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By Zack Hoopes Staff Writer (Feb. 14, 2014) With federal flood re-mapping under way, property owners at the extreme north end of the city’s beach have found they won’t be getting quite the break the rest of the resort has gotten. While most of the resort’s coastline has been taken out of a flood zone on the latest map revisions from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the area from 146th to 144th Streets is still in a risk area, albeit a lower-grade one

Officials mull over skate park issues

By Zack Hoopes Staff Writer (Feb. 14, 2014) Just in time for upcoming city budget discussions this spring, last year’s budgetary battle du jour – the operating hours of the Ocean Bowl Skate Park – was brought back this week with some new information for city officials to mull over. Despite the harsh winter, the park’s attendance has remained strong. If that attendance is worth the park’s operating loss continues to be in question. “The numbers don’t suggest that [last year’s closure proposal] would’ve been a bad business decision,” said Councilman Dennis Dare at Tuesday’s Recreation and Parks Commission meeting. “Having this park open for just a few people…it’s hard to justify that.” During budget planning last year, the city had initially pro-

posed to close the park in the offseason between Labor Day and Memorial Day. Resistance to that from locals, who still frequent the park in the winter, gradually reduced the service cuts to the point where the city council voted to nix the idea all together. According to data compiled by Susan Petito, the city’s Assistant Director of Recreation and Parks, the park has seen an average of 31 visitors per day through January and the first week of February this year. Total January attendance, at 282 total visits for the month, was down from the 352 in January of 2013. But the park was closed for 13 days in January of this year due to inclement weather, versus just six days in 2013. The park is normally closed on Wednesdays, regardless of conditions. It opens at 9:30 a.m. on weekends and holidays and 2 p.m. on school days.

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“I’ve been surprised with the weather that the attendance has been as good as it is,” said Skate Park Manager Dave Messick. Despite the conditions, most skaters weren’t making casual visits, with the average stay being 2.36 hours. Attendance numbers also don’t include visitors for skate camps and lessons. “Several skaters and park supporters attended the meeting to dissuade the city from attempting any further schedule changes. Anne Cook, who had spoken out against the proposal last year, flatly asked the commission what it would take to convince them that the park was worthy of sustaining. “It’s not that we don’t see the good in it,” said Councilman and Commission Chair Joe Mitrecic. “We just have to make it work [financially].” As it stands, the skate park brings in roughly $55,000 in

revenue from admissions, but costs about $75,000 to run. The bulk of operating expenses – around $64,000 - are staff wages, which have already been reduced by almost $20,000 over last year, Petito noted. “We weren’t going to see that much by closing it down for the winter,” Mitrecic said. “If any benefit has come out of this discussion so far, that’s it.” “It’s not just a matter of throwing tax money at it,” concurred Council President Lloyd Martin. “We need to make sure we run it like a business, which I think you [Petito and Messick] are doing well.” Still, Dare pointed out, there were two Tuesdays in January where the park was open for one and five visitors, respectively. “I don’t know that the taxpayers can afford to have this facility open all day for one or five people,” Dare said.

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Program teaches health literacy OCES participating in new AGH initiative instructing children better self care

By Nancy Powell Staff Writer (Feb. 14, 2014) Second-graders at Ocean City Elementary School are involved in a new educational initiative involving Atlantic General Hospital and the University of Maryland Center for Health Literacy that could become a model for such projects nationwide. “It’s something unique that’s happening in this county,” Michael Franklin, president and CEO of Atlantic General Hospital, said Monday during a press conference at the West Ocean City school. “We initiated it to focus on trying to create better health care consumers in the future.” School principal Dawn Rogers wholeheartedly supports the new endeavor. “I was pretty excited about it,” Rogers said. “It was an opportunity for us to have a partnership with AGH. We’re fortunate to have a great hospital here.” The youngsters need to know how to communicate about their health and how to take care of themselves, she said. Starting next week, Ocean City Elementary School second-graders will learn about health in a new way. They

will learn health literacy, which is about understanding basic health information and how to use it. Linda Aldoory, the director of the University of Maryland Center for Health Literacy, said health literacy involves being confident when talking to a physician about an illness. “It‘s more about skills to talk about it and not just the facts,” Aldoory said. The information is being incorporated into existing lessons. Teachers at the school developed the curriculum and will focus on integrating health literacy into subjects they are already teaching. Second-grade teacher Cindy Leitgeb said she and other teachers incorporate it into reading lessons that were already planned. For example, students might read about portions on a dinner plate and discuss why portion control is important. “There are so many aspects of it,” Leitgeb said. One of the lessons focuses on going to a hospital emergency room. Students will learn how to describe pain and to tell where it is located. Health discussions occur about 10 percent of a student’s day, said Tamara Mills, coordinator for instruction for health for the central office of Worcester County Public Schools. She hopes that health literacy program increases that time substantially. On Monday, the students were

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FEMA lobbied to see dune damage control Continued from Page 1 front had been de-classified from its previous designation as a “V” zone, indicating risk of flooding as well as high-velocity impact during storms. This was what the city was hoping for, in part, given that the town had lobbied to have FEMA take the city’s man-made dunes and beaches into account as defense against seaborne storm damage. But much to the town’s surprise, FEMA did not downgrade the “V” zone to an “A” zone, which indicates flood risk but not velocity, as expected. Instead, most of Ocean City is now an “X” zone, where properties will not be required to have flood insurance under the National Flood Insurance Program. Only some low-lying areas in the center of town, as well as downtown bayside areas, are still in an “A” zone requiring insurance, as is the two uptown ocean blocks.

of the dune line extra attention – but that doesn’t trump the fact that FEMA’s model still indicates the north end is at a higher risk. “The stock answer that’s going to come back from the federal government – what they’ve always said – is ‘here are our updated maps, and the data behind it,’” said city Planning Director Matt Margotta. “If you have a problem with it, you need to be able to prove it with the same data. You can’t just not like it.” Due to the level of confusion on the issue, Margotta said he is looking to host a meeting for resort property owners in which the city can help interpret some of FEMA’s findings. “I’m trying to coordinate a local meeting here that we can host or even be the main facilitators for,” Margotta said. “I’m coordinating with MEMA [the Maryland Emergency Management

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City will be refunding 2004 bond issuance Using money borrowed from banks at lower rate; $134K anticipated in total savings

By Zack Hoopes Staff Writer (Feb. 14, 2014) The city will be refunding its 2004 bond issuance with money borrowed directly from banks at a lower rate, with an anticipated total savings of $134,730 over the next three years. “It’s not much, but if you saw a $10 bill on the Boardwalk, you’d still go over and pick it up,” said city Finance Administrator Martha Bennett. The city still has $4.1 million outstanding from its 2004 bond refinancing, which was funded at a four percent interest rate. With a 10-year call date, that issue can now be refunded in 2014.

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The city will pay off the bonds completely by 2017, but there is still some savings to be had by securing a lower interest rate even if only for three years. Instead of doing a competitive bid for a small amount over such a short time, Bennett recommended the city accept a negotiated bank transaction, which will still give an interest rate of under one percent. “That’s why the rate can be so low, because we’re only three years out,” Bennett said. “For this bank-qualified loan, in Maryland, we’re seeing rates under one percent…so I believe we will see a savings.” Transaction costs from the banks and the city’s bond agent will be considerably less for such a transaction than they would be if the city did another full-scale competitive bid. Even if the city does not get as good

a deal from state banks as expected, it would still be out less than $10,000 in transaction costs if it cancels the deal. “It’s a fluid situation,” Councilman Brent Ashley said in response to questions from local resident Ellie Diegelmann. “As Martha said, the mayor always has the option to go through with it or not after the offers come in.” Although they are still considered very attractive to long-term investors, Reuters data released last week showed U.S. municipal bond sales at the lowest level in two years, with $17.63 billion in public offerings for January. While new debt issuance was up over 40 percent, refunding bonds were down over 60 percent, on the expectation that interest rates will rise in the coming months. Municipal bonds have also taken a hit from the possibility that they would

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Scientists take a look at OC’s boom EarthScope project gives insight into resort’s recent tremor-like phenomenon

By Clara Vaughn Staff Writer (Feb. 14, 2014) If there’s ever a good time to have an earth-shaking event, last week was it, at least from a scientist’s point of view. The tremor that shook houses and businesses along the MarylandDelaware coast around 11:55 a.m. Feb. 6 also sent shockwaves through social media, with many speculating the event had been an earthquake. Scientists soon debunked that theory, however, thanks in part to the EarthScope project that moved to the area in late 2013 and seeks to flesh out information about the processes driving earthquakes and volcanoes. “It’s very fortunate that this sort of event… occurred right now because usually we do not have nearby seismometers,” said Vedran Lekic, seismologist and assistant professor at the University of Maryland’s Department of Geology. Thanks to EarthScope, “we were able to take a look at those and see whether we see any ground motion that would be consistent with an earthquake.” Aside from a permanent station northwest of Baltimore, scientists looked at heliographs recorded in Willards, near the Fort Whaley campground, and Milford, Del. By comparing the stations, they ruled out last Thursday’s shake-and-boom as an earthquake. “It even took us, the seismologists, a little bit of time to piece together what was going on,” said Diana Roman, staff scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism. “It’s not always straightforward with tiny events.” But with an earthquake, ground motions called seismic waves travel away from the quake’s center and can be observed at other stations later — something that didn’t happen, Roman said. “It just didn’t look like earthquakes on the instruments,” she said. “We couldn’t find anything that seemed to match the reports.” The more likely cause of the rumble came from the air, which EarthScope stations also monitor, Lekic said. The stations picked up sound waves that match a sonic boom, he said, and Naval Air Station Patuxent River backed that finding Thursday evening in a release announcing that two supersonic flights from the station took off over the Atlantic Coast on Feb. 7 for See WHATEVER Page 7

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Robbery suspect declared mentally healthy for trial Derizzo charged in alleged attempt to rob PNC Bank branch in West Ocean City

(Februaryb.14, 2014) The 36-yearold Pennsylvania man charged with robbing a West Ocean City bank last summer has been declared mentally competent to stand trial. A competency hearing for Heath Andrew Derizzo of Harrisburg was scheduled for Monday, but his public defender, Kristina Watkowski, withdrew the plea of not criminally responsible that had been entered Dec. 27. She withdrew the plea, she said, because of the findings of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s forensic evaluation of Derizzo. “We’ll stipulate to the report that he’s competent,” Watkowski said Monday morning before withdrawing the plea. Derizzo’s trial is set for March 4 in Circuit Court in Snow Hill. He and another man allegedly tried to rob the PNC Bank on Route 50 near the intersection with Route 611 on July 23. One man, allegedly Derizzo, entered the bank and handed the teller a handwritten message. The note

stated, “Put the money in the bag. Not bait clips. No alarms.” Then he held open a white and blue zippered bag for the teller to place Heath Derizzo money in. The teller handed over $1,860 from the cash drawer and put the money in the bag. The robber left. The first published description of the robber said he wore a white shirt, a hat and had a beard. The released photo, however, showed a man wearing a green shirt, no hat and no beard. The early description also stated the man left the bank area on a trike with a box on its back, but he actually left in a vehicle. The man fitting the first description had been a customer at the bank and was not involved in the robbery. Derizzo and Dale M. Mentzer, 35, of Newmanstown, Pa., were arrested in Salisbury after being located by members of the Maryland State Apprehension Team and the Gang Enforcement Unit. After taking the men into custody, police learned that Pennsylvania State Police had an outstanding arrest warrant for both of them for armed robbery.

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OC police ‘re-brands’ crime tip hotline for 2014 usage By Zack Hoopes Staff Writer (Feb. 14, 2014) The Ocean City Police Department is revamping its crime tip hotline for 2014. “It’s sort of a re-branding,” OCPD Chief Ross Buzzuro said. “We’ve had

Police warn of telephone scam

(Feb. 14, 2014) The Ocean City Police Department is warning citizens about a current cell phone scam where the potential victim receives a “one ring” call from one of many area codes in the Caribbean Islands. According to the Better Business Bureau, scammers are using auto-dialers to call thousands of cell phones. The phone will ring only once before disconnecting. If the citizen calls back the number displayed, the caller will then be charged $19.95 for an international call fee and an additional $9-per-minute charge. Area codes being used by the scammers are 473 (Grenada), 809 (Dominican Republic), 876 (Jamaica), 284 (British Virgin Islands), and 268 (Antiqua/Barbuda). The BBB suggests that citizens keep a close eye on their cell phone statements.

the number for a long time, but I thought it would be good, in the new year…to tout it as a new tool for the public.” The number, 410-520-5136, will now go hand-in-hand with the department’s email tipline, crimetips@oceancitymd.gov. “Any information that people may possibly have, [we ask that] they contact us,” Buzzuro said. The department ended the 2013 calendar year, according to recent data, with nine percent more self-initiated calls than in 2012 and, correspondingly, nine percent less citizen-initiated calls. At recent council and Police Commission meetings, officials have pointed to the trend as evidence that the department has successfully reduced the impact of crime on the population by catching it more proactively. “Our officers are out there working harder…and it’s making a difference,” said councilman and Police Commission Chair Doug Cymek. Councilwoman Margaret Pillas also suggested that the OCPD advertise the hotline as a means to report graffiti, a common summertime problem that the city works aggressively to combat. “People are unsure what to do if they see it on their fences or anywhere else where they need it taken off,” she said.


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It is Time to Rethink the Floor Coverings of Your Beach Home Your Friends at the beach since 1973 It is so hard to believe that 4 decades have come and gone. I have seen flooring from Shag to Stainmaster… to Berber to the latest SmartStand Silk California Frieze’. I have witnessed Vinyl tile with asbestos, vinyl sheet goods, pink and avocado mosaic… transition into the latest Euro High tech Laminate floors, and Commercially Rated “Wood Style” and “Beach Block” Porcelain Tile. Wood Flooring for your beach home has become more “stable” with engineering features and trees are being saved when using eco-friendly floors of cork and bamboo! What do we make of it all? “It is a lot of information coming at us. Here are some basic thoughts when planning your new

beach home flooring.” Ask yourself… • Do you rent and/or how often? • How often do you “Wet” or steam clean you main traffic areas? • How do I contain my flooring cost? Our Beach Homes must be the cheerful “get a way.” When it’s “Our turn” to stay at our beach place, we wish our beach homes not to show stains in traffic areas, “Berber pulls” or smell of musty carpet from constant cleaning of the dirty traffic areas. 1) If we rent or use our “Beach Place” often… Hard Surface Flooring in Hallways, Dining, and Living Rooms can be cleaned with a dust mop product rather than constant carpet cleaning main-

tenance. Porcelain tile that look like wood or “Beach Block”tile can be placed in areas subjected to moisture and are extremely durable. 2) Carpet “steam” cleanings are essential to all “soft goods” maintenance. By soft goods I mean Carpet. Putting a hard surface flooring into main traffic areas of your Beach Home is not only a trend, but a necessary flooring surface. When we know that we are keeping our living rooms busy with rentals or heavy use, hard surface flooring becomes important. 3) How do we contain our costs? An average cost of Hard Surface flooring could be budgeted at approximately $10. per sq. ft. . . . . including total installation. The latest of decorating trends have offered “wood style” hard surface flooring avail-

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Oyster recovery effort gets boost from event at Fager’s By Clara Vaughn Staff Writer (Feb. 14, 2014) Fager’s Island is teaming up with the Oyster Recovery Partnership and five local aquaculture companies to bring locally grown oysters and craft beer to the restaurant tomorrow, Saturday, at its Oyster Garden event. The all-you-can-eat affair runs from 1-5 p.m. and is designed to raise awareness of the work the Partnership is doing to restore the once-abundant shellfish to local waters. “We would like to educate people about our cause – oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay and the work that we’re doing as part of that,” said ORP Outreach Coordinator Sarah Walker. “We also want to encourage people to eat local oysters because they’re restorative,” she said. “They can actually improve the waters that they’re raised in.” Once forming reefs so tall they could ground boats, oysters are down to around 1 percent of their historic levels in the Chesapeake Bay, studies by the University of Maryland have found. But adding more oysters ameliorates the very problems oysters face, namely poor water quality and low reproduction rates. “If you have an acre of solid, live oyster reef, it will filter about 3,000 pounds of nitrogen out of the bay each year,” said Bob Driscoll, chairman of Board of the

Oyster Recovery Partnership. “Oysters are the natural filter of the bay.” The reefs also create living habitat for other marine animals, such as blue crabs and juvenile fish. Tal Petty, owner of Hollywood Oyster Company that will be dishing up oysters Saturday, said his company’s oyster cages have created a “microenvironment” where sandy bottom was before. “Now there are more fish, more crabs,” Petty said. “That’s really exciting.” Other aquaculture companies that will be on hand shucking their homegrown oysters include Bay Landing Shellfish Company, War Shore Oyster Company, Toby Island Oyster Company and Hooper’s Island Oyster Aquaculture Company. Fager’s partnership with the Oyster Recovery Partnership started when it joined the program’s Shell Recycling Alliance, which bags and reuses oyster shells to rebuild oyster reefs, Walker said. The SRA contributes to restoration projects like the one in Harris Creek on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. For the past two years, ORP has been dumping oyster shell and spat into the creek, restoring about 200 acres of the 370 goal so far, Walker said. “We’ve planted millions and millions of oysters in the sanctuary,” including about 800 million tiny oysters grown in ORP’s Horn Point Laboratory in Cam-


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Natural gas conversion almost done at AGH

By Nancy Powell Staff Writer (Feb. 14, 2014) Atlantic General Hospital, the Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Kelly Foods are awaiting completion of their conversions to natural gas. The Barrett Medical Building has been converted to natural gas and those three are just waiting on a specialty

order for conversion parts. Stephen Decatur Middle School and Stephen Decatur High School have been converted to natural gas. Sandpiper Energy’s first conversions to natural gas took place last summer at the feed mill and asphalt plant along Route 113 in Showell. Sandpiper’s conversions will proceed along the northern part of Berlin

and go in a circular fashion along the west side of town, Department of Environmental Programs Director Bob Mitchell told the Worcester County Commissioners last Tuesday. After completing about 75 percent of the conversions in Berlin, the company will begin upgrades in the northern part of Ocean Pines and the commercial area around Walmart. That work would

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Cabbies’ plea for rate boost finds some council sympathy With fares regulated by city, cab outfits must take their case to elected officials

By Zack Hoopes Staff Writer (Feb. 14, 2014) One of the resort’s most tightly-regulated industries will likely face several rounds of debate in convincing the city to allow it to adjust its prices, although city leaders seemed somewhat sympathetic this week to a proposed hike. Two resort cab companies approached the city’s Police Commission at Monday’s meeting to broach the topic of raising the rate ceiling on cab fares. “We’re looking at price increases and additional costs in a number of areas,” said John Donohue of Nite Club Taxi. “We need to have more rate flexibility to sustain us through the whole year.” Although it might seem counterintuitive to have government dictate the prices of private industry, municipally-proscribed cab rates are commonplace throughout the country. Particularly in Ocean City, where taxis are a major vessel for tourists, it would seem that the city has as much interest in keeping cab fares low as the Chinese Communist Party does in deflating its

currency, the yuan. Under the most recent price resolution from City Hall, cabs may charge up to $3 per boarding and up to $2.20 per mile thereafter. But given the slow economy, “a lot of people are really in a bind,” said Charles Stooksbury of American Veterans’ Taxi. Stooksbury recalled to the commission having to give his drivers a few dollars to buy a gallon of milk for their children, because they couldn’t afford to feed their families on what fares they were getting. “This is a resort area,” Stooksbury said. “The difference between these large urban areas and Ocean City is that in Baltimore or New York, you can stand on the corner at 5 p.m. and not be able to get a cab.” Typically, drivers keep half of their fares, with the other half going to the cab company that owns and maintains the vehicle, as well as owning the city medallion which gives the vehicle the right to solicit fares on public streets. Cab drivers also typically pay for their own gas, the cost of which has obviously risen in recent years. The medallion system, as well as the price regulations and other requirements, were put in place by the city in 2000 to address concerns about See XXX Page 19

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Sheriff, Orphans Court get raise

By Nancy Powell Staff Writer (Feb. 14, 2014) The Worcester County Commissioners voted last Tuesday to approve higher salaries for the county sheriff and Orphans Court judges. The state code states that the Worcester County sheriff “shall receive an annual salary as set by the County Commissioners of at least $85,000.” Because of that, the sheriff’s salary is automatically set at $85,000 per year for each term unless the commissioners pass a resolution to increase it before the election filing deadline for an upcoming term. That deadline is Feb. 25. According to information from the Maryland Association of Counties, the average salary statewide for a sheriff is $92,279. In the nine Eastern Shore counties, salaries for sheriff range from a low of $60,000 in Somerset County to a high of $85,750 in Dorchester County. The commissioners approved a resolution establishing an annual salary for the county sheriff of $88,000. They also approved a resolution establishing an annual salary of $7,000 for Orphans Court judges. The judges have not had an increase in at least eight years. On their behalf, Register of Wills Charlotte Cathell asked for an increase to $8,500. The judges’ current salary is $5,000 plus $1,600 for travel expenses. They meet approximately 48 times a year in the courthouse in Snow Hill. In neighboring Wicomico County, Orphans Court judges meet 48 to 50 times yearly and their salaries are $6,400 each. They have asked for a $3,500 pay increase.

trips between hotels and restaurants simply don’t add up. Many cabs spend more time waiting in traffic, or in lines to pick up patrons from bars and nightclubs, than they do actually driving. “They’re probably burning as much in gas as they’re making from that fare,” said Council President Lloyd Martin. “You’d almost be better off looking at a completely different way to calculate this.” Stooksbury contended that a higher

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By Nancy Powell Staff Writer (Feb. 14, 2014) A 29-year-old Ocean City man was arrested Jan. 30 after allegedly writing checks on closed bank accounts and then withdrawing the money from a bank so he could pay cash for a car. According to Ocean City Police, Igor V. Gavryushin, 29, deposited three checks into his PNC Bank ac- Igor Gavryushin count on Jan. 21 using his PNC ATM/debit card at the bank’s 129th Street location. The checks were writtten on accounts at CitiBank, Barclays Bank and Bank of America. The next day, Gavryushin deposited three additional checks using the same card at the same ATM. Those checks, which were written on accounts at Capital One Bank, Chase Bank USA and Bank of America, were for $2,500, $5,400 and $7,300. That same day, he withdrew $8,200 cash from a PNC Bank. Just over an hour later, he withdrew $8,000 from another PNC Bank. On Jan. 23, he deposited four checks using the same card at the same ATM. Those checks were on accounts at Bar-

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By Nancy Powell Staff Writer (Feb. 14, 2014) The 61-year-old Philadelphia man who caused the death of a woman when he struck her as she crossed a highway in Pocomoke on Dec. 28, 2012 was sentenced last week to seven years in prison, with two years suspended. Hampton Lee Taylor was convicted Sept. 10 of negligent homicide with a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and driving while his license was suspended. Taylor four prior drinking and driving offenses and five charges of driving while his license was suspended when he struck and killed Janice King, 72, of Pocomoke. King had exited her vehicle, which drifted across Route 113. She then followed it on foot. See TWO Page 22

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Two years for driving without a valid license is suspended Continued from Page 21 Again, he was drinking and driving and driving on a suspended license. “He went and bought a brand new car that day,” Assistant State’s Attorney William McDermott said in Circuit Court in Snow Hill on Feb. 7. “He knew he shouldn’t be driving.” After the fatal collision, Taylor was arrested and taken before the District Court commissioner where he was “completely bewildered,” McDermott said. “He said, ‘This is because I killed a white woman.’ “ Defense attorney Sandra Fried said Taylor, the father of four children, is 100 percent disabled and “has a real problem remembering things as they actually occurred.” That night, after the fatal collision, Taylor was aware of what had happened and was “inconsolable. He was full of remorse.” Later, his recollection seemed to change. “I’m not sure he can remember,” Fried said. Taylor, she said, suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder following two stints in Viet Nam and he has flashbacks, hallucinations and thoughts of suicide. “He’s never coped with what he went through,” Fried said.

Taylor’s limited mental capacity should have a bearing on his sentence, she said. She asked Judge Brian Shockley to permit him to go to a Department of Veteran Affairs treatment facility, even though it lacks security and “he could walk off if he wanted to.” Two years in the treatment program would be more beneficial to society than time in prison, Fried said. Judge Shockley disagreed. “Certainly, he suffers ill effects of some kind of trauma,” Shockley said, but he added that Taylor should have seen King crossing the highway. Taylor was negligent, his driving record is terrible and mental health services have been available to him since he completed his military service. Although Taylor had taken advantage of those services, he failed to complete them. In addition, “He still drives and creates a risk to public safety,” Shockley said. Shockley then sentenced Taylor to five years in prison for negligent manslaughter with a vehicle and two years in prison for driving while his license was suspended. The later sentence was suspended. After his release from prison, Taylor must abstain from alcohol and must enroll in and complete a re-entry program for veterans.

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Collision at Division Ocean City police officers were on marked patrol in the area of Coastal Highway and 100th Street at about 2:40 a.m. Jan. 31, when they saw a vehicle traveling southbound at a high rate of speed. Police tried to stop the vehicle near 62nd Street after they saw it exceeding the posted speed limit, however; the driver of the vehicle did not stop. The driver, later identified as Alex Ryan Little, 24, of Dover, Del., continued Alex Little to travel southbound on Philadelphia Avenue until the vehicle failed to negotiate the turn at North Division Street, struck the center median and collided with an electrical box. The electrical box caught on fire and power was briefly disrupted to the south end of Ocean City. Traffic on Route 50 was also disrupted, as officers closed eastbound and westbound movement for approximately 30 minutes due to the collision. Little was charged with two counts of driving while under the influence, driving while impaired by alcohol, eluding uniformed police, and negligent

and reckless driving in addition to multiple traffic citations. Neither Little nor any officers were injured during this incident. Alcohol was determined to be a factor.

Another assault A 33-year-old Ocean City woman was charged Jan. 28 with second-degree assault after allegedly pulling out a lock of her boyfriend’s hair. According to Ocean City police, Trisha Lyn Parker and the men were both intoxicated when they started an argument, which turned physical. They determined Parker was the primary aggressor and charged her with second-degree assault. Police have been to that address near Eighth Street and Philadelphia Avenue eight times since October for domestic-related calls for service.

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Ocean City police charged Ann Lorraine Wineland, 61, with disorderly conduct Jan. 31 after she reportedly caused a disturbance at the Bank of America on 44th Street. When police went to the bank, they saw Wineland seated in a chair in the lobby with numerous bags, including a rolling luggage bag. Wineland was upset because she did not receive the money she wanted. While she was talking to police, a sum of money fell out of her pocket,

Maryland State Police arrested a 17-year-old boy after he failed to maintain control of a Honda Civic he was driving on Route 113 near Georgetown Road. The car left the roadway and struck a ditch. Troopers determined he was under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to the Berlin barrack where he was processed and submitted to an intoximeter test that yielded a result of .15. He was released to his father.

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By Nancy Powell Staff Writer (Feb. 14, 2014) The Worcester County Commissioners discussed the following topics and took the following actions during their Tuesday, Feb. 3, meeting. Commissioner James Purnell was unable to attend.

Proclamation The commissioners presented a proclamation celebrating the month of February as Black History Month to Roxie Dennis, a teacher in Salisbury and president of the Worcester County Chapter of NAACP. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which was signed into law July 2, 1964. It banned discrimination in public facilities, including private businesses offering public services, such as lunch coun-

ters, hotels and theaters, protected voting rights, ended racial segregation in schools, make employment discrimination illegal and guaranteed all citizens equal protection under the law.

