co-owns with John Simmonds. “He’s a legend,” Simmonds said. “I can’t tell you how many people have asked me to introduce them to Ed.” Joy added he is also fortunate to have Doug Rollins as his captain. “He’s got to find the fish for you before you can catch them,” he said. “So we are really lucky to have him.” But after decades of experience fishing in the White Marlin Open, Joy said he has learned one thing from the tournament. “You have to be lucky,” he said.

A broken thumb did not prevent 93year-old Ed Joy from fishing in his 46th White Marlin Open this week.

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Hit-And-Run Collision With City Bus Injures Four

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heading south on Coastal Highway and was just leaving a bus stop when it was struck by a pick-up truck operated by Jesse Kramer, 39, of Linwood, Pa. Linwood was also heading south on Coastal Highway and attemptJESSE KRAMER ed to make an illegal right turn onto westbound 67th Street when it collided with the bus, according to police reports. Four passengers on the bus were injured as a result of the collision, including one female passen-


OCEAN CITY – A Pennsylvania man was arrested on hit-and-run and other charges last weekend after allegedly colliding with a resort bus, injuring four and sending one to the hospital. Around 9:30 p.m. last Saturday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer responded to a reported motor vehicle collision involving a municipal bus and a pick-up truck on Coastal Highway at 67th Street. According to police reports, the municipal bus was

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ger who had to be transported to Atlantic General Hospital. Kramer then left the scene of the collision, according to police reports. OCPD officers on scene broadcasted a description of Kramer’s truck and it was located a short time later at 65th Street in the Public Safety Building parking lot. Damage on Kramer’s truck matched the damage on the city bus. A background check revealed Kramer’s Pennsylvania driver’s license was suspended. Kramer initially denied involvement in the collision, but provided inconsis-

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Brothers Arrested After Fleeing From Police OCEAN CITY – Two brothers were arrested on various charges including assault and resisting arrest at the Boardwalk early Monday morning. Around 1 a.m. on Monday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was patrolling the Boardwalk near 3rd Street when he observed a group of disorderly males screaming at people. The City Watch surveillance system showed the group of five males walking south on the Boardwalk, and the OCPD officer attempted to detain them for questioning, according to police reports. One of the suspects, later identified as Brandon Shirley, 20, of Kearneysville, W.Va., told police he was not stopping for them and launched expletives at the officers. When officers attempted to detain Shirley, he fled from them on foot shouting, “you’ll never catch me,” according to police reports. OCPD officers did catch up to Shirley at a bust stop at 10th Street and Baltimore Avenue. When an officer approached Shirley, he reportedly assumed a fighting stance and shoved the officer in the chest to get away. OCPD officers were able to get Shirley on the ground and in handcuffs. He was charged with assault on an officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and other charges. About a half an hour later, OCPD officers patrolling the Boardwalk around North Division Street attempted to detain a group of disorderly individuals including Logan Shirley, 18, of Kearneysville, W.Va. Like his brother before him, Logan Shirley freed himself from the officers’ grasp and fled westbound from the Boardwalk on foot. Several minutes later, OCPD officers located Logan Shirley walking north on Baltimore Avenue near 1st Street. When Shirley noticed the officers behind him, he took off running again, cutting through a property and climbing a fence to avoid apprehension. OCPD officers caught up to Shirley on private property near 2nd Street and he reportedly started

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walking toward the officers. When he refused to lay down on the ground as ordered, an OCPD officer pulled out his Taser and Shirley complied. Logan Shirley was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and trespassing. During the booking process, a plastic straw with a white powdery substance was found on him.

License Plate Reader Detects Stolen Vehicle OCEAN CITY – A Greenbelt, Md., man was arrested on motor vehicle theft and other charges this week after a license plate reader detected its actual owner was wanted on an outstanding warrant. Around 2:40 p.m. last Saturday, a lookout was posted for a vehicle in Ocean City after a license plate reader detected the owner to whom it was registered as wanted in Prince George’s County. In addition, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were alerted the tags were assigned to an Acura, but the plates were actually on a Chrysler. An OCPD officer observed the vehicle in the area of 49th Street and affected a traffic stop. The officer approached the driver, Mohamed Kabbia, 36, of Greenbelt, Md., who told police he had purchased the vehicle a week earlier and that he had not yet registered it with the Department of Motor Vehicles. According to police reports, Kabbia told police it was a private purchase and the vehicle was not registered at the time. He also told police he had taken the tags from his Acura and put them on the Chrysler he was currently driv-


ing. Meanwhile, a background check on Kabbia revealed he was also wanted on an outstanding warrant and he was taken into custody. A check of the Chrysler’s vehicle identification number revealed it was not registered in Maryland or any surrounding states and that it had been reported stolen out of Laurel, Md. Kabbia was charged with motor vehicle theft and numerous other charges.

Assault Charge For Fight OCEAN CITY – A Philadelphia woman was arrested on assault and affray charges last weekend for her role in a fight that began on the sidewalk and spilled over into Coastal Highway. Around 1:30 a.m. last Saturday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was patrolling in the area of 49th Street and responded to a reported fight in progress. An OCPD public safety aide working a traffic detail in the area reported the fight to Ocean City Communications. The OCPD officer arrived and observed a female lying on the ground with a second female, later identified as Nadia Green, 31, of Philadelphia, standing over her. While the officer was watching, Green allegedly pulled back her arm and struck the prone victim in the head with a closed fist. According to police reports, a large crowd had gathered in the area to watch the fight. The PSA told the officer the victim had pushed Green, causing her to fall into the far right lane on Coastal Highway. Green then got back and knocked

August 9, 2019 the victim down, striking her in the head with a closed fist. Green was arrested and charged with seconddegree assault and affray. The other combatant was not charged for her role in the incident.

Passed Out On Sidewalk OCEAN CITY – A Pennsylvania man was arrested on disorderly conduct and other charges last week after being found passed out on a downtown sidewalk. Around 1:30 a.m. last Sunday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was patrolling North Division Street and the Boardwalk when he was flagged down by an individual reporting a female passed out on the sidewalk nearby who was not moving. The officer located the woman, later identified a Tammy Turner, 37, of Newport, Pa., lying on the sidewalk. According to police reports, Turner opened her eyes and told the OCPD officer she was fine, but she was going in and out of consciousness. Turner’s boyfriend told police the couple had been at a Boardwalk bar and that he had tried to get her to go back to their hotel room, but she did not cooperate and instead laid down on the sidewalk. The boyfriend then went to the Boardwalk to find an OCPD officer to assist him. The officer used a judgment call to contact Ocean City EMS as she continued to fade in and out of consciousness. When Ocean City EMS arrived, Turner awakened and said she was fine and did not need any assistance or medical treatment. When the officer asked Turner if she would be able to get back to her hotel with her boyfriend’s assistance, she called the officer names and shouted expletives, telling him “you’re not a real cop,” according to police reports. Meanwhile, a crowd had gathered while Turner continued to shout expletives and insults at police officers and at that point she was taken into custody for disturbing the peace. When she was being loaded into a transport van, she allegedly kicked a transport officer and additional asSEE NEXT PAGE




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90 Days For Hit-and-Run OCEAN CITY – A North East, Md., man arrested in June after colliding with two other vehicles, resulting in five victims being sent to the hospital, pleaded guilty last week to driving while impaired and was sentenced to 90 days in jail. Around 11:45 p.m. on June 18, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were dispatched to the area of 50th Street and Coastal Highway for a reported hit-and-run collision involving three vehicles. Ocean City Communications advised the responding officers a black Chevy Silverado had struck and damaged a minivan and another sedan and failed to stop and continued driving northbound on Coastal Highway. A witness reportedly followed the truck, later determined to be driven by John Hutzel, 35, of North East, Md., until it made a left turn onto 59th Street. Ocean City Communications told responding officers Hutzel had abandoned the vehicle, fled on foot and was last seen in the area of 62nd Street. OCPD officers interviewed the witness, who told police Hutzel attempted to drive between the two vehicles, which were in their appropriate lanes, and struck and damaged both. Five individuals in the minivan had to be taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the collision although the extent of their injuries is not known. The witness told police he observed Hutzel drive through three red traffic signals at 52nd Street, 56th Street and 59th Street as he fled the scene. The witness said debris was falling from Hutzel’s damaged truck as he fled the scene of the collision. According to police reports, Hutzel’s headlight assembly became dislodged from the vehicle and was still sitting in the roadway. In addition, the vehicle’s tie-rod completely separated from the wheel hub assembly. Nonetheless, Hutzel reportedly drove the damaged truck to a deadend at 59th Street and was last seen by the witness fleeing on foot in the direction of 62nd Street. OCPD officers responded to the 62nd Street area and found Hutzel hiding behind a trash can, according to police reports. The officers announced themselves as police, but Hutzel reportedly fled on foot again. He was apprehended after a brief foot chase between condo buildings toward the beach in the area of 63rd Street. According to police reports, Hutzel exhibited signs of intoxication and refused to cooperate or perform any field sobriety tests. He also reportedly mocked police during the investigation and arrest process.

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SNOW HILL – A Berlin woman, arrested in March and charged with child abuse stemming from an alleged incident at a day care facility in Berlin, has been found not guilty of all charges after a three-day jury trial in Snow Hill. On March 19, Sandra Buckwalter, 52, of Berlin, a provider at the Eastern Shore Early Learning Academy, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault and one count of childabuse-second-degree after an alleged incident at the facility back in January. Last Wednesday, a Worcester County jury found Buckwalter not guilty on all charges after a three-day trial in Circuit Court. On Jan. 18, Worcester County Sher-

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iff’s Office (WCSO) investigators received a complaint of physical child abuse that had allegedly occurred at the Eastern Shore Early Learning Academy in Berlin. A WCSO investigator responded to AGH and observed the three-yearold victim with an injury on his forehead. Investigators interviewed Buckwalter at the day care facility along with all of the children present during the alleged incident. Also interviewed was the bus driver who had picked up the children and transported them to the school. Investigators also obtained surveillance video from the bus that allegedly showed a second incident involving Buckwalter and the three-year-old victim. Based on the witness interviews and the video footage, Buckwalter was arrested and charged in March, but she was acquitted last week.



OCEAN CITY – A Pennsylvania man was arrested on first-degree assault and other serious charges last week after allegedly beating and choking his girlfriend at a downtown motel during a domestic incident. Just before midnight on July 28, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was dispatched to a motel at 8th Street for a reported domestic assault. Upon arrival, the officer met with the female victim, who was behind the front desk with the night manager of the motel. According to police reports, the officer noticed blood on the floor near where the victim was sitting and observed lacerations, bruises and other

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marks all over her body. The victim told police she had been drinking at a Boardwalk bar with her boyfriend, identified as Gregory Jordan II, 37, of Hanover, Pa., and they walked back to their motel room on 8th Street. The victim told police the couple argued during the walk back to the motel and the argument continued when they got to their destination. The victim was attempting to pack up her belongings when the argument turned physical. The victim told police Jordan pushed her to the ground and jumped on top of her, striking her multiple times in the face with a closed fist. The victim reportedly told police Jordan wrapped both of his hands around her neck and choked her so tightly she could not breathe. The victim told police she never lost consciousness, but did “start seeing GREGORY stars,” and also that JORDAN II she “thought she was going to die and the fight or flight mode kicked in.” According to police reports, the victim said she grabbed Jordan’s jaw, reaching inside his mouth, and pulled down. She reportedly told police Jordan bit her hand, which was why she was bleeding on the motel office floor. She was eventually able to run out of the room, getting the hotel manager to call police. According to police reports, the victim had injuries all over her body which corroborated her story including severe bruising and swelling at both eyes, a fresh bite mark on her hand and bruises and abrasions everywhere visible on her body. She also had deep red marks on her throat indicating she had been strangled. She reportedly told police she believed Jordan “smashed my windpipe.” After the victim was treated by emergency services, she returned to her room to collect her belongings and found her cell phone and wallet were missing. A description of Jordan and his vehicle was sent out and he was stopped a short time later near 56th Street. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, OCPD officers located a miniature solid wooden baseball bat with a designed hand grip located under the driver’s seat in an area easily accessible. The search also turned up a container with suspected powder cocaine in it. In Jordan’s luggage, OCPD officers found the victim’s cell phone and wallet including bank cards and cash. During a subsequent interview, Jordan advised police the victim was the aggressor in the altercation and had scratched his ear and punched him in the mouth. He admitted he had been drinking. He was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault, theft, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and related drunk-driving charges.

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OCEAN CITY – A Brooklyn, N.Y., man was arrested on first-degree assault and other charges last weekend after allegedly punching and strangling his girlfriend. Around 6 p.m. last Saturday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer responded to a reported domestic assault at a condominium at 115th Street. Upon arrival, the officer met a female victim who reported her boyfriend, identified as Tahjee Hooper, 25, had assaulted her, but that he was no longer in the condo. According to police reports, the victim told the officer Hooper had assaulted her because she had been putting on makeup. The victim reportedly told police Hooper had punched her in the head and face so many times she had lost count. The victim told police Hooper then began strangling her with both of his hands around her neck. According to police reports, the victim told the officer, “while he was choking me, I couldn’t breathe and at one point I thought I was going to black out,” according to police reports. When asked if she feared for her life, the victim told police Hooper said, “I am going to kill you” several times as he strangled her. The victim told police eventually two other people entered the bedroom and were able to pull Hooper off her and she ran into another room. When Hooper found out the police had been called and were on their way, he allegedly came after the victim again, according to police. The victim said she waited in TAHJEE HOOPER a locked bedroom until police arrived, while Hooper left the unit. Meanwhile, officers learned Hooper was downstairs in the condo’s lobby and two officers were sent to detain him. When the OCPD officers attempted to take Hooper into custody, he reportedly refused to be handcuffed. At one point, Hooper grabbed an OCPD officer by the shirt collar and hit the officer in the head multiple times. Hooper then reportedly shoved another cop before he was ultimately taken into custody. The original officer interviewed the witnesses who had intervened to help the victim. One witness told police before Hooper left the unit, he punched two fist-sized holes in the wall near the door. He also reportedly broke the glass in a stairwell door and there were drops of blood in the area leading away from the damaged door. When Hooper was arrested, he was bleeding from a cut on his right elbow. Hooper was charged with first-degree assault for the attack on the victim, along with second-degree assault on the two officers. He was also charged with resisting arrest and malicious destruction of property.











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Bank Credit Line Approved OCEAN CITY – Resort officials this week approved on second reading an ordinance creating a line of credit with a local bank at $2.5 million. The Mayor and Council had before them on Monday an ordinance for second reading that would approve a $2.5 million line of credit offered by the Bank of Ocean City. The town will likely enter a line of credit for a threeyear term with a fixed rate of 2.9%. The council approved the ordinance unanimously. When it was first presented during a work session, Finance Director Chuck Bireley explained the $2.5 million line of credit could be used for larger projects and purchases such as property acquisitions in the future. The ordinance provides for a means by which to quickly pay it back if and when any portion of the line of credit is used. If the entire line of credit, or a por-

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tion of it, is utilized by the town for a major purchase or acquisition, it would be paid back with the next bond issuance. Currently, Ocean City pays for most major expenses either with a transfer from the general fund balance or through the sale of bonds for major capital expenditures.

Seahawk Road Project On Tap BERLIN – Motorists around the Seahawk Road area near Stephen Decatur high and middle schools can expect delays next week during the installation of a median along with new lane striping. Construction of a median and associated paving and striping is planned to begin on Seahawk Road in the

vicinity of the Ocean’s East apartments the week of August 12, 2019 and could last for at least two weeks. This project is part of the property developer’s agreement to create traffic patterns on Seahawk Road to better serve the schools as well as minimize the ability of additional vehicles to impact nearby residential streets. Travelers on Seahawk Road should expect lane closures and delays during the construction and be mindful of new traffic patterns going forward. Construction could be altered by unforeseen delays such as inclement weather but the project is expected to be complete by the start of the new school year.

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In Worcester Reported SNOW HILL – The Worcester County Health Department this week received notification from the state of Maryland that a mosquito pool in a remote area near Pocomoke has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), the second positive test for EEE in Worcester County in as many weeks. 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 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.

School Supply Help Offered SALISBURY – Families can get ready for the upcoming school year at Fresh Start: A Wicomico County Back to School Event. This free event is a collaborative effort between numerous Wicomico County organizations. The second annual event will be held Sunday, Aug. 25, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Children in need entering kindergarten and up can receive a free backpack and several essential school supplies. Free haircuts, fun activities and prize drawings will be available as well. Families will be able to learn about community resources. Free transportation will be available in Salisbury. “We are thrilled with the continued community support that is coming together to put on the second Fresh Start community back-toschool event at the Civic Center,” said James Simmons, recreation superintendent for Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism. “Our community organizations will again come together to make a deeper impact in the area by working together for the common goal of setting up our youth for success.” Anyone interested in making donations to this event can contact Simmons at 410-548-4900 x114 or

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BERLIN – The Berlin Historic District Commission approved a mixed-use building for Stevenson Lane this week. The commission on Wednesday voted 5-0 to approve plans for a mixeduse building, to include retail on the ground floor and apartments on the second and third floors, for 2 Stevenson Lane. Commission members praised the project design. “I’m really excited about the fact that you’re doing the front to look like what’s uptown,” said Carol Rose, chair of the commission. “That’s very important.” Property owner Ernest Gerardi, who demolished the dilapidated structure formerly located at 2 Stevenson Lane, told the historic commission this week that he was envisioning a three-story build-

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ing on the site. He said the structure would be about 1,757 square feet and would feature retail space on the ground floor and then apartments above. He hopes to outfit the building with three, two-story apartments. He believes a mixed-use building would serve the town well. “What I want to establish is some-

thing that fits in the community,” he said. Gerardi said the storefront would be similar to DiFebo’s. “The colors will be different but it will have that kind of design,” he said. He plans for the building on Stevenson Lane to be a dark green color. There will be an exterior stairway featuring black iron railing leading to the apartments. “I think that’ll look much better in terms of the neighborhood,” he said. He added that the commercial space at street level would have a double door so that it could work as one business or as two, depending on market demand. Commission member Norman Bunting asked if the back of the building could be dressed up a little since it would be seen by everyone using the adjacent parking lot. Gerardi said the only thing he could do would be to

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change the proposed railing for the back but that was cost prohibitive. Commission member Robert Poli praised the windows Gerardi had proposed. Gerardi explained that aside from their appearance, they would help reduce noise. He said the window had been designed to withstand hurricanes and had been proven effective at deadening sound as well. Commission member Laura Stearns said the only thing she thought might improve the proposed building was the addition of a window on the side to break up the expanse of green siding. Gerardi agreed to add one. The commission voted unanimously to approve the proposed building.

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BERLIN – While they don’t object to the Town of Berlin’s proposed annexation of the I.G. Burton property, county officials will ask the town to take over Barrett Road as part of the process. The Worcester County Commissioners this week agreed to advise town officials that they concurred with the town’s annexation plans provided that the town take over Barrett Road. “I think we should take care of that road before we move forward,” Commissioner Ted Elder said. According to staff, the town is moving forward with plans to annex roughly six acres that is currently the I.G. Burton Chevrolet property. Ed Tudor, the county’s director of development review and permitting, said the proposed annexation was consistent with zoning classifications. The only issue he identified was Barrett Road, which bisects the dealership property and provides access to Old Ocean City Boulevard. The road is currently county-owned and countymaintained. “John Tustin, the county’s public works director, has indicated that the county does not generally maintain any roads within the boundaries of the Town of Berlin,” Tudor wrote in his report to the commissioners. Tustin referenced a previous annexation. “He noted that when the town annexed the Stephen Decatur Middle School property a number of years ago, the town assumed ownership and maintenance responsibilities for portions of Seahawk Road and Flower Street and questioned why this situation would be any different,” the report read. “Especially because other properties have frontage on or are accessed via Barrett Road, it is imperative that this matter be satisfactorily resolved before the annexation is finally approved.” The commissioners agreed to send the town a letter concurring with the annexation as long as the town took over responsibility for Barrett Road.

