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Local lawmakers discuss turbines Eastern Shore delegation meets with federal officials about wind farm legislation

By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (March 9, 2018) With new legislation aimed at pushing offshore wind turbines farther out than the currently proposed 17 nautical miles, the Maryland General Assembly’s Eastern Shore delegation met with federal officials last

Friday in Annapolis to ascertain if changes are feasible. James Bennett, Bureau of Ocean Management renewable energy program manager, presented an overview of the wind energy area lease approval process, which got underway in 2010. “It doesn’t happen in a backroom,” he said. “It’s a long-term process and a lot of people are involved.” This week both SB1058 and HB1135, which would alter the distance requirement for turbines from between 10-30

nautical miles to not less than 26 nautical miles off the coast, have legislative hearings scheduled. A nautical mile is equal to 1.15 statute miles. Delegate Christopher Adams (R-37) who is sponsoring HB1135, along with delegates Mary Beth Carozza (R-38C) and Charles Otto (R-38A), serves on the House Economic Committee, which has jurisdiction over energy policy. Adams asked at what point during the lease approval process was the 10See LAWMAKERS Page 4

Faison sentenced for DUI death J.R. Ednie, 23, struck and killed during 2017 spring Cruisin’ week in Ocean City

By Brian Gilliland Associate Editor (March 9, 2018) Stanley Faison, 51, of Waldorf, Maryland was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but six years suspended by Circuit Court judge Brian Shockley late last week, after a jury convicted him of killing J.R. Ednie, 23, of Manassas, Virginia when he was driving drunk on Coastal Highway. The state sentencing guidelines for the crime are a maximum of three years for the offense, but Faison’s sta-

tus as a repeat offender — with the most recent conviction 27 days before this incident in Minnesota — led the state’s attorney’s office to seek enhanced penalties in Stanley Faison this case. This allowed Shockley to impose the net six-year prison sentence. After that, Faison is subject to three years of supervised probation. Faison also had a DUI in North Carolina in 2011 according to the state’s attorney’s office. “Nothing we do can ever bring J.R. back, but sentencing Mr. Faison above the guidelines, who appallingly was

found guilty of his second DUI only 27 days prior, might deter future drunk drivers from killing people in Worcester County,” Interim State’s Attorney Bill McDermott said. Faison was driving a 1972 Chevrolet Impala north on Coastal Highway around 2:24 a.m. on May 21 when he struck Ednie, who was crossing the highway east to west near 45th Street and was not using a crosswalk, Ocean City Police said in a press statement. A Cruisin’ Ocean City event was taking place that week, but event promoters, said Faison was not a registered participant. After the crash, people at the scene initiated lifesaving efforts, which were See DRIVER Page 3

By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (March 9, 2018) Seeking ways to discourage reckless behavior during this season’s annual car and motorcycle rallies, Ocean City is lobbying the state to pass emergency legislation that would create special event zones to help police to maintain order in the streets and adjacent areas. After testifying in support of ‘We are finding SB872 last it increasingly Tuesday, Ocean City difficult to address officials rethese very brazen, turned on disrespectful and Friday to state the case unlawful behaviors for HB1406 taking place on our during a roadways.’ House EnviOC Police Chief ronment and Ross Buzzuro Transportation Committee hearing. Sen. Jim Mathias (D-38) and Delegate Mary Beth Carozza (R-38C) are sponsoring companion bills that would permit the State Highway Administration to designate roads under its purview as special event zones that have reduced speed limits and increased penalties for motor vehicle violations. Upon passage, the emergency bill would be sent to Gov. Larry Hogan to sign into law before the car and bike event season begins. “HB1406 would give our local law enforcement the additional tools they need to control the unlawful, reckless and dangerous behavior that Ocean City and the surrounding area has experienced with certain major motor events,” Carozza said. During Senate testimony, Mathias said the new designation would be similar to construction zones or school zones in that it would provide for substantially higher fines and potential jail sentences for drivers who threaten public safety. See TESTIMONY Page 5

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Driver found guilty in pedestrian’s death last May Continued from Page 1 continued by police and Ocean City EMS when they arrived. McDermott said during the January trial Ednie was thrown 151 feet from the impact site. According to the expert testimony of Ocean City Police Det. Michael Karsnitz, who reconstructed the accident for the court in January, Faison was traveling well in excess of the posted speed limit at the time of the crash. During the entire time officers were on scene, Ednie never regained consciousness, according to police reports. Ednie was taken to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, where he was declared dead. Faison was arrested and testing revealed a .12 blood alcohol level.