Range usage The commissioners approved the use of the county’s Langmaid Road borrow pit by the Maryland-Delaware Joint Terrorism Task Force for its 16th annual BATTLE (Basic Anti-Terrorism Training for Law Enforcement) Conference in Ocean City on April 15-18. The conference, to be attended by 300 people, includes a field range demonstration at the county range. The shots will be less than 20 ounces of explosives and will be used with props for demonstration purposes. In past years, there have been complaints about noise from the explosives. Again this year, area residents

will be notified about the use of the range.

Housing rehab The commissioners approved a letter of intent expressing the county’s intention to continue participation in the Maryland Housing Rehabilitation Program. The program, which is offered through the State Special Loan Program, is targeted at Maryland residents with acceptable credit whose income is below 80 percent of the state median. Worcester County’s allocation for this year is $55,906.

Small project agreement The commissioners approved a small project agreement with the new owners of Castaways, Suns Castaways RV, LLC. They waived the bidding process and approved the contract. They also approved an amendment to the contract stating that if any costs have more than 10 percent variance from the estimates, they must come back to the county for approval. Its purpose is to move forward with the proposed connection between Castaways and the Mystic Harbour Service Area and for the county to “piggy-back” on the design and construction contracts for its 6-inch treated effluent for main that will be placed in the same easement at the same time.

The agreement allows the county to save time and money compared to bidding the work separately. The county’s cost will be 40 percent of the total design/construction costs. It will pay approximately $211,675 plus 40 percent of the cost of the survey.

Bids The commissioners approved the bid of Penn R&R of $100,873.34 and awarded it the contract for construction of the 330 lineal feet of landfill gas remediation trench at the Snow Hill landfill. The commissioners also approved additional groundwater monitoring well at the central landfill. The Maryland Department of the Environment is requiring the county to install five additional shallow groundwater monitoring wells there, although Public Works Director John Tustin said the county and EA Engineering had tried to persuade MDE that such wells are unnecessary. The commissioner also approved bid documents for the purchase of bituminous concrete for resurfacing approximately 3.83 miles of county roads. Funding in the amount of $1 million is available for the road resurfacing this spring. They also approved bid documents for the purchase of chip seal for resurfacing approximately 26.87 miles of county roads. Funding of $1 million if available for the projects this spring.

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Two sentenced to jail for Ocean City crimes By Nancy Powell Staff Writer (Feb. 14, 2014) Two 20-year-old Pennsylvania men were sentenced Feb. 6 to three years in prison Feb. 6 for burglarizing Ocean City motel rooms while vacationers were sleeping there last summer. All but 150 days of the sentences were suspended because the crimes, although serious, were considered an anomaly for the otherwise law-abiding men. “These are first-degree burglaries on paper,” Judge Brian Shockley said in Circuit Court in Snow Hill. Shockley added that he found the men, Ian Quintin Ross of Landisville and Nathan David Kauffman of Columbia, sincere in their remorse and redeemable. Neither man had a criminal record on June 12 while visiting Ocean City when they broke into four rooms at a 25th Street motel. A surveillance video caught one of them reaching through a window and opening a door to a room at about 6:28 a.m. Inside the room, three people were sleeping while one of the men entered and stole sunglasses, $200 in cash, marijuana and seven packs of cigarettes. Victims were also sleeping in the next room that Ross and Kauffman burglarized. In that room, they took cash from two wallets. They opened the door to two addi-

tional rooms, but those rooms were used for storage and they did not steal anything. Then they went to the parking lot where a video surveillance camera filmed them as they tried to open doors to various vehicles. The two got away with their crimes for three days. On the fourth day following the burglaries, an Ocean City police officer on patrol near 70th Street saw a man walking on the sidewalk who matched the description given to police of one of the burglars. The man, later identified as Kaufmann, was wearing yellow tennis shoes, matching the description of shoes worn by one of the burglars in the surveillance video. Kauffman admitted to the burglaries and said that committing the crimes was his idea. He also said his cohort in crime could be found at a Ninth Street motel. Police went there and arrested Ross. Police charged each man with four counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of less than $1,000, three counts of less than $100, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled dangerous substance other than marijuana and two counts of drug paraphernalia. In court last week, Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Rakow amended each count of first-degree burglary to thirddegree burglary and Kauffman and Ross pleaded guilty to those charges. Kauffman described the crimes as “an impulse thing” and told Judge Shockley that he was “embarrassed to

talk to you today about it.” Ross told the judge he was “just really ashamed.” Ross’s father spoke at length to the judge and was crying nearly uncontrollably as he said his son had “always been a trustworthy kid” who had never been in trouble. “He’s never shown this type of irresponsibility before. He’s a good kid. He made a foolish decision. This is so far from what he is about I can’t believe it myself.” Judge Shockley was not surprised by the crimes, nor by who committed them. “We deal with a lot of cases of kids who come to Ocean City and do stupid things,” the judge said. “There is some concession allowed for stupid childhood behavior when they come to Ocean City.” The difference is the stupid child-

hood crimes and the crimes of Kauffman and Ross is the nature of the case. “Your brazen actions that night,” Judge Shockley said. “The two of you had to know people were in that room. You broke into the room while they were sleeping.” Their actions, he said, were those “of a couple of common thieves” and they must face the consequences. He then sentenced them to jail. After their release from jail, Ross and Kauffman will be on two years of supervised probation and must pay $155 in court costs. They must make restitution of $545 jointly and severally, undergo random urinalysis, undergo and pay for alcohol and drug abuse evaluation and treatment as ordered by a probation officer. They must also perform 80 hours of community service within one year of their court appearance last week.


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OBITUARIES BEVERLY VIRGINIA BECKMAN LAUDER Berlin Beverly Virginia Beckman Lauder, age 87, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Jan. 27, 2014 in Berlin. She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 60 years, Calvin E. Lauder. Like her husband, she was born in Cumberland, Md. and lived there until they moved to Rochester, N.Y., where they spent more than 40 years. They moved to Annapolis in 1994 where they enjoyed retirement and living closer to their family. Beverly moved to the Woodlands in Ocean Pines, in 2010. She was a homemaker, grandmother, great grandmother and artist and Girl Scout leader. She worked as a library Aide for the Rochester City School District. Beverly was an artist. A lifelong painter, she worked in oils, acrylics and watercolors. She belonged to Art Guilds in Rochester and Annapolis where her works were displayed in numerous art shows. In recent years she taught art classes at the Woodlands. She is survived by her daughters, Rebecca Goffredi and her husband, Louis, and Jane Deutsch and her husband, David. A loving grandmother, she is survived by five grandchildren; Joshua Deutsch, Lisa Goffredi and her husband, Jon, Zachary Deutsch and his wife, Ashley, Max Deutsch and his wife, (Misty, and Jacob Deutsch. She also had three greatgrandchildren, Annabel Prinsky, Hunter King and Grady Deutsch. Beverly is survived by her brother Michael Beckman and his wife, Jean, of Brookfield Ohio, and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date with interment alongside her husband at Crownsville Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville, Md. In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to Atlantic General Hospital, 9733 Healthway Drive, Berlin, Md. 21811, or to the Arthritis Foundation, 1330 West Peach Tree Street, Suite 100,

Atlanta, Ga., 30309. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Expressions of condolence may be sent to the family at www.burbagefuneralhome.com. ELAINE M. SOLDO Oxford, Pa Elaine M. Soldo, of Oxford, Pa, passed away on Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. She is survived by her husband of 23 years, David Soldo, step-children, Keith, David and Nichole, and grandchildren, Tyler, Kayla and Jared. She was preceded in death by her father Wesley M. Johnson. As a homemaker, Elaine enjoyed cooking, baking and spending time at the ocean. Cremation followed her death. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.burbagefuneralhome.com. ANNE C. WOLFSHEIMER Berlin Anne Conroy Wolfsheimer, age 86, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at Atlantic General Hospital. Born in Norfolk, Va., she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Anna Grady Conroy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Col. Nelson Joseph Wolfsheimer, Sr. She is survived by her admiring children; Dr. Nelson Joseph Wolfsheimer, Jr. and his wife Brigitte of LaPlata, Md., Mary Wolfsheimer of Berlin, and Annemarie Wolfsheimer of Berlin. She was an adored grandmother to Marco and his wife Joey, Daniel, Molly, Michael, Sharlyna and Igor. Also surviving is a brother Eugene F. Conroy and his wife Patricia of California, and 10 nieces and nephews. Mrs. Wolfsheimer graduated from Seton High School, and received her Associates Degree from Mount St. Agnes College in Baltimore, where

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studies instilled in her a love of art. She had worked for Johns Hopkins University in the Mathematics Department, and earlier as secretary to the president of Baltimore Federal Savings and Loan Association. She kept in touch with her co-workers throughout her life. She loved the military life which afforded her the chance to travel. She particularly cherished her time spent in Ireland and London visiting with relatives, absorbing the culture and regaling in the classic art and edifices. She was an enthusiastic member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians. A mass of Christian burial celebrated her life on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at St John Neumann Catholic Church Rev. Joseph M.P.R. Cocucci officiated. Interment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. A donation in her memory may be made to: American Cancer Society, 1138 Parsons Rd. Salisbury, Md. 21801. Letters of condolence may be sent via www.burbagefuneralhome.com. ANNETTE THERESA VOLLMER Willards Annette Theresa Vollmer, age 74, died on Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. Born in Englewood, N.J. on Nov. 17, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Amelia Morris. Annette is survived by two children; Annette Vollmer daughter, Jean Marie Vollmer of Florida, and son, Thomas E. Vollmer, Sr. and his wife Carol of Salisbury; seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, four brothers, four sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by an infant son, William Vollmer, Jr. and grandson Gregory Stark. A resident of Willards, Md., for 40 years, she worked in retail sales in major department stores and as a secretary for 20 years. She spent the last 20 years as a homemaker and wife to her surviving husband of 55 years, William (Bill) Vollmer. She enjoyed

FEBRUARY 14, 2014 traveling, gardening, crafts and was an avid doll collector. She was a member of St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church in Ocean Pines. A Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Ocean Pines. Interment was at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro, Del. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1315 Mt. Hermon Road, Salisbury, Md. 21804 or to the American Lung Association, 211 East Lombard Street #260, Baltimore, Md. 21202. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.burbagefuneralhome.com. MICHAEL J. DINENNA Selbyville, Del. Michael J. DiNenna, age 79, of Selbyville and formerly of Hyattsville, Md., died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at Berlin Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Berlin. Born in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late James P. and Thelma A. (Hill) DiNenna. He retired as a book store manager for the Government Printing Office and was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Ocean City. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War and was a member of the VFW, the American Legion as well as the AARP and NARFE. He is survived by his wife, Margaret “Margie” DiNenna of Selbyville; a brother, Joseph F. DiNenna of Bullhead, Az.; a special nephew, Robert Patchan of Columbia, Md. and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, C. Thomas DiNenna and James P. DiNenna Jr. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 at noon at St. Luke Catholic Church in Ocean City with Father Richard Smith officiating. Interment was private at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Women Supporting Women, 12216 Ocean Gateway, Unit 1500, Ocean City, Md. 21842 or to the Roxana Vol. Fire Dept., 35943 Zion Church Road, Frankford, Del. 19945. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.hastingsfuneralhome.net.


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Mallards have one match left before ESIAC playoffs

PHOTO COURTESY MARY BERQUIST

Stephen Decatur senior Rebecca Lederman signed her official National Letter of Intent to play soccer for Canisius College, a Division I school in Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 6 at the Berlin high school. Lederman is flanked by her parents Russ and Christy. Also witnessing the signing, from left, are SDHS Athletic Director Don Howard, Worcester County Athletic Director Tyrone Mills, SDHS Principal Tom Zimmer, varsity girls' soccer Coach Misty Bunting and track Coach Joseph Stigler.

Decatur soccer standout to play for Div. I Canisius

By Lisa Capitelli Managing Editor (Feb. 14, 2014) Stephen Decatur High School senior Rebecca Lederman started playing soccer when she was just 3 years old. Around the age of 10, she knew she wanted to play the sport at the collegiate level. “I really enjoyed playing soccer and a lot of it had to do with my dad encouraging me as a kid,” Lederman, 17, said Monday. “I started working toward being a college athlete.” Lederman’s hard work paid off. She signed her official National Letter of Intent to play soccer for Canisius College, a Division I school in Buffalo, N.Y., last Thursday during a ceremony at her Berlin high school. She was awarded athletic and academic scholarships. Lederman said she received e-mails from Division I, II and III college coaches and she was interested in several schools, but Canisius was the best fit. “I’m definitely glad with my choice,” she said. Lederman first visited the New York school last February and had the opportunity to meet some players. She said she liked Buffalo and the size of the school, which has about 5,000 students. She also liked that Canisius is far away so she would be completely independent. Lederman said she made a verbal commitment to Coach Jim Wendling quickly after her unofficial visit.

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Lederman controls a throw-in during first-round action of Sectional I 3A South Regional playoffs against Northeast Oct. 24 in Berlin.

Her official visit to the campus was in September. Several recruits, including Lederman, stayed with members of the soccer team during the visit. They also got to watch the Golden Griffins compete. “The girls are funny, they have their own personalities and they goof around off the field, but when they’re on the field they’re serious and they work together to get the job done,” Lederman said. “They’re a really aggressive team, which I like, and [the players] are refined in their skills.”

Lederman thinks she can fit right in with the team. Her goal, she said, is to earn a starting spot as a freshman. “I know I’m going to have to work hard and stand out,” said Lederman, who is up to the challenge. Lederman was a standout soccer player for Decatur’s varsity team since she was a freshman. She played in the midfield for the first half of her freshman year, before Coach Misty Bunting moved her to the defensive line, where she stayed See SHE Page 30

By Lisa Capitelli Managing Editor (Feb. 14, 2014) The Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team racked up wins 11 and 12, topping the Gunston Day Herons and the Salisbury School Dragons this week. “I think the team looks pretty good right now,” said Prep Coach Simona Holland. “[The girls] play very well together. [They] play hard and give their best. I hope they keep playing the same, or even better.” The Lady Mallards took a trip to Centreville last Friday to play Gunston Day. The visiting Prep squad netted 14 points in the first quarter and held Gunston to two points. The Mallards tallied 12 unanswered points in the second quarter to go into the halftime break ahead, 26-2. Holland said she rotates some players around in the second half and the Mallards led 30-12 after three quarters. “Our goal for the game was to have everybody play and score. We had everybody play and had eight girls scored (out of 13),” Holland said. Juniors Sophie Brennan and Molly Soule and senior Cynthia Delaney scored six points apiece. Senior captains Lilly DiNardo and Kristen Shriver, junior Ali Wyatt and senior Frankie Willing chipped in with four points each. In Salisbury Tuesday, the Mallards earned a 45-27 victory over the Dragons. “[The] game went well,” Holland said. “Salisbury School played well, but our aggressive defense made the difference again by getting a lot of steals and rebounds.” Worcester banked 12 points in the first quarter, while Salisbury put five on the board. At halftime, the Prep team had pulled ahead, 21-10. After three quarters, the Mallards boosted their advantage to 33-20. DiNardo and Brennan both scored 13 points. Shriver recorded 11 points. Worcester’s six seniors will be honored during today’s (Friday’s) home game, the final match of the regular season. The Mallards (12-2) are scheduled to take the court against the Delmarva Christian Royals at 4 p.m. “We have one more game that we need to win. If we do that then we are finishing in second place [in the Eastern Shore Independent Conference] and have the semifinal game at home next Wednesday…” Holland said. Playoffs are scheduled to begin Wednesday, Feb. 19, with the ESIAC semifinals.


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Decatur girls top Wi-Hi, Snow Hill

By Lisa Capitelli Managing Editor (Feb. 14, 2014) The Stephen Decatur girls’ basketball team logged back-to-back victories this week on its home court. On Monday, the Wi-Hi Indians traveled to Berlin to compete against the Lady Seahawks. Sophomore Dayona Godwin and junior Payton VanKirk scored 12 and 11 points respectively to lead Decatur into the halftime break. The Berlin squad outscored Wi-Hi, 12-8 in the opening quarter and held a 31-18 advantage after two quarters. With about five seconds remaining in the third quarter, Godwin sank a three-point shot to boost Decatur’s lead to 47-27. The Seahawks scored six of their 11 fourth-quarter points in the final minute, winning the game 58-35. “We came out strong pressing and we got a lot of turnovers and then we got easy lay-ups, but then we missed [those lay-ups] and that really deflated us,” Decatur Coach Amy Fenzel-Mergott said. “That gave Wicomico confidence, so that was a struggle, but then the girls stuck in there and came out in the second half and we did a good job making our outside shots, which is something we really haven’t done in a while and that was nice because if you start making your outside shots than that makes

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Stephen Decatur sophomore Elle Bargar, right, battles for a loose ball during Monday's game against Wi-Hi in Berlin. Decatur won 58-35.

inside shots just a little bit easier.” Godwin finished the match with 21 points. VanKirk tallied 15 points, three steals and four rebounds. Junior Jillian Petito chipped in with four points and eight assists. The next night, the Snow Hill Eagles came to Berlin to take on Decatur.

The Seahawks, who sported pink gear for their “Think Pink Game” for breast cancer awareness, won, 57-30. Decatur led 20-4 at the end of the first quarter. The team went into the locker room for its halftime talk on top, 37-15. Only 13 points were scored in the See DECATUR’S Page 31

‘She has a natural talent,’ Bunting says of Lederman Continued from Page 29 through her junior year. Lederman played in the back at the sweeper position for most of the 2012 season, but when the Lady Seahawks struggled to put the ball in the net, Bunting put her on the forward line to get the job done. Lederman led the team with 25 goals. She also had three assists. During her career at Decatur, she tallied 33 goals and six assists. Lederman earned All-Bayside Conference honors all four years she played for Decatur, and was named the team’s defensive MVP her sophomore year, and offensive MVP her senior year. Bunting said “This certainly speaks to her versatility as a player.” “Rebecca has played several positions as part of our team the past four years. She is incredibly fast and aggressive and there aren’t many players in our conference who can keep up with her,” Bunting said. “She has a natural talent and incredible instincts and she is the one who has not only kept us in games defensively, but has been the offensive winning factor in several, as well.” She credits Bunting and her club team coach, Shibaji Chakraborty, for “helping make me a great player.” Lederman also thanked her parents, Russ and Christy, for always encouraging her. Originally, she thought she would play forward for Canisius, but now Lederman said her coach is leaning more toward her on the defensive line. “Anywhere he wants me to play I’ll play,” she said. Before she heads off to New York, Lederman will compete in her fourth outdoor track season for Decatur beginning in March. Pre-season for soccer is scheduled to start Aug. 9. A Division I sport is a fulltime, year-round commitment, and as a member of Canisius’ honors college program, Lederman will have her hands full balancing school and soccer. “It’s a big commitment. Hopefully it won’t be too bad,” she said. She added that she is considering majors, including experimental or clinical psychology.

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Decatur’s lone senior, Erin Florek, to be honored Friday Continued from Page 30 third quarter and seven were netted by the Seahawks. “The first half we came out on fire and we were making the easy shots,” Fenzel-Mergott said. “In the second half we came out flat. We had such a big lead at halftime we didn’t play as hard in the second half. To [Snow Hill’s] credit, they played better.” Godwin led Decatur (15-3) with 19 points, five rebounds and six steals. Junior captain Marina Jones contributed with 11 points and five rebounds.

Tonight, Friday, is Decatur’s Senior Night. Captain Erin Florek, the team’s lone senior, will be honored before the 5:30 p.m. game against the James M. Bennett Clippers. Decatur will wrap up regular-season competition next week. The Seahawks will host the Indian River Indians at 12:30 p.m. Monday, then travel to Kent Island to compete against the Buccaneers Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The final game of the season is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 21, in Salisbury against the Parkside Rams.

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Stephen Decatur junior Jillian Petito take the ball up the court during Monday's game against Wi-Hi in Berlin.


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Nine track athletes to compete in state meet Seahawks earn spots at championships because of top regional performances

By Lisa Capitelli Managing Editor (Feb. 14, 2014) Nine Stephen Decatur indoor track athletes have earned spots to compete Feb. 18, at the 3A state championships after their top performances last Tuesday, during the 3A East Regional meet at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover. “It was a tough meet for us,” said Decatur Coach Jody Stigler. The Seahawks were only able to get in a few practices before the regional meet because of poor weather. Seventeen schools are in the 3A East region, but only nine competed in the meet. Howard County schools cancelled after-school activities due to weather conditions. Eight teams representing Howard County schools did not attend the meet. Decatur’s Lady Seahawks finished third overall, scoring 63 points. Huntingtown won the competition with 124 points and Northern of Calvert County took second with 63 points. “The girls did really well. Third place is good,” Stigler said. Seven Decatur female athletes placed fourth or better in their events to

PHOTO COURTESY JODY STIGLER

Nine Stephen Decatur indoor track athletes will compete in the 3A state meet on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Pictured, from left, are, Katie Collins, Ben Short, Christina Romano, Layla Fowler, Jenna Leitgeb, Katie Hofman, Jackson Mumford and Jillian Mitrecic. Kacie Moore is missing from photo.

advance to the state meet. Senior Layla Fowler earned second place in the 500-meter race, crossing the finish line in 1:21.58. Freshman Christina Romano’s high jump of 4 feet 6 inches was good for fourth place. Sophomore Katie Hofman and junior Jenna Leitgeb joined Fowler and Romano for the 1,600-meter relay race.

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The girls finished in fourth place (4:37.37). Decatur racked up 24 team points in the pole vault event. Decatur was the only school to enter athletes into the competition. “Our pole vaulters were expected to be strong anyway,” Stigler said. Senior Katie Collins won the event with a vault of 8 feet. Kacie Moore, a senior, vaulted 7 feet 6 inches, to take second place. Freshman Jillian Mitrecic’s vault of 7 feet landed her in the third-place spot. Junior Jackson Mumford and sophomore Ben Short will join the seven Lady Seahawks at states. Mumford finished second in the 500-meter race (1:13.39) and Short’s high jump of 5 feet 4 inches earned him a tie for second place in the event with Lackey’s Montell Garrison. “I thought those two [Mumford and Short] had the best chance to qualify for

states,” Stigler said. Decatur sophomore Hyun Chun was the only pole vaulter entered into the event. His vault of 8 feet did not meet the 9-foot advancement standard so he failed to qualify for states. The Decatur boys’ team finished seventh overall with 41 points. Huntingtown won the competition with 87 points. “The boys did pretty well,” Stigler said. “We had a lot of fifth places. A lot of boys were right on the fringe of qualifying.” The 3A state championship is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex. “The competition should be very tough. I am hoping that we can have a few place and hopefully place pretty well,” Stigler said. “It will be a long meet and that is usually tough for the kids, especially those who do multiple events.”

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By Lisa Capitelli Managing Editor (Feb. 14, 2014) The Worcester Prep boys’ basketball team scored a big win over the Gunston Day Herons last week, but a few days later, the Mallards came up short against the Salisbury School Dragons. Worcester headed to Centreville last Friday to take on Gunston and the Berlin squad left flying high after a 5721 victory. “I’m very happy that everyone got some minutes and played well. We had just beaten Salisbury Christian on Wednesday (52-49) which was a very tough game, a game for first place [in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference],” said Prep Coach Keith Geiger. “Sometimes you can have a bit of a letdown after a big win. It’s a long bus ride, and then (sitting) watching the girls play. You never know if the guys can get moving, but we did.” The Mallards outscored the Herons 19-2 in the first quarter. By the halftime break they had built a 30-7 lead. The Prep squad tacked on 21 points in the third quarter and held Gunston to five points. Senior captain Ryan Nally had 17 points, seven assists and seven steals. Matt Reilly, also a senior captain, logged 18 points and seven rebounds. “I’d say we are looking good coming down the stretch, but there are certainly things that can be done better. Our man-to-man offense isn’t very good, honestly. We are a little impatient sometimes settling for a difficult shot, but these are little things that we can adjust,” Geiger said. “The heart, hustle, attitude are the things that make this team, and those things are always there. If a coach has players who give it everything they’ve got, all the time, they have to feel good, feel confident. The technical things can be ironed out.” On Tuesday in Salisbury, Geiger said the Mallards struggled to find their rhythm on offense. Worcester fell to Salisbury School, 53-42. The Dragons edged out their opponent 11-9 in the first quarter. They led 20-17 at halftime. After three quarters, Salisbury held a 32-27 advantage. “We couldn’t get into any rhythm offensively. We missed lay-ups, we missed three pointers. We didn’t always get good looks in our half-court offense,” Geiger said. “We were only down by five after the third quarter, and we couldn’t seem to get enough stops in row. We couldn’t convert if we did manage to get a stop. It was a tough game.” Nally was Worcester’s (12-2) top producer with 18 points. Reilly scored 11. The senior Mallards will be honored during tonight’s, Friday’s, game against the Delmarva Christian Royals. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. in Berlin. ESIAC tournament play is scheduled to kick off Wednesday, with the semifinal round.

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Decatur ready for regional duals

By Lisa Capitelli Managing Editor (Feb. 14, 2014) The Stephen Decatur wrestling team won 13 of 14 weight class matches during last Friday’s meet against the James M. Bennett Clippers to finish the regular season, 14-0. The Seahawks scored a 68-6 victory during Senior Night in Berlin, when the 12thgrade student-athletes were honored. Freshmen Robert Kaminski (106 pounds) and Andrew McKahan (120), sophomore Brandon McKenzie (145) and seniors Nate Rosenblatt (132), Nick Bennett (152), Jared King (170), Andrew Borradaile (182) and Caleb Massey (220) pinned their opponents. Junior captain TJ Scafone won his 126-pound match by technical fall, 150. Sophomores Tyler VanSice (138) and Brett Kim (160) outscored their competition 8-2 and 8-3 respectively.

Senior Ethan Eibl edged out his 285pound opponent 1-0. Bennett forfeited the 113-pound match to sophomore Michael Tropkoff. “We wrestled very physical,” said Decatur Coach Todd Martinek. “They are a strong and athletic team and we matched them, showing that we are stronger than many may think.” As for the Seahawks’ wrestling ability, Martinek said he thinks they are ready for the post season. Health-wise, that’s another story. “We have a bit of a flu/mono bug going around which scares me, so we’ll have to see,” Martinek said. The 4A-3A South Regional dual meet was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but it was postponed to Saturday due to approaching snow. Martinek is hoping the extra few days will give his wrestlers who have been sick a chance

to recover. He also hopes no one else becomes ill during that time. No. 1 Huntingtown (14-0) will host the four-team meet and take on No. 4 La Plata (12-2) in the semifinal round, while No. 2 Decatur (14-0) will battle No. 3 Leonardtown (12-2). The winners will then go head-to-head for the south region title. Martinek said he thinks his team will match up well with Leonardtown and he is confident the Seahawks can come out on top if they wrestle to their ability. “We’ve got to get six points (a pin) when we can and we can’t get pinned,” he said. While Decatur is not looking past Leonardtown, the squad would like the chance to compete against Huntingtown, who is led by Kevin Gilligan, former coach of the Seahawks. Martinek and Gilligan have coached together for many years and there is a friendly rivalry, Martinek said. During Iron Horse Duals in January, Huntingtown edged out Decatur 37-22. From that match, Martinek said “we learned that they’re a good team and that we can hang with them.” “If we can win the close matches and get pins, we should do well,” he said. “We need to be healthy and you have to have some luck. That’s what you need.” The south region winner will advance to the 4A-3A state dual semifinals on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at North Point High School in Waldorf.