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OCEAN CITY – After a dicey couple of hours on Wednesday when an extended closure was announced, the Route 50 Bridge has been functioning effectively since, and it appears the issue has been resolved. It started around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning when the Route 50 Bridge draw span was stuck in the open position, snarling the morning commute. That closure lasted about an hour until the draw span was fixed and the normal opening and closing schedule resumed. However, around midday, the State Highway Administration (SHA) issued an advisory the draw span would be closed to vehicle traffic beginning at 1:30 p.m. Almost immediately, the Town of Ocean City issued its own statement suggesting the nature and duration of the planned closure was far more serious. “… no vehicle traffic will be permitted on the Route 50 bridge beginning at 1:30 p.m.,” the town’s statement read. “The drawbridge will remain in the open position until the conclusion of the White Marlin Open this evening. Please plan additional travel time and prepare an alternate route.” That news harkened memories of a few years ago when the bridge was stuck in the open position on a Saturday afternoon in late July, snarling traffic and creating tie-ups throughout the resort area and basically all of northern Worcester County. Complicating the situation was a severe pop-up thunderstorm that dumped inches of rain on the resort area and caused flooding around the same time as the anticipated bridge closure. However, the closure notice was rescinded a short time later when it was learned the problem with the draw span had been resolved. What was first believed to be an electrical issue turned out to be more of a mechanical one, according to SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar. “The issue today was a loose hand brake release,” he said. “It was not a safety issue, but a potential inconvenience to thousands of drivers and certainly to boaters. The issue has been addressed, but since the tournament is happening, we are keeping some additional crews nearby just in case.” A bridge closure of any duration in August is a major inconvenience for motorists, but the ongoing White Marlin Open (WMO) would surely have been disrupted if the bridge was stuck in position, either down all the way or partially opened, which would have prohibited access for boats trying to reach host Harbour Island to weigh qualifying fish. WMO spokesperson Madelyne Rowan said tournament officials were made aware of the bridge isSEE PAGE 34

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SALISBURY – Officials in Wicomico County this week voted to accept a $100,000 grant for a new drone facility at the Salisbury airport. On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council unanimously agreed to amend the fiscal years 2020-2024 Capital Budget to add a new drone facility project at the Salisbury airport and to accept $100,000 in grant funds from the Maryland Department of Commerce. Last month, Airport Manager Dawn Veatch came before the council in a work session to request an amendment to the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) in the amount of $100,000 to accept an Economic Development Assistance Fund Grant from the state department. The money will be used to construct a new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center for Innovation at the airport. “In the CIP for FY 2019, we made the assumption that we had sufficient funding to finalize this project, but it was determined that we needed additional funding,” Veatch wrote in a memo. “The State awarded the County $100,000 in FY 2020 with no matching requirement. This amount should be sufficient to finish the UAS Center for Innovation in its entirety, with the previous funding already received.” Assistant Director of Administration Weston Young told the council last month he expects the project to benefit the local economy. “I think amending the current FY 2020-2024 CIP is the way to go,” Young said. “We’re grateful that the state has looked upon this project positively from an economic development standpoint.” With no public comments at a hearing scheduled this week, the council voted 7-0 to accept the grant funding and amend the CIP for fiscal years 2020-2024.

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FENWICK ISLAND – Two incumbents, a former councilman and one newcomer have secured four open seats on the Fenwick Island Town Council. Last Saturday, hundreds of voters cast their ballots in person for this year’s election of the Fenwick Island Town Council, while 81 turned in absentee ballots. The results, certified by the town’s Board of Elections on Monday, showed Gene Langan, Richard Mais, Bill Weistling and Mike Houser were the top four vote-getters. Weistling – who served four terms on the council between 2006 and 2016 – received the most votes, earning 217. Langan received 207 votes, Houser received 205 votes and Mais received 200 votes. This year, six candidates vied for four council seats held by Langan, Mais, Julie Lee and Roy Williams. Lee and Williams received 174 votes and 136 votes, respectively. Weistling returns to a seat on the dais after a three-year hiatus. During that time, he has had an active role as chairman of the charter and ordinance committee and member of the town’s budget, dredging, finance, pedestrian safety and technology committees.

“I’m very thankful to the people who voted for me,” he said. “I think they appreciate the work I’ve been doing in the town, and I will continue to work just as hard as a council member as I have in the past.” Houser, the only newcomer in this year’s election, has been a resident of Fenwick Island since 1978 and currently serves on the town’s charter and ordinance committee. While he had wanted to serve on the council for many years, he said he decided to run for a seat on the council after retiring. “We are living here full-time now after retiring,” he said. “So I thought this was an opportunity to give back.” Houser thanked the community for supporting him in the election. “I was very excited at the start of the process and I’m now I’m even more excited after the election,” he said. “I am very gratified by the choice that the residents made.” Both Langan and Mais will retain their seats on the council for another two years. Langan will return for his sixth consecutive term, and Mais will return for his third consecutive term. “I was pleased with the results and for the town incumbents that weren’t reelected I want to thank them for their service …,” Langan said. “I think it was a good election, and we look forward to moving forward. We have a lot of things going on in town."

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Mais said he was happy with the results of this year’s election. “We don’t have as many candidates as we do slots sometimes and like any small town we sometimes have a hard time finding people to run …,” he said. “I was pleased to see we had six willing and qualified candidates this year.” Mais also welcomed Weistling and Houser to the council and recognized Lee and Williams for their years of service. “I appreciate the contributions they’ve made …,” he said. “I wish them the best and hope they continue

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to stay involved.” Lee recognized the community for allowing her an opportunity to serve. “I am glad I had the opportunity to serve Fenwick Island property owners on the Town Council and perhaps I will serve again,” she said. “In the meantime, I hope this elected council is open and responsive to the opinions of all members of our community.” Williams did not immediately respond to requests for comment this week. An organizational meeting to swear in the elected leaders will be held on Aug. 12.

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August 9, 2019

OCEAN CITY – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan will be participating next week in the groundbreaking ceremony for a major new Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation pediatric housing facility in Ocean City. When completed in late 2020, this new respite property will prioritize U.S. military families who have critically ill children as well as children with short life expectancies. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. on 65th Street oceanside adjacent to the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s House By The Sea, which is a five-condominium building. The Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation developed the concept for pediatric respite housing in 1986 and is the world’s leading provider of this unique service to critically ill children and their families. Respite housing provides tranquil environments that offer families opportunities to heal during a child’s medical treatment. The new Ocean City respite property has been designed by the Becker Morgan Group. “I believe that the Becker Morgan Group has created the perfect architectural concept to meet the needs of Believe In Tomorrow and the children and families that we serve,” said Brian Morrison, Believe In Tomorrow’s founder and CEO. “One of the most exciting aspects of the design is the rooftop deck area, which will have views of both the ocean and the bay, and will accommodate up to 40 people.” The rooftop deck will contain built in seating and dining areas, an outdoor kitchen and television, gaming and entertainment options. Surrounded by a glass railing system, the rooftop will also have infrared heating systems to extend the seasonal comfort of this outdoor space. “We are creating this respite to be a place where families can gather and be together during a child’s medical crisis,” said Morrison. “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 a lifetime experience that helps families to refresh, renew and rebuild their lives.” Initial construction funding is being provided by a gift from Believe In Tomorrow supporter Sunny Vargas in memory of her late husband Larry McDaniel, who was also a volunteer and donor. Additional funding is being provided by an award from the NASCAR Foundation in honor of Carl Dakes, a Believe In Tomorrow volunteer and recipient of the NASCAR Betty Jane France Humanitarian of the Year Award. The Maryland Chapter of Contractors for a Cause, an organization of local Eastern Shore contactors who have united to give back to the community, has committed to participate in the construction.

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Attorney Donates To Causes:

Attorney Brian Clark recently visited the Ocean City Police Department to make several donations. Clark presented two checks totaling $3,000 to the Josh and Tommy Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is named after two police officers who died in plane crash in 2013. Pictured, from left, are Reserve Officer/Retired Lt. Mark Pacini, Lt. Dennis Eade, Clark, Cpl. Mike Kelly and PFC. Clifford Goggins. Below, Clark donated $1,000 to the police department for the distribution of free bicycle lights to residents Submitted Photos and visitors to ensure nighttime bike safety.

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One of the eight races on the last day of the Great Pocomoke Fair is pictured. Photos by Charlene Sharpe



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POCOMOKE – The sounds of thundering hooves and cheering fans filled the fairgrounds in Pocomoke last weekend as harness racing once again highlighted the Great Pocomoke Fair. The fair, held Aug. 1-3, is one of only two in Maryland that offers live harness racing. The final day of the event featured eight races that provided local trainers and drivers with the chance for some friendly competition. “Everyone has a good time,” trainer Brittany Bounds said. “I like it because it’s relaxed and family friendly.” Horses from Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania competed in Saturday’s races, which included the Ellen Duncan Barnes Memorial as well as the Jack Dolby Stars of the Future race for young drivers. Spectators were also treated to what could be a first of its kind feat, as 10-year-old A Dandy Strike, a horse owned, trained and driven by Gary Botsch, competed in two separate races — one on the pace and one on the trot. She finished fourth in the first race, an event for pacing mares, and went on to finish second in race later in the day for trotters. “I don’t think it’s ever been done on the same day,” said Botsch, who’s been racing at the Pocomoke Fair since the 1980s. “I took her to the Frederick Fair before and I’ve raced

her Wednesday on the trot, Thursday and Friday on the pace and back Saturday on the trot. I’ve seen horses in pari-mutuel races switch over, race one month on the trot and another month on the pace, but I’ve never seen it on the same day. I think this is the only place it’s ever been done.” The Jack Dolby Stars of the Future race, held each year at the Pocomoke Fair to give drivers under the age of 18 the chance to compete, showcased four teenage drivers. Participants included Joseph Minton, Alec Malone, Wyatt Long and Bryson Dunning. While three of the four competed in the event last year, it was 15-year-old Wyatt Long’s very first race. Long guided FoiledbytheBeach, a pacer owned by Donnie and Nancy Drewer of Delmar and Darryle Dennis of Pocomoke, to an easy victory. While it wasn’t the fastest race of the day, one of the final races of the day showcased two senior horses, 11year-old Warrawee Monarch and 14year-old Castle Rock. Though Warrawee Monarch crossed the wire first for driver Barton Dalious, Castle Rock, driven by Terry McClements, hung on for second in what his connections say will be the final race of his career. The pacer, who has been owned by Frankford, Del., horseman Andrew Markano for the last decade, won a total of 27 races and more than $155,000 during his lengthy career.


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A Dandy Strike, who competed as a pacer and trotter, is shown with trainer and driver Gary Botsch.

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WMO Remains OC’s Most Valued Special Event HOW WE SEE IT

There are several significant special events that annually pack an economic punch for the Ocean City area, but there’s no mistaking the most impactful of them all. It’s clearly the White Marlin Open and has been for many years. The key ingredient separating the White Marlin Open, confirmed as the richest billfishing tournament in the world with its $6.1 million purse this year, is its nearly a two-week impact. While the tournament runs the first full week in August every year, the participants and their family members generally arrive the Friday before and stay through the following weekend. Additionally, the tournament is also earmarked as vacation week for many. The energy of the White Marlin Open is unmistakable. While it’s headquartered at the Harbour Island marina, the vitality is felt regionally and

especially around the marinas in West Ocean City where it’s akin to Super Bowl week for host destinations for the professional football championship. The last economic impact report on the tournament was conducted by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development in 2009. The study calculated an estimated $16 million in local expenditures, $4.9 million in salaries and 130 jobs. The total impact on state and local tax revenues was reported as $746,000 according to the study. This evaluation was conducted the year the tournament had about 300 boats registered. When taking into account this year’s boat tally of more than 400, inflation and increased expenses associated with just about any good currently, it’s a safe assumption that $16 million economic impact figure is doubled this year.

It’s the best stretch of the year for most area businesses and the strength of the national economy made this year’s White Marlin Open one of the most successful ever, breaking what is believed to be a world record in prize money for a fishing tournament at $6.1 million. On its own, thanks to some of the tremendous fish weighed in daily and the excitement of millions of dollars on the line, the tournament draws a considerable amount of publicity each year for Ocean City. This year, however, the exposure the tournament received reached an all-time high with NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan’s entry into the event. Indeed, the White Marlin Open continues to be the king special event in Ocean City because of its unmatched economic impact as well as the positive publicity it brings each August.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Editorial Inappropriate Editor: The editorial rushing to defend the Town of Ocean City with respect to the lawsuit filed by family of Ashley O'Connor is more than inappropriate because it describes only one side of a story to predict dismissal of the lawsuit. Thankfully, the case is situated in Baltimore where prospective jurors are unlikely to be aware and influenced by the skewed version of facts set forth in the editorial. I will address the "two major problems" with the lawsuit that the editorial highlights and try to tell the rest of the story. First, the editorial states that Ashley O'Connor walked onto the beach alone around 2 a.m. Video confirms this to be true. The video also confirms that Ms. O'Conner was not carrying with her any type of digging equipment capable of digging a six foot long and four foot deep trench where she was found. This fact did not stop the editorial from suggesting that Ms. O'Connor may have dug the hole herself. Common sense defeats this irrational conclusion. The Town of Ocean City is responsible for maintaining the beach. I am sure every OC employee knows that, at times, some people dig rather large holes on the beach. The hole, aka grave, that existed in this case is likely the largest anyone familiar with the beach has ever seen. It would be hard to miss. Certainly hard to miss during the day if that is when the excavation was made. Hard to miss anyone digging such a trench. Unlikely, that the trench was made after daylight hours but does

not necessarily excuse town employees failure to see it. That is an issue for a jury to decide. The equipment used to clean the beach have excellent lighting and it would astound some people if the person operating the equipment were so inattentive they did not see the "grave" while engaged in cleaning the beach. Another jury issue. Simply put, a jury may decide the "grave" was an obvious and open hazard that should have been discovered and covered before the incident involved. Second, the editorial bemoans that the lawsuit claims Ms. O'Conner died through no fault of her own. The editorial claims Ms. O'Connor caused the accident by her own "poor decision to sleep in a deep hole after drinking." As a first matter Ocean City allows people on the beach at all hours. There are no warnings posted prohibiting either sleeping on the beach or concerning the presence of heavy beach cleaning equipment. While it may have been imprudent to rest in the "grave", that action does not necessarily lead to the conclusion that Ms. O'Conner was a cause of the accident leading to her death. This is for a jury to decide, not a newspaper editorial. Bottom line is that this case will work its way through the courts and all parties will have an opportunity to present their evidence to a jury. Given that neither party has had the chance to present their evidence in court, it is premature and irresponsible to predict an outcome at this early stage of the litigation. Shame on The Dispatch for

taking sides in this sad case. Jim Majernik Ocean City

Stansell House Celebrated Editor: The completion and opening of the Macky & Pam Stansell House are achievements fueled by the commitment of countless supporters and organizations. Together we raised more than $6.8 million, renovated a building, hired and trained a professional and caring staff, and swung open the doors, ready to deliver on our mission to serve those who are no longer safe at home and need residential hospice at the end of life. It’s my honor to report back to the community that this mission has been implemented. Immediately after opening, Stansell House received its first patient. Since then, we have continued to receive patients on a regular basis, and we are both humbled and honored to be able to now care for our community in this way. Stansell House is the only and first ever residential hospice house on the Lower Eastern Shore, and it closes a gap that existed between homebased hospice care and the high complexity inpatient care we offer at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. A physician I know once stated that the only condition that has a 100% mortality rate is life itself. Every one of us will face this challenging time at some point in our lives, and as an organization we stand ready to be by your side. SEE NEXT PAGE

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Thank you to everyone who embraced this vision. Your support has brought, and will continue to bring, dignity to those who need this care the most. Alane Capen (The writer is the CEO of Coastal Hospice.)

Teens Not Being Targeted Editor: The House Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy has been looking at whether Juul actively marketed its products to American children. This issue has received significant attention both nationally and here in Maryland. I think we all can agree that our community’s youth shouldn’t be consuming nicotine. The lifelong health impacts of addiction at early ages are evident, and that’s why in Maryland, members of the vapor community like myself have supported tough marketing standards and penalties for anyone who breaks the law by selling vapor products to minors. However, when discussing this issue, it’s important to cut through the talking points, stick to the facts, and focus on the entire issue. Several opinions from members on the subcommittee, as well as stakeholders in the national media, have regurgitated many of the false narratives and misguided conclusions that have polluted this discussion and unfairly targeted smoking cessation products like e-cigarettes and vaping devices. The truth is smoking among teens is way down. Those who feel strongly about this issue should educate themselves before placing such undue blame on devices and technologies that were designed to help adults kick their addiction to deadly cigarettes. These products were never designed, marketed, or intended to target teens -- it is absurd to assert that they were. We must not lose sight of what’s at the heart of this issue. Cigarette use is the most preventable cause of death in the United States. Vapor products are 95% less harmful than combustible tobacco products like cigarettes and among the most effective tools to help adults stop smoking. Unwarranted blame and criticism from those who only wish to address one side of the issue will only hurt those looking for help on the other. Matthew Milby Eldersburg, Md.

Contributors Thanked Editor: The Board of the Friends of the Ocean Pines Library (FOPL) would like to thank all the wonderful contributors to our successful 2019 Annual Book Sale on July 26, 27, and 29. To our many volunteers, thank you

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for your unending hours of hard work and your unflagging enthusiasm. To the members of the community who donated over 25,000 books (a new record) thank you for choosing us for your support. And finally, thank you to the hundreds of shoppers who supported the wonderful programs of the Ocean Pines Library and shopped “till they dropped.” We couldn’t have done it without all our wonderful supporters. Thanks to you all. Jim Meckley Eileen Leonhart (The writers are book sale co-chairs.)

A Vanishing Tradition? Editor: It all started in the late 1950’s when three men were responsible for bringing the tradition of Telescope pictures to Ocean City from Florida. Jim “Norris” as he was known and Wally and Bob. Back then the city only charged them around $100 for five licenses each. I personally took Telescope Pictures for three years back in 1969, 1970 and 1971. I worked for both Wally (one year) and Norris (two years). I read with regret the July 26, 2019 article how the new ownership of Telescope Pictures wants to remain relevant. Unfortunately, the town of Ocean City/City Council and Technology will bring the demise of telescope pictures. The current generation of people all have cell phones. Why would one purchase a picture on a chain for $5 or $6? The quality of the current photo can’t compare to the vibrant transparencies of the past. Also, Ocean City has grown past 33rd Street from back in the 60s, 70s and early 80s. The original owners (Norris, Bob and Wally) each had businesses on the Boardwalk. Families strolled the Boardwalk at night after dinner and picked up their pictures that were taken earlier in the day. Unfortunately, times have changed and the majority of families that stay north of 33rd Street are not comfortable on the Boardwalk in the evening. I knew two previous owners, Jeff Bacon and Todd Ferrante. They each successfully ran their business for a few years back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. However, the main reason they ended their run was the extremely "large fee" the City Council charged for the licenses. Unfortunately, the Camerons will have a very big challenge ahead. The City Council’s fee of $152,500 plus the rent they will be paying for two pick-up locations will make it almost impossible to turn a profit in 90 days. I wish them good luck. And they can thank the City Council for putting an end to “Telescope Pictures.” David Fox DDS Ocean City

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For about 20 minutes on Wednesday, a traffic nightmare appeared imminent in and around Ocean City. The State Highway Administration had announced an intention to close the Route 50 Bridge beginning at 1:30 p.m. with no plans to reopen until later in the night. That announcement came after the drawbridge malfunctioned early that morning. Evidently, in the span of minutes, crews found the cause of the drawbridge malfunction was “a loose hand brake release,” according to SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar. It was previously believed to be electrical in nature and therefore would have involved an extended closure to fix. This was good news because Route 90 would have been backed up to Route 50 in my opinion if this extended closure did occur. Route 54 would also have been impacted. Downtown Ocean City would have been horrific as well. Given the nature of this old bridge and its history with malfunctions, the state was wise to keep crews nearby throughout the week and weekend in the event something goes awry again. It’s definitely possible and probably should be expected. Chevy Chase resident Ed Joy is the Cal Ripken of the White Marlin Open. Joy fished this week in his 46th straight White Marlin Open. Joy, who is 93 years old, owns the boat Streaker with a friend, John Simmonds, and has previously won the heaviest wahoo division in 2013 and the largest dolphin in 2015 in the tournament. Clearly, he has spent a lot more money on the tournament than he has won, but he doesn’t seem to worry about that kind of stuff. He simply loves fishing. Joy has fought through many different things to fish in the White Marlin Open every year since 1974, including this year a broken thumb. “As long as I’m able and breathing, and I don’t cause too much of a headache, I’m going to keep on doing it,” he said in an interview with Staff Writer Bethany Hooper. An accomplished fisherman who maintains he has, “caught every billfish in both the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean,” Joy knows what it takes most of all to be successful in the White Marlin Open. “You have to be lucky,” he said. Walking around Berlin these days, it’s impossible not to be amazed at what the historic town has become. Even on the sunniest and hottest of summer days, there are more people walking the streets of Berlin these days than I can ever recall. It was not long ago when Berlin had little business at all in the summer months. Everyone was on the beach, fishing in the bay or ocean or at the amusement parks. Nowadays people seem to be including a day in Berlin on their vacation to-do list. Last weekend, on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, as I was walking with my son to the Island Creamery I noticed a group of people standing outside a restaurant. We managed to squeeze through them and overheard them talking about the wait at the restaurant. I was amazed to hear there was a wait at a Berlin restaurant for lunch in August. That lunch rush, the line at the ice cream shop in the middle of the day, dozens of people walking the streets on a humid weekend day and word this week all Berlin commercial space in the historic district is now leased confirms for me Berlin has reached a new level of prosperity. Merchant Steve Frene touched on it this week in Staff Writer Charlene Sharpe’s feature story on “Runaway Bride,” which was based in Berlin and released 20 years ago this month. “There’ve been a lot of things that contributed to what Berlin is now but the movie is by far one of the biggest things that happened,” Frene said. “That was one of the things that really put Berlin on the map. We got a lot of great mileage out of that and it continues to draw people to town.” Mayor Gee Williams added, “I believe the filming and subsequent success of the ‘Runaway Bride’ was significant in validating and encouraging the continued historic revitalization of downtown Berlin. It certainly accelerated the pride Berlin citizens had already initiated in recovering our small town charm.” While there’s no disputing “Runaway Bride” shined a positive spotlight on Berlin, I think the more recent designation of the town as “America’s Coolest Small Town,” a campaign run by Budget Travel, was just as big. Berlin won that title five years ago by running a masterful social media campaign. It has marketed itself as just that ever since and many businesses often use it in their own private public relations pieces. My church, Stevenson United Methodist, even calls itself “The coolest small church in the coolest small town.” For those of us who have lived in Berlin for many years – my time dates back, on and off, to 1988 – there’s a tremendous source of pride in seeing how far Berlin has come over the last 10 years. For those who have lived here even longer, I like to think they feel an even larger sense of gratification.