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Continued from Page 1 nautical mile minimum distance established. “That was the request we received through the task force process, as we understand it, from Ocean City,” he said. In April 2010, a task force was created to examine the issue, which Bennett said continued to meet bi-yearly though 2013. Maryland leases were issued on Dec. 1, 2014. Adams also asked if Ocean City officials were provided with renderings illustrating the visibility of turbines from shore during the task force process, “I don’t know,” Bennett said. Bennett broke down the four-stage approval method for wind energy projects, which starts with a two-year planning and analysis phase. This is followed by up to two years to complete the lease process and an additional five years for site assessment. The final stage involves a construction and operation plan, which takes roughly two years to build, with an estimated quarter century of anticipated energy production. “The site assessment plan is done and moving forward with still a little to go,” he said. “We are still not at the first day of the (construction plan) process.” Bennett said obstacles remain that could make moving turbines at least 26 nautical miles problematic. “There [are] two corridors of vessel

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traffic which converge just to the west of the [lease] area,” he said. Additionally, Bennett said bathymetric charts indicate ocean depths increase to nearly 200 feet as the distance from shore grows. “That’s where you get beyond the shallow shelf that is appropriate for the technology that we’re trying to deploy,” he said. Adams asked where the shallow shelf area begins to drop off to those greater depths. “In the neighborhood of 40 miles,” Bennett said. Another concern Adams raised was the potential number of turbines that could be built within lease areas. “There’s not a specific limit, however any proposal has to come to us as a construction and operation plan, and it has to be viewed from a number of different contexts, including environmental,” Bennett said. “It’s not a free and clear ability for the developer to just put whatever they like.” Bennett also noted altering the turbine distances to 26-nautical miles or greater would start the approval clock over. “We would have to conduct the planning and analysis, and go through a leasing process,” he said. “The same process where we are at now would begin after 2-4 years of starting … over again.” Carozza asked if methods exist to expedite federal approval procedures. “It would still be a lengthy process even if it was expedited,” Bennett replied. Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan also pointed out that scale of the proposed turbines has changed significantly since the task force supported the original 10nautical mile distance more than half a dozen years ago. “At that time, those were two megawatt power and significantly smaller than what’s being proposed today,” he said. Meehan got his first visual rendering of the turbines from the beach during a Public Service Commission meeting in late March 2017 at Stephen Decatur Middle School in Berlin. In May 2017, the state PSC approved two project off the Maryland and Delaware coasts, one by

US Wind and the other by Skipjack Wind. “I stood up and held up those renderings and said, ‘this is much more dramatic than anybody had ever anticipated,’” he said. “We’ve been in dialogue throughout but the ... game has changed.” Andrew Gohn, who previously oversaw the state wind energy area site process for the Maryland Energy Administration, questioned that assertion. “We’ve had a number of town halls [and] we’ve had posters that include visualizations and renderings that were available to the public,” he said. “At the time we heard nothing but approval when it was 10 miles out.” While noting the American Wind Energy Association now employs him, Gohn said the National Park Service asked the wind energy task force to provide a visual buffer of 20 miles for Assateague National Seashore. “We said, ‘Let’s place this where everybody can support it and at that time we had every indication of support from Ocean City,” he said. “With respect to the public process, the local jurisdictions did have the final say.” Bennett said, however, even though the last phase for authorization is approaching, the time for changes has not passed. “This is not a closed process [and] there are lots of opportunities for input,” he said. “We can be contacted at anytime by stakeholders.” Because the topic of renewable energy, and specifically wind power, inspires passionate public support, Adams said he worries that the public’s perspective may change over time. “I think 4-5 years down road when these projects go up, then people will start to realize what they actually are,” he said. “That kind of criticism coming at me as an elected official is what I’m very concerned about.” Sen. Jim Mathias (D-38) said regardless of strong sentiments regarding the eventual distance of wind turbines, all sides seek an amicable agreement. “The door has been open and it has been public and transparent and it continues to be,” he said. “Number one, I believe in the peoples’ voice and number two I know we can find a resolution.”

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Testimony backs special event zones bills Continued from Page 1 The bill would prohibit reckless driving, racing, burning rubber and making excessive noise in areas where pedestrians gather near highways. Under the proposed legislation, the most egregious violators could be fined up to $1,000 and face up to one year in jail, with a potential two years of incarceration for subsequent offenses. Drivers engaging in prohibited behaviors that cause bodily harm to pedestrians would face up to three years in jail and fines up to $5,000. If a pedestrian is killed, drivers could be sentenced to prison for up to 10 years and fined up to $5,000. Echoing his earlier senate testimony, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan told the House committee the legislative approach was devised by a 27member Motor Events Task Force formed in response to mayhem that ensued during automobile events last fall. Meehan said the Cruisin’ Ocean City event started a few decades ago

with a couple hundred participants, and is now capped at 3,200 registrations. “That event has grown and also helped us develop the shoulder season,” he said. Problems have escalated as the number of attendees has also grown exponentially, Meehan said. “Those vehicles don’t have the same ties to the event,” he said. “They don’t show the same respect for our community and refer to Coastal Highway as ‘the strip.’” In more recent years, further problems grew from the unsanctioned H20i event, which is largely promoted through social media, Meehan said. “We have one that occurs in the fall season where thousands of vehicles come to Ocean City that are not welcome,” he said. “They are not invited … and create public safety problems for other vehicles, residents, citizens and our police department.” Although under the proposed legislation, maximum fines can reach the four-digit range, Meehan said in most