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Swimmers prepared for regional meet action Lady Seahawks finish 10-0 this season and are looking to bring home another title

By Lisa Capitelli Managing Editor (Feb. 14, 2014) The Stephen Decatur boys’ and girls’ swim teams wrapped up regular-season competition last Thursday, both earning wins over the Kent Island Buccaneers as the Seahawks now prepare for Saturday’s 3A-2A-1A East Regional meet. The Lady Seahawks finished the regular season a perfect 10-0. They outscored Kent Island 112-58 at the Pocomoke YMCA on Senior Night. All the Decatur seniors were honored that evening. Decatur female swimmers who won their events were juniors Madison Tinus (200-yard freestyle, 2:21.19; 50yard freestyle, 28.55 seconds) and Carly Deickman (200 IM, 2:31.72; 100-yard breaststroke, 1:13.30) and sophomores Marley Rakow (100-yard freestyle, 1:01.72; 100-yard backstroke, 1:13.85) and Hailey Williams (500yard freestyle, 6:04.83). Williams, Deickman, Rakow and junior Molly Wooten took first place in the 200-yard medley relay race (2:09.33). Rakow, Tinus and juniors Rachel Bourne and Kailey Mihavetz out-swam their competition in the 200-yard freestyle relay race (1:56.53). Tinus, Wooten, Williams and Deickman were victorious in the 400-

yard freestyle relay race (4:17.89). “It was a good meet. Overall, they swam well,” said Decatur Coach Joe Keefe. Some of the Seahawks competed in events they will swim in at regionals, looking to drop their times and score a better seed. “The girls look strong. They look really good,” Keefe said. While the Decatur girls’ squad won by 54 points, the boys’ competition was a bit closer. The score was tied 78-78 going into the final event, the 400-yard relay race. Senior captains James Hillyer and Collin Bankert, senior Cory Campbell and junior Chris Poole earned firstplace honors to secure the team victory (4:38.03). “The relay team had an excellent swim to pull of the win,” Decatur Coach Damien Sanzotti said. Decatur (5-5) edged out Kent Island 90-80. Seahawks who finished first in their events were Campbell (200-yard freestyle, 2:08.43), Hillyer (100-yard freestyle, 54.87 seconds) and junior Dalton Warren (100-yard backstroke, 1:08.08). Senior Tate Socha joined Warren, Bankert and Hillyer for the 200-yard medley relay event. The foursome took first, completing the race in 1:54.19. “The focus of this meet was on the swimmers not going to regionals and they showcased their excellent swimming ability. Seniors got to choose their events and have some fun,” Sanzotti said. “The boys swam well. [There were]

Decatur defense holds SH squad to 32 points Tuesday Coach Johnson, Seahawks hope winning streak in new year continues; team on roll

By Lisa Capitelli Managing Editor (Feb. 14, 2014) The Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team’s solid defensive play was key in the Seahawks 68-32 victory over their Worcester County rival, the Snow Hill Eagles, Tuesday. “We had a problem scoring for whatever reason…the ball just wasn’t falling,” said Decatur Coach Byron “BJ” Johnson. “LuckCoach Johnson ily our defense was working for us. I’m happy with our defense holding them to 32 points.” The visiting Seahawks came out strong, netting 19 points in the first quarter and holding Snow Hill scoreless. Decatur tacked on 23 points in the second quarter to go into the halftime break on top 42-8. By the end of the third quarter, the Seahawks had built a 55-26 lead.

“I thought we played a good game,” Johnson said after the physical battle between the two squads. “Our full-court press really worked in the first half. We didn’t press in the second half.” Senior captain Tyler Hunter logged 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Junior Colen Gaynor chipped in with 15 points and nine rebounds. Junior Randy DuPont and sophomore Keyon Eley scored 10 points apiece. Torrey Brittingham, a sophomore, netted eight points and had seven assists. “We had a bunch of different combinations on the floor. Everybody played and everybody (all eight players) scored,” Johnson said. “We’re on an 11-game winning streak. We haven’t lost in the new year and we hope that continues.” Decatur (14-4) will wrap up regularseason play next week with three games. The Seahawks will host the Indian River Indians at 2 p.m. on Monday, then the Kent Island Buccaneers on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The final game of the season is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20, in Berlin at 5:30 p.m. against the Parkside Rams. Decatur’s four seniors will be honored that evening.

some great improvements on times, which is great for seeding at regionals.” Nine member of the Decatur boys’ team–Bankert, Campbell, Hillyer, Socha, Warren, Poole, senior Michael Lott and juniors Jake Lathroum and Matt Krall–are set to compete in Saturday’s 3A-2A-1A East Regional meet at the Arundel Swim Center. “I hope they all drop time and have best swims at regionals,” Sanzotti said. “The competition at regionals will be the toughest of the season so we will have to be on top of our game. No mistakes. My hope is to have the boys finish in the top five at regionals as a team, but more important, to have some state qualifiers which is a very attainable goal.” Ten Lady Seahawks–Tinus, Wooten, Rakow, Williams, Bourne, Deickman, Mihavetz, juniors Maria

Zweifel, a team captain, and Katie Bear, and sophomore Zainab Mirza– will participate in the regional meet. “We’re hoping for the best and to add to our winning streak,” Keefe said. “We should do pretty well. I think it’s achievable to win regionals. The girls are definitely excited.” The girls’ team won the regional title last year and the boys’ squad finished second. The 3A-2A-1A state championship is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22 at the University of Maryland College Park’s Eppley Recreation Center. The top three finishers in each regional individual and relay event will advance to the state meet. Individual competitors or relay teams who, in their regional meet, are among the next top-12 statewide times will also qualify for states.

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UNITED WAY DONATION Town of Ocean City representatives present United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore with its 2013-2014 campaign contributions totaling $16,350. Pictured, from left, are United Way Donor Relations Coordinator Natalie Costello, Ocean City Convention Center Director of Sales and Marketing Fred Wise and Town of Ocean City Communications Manager Jessica Waters.

Md. casinos generate $66.2M in Jan. Casino at Ocean Downs took in $3.1M last month, an 8 percent increase from 2013 (Feb. 14, 2014) The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency announced January revenue numbers for the state’s four casinos–Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County, and Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County. January’s combined statewide revenue totaled $66,222,363. Casino at Ocean Downs generated $3,170,217 in January, and its gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $127.83. Casino at Ocean Downs’ January 2014 revenue increased by $241,298 or 8 percent, from January 2013. The Casino at Ocean Downs operates 800 slot machines. Hollywood Casino Perryville generated $6,309,491 from both slot machines and table games in January. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $148.02 for slot machines, $2,332.58 for banking table games and $413.05 for non-banking table games. Hollywood Casino’s January revenue increased by $854,379 or 16 percent, from last January. It operates 1,158 slot machines and 22 (12 banking and 10

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non-banking) table games. Maryland Live Casino generated $53,713,344 from both slot machines and table games in January. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $247.70 for slot machines, $4,919.33 for banking table games and $1,439.32 for non-banking table games. Maryland Live Casino operates 4,270 slot machines and 174 (122 banking and 52 non-banking) table games. Maryland Live’s January 2014 revenue increased by $17,769,588, or 49 percent, from last January. Rocky Gap Casino Resort gener-

ated $3,029,311 from both slot machines and table games in January. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $142.82 for slot machines, $1,713.35 for banking table games and $298.16 for non-banking table games. It operates 558 slot machines and 13 table games (10 banking and 3 non-banking). In a year-to-year comparison–excluding Rocky Gap Casino Resort, which opened in May 2013 — January 2014 casino revenue increased from January 2013 by $18,865,265 or 43 percent.

By Lauren Bunting Contributing Writer (Feb. 14, 2014) Earlier this month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that President Barack Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, which will delay the grandfather provision of Biggert-Waters Reform Act passed in 2012. The act requires FEMA, upon the effective date of any revised or updated Flood Insurance Rate Map, to adjust premiums to accurately reflect the current risk of flood to a given property. The delay in adjusted premiums only applies to FEMA’s future plans for grandfathering, but not to the rate increases being triggered when a property changes hands. As mentioned, FEMA’s announcement is the result of provisions of the recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (The Omnibus), which requires FEMA to cease any current planning and development activities to implement this provision through Sept. 30. According to FEMA’s statement, it has halted all work related to this provision. Once Congress restores funding to implement Section 207 of BW12, FEMA estimates it will take an additional 12-18 months to finalize the rulemaking. Grandfathering, as it relates to flood insurance, provides property owners the ability to pay a lower flood insurance rate based on an older map, even if the map and the flood risk changes in the future. Biggert-Waters Reform Act 2012 eliminated grandfathering and required FEMA to increase flood insurance premiums when the maps change, at a rate of 20 percent per year until the property pays the full actuarial rate. FEMA had recently estimated that rules implementing this provision would be finalized in late 2014. That has now been delayed to 2015 as a result of The Omnibus. The projected effective date for Worcester County’s flood map updates is May 18, 2015. — Lauren Bunting is a licensed REALTOR®with Bunting Realty, Inc. in Berlin.


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By Stewart Dobson Publisher his time, the Navy claimed responsibility for the big rumble heard ‘round the region last Thursday, confirming that what some people thought was an earthquake was a sonic boom caused by fighter jets conducting flight tests off the coast. Last week’s admission by the military, however, was more unusual than the ground-shaking, window-rattling event itself, as similar rolling salvos have occurred here for generations,

with no one offering any acceptable explanation. Back in the early 1970s, Berlin Mayor Gee Williams was the editor of the then-Eastern Shore Times, which published a story on a series of oceanic booms that rattled residents, visitors and whole buildings during a busy week in August. “I do recall the booms,” Williams said this week. “They caused quite a commotion,” occurring as they did during the height of the summer season. “It happened over a period of two or three days and just stopped.” Williams said reporters’ phone calls to military installations from Virginia to New Jersey produced nothing. “There was no record of any training going on,” he said. In addition, Williams said reporters found that the noise seemed specific to the Maryland coast, with neither

Virginia nor Delaware experiencing much of anything. Ultimately, newspaper staff writers contacted a mainland oceanographic scientist who offered a theory that, however unscientific it sounded, made for a great headline as well as a snickering newsroom of young reporters: “The ocean was having a belch.” “It made a helluva story,” Williams recalled, as reporters attempted to explain that somehow pent up gas beneath the ocean surface had suddenly and violently escaped its confines. Except, as it turns out, that could not have been it, just as newsroom speculation that the military was simply lying might also have been off the mark. Mysterious thunder-like reports off the coast had occurred long before supersonic flight was even possible and See FEB. 6 Page 42

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OC Seaside Boat Show this wknd.

By Clara Vaughn Staff Writer (Feb. 14, 2014) The OC Seaside Boat Show is back for its 31st year with more than 350 sports cruisers, performance boats and other seaworthy craft on display this Friday through Sunday, Feb. 14-16, at the convention center on 40th Street. Admission costs $10 for the day or $15 for the entire weekend for the show featuring 140 exhibitors and more than 50 boat dealers. All proceeds will go to the show’s organizer, the Ocean CityBerlin Optimist Club, for their youth programs, said Charles Smith, the show’s media advertising head. “If you own a row boat and need an oar, there’s somebody there selling them. If you want to buy a Ski-Doo, there’s somebody there selling them. If you want to buy a motor, they’re selling them,” Smith said. “Everything that is needed for fishing and boating is at the boat show.” With a long history in Ocean City, the show has grown over the years and now pulls around 15,000 visitors each year, he said. Vendors come from as far as North Carolina and New Jersey for the show, filling “every inch of space in the convention center,” Smith said. Following a longstanding tradition, North Bay Marina in Selbyville, Del., will again donate an 18-foot Sweetwater Pontoon Boat with a 40-horse power Honda motor that one lucky attendee will win. Anyone who purchases a ticket can enter for a chance to win it by filling out the name, address and phone number tear-off section of the ticket and putting it in the raffle container. The Optimist Club will also sell tickets for its $75,000 lottery at its booth at the show for $100 each. Proceeds from the tickets go to local high school scholarships. Both the pontoon and lottery winners will be announced at the show at 5 p.m. Sunday, though they don’t have to present to win, Smith said. The OC Seaside Boat Show is one of the Optimist Club’s major fundraisers for its children’s programs and “100 percent of the funds that are raised are used for youth activities and community service in Worcester County,” Smith said. Over the past 26 years, the club has given around 300 scholarships totaling over $1.5 million to Worcester County students, and it raises money toward other local youth programs, including art, essay and speech contests, he said. See ANNUAL Page 43


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Feb. 6 boom caused by jets, others maybe not Continued from Page 41 the escaping gas theory also turned out to be unfounded. The fact is no one knew the cause then, just as they don’t now or why these things have happened along the East Coast going back to the 1800s. The phenomenon, which also occurs elsewhere on the planet, but with more frequency off the Carolinas, is known as the “Seneca Guns.” It is so named because the first written reference to this unnerving rumbling was in 1850 in the short story “The Lake Gun” by James Fenimore Cooper, author of “Last of the Mohicans.” The tale, which was set in the early 1800s, was based on the cannon-like volleys that that seemed to arise from Seneca Lake and the surrounding region.

Dr. Warren S. Walker, a Texas Tech University scholar who studied Cooper’s writing, explained it this way in a 1978 paper: “For centuries Seneca Lake has periodically emitted loud explosive sounds, detonations from what the white settlers call "The Lake Gun." This documented phenomenon has never been scientifically explained, but the Indians consider it the voice of the Manitou, their god.” As it was later discovered, similar geological episodes occur all over the world and are known by different names, but on the East Coast, they are known as Seneca Guns because of Cooper’s story. The U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey offers theories on its Web page about what might be and what is not the cause of Seneca Guns.

There are occasions, it says, that sonic booms really are the culprit, as it was last Thursday. Before the supersonic flight era, the apparent explosions might also have been the sound of artillery training aboard naval vessels. But the puzzling aspect of this is that the guns have been heard when none of these elements was present. The USGS says in such instances the cause it not shifting tectonic plates, because there are none near this coast. Neither is it a meteor shattering the sound barrier, a tidal wave, pockets of air or methane gas escaping through the ocean floor (so much for the belch theory), cold air meeting warm air, global warming or a hole in the ozone layer. Possibly, it says, the source of these periodic coastal commotions are earthquakes too small to register on

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Brown Box Theatre Project to perform ‘Two Wrongs’ in OC

(Feb. 14, 2014) Brown Box Theatre Project has announced the inaugural show of its 2014 season, the contemporary comedy “Two Wrongs,” by playwright and “Hawaii Five-0” star, Scott Caan. “Two Wrongs” presents the story of Shelly and Terry, whose love lives become entangled due to the unethical meddling of their therapist, Julian. This play’s sharp dialogue turns an amused eye on the couples’ suspicions, confessions, self-deceptions and self-deprecations, portraying the social hazards of living an examined life. “Two Wrongs” made its world premiere at the Lounge Theatre in Los Angeles in 2010, to the enthusiasm of critics. The Los Angeles Times praised Caan’s writing as “clever… earmarked by bursts of ameliorating humor that are both welcoming and disarming.” The play’s inclusion in Brown Box’s season demonstrates the company’s commitment to presenting fresh works from young playwrights. “This play is different than anything you have seen from us before,” said Brown Box’s executive director, Kyler Taustin. “It is a fast-paced, witty love story, perfect for Valentine’s Day weekend.” Brown Box’s production will run today through Monday, Feb. 14-17, at the Ocean City Center for the Arts on 94th Street. Shows are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Tickets cost $25 and are now on sale. Visit Brown Box’s Web site, brownboxtheatre.org, for more information. Founded in 2009, Brown Box Theatre Project is a nonprofit theatre collaborative dedicated to bringing live theatre to schools and communities.


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Annual Boat Show benefits children’s programs in area Continued from Page 41 “We call it the ‘boat show that works for kids’ because all the money goes to the children’s programs,” Smith said. There will be foods like hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza for sale at the concession stand. Due to construction at the 40th Street center, attendees should go left after coming in through the main entrance to purchase tickets. The OC Seaside Boat Show runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, Friday, Feb. 14. Catch the show from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.ocboatshow.com for a list of exhibitors. Check out www.ocberlinoptimist.org for more information about the Ocean City-Berlin Optimist Club.

Approximately 350 boats are scheduled to be featured during this weekend’s Seaside Boat Show at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street.

Kemp thankful for friends and family during hard time

By Irish Kemp Contributing Writer (Feb. 14, 2014) I’m back!! Thanks to the loving care of my family and all the wonderful folks around our little seaside city who have offered their condolences and have helped me get thru the loss of the love of my life, Skip. It has been an unforgettable experience. Trust me folks, after 68 years of being married to this loving, wonderful guy, I’ll need all the help I can get from my family and friends. Many thanks to my family of eight for being at my side night and day. Many thanks also to St. Lukes’ pastor, Rev. Smith for the beautiful ceremony. Please keep us in your prayers. Would you believe I’m at a loss for words, of course you wouldn’t. How ‘bout this freezing cold weather? Not to worry, spring is just around the corner. So many people are heading south. Hate to break the bad news, but they’ve been inundated in Florida. Six outta seven days of heavy rain ain’t good especially if you’re on vacation. Best to the birthday kids, the likes of Gerry Bowerman, Jeff Mathias, Jeanne Powell, Frank Hanna, Jane Mulholland, Jody Vaeder. Lux Luxenberger, remember the town’s tradition of celebrating every special occasion for at least 30 days. Rumors are that February birthday kids, Evelyn Westfall, Carroll Wagner, Jean Fohl, Ruth Biller, Theresa Smith, Chuck Burnett, Jan McSwain, Joe O’Neill and Rick Hansen are already out there celebrating, big time. See NEW Page 48

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Annual ‘Death By Chocolate’ Sun. Players will visit 19 West Ocean City businesses for assortment of sweet treats

By Clara Vaughn Staff Writer (Feb. 14, 2014) Chocoholics can get a double dose of the sweet stuff this weekend, with Death By Chocolate’s return to West Ocean City on Sunday, Feb. 16. The game takes players to a variety of shops across the Route 50 bridge, where merchants will serve an assortment of free, chocolate treats as participants move from store to store to complete their game cards. Winners will take home a variety of prizes, from gift cards and a spa package to a chocolate tower made by Wockenfuss Candies. “It’s about getting to know who your local merchants are,” said Louise Reardon, who organizes Death By Chocolate with Jan PattersonHohman, co-owner of CraZy LadyZ!, one of the businesses taking part in the event. “It’s a fun day, it’s a happy day, it’s a crazy day,” Reardon said. To play in the seventh annual Death By Chocolate game, players pick up a “Name that Tune” game card at any of the 19 participating merchants on Sunday. They must visit each participating store, in any order, get their cards validated, find a clue to figure out the tune and artist and, of course, indulge in

Twenty West Ocean City merchants served up an assortment of free chocolaty treats to those participating in the sixth annual Death By Chocolate last year. At Wockenfuss, from left, Victoria Jardan, Chris Butler, Natalia Jardan and JoAnn Poremski.

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NOW PLAYING 19TH HOLE BAR & GRILL 9636 Stephen Decatur Highway West Ocean City 410-213-9204 Feb. 14-15: Scott Glorioso, 7-10 p.m. BJ’S ON THE WATER 75th Street and the bay 410-524-7575 Feb. 14-15: Tranzfusion, 9 p.m. Feb. 19: Two Guys & A Mama, 5-8 p.m. CAPTAIN’S TABLE 15th St. & Baltimore Ave. 410-289-7192 www.captainstableoc.com Feb. 14-15: Phil Perdue FAGER’S ISLAND 60th Street and the bay 410-524-5500 Feb. 14: 2nd Annual Songwriters by the Bay; DJ Hook Feb. 15: Opposite Directions; DJ Groove; Animal House Feb. 16: Everett Spells Feb. 17: Bryan Clark GALAXY 66 66th Street, bayside 410-723-6762 Feb. 14: Philly George HARBORSIDE BAR & GRILL 12841 S. Harbor Road West Ocean City 410-213-1846 Feb. 14: Ladies Night w/DJ Billy T Feb. 15: Simple Truth, 2-6 p.m.; DJ Jeremy, 9 p.m. Feb. 16: Opposite Directions, 2-6 p.m. Feb. 20: Opposite Directions, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. HARPOON HANNA’S Route 54 and the bay Fenwick Island, Del. 800-227-0525

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Stop by 19 WOC businesses and sample chocolaty treats Continued from Page 44 Because some prizes contain alcohol, players must be at least 21 to enter. There will be an after-party at the restaurant, where a buy-one-get-one special for an entrée and appetizer runs from 4-7 p.m. for those with a “Death By Chocolate” reservation. Reardon suggests make dinner reservations in advance for Sunset Grille under the “Death By Chocolate” name, though those without reservations can still enjoy the specials at the bar. Those specials start at 1 p.m. and include $3.25 wine, $1.75 domestic beer, $4 orange crushes and $4 chocolate martinis in honor of the event. Reardon and Patterson-Hohman got the idea for Death By Chocolate from another town. “It was so successful that we took it and brought it to Ocean City,” Reardon said. Each year participation grows and new merchants this year include Bungalow 7, Impact Home Technology and The Children’s Book Garden, she said. Bliss Salon & Spa is one of the returning businesses, back for its sixth year with Bliss chocolate for everyone who enters, owner Beth Miller said. “It’s just a fun event and it gets people in your store — people that normally wouldn’t come in to small, local stores,” she said. “People bring their family (or) friends and make a day of it.” Players should keep an eye out for a chocolate fountain or drink at Bliss this year, she added. “It’s a great event,” said Chris Butler, manager at Wockenfuss Candies, which will dish up chocolate-covered strawberries and other sweet treats this year. “It’s a lot of fun. It’s brings in a lot of locals,” she said. Some players make a day of Death By Chocolate, visiting some merchants in the morning, stopping for lunch and continuing on into the evening, Reardon said. It is free to participate in the game and sample the chocolates at each business. Last year, just over 500 people took part in the game. “What else can you do in the dead of

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winter?” Reardon said. “It’s a great day.” Death By Chocolate starts at participating stores at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, and continues until 5 p.m. at the stores and into the evening at Sunset Grille. Call 410-213-8110 to make dinner reservations and don’t forget to use “Death By Chocolate.” For more information on the game, call 410-213-2085. Participating stores and prizes: • CraZy LadyZ! - $50 gift certificate • Monkey’s Trunk - $50 gift certificate • Kendall Furniture - Memory foam pillow valued at $119 • Bliss Salon & Spa - Manicure and pedicure valued at $60 • OC Floor Gallery - $200 gift certificate • The Children’s Book Garden - $50 gift certificate • IMPACT Home Technology - Pick either a Samsung 3D BlueRay player or Apple TV • Paws & Claws - $25 gift certificate • Ocean City Organics-$25 gift certificate • OC Chamber of Commerce - “Ocean City” gift basket valued at $75 • Buddahs & Beads - $50 gift certificate • A Perfect Face – 45-minute neck and back massage and spa products • Bungalow 7 - $50 gift certificate • Wockenfuss - Chocolate tower • Park Place Jewelers - Pandora bracelet with one charm • West O Bottle Shop - Gift basket valued at $25 • Marlin Market - Basket of Cheer and gas card valued at $75 combined • Snapdragon - $50 gift certificate • Sunset Grille - $50 gift certificate

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‘Prom Night’ overwhelming success

By Clara Vaughn Staff Writer (Feb. 14, 2014) The Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation’s inaugural “Prom Night” fundraiser was a blowout success, packing the house at Hooters in West Ocean City with tuxand cocktail dress-clad partygoers last Friday night. Though the numbers aren’t official yet, more than $40,000 came in for Believe in Tomorrow — far exceeding the $10,000 that event organizer and Coordinator for the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation Beach Respite Housing Program, Wayne Littleton had expected. The funds stay local and will go toward replacing the 15-year-old heating and cooling system in the 66th Street Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House by the Sea, which provides critically ill children and their families a muchneeded trip to the beach and away from the everyday stresses of a child’s illness. “It exceeded any expectations I could have ever imagined. It was just great,” Littleton said. “The biggest problem that I had was we couldn’t get everybody in.” Around 200 people attended the West Ocean City fundraiser, with calls flooding in all day Friday for the soldout event. Tickets cost $20 and included a buffet and hors d’oeuvres, happy hour drink prices, music by DJ BK and a silent auction.

“The price was right at $20,” Littleton said. “It was an evening you could really go out and have a good time and be inexpensive.” But, he added, attendees “were really generous.” Everyone at the prom had a chance to vote among five Prom Kings and five Prom Queens for $1 per vote. Littleton was expecting each nominee to pull around $100, but competition for the cause was fierce and each raised closer to $10,000, he said. “The kings and queens really did an unbelievable job. They worked hard and they were just terrific,” Littleton said. Jill Ferrante, of Park Place Jewelers, took home the tiara, raising more than $10,000 through guest night bartending at the Greene Turtle in North Ocean City and other donations. “I had really generous customers (and) friends in Ocean City that donated for the Children’s House on my behalf,” she said. “I think we all wanted to win. We took this very seriously, and had a lot of fun doing it.” The prom “was really a wonderful night,” Ferrante said. “It was so much fun.” Mark Odachowski, of Royal Plus, took home the title of Prom King. Odachowski, who said “It’s about the kids,” raised nearly $11,000. “It wasn’t about competing, who gets more or who becomes Prom King or

Queen. It was about the cause,” he said. “It was fantastic. Everybody was very giving and everybody wanted to support the cause. It was a great cause and I’m glad it was a success.” Other members of the royal court were: Joe Kendall, of Kendall Furnishings; Ryan Intrieri, of Hooper’s Crab House; JJ Roth, of Seacret’s 98.1 Radio; Mark Custodio, of Bull on the Beach; Patricia Ilczuk-Lavanceau, of Comcast Spotlight; Jodie Noonan, of Amber Nicole’s Bridal and Formal; Jenny Lauman, of Hooter’s in West Ocean City; and Lindsay Candelora, also of Hooter’s. On whether he’ll host Prom Night again, the organizer said, “We’d be silly not to.” He has some ideas in the works to fit more people into the venue next time, such as hoisting a tent outside. “It brought people to the event who really had no idea what we did,” he said. “Now there’s more people out there that know what Believe in Tomorrow does.” “I never dreamed that we would do this well,” he said, but “I should never be surprised from this community. People are good to us. They really are.” To make a donation to the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House by the Sea, mail a check payable to Believe in Tomorrow: 13 66th Street, Ocean City, Md. 21842. Learn more about the program by visiting www.believeintomorrow.org/ housing_bythesea.html.