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Robert Charles Nefferdorf Jr HEBRON – Robert Charles Nefferdorf Jr, 68, of Hebron, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on June 28, 2019, surrounded by loving family and friends at Coastal Hospice At The Lake in Salisbury. Born in Baltimore, on March 17, 1951, he was the son of the late Robert Charles Nefferdorf Sr, and Myrtle Helen King. Robert (Bob) was a devoted son, brother, uncle, husband, dad and pop-pop who truly loved spending time with his family and leaves them a "legacy of love and faith." He had a great sense of humor often telling corny jokes and was a "giver" in every sense of the word of his time, talents, and resources. He loved telling his sweet granddaughters the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, playing hide and seek and going on adventures together. Quality time with his daughter, Heather, included trips to the jellyfish store, fishing trips off the Ocean City bridge, enjoying lots of coffee together, surprising her with shopping trips, and going on spontaneous drives. Special moments with daughter April included eating chips and dip, playing games and laughing, cooking meals together, helping her fix things around the house, and hunting for

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her perfect Christmas tree each year. In his early years, Robert became a successful master plumber. He later began a life of faith after being led to "put down his pipe wrenches and pick up his Cross to follow Him" faithfully serving God for 30 years as an ordained minister and chaplain and a prophet to the Nations. In that role, he traveled around the world living the Gospel, sharing the love of Jesus, going on mission trips, speaking prophetically to many people and helping souls find their new beginning with God. He discipled many "sons and daughters" in the word of God through the years and loved teaching how to live in the Kingdom of God. Often, he could be heard asking someone, "Has anyone told you they love you today?" He also loved spending time in the outdoors, planting gardens and giving the food away, teaching people how to catch rockfish off the Route 50 Bridge in Ocean City and hunting ROBERT with friends in Maryland CHARLES and Kentucky. NEFFERDORF JR. He was met at Heaven's gates by his parents, brother Stephen W. Nefferdorf, and sister-in-laws Janet A. Nefferdorf, and Beverly Zentgraf. Robert is survived by his loving family including his wife of 47 years, Donna Lee Nefferdorf, of Hebron; two daughters, Heather Michele Brooks and her husband, John, of Willards and April Marie Saathoff of Bel Air; two granddaughters, Savanna Grace Brooks and Annika Leigh Saathoff; two brothers, Craig M. Nefferdorf, Richmond, Va., and Eric Nefferdorf, Bel Air, Md.; sister-in-law, Lori A. Simon, Ocean Pines; brother-in-law, Robert F. Zentgraf Jr, Glen Burnie; 11 nieces, Amber Hopkins, Bethany Simon, Julie Henderson, Christina Knudson, Avery Simon, Chloe Simon, Brynn Simon, Alexis Bradley, Madison Bradley, London Nott and Riley Nefferdorf; eight nephews, Bryan Simon, Matthew Nefferdorf, Adam Nefferdorf, Seth Nefferdorf, Robert Zentgraf, Justin Zentgraf, Logan Zentgraf and Ryan Nefferdorf; and many beloved "Forever Friends" around the world. His hunting and fishing buddies Roy, Charles, Josh, Tony, Greg, Salvo, Mitchell, Pat, Rich, Edwin Jr and Edwin III, John, Brad, Gregory, Lorenzo, Howard and Christopher will all miss his deer, turkey and fish tales. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. at The Uprising at St. Paul's Church in Hebron. Officiating will be Pastor Martin Hutchison. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bob Nefferdorf Memorial Fund at:, or to Coastal Hospice SEE NEXT PAGE

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OCEAN PINES – Hilda Boos Stetter, age 90, died on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at her home. Born in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Anton and Elsie Glasbrenner Boos. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, William “Bill” Stetter, and daughter, Christine Williams and her husband Jonathan of New Canaan, Conn. There are four grandchildren, Justin Williams and his fiancée Regina Nettleton, Morgan W. Sanford and her husband Jonathan, Logan Williams and his fiancée Margaret Curran, and Lauren Williams (recent graduate of Elon University). Also surviving is her sister, Elsie Boos Stetter of Blue Grass, Iowa, niece Connie Hartz and her husband Steve, nephew Bill Stetter and his wife Eileen, and niece Joan Petersen and her husband Steve, HILDA BOOS STETTER Preceding her in death was her brother-in-law, Alfred Stetter. Mrs. Stetter had worked as a secretary on the 67th floor of the Empire State Building for many years, then in New Jersey as a medical secretary. After retiring to Ocean Pines, she was active in the Kiwanis volunteering in the thrift shop, a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church where she lit the candles in the morning, and an avid golfer. The family would like to thank Hilda’s wonderful caregivers, Laura Berges, Bonnie Reese and Annie Ayres, who became like family to her, and whom she loved like her own children. A mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Aug. 5 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church near Ocean Pines. Rev. Joseph MPR Coccuci officiated. Interment will be in the Maryland Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21804. Letters of condolence may be sent via Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

Ronnie Bryan Cullen BISHOPVILLE – Ronnie Bryan Cullen, age 73, passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at his home. Born in Crisfield, he was the son of Howard Cullen and Frances Sterling Cullen. He is RONNIE BRYAN survived by his wife, CULLEN Eve Koufopoulos Cullen; daughters, Samantha Mattie and husband John of Kansas, Heidi Crane and husband Israel of Oregon; brother

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch Christopher Cullen of Maryland; and several nieces and nephews. He leaves his beloved dogs, Koko and Keekee. Ronnie had served 22 years in the United States Army where he received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. After graduating from college, he taught at the Vo-Tech school in Worcester County for 35 years, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for VICA/Skills USA organization where his students actively competed locally and nationally in their individual trades. He enjoyed golfing, NASCAR, crabbing and was an avid Ravens fan. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Rev. Israel Crane will officiate. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family at www.bur-

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August Vanscay Seibel OCEAN CITY – August Vanscay Seibel, 97, of Ocean City, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, at Coastal Hospice in Salisbury. Born on June 27, 1922, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late August and Eleanora M. Schulz Seibel. He was the loving husband of the late Doris Day Seibel. Van was the founder and owner of The Grinding Company of America for 65 years. A proud veteran of the United States Marines, he served his country during World War II. Van was a longstanding member of AUGUST VANSCAY the Rolling Road Golf SEIBEL Club and the Ocean City Golf and Yacht Club, where he was senior club champion for several years.

Surviving him are children, Mary Joyce Sachs and husband David, V. William Seibel and wife Carole and Tom Seibel and wife Karen; grandchildren, Kenny Evans and wife Tania, Joe Sachs, Kristi Sachs, and Amanda Sachs Grabliauskas and husband Michael, Billy Van Seibel, Justin Seibel and Kelsie Seibel; and great-grandchildren, Isabella, Abigail, Andrew, Nicholas and Samuel. He was predeceased by a sister, Eleanor Smythe. The family will receive visitors on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, P.A., 11605 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills, Md. 21117, where a funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Interment to follow in Lake View Memorial Park, Sykesville. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105. Online condolences may be offered at

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OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 11th Annual Heels and Reels Tournament last weekend was a big success with plenty of big fish in several categories along with a lot of billfish releases. Just before the 46th annual White Marlin Open got underway this week, the Ocean City Marlin Club last week hosted its 11th Annual Heels and Reels Tournament. The Heels and Reels Tournament is the club’s only ladies-only event in its summer-long tournament series and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Ocean City Marlin Club’s Bertha Holloway Auxiliary Scholarship Fund. This year, a total of 66 boats and hundreds of lady anglers participated in the annual Heels and Reels event and there was no shortage of action as they competed for over tens of thousands of dollars in prize money. The tournament got started last Friday with the first of two official fishing days. Essentially, it’s a boat tournament, meaning awards were distributed to the top boat teams and not individuals. According to tournament rules, anyone may hook the fish, but it must be immediately handed off to a lady

angler on board. The Heels and Reels Tournament is largely a billfish release tournament with points awarded for releases of white and blue marlin, swordfish and sailfish. There are also heaviest fish divisions for tuna including yellowfin, longfin and big-eye along with dolphin. In the signature billfish release division, the crew on the Ringleader took first place with 650 release points and earned $28,665 in prize money. The No Quarter crew finished second with 600 release points and earned $6,669, while the Theresa Jean finished in third with 400 release points and earned $4,446. In the dolphin division, it was the No Quarter taking first place with a 26-pounder worth $15,525. The Talkin’ Trash I took second place with a 21-pounder worth $3,780, while the Cabana took third in the division with a 20-pounder worth $2,520. In the tuna division, the crew on the M.R. Ducks took first place with a 112-pound yellowfin worth $15,525 in prize money. The Tighten Up took second in the division with a 68pound yellowfin worth $3,780, while the M.R. Ducks took third with a 61pound yellowfin worth $2,525. The top junior angler award went to Emma Helwig on the Roll Groove for releasing two white marlin.

OCEAN CITY – The 26th Annual Ocean City Lacrosse Classic, featuring many of the top men’s and women’s players in the country is underway turning the resort area into the center of the lacrosse universe all weekend. The annual tournament got underway on Thursday with opening round games in the Masters and Grand Masters divisions at the Northern Worcester Athletic Complex in Berlin. Northside Park in Ocean City continues to be tournament headquarters and most of the action all weekend will take place there, but because of the growth of the tournament in recent years, some early round games will be played at the other venues including Most Blessed Sacrament School, the Northern Worcester Athletic Complex and the Ocean City fields downtown at 4th Street. From modest beginnings in 1993, the Ocean City Lacrosse Classic has

grown to become one of the sport’s most highly anticipated events. Last year, over 100 teams participated, but that number will likely grow again this year including two divisions of men’s elite teams, a women’s elite division, along with men’s masters teams. In addition, the Men’s Trident Division will feature players 45 and over and the King Neptune Division featuring players over 50 still interested in playing competitive lacrosse. A new wrinkle two years ago was the addition of the Rolling Surf Wheelchair Lacrosse division, which will take place on Friday and Saturday next week at the indoor facilities at Northside Park. In addition, the Masters portion of the tournament has been divided into “A” or Atlantic division and a “B” or Bayside division with the top performing teams from last year’s tournament in the former and new teams



The Berlin Little League Junior All-Star team this week captured the eastern regional championship to advance to the World Series in Michigan. Submitted photo

BERLIN – The Berlin Little League Junior All-Stars completed a sweep of the Eastern Regional championships and now advance to the World Series in Michigan. The Berlin Junior League All-Stars last month won the state championship and advanced to represent Maryland in the Eastern Regional championships last week in Freehold Township, N.J. Berlin went 5-0 in the tournament, beating fellow state champions in the process. Berlin started tournament play with a 7-2 win over Rhode Island last Thursday, followed by a 14-4 win over New York last Friday. Last Saturday, the Berlin Junior AllStars routed Connecticut, 14-3, and followed that up with a 15-5 win over Massachusetts last Sunday to reach the regional championship game. Berlin faced Massachusetts again on

Tuesday in the championship game. If Massachusetts had prevailed, it would have necessitated another matchup for the championship game. However, Berlin took care of business on Tuesday morning, beating Massachusetts, 4-3, in a tight game to claim the regional championship. Berlin will now represent the eastern district in the Junior League World Series in Michigan starting this week. It’s the Berlin Junior All-Star team’s first trip to the World Series and only the fifth time Maryland has been represented in the series. Berlin’s U.S. side of the bracket will feature other regional winners from all over the country. The international bracket will include teams representing several regions and countries including Asia-Pacific, Australia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Europe and Canada. The 39th Junior League World Series takes places in Taylor, Michigan starting August 11 through August 18.

signing up this year in the latter. Highlighting the event each year is the men’s elite division, which features some of the top collegiate and professional players in the country. No less impressive is the women’s elite division, which also features some of the top female lacrosse players in the world. Early round action in the men’s and women’s divisions gets started on Friday. The games will go on night and day throughout the weekend and culminate with title games in each division on Sunday. While the action on the field is clearly the big draw, the resort area will become the center of the lacrosse universe throughout the weekend with food and drink vendors, lacrosse equipment and clothing vendors and live music, turning the athletic complex into a weekend-long celebration of the sport.

Last year in the men’s Elite “A” division, it was World of Beer beating Steam, 6-4, in the championship game. In the men’s Elite “B” division, it was the Barn Muckers beating Jaunt Pieces in the title game, 10-6. In the women’s Elite division, the Hot Buns beat the H&W Sirenas Muertas, 10-9, in a close championship game. It was the fourth straight women’s elite division championship for the Hot Buns team. In the men’s masters division, Jack Lingo beat Dogfish, 8-3, in the championship game. Providence Financial won the grand masters division, beating Tequila Mockingbird, 7-6, in a close title game. In the super masters division, Kooper’s beat McFaul’sRopewalk, 8-6, to win the title. In the King Neptune division, it was Team Harley beating RAR, 5-3, in the championship game.



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OCEAN CITY – After the drama of the high dollar, high profile White Marlin Open subsides, the resort area’s lady anglers get their turn in the spotlight next weekend with the return of the Poor Girl’s Open for the 24th year. The Poor Girl’s Open, which typically falls on the weekend after the White Marlin Open, was founded in 1994 by the late Captain Steve Harman and his wife Pam to provide a ladies-only fishing event with the proceeds donated to a local charity. In recent years, the American Cancer Society has been the recipient of choice in conjunction with other “pink ribbon” events held in and around the resort all year long. In the last few years, the Poor Girl’s Open has raised well over $100,000 for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research and awareness programs. In addition to the fishing, the event includes silent auctions, 50-50 raffles, T-shirt sales and other events, all at tournament headquarters at Bahia Marina in Ocean City. Despite its charitable overtones, the tournament is all about the fishing and the dozens of boats and hundreds of competitors take it very seriously. The tournament is a catch-and-release event with points awarded for billfish releases. There are also added entry levels for tuna and dolphin with potential winning fish weighed each day of the tournament at host Bahia Marina. Teams of lady anglers must choose to fish one of the three officials fishing days, next Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Last year, 149 boats and 725 lady anglers competed in the Poor Girl’s Open and nearly $230,000 in prize money was doled out to the winners in sev-

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eral categories. At the awards ceremony following the tournament, host Bahia Marina and Poor Girl’s Open staffers presented a check for $130,000 to the American Cancer Society. In the signature billfish release division, the crew on the Absolut Pleasure took first place with 12 white marlin releases and earned $120,965 in prize money. The crew on the Reel Chaos took second with eight white marlin releases and earned $29,379 in prize money. The Pumpin’ Hard crew took third place with seven white marlin releases and earned $19,586. The Bar South crew also had seven white marlin releases and led heading into the last day, but the Pumpin’ Hard took third place on the time-of-catch tiebreaker. In the tuna division, angler Nancy Kohl on the A Salt Weapon III took first place with a 112-pounder worth $14,797. Heather Bean on the Whiskey Kilo took second in the tuna division with a 73-pounder worth $7,975, while Megan McDonald on the Spring Mix II took third with a 66pounder worth $4,869. In the dolphin division, it was angler Brittany Grove on the Bent Tent taking first place with a 36pounder worth $15,270. Angler Lindsay Stanton on the Buckshot took second with a 32-pounder worth $8,262. Tasha Davis-Lockhart on the Bent Tent took third in the dolphin division with a 20-pounder worth $5,508. First place in the wahoo division went to angler Lucy Muhlenbruck on the Blood Money with a 30-pounder worth $1,500. The Top Junior Angler award went to Rilyn Romero, who released three white marlin and earned $1,000 in prize money. The total estimated prize money doled out to the winners in the 2018 Poor Girl’s Open was $229,565.

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OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department next week will offer the third session of its summer-long skate camp series at the Ocean Bowl at 3rd Street. The first session was held in June with a second session in July. The next and final session of the season will be held next Monday, August 12 through Thursday, August 15 each day from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost for Ocean City residents is $130, while the cost for non-residents is $153. The camp is open for skaters of all abilities. It will feature professional instruction in skater safety, equipment mechanics, flat ground and transition techniques, dropping in, Ollies, kickflips, grinding, air on vert and more.

The camp extras include a T-shirt, photo with the instructors, giveaways, a certificate of completion and a pizza party on the last day. Camp participants must wear safety equipment and parents or guardians must sign a liability waiver. For more information call the Ocean Bowl at (410) 289-BOWL or visit The Ocean Bowl Skate Park opened in June of 1976 and currently holds the title of the oldest operating municipal skate park in the United States. When it first opened the facility consisted of a four-foot deep asphalt bowl that proved so successful that a larger bowl was quickly added. The old bowl and ramp were torn down in the fall of 1997 and the new park opened in July of 1998 and it has remained largely the same ever since.

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ver the course of the last month, Beckett has been counting down to this week’s White Marlin Open. Last year he got spoiled because he was given an inside perspective on how the tournament functions at the scales at Harbour Island Marina. He was able to touch many of the fish weighed and took a couple selfies with a white marlin. He even was able to climb to the top of the scale and help weigh a dolphin fish. It was something he will never forget and talks about often. Expectations can be a dangerous thing, especially if they are too high. I didn’t want him to be disappointed if all those opportunities did not present themselves this year. Therefore, I cautioned him we were fortunate to be able to come to the event again, and I didn’t want him to get worked up if he couldn’t do all the cool things he did last year. He assured me he would not, but I had my doubts. When we got to the marina, it rained hard, leading him to ask about his rain jacket’s whereabouts. I dropped the ball on that, but it will be one of those instances when stories begin, “remember that time it was pouring rain, you forgot my jacket and we saw a huge blue marlin get weighed.” The hoisting of a 465.5-pound blue marlin was definitely the highlight of this trip to the tournament. It was the biggest fish he had ever seen in person and he marveled over the color and design. At one point, he came up to me in rude fashion and interrupted a conversation I was in. He wouldn’t comply with any of my requests to wait a minute. He had to get out what was on his mind. He grabbed me by the hand and brought me closer to the fish, “have you ever seen a more beautiful color of blue? It’s just so beautiful.” He then grabbed my phone and began taking selfies of himself. We

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were about six feet away from the mammoth fish but that didn’t bother him. Later I saw he took about 22 different shots from different angles and poses, from celebratory and jubilant to sad and depressed. He does seem destined for the stage at this point in his life. Along with watching the fish being weighed in, especially those of the huge “beautiful” type, one of his favorite things at the tournament is visiting Mrs. Jill at Park Place Jewelers’ tent at the tournament. He always asks what is the most expensive thing they have and he must see it. He then launches into his best persuasive argument as to why he should have this ring or that watch, why his mom would really love this diamond marlin necklace and how I need a marlin money clip. He’s generous, almost philanthropic, when it comes to my money. While at the tournament, he also likes to eat. He has not found the love of fish sandwiches yet, so I couldn’t talk him into my favorite, tuna. A hot dog and a cheeseburger were more to his liking. My 11-year-old felt “too full” afterwards, of course. Another one of his favorite things to do at the tournament is ask questions. He got a receptive ear at the weigh station from one of the dock hands. He learned the female blue marlin are considerably larger than their males. While they have been caught at more than 1,900 pounds, the blue marlin we saw was considered just average when it comes to sportfishing. Last year there was an 881-pound blue marlin caught and it was worth $924,000. When Beckett heard there was money on the line, he begged me to enter us next year. I didn’t have the heart to tell him how much it cost to participate. I’m hopeful he will just forget, but come next July I’m sure he will remember because he doesn’t

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forget anything unless it has to do with homework. On the way out of the tournament, he likes to visit the little boy selling lemonade every year near the entrance and exit to the host marina. This year the boy stepped up his game with a nice marlin shaped sign with the letters “Marlinade.” Every single guest I saw let the kid keep the change. When it came to paying our $3 tab, Beckett wanted me to give him a $20. We compromised on a $10. The kid’s entrepreneurial spirit was worth a little generosity. Of course, it would not be this year’s White Marlin Open without mentioning Michael Jordan, who was a registered angler on his own boat. Beckett was worried he would not be able to see him amid the crowds. I assured him if he was there we would know about it because of his height. It was not to be, but another fun outing at his favorite fishing tournament.

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The Kiwanis Club of Ocean Pines-Ocean City’s "Dawg Team," pictured above at the Fourth of July celebration, has been many on hand for many community events this summer.

Pat Arata, historic preservation committee chair for the General Levin Winder Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), recently presented a DAR Historic Preservation Recognition award to Edward P. Phillips, Jr. for his long-standing dedication to historic preservation and volunteer work at the community level. Phillips was recommended for the award after giving a presentation to the chapter about his restoration of an 18th century home located in the Snow Hill vicinity known as Nunn’s Green. Pictured, from left, are General Levin Winder Submitted Photos Chapter Vice Regent Janet Simpson, Phillips and Arata.

During a recent meeting, a number of awards were presented to Ocean City Lions Club members for their service. Above, Sean Williams receives the Pasher Bishop Award for devoted service to the club from Norm Cathell. He also received recognition for his many roles in the club including membership and scholarship chair, board secretary, social media chair and club renovations chair.