Police ask for business help with special events crowds

By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (March 9, 2018) The Ocean City Police Department wants to work with local businesses and hotel operators to expand its ability to address citizen behavior on private property during car and motorcycle events this season. Police officials met last Thursday at the convention center with Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce members to pursue measures to curtail disorderly conduct at motorized events.

Police Chief Ross Buzzuro said the goal is to improve communications with hotel and store operators to help quell troublesome activities on their property, in many instances during off hours. “This is a recipe for disaster in certain circumstances,” he said. “The partnership would be giving us a helping hand.” Police Lt. Ray Austin, who presented an overview of the challenges, said most people do cease misbehaving when asked to by a police officer, See POLICE Page 6

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cases a more moderate range is likely. “This would give us the ability to reduce speed limits and double fines,” he said. “The purpose is to mitigate problems before they start.” Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro said despite having the help of other law enforcement agencies, the motorized events continue to strain his department’s resources. “We are finding it increasingly difficult to address these very brazen, disrespectful and unlawful behaviors taking place on our roadways,” he said. Worcester County Sheriff Lt. Ed Schreier told the committee traffic safety directly affects public safety. “People in unprecedented numbers line the streets of Ocean City to witness these car events,” he said. Schreier said the bill would allow officers discretion in addressing the most egregious behaviors. “Statistics have shown that citations directly improve our chances … of getting [people] to stop the illegal behavior,” he said. Also testifying from the Motor Events Task Force was TEAM Productions Bob Rothermel, who organizes the Cruisin’ events and said he fully supports the legislation. Rothermel said 3,200 cars are once again registered for this years Cruisin Ocean City event, which is scheduled for May 17-20. “We estimate there’s another 5,000

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Police seek property owners’ help controlling car crowds “If you get a lack of compliance, safety is the priority so back off and call the police,” he said. “Be a good witness, but don’t engage. We’re going to deal with that 20 percent (the troublemaking crowd).” Austin said the next steps would involve asking rowdy subjects to leave the scene. “[The police] need a designee there to tell an individual ‘you need to leave the property,’” he said. “You request them to leave if they’re causing a problem on your property.” If those requests are ignored, law enforcement then has the legal authority to intervene, Austin said. “We can use ‘trespassing on private property’ and then we can make an arrest,” he said. Police Capt. Mike Colbert said, based on a comparable effort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the department is launching the T.E.A.P. or trespass enforcement authorization program. “If you’re a member of TEAP, we can act as your agent when the business is closed,” he said. “If you agree, when closed you don’t want cars in your parking lot.” Colbert, who said sign-up forms are now available, also suggested businesses post no trespassing signs to eliminate off-hour shenani-

Continued from Page 5 but some do not. “We do have the 20 percent that just don’t want to listen,” he said. Although law enforcement has all the authority it needs on public streets and sidewalks, Austin said this troublesome minority often feels emboldened if located elsewhere. “I’m on private property, you can’t touch me,” he said. “That’s the thought process.” As a consequence, Austin said the police are suggesting that business owners designate and train someone to lend a watchful eye. “Just knowing somebody is watching over the property … they’ll leave,” he said. Common problems that occur on hotel and business parking lots include disorderly conduct, malicious destruction of property and dangerous driving, Austin said. “We have few tools on the private side unless … you give us the OK to move people off private property,” he said. “Having somebody there can really help us on private property.” Austin said in most cases, people would act appropriately if designated overseers requested it of them, thereby settling a potential issue without the need to summon the police.

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Police Lt. Ray Austin reviewed challenges to curtailing unruly behavior on private property with business members from the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce at the Ocean City convention center, last Thursday.

gans. “This gives us the authority to make an arrest,” he said. “It’s mostly for businesses that are closed at night.” Other tips police offered as deterrents, included use of security cameras, which involves posting appropriate signs regarding use, as well as perimeter lighting. “Lighting has a way of moving people out and away ... especially if they want to act up and misbehave,” Buzzuro said.

Chamber Executive Director Melanie Pursel said guests should be advised of the increased enforcement effort during special events via social media to by creating a handout that outlines the potential penalties for infractions. Recognizing that “push comes to shove” moment when fun descends into wildness is key, Buzzuro said. “That’s the fine line, because some of it is part of the experience,” he said. “Carry on, but don’t get carried away.”