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New in town? Visit local clubs, orgs. to meet people Continued from Page 43 Happy anniversary to Jim and Helen Geslois and Jim and Patricia Dembeck. If you cross paths with any or all of these folks give ‘em a big hug for me. New in town and wanna’ be found? February is everybody’s favorite month to hate. Bundle up and get out to socialize. Check out the clubs around town, like the Elks, Knights of Columbus, the very active local AARP or drop by the MAC Senior Center, bayside at 42nd Street, adjacent to the Ocean City convention center. The amiable folks there will be glad to show you around. Just a few of the events in the works are trips and luncheons at places around town. There are pool tables available plus a whole lot of card playing. It’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy lunch, but you must sign up in advance. Wow, I almost forgot. Many local establishments sponsor the Thursday afternoon bowling teams. Call the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department at 410-250-0125 for more information. Subs are needed all season long. The after bowling get-togethers at the sponsors establishments are great. When you have friends visit they will marvel at your “savor faire” as in where to go to dine out. I’m winging that one, but these are tough times for this old broad. C U IN OC

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Butter poached lobster in creamy, sherry sauce

By Deborah Lee Walker Contributing Writer (Feb. 14, 2014) Know ye my heart will never stray, for true love is everlasting. Let us never be separated, devotion is so dear. The fire of passion stirs my appetite and preserves the right to declare you are mine. The mingling of sweet and savory belongs to the sensibility of time. The aroma of perfection is aroused by your natural tenderness and luscious taste. I pity the others from the sea, for they shall remain in the shadows of doubt. My dearest one affectingly cries out; “Please take me for I am yours.” Trust me my darling, I will consume you each and every chance I get. To everything there is a purpose, from thence a cook must pass through all seasons. It is then mirth shall arise from the countless prodigies of gastric skills. Desire permeates my soul; it is for these reasons I must let you go. No my delectable from the deep, please do not weep. By proclaiming your glorious, mouthwatering meat; the world will know the secret for partaking of thee. Lobster, my dearest, until we meet again; I bid you adieu. Preparation must pass through all degrees; steam, boil, and grill are common indeed. Poaching the lobster creates a desire. Be cautious of overzealous heat; cook the lobster just enough to allow separation from its shell. The judging eye has control over its taste and texture to be. Take heed, time is not on your side; for it is crucial to work with lobsters while they are hot. If thou ventures a leisurely path, the fat in the meat will congeal. Then the task to remove the divine lobster from the shell becomes a pestilent feat. Creamy butter is the key. Fragrant as the dew of May; the soft nectar flows and encircles the sin of delight. Jubilation has no peaks. With no further ado, I present butter poached lobster in creamy, sherry sauce for the ultimate Valentine’s Day consummation.

Ingredients 1 stick unsalted butter 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 shallots, minced 1 small carrot, peeled and finely chopped 1 cup heavy cream 2/3 cup fish stock 1/3 cup chicken stock 2 tablespoons dry sherry pinch of cayenne pepper pinch of white powder 1 teaspoon fresh minced tarragon, plus extra for garnishing 1 rounded teaspoon Wondra QuickMixing flour Kosher salt to taste 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar

four (6 oz. lobster tails) 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1. place 4 tablespoons of butter in 12 inch sauté pan and turn heat to medium. When the butter has melted, add garlic, shallots, celery, and carrots. Cook until vegetables have softened, about 7 to 10 minutes. 2. Add the stocks and reduce by half. 3. Strain the mixture in a fine sieve, pressing the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Set the strained stock aside. 4. Place the tails in a pan filled with an inch of salted water. Add the vinegar and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to the lowest temperature and poach the tails in the shells for 2 minutes, ro-

tating the lobster every 30 seconds. Remove from heat and rinse in cold water. The meat will be in a raw state, which is the desired consistency. 5. Wearing gloves or using a towel, separate the meat from the shells. Freeze the lobster shells for future stock. Discard the coral, tomalley, and grain sac. Cut the lobster into serving slices. 6. In a medium sauté pan, add the reduced stock and the remaining butter over high heat. When the butter has melted, turn the heat to low and place the sliced lobster in the pan and poach for four minutes or until flesh is white, constantly turning. This process allows the raw meat to absorb the sweet butter and add to its natural succulence.

Remove and set aside. 7. Add the cream, sherry, cayenne pepper, white pepper, tarragon, lemon juice, and Wondra flour to the medium sauté pan. 8. Turn the heat to high and allow sherry mixture to come to a soft boil for two minutes, constantly stirring. 9. Remove pan from heat and add lobster to sherry, cream sauce. 10. The dish can be prepared as an appetizer or it can be served over angel hair pasta or rice as a main course. Garnish with fresh tarragon leaves. Secret Ingredient: Love. “Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.” –H. Jackson Brown

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DINING GUIDE ■ CREDIT CARDS: V-Visa, MC-Master Card, AE-American Express, DIS-Discover ■ PRICE RANGE: $, $$, $$$ ________________________________ ■ 19TH HOLE BAR & GRILLE, 9936 Stephen Decatur Highway, West Ocean City 410-2139204 / $-$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Casual and family-friendly, featuring great American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner at affordable prices. Open seven days a week, year-round. Happy hour daily, 3-7 p.m. Entertainment Friday through Sunday. ■ 32 PALM, 32nd Street, in the Hilton Suites, Ocean City 410-289-2525 / www.oceancityhilton.com/dining / $$ / V-MCAE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Western Caribbean cuisine, Eastern Shore favorites, gourmet and tasty liquid desserts. ■ ALEX’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT, Route 50, West Ocean City 410-213-7717 / www.ocitalianfood.com / $-$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Full bar / Serving homemade Italian cuisine, steaks, seafood, chicken, pork and pasta. Elegant dining room with fireplace. Early bird specials every day from 5-6 p.m. ■ BILLY’S SUB SHOP, 140th Street, Ocean City, 410-250-1778; Route 54, Fenwick Shoals, Fenwick Island, Del., 302-436-5661 / $ / V-MC-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Dine in, carry out, free Delivery. Open 7 days 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. Ocean City’s most famous sub and pizza shop since 1959. An OC tradition where a sandwich is a meal, serving fresh dough pizza, subs, burgers, cones, shakes and sundaes with beach delivery available. ■ BJ’S ON THE WATER, 75th Street, Ocean City 410-524-7575 / www.bjsonthewater.com / $-$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Open year-round. Entire dining menu served 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., seven days a week. Daily specials, daily duck feeding. Entertainment every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. No cover. Available for parties and banquets. Indoor and outdoor dining. ■ BLUE FISH JAPANESE & CHINESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR, 94th Street, Ocean City 410-524-3983 / www.bluefishoc.com / $-$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Full bar / Japanese and Chinese restaurant and sushi bar with beer, wine and cocktails. Dine in, take out and delivery available. Open Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon. ■ CAPTAIN’S TABLE RESTAURANT, 15th Street and the Boardwalk, Ocean City 410289-7192 / www.captainstableoc.com / $$$$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Family-owned, serving fine seafood, steaks and poultry on the third floor of the Courtyard by Marriott. Open 7 days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. ■ CRABCAKE FACTORY, 120th Street, Ocean City, 410-250-4900 / www.crabcakefactoryusa.com / $-$$ / V-MC-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Family restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Monday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Menu selections are Eastern Shore favorites: creamed chipped beef, omlettes and daily breakfast special crab dishes. World famous Crabcakes served all day starting at 8 a.m. Other menu selections include Chicken Chesapeake, prime rib,

steamed shrimp, Philly cheesesteaks, burgers and homemade soups. www.crabcakefactoryusa.com ships Crabcakes year-round. ■ FAGER’S ISLAND RESTAURANT & BAR, 60th Street on the bay, Ocean City 410-5245500 / www.fagers.com / $$-$$$ / V-MC-AEDIS / Reservations accepted in the dining room only / Children’s menu / Full bar / Upscale restaurant on the bay. Casual fine dining, fresh fish, prime rib and seafood. Lighter fare menu served on our decks or inside. ■ FENWICK CRAB HOUSE, 100 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, Del. 302-539-2500 / www.crabcakeexpress.com / $-$$ / V-MCAE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Carry-out available. Casual dining. Open for lunch and dinner. Big crabs are our specialty. Perfect crabcakes are our passion. Seven different fish served 15 different ways! Great local seafood, good times and good service is our mission. ■ GALAXY 66 BAR & GRILLE, 66th Street, Ocean City 410-723-6762 / $$-$$$ / V-MAE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Full bar / Contemporary restaurant offering light fare and full entrees. Award- winning wine list, signature drinks and cocktails. ■ HARBORSIDE BAR & GRILL, 12841 S. Harbor Road, West Ocean City 410-2131846 / www.ocharborside.com / $$ / V-MCAE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Casual waterfront dining serving seafood, steaks, sandwiches, salads, wraps and pasta. Home of the “Original Orange Crush.” Entertainment Thursday through Sunday. ■ HARPOON HANNA’S RESTAURANT & BAR, Route 54 and the bay, Fenwick Island, Del. www.harpoonhannasrestaurant.com / $$ / VMC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Casual waterfront restaurant serving lunch, dinner. Fresh fish, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and all-you-caneat Alaskan crab legs. Open year-round. ■ HEMINGWAY’S AT THE CORAL REEF, 17th Street, in the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Ocean City 410-289-2612 / www.ocmdhotels.com/hemingways / $$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Elegant dining room, Floridian/island-style cuisine. Sea-food, tropical salsas, grilled steaks, pork chops, grilled pineapple, banana fritters, entree salads. ■ HIGGINS CRAB HOUSE, 31st Street, Ocean City, 410-289-2581; 128th Street, Ocean City, 410-250-2403 / $-$$ / V-MC-AEDIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Open 7 days a week. We have proudly served Ocean City, Maryland for over 40 years. Known for All You Can Eat crabs, crab legs, fried chicken, steamed shrimp, and baby back ribs. ■ HIGH STAKES BAR & GRILL, Route 54, Fenwick Island, Del. 302-537-6971 / $-$$ / V-M-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Carry-out available / Full bar / Casual dining, daily happy hour and daily food specials. Live entertainment. ■ HOOTERS, Fifth Street, on the Boardwalk, Ocean City 410-289-2690 and Route 50, West Ocean City 410-213-1841 / www.hootersofoc.com / $-$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS. Things are always getting better at Hooters! Fresh menu offering a number of ground chuck burgers, green salads, world famous chicken wings with 11 flavorful sauces and a fun children’s menu. Relax in the beach atmosphere or enjoy the outdoor seating. Happy hour every day, 3-7 p.m. Full bar available. Authentic Hooters merchandise in kids and adult sizes. Enjoy all the sports packages on large,

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flat screen TVs and great service by the delightful Hooters girls. Live entertainment. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Find out why we say, “Hooters makes you happy!” ■ HOOTERS, 123rd Street, Bayside, Ocean City 410-250-7081 / www.hootersofoc.com / $-$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full Bar / Casual dining. Newly remodeled and open for the season. Our More Than A Mouthful Burger speaks for itself. We have everything from soups and salads, great sandwiches, and a variety of seafood choices. We look forward to seeing you and don't forget to stop in our gift shop and check out all the great merchandise. Seasonally open every Thursday through Sunday. ■ HORIZONS OCEANFRONT RESTAURANT, 101st Street, Ocean City 410-524-3535 / www.clarionoc.com / $-$$ ($20-45) / V-MCAE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Open tables / Children’s menu / Full bar / Proud to have Chef Shawn Reese creating beach-inspired dishes in both oceanfront restaurants, Horizons and Breaker’s Pub. New all-day menu, available 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., features many favorites, as well as exciting new creations with a local flare. Deluxe Sunday breakfast buffet open year-round and AUCE prime rib, crab legs and seafood buffet available most weekends. ■ JOHNNY’S PIZZA PUB, 56th Street, Ocean City 410-723-5600 / www.johnnyspizzapub.com / $ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Ocean City’s official pizzeria and pub featuring homemade pizzas, serving 18 different gourmet pizzas including local favorites Johnny’s Special, Neptune’s Seafood Feast Pizza, and MD Blue Crab. Huge variety of calzones, subs, burgers and sandwiches to choose from. Ocean City’s place for jumbo wings with 20 different sauces. Coldest draft beer in town served in a chilled mug. Voted best sound system for live music. Carry out or delivery til 4 a.m. ■ J/R’S, 131st Street, Ocean City 410-2503100 / www.jrsribs.com / $$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s Menu / Full bar / Carry-out / Early bird specials daily. This is the PLACE for ribs, steaks, chicken, seafood and steamed crabs. Try our Ribs in our family oriented spacious dining room or cheer on your favorite team in our new enlarged sports bar. You’ve tried the Rest- Now try the Best. ■ JULES FINE DINING, 118th Street, Ocean City 410-524-3396 / www.ocjules.com / $$, $$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Local fare, global flair. Fresh seafood year-round, fresh local produce. ■ MERMAID COVE PUB, 33195 Lighthouse Road, Williamsville, West Fenwick, Del. 302436-0122 / $ / V-MC / No reservations required / Full bar / Get ship-wrecked at the Mermaid Cove with pub, drink and food specials daily. Lump crab cakes, rock and mahi tacos, fried oyster sandwiches and platters are among the items to choose from. Breakfast served weekends. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Take-out available. ■ MIO FRATELLO ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE, 38018 Fenwick Shoals Blvd., West Fenwick, Del. 302-436-6400 / miofratello.com / $$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere, specializing in steaks, seafood and pasta. Take out and delivery. Open for lunch and dinner. ■ POPEYE’S LOUISIANA KITCHEN, Route 50, West Ocean City 443-664-2105 / $ / V-

MC / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Family restaurant. Eat-in, carry out or drive-thru. Open seven days, year-round. Every Tuesday, two-piece chicken for 99 cents. Every Wednesday, free kids meal with purchase of combo. ■ REFLECTIONS RESTAURANT, 67th Street, in the Holiday Inn Oceanfront, Ocean City 410-524-5252 / www.ocmdhotelscom/reflections / $$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Tableside flambé dining. Casually elegant, cuisine prepared tableside in the European tradition. Private dining rooms. Eclectic chef’s specials accompanied by an award-winning wine list. ■ SEACRETS, 49th Street, Ocean City 410524-4900 / www.seacrets.com / $$ / V-MCAE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Island atmosphere. Soups, salads, Jamaican jerk chicken, appetizers, sandwiches, paninis, pizza and fresh seafood. ■ SEASONS OCEANFRONT RESTAURANT, 118th Street, in the Carousel Oceanfront Hotel and Condos, Ocean City 410-5241000 / www.carouselhotel.com / $-$$ / VMC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Open seven days a week. Oceanfront dining in a casual atmosphere. Serving breakfast from 7-11 a.m., featuring a breakfast buffet or special order from the regular menu. Dinner served from 4-9 p.m., featuring a wide variety of entrees, seafood, ribs, steaks, pasta and prime rib. Join us for family theme night dinners. ■ SIMMER TIME, Rt. 54, Fenwick Island, next to Mio Fratello 302-436-2266 / $-$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Full bar / Fondue and more in an intimate atmosphere; small and large parties. ■ SMITTY McGEE’S, 37234 Lighthouse Road, West Fenwick Island, Del. 302-4364716 / www.smittymcgees.com / $$ / V-MCAE-DIS / No reservations required / No children’s menu / Full bar / Casual. Big menu, including hot wings and drinks. ■ THE COTTAGE CAFE, Route 1 (across from Sea Colony), Bethany Beach, Del. 302539-8710 / www.cottagecafe.com / $, $$ / V-MC-AE / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Seafood, kids’ menu, happy hour specials. Lunch and dinner daily. Breakfast buffet on weekends. ■ THE BRICK HOUSE PUB, 67th Street, in the Holiday Inn Oceanfront, Ocean City 410524-5252 / www.ocmdhotels.com/brickhousepub / $$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Relax and enjoy the laid back atmosphere of this casual brew pub. Enjoy a lite bite, or watch the game on one of our huge flat-screen TV's. Dine on the freshest raw bar specialties, or try one of the local favorites, including fresh rockfish, shrimp, crab cakes, spicy hummus, juicy burgers and steaks, piping hot made-toorder pizzas, flavorful sandwiches and gourmet salads. Extensive micro-brew list and beers on tap. Happy hour specials daily. ■ WHISKERS PUB, 120th Street, OC Square, Ocean City 410-524-2609 / www.whiskerspub.com / $ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Old World saloon-type feel, Whisker’s is famous for its Certified Angus® burgers and delicious casual fare, as well as its entertaining atmosphere and photo lined walls of famous and infamous “whiskers.” Enjoy flat screen TVs to watch your favorite sports. Open year-round, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., serving lunch and dinner daily. Happy hour every day 4-7 p.m. Nightly food specials.


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‘Love for Berenice’ fundraiser to help family in time of need

By Clara Vaughn Staff Writer (Feb. 14, 2014) Berenice AlejandroMorales is only 7 years old, but is under Hospice care after doctors diagnosed her with an aggressive disease causing brain tumors last summer. They’ve given her just weeks to live, and local groups and individuals are doing their part to help the family. Pink Ribbon Pinups, a local organization that raises money for those with cancer, is hosting a “Love for Berenice” fundraiser featuring a silent auction, happy hour prices and raffles next Thursday, Feb. 20, at Pickles Pub on Eighth Street in Ocean City. All money raised will go to the “Helping Berenice Fund” to cover funeral costs, with any remainder going to her parents and 3-

year-old brother. Berenice has Intrinstic Pontine Glioma, a hard-to-beat cancer that causes tumors in her brain. She can no longer walk or talk, but loved school, horses and Barbie dolls, said family friend Donna Wiskosv. “It’s happened fast,” Wiskosv said. “All of a sudden we were told she has one to two weeks to live. That’s when we were like, ‘We’ve got to start doing something.’” Organizer of Love for Berenice, Brandi Mellinger didn’t know Berenice personally, but heard the 7-year-old’s story through a friend. “I explained who I was and explained that I wanted to help out,” Mellinger said, and she pulled together See SEVEN Page 53

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Berenice Alejandro-Morales is only 7 years old, but is under Hospice care after doctors diagnosed her with an aggressive disease causing brain tumors last summer. A Feb. 20 fundraiser is planned at Pickles on Eighth Street.

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Diehl graduates Air Force Airman Jorge O. Diehl graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Tex. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare prinJorge O. Diehl ciples and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Diehl is the son of Laura Diehl and stepson of Kevin Killian, both of Berlin. He is a 2010 graduate of New Oxford High School, New Oxford, Pa.

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Kathy Withers demonstrates her spinning technique during Ocean City’s inaugural Fiber Fest, held Feb. 8-9 at the Carousel Hotel on 118th Street in Ocean City.

Loris Blandford was one of several vendors selling raw yarn and pre-made wool goods at the Fiber Fest last Saturday.

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Seven-year-old has cancer that causes tumors in her brain Continued from Page 51 the Pickle’s event. There will be a 50/50 raffle at the fundraiser and a drawing for the “Cooler of Cheer,” which comes filled with beer, wine, liquor and beer glasses. Tickets for the cooler cost $5 each and can be purchased at the event or from Mellinger. Silent auction items include gift certificates, jewelry, framed artwork and more from area businesses such as Yummy! Sweet Shop, the Crabcake Factory, Chauncy’s Surf Shop and Headlines Salon. Mellinger is still accepting donations for the auction and those who want to get involved can help set up the event, she said. The Love for Berenice fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. There will be food and happy hour prices and no cover charge to get in. “It’s just amazing what Brandi has done so quickly,” Wiskosv said. “People are just trying to pitch in, just being very kind.” For information about the Feb. 20 fundraiser or to make a donation for the event, call Mellinger at 443-6142620 or e-mail pinkribbonpinups@gmail.com. Donate to the Helping Berenice Fund online at bit.ly/1l7gfos.

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February artist in residence at the Ocean City Center for the Arts, Jim Rehak, is pictured with one of his plein air paintings. Rehak will be doing caricatures at the 94th Street art center on Friday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and again from 6-7 p.m.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival to feature 11 short movies (Feb. 14, 2014) What has four legs, five arms and three heads? The Gimp Monkeys – a team of three climbers attempting the first all-disabled ascent of Yosemite’s iconic El Capitan. This tale of true grit amidst a majestic setting is but one of the cinematic treasures that will be on display at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, making its third annual Ocean City appearance at Seacrets Morley Hall on Friday, Feb. 21, with a special children’s show set for the Sarbanes Center near Assateague Island on Feb. 22. This year’s festival offers a menu of 11 short masterpieces ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. The audience will move from a mountaintop lightning strike to a mesmerizing night kayak ride to a prank-filled octogenarian swim meet spanning 18 years. Hosted locally by Assateague Coastal Trust, The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is organized by a northern California watershed group which each year assembles a catalog of award-winning, mostly environmentally focused films and offers them to local conservation nonprofits to help educate and engage their communities. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to once again share these amazing films from around the world with our local audience,” said ACT Executive Director and Coastkeeper Kathy Philllips. “Many of the films showcase environmental issues which helps us to engage

and inspire people around the challenges facing our planet and our local area. There’s even a film this year that features the efforts of our colleagues right here on the Eastern Shore.” Phillips noted it’s not all about teaching or preaching. “There is a healthy mix of adventure and pure fun which makes the festival as much about entertainment as education.” The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will include two screenings at Seacrets Morley Hall on Friday, Feb. 21: a matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening show at 6. Both events will feature Morley Hall’s new crystal clear projection system, discounted food offerings and a silent auction. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. ACT has also selected a separate set of three films from the Wild & Scenic catalog geared especially for a younger audience that will be presented by the organization’s Coast Kids program on the afternoon of Feb. 22. This screening will take place at the Sarbanes Coastal Ecology Lab (adjacent to Assateague Island National Seashore’s Visitors Center) and will be preceded by a special Coast Kids workshop on renewable energy. Tickets for this program will be available only at the door and are $5 for Coast Kids members and $10 for nonmembers. For information, visit www.ActForBays.org or call 410-629-1538.

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Visit www.coolberlin.org daily to cast ballot; contest closes midnight, Feb. 25 (Feb. 14, 2014) It’s time to get down to business. The Town of Berlin is just percentage points ahead of second place Cazenovia, N.Y. as it heads into the final days of Budget Travel Magazine’s “America’s Coolest Small Town of 2014” contest. Voters can go to www.coolberlin.org to cast votes. Voters can cast one vote each day until the contest ends midnight Feb. 25. Voters must make sure that they aren’t voting from the same IP address as other voters. Only one vote per day from the same IP address is allowed. For example, if more than one vote comes from a company address, only one will be tallied. The contest recognizes one town with a population of less than 10,000 residents. “They aren’t just looking for any town,” a town statement read. “They want a town that has a certain something that just can’t be found anywhere else. That certain something captures the essence of Berlin, home to quirky events, namely the annual Bathtub Races, its close proximity to Ocean City and Assateague Island National Seashore, its historic beauty, its Hollywood appeal, as the location for Runaway Bride and Tuck Everlasting, and of course its friendly residents. But Cazenovia, though with about half as many residents, is a college town located not far from Syracuse. Based on recent numbers, it appears as if the town is going after this with the same commitment shown by Berlin. The word about Berlin is getting around the state. Mayor Gee Williams told Bayside Gazette after Monday’s council meeting that Gov. Martin O’Malley made mention of Berlin’s “cool status” at a recent Maryland Mayors Conference. Williams was all smiles when he recounted how mayors from towns across the state wished him well in the contest. “It made you feel good,” he said. Michael Day, the town’s Director of Economic and Community Develop-

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ment, said that at the end of the preliminary voting, Berlin was holding onto third place. But when the voting reopened in mid-January, the town took the lead. A win would bring “bragging rights and tons of publicity, which we’ve already gotten,” said Day. “I think it’s already a win for us.” Day added that Berlin and the contest are picking up speed from media on the western shore. “The governor has Tweeted about us.” “We’re the only town in Maryland in this,” he added. “We’re hoping it’s also reaching regionally into Delaware. It’s only going to help everyone on the shore.” Day said that Mark Huey, the social media coordinator for the county’s tourism department, has been working “around the clock” to reach out to every social media friend locally, statewide and to national friends who either grew up in the area, drop in once a year with their skateboards or act out movie scenes on the Boardwalk to ask them to help the word get out to vote Berlin.”

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‘Everyday heroes’ sought for Salute to Senior Service prog. (Feb. 14, 2014) Every day, Maryland senior volunteers give their time and service to help others. Nominate a deserving older adult in the local community for his or her outstanding service through the Salute to Senior Service program. Sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, Salute to Senior Service recognizes the contributions of adults age 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes. “Seniors have so much to give and make a positive impact on our communities daily,” said Claude Lewis, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties. “Senior volunteerism not only benefits others, but also helps seniors stay active and socially engaged in their communities – important elements of healthy aging.” Members of the community are asked to nominate and vote for these “everyday heroes” between Jan. 15 and

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Atlantic Urology open house Wed. (Feb. 14, 2014) Atlantic General Hospital and Health System will be holding an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony, Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 4:30-6 p.m., to celebrate the completion of the new offices of Atlantic Urology. Crossword answers from page 54

Urologist James P. Cherry, MD, who has been a member of the Atlantic General Hospital and Health System medical staff since last July, will move to the space inside the James G. Barrett Medical Office Building at 10231 Old Ocean City Blvd., suite 206. The new center will allow for patient consultations as well as minimally-invasive surgical procedures. Prior to his move to the Shore, Cherry served as the director of urology at DuBois Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania. The board certified urologist provides surgical and non-surgical treatment for kidney stones, bladder and prostate cancers, enlarged prostate, urinary tract infections, erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence and other urologic conditions. The community is invited to attend the open house, to take tours and meet Dr. Cherry. Food and beverages will be provided. A formal ribbon cutting is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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Calendar FRI. Feb. 14 Ocean City convention center, 4001 Coastal Highway, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Featuring approximately 350 boats and more than 140 exhibitors, including 50 boat dealers. Admission costs $10 per day or $15 for weekend pass. Info: Charlie, cforman1@yahoo.com or www.ocboatshow.com.

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CPR MARATHON PSA — Ocean Pines Community Center, 235 Ocean Parkway. There will be five different one-hour sessions taking place from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Sessions cover CPR basics, AED use and chocking rescue techniques for adults, children and infants. Cost is $5. This basic class does not offer CPR certification. Pre-registration required at the Ocean Pines Community Center or by calling 410-641-7052. Stevenson United Methodist Church, 123 N. Main St., Berlin, 4-7 p.m. Spaghetti dinner with homemade sauce, sweet Ital-

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SAT. Feb. 15 Ocean City convention center, 4001 Coastal Highway, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Featuring approximately 350 boats and more than 140 exhibitors, including 50 boat dealers. Admission costs $10 per day or $15 for weekend pass. Info: Charlie, cforman1@yahoo.com or www.ocboatshow.com.

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Special Valentine’s Package includes horse & carriage round trip ride from Inlet to Fourth Streeet, a box of chocolates, a rose and a glass of bubbly. Cost is $40 per couple. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations: Randy Davis, 443-783-1409.

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PANCAKE BREAKFAST — VFW, Post 8296, 104 66th St., bayside in Ocean City, 8-11 a.m. A $5 donation for all-you-can-eat pancakes or 2-2-2, two eggs, two pancakes and two bacon slices, includes coffee and juice. Bloody Marys cost $3. Info: 410-524-8196.

FARMERS MARKET — White Horse Park, 239 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines, 8 a.m. to noon. Produce, farm fresh eggs, organic goods, herbs, fresh cut flowers, soaps, jelly, homemade baked goods, honey and more.

SUN. Feb. 16 Ocean City convention center, 4001 Coastal Highway, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring approximately 350 boats and more than 140 exhibitors, including 50 boat dealers. Admission costs $10. Info: Charlie, cforman1@yahoo.com or www.ocboatshow.com.