Worcester County Garden Club Chair Joanne Kirby recently presented Worcester Preparatory School student Hannah Perdue of Salisbury a first-place winner award for her entry in the National Garden Clubs Inc. Essay Contest. The annual contest is sponsored by the Worcester County Garden Club, District I, Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc.

On Friday, July 26, team captains of Team Cancer and Team Cardiac from the Survivors’ Team Pickleball Competition joined organizer Vaughn Baker to present a $2,000 donation for Beebe Healthcare’s new freestanding emergency department and cancer center due to be completed on Roxana Road near Millville.


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Berlin is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the filming of Runaway Bride!

Free Guided Walking Tours Every Monday in August! See & hear about the locations where the movie was filmed! Meet at the Berlin Welcome Center at 4pm. Tours last 45 minutes. This free tour is sponsored by The Gulyas Family

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BERLIN – The town will celebrate its silver screen debut with a series of events to honor the 20th anniversary of the hit movie “Runaway Bride” this month. Berlin has declared August “Runaway Bride Month” as it is now 20 years since the release of the movie that brought Paramount Pictures to town. The movie, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, was released July 30, 1999, after being filmed in Berlin the previous fall. “There’ve been a lot of things that contributed to what Berlin is now but the movie is by far one of the biggest things that happened,” Victorian Charm’s Steve Frene said. “That

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was one of the things that really put Berlin on the map. We got a lot of great mileage out of that and it continues to draw people to town.” Those who were in town 20 years ago remember well the flurry of excitement surrounding the news that the little town of Berlin was being considered for a major movie. At the time, the state was promoting Maryland as the ideal filming location because of its array of landscapes and Berlin was one of several towns being considered for “Runaway Bride.” Berlin resident and real estate agent Cam Bunting recalls driving the initial scout around as she checked certain attributes off on a list. When she decided the town fit the bill, director Garry Marshal himself came to Berlin.

“The production people flew into Salisbury and came into town on a bus and toured the town,” said Ellen Lang, a former town council member and shop owner. “Garry Marshal decided it was just like a Hollywood set.” She believes the fact that the town had just recently moved its utilities underground helped make it appealing to the Paramount crew. “We were the right place at the right time,” she said. Once Berlin had formally been selected as the filming site, Bunting was actually hired by Paramount to handle local matters. The company used her office for casting, set up production in the former PNC Bank building and had her find housing for the stars. While some stayed in ho-

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tels, she secured private homes for Richard Gere and Joan Cusack. She said Marshall stayed in the Atlantic Hotel. “The only ones that knew where they were were their assistants, their drivers and me,” she said. Paramount kept her busy, asking her to handle everything from finding extras to making sure paperwork was completed. “They’d call me all hours of the day,” she said. “They’d say ‘where can we put these horses?’ and I asked when they were getting here. They said ‘they’re already in the air.’ There just wasn’t a lot of time.” As many in town goggled at the Hollywood crews as they walked about, working out how Berlin would be transformed into the fictional town of Hale, Mary Beth Lampman was at home with her two-day old daughter. When the location director walked Marshall down Baker Street to show them a house on the north side, it was Lampman’s house that drew his attention. “They knocked on the door and took pictures and measurements,” she said. “We moved out for six weeks.” Paramount put Lampman and her family up in a condo while they took over the house on Baker Street. “We had just purchased the house the year previous,” Lampman said. “We had a list of things we wanted to do and they did a few of them for us.” She said they removed old carpet, put in a driveway, tore down an old outbuilding and did landscaping. “We’d just put up a brand new fence,” Lampman said. “They took it down and put up another new one and aged it. Everything they did they distressed to make it seem like it’d been there a while. The lady across the street always kept her bushes immaculate, they added in some fake ones. Little touches like that were fun to watch.” Similar transformations were underway at businesses used in the film. Victorian Charm was the bridal shop in the film. “They shut down the store for three weeks,” Frene said. “They came in and took pictures of everything the way it was then they packed up all the merchandise and repainted and put in new carpet. One cabinet and one chandelier were all they kept.” Paramount paid the shop’s employees for the time they were off. “We felt that was more than fair because Victorian Charm lives on forever in a great movie,” Frene said. Bunting said Paramount officials didn’t let little challenges stop them once they started filming. When the state wouldn’t shut down Route 50 so the football game scene could be filmed at Stephen Decatur High School, crews traveled to Snow Hill SEE NEXT PAGE

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High to do the scene. When they filmed the farm scene on Libertytown Road, they didn’t let the fact that the corn had withered as it does each fall stop them. “The corn was brown,” Bunting said. “They spray painted it green to make it look like it was still summer.” Residents were shocked to see all the work that went into filming. Suzanne Parks, who lived next door to the Lampmans, said the street was closed as cranes and spotlights were brought in for the camera crews. “They had more equipment than you can imagine,” she said. “No wonder movies cost so much.” Of course with the filming came opportunities to see the stars. Parks watched her granddaughter approach Julia Roberts and invite her to dinner. “She said thank you very much but I have plans,” Parks recalled with a laugh. Roberts is remembered fondly in town. Lang said that when the actress, drink in hand, saw the sign on the shop door stating “no food or drink,” she asked if it was alright if she brought hers in. “Richard Gere usually had some sort of security but Julia Roberts was very down to earth,” Lang said. “She was very unassuming, very normal.” Lang said Roberts rode her bicycle in town and visited a bazaar at Buckingham Presbyterian Church. “She went down on a Saturday morning and bought everything those ladies had made,” Lang said. Bunting remembers the night that Paramount celebrated Roberts’ birthday when filming was being done on Baker Street. “She gave all the little girls that were there roses,” Bunting said. Mayor Gee Williams, who like many in town hovered around the filming locations, joked that he was disappointed to catch a glimpse of Gere rather than Roberts. “I remember standing in a large crowd of people on Main Street which had been closed off for the film SEE PAGE 8B

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Ocean City a day before the movie came out nationally, viewers found it hard to focus on Roberts and Gere. “No one was watching what was going on in the movie, they were looking in the background to see who they knew,” Frene joked. “There was just so much about Berlin. I had to go back a second time and see what was in the movie. To this day when we watch it you’re still looking in the background… I don’t think there’s ever been another movie done that captures a town so much.” To celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Runaway Bride,” the town will offer free guided walking tours every Monday in August at 4 p.m. Tour guide Mary Raley will take participants past places such as the Atlantic Hotel and the Baker Street house. The tour, which is sponsored by the Gulyas family, will last 45 minutes. “It should be fun,” Raley said. “I hope people will love it. Since it was the second movie with Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, that catches everyone’s attention.” In addition, downtown merchants will create “wedding themed” window displays that will highlight “Runaway Bride” trivia. The Calvin B. Taylor House Museum will also have a display featuring items used during filming as well as photographs taken during the process. Saturday, Aug. 24 will be “Runaway Bride Day” in Berlin. The movie will be shown on Jefferson Street at 8:30 p.m. Attendees are encourage to wear movie costumes to win prizes sponsored by the Berlin Arts and Entertainment Committee. The committee will also be offering a special café table seating option during the movie that will feature a drink and light fare and a slice of wedding cake.

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SNOW HILL – Area residents are invited to check out the Pocomoke River and the array of ways they can explore it with an event in Snow Hill next weekend. On Sunday, Aug. 11, Lower Shore Land Trust and the Town of Snow Hill will host the River Rally and Heritage Festival in Sturgis Park. The event runs from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. "It's really an opportunity to see what's happening down in Sturgis Park and celebrate the Pocomoke River," said Kate Patton of Lower Shore Land Trust. Patton, whose office is near the river, said Lower Shore Land Trust held a variation of the event last summer that included meditation and paddleboarding. "It went over really well," she said. "A lot of people came down and enjoyed it." To create a larger scale event this year, she and the town brought in Walk on Water, the company involved with the Paddle to Goat Island event. Walk on Water will bring paddleboards to help offer visitors the chance to try paddling on the river. This year's event will also include yoga, meditation hosted by Chrissy Ehrhart, live bluegrass music and food as well as beer and wine. Heritage canoes, historic canoes—dating back decades—that have been refurbished, will also be on display throughout Sturgis Park during the event. Jack Graham will also bring his exhibit of Pocomoke River history that was used during the 50th anniversary of the Pocomoke River State Park. For the children, the Julia A. Purnell Museum will be providing instruction for a make-and-take craft during the afternoon event. While attendees can try out a paddleboard for free at the event, they're also encouraged to bring their own

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BERLIN – Now entering its fourth season of bringing top-notch classical music to Eastern Shore audiences, Chamber Music by the Sea announced its 2019 festival of concerts and community events this week. This year’s expanded roster of activities will run from Aug. 11-17 and includes three public concerts, two intimate salon concerts in magnificent private homes, a free family mini-concert suitable for children of all ages, a masterclass for young string students and various pop-up appearances around the area. Internationally acclaimed instrumental and vocal soloists and chamber musicians will join forces to present programs influenced by the French Belle Époque, including rarely heard masterpieces by Gab-riel Fauré and Ernest Chausson. Festival favorite violinists Elena Urioste and Melissa White and pianist Tom Poster will be joined by violist Caitlin Lynch, cellist Nathan Chan, soprano Kiera Duffy and tenor Karim Sulayman. This extraordinary group of young artists includes Grammy Award winners, a BBC Young Musician of the Year and BBC Next Generation Artists. Generously sponsored by the Worcester County Education Foundation, Chamber Music by the Sea is proud to support year-round arts initiatives in Worcester County public schools through its festival ticket sales. The goal of Artistic Director Elena Urioste is to enrich and inspire local communities by bringing the universal language of classical music to as diverse an audience as possible. The 2019 festival schedule includes Aug. 11, 3 p.m., concert at Temple Bat Yam in Berlin; Aug. 13, 7 p.m., house concert, Snow Hill; Aug. 14, 7 p.m., concert at All Hallows Episcopal Church, Snow Hill; Aug. 15, 10:30 a.m., family concert at Berlin Public Library; Aug. 15, 1 p.m., masterclass at Berlin Public Library; Aug. 16, 7 p.m., concert at Buckingham Presbyterian Church, Berlin; and Aug. 17, 7 p.m., house concert, Berlin. Additional details, including ticket and artist information, can be found at www.chambermusicbythesea or

Construction Begins On New Pine’eer Craft Club Building

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OCEAN PINES – Ocean Pines Association officials broke ground last week on a new craft building at White Horse Park. The building, to be used by the Pine’eer Craft Club, is being constructed at a cost of $86,826 and should be complete by late fall. “After a lot of years of hoping we could get a new store it’s finally come to fruition, so we’re very happy about it,” said Sharon Puser, president of the Pine’eer Craft Club. The 70-member club was established in the mid-1970s. Crafters made items and sold them in the little shop at White Horse Park, using the proceeds to donate back to community causes. As the building has fallen into disrepair in recent years, crafters have advocated for a new facility. In June, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to award the $86,626 contract for the work to Ocean Tower Construction LLC. The building will be constructed based on a design by MAD Design Group Inc. The Pine’eer Craft Club will enter into a 10-year rental agreement for use of the new building, which will be situated across from the administration building and adjacent to the Ocean Pines Farmer’s Market space.

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The old building will be demolished to provide for additional parking space. Since its inception, the club has donated more than $150,000 to Ocean Pines’ police, public works and recreation and parks, as well as to other local groups. Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Director Debbie Donahue thanked the board for approving the new building. “I think it will make a much nicer location and storefront for our craft club to work out of, so they can continue to give back to the community and to the different departments of Ocean Pines,” she

said. “They make donations every year to all of our departments with the funds that they make, and none of that money goes outside of our community. To me, it only makes sense that we would offer to put up a nicer building for them to be able to continue to do what they do.” General Manager John Viola agreed. “We think it’s a wonderful organization that for several decades has given back to both the Ocean Pines Association and the community, so we’re happy to do our part in supporting them with this new building,” he said.

Puser said club members made all manner of crafts, ranging from placemats to jewelry to doll clothes, and were happy to sell their products to generate money for good causes. Last year the club gave more than $5,000 to the community. Over the years the club’s donations have been used to fund benches, playgrounds, concerts and more. “We’ve really given a lot back to the community,” she said. Construction of the new building is expected to be complete in late October.

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BERLIN – The Atlantic General Hospital Foundation has announced the 2019 Robert E. Warfield Memorial Tournament to benefit Atlantic General Hospital will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, rain or shine, at Ocean City Golf Club. The AGH Fall Golf Classic, celebrating its 26th year, was renamed in 2016 in recognition of the generous commitment and loyal service of the late Robert E. Warfield, Sr. Warfield dedicated his busy life to giving to others in service and in spirit. He was an integral member of the AGH Fall Golf Classic Committee since he joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors in 1999. A founding member of the hospital’s Board of Trustees, former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the AGH Foundation, he was also a member and served on the board of directors for the Ocean City Golf and Yacht Club and on the board of directors for the Maryland Economic Development Corporation and Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund. For local golfers this tournament has become an annual tradition, with last year’s event raising $105,000 to

For the 20th year, the Carousel Group has agreed to be the tourney’s title sponsor. pictured, from left, are Joy Stokes, event coordinator at AGH; tammy patrick, development officer at AGH; Michael Franklin, president and CEO of AGH; Michael James, the Carousel Group; Steven Sweigert, co-chair of AGH Fall Golf Classic; toni Keiser, vice president of public relations at AGH; and Kam labrunda, development analyst coordinator at AGH. Submitted photo

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Teal Marsh Plaza 9927 Stephen Decatur Hwy. Unit 5 West Ocean City, MD 21842 410-390-5383 Open 7 Days – 9:30a.m.-7 p.m.

D.A. Kozma Jewelry Serving The Community For More Than 35 Years

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Selling the sweet stuff at the crab cake sale were Jean Lacurts, Wanda Grey, Nanci Savage, and Diane Lacurts of the Bishopville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.

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Helping out at Sunset Park Party Night last Thursday was Ocean City Development Corporation Administrative Coordinator Joslyn Harman with young volunteer, Saylor Amos.

In Society

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Ready to get you riding at the Ocean Pines Farmers and Artisans Market were Rich Short and John Randall and their bicycle sales.

At the Ocean Pines Farmers and Artisans Market, Robert Capece, Sr, assisted his artist son Robert Capece, Jr with selling his nautical themed watercolors.

At the Berlin Farmers Market every Sunday morning, are Shaun and Carol Cross of Cross Farms in Berlin.

Baywater Farms representatives Allison Sokola and Audrey Fioretto, sold veggies at the Berlin Farmers Market on a recent Sunday morning.

First-timers to The Freeman Stage, Dana and Ryan Littleton, enjoyed the beautiful surroundings for the Buddy Guy performance.

Come see Nelli Kennard and Bev Gault in the Bishopville Volunteer Fire Department kitchen from 5-7 tonight for their chicken salad sale.

Back in town and ready to rock out to Buddy Guy were Mark and Kathleen Hevener at The Freeman Stage.

The men behind the beer at last week’s Sunset Park Party Night were Gary Crouse and Dan Wormann of Ocean City Recreation Boosters.

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Summer Of 1972 Pictured in the “Many Faces of Ocean City” photo were Mrs. Cecil Bunting at the Talbot E. Bunting Docks; Steve and Olivia Phillips at Phillips Crab House; Pattie Benjamin at Pattie’s Gifts; Jean Morris at Garland Lane Shoppe; Mary Riva and Larry Fussell at Baker Realty; Tuffy Bunting at Capt. William Bunting & Son; Ed Smith at Batson Richardson Real Estate; Buddy Damaiano at J&M Cafeteria; and Pam Steffens and Myrna McGrath at Finery Ltd.

Issue Highlights The Resorter cover girl this week was Beth Lauden of Parkersburg, W.Va. Caliban Corporation announced the selling of High Point North on 112th Street and the beach with one- and two-bedroom units starting at $40,000.

BP was running a coupon for two free gallons of gas with each 10-gallon fill-up.

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Beer specials at the Montego Bay Market included a case of Munich Beer for $3.99 and a case of Colt 45 for $4.50. The opening of the John Donaway Furniture store in north Ocean City was announced with an ad reading, “At last Ocean City has a fine furniture store, 130th Street.” Luxurious one-bedoom condominiums starting at $19,750 were offered at the Orleans Court on 140th Street.


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Pet’s Name: Blossom Pet’s Age/Breed: 2-year-old golden doodle Pet’s Owners: Ryan & Jesse Black

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Pet’s Name: Xavier “Xman” Pet’s Age/Breed: 11-year-old dachshund Pet’s Owner: Brianna Buzzuro

Pet’s Name: Doug Pet’s Age/Breed: 1-year-old English bulldog Pet’s Owners: Debbie & Gary Wagoner

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Pet’s Name: Denali Pet’s Age/Breed: 21-month-old yellow labrador Pet’s Owner: David Giusti


Pet’s Name: Rosco Pet’s Age/Breed: 11-year-old beagle Pet’s Owner: Kevin Kooker

Pet’s Name: Heidi Pet’s Age/Breed: 18-month-old German shepherd Pet’s Owners: Chris, Amanda, Steven & Michael Bise

The Dispatch presents the latest edition of its Pets of the Month Contest. Each month one special animal, or two, in some cases, is picked as the cutest photo of the bunch through a private vote of our staff. Here we present this month’s pets, submitted by our readers. On the front page is last month’s winning entry, Niko, owned by, Kara Konski. Those interested in participating in future months’ contests are invited to send their lovable pet photo to us at (preferred) or to P.O. Box 467, Berlin, Md. 21811 or drop it off at our office in Berlin at 10012 Old Ocean City Blvd. Please be sure it’s a high-quality photo suitable for reproduction and to include your mailing address, the pet’s name, age and breed and the owner’s first and last name. The next series will appear in this space on Sept. 13.

Pet’s Name: Snickers Pet’s Age/Breed: 8-year-old sheltie terrier Pet’s Owners: George & Jane Halligan

Pet’s Name: Bella Pet’s Age/Breed: 9-year-old Pomeranian Pet’s Owners: Philip & Joanna Garraty

Pet’s Name: Lyle Pet’s Age/Breed: 4-month-old bernedoodle Pet’s Owner: Tina Tharp

Pet’s Name: Smokey Pet’s Age/Breed: 1-year-old tabby Pet’s Owner: Hunter Liebgold

Come Join Us On Sunday


Friday, Aug. 9, 4-6:30 p.m.: Crab Cake Dinner


8:30 a.m.: Fellowship In The He Brews Cafe Stevenson United Methodist Church

123 North Main St., Berlin, Md. 410-641-1137 •

9 a.m.: Blended Sunday Worship Service

9:30 a.m.: Children And Youth Sunday School

Swim Ocean City Makes Donation

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OCEAN CITY – Swim Ocean City founder Corey Davis presented a $1,500 check to the Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) chapter of United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) for its great work during the 2019 Ocean Games. “I have been so blessed with the support from local businesses and organizations over the years. I like to give back any chance I can,” said Davis. Swim Ocean City is a local nonprofit organization that raises funds for research and awareness of traumatic brain injuries and promotes the positive effects that sports have on the brain and body.

The OCBP Chapter of USLA is a local non-profit, professional association of beach lifeguards and open water rescuers. USLA works to reduce the incidence of death and injury in the aquatic environment through public education, national lifeguard standards, training programs, promotion of high levels of lifeguard readiness and other means. Every July, Swim Ocean City, hosts Ocean Games – a competitive open water nine-mile and three-mile swim along the shoreline of Ocean City. The funds raised support local charities and families as well as Johns Hopkins Brain and Stroke Rehabilitation Program.