30TH ANNUAL SEASIDE BOAT SHOW —

Special Valentine’s Package includes horse & carriage round trip ride from Inlet to Fourth Streeet or from Nineth Street to 17th Street, a box of chocolates, a

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This is a view most people only dream about. You couldn’t ask for a better location with spectacular sunsets and panoramic view of the open bay. This home was designed with your family in mind. This 4-bedroom, 2-bath home has two boat lifts and a jet ski lift. Outstanding features like cathedral ceiling in living room, formal dining room, modern kitchen with center island work area. Your piece of paradise for ONLY $449,900. Located in North Ocean City in a community that offers 3-pools, 2-tennis courts for just $190 a year. To see for yourself call Now. Better hurry. THE ORIGINAL Montego Bay Specialists since 1971.

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A NEW BEGINNING

This ONE is just for you. You will love this location right on the corner in one of the BEST neighborhoods in North Ocean City, If you like comfort and charm you will love this place at the beach. The whole family will enjoy the huge living room with fireplace, formal dining room. Make an offer on this cozy and comfortable 3-bedroom, 2-bath home. Little care is required so you can enjoy the nice yard, perfect for that summer BBQ. The perfect family getaway in a community that offers 3-pools and 2-tennis courts. Best of all the price is JUST $265,850. Call to see this gorgeous property today. Do it NOW! THE ORIGINAL Montego Bay Specialists since 1971.

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This 2BR/1BA home is located in the Montego Bay community in N. Ocean City. The home is being sold with a deeded lot with no ground lease. Features include a large screened in porch, an eat-in kitchen and central air. The community features pools, tennis, shuffleboard, min. golf and a bayfront boardwalk. The homeowner’s association fee is just $199 a year. Listed at $124,900.

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800-745-5988 • 410-250-3020 108 S. Ocean Drive • Ocean City, MD

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This 1BR/1BA condo is located in the Caine Woods community in N. Ocean City. The location is within walking distance to the beach, bus line and restaurants. The unit features a private deck, a breakfast bar, hardwood flooring in the LR/DR area, ceramic tile flooring in the bathroom and central air. Recent upgrades include laminate flooring in the kitchen, a new refrigerator and some new ceiling fans. The complex offers plenty of off-street parking and low condo fees. Listed at $129,900.

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CALENDAR rose and a glass of bubbly. Cost is $40 per couple. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations: Randy Davis, 443-783-1409.

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST BUFFET FUNDRAISER — Berlin Fire Hall, 214 N.

Main St., 7:30-11:30 am. Menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits, cereals, coffee, milk and juice. Cost is $9 for adults, $7 for carryouts, $5 for children ages 5-12 and children 4 and younger eat free.

AN AFTERNOON OF FELLOWSHIP — Steven-

son United Methodist Church, 123 N. Main St., Berlin, 4 p.m. Guest speaker, worship, small groups and free dinner. Accepting donations of canned goods for the SUMC Spirit Kitchen. Must be 18 or older. Sponsored by SUMC Young Adults. Info: 410-641-1137.

SHARING SUNDAY — Ocean Pines South

Fire Station, Ocean Parkway (South Gate), 1-3 p.m. The Democratic Women’s Club will collect non-perishable food, tioletries and paper products. Supplies wil be shared with the local food ministry. Info: 410-641-8553.

MON. Feb. 17 CQI-2 conference room in the Avery W. Hall Educational Center on the Peninsula Regional campus, 100 East Carroll

PRMC INSULIN PUMP CLUB MEETING —

St., Salisbury, 7-8 p.m. The club is for anyone who wears a pump or is interested in using one. New technology, pump management techniques and lifestyle issues are presented. There are no fees to attend. Info: 410-543-7061.

9730 Healthway Drive, Berlin at 6 p.m., on the third Wednesday of each month. Open to anyone who has lost a friend or loved one to suicide. Free of charge. Info: 410-629-0164 or www.choosetolivemaryland.org.

DELMARVA SWEET ADELINE CHORUS MEETS WEEKLY — The Delmarva Chorus,

City Elks Lodge 2645, 138th Street and Sinepuxent Avenue, rear of the Fenwick Inn. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., games start 6:30 p.m. Food is available. Open to the public. No one allowed in the hall under 18 years of age during bingo. Info: 410-250-2645.

Sweet Adeline’s, under the direction of Carol Ludwig, meets each Monday from 7-9 p.m., at the Ocean Pines Community Center, 239 Ocean Parkway, White Horse Park. Women interested in learning the craft of a cappella singing welcome. Info: 410-208-4171.

HAND DANCING — House of Welsh, 1106

Coastal Highway, Fenwick, Del. Free lessons from 6-7 p.m., open dancing 7-10 p.m. No cover charge. Info: DC Hand Dance Club, 302-541-0728. Ocean Pines Community Center, 235 Ocean Parkway. Coffe and conversation at 9:30 a.m., followed by meeting at 10 a.m. Clara Small PhD, a professor of history at Salisbury University, will discuss Black History. All women are welcome. Info: 814-322-2119.

DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S CLUB MEETING —

WED. Feb. 19 Worcester County Health Department,

SUICIDE GRIEVERS’ SUPPORT GROUP —

BINGO — Every Wednesday at Ocean

DELMARVA HAND DANCING CLUB — Meets

every Wednesday at Peaky’s Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, located in the Fenwick Inn, 13801 Coastal Highway, Ocean City. Beginner and intermediate lessons, 5:306:30 p.m., followed by dancing 6:30-9 p.m. Jitterbug, swing, cha-cha to the sounds of the ’50s, ’60s and Carolina beach music. All are welcome. Discounted food and drink prices. Info: 302-337-3638. Ocean City library, 10003 Coastal Highway, Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. TOPS is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy lifestyle. It meets weekly. Info: 302-436-3682.

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY MEETING —

‘MEET THE CANDIDATES’ NIGHT — Blue

Dog Cafe, 300 N. Washington St., Snow Hill, 6-9 p.m. Music by Billy Earl, with

heavy hors d’oeuvres. Cost is $25. Mail check to Arlene Page, 10830 Piney Island Drive, Bishopville, MD 21813. Sponsored by the Democratic Clubs. Info: 410-352-3749.

VISIT WITH AUTHOR BUCK MANN — Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, 2 p.m. The Ocean City Life Saving Museum Series will feature the book “Vanishing Ocean City.” The book will feature more than 300 photos of scenes from the early days of Ocean City up to current times. Interviews from 145 people sharing interesting experiences with storms, fires and daily life in Ocean City. Special sections touch on the Hurricane of ’33, the WWII years, the March Storm of ’62 and the Boardwalk of 50 years ago. Publication is set for the summer of 2014. Info: www.ocmuseum.org.

THURS. Feb. 20

PINE’EER CRAFT CLUB MEETING — Ocean Pines Community Center, 235 Ocean Parkway. Refreshments at 9:45 a.m., business meeting at 10 a.m. Free craft project to follow the meeting. Guests welcome. Info: 410-208-3032. BEACH SINGLES — Every Thursday,

Beach Singles 45-Plus meets for happy hour at Harpoon Hanna’s, Route 54 and the Bay, Fenwick Island, Del., 4 p.m. Info: Arlene, 302-436-9577; Kate, 410524-0649; or Dianne, 302-541-4642.


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Classifieds now appear in Ocean City Today & the Bayside Gazette each week and online at oceancitytoday.net and baysideoc.com.

HELP WANTED

JV LACROSSE COACH VACANCY

Worcester Preparatory School, a coeducational college preparatory day school serving over 500 students in grades PK – 12, seeks experienced and motivated coach for girls’ JV lacrosse team for the spring season. Contact: Colleen Denston (410) 641-3575 x146 or email: cdenston@ worcesterprep.org.

Join the largest and fastest growing Dunkin Donuts franchisee organization in MD/ DE with developments scheduled throughout Baltimore and the Eastern shores of MD/DE . We are aggressively building a best-in-class Construction / Maintenance team and currently seeking exceptional full-time crew members. Starting Rate: $10.00 p/h Benefits Include: Health Insurance 401K Vacation & Sick Time Experience in the Maintenance / Construction Field industry is not required but preferred. Please apply online only at: http://www.delmarvadd.net/ DunkinDonuts/ Construction.aspx

Marina Attendant

Seasonal Duties: Perform day-to-day operation of marinas, collect revenues from clientele for fuel, boating supplies, and merchandise, Ensure proper use of fuel dock, ensure proper mooring of vessels and enforce marina rules and regulations. Hours: 15-20 hours per week but may be extended in case of emergency. Must work weekends and holidays. Job Requirements: Graduation from high school or GED equivalent, some experience in the operation of a marina or dock system. Lifting objects up to and equal to 50 pounds. May be exposed to hazardous conditions. Resumes and/or completed applications should be submitted to: Ocean Pines Association, 239 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, MD 21811 Attention: Dock Master Applications are available at the Administration Office or download from www.oceanpines.org

HELP WANTED

Excellent Opportunity for the Right Person.

Now Hiring Full-Time, Year Round

Banquet Supervisor

Benefits include 2 weeks paid vacation, 7-paid holidays, medical, dental, life & disability insurances & 401k plan. Please apply in person at 2800 Baltimore Ave., Ocean City, MD 410-289-1100

101 North 1st Street & The Boardwalk, Ocean City, MD

Hiring

General Maintenance Technician

General knowledge of hotel maintenance and appliances, plumbing, electrical, and caulking knowledge necessary. On call, must work weekends, reliable car needed. $11-$11.50, based on experience. Applicants may apply in person Noon-4pm, or apply online at realhospitalitygroup.com

HELP WANTED

Hiring Year Round Experienced Cook for Italian/American Restaurant. Apply in person Alex’s Italian Restaurant, Rt. 50, West Ocean City.

Front Desk Receptionist Position available part time. Please apply to The Hotels at Fager’s Island, 56th Street Bayside, Ocean City, MD, Monday thru Thursday – 10 am to 3 pm. No Phone Calls, Please!

HELP WANTED

Experienced Construction Workers Needed for: Site work/demo/utilities/equipment-operations. Must have ability to run crew, maintain detailed records & have a clean driving record. Email resume to psands@cleanventure.com.

Restaurant Manager Wanted. Great work environment medical benefits - salary commensurate w/experience. Please send resume to PO Box 838, Ocean City, MD 21843.

Now Hiring

Now Accepting Applications for FT or PT Kitchen Staff, Front House Staff & Delivery Drivers Top pay, meal play & paid weekly. Come in for Interview on Wednesday @ 11:00 am 5601 Coastal Hwy. (Bayside)

Year Round - Experienced

~ Servers ~ ~ Line Cooks ~ ~ Bartenders ~ ~ P/T Bar Back ~

Apply within at Smitty McGee’s or submit application online www.smittymcgees.com

Come Join Our Winning Team!

Hotel Front Desk & Reservationists Night Audit

We are looking for experienced hotel front desk clerks and reservationists. Ability to manage multiple properties a must. Must be able to work all shifts, weekends, and holidays. Email resume to: jobs@carouselhotel.com or come in and complete an application at the front desk. We require satisfactory pre-employment drug testing and background check.

HELP WANTED

Sea Watch Condominium is seeking a dependable conscientious individual for our in-house “Unit Services” department. Applicant should have experience in HVAC and plumbing. This is a full-time position with benefits. Resume required. Call 410-5244003 or apply in person at 11500 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD. If your New Year’s resolution was to make more Money, Avon and a $10 investment can help. Work F/T or P/T, set your own hours, and make up to 50% commission. Call your Avon Representative Christine @ 443-880-8397 or email snowhillavon@comcast.net *The gift of beauty is the perfect gift anytime of year!

Full-Time Rental Agent

Leading Real Estate Company has an opportunity available in its Ocean City Rental Office for an experienced FT Rental Agent. Position requires MD Real Estate License, excellent communication and computer skills. Must be customer service oriented and flexible. Please email your resume to dana@longandfoster.com. EOE, MFDV

Principals Only

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

RENTALS

Carousel Resort Hotel & Condominiums 11700 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842

Lawn Maintenance, Valid driver’s license, experienced. Call 443-365-5195, leave name and contact info, call will be returned.

Dental Asst / Sterile Tech Needed OC Dental office needs an organized & efficient team player with dental assistant experience & radiology certification. Pt-time, possibly FT, Yr-Rd w/benefits. Send resume to contact@ atlanticdental.com or fax to 410-213-2955.

Hiring F/T & P/T Professional Sales Reps Motivated individuals wanted for rapidly expanding business. Training available, paid travel, with a high income earning potential. Manager positions available for experienced individuals. Please call 443-291-7651. Keyboard Player Wanted For The Rex Wilson Band. All Styles. Call 301-254-9865.

RENTALS RENTALS

For Rentals-Call Us Today! Bunting Realty, Inc. 410641-3313

WINTER RENTAL $200 $150/week Sleeps 4, Pool, Internet

Rambler Motel 9942 Elm St., right behind Starbucks

Manager On Site or Call 443-614-4007

SENIOR WEEK $800/week Sleeps 4, Pool, Internet

EOE

Rambler Motel 9942 Elm St., Right Behind Starbucks

Accepting Applications for the following positions:

Lifeguard: FT/PT hours available, must be available weekends. Indoor Pool, Red Cross Certifications required. Must enjoy working with children, team player, dependable: references required. email: Hbrunning@fskfamily.com

Indoor Pool Concession Bartender: Part-Time Weekends. Must be 21. Fast Paced environment, must have previous cash handling exp., bartending knowledge, and able to multi-task. Email: Mlee@fskfamily Applications available at the Front Office, 12806 Ocean Gateway Ocean City MD 21842 No phone calls!

HELP WANTED

Manager On Site or Call 443-614-4007 Call for reservations.

Contact Kelley Bjorkland at 410-524-1203 or kelley.bjorkland@cbmove.com OR Maryellen Rosenblit at 410-524-6111 or maryellen.rosenblit@cbmove.com or visit www.careerscb.com

Single Family Homes Starting at $1000 Efficiency Apartment Starting at $750 Condos Starting at $895

Office Space w/immediate availability, reception area & private office w/view. Plenty of customer parking in a great Ocean Pines location! Rent includes all CAM, trash removal, water & sewer. $700/mo.

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RENTALS

28th St., 1BR/1BA - Furn., top floor, corner, great canal view. W/D, free cable, new HD TV. $795/mo. + sec. Utilities. incl. Now to ? 10% off if paid in advance. No pets. 724-290-4528 Winter Rental - 2BR Apt. $150/wk. ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED. No pets. Available now! 410-289-5831

Summer or YR Rental - 3BR/ 2BA in NOC. Community pool & tennis court. For details contact 443-865-3109. 1 & 2 Bedroom

Summer Rentals

Close to Ocean & Boardwalk Pictures available upon request Call for info 410-251-0576

WINTER RENTAL $150 Week-to-Week

*All Utilities Included BlueTurtleApts.com 57th St. oceanside. Fully furn., 2BR/1BA. *Call for terms. 410-422-4780

Summer Rental

Available May 8-Sept. 10. 312 Sunset Dr. 2BR/1.5BA, newly remodeled, big kitchen/ living area. Sleeps up to 8. $12,500/season, you pay utilities. Security deposit $2,000. Call 410-428-7333. www.SunsetTerraceRentals.com

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RENTALS

YR, WOC - 3BR/3BA, 2 Story Home, newly renov., unfurn. Central HVAC, W/D, DW, lge. garage. No smoking/pets. $1700/mo. + utils. & security. 410-289-6626

YR-Newark-3BR/2BA-newly renovated Home, large yard, storage shed. $1050/mo. + security. 2BR/1BA-newly renovated Apt. large yard, storage shed. $950/mo. + security. Call 443-397-8919.

YR-WATERFRONT - St. Martins by the Bay. 3BR/2.5BA Townhome. Modern upgraded kitchen. Boat slip available. Pool & tennis courts. $1100/mo. Purchase option available. Call 443745-6905 or email jamessapia1@gmail.com. Y/R Or Summer Seasonal Mid-town, remodeled 1BR/ 1BA Condo - furn., W/D, DW. No smoking. Security dep. & refs. req’d. $900/mo. + utilsYR. 302-834-7588 Winter Rentals: 3BR/2BA Large Townhouse on 28th St., bayside, fully equipped kitchen, washer-dryer, 55” flat screen TV, $650/mo. 2BR/2BA-142nd St. bayside, fully equipped unit, $550/mo. John 410-726-8948.

WR OR YR (OPTIONAL)2BR/ 2BA - Bright, spacious, updated, furnished house in WOC. Near harbor. Potential studio in loft. Vaulted ceilings, FP & deck. 240-620-3040\

COMMERCIAL

ROOMMATES

Roommate Needed for large, clean, modern, 2 bed, 2 bath on the water, downtown. $640 + elec. & cable. Call 814-577-3451.

Room for Rent In Shared House. Use of everything. $550/mo., includes utilities. Call 443-373-1685.

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3BR/2BA House, 83rd St., Oceanblock. Hardwood floors, 2-car garage.

410-723-3837

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Need A Good Home A.S.A.P. Two, 5-month-old, Male American Pit Bull Terriers w/papers. Must be raised inside. Call 570-244-6558.

Units Available Rt. 50 in West Ocean City 1800 sq. ft. Office/Retail Space 1728 sq. ft. Office/Retail Space 1574 sq. ft. Office/Retail Space 2211 sq. ft. Office/Retail Space Call 443-497-4200

Do you have an old bicycle not being used? It could mean a world of difference to a hardworking international student. We are looking to get as many bikes as possible. Your donation will be tax-deductible. Please contact Gary at 410-726-1051 for more information.

COMMERCIAL COMMERCIAL

Ocean Pines Office - Lease Purchase or Rent. Approx. 900 sq. ft. Ideal location for business exposure. Call for details 410-603-7373.

Ocean Pines Office Space for Sale - Ideal location with good traffic flow. PPF Realty. Call John 410-208-3500.

Upscale Mid-town Office Space in O.C. for Lease.

Flexible floor plan. From 650 to 5,150 sq. ft. Call Brian 443-880-2225

If you are looking to buy or sell visit OceanCityCommercialProperty.com Or call Ed Wehnert Commercial Realtor Condominium Realty at 410-726-2022 (cell) 410-524-6400 (O)

For Sale By Owners

Guaranteed to Succeed Tutoring Services Pre-K through 8. All subjects. Critical thinking skills, standardized testing, pre-algebra, writing process, reading. 551-804-6677 kathymeisten@gmail.com

YR Park - 2BR/2BA Mobile 10 min. to the beach. $29,900/CASH. Ground rent$400/mo. includes water, sewer, trash & taxes. Call Howard Martin Realty 410352-5555.

COMMERCIAL, BUILDER, DEVELOPMENT & INVESTMENT PROPERTY

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AUCTIONS

The contents of mini storage units will be sold at public auction. Units to be auctioned: P-23 (trailer), O13, O-60, O-29, O-44, O110, O-125, O-156, O-164, O-174, B-6, B-8, B-11, B32, B-37, B-71, B-72, B-73, B-90, B-92, S-30, S-43, S73, S-132, S-181, S-209, S415. Units being sold due to non-payment of rent. Common items in units are, household items, furniture, tools, fishing equipment, antique and vintage items. Date: SATURDAY, February 23, 2014 Time: 9AM #1 Starting @ Berlin Mini Storage (Rt. 346) #2 Continues at OC Mini Storage (Rt. 50) #3 Finishes at OC Mini Storage (Rt. 611) Terms: CASH ONLY! Auctioneer: Tom Janasek

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BOATS/PWC

2001 Keywest Boat - 2020 dual console, 21 ft., Bimini Top, 04 Johnson, 150/hp, Outboard Engine, GPS & Depth Finder. VHF Radio, w/Trailer. Kept on Lift. $11,900. 443-610-3422

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PUBLIC NOTICES JAMES E. CLUBB, JR., ESQ. 108 8th Street Ocean City, Maryland 21842

FORECLOSURE SALE 105 63RD STREET, #103 OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND By virtue of a Statement of Lien recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland, and pursuant to an Order of the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland in Case No. 23-C-13-0960, the undersigned Trustee will offer for sale at public auction in front of the condominium building located at 105 63rd Street, #103, Ocean City, Maryland 21842, on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2014 AT 11:00 AM ALL that property lying and being situate in the Town of Ocean City, in the Tenth Election District of Worcester County, Maryland, more particularly desig¬nated and distinguished as Unit No. 103 in the "Sunset Pointe Condominium", together with an undivided percentage interest in the common elements thereof, as established pursuant to Condominium Declaration and By-Laws, dated July 28, 2005, and recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland in Liber No. 4492, folio 610, et seq., and pursuant to the Condominium Plats recorded therewith in Plat Book No. 201, folio 10, et seq. The property will be sold in an "as is" condition and subject to conditions, restrictions and agreements of record affecting the same, with no warranties or guarantees, and will

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be sold subject to 1) a Deed of Trust recorded among the aforesaid Land Records in Liber No. 4560, folio 685, said Deed of Trust having had an original principal balance of $359,650.00 on September 14, 2005, 2) a Deed of Trust recorded among the aforesaid Land Records in Liber No. 4560, folio 706, said Deed of Trust having had an original principal balance of $83,750.00 on September 14, 2005, and 3) a Mortgage recorded among the aforesaid Land Records in Liber No. 4886, folio 658, said Mortgage having had an original principal balance of $15,500.00 on March 5, 2007. The Trustee reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Terms of Sale: A deposit in the amount of Sixty Thousand Dollars ($60,000.00) will be required at the time of sale, such deposit to be in a cashier=s or bank check, with the balance to be paid in cash at time of settlement. The date of settlement shall be fifteen (15) days after final ratification by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, time being of the essence; otherwise, the deposit will be forfeited and the property will be resold at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser, or in any manner designated by the Trustee; or, without forfeiting deposit, the Seller may exercise any of its legal or equitable rights against the defaulting purchaser. The undersigned reserves the right to waive the deposit requirements as to the purchaser representing the interest of the party secured by the Statement of Lien. Real property taxes, wastewater charges, and condominium dues will be adjusted to the date of sale and thereafter assumed by the purchaser. All costs of

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#16 601 Bayshore Drive, OC 13907 Fiesta Rd, OC

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14201 Sinepuxent Street, OC

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122 Hingham Ln, Ocean Pines

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943 Yacht Club Dr, Ocean Pines

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Marigot Beach, 100th St.

conveyancing, including transfer and recordation taxes, shall be paid by the purchaser. The purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining possession of the property. Purchaser agrees to pay to the Seller an Attorney=s fee of $250.00 for review of any motion which may be filed with the Court to substitute a purchaser herein. In the event the undersigned is unable to convey marketable title, the sale will be null and void and the purchaser=s sole remedy will be the return of the deposit without interest. For more information, call: James E. Clubb, Jr. Trustee 410-289-2323 OCD-2/13/3t _________________________________ Covahey, Boozer, Devan, & Dore, P.A. 11350 McCormick Road, Executive Plaza III, Suite 200 Hunt Valley, MD 21031 (443) 541-8600

SUBSTITUTED TRUSTEES’ SALE OF REAL PROPERTY KNOWN AS NO. 11477 MAID AT ARMS LANE BERLIN, MD 21811 CASE NUMBER 23-C-13-001351 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a Deed of Trust from Steven M. Curtis and Kimberly S. Hall recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County in Liber 4989, folio 262, and Declaration of Substitution of Trustees recorded among the aforementioned Land Records substituting Thomas

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P. Dore, Mark S. Devan, Gerard F. Miles, Jr., Erin Gloth, and Christine Drexel as Substituted Trustees, the Substituted Trustees will offer for sale at public auction, at the Courthouse Door, Snow Hill, Maryland on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 11:00 AM: All that lot of ground and the improvements thereon situate in Worcester County, State of Maryland, as described in the Deed of Trust recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, in Liber 4989, folio 262, also being further described in a Deed recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County in Liber 4989, folio 257. The improvements thereon consist of a dwelling. The property will be sold in “AS IS” condition, subject to any existing building violations, restrictions and agreements of record. The purchaser assumes all risks of loss for the property as of the date of sale. Neither the Substituted Trustees nor their respective agents, successors or assigns make any representations or warranties, either expressed or implied with respect to the property. The Substituted Trustees shall convey insurable title. TERMS OF THE SALE: A deposit in a form acceptable to the Substituted Trustee in the amount of $50,000.00 will be required of the purchaser, other than the Holder of the Note or its assigns, at the time and place of sale. Any amount tendered at sale in excess of the required deposit will be refunded and not applied to the purchase price. Unless the purchaser is the Holder of the Note or its assigns, the balance of the purchase price shall be paid immediately with available funds within twenty (20) days of the final

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PUBLIC NOTICES ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester County. Time is of the essence. The purchaser, other than the Holder of the Note or its assigns, shall pay interest at the rate of 6.12500% per annum on the unpaid portion of the purchase price from the date of sale to date of settlement. Real property taxes and assessments shall be adjusted to the date of sale and assumed thereafter by the purchaser. Ground rent, water and/or sewer charges public or private, if any, shall be adjusted to the date of sale and assumed thereafter by the purchaser. Cost of all documentary stamps and transfer taxes shall be paid by the purchaser. Purchaser shall have the responsibility of obtaining possession of the property. In the event settlement is delayed for any reason , there shall be no abatement of interest. If the purchaser defaults, the entire deposit is forfeited. The Substituted Trustees shall resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser. The defaulting purchaser shall be liable for the payment of any deficiency in the purchase price, all costs and expenses of both sales, attorney fees, all other charges due, and incidental and consequential damages. In the event the Substituted Trustees do not convey title for any reason, purchaser’s sole remedy is return of the deposit. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's attorney. The Substituted Trustees shall have the right to terminate this contract in the event the Holder or its Servicer has entered into any agreement with, or accepted funds from, the mortgagor. Upon termination of the contract, Purchaser’s sole remedy shall be return of the deposit. Thomas P. Dore, Mark S. Devan, Gerard F. Miles, Jr., Erin Gloth, and Christine Drexel, Substituted Trustees Tidewater Auctions, LLC (410) 825-2900 www.tidewaterauctions.com OCD-2/13/3t _________________________________ Law Offices of Jeffrey Nadel 4041 Powder Mill Road, Suite 415 Calverton, Maryland 20705 240-473-5000

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF REAL PROPERTY 11039 Sinepuxent Rd Berlin, MD 21811 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust from Algia Mariner II, dated March 27, 2006, and recorded in Liber 4673, Folio 102 among the Land Records of Worcester County, MD, default having occurred under the terms thereof, the Substitute Trustee will sell at public auction at Circuit Court for Worcester County, Courthouse Door for Worcester County, Snow Hill, MD on February 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM ALL THAT FEE SIMPLE LOT OF