Swim Ocean City President Corey Davis, center, is pictured OCBP Chapter of USLA President Rick Cawthern and Vice President Travis Wagner. Submitted Photo

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

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

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






The Shark Restaurant 12429 Sunset Ave., WOC 410-213-0294

Bank Of Ocean City Ocean Pines 410-208-9380

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Maryland Title Service 11500 Coastal Hwy., Suite 7, OC 410-723-2000

Shore Results Realty Kim McGuigan, Broker, OC 443-992-4990






Adkins Of Berlin Harrison Avenue 410-641-2200

Taylor Bank Main Street, Berlin, Md. 410-641-1700

Barefoot Mailman Motel 35th Street, Ocean City 410-289-5343

Casual Designs Rte. 54, Fenwick 302-436-8224 Rte. 50, Berlin 410-629-1717

BJ’s On The Water Inc. Ocean City 410-524-7575






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Atlantic Plumbing Specialist Inc. 410-208-3600

Elliott’s Hardware Rte. 611, West Ocean City 410-213-1088

Park Place Jewelers-Boardwalk & 2nd & 3rd St. And OC Factory Outlets • 410-213-9220

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Summer Strolling In Berlin

Farm, Home & Garden



115 Broad St. • Berlin • 410-641-3600


HOUSEMADE SAUSAGE Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 443-513-3194 101 Williams St. • Berlin, MD 21811

NEW LOCATION 1 South Main St. • Berlin • 410-641-1080

Great Selection Of Yarns For Knitters And Crocheters Gift Certificates Shawl Pins Kits And Needle Sets

Homemade Ice Cream Ice Cream Cakes 120 North Main St. 410-973-2839 islandcreameryva

Cool Clothes & Accessories For Kids And Their Mamas

Dream Weaver

• Tapestries • Fair Trade • Dreamcatchers • Crystals • Locally Blended Essential Oils & Soaps • Handmade Apparel & Jewelry & Much More Hair Wraps & Authentic Henna Tattoo 2 South Main Street, Berlin 443-513-3208

27 North Main St. • 443-513-4811

Main Street Enchanted Tea Room

Delightful Teas, Food, Collectibles And Unique Gifts GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE 7 South Main St. Historic Berlin, Md. 21811 410-641-4000

Visit Our Tasting Room To Sample Our Many Varieties! Reap The Health Benefits Of Our Fresh Olive Oils And Balsamic Vinegars. GIVE THE GIFT OF HEALTH! 14 Broad Street Berlin, MD 21811 410-641-2300

Fun Goods For Mermaids, Pirates And Children Of All Ages 12 William Street 443-513-3212

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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. 9: Anna & Jovan Saturday, Aug. 10: Rymac Sunday, Aug. 11: Phil McKnight Wednesday, Aug. 14: Torrey B Thursday, Aug. 15: Ward Ewing

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DJ ROBCEE Fager’s Island: Friday, Aug. 9 Sunday, Aug. 11 Monday, Aug. 12

DJ BK Buxy’s Salty Dog: Sundays

atlantiC hotel 410-641-3589 • 2 north Main St., berlin Mondays: Earl Beardsley Tuesdays: Bob Miller on Piano Thursday, August 15: Lila Quillen 1 p.m., Elena Urioste, 5:30 p.m. Fridays: Zander Jett

DJ DUSTY Clarion/Ocean Club: Every Friday & Saturday

buxy’S Salty Dog/Dry DoCk 28 410-289-0973 • 28th St. & CoaStal hwy. Sundays: Local Party w/DJ BK Caribbean Pool bar 410-289-6181 • 2nD St. & boarDwalk Friday, Aug. 9: Three On The Tree Saturday, Aug. 10: Taylor Knox Project Sunday, Aug. 11: No Byscuyts Monday, Aug. 12: Otto Grundman Tuesday, Aug. 13: Smooth & Remy Wednesday, Aug. 14: Murphy’s Law Thursday, Aug. 15: Jack & T

ON THE EDGE Clarion/Ocean Club: Friday & Saturday, Aug. 9 & 10 Lenny’s Beach Bar: Monday-Thursday, Aug. 12-15

DJ BIGLER Fager’s Island: Thursday, Aug. 15 Harborside: Wednesday, Aug. 14

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

AARON HOWELL Greene Turtle West: Saturday, Aug. 10

Clarion hotel 410-524-3535 • 10100 CoaStal highway Ocean Club: Friday & Saturday, Aug. 9 & 10: On The Edge Fridays & Saturdays: DJ Dusty Lenny’s Beach Bar: Friday-Sunday, Aug. 9-11: First Class Monday-Thursday, Aug. 12-15: On The Edge CoConutS beaCh bar & grill CaStle in the SanD hotel 37th & 38th St. • 410-289-6846 Friday, Aug. 9: Darin Engh, Rick & Regina Saturday, Aug. 10: Kevin Poole & Joe Mama, Rule G Sunday, Aug. 11: Wes Davis Duo, Lauren Glick Band Monday, Aug. 12: Nate Clendenen, Bob Wilkinson & Joe Smooth Tuesday, Aug. 13: Taylor Knox, Sean Loomis Trio Wednesday, Aug. 14: Heather Vidal, The Chest Pains Thursday, Aug. 15: Kevin Poole, Bilenki Duo

DJ BILLY T Harborside: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

MUSKRAT LIGHTNING M.R. Ducks: Sunday, Aug. 11

JOE MAMA Coconuts: Saturday, Aug. 10 Lobster Shanty: Sundays

CrabCake FaCtory baySiDe 302-988-5000 • rt. 54 FenwiCk iSlanD, De Friday, Aug. 9: Smooth & Remy Sunday, August 11: Chris Button Monday, August 12: Lauren & Melissa

Fager’S iSlanD 410-524-5500 • 60th St. in the bay Friday, Aug. 9: Honey Extractor, DJ RobCee, What’s Next Saturday, Aug. 10: 8 Petty Coat Junction, DJ Groove, Starcrush Sunday, Aug. 11: DJ RobCee, DJ Muve, Petty Coat Junction (Tom Petty Tribute) Monday, Aug. 12: Animal House, DJ RobCee, The Loop Tuesday, Aug. 13: DJ Adam Dutch, Marcella Peters, DJ Hector Wednesday, Aug. 14: DJ Adam Dutch Thursday, Aug. 15: DJ Bigler, DJ Groove, High Voltage (AC/DC Tribute)

KALEB BROWN Higgins: Thursdays Green Turtle North: Thursday Aug. 15

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

WEST KING STRING BAND Greene Turtle North: Saturday, Aug. 10

BEATS BY WAX 127th St. Pit & Pub: Wednesdays Pickles Pub: Thursdays

greene turtle north 410-723-2120 • 11601 CoaStal hwy. Friday, Aug. 9: West King String Band Saturday, Aug. 10: The Rogue Citizens Mondays: Karaoke W/ DJ Wood Tuesdays: DJ Casper Wednesdays: DJ Wiz Thursday, Aug. 15: Kaleb Brown

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

greene turtle weSt 410-213-1500 • rte. 611, weSt oC Saturday, Aug. 10: Aaron Howell Band

harborSiDe 410-213-1846 South harbor roaD, weSt oC Fridays: DJ Billy T

OTTO GRUNDMAN Crabcake Factory: Thursdays

HIGH VOLTAGE (AC/DC TRIBUTE) Fager’s Island: Thursday, Aug. 15

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Who’s Where When Saturday, Aug. 10: Chris Button/Side Project, DJ Jeremy Sunday, Aug. 11: Opposite Directions, Josh Pryor Mondays: Blake Haley, DJ Billy T Tuesdays: Dust N Bones Wednesdays: DJ Billy T, Trivia w/DJ Bigler Thursdays: Opposite Directions

DOC MARTEN & THE FLANNELS (AKA DIRT) Purple Moose: Thursday, Aug. 15

9 MILE ROOTS Seacrets: Friday & Saturday, Aug. 9 & 10

HARPOON HANNA’S 302-539-3095 • RT. 54 & THE BAY, FENWICK ISLAND, DE Friday, Aug. 9: Dave Hawkins Saturday, Aug. 10: Dave Sherman Sunday, Aug. 11: Kevin Poole, Dale Teat Monday, Aug. 12: Dave Hawkins Tuesday, Aug. 13: Kevin Poole Wednesday, Aug. 14: Dave Sherman Thursday, Aug. 15: Dale Teat HIGH STAKES BAR & GRILL 302-537-6971 • RT. 54, FENWICK ISLAND, DE Friday, Aug. 9: Rick & Lennon LaRicci Saturday, Aug. 10: Dust N Bones Thursdays: Baltimore Bob Fridays & Saturdays: Bob Burns HIGGINS CRAB HOUSE 410-289-2581 31ST. ST. & COASTAL HWY. Wednesdays: Blake Haley Thursdays: Kaleb Brown

CHEST PAINS Coconuts Beach Bar: Wednesday, Aug. 14

OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS Seacrets: Tuesday, Aug. 13 Harborside: Sundays & Thursdays

HOOTERS 410-213-1841 12513 OCEAN GATEWAY, RTE. 50, WEST OC Friday, Aug. 9: DJ Wax Saturday, Aug. 10: Classic Vibe 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, Aug. 11: Joe Mama w/Monkee Paw Wednesday, Aug. 14: Smooth & Remy Thursday, Aug. 15: Taylor Knox

LIME GREEN Pickles Pub: Saturday, Aug. 10

BALLYHOO Seacrets: Wednesday, Aug. 14

DUST N BONES High Stakes: Saturday, Aug. 10

SMOOTH & REMY Crabcake Factory Bayside: Friday, Aug. 9 Lobster Shanty: Wednesday, Aug. 14

FIRST CLASS Lenny’s Beach Bar/Clarion: Friday-Sunday, Aug. 9-11

PETTY COAT JUNCTION (TOM PETTY TRIBUTE) Fager’s Island: Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 10 & 11

M.R. DUCKS 410-289-9125 • 311 TALBOT ST. Friday, Aug. 9: Eleven Eleven Saturday, Aug. 10: Over Time Sunday, Aug. 11: Muskrat  Lightning Wednesday, Aug. 14: DJ Batman Thursday, Aug. 15: Steve Ports PICKLES PUB 410-289-4891 8TH ST. & PHILADELPHIA AVE. Friday, Aug. 9: Beats By Jeremy Saturday, Aug. 10: Lime Green Mondays: Karaoke W/ Jeremy Tuesdays: Beats By Adam Dutch Thursdays: Beats By Wax PURPLE MOOSE 410-289-6953 BETWEEN CAROLINE & TALBOT STREETS ON THE BOARDWALK Friday & Saturday, Aug. 9 & 10: Vinyl Rhino Sunday & Monday, Aug. 11 & 12: Walk Of Shame Tuesday & Wednesday, Aug. 13 & 14, VJ Mazi Thursday, Aug. 15: Doc Marten & The Flannels (AKA Dirt) Friday-Sunday, Aug. 9-11: 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. 9: DJ Bobby O, Jim Long Band, 9 Mile Roots, Lost In Paris Saturday, Aug. 10: Cruz On De Bay, Shake 3X, 9 Mile Roots, Lima Bean Riot, Gypsy Wisdom Sunday, Aug. 11: Mike T In De Bay, Triple Rail Turn, I&I Riddim Reggae, SOJA Monday, Aug. 12: Bobby On De Bay, Full Circle, SOJA, Cherry Crush Tuesday, Aug. 13: Bobby On De Bay, Opposite Directions, My Hero Zero Wednesday, Aug. 14: Bobby On De Bay, Full Circle Duo, Ballyhoo Thursday, Aug. 15: DJ Bobby O, The Freddie Long Band, Zion Reggae Band, Go Go Gadjet

Fenwick Council Agrees To Upgrade Phone System

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FENWICK ISLAND – Citing issues with a decades-old phone system, officials in Fenwick Island last month agreed to pursue an upgrade at a cost of nearly $7,000. On July 26, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously to replace the phone system at town hall, which is expected to cost nearly $7,000 in service fees and cabling work for fiscal year 2020.

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Town Manager Terry Tieman told the council town staff began reviewing proposals from four providers for an upgraded phone system after experiencing problems with the current system’s call-forwarding feature. “The phone system we’ve been using is from circa 1995 and it is no longer being maintained,” she said. “The person that was maintaining it has retired. So it was in the process of finding another company to maintain the system that we realized the system was archaic and couldn’t be main-

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tained.” Tieman said town staff recommended a new phone system from Comcast Business. Although it wasn’t the lowest priced system, she noted the benefits outweighed the costs. “They provide 24-hour customer service and mobility,” she said. “That means when the desk phone in the lifeguard room rings, it rings on [the captain’s] cellphone, the same with our police officers and public works manager. This is going to be a real asset for our service people that are out working.” Tieman added a new system would be a maintenance solution for the town and would come with a reasonable monthly cost. A report to the council highlighted an additional $3,291.36 in total monthly service fees for fiscal year 2020 and an additional $3,600 in cabling work at the police station. “After careful review, we believe the Comcast system provides convenience, benefits and features the digital systems do not,” Tieman said in the report. “This system also provides additional internet speeds to town hall that we will need to be able to expand technology as we move forward into the future.” Councilwoman Vicki Carmean said she understood the need for a new

phone system, “I know a couple of years ago under another town manager a good bit of money was spent on phones, but it was not well spent,” she said. “I think a phone system is really important.” However, she shared her concerns about the budget. “My main concern is this is a very tight budget year,” she said. “We are trying to do a lot of good things with not a lot of money.” Tieman noted the financial benefits of selecting the proposed phone system. “One of the things that made this system attractive was that some of the other systems would have required more of an initial outlay than this,” she said. Tieman added a new phone system would provide features the town’s current system did not, including caller ID, remote call forwarding and a night button. “On the holidays, the phones just ring,” she said. “That will be resolved with this.” With no further questions, the council voted unanimously to replace the town’s current phone system. The replacement is expected to take less than a month to complete. “I think we are headed in the right direction,” Tieman said.

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Midnight Madness Sale - August 9th, 6PM-til... Courtyard Sidewalk Sale - August 10th & 11th, 9AM-til...

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Price cuts up to 50% off, Bogo specials, free giveaway s and more!!!


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the Freeman stage’s photo of the Week:

Each week during the season The Freeman Stage will submit a photo of the week from the Selbyville venue. Above, classic rock met classic country on Tuesday, July 30, when Steve Miller Band and Marty Stuart performed at The Freeman Stage. To learn Photo by Natalee DeHart/The Freeman Stage more about upcoming events, click over to

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Brown Box Theatre Project Announces New Tour

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OCEAN CITY – Kyler Taustin, executive artistic director of Brown Box Theatre Project, has announced the cast and 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. 29-Sept. 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. The full cast of the show are as follows: Sarah Boess as Isabella: Credits include Chicago at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman, The Honey Trap at Boston Playwrights' Theatre, and Angels in America at Boston University's Booth Theatre. Aislinn Brophy as Marianna: Recent theater credits include Cloud 9 (Central Square Theater), A Story Beyond (Liars and Believers), Heritage Hill Naturals (Fresh Ink Theatre) and Red and the Wolf (Fresh Fruit Festival). Drew Cleveland as Claudio: Credits include Orlando in As You Like It (Brown Box Theatre); Owen in Translations and Antonio Salieri in Amadeus. Tim Colee as Escalus: Past credits include Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Snowball (Animal Farm), Cassio (Othello), Sebastian (Twelfth Night), Ebenezer Scrooge (A Christmas Carol) and Marcellus Washburn (The Music Man). Chris Kandra as Duke: Previous credits include The Christmas Revels: An American Celebration of the Winter Solstice (Revels Theatre Company), The Importance of Being Earnest (Firehouse Center for the Arts), As You Like It (Brown Box Theatre Project), Dancing at Lughnasa (Gloucester Stage), Othello and To Kill a Mockingbird (Classic Repertory Company 2018 tour). Francis Xavier Norton as Lucio: Credits include SpeakEasy Stage Company, Greater Boston Stage Company, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Fresh Ink Theatre, Praxis Stage, Apollinaire Theatre Company, Boston Conservatory, MIT Shakespeare Ensemble, Rebel Shakespeare, Ridiculous Project. Ivy Ryan as Julietta: Regional credits: Antony and Cleopatra (Virginia Arts Festival); Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof (New Repertory Theatre); Move Your Face (Boston Theater Company); Nomad Americana (Fresh Ink Theatre); NSFW (Theatre on Fire); The Scarlet Letter, Romeo and Juliet (Classic Repertory Company). Tanya Avendano Stockler as Provost: Credits include Hermia/Oberon in The Donkey Show (A.R.T); inaugural tour of Pericles (the rig); Veronica in Heathers; Wendla in Spring Awakening;

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and Laertes in Hamlet. Spencer Parli Tew as Angelo: Credits include Duke Senior in As You Like It, King Hamlet's Ghost in Hamlet and Henry Harry in Brilliant Traces (all with Brown Box Theatre Project); Maelgywn in The Merry Way and Malvolio in Twelfth Night of the Living Dead (Anthem Theatre Company); and Eddy Gee in The Texas Chainsaw Musical (Arts After Hours). Delmarva performances are as follows and start at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Aug. 29, Selbyville, The Freeman, 7 p.m. start Aug. 30, Dover, First Heritage State Park Aug, 31, Downtown Berlin, Pitts and Main streets (Rain date: 9/3) Sept. 1, Chincoteague, Robert Re-

ed Park, Main Street Sept. 4, Wilmington, Rockford Park, 2000 Lookout Drive Sept. 5, Pocomoke City, Cypress Park, 7 Bridge Street Sept. 6, Snow Hill, Sturgis Park, 100 River Street Sept. 7, Charlestown, Avalon Park, 8 Louisa Lane Sept. 8, Ocean City, Sunset Park, 700 S. Philadelphia Ave Sept. 11, Dagsboro, Holts Landing State Park, 27046 Holds Landing Road Sept. 12, Seaford, Seaford Jay’s Nest, 600 N. Market St. Extended Sept. 13, Crisfield, J. Millard Tawes Museum, 3 Ninth Street Sept. 14, St. Michaels, Muskrat Park, 207 Willow Green Street Sept. 15, Salisbury, Pemberton Hall, 5561 Plantation Lane

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Sept. 18, Princess Anne, Teakle Mansion, 11736 Mansion Street Sept. 19, Ocean City, Northside Park, 200 125th Street (behind gym) Sept. 20, Exmore, Exmore Town Park, 3386 Main Street Sept. 21. Lewes, Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave (Rain date: 9/22) Brown Box Theater Project’s tour is provided in partnership with the Maryland State Arts Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Worcester County Arts Council, Fall River Cultural Council, Webster Cultural Council, Wilmington Cultural Council, Plymouth Cultural Council, Easton Cultural Council, Midshore Community Foundation, Hopkinton Cultural Council, Talbot County Arts Council, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation and Somerset County Arts Council.

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BERLIN – “Our new Constitution is now established and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Those are famous words from Benjamin Franklin, one of our nation’s founding fathers. Taxes, as Ben Franklin so eloquently states, are a certainty but the rate at which we are taxed is certainly a variable. Let’s look at the top federal tax bracket over the last 60 years as an example. In 1959, the tax rate was 91%; 1979, 70%; 1999, 40%; and

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2019, 37%. There are three important points here. One, the tax rates can and will change. Two, if you were in the top tax bracket in 1959 you paid a soul crushing amount of federal income tax and three, taxes in 2019 (and through 2026) are indeed on sale. The obvious quesGAGE tion is what will tax LESTER rates be in 2027? That is a question that no one can be certain of. Will they be higher? Will they be lower? As of today, barring legislative action, the current tax plan will

sunset in 2026 and our tax rates will increase back to at least 2017 levels. Additionally, we are facing an increasing federal deficit, an aging population and infrastructure and the possible depletion of social security. The perfect storm of these factors does not align with sustained tax cuts. What does all of this mean to you? A discounted tax environment should have you prioritizing investments like Roth IRA’s. Perhaps, depending on your situation, even considering converting some, or all, of your traditional IRAs to Roth’s to strike while the iron is hot. Think of the federal government as the corner convenience store. If the

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cost of milk and bread increase, the only way the corner store can survive as a business is to increase prices to align with higher costs. This cost is passed directly to the consumer. The government is the same, but we experience much broader issues such as depletion of social security, rising healthcare costs, increasing population and aging infrastructure. The primary way for the government to cover the increasing “cost” associated with these issues is for the citizens of the country to pay their share. It makes sense that the taxes in this country must increase in order to be able to generate additional revenue. While we realize that not everyone would have been in the top tax bracket, these past brackets give us insight on just how low taxes are today as well as a possible glimpse of what they could return to in the future. Under the current tax legislation, tax payers in the United States are experiencing the lowest income tax rates in history. This “deal” will not last forever. Without making current tax laws permanent, taxes will increase Jan. 1, 2026. (The writer is an investment advisor with Key Financial Services in Berlin.)

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Brittney and Justin Acita have owned Pickles Pub on 8th Street since 2015.

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OCEAN CITY – After 30 years, an iconic downtown bar continues to bring good times and great food and drinks to locals and visitors alike. Since opening in 1989, Pickles Pub has developed a reputation as the local place for drinks, food, entertainment and sports in Ocean City. Today, Pickles Pub is owned and operated by Justin and Brittney Acita, who purchased the 8th Street bar from previous owner Danny Robinson in 2015. “I was working here as the general manager and Danny had started Hoop Tea …,” Justin said. “He said running the two businesses was too much and asked if we wanted to buy it off of him. That’s how we came into it.” The Acitas are no strangers to the industry. Both said they worked their way through the ranks of the bar and restaurant business before taking ownership of Pickles Pub. “We’ve worked in restaurants our whole lives,” he said, “pretty much every single position you could think of.” Since 2015, the Acitas have made several improvements to Pickles Pub and its neighboring liquor store. They also redid the food and drink menus. Popular menu items now include flash-fried brussel sprout halves tossed in the customer’s choice of wing sauce or rub, homemade jalapeno poppers stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in bacon and topped with a smokey gouda cheese and sweet chili agave drizzle, and half-pound angus burgers, to name a few. “I would say more than 90% of our food is made in-house,” Justin said. Pickles Pub also features a wide selection of beers, wines and craft cocktails. Brittney noted the establishment has 20 canned beers and 29 beers on tap. “We have one of the biggest draft beer selections in town,” she said. Justin added the bar manager’s relationship with brewery representatives allows Pickles Pub to feature specialty drinks. “Well get a lot of special releases from breweries that other people in town don’t get,” he said. “That’s what separates us.” Pickles Pub is also home to The Original Pickle Shot, a secret pub recipe. Last year, the owners decided to bottle and sell it. “People have always asked to buy it and Brittney’s idea was to bottle it, so I started looking into it last April,” Justin said. “Our first batch came out on August 23 and since then we’ve sold 10,000 bottles.” Justin said The Original Pickle Shot SEE NEXT PAGE

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OCEAN CITY – The Art League of Ocean City is sponsoring a benefit raffle where the winner receives a trip for two to the birthplace of the Renaissance -- Florence, Italy. Tickets are $100 each. Only 300 tickets will be sold, and they are only available for a short time until they sell out. Raffle tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 410-5249433, or at the Ocean City Center for the Arts at 502 94th St. “These tickets are going to go fast, since we’re only selling 300, and the odds of winning are outstanding,” Rina Thaler, executive director of the Art League, said. “This is a fabulous trip to one of the most historic cities in the world, appreciated by artists and art lovers everywhere. The winner of the trip will experience great food, charming vistas, and warm people.” Proceeds from the raffle will help

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support the community programs of the Art League, and keep the doors of the Arts Center open and free to all. The trip through Perillo Tours is valued at $5,200 and includes airfare (based on current pricing) from Washington Dulles plus six nights at the Hotel Santa Maria Novella in Florence or similar, plus all airport transfers. The winner can also select from several of these example excursions: a food tour of Florence by night, a Best of Florence tour with the Accademia and Michelangelo’s David, tours of Siena and San Gimignano, a tour of Pisa with the Leaning Tower, tours of the Uffizi Gallery and Vasari Corridor, and more. The winner may also choose to take $5,000 cash. The winner will be announced during the “Paint the Town: Party of the Year” on Sept. 11 at The Aloft Hotel. You need not be present to win.

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Pickles Pub is also home to The Original Pickle Shot, which is currently available in Maryland and Delaware with a larger distribution planned.

is now available in stores throughout Maryland and Delaware. But he said they have no intention of stopping there. “We are going to keep expanding state to state and see what we can do,” he said. Despite its growth in recent years, the Acitas said Pickles Pub remains a neighborhood bar. They said both locals and visitors feel at home when they visit. “Our staff has been a big part of this too …,” Brittney said. “Pretty much everyone that has come here to work has been a friend or has become a friend. We are like a small family.” The proprietors said part of the pub’s mission is to support local charities and initiatives. Justin said Pickles Pub was one of the first three Ocean City businesses to participate in the Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurant campaign. The establishment also sponsors lifeguard competitions and lacrosse tournaments and participates in events to raise money for nonprofits. “We give back to a lot of local charities,” he said. Brittney said Pickles Pub took first place in last season’s Chili Cook Off to benefit Toys for Tots. It also raised more than $18,000 for the Believe in Tomor-

row Children’s Foundation through last year’s Prom Night fundraiser. “Every time they have a full house they send a family down here and they can come in for lunch or dinner and 100% of it is on us,” she added. Pickles Pub also features live entertainment five nights a week throughout the summer and four nights a week in the off-season. In addition, the establishment features a pool league every winter. “Last year we had the best winter in history,” Justin said. “It’s nice to see people coming back year-round.” To celebrate 30 years of operation, Pickles Pub will host a 30th birthday party in October. The celebration will be based on a Believe in Tomorrow charity event and will include notable guest bartenders. “We are going to bring in a bunch of bartenders from all over town that used to bartend at Pickles,” Justin said. “We’ve already talked to at least 20 that are going to do it.” Pickles Pub is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. and serves food until 1 a.m. For more information, visit or the pub’s Facebook page and Instagram account.

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SALISBURY – Local housing nonprofit Salisbury Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. (SNHS) has recognized a need for assistance to help residents in Somerset and Worcester Counties achieve the American dream of owning a home. SNHS currently offers down payment and closing cost assistance loans for those who are buying in Wicomico County. This opportunity will now be available in Somerset County and Worcester County. Prospective homebuyers may apply for a loan of up to $15,000 to assist with downpayment and closing costs. The property must be owner-occupied, a minimum credit score of 650 is required to access this loan and the household income is restricted to 80% Area Median Income. Director Cheryl Meadows is excited about this program expansion and helping more people become homeowners. “In many cases, a mortgage payment can be less than what someone is paying in rent. However, coming up with the cash for a downpayment and closing costs can be a barrier to homeownership,” she said. Homebuyer’s education workshops, foreclosure mitigation and intervention as well as budget and credit counseling are already currently available for residents of Somerset and Worcester so this loan takes our services a step further. Additional rules and restrictions apply to the Somerset and Worcester County Closing Cost Loan Program. Prospective clients who are buying within the aforementioned counties should contact our Assistant Director, Jane Hoy for more information at 410-543-4626.

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SALISBURY – Salisbury University President Charles Wight has named Eli Modlin his new chief of staff. Modlin, an SU alumnus, has served as deputy chief of staff and director of government and community relations since 2016. “Eli has an extraordinary ability to advocate for SU, working with important external partners, across campus and with the executive staff,” said Wight. “He will continue to support the President’s Office in the overall mission of the institution.” Modlin serves as chair of SU’s Town-Gown Council and is a member of the University’s Safety Task ELI MODLIN Force, Neighborhood Relations Committee, Strategic Planning and Budgeting Committee, and Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement steering committee.

Prior to SU, he worked at the Maryland Comptroller’s Office as special liaison officer and then public affairs officer. He earned his B.S. in communications arts from SU. Beyond the university, Modlin serves on the board of directors of My Brother’s Keeper, a Baltimore organization that provides workforce development and meals for those in need, and the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce. He also is a member of the National Folk Festival Executive Committee and the Leadership Maryland Class of 2020.

Hospital Recognized SALISBURY – Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) is among the nation’s best hospitals for 2019-2020, and has again been named a Best Regional Hospital on the Eastern Shore of Maryland according to U.S. News, the publisher of Best Hospitals. The magazine ranked PRMC as the No. 7 hospital in Maryland. U.S. News & World Report named PRMC a “high-performing hospital” in the treatment of heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), knee replacement surgery and hip replacement surgery. To be nationally ranked in a specialty, a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients. The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 30th year, is designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures. For the 2019-2020 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. 165 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. “Organizationally, this is another outstanding honor to receive,” said Steve Leonard, President/CEO of the Peninsula Regional Health System and Peninsula Regional Medical Center. "This recognition is again an acknowledgement of how hard everyone in our health system continues to works, including our Board, medical staff and volunteers, to maintain the best possible environment for our patients, and it is gratifying to know these team efforts are being recognized again nationally by U.S. News.” Peninsula Regional was also recently presented the Healthgrades 2019 America’s BEST 250 Hospitals Award for Clinical Excellence, placing PRMC amount the Top 5% of all United States hospitals for patient care and outcomes for the second consecutive year. The Salisbury hospital also again earned a 5-Star Rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2019.

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BERLIN – Maryland Coastal Bays Program and the Ocean Pines Association are hosting the 2nd Ocean Pines Bay Day, a free public event, on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at White Horse Park. This is a continuing collaborative conservation campaign between the Maryland Coastal Bays Program and the Ocean Pines Association to improve the health of waterways shouldering Ocean Pines. The family event aims to capture the interest of all age groups through hands-on environmental activities, free boat tours and kayaking, live music by the George and Pat Bikenki Duo, a bay-friendly garden demonstration, and live animal exhibits. "Area residents take pride in their coastal community, which is why the Ocean Pines Association has partnered with The Maryland Coastal Bays Program to promote awareness to our residents in Ocean Pines on how to make a positive impact in the Coastal Bays, especially the St. Martins River,” said Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Program Supervisor Debbie Donahue. “The event is a great way to learn more about how you can make

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slight changes to your watershed area that over time can make an impact on improving the bay areas.” The event comes with multiple vendors, hands on projects, fun facts, interactive things to do and the coolest thing is the 56-foot inflatable whale that will be on location in the gym of the Community Center that is accessible to walk through, all of which are learning tools that are fun for children and adults. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Ocean Pines for a second year on this event. When Coastal Bays and the Association first sat down to discuss event goals, we all agreed that we wanted there to be something for everybody. People should feel welcome to stay all day, learning from environmental organizations, taking a boat tour of the St. Martin, and participating in various hands-on activities,” said Liz Wist, education coordinator at Maryland Coastal Bays Program. New this year is a do-it-yourself workshop pavilion, garden demonstration, and live interactive artwork. The workshop pavilion will include on-site construction of bird, bat, and bee homes, seed bomb creation, and fish print shirts. Conservation partners from Assateague State Park, Pocomoke River State Park, and Chincoteague Bay Field Station, and the Ward Museum are just a few of the 30+ exhibitors that will be in attendance. They will offer event participants the opportunity to meet animals like birds, fish, and snakes. The National Aquarium will have a 56-foot inflatable sei whale on display, giving visitors access to walk through the life-size replica. The first 400 attendees will receive a canvas bag that was hand-painted by students from Cedar Chapel, Berlin Intermediate, Showell Elementary, Stephen Decatur Middle, Pocomoke Middle and Elementary, Snow Hill Middle and Little Dreamers Wellness Center. “We are excited to be continuing the momentum that we began last year by offering even more for watershed residents to explore in the 2019 Bay Day”, said Frank Piorko, executive director of Maryland Coastal Bays Program. Ocean Pines Bay Day will continue to serve as a catalyst to a year-long campaign to raise awareness and educate residents on environmentally friendly practices that could enhance the quality of local waterways. “During the past year since the inaugural Bay Day event, we have had a lot of interaction with the Ocean Pines Association, and area residents on improving the watershed habitat and water quality of the St. Martin River. We hope the positive trend continues,” said Piorko.

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BERLIN – Golf Director John Malinowski and others at the Ocean Pines Golf Club are helping to teach the next generation of players during annual junior golf summer camps. Malinowski said the camps started modestly in 2013, with just 17 children participating during the first year. This year, attendance will top 140 over four separate week-long sessions. “It’s been a big turnaround,” he said. Camps run every other week, starting one week after schools let out. The final summer camp this year started on Monday, Aug. 5. Programs each

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day run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with Fridays set aside as a “rain day.” Malinowski said skill levels run the gamut, with children ages 5 to 13 participating. “Sometimes you get 5 and 6-yearolds that are very experienced, and sometimes you get 13-year-olds that have never even touched a club before – and you get everything in between,” he said. Participants on Monday started off in two groups, with those 10 and older hitting the driving range, while the

younger set started out putting on a practice green. “Coach” Malinowski and the other camp counselors emphasized two things on day one: safety and fun. “You start out the day talking about how to hold the club and how to swing, what an iron is, what a wood is, what a green is and what a fairway is, and you kind of give them the pure basics of everything,” he said. “Our goal, by the end of the week, is to get everybody out on the golf course to at least play one or two holes. That way, they can experience and put to use what they’ve been working on all week.” He said children both from Ocean Pines and surrounding areas take part in the camps. “It’s really a good mixture of kids that live here and then you get grandparents that bring their grandkids in,” he said. “We also have some kids that have aged out, but they’ll come back to play our course. One kid was one of our campers for years but he’s too old now, so he comes back and plays with his dad every Wednesday afternoon.” Malinowski’s daughter, Emily, was once a junior golfer and for several years now has returned as a camp counselor. “I really enjoyed golf camp and it taught me a lot, so to be able to give back and teach the kids some of what I learned is really nice,” she said. “Golf


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embodies a lot of things. For me, it was discipline and figuring out how to come back from a bad spot. They learn how to play with others and have fun, but also how to be an individual at the same time, which is good. And they learn patience.” On Monday, Emily led about a dozen of the smallest junior golfers on the putting green. “I love kids a lot and I love working with them,” she said. “When you’re younger, that’s where the basics start out. To be able to teach them the basics of golf and how to swing a golf club is really nice.” This fall, Emily will start college at the University of Maryland. She said several of the lessons learned at the Ocean Pines Golf Club would go with her, including discipline, individuality, and respect for others. “And just the routine,” she added. “I know it sounds kind of silly, but when you’re playing golf you have to set a routine and to keep yourself in check. Golf has helped me a lot.” Matthew Holland, 12, said he’s been coming to the summer camps for as long as he can remember. “I like it,” he said. “I came here, and I pretty much learned everything I know [about golf].” Holland said he enjoys the junior golf program “because you get to play and there’s snacks.” “I just think golf is fun,” he said. “And the instructors are always nice. I’d recommend the camp.” Isha Garg, 10, has been attending the camps since she was 5. She’s also played golf with her dad and has gotten other private lessons. “Here, they taught me how to have a slow backswing and how to accelerate through,” she said. Garg is generally a regular during all four sessions, each summer. “I just like how you get to talk with friends, and you get to practice your skills with golf,” she said. Malinowski admitted there were some unique challenges to running the summer program his year, with construction of a new Golf Clubhouse underway. Instead of occasionally being indoors, campers would take breaks under a large tent near the driving range. Still, there hasn’t been a noticeable impact to attendance, as all four sessions easily sold out. “Some things are a little bit inconvenient, but we’ve got everything set up and it’s running smoothly now,” he said. “We had it all kind of figured out after about the second day of the first full week. The big tent is kind of our junior camp home during the week and it’s really worked out pretty well. “That said, we’re all looking forward to the clubhouse being completed,” Malinowski added. For more information on junior golf programs at the Ocean Pines Golf Club – including weekly clinics, private lessons and junior golf memberships – visit

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BERLIN – On Friday, Aug. 16, Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) and its Assateague Coastkeeper program will bring the “kayaktivist” event, Float For The Coast, to Ocean City for the fifth consecutive year. An on-the-water-rally that will focus on promoting clean water, clean air and healthy communities will take place on the waters of Isle of Wight Bay. “It’s the environments we surround ourselves with that shape who we are as individuals,” said ACT Communications Director Billy Weiland. “An event like our Float For The Coast brings community members together that recognize the importance of putting our environment and communities first, and it demonstrates the influence that our coastal environment has on our overall well-being.” All participants in this year’s event will launch from 48th Street Watersports on 48th Street (bayside) and convene behind the convention center. The event takes place during the annual Maryland Association of Counties summer conference and is anticipated to bring clean water advocacy to the attention of local and state political leaders attending the meeting. "Water shapes our lives and is the driving force for our coastal economies," said Kathy Phillips, the Assateague Coastkeeper and ACT's executive director. "Our waterways belong to everyone and to no one, they are a Public Resource that deserves absolute priority over every other economic sector. … Clean air and clean water are essential to healthy communities, and Float for The Coast is intended to remind everyone that it requires a commitment to protect the public health by keeping our air unpolluted, our water clean and our streets litter free.” Check-in time for registered participants will begin at 11 a.m. at 48th Street Watersports. A post paddle social gathering will also take place at Fish Tales Bar & Grill on 22nd Street (bayside) beginning at 12:30 p.m. Registration is required for the event. Kayak rentals will be available from 48th Street Watersports for those wishing to participate but don’t have their own kayak, SUP or other water craft. Those interested in participating should visit to pre-register. The public is encouraged to join in the float for a small registration fee that will include an event T-shirt with artwork by local artist Marc Emond, one free beverage ticket for the post paddle gathering at Fish Tales Bar & Grill and a commemorative gift. Registration is required and preregistration is strongly encouraged for those needing a kayak rental.

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RAYMOND D. COATES JR, ESQ COATES,COATES, & COATES, P.A. 6200 COASTAL HIGHWAY, SUITE 300 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17935 To all persons interested in the estate of LEROY WILSON FISHER JR, ESTATE NO. 17935. Notice is given that ASHLEY NICOLE PHILLIPS, 7 ST. MARTINS LANE, BERLIN, MD 21811 , was on JULY 18, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of LEROY WILSON FISHER JR, who died on JULY 15, 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 18TH 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 creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JULY 26, 2019 ASHLEY NICOLE PHILLIPS 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

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17933 To all persons interested in the estate of HATTIE NAOMI HAMILTON, AKA: HATTIE GAINES HAMILTON, ESTATE NO. 17933. Notice is given that EMMA G. BRIDDELL, 524 FLOWER STREET, BERLIN, MD 21811 was on JULY 18, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of HATTIE NAOMI HAMILTON, who died on MARCH 14, 2019, without a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 18TH 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 creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JULY 26, 2019

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MICHAEL B MATHERS ESQ WEBB, CORNBROOKS, WILBER, VORHIS, DOUSE & LESLIE, LLP POBOX 910 115 BROAD STREET SALISBURY, MD 21803-0910 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17812 To all persons interested in the estate of DAWN CARLSON, ESTATE NO. 17812. Notice is given that LAUREN CARLSON, 10 WESTMINSTER DRIVE, BERLIN, MD 21811 was on JULY 19, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of DAWN CARLSON, who died on APRIL 4, 2019, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 19TH 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 creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JULY 26, 2019 LAUREN CARLSON Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 7-26, 8-02, 8-09


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. 17896 To all persons interested in the estate of MARY DOELLGAST, ESTATE NO. 17896. Notice is given that MARY BRIDGET KLINKENBERG, 439 NE 11TH STREET, WASHINGTON, DC 20002, was on JULY 19, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of MARY DOELLGAST, who died on JUNE 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 19TH day of JANU-

ARY 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 JULY 26, 2019 MARY BRIDGET KLINKENBERG Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 7-26, 8-02, 8-09


NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17929 To all persons interested in the estate of IRIS G. PETERS, ESTATE NO. 17929. Notice is given that JOHN DAVID PETERS, 6551 TYSON PLACE, ELKRIDGE, MD 21075, was on JULY 15, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of IRIS G. PETERS, who died on JUNE 26, 2019, without a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the

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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 15TH 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 creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JULY 26, 2019 JOHN DAVID PETERS Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 7-26, 8-02, 8-09



NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17938 To all persons interested in the estate of LYDIA MASTRANGELO, AKA: VIRGINIA LYDIA MASTRANGELO, ESTATE NO. 17938. Notice is given that, CARLA CANAKIS, 10542 EGRET COURT, BISHOPVILLE, MD 21813, was on JULY 23, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of LYDIA MASTRANGELO, who died on APRIL 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 23RD 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 creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JULY 26, 2019 CARLA CANAKIS Personal Representative True Test Copy

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17693 To all persons interested in the estate of THOMAS R. WARDEN, ESTATE NO. 17693. Notice is given that, MARGARET A. PARADIS, 19208 TURKEY ROAD, ROCKVILLE, VA 23146, was on JULY 26, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of THOMAS R. WARDEN, who died on NOVEMBER 20, 2018, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 26TH day of JANUARY 2020. Any person having a claim

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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 02, 2019 MARGARET A. PARADIS Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17934 To all persons interested in the estate of JAMES BROOKS BOUNDS, ESTATE NO. 17934. Notice is given that, JAMES R. BERGEY, JR., 8938 WORCESTER HIGHWAY, BERLIN, MD 21811 was on JULY 25, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of JAMES BROOKS BOUNDS, who died on JUNE 20, 2019, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 25TH 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 be-

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fore 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 02, 2019


sentative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates:


(1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or

To all persons interested in the estate of GARNETTE B. CRAWFORD, ESTATE NO. 17949. Notice is given that SALLY J CRAWFORD, 12744 TOWNSEND ROAD, OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 and ELLEN C. PRICE 5322 CHARLOTTE DRIVE, CHARLOTTE, NC 28227, was on AUGUST 02, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of GARNETTE B. CRAWFORD, who died on JULY 19, 2019, with a will.

JAMES R. BERGEY, JR. Personal Representative

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.

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 8-02, 8-09, 8-16

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 2ND day of FEBRUARY, 2020.


Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal repre-

(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 09, 2019 SALLY J CRAWFORD ELLEN C PRICE 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 8-09, 8-16, 8-23

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OCEAN CITY – Lightning is extremely dangerous, and the beach may be one of the worst places to be during a lightning storm. The Ocean City Beach Patrol’s goal is to make beachgoers aware of the dangers of lightning as well as, how it operates to keep you and your family safe during a lightning storm. It often seems vacationers are more concerned with shark attacks than the possibility of a lightning strike. However, in reality, statistics show that concern should be the opposite. Maybe sharing some statistics will help to illustrate how dangerous lightning is. Florida’s Natural History Mu-

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seum estimates someone has a onein-80,000 chance of being fatally struck by lightning, while the chance of someone being victim to a fatal shark attack is one in about 3.7 million. That means lightning is nearly 50 times more dangerous than DAMIEN SANZOTTI sharks. Hundreds of people are injured every year from lightning strikes. Some of the injuries sustained are life-altering and debilitating. They include memory loss, chronic pain, sleep disorders, numbness, depression, and more. Unfortunately, when people hear these types of statistics they often ignore

them, thinking it won’t happen here or to me. In reality, there have been over a dozen people hit by lightning on or near Ocean City beaches and for five of these victims it was fatal, including four individuals under a single umbrella. The Ocean City Beach Patrol has specific procedures it follows when thunder is heard, lightning is spotted or when a severe weather warning is issued. When one of our lifeguards hears thunder, they immediately clear all swimmers from the water. The lifeguard then begins warning people about the impending danger of being near the water during an electrical storm. Many scientists believe (and the NWS includes it in warnings) that if you can hear thunder you are close

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enough to the storm to be struck. That means if you hear thunder when you are on the beach, it would be a good idea to begin to pack up your belongings and head indoors. Once lightning is spotted, the beach is cleared immediately. Leave your belongings behind and get to safety, you may return after the danger passes to get your items. At this point, our guards are told to take their own safety into account, clear the beach of all patrons and take cover as quickly as possible. Another statistic to consider is that NOAA estimates that 25 percent of fatal lightning strikes happen near water. Other dangerous areas include wide-open spaces, such as a sports field, a golf course or a BEACH. That is why our guards take the action of getting people off the beach during a storm so seriously. The bottom line is during any type of storm with thunder or lightning, people should stop all activities and take cover indoors. It really is the only safe place. NOAA continues to promote a slogan that is easy to remember, “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!” (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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SALISBURY – Pemberton Historical Park has new trail signs, thanks to the work of a Salisbury Boy Scout. Will Amrhein, 17, who is part of Troop 817 at the Salisbury Elks Lodge, decided to replace the trail signs throughout the park for his Eagle Scout project. “When I was looking for places to do my Eagle Scout project, Pemberton Park really stood out to me because it has really nice trails and is a popular destination for hikers,” Amrhein said. “I also like how Pemberton is able to preserve its history so well.” Amrhein, who will be entering his senior year at Wicomico High School in the fall, created 75 signs using clear acrylic panels, machining tools and paint, he said. The signs are 5 3/8 inches by 7 inches and were attached to existing wooden posts. During a work day at Pemberton Park on June 23, he and a team of helpers replaced the existing trail signs with the newly-created ones. The colors of the new signs align with the colors of the trails on park maps. “It was a pleasure working with Will and his team,” said Wicomico County Recreation & Parks Program Director Allen Swiger. “His professionalism, attention to detail and efforts should make the Scout community proud. The refreshed signage looks amazing and will definitely help park goers stay on track while exploring the trails.” Amrhein said he’s logged about 70 hours of work on this project. Once he completes his paperwork, he will submit his project for evaluation, he said. “I encourage other Boy Scouts to work towards their Eagle because it is not only a fun experience, but it is also invaluable for college and career opportunities,” he said.