GROUND KNOWN AS metes and bounds, situated in Worcester County, MD and more fully described in the aforesaid Deed of Trust, carrying Tax ID No. 03018717. The property will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions, agreements, easements, covenants and rights of way of record affecting the same, if any, and with no warranty of any kind. Terms of Sale:  A deposit of $69,000.00 will be required at the time of sale in the form of cash, certified check, or other form as the Substitute Trustees determine acceptable. No deposit shall be required of the noteholder where the noteholder bids in the property at auction.  Balance of the purchase price to be paid in cash within ten days of final ratification of sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, time being of the essence for purchaser. In the event that settlement does not occur within the said ten days, the purchaser shall be in default.  Upon such default the Trustees may file a Motion and Order to Resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser, and purchaser(s) hereby consent to entry of such resale order without further notice, in which case the deposit shall be forfeited and all expenses of this sale (including attorney’s fees and the full commission on the gross sale price of this sale) shall be charged against and paid out of the forfeited deposit.  The Trustees may then readvertise and resell the property at the risk and cost of the defaulting purchaser; or, without reselling the property, the Trustees may avail themselves of any legal or equitable remedies against the defaulting purchaser.  In the event of a resale, the defaulting purchaser shall not be entitled to receive the surplus, if any, even if such surplus results from improvements to the property by said defaulting purchaser.  Interest to be paid on the purchase money less the stated deposit called for herein, at the rate pursuant to the Deed of Trust Note from the date of auction to the date funds are received in the office of the Substitute Trustee.  There shall be no abatement of interest due from the purchaser in the event additional funds are tendered before settlement or if settlement is delayed for any reason, including but not limited to exceptions to sale, bankruptcy filings by interested parties, Court administration of the foreclosure or unknown title defects. All taxes, ground rent, water rent, condominium fees and/or homeowner association dues, all public charges/ assessments payable on an annual basis, including sanitary and/or metropolitan district charges, if applicable, are to be adjusted to the date of auction and thereafter are to be assumed by the purchaser. Cost of all documentary stamps, transfer taxes, agricultural transfer tax, if any and settlement expenses shall be borne by the purchaser. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining physical possession of the property. Purchaser assumes the risk of damage to the property from the date of auction forward. If the Substitute Trustee does

not convey title for any reason, including but not limited to the Secured Party executing a forbearance agreement with the borrower(s) described in the above-mentioned Deed of Trust, or allowing the borrower(s) to execute their right to reinstate or payoff the subject loan, prior to the sale, with or without the Substitute Trustee’s prior knowledge, or if the sale is not ratified for any reason including errors made by the Substitute Trustees, the foreclosure sale shall be null and void and of no effect, and the Purchaser’s sole remedy in law or in equity shall be the return of the deposit without interest. Further terms and particulars may be announced at time of sale, and purchaser may be required to execute a Memorandum of Sale at the time of auction. (Matter #17618) Jeffrey Nadel and Scott Nadel, Substitute Trustees MDC Auctioneers 606 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 206, Towson, Maryland 21204 410-825-2900 OCD-2/6/3t _________________________________ McCabe, Weisberg & Conway, LLC 312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 800 Laurel, Maryland 20707 www.mwc-law.com

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF IMPROVED REAL PROPERTY 10336 HARRISON RD. BERLIN, MD 21811 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust from Dana D. Collick and Natoshia C. Collick, dated May 29, 2003 and recorded in Liber 3741, folio 224 among the Land Records of Worcester Co., MD, default having occurred under the terms thereof and at the request of the parties secured thereby, the undersigned Substitute Trustees will offer for sale at public auction at the Circuit Court for Worcester Co., at the Court House Door, One W. Market St., Snow Hill, MD 21863, on FEBRUARY 24, 2014 AT 2:40 PM ALL THAT FEE-SIMPLE LOT OF GROUND AND THE IMPROVEMENTS THEREON situated in Worcester Co., Maryland and more fully described in the aforesaid Deed of Trust. The property is improved by a dwelling. The property will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions, easements, encumbrances and agreements of record affecting the subject property, if any, and with no warranty of any kind. Terms of Sale: A deposit in the form of cashier’s or certified check, or in such other form as the Substitute Trustees may determine, at their sole discretion, for $9,000 at the time of sale. If the noteholder and/or servicer is the successful bidder, the deposit requirement is waived. Balance of the purchase price is to be paid within fifteen (15) days of the final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester Co.,

Maryland. Interest is to be paid on the unpaid purchase price at the rate of 8% per annum from date of sale to the date the funds are received in the office of the Substitute Trustees, if the property is purchased by an entity other than the noteholder and/or servicer. If payment of the balance does not occur within fifteen days of ratification, the deposit will be forfeited and the property will be resold at the risk and cost of the defaulting purchaser. There will be no abatement of interest due from the purchaser in the event settlement is delayed for any reason. Taxes, ground rent, water rent, and all other public charges and assessments payable on an annual basis, including sanitary and/or metropolitan district charges to be adjusted for the current year to the date of sale, and assumed thereafter by the purchaser. Condominium fees and/or homeowners association dues, if any, shall be assumed by the purchaser from the date of sale. The purchaser shall be responsible for the payment of the ground rent escrow, if required. Cost of all documentary stamps, transfer taxes, and all settlement charges shall be borne by the purchaser. If the Substitute Trustees are unable to convey good and marketable title, the purchaser’s sole remedy in law or equity shall be limited to the refund of the deposit to the purchaser. Upon refund of the deposit, the sale shall be void and of no effect, and the purchaser shall have no further claim against the Substitute Trustees. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining physical possession of the property. The purchaser at the foreclosure sale shall assume the risk of loss for the property immediately after the sale. (Matter #2012-25965) Laura H. G. O’Sullivan, Erin M. Brady, et al., Substitute Trustees ALEX COOPER AUCTS., INC. 908 YORK ROAD, TOWSON, MARYLAND 21204 410-828-4838 OCD-2/6/3t _________________________________ Covahey, Boozer, Devan, & Dore, P.A. 11350 McCormick Road, Executive Plaza III, Suite 200 Hunt Valley, MD 21031 (443) 541-8600

SUBSTITUTED TRUSTEES’ SALE OF REAL PROPERTY KNOWN AS NO. 122 OCEAN PARKWAY BERLIN, MD 21811 CASE NUMBER 23-C-13-001613 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a Deed of Trust from Jennifer Leigh Bates recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County in Liber 4810, folio 324, and Declaration of Substitution of Trustees recorded among the aforementioned Land Records substituting Mark S. Devan, Erin Gloth, Christine Drexel, Brian McNair, Melissa L. Cassell, Angela Nasuta, Thomas P. Dore as Substituted Trustees, the Substituted Trustees will offer for sale at public auction,


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PUBLIC NOTICES at the Courthouse Door, Snow Hill, Maryland on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM: All that lot of ground and the improvements thereon situate in Worcester County, State of Maryland, as described in the Deed of Trust recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, in Liber 4810, folio 324, also being further described in a Deed  recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County in Liber 4425, folio 591. The improvements thereon consist of a dwelling. The property will be sold in “AS IS” condition, subject to any existing building violations, restrictions and agreements of record. The purchaser assumes all risks of loss for the property as of the date of sale.  Neither the Substituted Trustees nor their respective agents, successors or assigns make any representations or warranties, either expressed or implied with respect to the property. The Substituted Trustees shall convey insurable title. TERMS OF THE SALE:   A deposit in a form acceptable to the Substituted Trustee in the amount of $22,000.00 will be required of the purchaser, other than the  Holder of the Note or its assigns, at the time and place of sale.  Any amount tendered at sale in excess of the required deposit will be refunded and not applied to the purchase price. Unless the purchaser is the Holder of the Note or its assigns, the balance of the purchase price shall be paid immediately with available funds within twenty (20) days of the final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester County.  Time is of the essence.  The purchaser, other than the Holder of the Note or its assigns, shall pay interest at the rate of 6.50000% per annum on the unpaid portion of the purchase price from the date of sale to date of settlement.  Real property taxes and assessments shall be adjusted to the date of sale and assumed thereafter by the purchaser.  Ground rent, water and/or sewer charges public or private, if any, shall be adjusted to the date of sale and assumed thereafter by the purchaser.  Cost of all documentary stamps and transfer taxes shall be paid by the purchaser. Purchaser shall have the responsibility of obtaining possession of the property.  In the event settlement is delayed for any reason , there shall be no abatement of interest.  If the purchaser defaults, the entire deposit is forfeited.  The Substituted Trustees shall resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser.  The defaulting purchaser shall be liable for the payment of any deficiency in the purchase price, all costs and expenses of both sales, attorney fees, all other charges due, and incidental and consequential damages. In the event the Substituted Trustees do not convey title for any reason, purchaser’s sole remedy is return of the deposit. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. The Substituted Trustees shall have the right to terminate this contract

in the event the Holder or its Servicer has entered into any agreement with, or accepted funds from, the mortgagor. Upon termination of the contract, Purchaser’s sole remedy shall be return of the deposit. Mark S. Devan, Erin Gloth, Christine Drexel, Brian McNair, Melissa L. Cassell, Angela Nasuta, Thomas P. Dore, Substituted Trustees Tidewater Auctions, LLC (410) 825-2900 www.tidewaterauctions.com OCD-2/6/3t _________________________________ McCabe, Weisberg & Conway, LLC 312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 800 Laurel, Maryland 20707 www.mwc-law.com

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF IMPROVED REAL PROPERTY 11956 MAJESTIC LA., UNIT #102 BERLIN, MD 21811 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust from Amelito Velasco a/k/a Amelito Tagle Velasco, dated April 13, 2006 and recorded in Liber 4722, folio 305 among the Land Records of Worcester Co., MD, default having occurred under the terms thereof and at the request of the parties secured thereby, the undersigned Substitute Trustees will offer for sale at public auction at the Circuit Court for Worcester Co., at the Court House Door, One W. Market St., Snow Hill, MD 21863, on FEBRUARY 24, 2014 AT 2:42 PM ALL THAT FEE-SIMPLE LOT OF GROUND AND THE IMPROVEMENTS THEREON situated in Worcester Co., Maryland and described as Unit No. 102 in Phase No. 3 of “The Townhomes Condominium at GlenRiddle” and more fully described in the aforesaid Deed of Trust. The property is improved by a dwelling. The property will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions, easements, encumbrances and agreements of record affecting the subject property, if any, and with no warranty of any kind. Terms of Sale: A deposit in the form of cashier’s or certified check, or in such other form as the Substitute Trustees may determine, at their sole discretion, for $47,000 at the time of sale. If the noteholder and/or servicer is the successful bidder, the deposit requirement is waived. Balance of the purchase price is to be paid within fifteen (15) days of the final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester Co., Maryland. Interest is to be paid on the unpaid purchase price at the rate of 8% per annum from date of sale to the date the funds are received in the office of the Substitute Trustees, if the property is purchased by an entity other than the noteholder and/or servicer. If payment of the balance does not occur within fifteen days of ratification,

the deposit will be forfeited and the property will be resold at the risk and cost of the defaulting purchaser. There will be no abatement of interest due from the purchaser in the event settlement is delayed for any reason. Taxes, ground rent, water rent, and all other public charges and assessments payable on an annual basis, including sanitary and/or metropolitan district charges to be adjusted for the current year to the date of sale, and assumed thereafter by the purchaser. Condominium fees and/or homeowners association dues, if any, shall be assumed by the purchaser from the date of sale. The purchaser shall be responsible for the payment of the ground rent escrow, if required. Cost of all documentary stamps, transfer taxes, and all settlement charges shall be borne by the purchaser. If the Substitute Trustees are unable to convey good and marketable title, the purchaser’s sole remedy in law or equity shall be limited to the refund of the deposit to the purchaser. Upon refund of the deposit, the sale shall be void and of no effect, and the purchaser shall have no further claim against the Substitute Trustees. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining physical possession of the property. The purchaser at the foreclosure sale shall assume the risk of loss for the property immediately after the sale. (Matter #2012-24299) Laura H. G. O’Sullivan, Erin M. Brady, et al., Substitute Trustees ALEX COOPER AUCTS., INC. 908 YORK ROAD, TOWSON, MARYLAND 21204 410-828-4838 OCD-2/6/3t _________________________________ COHN, GOLDBERG & DEUTSCH, LLC ATTORNEYS AT LAW 600 BALTIMORE AVENUE SUITE 208 TOWSON, MARYLAND 21204

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF IMPROVED REAL PROPERTY 4433 PIPER LANE SNOW HILL, MD 21863 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust from Keith R. Downes and Tina M. Downes, dated May 26, 2004 and recorded in Liber 4139, Folio 211 among the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland, and modified by Loan Modification Agreement recorded on November 8, 2004 in Liber 4285, Folio 304 among the Land Records of Worcester County,with an original principal balance of $190,000.00, and an original interest rate of 6.375%, default having occurred under the terms thereof, the Substitute Trustees will sell at public auction at the Courthouse door for the Circuit Court for Worcester County, on February 25, 2014 AT 4:00 PM ALL THAT FEE-SIMPLE LOT OF GROUND and the improvements thereon situated in Worcester County, MD and more fully de-

scribed in the aforesaid Deed of Trust. The property is improved by a dwelling. The property will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions and agreements of record affecting same, if any and with no warranty of any kind. Terms of Sale:  A deposit of $23,000.00 by certified funds only (no cash will be accepted) is required at the time of auction.  Balance of the purchase price to be paid in cash within ten days of final ratification of sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester County.  The purchaser, other than the Holder of the Note, its assigns, or designees, shall pay interest on the unpaid purchase money at the note rate from the date of foreclosure auction to the date funds are received in the office of the Substitute Trustees. In the event settlement is delayed for any reason , there shall be no abatement of interest.  Real estate taxes and all other public charges, or assessments, including water/sewer charges, ground rent, condo/HOA assessments or private utility charges, not otherwise divested by ratification of the sale, to be adjusted as of the date of foreclosure auction, unless the purchaser is the foreclosing lender or its designee. Cost of all documentary stamps, transfer taxes and settlement expenses, and all other costs incident to settlement, shall be borne by the purchaser.  Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining physical possession of the property.  Purchaser assumes the risk of loss or damage to the property from the date of sale forward. If the purchaser shall fail to comply with the terms of the sale or fails to go to settlement within ten (10) days of ratification of the sale, the Substitute Trustees may, in addition to any other available legal remedies, declare the entire deposit forfeited and resell the property at the risk and cost of the defaulting purchaser. Purchaser waives personal service of any paper filed in connection with such a motion on himself and/or any principal or corporate designee, and expressly agrees to accept service of any such paper by regular mail directed to the address provided by said bidder at the time of foreclosure auction.  In such event, the defaulting purchaser shall be liable for the payment of any deficiency in the purchase price, all costs and expenses of resale, reasonable attorney’s fees, and all other charges due and incidental and consequential damages, and any deficiency in the underlying secured debt.  The purchaser shall not be entitled to any surplus proceeds or profits resulting from any resale of the property. If the Substitute Trustees cannot convey insurable title, the purchaser’s sole remedy at law or in equity shall be the return of the deposit. The sale is subject to post-sale confirmation and audit of the status of the loan with the loan servicer including, but not limited to, determination of whether the borrower entered into any repayment agreement, reinstated or paid off the loan prior to the sale.  In any such event, this sale shall be null and void, and the Purchaser’s sole remedy, in law


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PUBLIC NOTICES or equity, shall be the return of his deposit without interest. Edward S. Cohn, Stephen N. Goldberg, Richard E. Solomon, Richard J. Rogers, Randall J. Rolls, and David W. Simpson, Jr., Substitute Trustees Mid-Atlantic Auctioneers, LLC (410) 825-2900 www.mid-atlanticauctioneers.com OCD-2/6/3t _________________________________ Rosenberg & Associates, LLC 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 750 Bethesda, Maryland 20814 (301) 907-8000 www.rosenberg-assoc.com

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF IMPROVED REAL PROPERTY 10900 COASTAL HWY., UNIT #1907 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust from Susan Elaine Geiselman a/k/a Susan Geiselman and Michael K. Ward, dated March 31, 2008 and recorded in Liber 5106, folio 5 among the Land Records of Worcester Co., MD, default having occurred under the terms thereof, the Sub. Trustees will sell at public auction at the Circuit Court for Worcester Co., at the Court House Door, One W. Market St., Snow Hill, MD 21863, on FEBRUARY 21, 2014 AT 1:30 PM ALL THAT FEE-SIMPLE LOT OF GROUND, together with the buildings and improvements thereon situated in Worcester Co., MD and described as Unit No. 1907 “Golden Sands Club Condominium”, Tax ID #10-120918 and more fully described in the aforesaid Deed of Trust. The property, which is improved by a dwelling, will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions and agreements of record affecting the same, if any, and with no warranty of any kind. Terms of Sale: A deposit of $51,000 by cash or certified check. Balance of the purchase price to be paid in cash within ten days of final ratification of sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester Co. Interest to be paid on the unpaid purchase money at the rate pursuant to the Deed of Trust Note from the date of sale to the date funds are received in the office of the Sub. Trustees. There will be no abatement of interest in the event additional funds are tendered before settlement or if settlement is delayed for any reason. The noteholder shall not be obligated to pay interest if it is the purchaser. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE FOR THE PURCHASER. Adjustment of all real property taxes, including agricultural taxes, if applicable, and any and all public and/or private charges or assessments, including water/sewer charges and ground rent, to be adjusted to date of sale and thereafter assumed by purchaser.   Condominium fees and/or homeowners association dues, if any, shall be assumed by the purchaser

from the date of sale forward. Cost of all documentary stamps, transfer taxes and settlement expenses shall be borne by the purchaser. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining physical possession of the property.  Purchaser assumes the risk of loss or damage to the property from the date of sale forward. Additional terms to be announced at the time of sale. If the Sub. Trustees are unable to convey good and marketable title, the purchaser’s sole remedy in law and equity shall be limited to a refund of the deposit without interest. If the purchaser fails to go to settlement, the deposit shall be forfeited, to the Trustees for application against all expenses, attorney’s fees and the full commission on the sale price of the above-scheduled foreclosure sale.  In the event of default, all expenses of this sale (including attorney’s fees and the full commission on the gross sale price of this sale) shall be charged against and paid out of the forfeited deposit.  The Trustees may then re-advertise and resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser or may avail themselves of any legal or equitable remedies against the defaulting purchaser without reselling the property.  In the event of a resale, the defaulting purchaser shall not be entitled to receive the surplus, if any, even if such surplus results from improvements to the property by said defaulting purchaser and the defaulting purchaser shall be liable to the Trustees and secured party for reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses incurred in connection with all litigation involving the Property or the proceeds of the resale. Trustees’ file number 41848. Diane S. Rosenberg, Mark D. Meyer, John A. Ansell, III, Stephanie Montgomery, Kenneth Savitz, Substitute Trustees ALEX COOPER AUCTS., INC. 908 YORK RD., TOWSON, MD 21204 410-828-4838 www.alexcooper.com OCD-2/6/3t _________________________________ BWW Law Group, LLC 4520 East West Highway, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 961-6555

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF REAL PROPERTY AND ANY IMPROVEMENTS THEREON 5740 EVERGREEN TERR. SNOW HILL, MD 21863 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust dated November 10, 2009 and recorded in Liber 5394, Folio 477 among the Land Records of Worcester Co., MD, with an original principal balance of $137,464.00 and an original interest rate of 5.00000% default having occurred under the terms thereof, the Sub. Trustees will sell at public auction at the Circuit Court for Worcester Co., at the Court House Door, One W. Market St., Snow Hill, MD 21863, on

FEBRUARY 25, 2014 AT 4:03 PM ALL THAT FEE-SIMPLE LOT OF GROUND, together with any buildings or improvements thereon situated in Worcester Co., MD and more fully described in the aforesaid Deed of Trust. The property, and any improvements thereon, will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions and agreements of record affecting the same, if any, and with no warranty of any kind. Terms of Sale: A deposit of $14,000 in the form of certified check, cashier’s check or money order (NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED) will be required of the purchaser at time and place of sale. Balance of the purchase price, together with interest on the unpaid purchase money at the current rate contained in the Deed of Trust Note from the date of sale to the date funds are received by the Sub. Trustees, payable in cash within ten days of final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court. There will be no abatement of interest due from the purchaser in the event additional funds are tendered before settlement. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE FOR THE PURCHASER. Adjustment of current year’s real property taxes are adjusted as of the date of sale, and thereafter assumed by the purchaser. Taxes due for prior years including costs of any tax sale are payable by the purchaser. All other public and/or private charges or assessments, including water/sewer charges, ground rent, whether incurred prior to or after the sale to be paid by the purchaser. All costs of deed recordation including but not limited to all transfer, recordation, agricultural or other taxes or charges assessed by any governmental entity as a condition to recordation, are payable by purchaser, whether or not purchaser is a Maryland First Time Home Buyer. Purchaser is responsible for obtaining physical possession of the property, and assumes risk of loss or damage to the property from the date of sale. The sale is subject to post-sale audit of the status of the loan with the loan servicer including, but not limited to, determination of whether the borrower entered into any repayment agreement, reinstated or paid off the loan prior to the sale. In any such event, this sale shall be null and void, and the Purchaser’s sole remedy, in law or equity, shall be the return of the deposit without interest. If purchaser fails to settle within 10 days of ratification, the Sub. Trustees may file a motion to resell the property. If Purchaser defaults under these terms, deposit shall be forfeited. The Sub. Trustees may then resell the property at the risk and cost of the defaulting purchaser. The defaulted purchaser shall not be entitled to any surplus proceeds resulting from said resale even if such surplus results from improvements to the property by said defaulted purchaser. If Sub. Trustees are unable to convey either insurable or marketable title, or if ratification of the sale is denied by the Circuit

Court for any reason, the Purchaser’s sole remedy, at law or equity, is the return of the deposit without interest. Howard N. Bierman, Carrie M. Ward, et al., Substitute Trustees OCD-2/6/3t _________________________________ McCabe, Weisberg & Conway, LLC 312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 800 Laurel, Maryland 20707 www.mwc-law.com

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF IMPROVED REAL PROPERTY 13111 SELBY RD. BISHOPVILLE, MD 21813 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust from Todd William Hancock and Lynn Marie Hancock, dated March 25, 2006 and recorded in Liber 4741, folio 124 among the Land Records of Worcester Co., MD, default having occurred under the terms thereof and at the request of the parties secured thereby, the undersigned Substitute Trustees will offer for sale at public auction at the Circuit Court for Worcester Co., at the Court House Door, One W. Market St., Snow Hill, MD 21863, on FEBRUARY 24, 2014 AT 2:41 PM ALL THAT FEE-SIMPLE LOT OF GROUND AND THE IMPROVEMENTS THEREON situated in Worcester Co., Maryland and more fully described in the aforesaid Deed of Trust. The property is improved by a dwelling. The property will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions, easements, encumbrances and agreements of record affecting the subject property, if any, and with no warranty of any kind. Terms of Sale: A deposit in the form of cashier’s or certified check, or in such other form as the Substitute Trustees may determine, at their sole discretion, for $19,000 at the time of sale. If the noteholder and/or servicer is the successful bidder, the deposit requirement is waived. Balance of the purchase price is to be paid within fifteen (15) days of the final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester Co., Maryland. Interest is to be paid on the unpaid purchase price at the rate of 8% per annum from date of sale to the date the funds are received in the office of the Substitute Trustees, if the property is purchased by an entity other than the noteholder and/or servicer. If payment of the balance does not occur within fifteen days of ratification, the deposit will be forfeited and the property will be resold at the risk and cost of the defaulting purchaser. There will be no abatement of interest due from the purchaser in the event settlement is delayed for any reason. Taxes, ground rent, water rent, and all other public charges and assessments payable on an annual basis, including sanitary and/or metropolitan district charges to be


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PUBLIC NOTICES adjusted for the current year to the date of sale, and assumed thereafter by the purchaser. Condominium fees and/or homeowners association dues, if any, shall be assumed by the purchaser from the date of sale. The purchaser shall be responsible for the payment of the ground rent escrow, if required. Cost of all documentary stamps, transfer taxes, and all settlement charges shall be borne by the purchaser. If the Substitute Trustees are unable to convey good and marketable title, the purchaser’s sole remedy in law or equity shall be limited to the refund of the deposit to the purchaser. Upon refund of the deposit, the sale shall be void and of no effect, and the purchaser shall have no further claim against the Substitute Trustees. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining physical possession of the property. The purchaser at the foreclosure sale shall assume the risk of loss for the property immediately after the sale. (Matter #2013-37200) Laura H. G. O’Sullivan, Erin M. Brady, et al., Substitute Trustees ALEX COOPER AUCTS., INC. 908 YORK ROAD, TOWSON, MARYLAND 21204 410-828-4838 OCD-2/6/3t _________________________________ McNamee, Hosea, Jernigan, Kim, Greenan & Lynch, P.A. 6411 Ivy Lane, Suite 200 Greenbelt, Maryland 20770

TRUSTEE’S SALE UNIMPROVED LOT 301 PIEDMONT CT. OCEAN PINES, MD 21811 Pursuant to a Statement of Lien recorded in Liber 6267 at folio 45 among the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland and by virtue of an Order Appointing Trustee entered in the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Case No. 23-C-13001725, default having occurred under the terms thereof and at the request of the party secured thereby, the undersigned Trustee will sell at public auction at the Circuit Court for Worcester Co., at the Court House Door, One W. Market St., Snow Hill, MD 21863, on FEBRUARY 26, 2014 AT 12:00 PM ALL THAT FEE-SIMPLE LOT OF GROUND situated in Worcester County, MD and more fully described in the deed recorded in Liber 4735 at folio 203 among the Land Records for Worcester County, Maryland, and identified for taxation purposes as Tax ID No. 03-137252. The property is unimproved. The property will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions, easements, encumbrances, lis pendens and agreements of record affecting the subject property, if any, and with no warranty of any kind. The entire property will be sold, with at least one-half of the property being subject to a prior deed of trust recorded in Liber 4735 at folio 206. Terms of Sale: A deposit in the form of cashier’s or certified check or

in such other form as the Trustee may determine, at his sole discretion, for $5,000 at the time of sale. If the lien holder and/or servicer is the successful bidder, the deposit requirement is waived. Balance of the purchase price is to be paid within fifteen (15) days of the final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, MD. Interest is to be paid on the unpaid purchase price at the rate of 20% from the date of sale to the date the funds are received in the office of the Trustee, if the property is purchased by an entity other than the lien holder and/or servicer. If payment of the balance does not occur within fifteen days of ratification, the deposit will be forfeited and the property will be resold at the risk and cost of the defaulting purchaser. There will be no abatement of interest due from the purchaser in the event settlement is delayed for any reason. Taxes, ground rent, water rent, and all other public charges and assessments payable on an annual basis, including sanitary and/or metropolitan district charges to be adjusted for the current year to the date of sale, and assumed thereafter by the purchaser. Condominium fees and/or homeowners association dues, if any, shall be assumed by the purchaser from the date of sale. The purchaser shall be responsible for the payment of the ground rent escrow, if required. Cost of all documentary stamps, transfer taxes, and all settlement charges shall be borne by the purchaser. If the Trustee is unable to convey good and marketable title, the purchaser’s sole remedy in law or equity shall be limited to the refund of the deposit to the purchaser. Upon refund of the deposit, the sale shall be void and of no effect, and the purchaser shall have no further claim against the Trustee. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining physical possession of the property. The purchaser at the auction sale shall assume the risk of loss for the property immediately after the sale. (Matter #13348-0334) Brent M. Ahalt, Trustee ALEX COOPER AUCTS., INC. 908 YORK ROAD, TOWSON, MARYLAND 21204 410-828-4838 OCD-2/6/3t _________________________________ Rosenberg & Associates, LLC 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 750 Bethesda, Maryland 20814 (301) 907-8000 www.rosenberg-assoc.com