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BERLIN – When Adolf Hitler planned his last huge offensive attack, later called, "The Battle of the Bulge" for want of a better title, he chose Kampfgruppe Joachim Peiper to spearhead the advance. Peiper was commander of the elite 1st SS Panzer Division known for its fanatical devotion to Hitler and his policies. He was a seasoned combat officer who carried out his assigned missions with ruthless efficiency. He took no prisoners and had no pity. His initial advance was swift and successful. That didn't last long. Due to unexpected obstinate resistance from American troops, poor roads and severe winter weather, his entire timetable for his advance toward the river Meuse and the port of Antwerp was severely slowed, allowing the Americans precious time to regroup and acquire reinforcements. On Dec. 17, 1944, the German spearhead spotted an American convoy of about 30 vehicles and 120 sol-

diers. The convoy was quickly overcome and the troops taken prisoner. The Americans were herded into a field, massed together and quickly the German tanks opened fire with heavy machine guns, killing most of the prisoners instantly. Some dropped to the ground wounded or pretending to be dead. The SS troops walked among the fallen soldiers shouting "Medic" and, '"Hey, Joe." Anyone who responded was instantly shot through the head. Several soldiers "played dead" and after lying still until the Germans left, got up and ran into the woods and later re- DR. JOSEPH F. PALMISANO turned to their outfits. When American troops heard of the massacre, many of them adopted a "take no SS prisoners" attitude. It wasn't until Jan. 14, 1945, that U.S. Forces reached the site of the massacre. The bodies were covered with snow and freezing temperatures preserved them for examination and recognition. Eighty-four bodies were


uncovered. About 20 of them exhibited powder burns consistent with a deliberate shot to the head at point-blank range. Some showed only one wound, in the temple or behind the ear. Others showed fatal crushing injuries, most likely from rifle butts. After the Malmedy incident, Peiper's advance was blunted by stubborn American resistance and his tactical position deteriorated. He finally abandoned his Tiger tanks and escaped to his own lines with about 800 of his men. He continued his murderous ways until finally captured. It has been estimated that between 538 and 749 POWs had been the victim of war crimes perpetrated by Peiper's men. The Dachau Trials were held in May and June of 1946, a year after the German surrender. Joachim Peiper and his principal subordinates were defendants. Forty-three death sentences (none of which were carried out) were pronounced, along with 22 life sentences. None of the defendants served their full terms. Most were released in the 1950s. The last to leave

prison was Peiper in December 1956. Peiper chose to live in France after his release, and with his family, he settled in the small village of Traves. In 1974, his identity was discovered by remnants of the French Resistance. He began to receive death threats and he sent his family back to Germany. On the night of July 13, 1976, shots were heard at Peiper's house, and it was set on fire. Peiper's charred corpse was later found in the ruins with a bullet in his chest. The perpetrators were never identified. In researching this incident, I discovered there were many different versions of what came to be called the "Massacre at Malmedy." This was due to the many witnesses involved, including the German soldiers. I have related what I believe to be the most accurate version. (The writer is a retired physician who shares insights about historically significant events and personal reflections on the area. The Ocean Pines resident is the author of “Doctor Joe, A Family Doctor In The Twentieth Century.” He can be reached at

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OCEAN CITY – Ocean City Recreation and Parks employee James Haynes is officially turning in his maintenance uniform for a fishing rod and more time with his family. After working for the department for 13 years as a parks maintenance worker, Haynes worked his last shift on Wednesday, July 31. Hired in July of 2006, Haynes came to Ocean City after serving in the United States Navy for 20 years. After his naval career he spent 13 years working for Michelin Tire Center before joining the town of Ocean City. With more than a decade of employment for the town, he spent most of his days at Northside Park keeping the park free of trash, prepping the sports fields and assisting with the town’s special events. “My wife has a honey-do list waiting for me and my three children want me to visit more often,” said Haynes. “There is no re-employment in my future plans, but I intend to keep myself busying by fishing, hunting and spending time with my

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with Scott Lenox

Captain Monty Hawkins of the Morning Star had a great day on the water with these clients putting them on keeper sea bass, flounder and even mahi.

Nancy Kohl and her fried Ken had an awesome day on Rhonda’s Osprey releasing two blue marlin and a white marlin and boxing a yellowfin tuna and a nice wahoo.

The crew of Reel Chaos with Captain Anthony Matarese had an incredible day offshore when they released a blue marlin and 10 white marlin and also boated this stud bull mahi.

The ladies of the Ringleader took first place honors and a check for over $28,000 in the 11th Annual Heels & Reels Tournament put on by the Ocean City Marlin Club.

Randy Swain, Sr., Randy Swain, Jr., Bill Davidson and Rick Kramer landed their limit of flounder up to five pounds while fishing ocean structure.

Ayrton “The Kayak Crouton” Pryor landed this 630pound cobia while releasing 12 others on a fishing trip with Jacob Lewis.

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Bear down at the Oceanic Pier submitted this photo of Amber Smoker who landed this big 34-inch bluefish from the north sea wall at the Inlet.

Hello and happiest busiest month of the summer to all. As I write this column on Tuesday morning, I am recovering from one of the busiest days of weigh-in action that I have ever seen in my years of covering tournaments in Ocean City. Monday of the 46th Annual White Marlin Open was one for the books. There are 404 boats fishing for a record purse of $6.1 million this year and some of the fish that I saw yesterday are going to win some of that cash. There was a beautiful 74-pound white marlin weighed, a huge 201-pound bigeye tuna, an 82-pound wahoo, a 35.5pound dolphin and a 277.5-pound mako shark. It was unbelievable. Some of these fish will slide down the leader board and others will get bumped, but I’m certain some of them are going to see money at the end of the week. Away from the 46th Annual White Marlin Open there has been some terrific fishing. Yellowfin tuna fishing has slowed because of the warm water temps, but billifishing and mahi fishing has picked up nicely. Boats trolling the Poor Man’s and Baltimore Canyons have seen the best billfish action with lots of white marlin releases and several blue marlin releases. There are more and more wahoo being caught as well with water temps being in the upper 70s. The sea bass bite has improved greatly over the past week or so and the local ocean going party boat fleet is seeing more consistent action with them and flounder. Sea bass up to 4 pounds have been caught by the Angler, Morning Star, Ocean Princess and Judith M and more flounder up to 5 pounds have come over

the rail as well. The water has warmed into the upper 70s and low 80s and that has enticed some mahi to move inshore where some lucky party boat anglers have put a hook in them, too. A little closer to shore around Great Gull and Little Gull shoals there have been good numbers of king and Spanish mackerel being caught by local private boats and the Fish in OC inshore charter fleet. Captain John Prather of Ocean City Guide Service and Captain Jason Mumford of Lucky Break Charters have been trolling small spoons and feathers at the shoals and having great success with the mackerel. The inshore shoals are also the spots to hit first if you’re looking to bag one of the many cobia that have been hanging around inshore. You can accidentally catch one trolling or bottom fishing, but the best technique is sight casting for them when you see them cruising the surface. Bounce a bucktail off of their nose and you’re sure to get a bite sooner than later. I’ll never get tired of saying that flounder fishing in the back bays is good and that’s exactly what I’m saying again this week. I had my brothers from Sigma Pi fraternity at Towson State down last Saturday for a trip on the Bay Bee and we had a blast catching a bunch of fish. We literally had one of our two keepers in about 30 seconds on the first drop and then I added the second when I enticed a nice 18-inch fish to eat a Gulp on one of our Fish in OC Croaker Smoker rigs. The guys said I had an unfair advantage and I reminded them that they are for sale at most local tackle


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This family had some great fun catching king and Spanish mackerel on the Ocean City Guide Service with Captain John Prather.

shops or online at You see what I did there? Speaking of Croaker Smokers, some croaker have shown up in our back bays over the past week and you might just be able to catch some if you try the right spot with the right bait. I’ve heard of some fish around the Route 50 and Route 90 bridges, the deeper holes in the Thoro-

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Captain Jason Mumford of Lucky Break Charters found a couple of fat keeper flounder for this family.

fare and smack in the middle of the Inlet. Fishbites baits, scented squid and bloodworms and peeler crab are probably the best croaker baits around and our Dale Timmons’ designed Croaker Smoker is named that for a reason. Tournament season hums right along next week when the ladies take center stage in the Poor Girl’s Open put on by Bahia Marina. This is a ladies only billfish tournament with categories for tuna and dolphin as well. There are usually over 100 boats and over $100,000 in prize money and it is an absolute blast.

Poor Girl’s is a fish one of three day event with scales action at Bahia Marina on 22nd Street and the bay Thursday, Aug. 15 through Saturday, Aug. 17. Make sure to stop by and say hello. After Poor Girl’s it’s the MidAtlantic Tournament the entire following week Monday, Aug. 19 through Friday, Aug. 23 with scales action in Cape May, N.J. and at Sunset Marina in West Ocean City. The Hooked on OC crew and I will be bringing that one to you live and direct and you can watch it at Remember to check out my Daily

Angle for a more frequent report on what’s biting at 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.) (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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Dorie Murphy: The Unexpected Adventure OCBP Alumni Of The Week

Dorie Murphy is pictured on her stand in 1993. Submitted Photos

(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 – Dorie Murphy never expected to be a member of the Ocean City Beach Patrol. She had spent the summer of 1992 guarding the open beaches at Assateague State Park and despite the closeness to Ocean City, she never intended to switch. But a chance meeting on Memorial Day weekend of 1993 with two officers from the beach patrol convinced her to give it a try. The next morning she showed up at the tryouts, dove into the 53 degree water and became the only female to finish that day. Murphy was assigned to the crowded beaches between 9th and 12th streets, where the rock jetties were particularly treacherous. On heavy surf days, the rescues were constant. "We would go around and around pulling one person out, assuring they were ok, heading back over the dry end of the rocks and out again," she recalled. She and her fellow beach patrol roommates would keep track of their rescues on "a notes board on our fridge where we wrote our number of rescues and other statistics each day. I think 23 in one day was my record that summer." Murphy remembers the summers were filled with fun and adventure and the bonds she formed were truly special. "My experience on OCBP shaped my career and at times when things were rough I remember how tired I was on those days when I pulled multiple people out of the ocean and told myself if I was strong enough to do that I can handle this, whatever it has been," she said. After the 1994 season ended, Murphy headed to San Diego with a few other guards and stayed there for years in "many water safety related jobs before joining the US Army Corps of Engineers." She is now back in Maryland serving as the Chief of Emergency Management for the Baltimore District and is happy that she can bring her daughter back to see the Ocean City she loves.

Couple Fulfilling A Dream With Berlin Farm Supply Store

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BERLIN – The owners of a new farm supply store are looking to bring quality products and community-centric activities to Berlin. On April 1, Wayne and Sarah Campbell opened Campbell’s Farm Supply on Broad Street. Earlier in the year, the couple leased the vacant building after the proprietors of Berlin Farm Supply decided to close their doors for good. “My husband and I, since high school, have always wanted to have a store in this building,” Sarah said. “We would drive by and think ‘Man, it would be cool to someday have a store there,’ but we always thought it was a pipe dream. So when this building came up for lease, we immediately jumped on it to get in here.” Since taking over the Broad Street building, the Campbells have quickly made their vision for the store a reality. Sarah – who manages Campbell’s Farm Supply – said the store has also partnered with Southern States to become an official dealer. “Everyone calls this building the old Southern States building,” she said. “So it is a Southern States dealer once again.” Campbell’s Farm Supply features a wide range of products, including bird houses, McCutcheon’s preserves, produce, garden and home supplies, Imperial Whitetail products and Southern States animal feed, to name a few. “You name an animal and we either have the feed for it or we can get it,” Sarah said. In the near future, the owners also hope to expand the store’s inventory by offering hunting products and farm apparel, including Carhartt. “We decided to keep the Southern States vibe,” she said, “with the exception that we are going to branch off and do a lot more hunting stuff.” The store also hosts workshops and arts and crafts classes, which will soon be offered weekly. Recent workshops have taught participants how to make soap, floral wreaths, pallet planters and pallet benches.

Co-owner Sarah Campbell is pictured inside her farm supply story on Broad Street in Berlin. Photo by Bethany Hooper

“It’s something new that’s never been offered here before,” she said. Sarah explained the idea of Campbell’s Farm Supply is to create a gathering place – something akin to the old general store – for locals and visitors. “This has always been a store where you just come in, get your feed and leave …,” she said. “We want to do more. We want people to come here and hang out.”

She noted that picnic tables placed on the property are meant to encourage anyone to visit. “I wouldn’t even care if people came in and got a soda or peaches and sat on the porch,” she said. “We even have picnic tables on the side of the porch hoping people will just come and hang out, even if they don’t buy anything.” Every Thursday evening, Camp-

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bell’s Farm Supply hosts “Pickin’ on the Porch” events, where musicians and music lovers can play or listen to bluegrass, gospel or old-time country music. The Campbells also have plans to host a hoedown with live music and barbecue in the fall and a “Christmas on the Farm” event in December. “We will be selling Christmas trees, Santa will be here and we’ll be selling gift items and décor that are rural- or ag- related,” Sarah said. “Everything will be decorated.” Sarah encouraged everyone to come out and support Campbell’s Farm Supply. “I want this to be like a general store, like a place the community can come,” she said. “If they support us, they are supporting a local family.” Campbell’s Farm Supply is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hours are expected to change in September. For more information, visit the store’s Facebook page, email or call 410-641-3600.

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What Happens When Your Business Has Been Hacked?

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BERLIN – Data breaches are common and are becoming more dangerous every day. Cards Technology founder and CEO Sam Card shared some best practices this week on how to protect your business from breaches and how to respond when – not if – you have a data breach.

Q. What possible impacts would a breach have on my business? A: One of the first impacts of a breach is to your business reputation. You owe it to your customers to let them know about the hack; unfortunately, this can mean your customers now view your business as risky and unprofessional. To help mitigate that, you may have to subscribe your clients to an identity monitoring service for a year which could cost SAM CARD thousands of dollars. Add credit restoration services to the mix and cost becomes another impact. The main impact, of course, is to your data security. With access to your sensitive information and server, hackers can use your system for illegal activities like crypto mining where they mine bitcoin all day – using your com-

puters. Or, they may even host an illegal web site using your server.

Q. What’s important to have in place to help deal with any breach situation? A: Develop and implement a breach response plan so you and your team know what steps to carry out. Part of this plan includes assigning people to an incident response team which typically includes an executive team member and staff from IT, legal and public relations. Q. What can I do to regain my clients’ trust after a data breach? A: It’s all about how you deal with the situation. I think as long as you’re truthful and honest throughout the whole process, customers are going to be understanding. It’s important to be prepared and to let customers know what steps are being taken to protect their information. If you’re caught unprepared, you’ll look silly to customers. Many businesses are not having business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) conversations with their IT providers, and this is a mistake. Regardless of the size of your business, hackers are targeting you and you need to be prepared.

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Unfortunately, there’s always some new hacking tool or cyberthreat out there that you aren’t protected from. So, it’s possible that you will go through more than one data breach. The best practice is to talk with your cyber security provider to make sure you have the right balance of security and risk for your organization. (The writer can be reached at To learn more about Cards Technology, visit

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OCEAN CITY – Ocean City’s festival focusing on artistic expression, ArtX, brings additional opportunities for creative experiences to the beach. On Aug. 24-25, the outdoor event takes over Northside Park and its vast 58 acres. Surrounding the scenic lagoon, ArtX offers an endless list of opportunities to create, purchase and enjoy different genres of art – from simple and fun to professional and inspiring. “The Town of Ocean City Special Events Department in partnership with the Art League of Ocean City produce ArtX as a primarily free event to inspire creativity, nurture artistic drive

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and promote art and culture in a variety of mediums,” said Special Events Director Frank Miller. “ArtX will include artisan work for sale covering classic and unique categories such as music, cinematography and photography, sculpting, painting, ceramics, drawing, glass, and much more.” Films from the Art League’s popular March film festival will be scheduled for showings over the two-day event, creating a welcomed break from the August sun. Since interaction is key to this expressive event, guests of any age will find hands-on activities to make their mark, including frisbee illustration, Zen-

tangle, beading, and speed painting. In addition, more serious art workshops are also available on-site through the Art League of Ocean City, offering the opportunity for participants to try their creative hand under the dedicated direction of a professional artist. Workshops are available for advanced registration through the Art League’s website and include a small fee to participate. “Northside Park presents the perfect bayside environment for this progressive art and music festival,” said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan. “Visitors can stroll throughout the park, shop, take in sculpture installations,

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enjoy food, beverages and live performances. It’s a fun event for family members of all ages and interest.” On Saturday evening, Aug. 25, ArtX hosts a night of great original music with RIPE and special local guests the Swell Fellas. Born all over but formed in Boston, the seven soulmates of RIPE create an unstoppable high-energy groove guaranteed to get you dancing. The outdoor concert begins at 8 p.m. and is free. ArtX hours are Saturday, Aug. 24, noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Aug, 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event offers food and beverage selections.

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Swim-A-Thon Fundraiser:

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The Ocean Pines Swim Team held its 2nd annual Swim-A-Thon event recently. Funds raised from the event will benefit the swim team and a portion of funds raised will be donated to Team 360. Pictured with OPST swimmers and coaches is Team 360 President Jill Fears. TEAM 360 is a non-profit organization that provides motivation and support to people of different abilities, empowering and enabling them to train and participate in Submitted Photo mainstream athletic events.

Berlin Meat Market ‘Taking It To Another Level’

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BERLIN – With years of experience in the food service industry, the owners of a full-service meat market are continuing to bring the best products to Berlin and surrounding areas. Located on William Street, J&M Meat Market features a butcher shop serving premium meats, a full deli, locally made products and more. Owners Eric and Heidi Johnson opened J&M Meat Market in December of 2017. Heidi Johnson said the decision to open the market followed years of experience in the food service industry. Eric Johnson currently works in the food division at Holt Paper, and his wife spent years working for a food broker company. She also noted her father’s experience in managing restaurants. “I was born into the business,” she joked. Heidi Johnson said she and her husband decided to start a business in Berlin in an effort to provide the best meat products available. “Because my husband is a wholefood sales rep, we’ve been able to have access to wonderful meat products …,” she said. “We thought this area really needed to be able to enjoy a lot of these products that you typi-

A variety of premium meats and a full deli are among the offerings at J&M Meat Market in Berlin. Photo by Bethany Hooper

cally cannot get because it is wholesale. So we wanted to bring it to retail.” J & M Meat Market offers USDAcertified, all-natural and premium black angus beef – aged 30 days – from Creekstone Farms, organic chicken, New Zealand rack of lamb and ground lamb, fresh ground beef, homemade sausage, all-natural pork and thick-cut slab bacon, to name a few. “We are unique in that we give the customer fresh products,” she said. For example, J&M Meat Market serves hand-cut meats and fresh ground beef daily. It also offers its own blend of black angus ground beef with steak trimmings and its own steak burgers.

Heidi Johnson said patrons can also find a full grill and deli featuring homemade soups, paninis, subs, burgers and market sides, including chicken salad, macaroni salad, potato salad, coleslaw, crab dip, mac n’ cheese and shrimp salad, to name a few. “We just added our grill,” she said. “So we now offer fresh prime rib cheesesteaks, fresh chicken cheesesteaks and our sausage and pepper sandwiches. We’re taking it to another level. So far, the response has been incredible.” Heidi Johnson added that those ordering from the deli can enjoy their meal in the adjacent dining room. “If they would like to order lunch

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and sit down here, they can,” she said. Patrons can also find locally made products – including local produce, honey, pickles, jams and spreads – from the Berlin Farmers Market, which is held around the shop each Sunday. “If they can’t make it over on Sunday, they can shop here during the week,” Heidi Johnson said. J&M Meat Market also offers catering services. “We basically accommodate any budget,” Heidi Johnson said. “We work with them to make sure they can get what they are looking for.” The proprietor said products sold at the shop cannot be found at any local grocery store. “Prime meat is not an easy thing to come by,” she said. “Grocery stores are changing the way they are cutting their meats and where they are getting their meats from. But our main goal is to offer a better choice of meat.” Heidi Johnson said it is that mission that earned J&M Meat Market a Best New Business award as well as awards from Gov. Larry Hogan and Senator Mary Beth Carozza. J&M Meat Market is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 443-5133194 or visit or the shop’s Facebook page or Instagram account.

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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. 9: Chicken Salad Sandwich Carry-out 5-7 p.m. Bishopville VFD Station 1, 10709 Bishopville Rd., Bishopville. $8 delicious chicken salad sandwich with chips and drink. $6 by the pint. Baked goods table available. Call to arrange premade carry-outs. 619-922-9950.

Aug. 9: Maryland Crab Cake Dinner 4-6:30 p.m. Stevenson United Methodist Church, 123 Main St., Berlin. $8 Maryland crab cake sandwich, $12 Maryland crab cake sandwich platter with green beans, baked potato, cole slaw and $20 two Maryland crab cake sandwich platter with sides. Bake sale table and carry-out available. Aug. 10: Kicks 4 Kids Family Fun Day 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Winterplace Park, Salisbury. Games, contests, food, prizes, live music and more! Silent auction of shoes designed and decorated by community members. Event benefits Coastal Kids Supportive Care Pediatric Program of Coastal Hospice. Follow at

Aug. 10: Focus On Prayer Women’s Prayer Group 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Holy Trinity Anglican, 11021 Worcester Hwy., Berlin. Theme: “Reframe it with Prayer.” Sara Lewis, author of “Called to Pray: An Intercessor’s Toolkit,” Candy Abbott and Joyce Thomas-Detweiler will speak. Complimentary light lunch available. RSVP to

Aug. 10: Democratic Central Committee Worcester County Monthly Meeting 9-11 a.m. Snow Hill Branch, Worcester County Library. Interested person are encouraged to attend. 410-213-1956.

Aug. 10: Ocean Pines Anglers Club 9:30 a.m. Ocean Pines Branch, Worcester County Library. Speaker will be popular local fisherman Big Bird Cropper. Cropper has been featured in Coastal Fisherman, Outdoors Delmarva and Hooked on OC. All welcome. Aug. 14: Deadline for Wicomico County Tourism Photo Contest Accepting entries until 5 p.m. Contest

August 9, 2019 open to photographers 18+. First prize wins $500. The first-place photo will be included on the Wicomico County Tourism website, in an e-newsletter and in the 2020 Visitors and Relocation Guide. Photos must be taken within the past two years. Suggested topics include nature, culture and festivals. Contest rules and entry form can be found at

Aug. 15: NAACP “Neighborhood Policing” Discussion 6:30 p.m. Berlin MAC Center, 10129 Old Ocean City Blvd., Berlin. Speakers will be Chiefs of Police or their representatives from these Worcester communities: Arnold Downing, Berlin; David Massey, Ocean Pines; Lee Brumley, Pocomoke and Andy McGee, Snow Hill. 443-944-6701.

Aug. 15: Pine’eer Craft Club Meeting 9:45 a.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. August Project is a closed terrarium. $15 per project. Refreshments at 9:45 a.m. Business Meeting at 10 a.m. Call to reserve your project. Sharon, 410-208-3032. Aug. 17: Willards VFC Chicken BBQ 11 a.m. Rt. 346 & Main St., Willards. $10 for a half chicken, two sides, roll and can of soda. Benefit for Jimmy Parker. 410-430-1135.

Aug. 17: Steak Dinner 4-7 p.m. American Legion 123, 10111 Old Ocean City Blvd., Berlin. $16 dinner includes 14oz. Porterhouse steak, baked potato, salad and dinner roll. Public welcome. Pre-order required. Call for tickets or pick up from the bartender at the legion. Don, 410-6005294. Ray, 410-215-9354. Aug. 17: Festival on the Lawn 1-6 p.m. Frankford Community Park, Frankford. Free concert featuring several acts including the Zion Reggae Band, Committed to Serve and Ty Bolden. Music, food, games and book bag giveaways. Event presented by Center Stage Resources to bring awareness on mental health and human trafficking. For more information contact Aug. 17: Chicken, Dumplings Dinner 11 a.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. $10 dinners include chicken n dumplings, potato salad, candied yam, mac n cheese, string beans, rolls and corn bread. Dine-in or carry-out available. Drinks and desserts available. Fundraiser for Calvary United Methodist Church. Aug. 17: Children’s Superhero Lunch 11:30 a.m. Poplar Hill Mansion, 117 Elizabeth St., Salisbury. $22 per person. RSVP to reserve seats. Dress up as your favorite superhero or comic book character. Kid-friendly menu features smoothies, sandwiches, fruit and desserts. Games and prizes. All proceeds benefit Poplar Hill Mansion. To RSVP, call 410-749-1776.

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Page 92 FRUITLAND-SALISBURY RESTAURANT 213 213 N. Fruitland Blvd., Fruitland 410-677-4880 • Recently named one of the 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America for 2015 by OpenTable (1 of the only 2 restaurants named in the State of Maryland), the food at Restaurant 213 is far from your conventional Chesapeake Bay fare. A former apprentice of Roger Vergé in southern France, chef Jim Hughes prepares unpretentious, globally influenced cuisine inspired by the area’s plentiful ingredients. Chef Hughes has catered many events for Ronald Reagan, while he was President of the United States. He also served as Chef for the King of Saudi Arabia at the Saudi Arabian Royal National Guard military academy. Chef Hughes has been honored by the James Beard Foundation and DiRoNA (Distinguished Restaurants of North America). For 2015 Restaurant 213 was voted Best Chef, Best Special Occasion Dining, and Best Fine Dining Restaurant by Coastal Style Magazine, and Best Special Occasion Restaurant by Metropolitan Magazine. Frommer's Travel Guide has Awarded Restaurant 213 its highest Rating of 3 Stars, making it one of only 3 restaurants on the Eastern Shore. Additionally, "Special Finds" awarded this distinction from 2010-2015 in their Maryland & Delaware Travel Guide Edition. Open Tuesday-Sunday at 5 p.m. Special 5-course prix-fixe dinners offered on Sundays and Thursdays. WEST OCEAN CITY-BERLIN-OCEAN PINES ASSATEAGUE CRAB HOUSE & CARRYOUT Rte. 611, Assateague Island • 410-641-4330 On the way to visit the ponies of Assateague, stop by this rustic crab house. Enjoy Maryland crabs by the dozen, or try the all-you-can-eat specials including snow crab legs. Their extensive menu features various appetizers, fresh fish, seafood, steaks, chicken and ribs. The kids can enjoy their own menu along with the great game room. Great for casual dining or carry-out. House specialties: All-you-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.

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

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

fresh-squeezed orange crush, of course.

HOOTERS RESTAURANT Rt. 50 & Keyser Point Rd., West Ocean City 410-213-1841 • New mouthwatering smoked wings with half the calories. Traditional wings and boneless wings with 12 sauce selections. Burgers, quesadillas, tacos, and healthy salads. Extensive seafood selections with raw bar and Alaskan crab legs. Children's menu and game room. Apparel and souvenir shop. Sports packages on a ton of TVs and live entertainment. Wingfest every Tuesday from 6 to 8 with 50 cent wings. And of course, the world famous Hooters Girls. Large parties welcome. Call for private party planning. LIGHTHOUSE SOUND St. Martin’s Neck Road • 410-352-5250 Enjoy the best views of Ocean City at the newly renovated, Lighthouse Sound. Come relax and dine overlooking the bay and the beautiful Ocean City skyline. Savor entrees such as local rockfish, tempura-battered soft shell crabs, char-grilled filet mignon and jumbo lump crabcakes. Open to the public, we serve Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner. One mile west of Ocean City, Md., just off Route 90 on St. Martin’s Neck Road. Reservations recommended. MAD FISH BAR & GRILL 12817 Harbor Road, West Ocean City 410-213-2525 • West Ocean City’s newest restaurant created by the team of The Embers and Blu Crabhouse. Located conveniently on the harbor with tremendous views of the Inlet and sunsets, the brand new menu offers something for everyone. Fresh fish and classic seafood dishes will tempt most, but the rack of ribs from the land side never disappoints. Lighter options, like Certified Angus Beef burgers and fish and shrimp tacos, are also offered along with a diverse kids menu. Check out the outdoor decks for drink specials and live music. Happy hour daily from 3-6 p.m. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. RUTH’S CHRIS Within the GlenRiddle Community 410-213-9444 • 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

August 9, 2019 around jumbo shrimp, grilled to perfection with jalapeno barbecue sauce. Other wonderfully delicious dishes cover the land and sea as well and each have a special touch that makes this restaurant unique among its peers. Children’s menu available. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 45TH STREET TAPHOUSE 45th Street and the bay • 443-664-2201 At the newly remodeled 45th Street Taphouse, the best views of bayside Ocean City, MD are the backdrop where craft beer meets Maryland cuisine. This is vacation done right, all year long. Wash down a Crabby Pretzel or homemade crabcakes with one of our 35+ craft beers on tap, all made right here in the USA. Not feeling crabby? Pair your craft brew with our award-winning wings or even our brand new breakfast menu. Anyway it’s served, come get tapped with us. BLU CRABHOUSE AND RAW BAR 24th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-3322 • Brought to you by the restaurateurs of The Embers, BLU Crabhouse and Raw Bar features outside dining under the palms, with a newly expanded outdoor bar, beautiful sunsets on the bay, and accessibility by boat to enhance your experience. Featuring jumbo crabs by the dozen, all-you-can-eat crab feasts and a diverse menu focusing on a variety of seafood & non-selections. Be sure to check out the popular BLU Beach Bar Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. for great bargains on drinks and food. Open daily at noon. BONFIRE 71st Street & Coastal Highway 410-524-7171 150 ft. Seafood & Prime Rib Buffet. A famous Ocean City Restaurant for 37 years. It’s all here. The service, the atmosphere and the finest, freshest food available. Fresh seafood, snow crab legs, prime rib, BBQ ribs, raw oysters, raw clams, steamed shrimp, fish, homemade soups & salads. Decadent dessert selection – homemade donuts & bread pudding, soft serve ice cream with hot fudge topping and lots more! Large selection of children’s favorites – chicken tenders, hot dogs, burgers, macaroni & cheese and pizza. A la carte menu available featuring fresh cut steaks and seafood. Open Monday-Friday at 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, at 3 p.m. Plenty of free parking. BUXY’S SALTY DOG 28th Street • 410-289-0973 • Destiny has a new home in Ocean City. From the ‘burgh to the beach, Buxy’s is your home away from Pittsburgh. Come see what all the locals already know and have known – Buxy’s is the place to come to meet friends, relax and be social with no attitudes. House specialties include “The” Cheesesteak Sub, Primanti-styled sandwiches, piero-gis,egg-rolls and homemade crab dip. Don’t miss our daily specials. CAPTAIN’S TABLE 15th Street & Baltimore Avenue • 410-289-7192 One of Ocean City’s premier restaurants is back with a new and improved atmosphere and a brand new home. However, the mission to provide the same fresh, quality food and attentive service has not changed. Excellent chefs, who inspect each dish for culinary perfection, prepare the meals here. The finest seafood is guaranteed and nothing but the best in black angus beef is served. Be sure to inquire about the daily specials and check out the new bar and lounge area. They have the kids covered as well with a quality kids menu. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. COCONUTS BEACH BAR & GRILL 37th Street Oceanfront • 410-289-6846 No matter if you are looking for a hearty sandwich, a tasty seafood appetizer or a robust fresh salad, they have all the bases covered. A favorite on the appetizer list is the wasabi shrimp and crab dip bites, but everything on the menu is worth a try at least once and never disappoints, especially the fresh seafood offerings that can be added to salads and make for impressive sandwiches. They have the “Little Surfers” covered as well with several offerings. Also be sure to ask about their specialty cocktails that are always impressive. COINS PUB & RESTAURANT 28th Street Plaza • 410-289-3100 Great mid-town location offering a complete dinner menu, lunch and lite fare. Coins features the freshest seafood, shrimp, scallops, clams, fresh catch and lobster plus the best crab cake in Maryland, hand cut steaks cooked to your liking, succulent veal and chicken dishes. Also authentic pasta selections. Enjoy live entertainment and dancing in the lounge nightly. Happy hour daily 3-6 p.m. Casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Special kids menu. Lots of free parking. DRY 85 OC 12 48th Street • 443-664-8989 • Steps from the beach. Gourmet "stick to your ribs" Lowcountry cuisine. A made-from-scratch kitchen SEE NEXT PAGE

August 9, 2019 FROM PAGE 84 with every sauce and every dressing hand crafted. It's that attention to detail that takes the concept of burgers, fries, ribs and wings and turns them completely on their head. Charcuterie boards. Late night bar. 120+ Whiskies. Craft beer. Artisanal craft cocktails. Seasonal outdoor seating. Named one of the Top 40 Whiskey Bars in America by Whiskey Advocate. DRY DOCK 28 28th Street and Coastal Highway • 410-289-0973 The new kid on the dining scene in Ocean City features eclectic pizzas, delicious sandwiches, soups, salads and hot steamers in a modern, nautical themed atmosphere. A beautiful boat bar is featured inside and features craft cocktails and brews. Outdoor seating is available. Carry out available and beer and wine to go. Live music is also offered in this kid-friendly establishment. EMBERS RESTAURANT 24th Street & Coastal Highway 410-289-3322 • The Embers is stepping it up again with their Famous All-You-Can-Eat Seafood and Prime Rib Buffet. New buffet selections from our Executive Chef and Sous Chef paired expertly with all the old favorites! Massive crab legs, large shrimp, crab cakes, and over 100 additional items including our Raw Bar, Steamed Clams, various fish selections and a continuous array of delicious surprises from the kitchen daily. The Embers also offers an excellent happy hour with some of the lowest drink prices and discounts on selected items from the buffet until 6 p.m. in our bar! Open daily at 3 p.m. FAGER’S ISLAND RESTAURANT & BAR 201 60th Street On The Bay 410-524-5500 • Fager’s Island is an award-winning popular bayfront restaurant where lunch is a forgivable habit, dinner an event and sunsets unforgettable. Lite fare lunch served from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., dinner from 5 p.m., famous raw bar, festive Sunday Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.2 p.m. and children’s menu. Complete house wine list and award-winning proprietor’s list available upon request. Outdoor decks and bar. Nightly entertainment in-season, Friday-Saturday, off-season. Open every day, year-round. A Fun Place! GENERAL’S KITCHEN 66th Street & Coastal Highway • 410-723-0477 Join us at our new bigger and better location. Everybody likes breakfast, but for too many it comes too early in the morning. Not so at this sunshine-happy delight. Breakfast is what it’s all about, from 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The menu is a breakfast lover’s dream. From juice, cereal and eggs, to corned beef hash, waffles, hot cakes, bacon, sausage, to the best creamed chipped beef on the coast (try it on french fries). This is definitely the place. House specialties: creamed chipped beef, O.C. No. 1 breakfast, own recipes. HARRISON'S HARBOR WATCH RESTAURANT AND RAWBAR 1 Boardwalk South, Overlooking the Inlet 410-289-5121 • Harrison's Harbor Watch Restaurant and RawBar has been bringing Ocean City, MD the Freshest Seafood, an award winning RawBar, Certified Angus Beef Steaks, unlimited sides and a view you have to see to believe for the past 35 years. Please come join us at the end of the Boardwalk where the Inlet meets the Atlantic Ocean. Open for lunch and dinner everyday. Banquet and wedding space available. HAPPY JACK PANCAKE HOUSE 2404 Philadelphia Avenue • 410-289-7377 Happy Jack Pancake House has been serving the families of visitors and locals alike for over 50 years. Started by Dick Smith and taken over by Bob Torrey over 30 years ago, the restaurant has been a “mustvisit” for generations. Good food, including 14 varieties of pancakes, fast service and a friendly staff is a guarantee. A family operated and family oriented restaurant, family serving family is a way of life here. There is something for every breakfast lover on the menu. HIGGINS CRAB HOUSE 31st Street & Coastal Highway 128th Street & Coastal Highway • 410-289-2581 There is no doubt about it. Higgins offers traditional Eastern Shore favorites for the entire family to enjoy. Of course, the house specialties include all-you-caneat crabs, crab legs, fried chicken, steamed shrimp and baby back ribs. In addition, there is a full menu offering a variety of delicious soups, appetizers and entrees. Open Monday-Friday at 2:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday at noon. HOOTERS RESTAURANT 5th Street & The Boardwalk Ocean City 410-289-2690 • Mouthwatering traditional and boneless wings with 12 sauce selections. Burgers, quesadillas, tacos,

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

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

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


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

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

Page 93 food, 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 Along with all-you-can-eat crabs every day, the full menu is available daily for eating in or eating out. Daily dinner specials are offered along with favorites such as fried chicken and baby back ribs. Check out the new lunch menu, which is available until 3 p.m. daily. A fun and popular happy hour is also offered daily until 6 p.m. with food and drink specials. GREENE TURTLE-NORTH 116th Street & Coastal Highway 410-723-2120 This is the Original Greene Turtle, an Ocean City Tradition, since 1976! A fun and friendly Sports Bar & Grille, where every seat is a great spot to watch sports with 50+ High Def. TVs up & downstairs! Menu favorites include homemade crab cakes, kids’ menu, salads, burgers, wings and more! Join them for weekday lunch specials 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and happy hour 3-7 p.m. Popular features are game room, gift shop, carry-out, party trays, nightly drink specials, MD Lottery-Keno, Powerball and DJs with dance floor. Something for everyone! Open 11 a.m-2 a.m., year-round. HARPOON HANNA’S RESTAURANT & BAR Rte. 54 and the bay, Fenwick Island, DE 302-539-3095 No reservations required. Harpoon Hanna’s features a children’s menu & full bar. We are a casual waterfront restaurant serving lunch & dinner including fesh fish, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and all-you-caneat Alaskan crab legs. Open year-round. HORIZONS OCEANFRONT RESTAURANT Located inside the Clarion Resort 101st Street, Ocean City • 410-524-3535 Horizons Oceanfront Restaurant is proud to have Chef Rob Sosnovich creating beach-inspired dishes in both our oceanfront restaurants, Horizons and Breaker’s Pub. Our new all day menu, available 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., features many of your favorites and some exciting new creations with a local flare – from Lite Bites to Big Bites and everything in between. Our deluxe Sunday breakfast buffet is open year-round and our “famous” all-you-can-eat prime rib, crab legs and seafood buffet is available most weekends throughout the year and daily in season. The Ocean Club Nightclub features top-40 dance music every weekend and nightly this summer. We’ve added some popular local bands to our lineup, so come join us “where the big kids play!” Lenny’s Beach Bar & Grill: enjoy surf, sun and live entertainment 7 days a week on the deck, from Memorial day through Labor Day during our afternoon beach parties. Enjoy something to eat or drink from our extensive menu. Try our “Bucket of Fun”, or a fresh “Orange Crush”–two of our favorites! NANTUCKETS Rte. 1, Fenwick Island • 302-539-2607 Serving the beach great food and spirits for over 20 years. David and Janet Twining will wow you with the finest foods and drinks in the area. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what one of the coast’s finest dining establishments has in store for guests. Everything here is a house specialty. There’s the memorable steaks, fresh seafood, famous quahog chowder and the chef’s daily specials, just to name a few. SMITTY MCGEE’S Rte. 54-West Fenwick Ireland 302-436-4716 Smitty McGee’s is the place to be for fun. Best wings on the beach for 28 years and counting. Enjoy great food and drink specials in a casual atmosphere. Happy hour daily. Come enjoy the live entertainment Thursday and Friday. Full menu served unil 1 a.m. Banquet facilities available. Open seven days a week. We never close! SURF’S EDGE DELI & PIZZERIA 100 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island 302-537-5565 Best Salads award by Coastal Style 4 years in a row. Healthy, casual dining featuring home-made salads, fresh salads, subs, paninis, sandwiches and pizza. Open for lunch and dinner. Children’s menu, 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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323 SOUTH BAY DRIVE UNIT B, OCEAN CITY Amazing townhome/duplex that backs up to Gorman Avenue Park. Enjoy the park view while sitting on the new deck surrounded by beautiful landscaping. 2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms. Hardwood floor in the living room. Very quiet neighborhood just blocks from the beach. No HOA. For more information contact Kim Mcguigan 443-496-1446



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(Editor’s Note: With thousands of people converging on the Harbour Island Marina this week for the White Marlin Open, we thought it would be opportune to look back at the site before it was home to a housing community and host to the largest billfishing tourney in the world.) The Ship Café Restaurant and Marina was an Ocean City landmark for over 30 years. Constructed in the late 1930s as the Ocean City Yacht Club, it became the town’s premier restaurant in the years following World War II under the ownership of William and Ethel Ahtes. The Ship Café was also famous for its marina and yachts from all over the East Coast made use of its deep harbor. For a time, there was even a small airstrip on the property on the bay at 14th Street. In the mid-1970s, new owner Pete Boinis created the Gazebo Niteclub at the Ship Café. It became a popular disco and featured music by the Admirals, one of the area’s top show bands. The building was destroyed by a massive fire on May 9, 1977. The Harbour Island development was built on the site and today the weigh-ins for the White Marlin Open are held there each August. To purchase one of Bunk Mann's books, click over to Postcard photo courtesy of Bill and Kitt Matthews

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