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF IMPROVED REAL PROPERTY 10730 Cathell Rd. Berlin, MD 21811 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust from Joseph W. Constantino a/k/a Joseph W. Constantino, Jr., dated December 5, 2006 and recorded in Liber 4835, folio 510 among the Land Records of Worcester Co., MD, default having occurred under the terms thereof, the Sub. Trustees will sell at public

auction at the Circuit Court for Worcester Co., at the Court House Door, One W. Market St., Snow Hill, MD 21863, on February 14, 2014 AT 1:15 PM ALL THAT FEE-SIMPLE LOT OF GROUND, together with the buildings and improvements thereon situated in Worcester Co., MD and described as Tax ID #03-127141 and more fully described in the aforesaid Deed of Trust. The property, which is improved by a dwelling, will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions and agreements of record affecting the same, if any, and with no warranty of any kind. Terms of Sale: A deposit of $36,000 by cash or certified check. Balance of the purchase price to be paid in cash within ten days of final ratification of sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester Co. Interest to be paid on the unpaid purchase money at the rate pursuant to the Deed of Trust Note from the date of sale to the date funds are received in the office of the Sub. Trustees. There will be no abatement of interest in the event additional funds are tendered before settlement or if settlement is delayed for any reason. The noteholder shall not be obligated to pay interest if it is the purchaser. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE FOR THE PURCHASER. Adjustment of all real property taxes, including agricultural taxes, if applicable, and any and all public and/or private charges or assessments, including water/sewer charges and ground rent, to be adjusted to date of sale and thereafter assumed by purchaser.   Condominium fees and/or homeowners association dues, if any, shall be assumed by the purchaser from the date of sale forward. Cost of all documentary stamps, transfer taxes and settlement expenses shall be borne by the purchaser.  Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining physical possession of the property.  Purchaser assumes the risk of loss or damage to the property from the date of sale forward. Additional terms to be announced at the time of sale. If the Sub. Trustees are unable to convey good and marketable title, the purchaser’s sole remedy in law and equity shall be limited to a refund of the deposit without interest. If the purchaser fails to go to settlement, the deposit shall be forfeited, to the Trustees for application against all expenses, attorney’s fees and the full commission on the sale price of the above-scheduled foreclosure sale.  In the event of default, all expenses of this sale (including attorney’s fees and the full commission on the gross sale price of this sale) shall be charged against and paid out of the forfeited deposit.  The Trustees may then re-advertise and resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser or may avail themselves of any legal or equitable remedies against the defaulting purchaser without reselling the property.  In the event of a resale, the defaulting purchaser shall not be entitled to receive the surplus, if any, even if such surplus results from im-

provements to the property by said defaulting purchaser and the defaulting purchaser shall be liable to the Trustees and secured party for reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses incurred in connection with all litigation involving the Property or the proceeds of the resale. Trustees’ file number 37507. Diane S. Rosenberg, Mark D. Meyer, John A. Ansell, III, Stephanie Montgomery, Kenneth Savitz, Substitute Trustees ALEX COOPER AUCTS., INC. 908 YORK RD., TOWSON, MD 21204 410-828-4838 www.alexcooper.com OCD-1/30/3t _________________________________ BWW Law Group, LLC 4520 East West Highway, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 961-6555

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF REAL PROPERTY AND ANY IMPROVEMENTS THEREON 11833 Steam Mill Hill Rd. Whaleyville, MD 21872 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust dated March 30, 2006 and recorded in Liber 4684, Folio 136 among the Land Records of Worcester Co., MD, with an original principal balance of $166,500.00 and an original interest rate of 6.50000% default having occurred under the terms thereof, the Sub. Trustees will sell at public auction at the Circuit Court for Worcester Co., at the Court House Door, One W. Market St., Snow Hill, MD 21863, on February 18, 2014 AT 4:00 PM ALL THAT FEE-SIMPLE LOT OF GROUND, together with any buildings or improvements thereon situated in Worcester Co., MD and more fully described in the aforesaid Deed of Trust. The property, and any improvements thereon, will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions and agreements of record affecting the same, if any, and with no warranty of any kind. Terms of Sale: A deposit of $18,000 in the form of certified check, cashier’s check or money order (NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED) will be required of the purchaser at time and place of sale. Balance of the purchase price, together with interest on the unpaid purchase money at the current rate contained in the Deed of Trust Note from the date of sale to the date funds are received by the Sub. Trustees, payable in cash within ten days of final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court. There will be no abatement of interest due from the purchaser in the event additional funds are tendered before settlement. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE FOR THE PURCHASER. Adjustment of current year’s real property taxes are adjusted as of the date of sale, and


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PUBLIC NOTICES thereafter assumed by the purchaser. Taxes due for prior years including costs of any tax sale are payable by the purchaser. All other public and/or private charges or assessments, including water/sewer charges, ground rent, whether incurred prior to or after the sale to be paid by the purchaser. All costs of deed recordation including but not limited to all transfer, recordation, agricultural or other taxes or charges assessed by any governmental entity as a condition to recordation, are payable by purchaser, whether or not purchaser is a Maryland First Time Home Buyer. Purchaser is responsible for obtaining physical possession of the property, and assumes risk of loss or damage to the property from the date of sale. The sale is subject to post-sale audit of the status of the loan with the loan servicer including, but not limited to, determination of whether the borrower entered into any repayment agreement, reinstated or paid off the loan prior to the sale. In any such event, this sale shall be null and void, and the Purchaser’s sole remedy, in law or equity, shall be the return of the deposit without interest. If purchaser fails to settle within 10 days of ratification, the Sub. Trustees may file a motion to resell the property. If Purchaser defaults under these terms, deposit shall be forfeited. The Sub. Trustees may then resell the property at the risk and cost of the defaulting purchaser. The defaulted purchaser shall not be entitled to any surplus proceeds resulting from said resale even if such surplus results from improvements to the property by said defaulted purchaser. If Sub. Trustees are unable to convey either insurable or marketable title, or if ratification of the sale is denied by the Circuit Court for any reason, the Purchaser’s sole remedy, at law or equity, is the return of the deposit without interest. Howard N. Bierman, Carrie M. Ward, et al., Substitute Trustees OCD-1/30/3t _________________________________ BWW Law Group, LLC 4520 East West Highway, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 961-6555

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF REAL PROPERTY AND ANY IMPROVEMENTS THEREON 11927 West Yardarm Dr. i/r/t/a 11947 West Yardarm Dr. West Ocean City A/R/T/A Berlin, MD 21811 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust dated December 18, 1999 and recorded in Liber 2792, Folio 86 among the Land Records of Worcester Co., MD, with an original principal balance of $48,000.00 and an original interest rate of 8.125% default having occurred under the terms thereof, the Sub. Trustees will sell at public auction at the Circuit Court for Worcester Co., at the Court House Door, One W. Market St., Snow Hill, MD

21863, on February 18, 2014 AT 4:03 PM ALL THAT FEE-SIMPLE LOT OF GROUND, together with any buildings or improvements thereon situated in Worcester Co., MD and more fully described in the aforesaid Deed of Trust. The property, and any improvements thereon, will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions and agreements of record affecting the same, if any, and with no warranty of any kind. Terms of Sale: A deposit of $5,000 in the form of certified check, cashier’s check or money order (NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED) will be required of the purchaser at time and place of sale. Balance of the purchase price, together with interest on the unpaid purchase money at the current rate contained in the Deed of Trust Note from the date of sale to the date funds are received by the Sub. Trustees, payable in cash within ten days of final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court. There will be no abatement of interest due from the purchaser in the event additional funds are tendered before settlement. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE FOR THE PURCHASER. Adjustment of current year’s real property taxes are adjusted as of the date of sale, and thereafter assumed by the purchaser. Taxes due for prior years including costs of any tax sale are payable by the purchaser. All other public and/or private charges or assessments, including water/sewer charges, ground rent, whether incurred prior to or after the sale to be paid by the purchaser. All costs of deed recordation including but not limited to all transfer, recordation, agricultural or other taxes or charges assessed by any governmental entity as a condition to recordation, are payable by purchaser, whether or not purchaser is a Maryland First Time Home Buyer. Purchaser is responsible for obtaining physical possession of the property, and assumes risk of loss or damage to the property from the date of sale. The sale is subject to post-sale audit of the status of the loan with the loan servicer including, but not limited to, determination of whether the borrower entered into any repayment agreement, reinstated or paid off the loan prior to the sale. In any such event, this sale shall be null and void, and the Purchaser’s sole remedy, in law or equity, shall be the return of the deposit without interest. If purchaser fails to settle within 10 days of ratification, the Sub. Trustees may file a motion to resell the property. If Purchaser defaults under these terms, deposit shall be forfeited. The Sub. Trustees may then resell the property at the risk and cost of the defaulting purchaser. The defaulted purchaser shall not be entitled to any surplus proceeds resulting from said resale even if such surplus results from improvements to the property by said defaulted purchaser. If Sub. Trustees are unable to convey either insurable or marketable title, or if ratification of the sale is denied by the Circuit

Court for any reason, the Purchaser’s sole remedy, at law or equity, is the return of the deposit without interest. Howard N. Bierman, Carrie M. Ward, et al., Substitute Trustees OCD-1/30/3t _________________________________ McCabe, Weisberg & Conway LLC 312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 800 Laurel, Maryland 20707 301-490-3361 Laura H.G. O’Sullivan, et al., Substitute Trustees Plaintiffs vs. Bonnie J. Wootten Defendant IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND Civil No. 23C13001374

NOTICE ORDERED, this 24th day of January, 2014 by the Circuit Court of WORCESTER COUNTY, Maryland, that the sale of the property at 74 Cresthaven Drive, Berlin, Maryland 21811 mentioned in these proceedings, made and reported by Laura H.G. O’Sullivan, et. al, Substitute Trustees, be ratified and confirmed, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 24th day of February, 2014 next, provided a copy of this notice be inserted in some newspaper published in said County once in each of three successive weeks before the 17th day of February, 2014, next. The report states the amount of sale to be $373,866.05. Stephen V. Hales CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND True Copy Test: Stephen V. Hales Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County, MD OCD-1/30/3t _________________________________ McCabe, Weisberg & Conway LLC 312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 800 Laurel, Maryland 20707 301-490-3361 Laura H.G. O’Sullivan, et al., Substitute Trustees Plaintiffs vs. Andrea K. Baier and Paul A. Baier Defendants IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND Civil No. 23C13001253

NOTICE ORDERED, this 21st day of January, 2014 by the Circuit Court of WORCESTER COUNTY, Maryland, that the sale of the property at 10522 Shady Drive, Berlin, Maryland 21811 mentioned in these proceedings, made and reported by Laura H.G. O’Sullivan, et. al, Substitute Trustees, be ratified and confirmed, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 24th day of February, 2014 next, provided a copy of this notice be inserted in some newspaper published in said County once in each of three succes-

sive weeks before the 17th day of February, 2014, next. The report states the amount of sale to be $250,000.00. Stephen V. Hales CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND True Copy Test: Stephen V. Hales Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County, MD OCD-1/30/3t _________________________________ McCabe, Weisberg & Conway LLC 312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 800 Laurel, Maryland 20707 301-490-3361 Laura H.G. O’Sullivan, et al., Substitute Trustees Plaintiffs vs. Sandra L. Weaver and Deborah S. Weaver Defendants IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND Civil No. 23C13001211

NOTICE ORDERED, this 21st day of January, 2014 by the Circuit Court of WORCESTER COUNTY, Maryland, that the sale of the property at 12626 Sunset Avenue, Unit 19, Ocean City, Maryland 21842 mentioned in these proceedings, made and reported by Laura H.G. O’Sullivan, et. al, Substitute Trustees, be ratified and confirmed, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 24th day of February, 2014 next, provided a copy of this notice be inserted in some newspaper published in said County once in each of three successive weeks before the 17th day of February, 2014, next. The report states the amount of sale to be $97,000.00. Stephen V. Hales CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND True Copy Test: Stephen V. Hales Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County, MD OCD-1/30/3t _________________________________

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Request to expand the licensed premises two stories for an existing Class "B" BEER-WINE-LIQUOR License, 7 Day, By Nolen Graves, 11615 1/2 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland 21842. For: NJG Food Services, Inc. For the premises known as and located at: T/A: Crab Bag 130th Street & Coastal Highway Ocean City, Maryland 21842 There will be a public hearing on the application in the Board Room, Room 1102 in the Government Center, Snow Hill, Maryland, on: February 19. 2014 @ 1:00 P.M. The Board welcomes Written or


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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Application has been made by the Undersigned for a Class “D” BEERWINE-LIQUOR License, 7 Day, By Kevin Christopher Myers, 12502 Deer Point Circle, Berlin, Maryland 21811. For: OC Bar LLC For the premises known as and located at: T/A: Yellow Suhmarine 5801 Coastal Highway Ocean City, Maryland 21842 There will be a public hearing on the application in the Board Room, Room 1102 in the Government Center, Snow Hill, Maryland, on: February 19. 2014 @ 1:15 P.M. The Board welcomes Written or oral comment at said public hearing from any interested party. OCD-2/6/2t _________________________________

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Application has been made by the Undersigned for a Class "B” BEERWINE-LIQUOR License, 7 Day, By Lawrence Aloysius Lee, 33 Sundial Circle, Berlin, Maryland 21811; and Donna Marie Shores, 1400 Chicago Avenue, Belair, Maryland 21015. For: Ocean City Brewing Company LLC For the premises known as and located at: T/A: Ocean City Brewing Company 5509 Coastal Highway Ocean City, Maryland 21842 There will be a public hearing on the application in the Board Room, Room 1102 in the Government Center, Snow Hill, Maryland, on: February 19. 2014 @ 1:30 P.M. The Board welcomes Written or oral comment at said public hearing from any interested party. OCD-2/6/2t _________________________________

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Application has been made by the Undersigned for Class “B” BEERWINE-LIOUQR License, 7 Day, By Justine Waters- Zegna, 102 Washington Street, Berlin, Maryland 21811 and Thomas Jason Sholtis, 103 Washington Street, Berlin, Maryland 21811. For: Tenth Planet. Inc. For the premises know as and located at: T/A: Blacksmith 104 Pitts Street Berlin, Maryland 21811 There will be a public hearing on the application in the Board Room, Room 1102 in the Government Center, Snow Hill, Maryland, on: February 19. 2014 @ 1:40 P.M.

The Board welcomes Written or oral comment at said public hearing from any interested party. OCD-2/6/2t _________________________________

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Application has been made by the Undersigned for an Upgrade in Class from a Class "A" to "D” and an Upgrade in Type from Beer-Wine to Beer-Wine-Liquor. Class "D" BEERWINE-LIOUQR License, 7 Day, By Jon Chris Christ, 812 32nd Street, Ocean City, Maryland 21842 For: Joncor. Inc. T/A Anthony's Beer Wine and Liquor 3300 Coastal Highway Ocean City, Maryland 21842 There will be a public hearing on the application in the Board Room, Room 1102 in the Government Center, Snow Hill, Maryland, on: February 19. 2014 @ 1:50 P.M. The Board welcomes Written or oral comment at said public hearing from any interested party. OCD-2/6/2t _________________________________

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Application has been made by the Undersigned for the Transfer of a Class “D” BEER-WINE-LIQUOR License, 7 Day, By Gary Allen Shiffman, 6212 Bromley Ct., W. Bloomfield, MI 48322 and Debra Heyman Pivec, 107 123rd Street, Unit 32, Ocean City, Maryland 21842. For: Sun TRS LL Castaways, LLC For the premises known as and located at: T/A: Castaways RV Resort and Campground 12652 Eagles Nest Road Berlin, Maryland 21811 Formerly: Castaways General Store. Inc. There will be a public hearing on the application in the Board Room, Room 1102 in the Government Center, Snow Hill, Maryland, on: February 19. 2014 @ 2:20 P.M. The Board welcomes Written or oral comment at said public hearing from any interested party. OCD-2/6/2t _________________________________

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Application has been made by the Undersigned for the transfer of a Class "B" BEER-WINE-LIQUOR License, 7 Day, By Jason Gulshen, 445 Duelingway, Berlin, Maryland 21811; Robert Ciprietti, 56167 Cypress Lake Circle, Bethany Beach, Delaware 19930; and Joseph L. Curzi III, 35612 Marabella Lane, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. For: Touch of Italy Ocean City, LLC For the premises known as and located at:

T/A: Touch of Italy 6600 Coastal Highway Ocean City, Maryland 21842 Formerly: Harrison Group, Inc. There will be a public hearing on the application in the Board Room, Room 1102 in the Government Center, Snow Hill, Maryland, on: February 19. 2014 @ 2:05 P.M. The Board welcomes Written or oral comment at said public hearing from any interested party. OCD-2/6/2t _________________________________ Rosenberg & Associates, LLC 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 750 Bethesda, Maryland 20814 (301) 907-8000 Diane S. Rosenberg Mark D. Meyer John A. Ansell, III Kenneth Savitz Stephanie Montgomery 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 750 Bethesda, Maryland 20814 Substitute Trustees Plaintiff(s) v. Patrick A. Carey Lori D. Carey 120 Pinehurst Road Berlin, MD 21811 Defendant(s) IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND Case No. 23C13000947

NOTICE Notice is hereby given this 31st day of January, 2014, by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, that the sale of 120 Pinehurst Road, Berlin, MD 21811, made and reported, will be ratified and confirmed, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 3rd day of March, 2014, provided a copy of this notice be inserted in a weekly newspaper printed in said County, once in each of three successive weeks before the 24th day of February, 2014. The Report of Sale states the amount of the foreclosure sale price to be $150,000.00. Stephen V. Hales Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County, MD True Copy Test: Stephen V. Hales Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County, MD OCD-2/6/3t _________________________________

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Estate No. 15452 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF CHARLES GAREY Notice is given that John D. Garey, P.O. Box 1331, Plaistow, NH 03865, was on January 27, 2014 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Charles Garey who died on November 22, 2013, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection

to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 27th day of July, 2014. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent’s death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent’s death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. JOHN D. GAREY Personal Representative True Test Copy Charlotte K. Cathell Register of Wills Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 Name of newspaper designated by personal representative: Ocean City Digest Date of publication: February 06, 2014 OCD-2/6/3t _________________________________

NOTICE TO BIDDERS Blacktop Surfacing of Roadways Worcester County, Maryland The Worcester County Commissioners are currently accepting bids for county-wide blacktop surfacing of various sections of roadways in Worcester County to be completed by May 29, 2014 and requiring approximately 4,631 Tons of Superpave 9.5 mm Bituminous Concrete for paving of roughly 3.83 miles of road for the Worcester County Department of Public Works, Roads Division. Bid specification packages and bid forms are available from the Office of the County Commissioners, Room 1103 - Worcester County Government Center, One West Market Street, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863-1195, obtained online at www.co.worcester.md.us or by calling the Commissioners’ Office at 410-632-1194 to request a package by mail. Sealed bids will be accepted until 1:00 PM, Monday, February 24, 2014 in the Office of the County Commissioners at the above address, at which time they will be opened and publicly read aloud. Envelopes shall be marked "Blacktop Bid - Opening Date February 24, 2014" in the lower left-hand corner. After opening, bids will be forwarded to the Public Works Department for tabulation,


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NOTICE Notice is hereby given this 6th day of February, 2014, by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, that the sale of the property mentioned in these proceedings and described as 23 East Wind Drive, Ocean City, MD 21811, made and reported by the Substitute Trustee, will be RATIFIED AND CONFIRMED, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 10th day of March, 2014, provided a copy of this NOTICE be inserted in some weekly newspaper printed in said County, once in each of three successive weeks before the 3rd day of March, 2014. The report states the purchase price at the Foreclosure sale to be $102,000.00. Stephen V. Hales Clerk, Circuit Court for Worcester County, Mary land True Copy Test: Stephen V. Hales Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County MD OCD-2/13/3t _________________________________

NOTICE TO BIDDERS Chip Seal Surfacing of Roadways Worcester County, Maryland The Worcester County Commissioners are currently accepting bids for county-wide chip seal surfacing of various sections of roadways in Worcester County to be completed by May 29, 2014 and requiring approximately 287,699 square yards of 7RC

Chip Seal for roughly 26.87 miles of road for the Worcester County Department of Public Works, Roads Division. Bid specification packages and bid forms are available from the Office of the County Commissioners, Room 1103 - Worcester County Government Center, One West Market Street, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863-1195, obtained online at www.co.worcester.md.us or by calling the Commissioners’ Office at 410-632-1194 to request a package by mail. Sealed bids will be accepted until 1:00 PM, Monday, February 24, 2014 in the Office of the County Commissioners at the above address, at which time they will be opened and publicly read aloud. Envelopes shall be marked "Chip Seal Bid - Opening Date February 24, 2014" in the lower left-hand corner. After opening, bids will be forwarded to the Public Works Department for tabulation, review and recommendation to the County Commissioners for their consideration at a future meeting. In awarding the bid, the Commissioners reserve the right to reject any and all bids, waive formalities, informalities and technicalities therein, and to take whatever bid they determine to be in the best interest of the County considering lowest or best bid, quality of goods and work, time of delivery or completion, responsibility of bidders being considered, previous experience of bidders with County contracts, or any other factors they deem appropriate. All inquiries shall be directed to Frank Adkins, Roads Superintendent, at 410-632-2244, Monday through Thursday, 6:00 am to 4:30 pm. OCD-2/13/1t _________________________________ BWW Law Group, LLC 4520 East West Highway Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 961-6555 Carrie M. Ward, et al. 4520 East West Highway, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814 Substitute Trustees Plaintiffs vs. GLENN A. BAUBLITZ. SR. 19 Decatur Street Berlin, MD 21811 Defendant(s) IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND Case No. 23-C-13-001614

NOTICE Notice is hereby given this 4th day of February, 2014, by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, that the sale of the property mentioned in these proceedings and described as 19 Decatur Street, Berlin, MD 21811, made and reported by the Substitute Trustee, will be RATIFIED AND CONFIRMED, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 10th day of March, 2014, provided a copy of this NOTICE be inserted in some weekly newspaper printed in said County, once in each of three successive weeks before the 3rd day of March, 2014. The report states the purchase price at the Foreclosure sale to be

$150,000.00. Stephen V. Hales Clerk, Circuit Court for Worcester County, Mary land True Copy Test: Stephen V. Hales Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County MD OCD-2/13/3t _________________________________

NOTICE OF INTRODUCTION OF BILL 14-1 WORCESTER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Take Notice that Bill 14-1 (Zoning - Large Day-Care Homes) was introduced by Commissioners Boggs, Bunting, Church, Gulyas, Lockfaw, Purnell and Shockley on January 21, 2014. A fair summary of the bill is as follows: § ZS 1-103(b). (Adds the definition of a Large Day-Care Home as a dwelling unit or manufactured or mobile home in which daytime adult supervision is provided for nine to twelve children under the age of sixteen which are not members of the caregiver’s family and in which the caregiver regularly resides.) § ZS 1-203(c)(18). (Renumbers the existing subsection 18 to subsection 19 and adds this new subsection to permit Day-Care Centers by special exception in the E-1 Estate District, subject to certain minimum lot requirements for lot area , lot width, front, side and rear yard setbacks, and subject to the agricultural protection setback requirements of Subsection ZS 1-305(r) and the site plan review requirements of Section ZS 1325.) § ZS 1-204(c)(20). (Renumbers the existing subsection 20 to subsection 21 and adds this new subsection to permit Large Day-Care Homes by special exception in the V-1 Village District, subject to certain minimum lot requirements for lot area , lot width, front, side and rear yard setbacks.) § ZS 1-205(c)(19). (Renumbers the existing subsection 19 to subsection 20 and adds this new subsection to permit Large Day-Care Homes by special exception in the R-1 Rural Residential District, subject to certain minimum lot requirements for lot area , lot width, front, side and rear yard setbacks.) § ZS 1-206(c)(17). (Renumbers the existing subsection 17 to subsection 18 and adds this new subsection to permit Large Day-Care Homes by special exception in the R-2 Suburban Residential District, subject to certain minimum lot requirements for lot area , lot width, front, side and rear yard setbacks.) § ZS 1-207(c)(16). (Renumbers the existing subsection 16 to subsection 17 and adds this new subsection to permit Large Day-Care Homes by special exception in the R-3 Multifamily Residential District, subject to certain minimum lot requirements for lot area , lot width, front, side and rear yard setbacks.) § ZS 1-208(c)(16). (Renumbers the existing subsection 16 to subsection 17 and adds this new subsection to permit Large Day-Care Homes by

special exception in the R-4 General Residential District, subject to certain minimum lot requirements for lot area , lot width, front, side and rear yard setbacks.) § ZS 1-215(c)(13). (Renumbers the existing subsection 13 to subsection 14 and adds this new subsection to permit Large Day-Care Homes by special exception in the RP Resource Protection District, subject to certain minimum lot requirements for lot area , lot width, front, side and rear yard setbacks.) § ZS 1-339(a)(2). (Repeals and reenacts this subsection of the provisions governing home occupations to provide that in addition to the resident of the premises, day-care homes and large day-care homes may have a maximum of two outside employees who do not reside on the premises.) § ZS 1-339(a)(9). (Renumbers the existing subsections (a)(9) through (a)(11) to subsections (a)(10) through (a)(12) regarding the provisions governing home occupations and adds this new subsection to provide that the operation of a large day-care home shall be considered a home occupation in the A-1 and A-2 Agricultural Districts and in the E-1 Estate District and shall not be subject to the six-hundred square foot gross floor area limitation as specified in subsection (a)(1) of this section nor to any off-street parking requirements.) A Public Hearing will be held on Bill 14-1 at the Commissioners' Meeting Room, Room 1101 - Government Center, One West Market Street, Snow Hill, Maryland, on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. This is only a fair summary of the bill. A full copy of the bill is posted on the Legislative Bulletin Board in the main hall of the Worcester County Government Center outside Room 1103, is available for public inspection in Room 1103 of the Worcester County Government Center and is available on the County Website at http://www.co.worcester.md.us/commissioners/legsltn.aspx . THE WORCESTER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OCD-1/30/2t _________________________________

TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING on March 3, 2014 ORDINANCE 2014-3 AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF OCEAN CITY TO ACQUIRE, FOR NO MONETARY CONSIDERATION, CERTAIN SEWAGE TRANSMISSION FACILITIES FROM SUNSET ISLAND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. BY DEED AND EASEMENT, AND TO LEASE BACK TO SUN-


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NOTICE The Mayor and City Council, operating community transit services in Ocean City, Maryland, is offering the opportunity for a public hearing to provide citizens a forum to present views on the following proposals: FY 2015 Annual Transportation Plan (ATP). The ATP contains requests for operating funds from the following programs: Section 5311 of the Federal Transit Act which provides funds for general public transit service in rural areas; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) program which provides funds for federally-required paratransit services for persons with disabilities. In addition, capital funds will be requested for the following items: ITEM Replace seven (7) 35' heavy duty transit buses with seven (7) 40' heavy duty transit buses @ $454,000 each. Replace twenty two (22) 40' heavy duty transit buses @ $454,000 each. Replace two (2) ADA Vans Preventative Maintenance and repairs to include parts and labor for rolling stock Complete rehab and renovation of the Park & Ride Transit Center (building), both interior and exterior Purchase three currency counters for the Money Room Remove the blacktop in the two transit lanes at the South End and replace with concrete Purchase an operating platform, cameras and maintenance thereof for the interior of our rolling stock Preventative Maintenance and repair contract to include parts and labor for the money counting equipment Purchase training materials to meet FTA/MTA guidelines Preventative Maintenance and repair contract to include parts and labor for the Bus Barn overhead doors Land acquisition for transit purposes Purchase three complete single access door units for the north and east side of the bus barn Replace 25 benches at three Transit Centers at $1,200 each TOTAL COST CAPITAL REQUEST:

TOTAL $ 3,178,000 $ 9,988,000 $ 124,000 $ 600,000 $ $ $

50,000 6,000 121,860

$

500,000

$ $

15,000 6,500

$ 20,000 $ 2,000,000 $ 3,000 $ 30,000 $ 16,642,360

A Public Hearing will be held upon request. Requests for a Public Hearing must be in writing and will be received until 4 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2014. Requests for a Public Hearing and/or other written comments should be sent to the following address and clearly marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;Public Hearing Commentsâ&#x20AC;?: Ocean City Transportation 204 65th Street, Building E Ocean City, Maryland 21842 Written comments can also be emailed to: gthornes@oceancitymd.gov . In the event it is requested, a Public Hearing will be held on:

If special assistance is required at the meeting, contact Ocean City Transportation, Administrative Assistant at 410-723-2174 before 4 p.m. on February 7, 2013. OCD-1/23/4t ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Mayor and City Council of Ocean City's ("TOWN") wastewater treatment facilities; and WHEREAS, after the construction of the FACILITIES and a period of operation to satisfy the TOWN that the FACILITIES meet the standards of the TOWN, SUNSET agreed to convey and the TOWN agreed to accept the FACILITIES; and WHEREAS, the FACILITIES have been constructed and are operational to the satisfaction of the TOWN. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED AND ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF

BWW Law Group, LLC 4520 East West Highway Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 961-6555 Carrie M. Ward, et al. 4520 East West Highway, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814 Substitute Trustees Plaintiffs vs. JOHN A. SPALDING 7 Gatehouse Trail Berlin ARTA Ocean Pines, MD 21811 Defendant(s) IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND Case No. 23-C-13-001583

NOTICE

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 6:00 p.m. City Hall Council Chambers 301 Baltimore Avenue Ocean City, Maryland 21842

SET ISLAND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION A PART OF THE DEEDED PROPERTY FOR NINETY-NINE YEARS, SUBJECT TO CERTAIN REASONS FOR TERMINATION. WHEREAS, Sunset Island, an approved development and sub-division, which is controlled and managed by Sunset Island Community Association, Inc. (together "SUNSET"), which also owns certain land and improvements within the subdivision, were required as part of the approval process to build certain sewer facilities ("FACILITIES") to accommodate wastewater from the subdivision for transmission to the

SUNSET, for no annual rental, a portion of the building constructed on Land Unit LU-CA38, presently utilized by SUNSET as a maintenance office, garage, storage area for such continued use for these purposes, for a term of ninety-nine (99) years, subject to the TOWN'S right to expand the pumping station usage into the leased area as may be required by its consultants, and/or regulatory agencies, at which time SUNSET will, after at least thirty (30) days notice, abandon the premises, and the lease shall be terminated and become null and void without further action. 4. SUNSET shall convey by deed of easement a "wet well" beyond the boundary of Land Unit LU-CR38, and the force main transmission pipes from the FACILITIES to 67th Street, with the requirement that all future maintenance, repair and replacement be at the expense of TOWN. 5. SUNSET and TOWN shall execute, acknowledge and deliver such other documents as reasonably required and approved by the City Solicitor. INTRODUCED at a meeting of the City Council of Ocean City, Maryland held on February 3, 2014. ADOPTED AND PASSED by the required vote of the elected membership of the City Council and approved by the Mayor at its meeting held on March 3, 2014 OCD-2/13/2t _________________________________

OCEAN CITY THAT THE TOWN BE, AND IT IS HEREBY, AUTHORIZED TO ACCEPT SUNSET'S FACILITIES AS FOLLOWS: 1. SUNSET has or will purchase, at its sole cost and expense two (2) new pumps, meeting the specifications of the TOWN, to be installed by the TOWN, at its sole cost and expense, for the Pumping Station part of the FACILITIES; 2. SUNSET shall convey by special warranty deed, bill of sale, and assignment, Sunset Island Land Unit LU-CA 38, as shown on the plats of Sunset Island, and its improvements to the TOWN 3. TOWN shall lease back to

Notice is hereby given this 4th day of February, 2014, by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, that the sale of the property mentioned in these proceedings and described as 7 Gatehouse Trail, Berlin ARTA Ocean Pines, MD 21811, made and reported by the Substitute Trustee, will be RATIFIED AND CONFIRMED, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 10th day of March, 2014, provided a copy of this NOTICE be inserted in some weekly newspaper printed in said County, once in each of three successive weeks before the 3rd day of March, 2014. The report states the purchase price at the Foreclosure sale to be $24,000.00. Stephen V. Hales Clerk, Circuit Court for Worcester County, Mary land True Copy Test: Stephen V. Hales


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TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING on MARCH 3, 2014 ORDINANCE 2014-4 AN ORDINANCE DECLARING CERTAIN PROPERTY TO BE SURPLUS, AND NO LONGER NEEDED FOR PUBLIC USE, BEING OF NO MONETARY VALUE TO THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF OCEAN CITY; AND TO AUTHORIZE THE CONVEYANCE OF SAME TO THE ADJACENT PROPERTY OWNERS AS A BOUNDARY LINE ADJUSTMENT FOR NO CONSIDERATION WHEREAS, a 15 foot by 40 foot lot distinguished on the Plat of Caine Woods, Section Two-A recorded in the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland in Plat Book FWH No. 22, folio 12 was legended to be a pumping station site to service the sanitary sewer needs of lot owners in Caine Woods, and WHEREAS, said property has been conveyed to the Mayor and City Council of Ocean City by a deed dated November 5, 2012 and recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland at SVH No. 6032, folio 228. WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Council of Ocean City has expanded the pumping station site by the acquisition of and the construction on Lot 11 on said Plat of Caine Woods, Section 2A so that the hereinafter described property is no longer needed for public use; and is considered surplus property; and WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Council of Ocean City desire to convey the surplus property, for no consideration, to the property owners of Lot 10 of said Plat of Caine Woods, Section Two A, to adjust their boundary line. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED AND ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF OCEAN CITY THAT THE HEREINAFTER DESCRIBED PROPERTY BE, AND IT IS HEREBY, DECLARED TO BE SURPLUS, OF NO FURTHER PUBLIC USE AND OF NO MONETARY VALUE, AS SAME IS TOO SMALL TO BE A LOT UNDER THE ZONING CODE; AND IT IS FURTHER ENACTED AND ORDAINED THAT THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF OCEAN CITY BE, AND IT'S HEREBY, AUTHORIZED TO CONVEY TO THE LOT OWNER OF LOT 10, AS A BOUNDARY LINE ADJUSTMENT, THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED PROPERTY: Being the northern half of that parcel of land situate, lying and being located on Tax map 118 as a 15' x 40' lot of Worcester County, Maryland. Also being referred to as a 15' x 40' Lot of Block 31 as found

on a plat titled "Caine Woods: Section Two-A" and recorded among the land records of Worcester County, Maryland in Plat Book 22 Page 12, being described more particularly as follows; Commencing at a Rebar and Cap found in the east Right of Way line of Dukes Avenue (being 50 feet wide) at the southeast corner of the aforementioned 15' x 40' lot, thence binding on said road and on the northeast line of said lot, referring all courses of this description to the Maryland Coordinate System (NAD 83/91) as now surveyed in accordance with the requirements set forth in COMAR 09.13.06.12, North 39 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds East 20.08 feet to the Point of Beginning of this survey so fixed, having a coordinate of North 291,017.9779 feet and East 1,866,796.5984 feet. Thence continuing to bind on the East side of said road and north side of said lot; 1) North 39 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds East 19.94' to the north corner of said lot, thence 2) South 50 degrees 41 minutes 27 seconds East 15.00 feet to Northwest corner of said lot, thence 3) South 39 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds West 19.94 feet to a rebar and cap found, thence 4) North 50 degrees 40 minutes 48 seconds West 15.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Containing 299 sq. ft. or 0.00691 acres, more or less INTRODUCED at a meeting of the City Council of Ocean City, Maryland held on February 3, 2014. ADOPTED AND PASSED by the required vote of the elected membership of the City Council and approved by the Mayor at its meeting held on March 3, 2014. OCD-2/13/2t _________________________________ BWW Law Group, LLC 4520 East West Highway Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 961-6555 Carrie M. Ward, et al. 4520 East West Highway, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814 Substitute Trustees Plaintiffs vs. SAMUEL P. SULLIVAN 917 Greenbackville Road Stockton, MD 21864 Defendant(s) IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND Case No. 23C13001281

NOTICE Notice is hereby given this 5th day of February, 2014, by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, that the sale of the property mentioned in these proceedings and described as 917 Greenbackville Road, Stockton, MD 21864, made and reported by the Substitute Trustee, will be RATIFIED AND CONFIRMED, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 10th day of March, 2014, provided a copy of this NOTICE be inserted in some weekly newspaper printed in said County, once in each of three successive weeks before the 3rd day of March, 2014. The report states the purchase price at the Foreclosure sale to be

$102,000.00. Stephen V. Hales Clerk, Circuit Court for Worcester County, Mary land True Copy Test: Stephen V. Hales Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County MD OCD-2/13/3t _________________________________ BWW Law Group, LLC 4520 East West Highway Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 961-6555 Carrie M. Ward, et al. 4520 East West Highway, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814 Substitute Trustees Plaintiffs vs. JOYCE A. ROSENSTEEL EUGENE R. ROSENSTEEL 1605 Baltimore Avenue, Unit #9B Ocean City, MD 21842 Defendant(s) IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND Case No. 23C13001048

NOTICE Notice is hereby given this 4th day of February, 2014, by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, that the sale of the property mentioned in these proceedings and described as 1605 Baltimore Avenue, Unit #9B, Ocean City, MD 21842, made and reported by the Substitute Trustee, will be RATIFIED AND CONFIRMED, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 10th day of March, 2014, provided a copy of this NOTICE be inserted in some weekly newspaper printed in said County, once in each of three successive weeks before the 3rd day of March, 2014. The report states the purchase price at the Foreclosure sale to be $171,146.00. Stephen V. Hales Clerk, Circuit Court for Worcester County, Mary land True Copy Test: Stephen V. Hales Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County MD OCD-2/13/3t _________________________________ BWW Law Group, LLC 4520 East West Highway Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 961-6555 Carrie M. Ward, et al. 4520 East West Highway, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814 Substitute Trustees Plaintiffs vs. ELAINE M. MCCRAY 509 Dighton Avenue Snow Hill, MD 21863 Defendant(s) IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND Case No. 23C13001533

NOTICE Notice is hereby given this 5th day of February, 2014, by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, that the sale of the property mentioned in these proceedings and

described as 509 Dighton Avenue, Snow Hill, MD 21863, made and reported by the Substitute Trustee, will be RATIFIED AND CONFIRMED, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 10th day of March, 2014, provided a copy of this NOTICE be inserted in some weekly newspaper printed in said County, once in each of three successive weeks before the 3rd day of March, 2014. The report states the purchase price at the Foreclosure sale to be $38,000.00. Stephen V. Hales Clerk, Circuit Court for Worcester County, Mary land True Copy Test: Stephen V. Hales Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County MD OCD-2/13/3t _________________________________ BWW Law Group, LLC 4520 East West Highway Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 961-6555 Carrie M. Ward, et al. 4520 East West Highway, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814 Substitute Trustees Plaintiffs vs. WALLACE S. CROPPER, JR 12428 Jarvis Road Bishopville, MD 21813 Defendant(s) IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND Case No. 23-C-1300-1540

NOTICE Notice is hereby given this 5th day of February, 2014, by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, that the sale of the property mentioned in these proceedings and described as 12428 Jarvis Road, Bishopville, MD 21813, made and reported by the Substitute Trustee, will be RATIFIED AND CONFIRMED, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 10th day of March, 2014, provided a copy of this NOTICE be inserted in some weekly newspaper printed in said County, once in each of three successive weeks before the 3rd day of March, 2014. The report states the purchase price at the Foreclosure sale to be $277,000.00. Stephen V. Hales Clerk, Circuit Court for Worcester County, Mary land True Copy Test: Stephen V. Hales Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County MD OCD-2/13/3t _________________________________ JOSEPH E. MOORE ESQ WILLIAMS, MOORE, SHOCKLEY & HARRISON P.O. BOX 739, 3509 COASTAL HWY OCEAN CITY, MD 21842

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PUBLIC NOTICES IN THE ESTATE OF GEORGE B. CONNER III Notice is given that Earla S. Conner, 11040 Assateague Road, Berlin, MD 21811, was on February 06, 2014 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of George B. Conner III who died on December 22, 1013, 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 6th day of August, 2014. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent’s death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent’s death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Earla S. Conner Personal Representative True Test Copy Charlotte K. Cathell Register of Wills Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 Name of newspaper designated by personal representative: Ocean City Digest Date of publication: February 13, 2014 OCD-2/13/3t _________________________________ RAYMOND C. SHOCKLEY ESQ WILLIAMS, MOORE, SHOCKLEY & HARRISON PA 3509 COASTAL HIGHWAY, P.O. BOX 739 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Estate No. 15467 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF SARAH H. VENABLE Notice is given that Dale Emory Venable, 12507 Collins Road, Bishopville, MD 21813 and William Weldon Venable, 11213 Beverly Street, Bishopville, MD 21813, were on February 07, 2014 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Sarah H. Venable who died on February 2, 2014, with a will. Further information can be ob-

tained 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 7th day of August, 2014. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent’s death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent’s death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Dale Emory Venable William Weldon Venable Personal Representatives True Test Copy Charlotte K. Cathell Register of Wills Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 Name of newspaper designated by personal representative: Ocean City Digest Date of publication: February 13, 2014 OCD-2/13/3t _________________________________ CAROLE G. GELFELD ESQ. 11101 HUNTOVER DRIVE ROCKVILLE, MD 20852

NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 15457 Notice is given that the Circuit court of Fairfax County, VA appointed Joseph P. Drummey III, 1250 Cresthaven Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20903 as the Executor of the Estate of Patricia C. Drummey who died on July 29, 2013 domiciled in Virginia, USA. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following Maryland counties: Worcester. All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent’s death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent’s death; or (2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or de-

livers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred. Joseph P. Drummey III Foreign Personal Representative Charlotte K. Cathell Register of Wills Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 Name of newspaper designated by personal representative: Ocean City Digest Date of first publication: February 13, 2014 OCD-2/13/3t _________________________________ GEOFFREY K. CALDERONE JR, ESQ LAW OFFICES OF PETER G. ANGELOS 210 WEST PENNSYLVANIA AVE., SUITE 300 TOWSON, MD 21204 SMALL ESTATE

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 15469 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF WILLIAM R. SMITH SR. Notice is given that Mark B. Smith Sr., 34180 Old Ocean City Rd., Pittsville, MD 21850, was on February 10, 2014 appointed personal representative of the small estate of William R. Smith Sr., who died on November 11, 2013, without a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having an objection to the probate of the will shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within six months after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having claims against the decedent must serve their claims on the undersigned personal representative or file them with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent’s death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent’s death; or (2) Thirty days after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within thirty days from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not served or filed within that time, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter.

Mark B. Smith Sr. Personal Representative True Test Copy Register of Wills for Worcester County Charlotte K. Cathell Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 Name of newspaper designated by personal representative: Ocean City Digest Date of publication: February 13, 2014 OCD-2/13/1t _________________________________

TOWN OF OCEAN CITY PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TRANSPORTATION DIVISION

INVITATION FOR BIDS BUS VEHICLE STORAGE BUILDING METAL ROOF REPAIRS The Mayor and City Council of Ocean City, Maryland will be accepting Sealed Bids for BUS VEHICLE STORAGE BUILDING METAL ROOF REPAIRS to the Transportation Bus Barn located at 204 65th Street, Building G, Ocean City, Maryland 21842. Work will include, but is not limited to, removal, disposal, provision, repair and installation of metal roof materials. Bids must be received by the Office of the City Manager, located at 301 Baltimore Ave., Ocean City, Maryland 21842, by no later than 4:30 PM on Monday, March 10, 2014. Bids will be opened at the City Council Work Session at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Bidders are welcome to attend but need not be present. A Pre-Bid meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the Ocean City Public Works Administration Conference Room, located at 204 65th Street, Building E, Ocean City, Maryland 21842. Prospective Bidders are encouraged to visit the project site prior to submission of final bids. Bid documents and specifications are available from: Ocean City Public Works Department of Transportation Mr. Brian Connor 204 65th Street, Building E Ocean City, Maryland 21842 Email: bconnor@oceancitymd.gov Office: 410-723-2174 Project funding provided by the Federal Transit Administration, Maryland Transit Administration and Town of Ocean City. Registered Disadvantage Businesses Enterprise’s (DBE’s) are encouraged to apply. OCD-2/13/4t _________________________________


Commentary

Feb. 14, 2014

Ocean City Today

Why should skate park pay its way?

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OUR OPINION

THE PUBLIC EYE

City Hall’s assertion that government should be run like a business – especially in the case of the Ocean Bowl Skate Park – indicates a misunderstanding of how businesses or governments work. The point is that the park’s winter hours should be scaled back so its operating costs are more level with its revenues, given that the park loses some $20,000 per year. Local government has other services that come out in the red, but are justified by providing collective good. The skate park is one of them and should not have to pull its own financial weight. If the city desires to find functions whose cost does not justify their benefit, there are other places to look first. Eagle’s Landing, the municipal golf course, operated at a loss of $111,446 last year. The city’s Solid Waste Division costs taxpayers $5.5 million per year, an operating loss that happens because the city provides not only residential pickup, but also commercial pickup. Fees for these services came in at only $53,000. The justification for these functions is that they stimulate the community by providing additional visitors as well as low-cost waste services. Yet this benefit does not extend to the skate park although it provides a safe activity for local youth. If the city believes government’s role is to run a “business” based solely on dollars and not quality of life, it should be averse to increasing any costs when revenues are flat. But for the straight second fiscal cycle, the city will be looking at a million-dollar payroll increase because of last year’s union contracts. This faux conservatism is being used to give the appearance of efficiency, while in reality the city is taking on roles that are not part of the collective responsibility, and forgetting those that are.

By Stewart Dobson With one semi-celebrity after another coming out publicly these days, it’s almost like a line from a movie: “NFL prospect Billy Bevelhead this week may have jeopardized his draft status, while also setting off a series of similar announcements, when he revealed in a press conference, “I’m Spartacus.” “No, I’m Spartacus.” “But I’m openly Spartacus!” “Yeah, well, I’m Spartacus and so’s my dad!” In this Facebook age, when people reveal almost everything about themselves to those who, like me, just don’t care, I’m beginning to think there won’t be much left to divulge that’s front page worthy. Except maybe that one widespread, but never accepted or acknowledged, human condition. “Congressman B. Luster Bevelhead (no relation to NFL prospect Billy Bob Bevelhead) announced this week that he would hold a news conference to announce his upcoming announcement that he is, in fact, stupid. In his pre-announcement, Bevelhead said, “I have been stupid all my life, having had that first confusing feeling of stupidity when I was just a boy. While other children played with algebraic equations, I was still thinking that multiplication tables were where babies came from. Well, in my house anyway.” Long the subject of stupid rumors, Bevelhead inadvertently came clean in a chat on “Inside Edition,” which he initially thought was a book kept in the lavatory. “What? This is a television program? Wow, do I feel stupid … Whoa! It’s out now, I guess.” Besieged by the press corps, Bevelhead’s advisors urged him to turn the incident to his political advantage, which he did in his post-announcement announcement. “I have denied my stupidity for years, but the time is right to let the truth be known. As for my career, all I can say is there are many stupid voters out there who I hope will support me. And remember, ‘B’ for Bevelhead comes after ‘A’ on the ballot.

A vote for Berlin good for OC EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK

You might have heard or noPhil ticed that our neighbor Berlin is Jacobs in quite a competition to be named Budget Travel Magazine’s “America’s Coolest Small Town of 2014. At last check on Wednesday, Berlin was leading the final competitors by a couple of points over current second-place holder Cazenovia, N.Y. That town, which has about half the residents of Berlin, is not far from Syracuse. The way the voting works is for each of us to go to www.coolberlin.org. We can vote once a day each day. Towns can have no more than 10,000 residents. Voters must make sure that they are not voting from the same IP address as other of their colleagues from work or school where a company email has its own email. Two or more people could vote from the same company with the company’s IP address, but only one vote will be tallied. So it is important to spread the word among relatives, friends and others. Truth is, if Berlin wins, or finishes near the top, then the entire region wins. If tourists come to Berlin, especially with their children, it’s difficult to image they wouldn’t want to spend time in Ocean City. The word about Berlin is getting around the state. Berlin’s Mayor Gee Williams was attending a recent Maryland Mayors Conference in Annapolis when Governor Martin O’Malley singled out Berlin and the mayor, wishing them good fortune in the contest. “It made you feel good,” the mayor said. Williams added that during the conference many mayors from state cities big and small came over to him and wished him well. A win would bring “bragging rights and tons of publicity,” said Michael Day, the town’s Director of Economic and Community Development, which we’ve already gotten. I think it’s already a win for us.”

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Also Day said that Mark Huey, the social media coordinator for Worcester County Tourism has been working “around the clock” to reach out to every social media friend locally, statewide and to national friends who either grew up in the area, or drop in once a year. Huey even looked at how Berlin, Germany might be useful in gaining votes for the Maryland town. Every opportunity to glean more votes for Berlin is being explored. So here’s the deal. The contest ends midnight February 25. Seriously, make sure you vote each day. I’ve already changed my “To Do” list for the upcoming days. Breakfast, shower, vote for Berlin, head off to work. Berlin is the only Maryland town in the top 10. That list in order of votes as of Wednesday included: Berlin, Cazenovia, N.Y.; Buckhannon, W.Va.; Traveler’s Rest, S.C.; Nevada City, Ca.; Galena, Ill.; Estes Park, Co.; Rockport, Texas, and Kelley’s Island, Ohio. At this point, Berlin and Cazenovia are way ahead of every other town listed above. Bill Zupan, the town’s Supervisor, has visited Ocean City and Berlin. He modestly told Ocean City Today, “we can’t keep up with you guys. Good luck to Berlin, which is a really nice town and a cool place to visit.” He also invited Berlin and Ocean City residents to come to Cazenovia. That is why Day and Huey and the mayor and now even the governor are working to make this win happen for the prestige, the marketing advantages and everything else positive that comes with it. Day said that this should be more than a Berlin effort, that it is most definitely a source of pride for the state and for the region. “We’re hoping it’s also reaching regionally into Delaware,” he said. “It’s only going to help everyone on the shore.” We just have to vote.


Letters Whittington introduces self to community

Editor, I would like to introduce myself to the community as the newly elected president of the Ocean City Career Fire Fighter/Paramedics-International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 4269. I am proud to say I have worked for the Town of Ocean City Fire Department since April 2005, and just over a month ago, the men and women of the Ocean City Career Fire Fighter/Paramedics Association elected me as their president. During the first seven years of my career, I held the position of part-time Firefighter/EMS provider. It was always my dream to become a full-time employee of this town and that dream came true on July 1, 2013, when I was hired full-time for the Office of the Fire Marshal. Many may not realize, but the Ocean City Fire Department is a combination fire department. Our department consists of the Fire/EMS Division, the Office of the Fire Marshal, and the Volunteer Division (OCVFC). I have personally had some of the best and most heartbreaking calls of my career with members of all three of these divisions serving the Town of Ocean City. As the newly elected president, I would like to establish my focus for the next two years. The Career Fire Fighter/Paramedics Association of Ocean City, IAFF Local 4269, consists of 48 members. These men and women are part of a team that protect over 8 million people a year in our community and $11 billion worth of property in the city. When a member of Local 4269 reports for duty, they are ready to respond to any emergency, and resolve any problem that may arise. During your worst day as a resident or visitor of Ocean City, the men and women of Local 4269 are at their best to provide you and your family the service you

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need and deserve. As president, much like our elected officials, I will strive for the best and focus my efforts to ensure all Ocean City Fire Fighters- Career and Volunteer can perform in a safe and productive environment. I plan to accomplish this goal by promoting and maintaining safe staffing levels, encouraging health and fitness and promoting state of the art training. We know that within the fire department, there are things that can improve and need to improve. As President of the Local 4269 I will work with my colleagues, many of whom have over 20 years of service to the Town and provide valuable knowledge and experience, to present ideas and concerns to fire department command staff with the desire to heighten the service we deliver to you. On behalf of the Career Fire Fighter/Paramedics of Ocean City I wish to thank our community for their continued support. In addition, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank our elected officials, who have been overwhelmingly supportive of public safety, by ensuring we have the best fire trucks, ambulances, and tools available to do our job. We are proud to serve our Town and look forward to many more years of service to our community. If you have any questions or would like to speak with me directly, you can reach me at 410-251-1253. Ryan L. Whittington President Ocean City Career Fire Fighter / Paramedics

Explaining usage of smart meters

Feb. 14, 2014

Ocean City Today

Editor, I am writing in response to the recent Letter to the Editor from Mr. Vincent dePaul Gisriel, Jr. concerning smart meters. Educating our customers concerning energy usage and

the tools we use to bring a reliable energy source to their homes is important to us at Delmarva Power. Although we have done a lot to educate customers concerning smart meters, his letter confirms that we still have to continue that process. I would like to address Mr. Gisriel’s concerns regarding the following: •Widespread wireless radiation being emitted throughout neighborhoods and communities •Potential adverse effects on over three dozen identified medical conditions and issues •Interference with pacemakers, defibrillators and baby monitors There is no widespread radiation being emitted throughout neighborhoods and communities from the use of smart meters. In fact, smart meters use very low-powered radio signals to communicate with Delmarva Power. These radio signals are similar to or less than those used by other everyday appliances, such as cellular and cordless phones, garage door openers, baby monitors, televisions, Bluetooth®devices, wireless computer networks and home security systems. Also, smart meters do not interfere with the use of any of the devices nor have there been any “adverse effects” on medical conditions as mentioned in Mr. Gisriel’s letter. Recent evaluations by regulators in California, Maine, Michigan and Texas, among others, have found no reliable scientific basis for any health risks from the very low-level radio signals emitted by smart meters. •Privacy concerns Delmarva Power is committed to keeping its customers’ data private and has state of the art technology and operational procedures to do so. Customers can be assured that Delmarva Power uses customer data for legitimate utility-related business purposes only, such as billing and load forecasting. Under no circumstances will Delmarva Power sell or

Page 78 give customer usage data to other parties unless instructed to do so in writing by the customer. If a customer has elected to purchase power from a third-party power supplier, Delmarva Power will provide that customer’s energy usage data to the third-party organization as required by law. •Environmental concerns Since Mr. Gisriel was not specific with environmental concerns, I cannot address any specific item, but I can say that the use of smart meters has helped with reducing carbon emissions by reducing the number of vehicles Delmarva Power has on the roads.•Fire hazard concerns relating to untested and non-certified equipment While there have been a few isolated incidents of fires in other states attributed to installation of smart meters, I can assure our customers that the equipment is tested and is certified to provide accurate service. •Inaccuracies in billing and other billing issues Smart meters have helped eliminate the inaccuracies in billing and in fact the use of smart meters has helped customers use energy more efficiently so they can control their electric expenses. Nothing in this world stays the same and as technology improves and our customers’ reliance upon and usage of the new technologies change, Delmarva Power must change in order to keep providing a reliable, economic source of energy. Smart meters and our online My Account feature are two of the ways in which we are helping our customers see, by the hour if they so desire, the ways in which they use energy, so they can make positive changes in energy usage and save money in the process. For more information on smart meters, log on to www.delmarva.com John Allen Delmarva Power Regional Vice President

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