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Mathias pushes legislation against offshore oil drilling Former OC mayor sponsors liability act and resolution looking to protect coastline

By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (March 9, 2018) With proposed offshore oil and gas drilling setting off alarms in Ocean City, Sen. Jim Mathias (D-38) has joined an effort to block such exploration off the coast and to make the federal government pay if that doesn’t happen and something goes wrong. Mathias is the sole sponsor of SB1128 the Offshore Drilling Liability Act, and the primary sponsor for a General Assembly joint resolution seeking to protect Maryland’s coastal area from oil and gas energy exploration. Both pieces of legislation are scheduled for senate hearings on March 13. On Jan. 4, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released a draft proposal for its 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, which would open more than 98 percent of the Outer Continental Shelf for potential oil and gas leases. Three proposed lease areas are off the coast of Maryland. “This is one of the most important pieces of legislation I have this session for Ocean City and coastal Maryland,” Mathias said. From his perspective, Mathias foresees astronomical risks that far outweigh any reward. “Not one good thing comes out of this,” he said. “It can be devastating, as much or more so, than a category 5 hurricane.” On Feb. 20, the mayor and City Council issued its own resolution against offshore drilling, which was first opposed in 1974 by then Ocean City Mayor Harry Kelly. Mathias also has joined 41 cosponsors who are supporting a joint resolution asking the federal government to give Maryland the same consideration it gave to Florida, which less than a week after January’s draft proposal announcement was re-

moved from the list. “The joint resolution asks the president, U.S. Congress and the Department of the Interior to stop this moving forward, or at a minimum have us removed,” he said. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke acquiesced to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who had concerns comparable to those of many Maryland state officials, and tweeted later the state is, ‘unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver.’ Following the announcement, a dozen other states sought the same relief. If protecting the coast fails, Mathias said SB1128 is intended to hold the federal government financially accountable, up to $100 million, if offshore drilling caused a natural disaster. “If congress would act in a reckless manner and let this go forward, the legislation establishes strict liability penalties,” he said. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Draft Proposed Program is the first of three analytical phases required to develop its 2019-2024 leasing program. The 60-day period for public comment ends today (Friday). For general information or to submit comments visit or send mail to: National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program Development Manager Kelly Hammerle, Office of Strategic Resources, Mail Stop: VAM-LD, 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, VA 20166-9216. Label envelopes, “Comments for the 2019-2024 Draft Proposed National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program.”

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (March 9, 2018) Although Coca-Cola is under contract as the official soft drink of Ocean City, the City Council balked on two of three recent marketing proposals from the beverage behemoth during its meeting on Monday. The council voted 5-2, with Councilmembers John Gehrig and Wayne Hartman opposed, to approve cobranded oversized Adirondack chairs, but had second thoughts about proposed Boardwalk light pole banners and flatly rejected repainting the Route 90 water tank to promote Coca-Cola. Special Events Superintendent Frank Miller said the Recreation and Parks Committee vetted the marketing pitches at its Feb. 13 meeting. Coca-Cola signed a beverage franchise contact with Ocean City last year that expires in Jan. 2022. While acknowledging that co-branding the water tower would provide the city another unique revenue stream, Miller said there are other considerations. “At what point are we starting to plaster the town with sponsors?” he said. “When is too much?” In addition to covering the bulk of painting costs, Miller said Coke would pay a yet-to-be-negotiated yearly fee over the remaining terms of its contract, which could total $150,000. The soft drink purveyor also proposed co-branded Sunbrella canvas light pole banners at three-dozen spots along the Boardwalk. “Their goal was to put the town first and Coca-Cola second,” he said. “The cost to Coke is about $5,000.” Coke also pitched creating cobranded custom eight-foot-tall oversized Adirondack chairs. “The concept is to create these chairs, which are fun for visitors to capture a takeaway moment,” he said. “The goal is to build three chairs at a cost of $3,000 each to Coke.” The chairs would be located at North-


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side Park and on the beach north of Division Street and south of 27th Street. “They could be year-round placement, which is ideal to coke, but they’ve also agreed if we need to have them moved … they will take care of that,” he said. Councilman Tony DeLuca, while on board with banners and chairs, drew a line in the sand regarding water tower advertisements. “To me, to have a Coke thing up there is kind of a sellout,” he said. “You asked when is it too much … it’s too much.” DeLuca suggested the water tower might be used to promote the nearby city-owned Eagle’s Landing Golf Course. Councilman Matt James concurred with DeLuca. “I think it’s tacky, and a sellout would be a good way to put it,” he said. In lieu of the banner proposal, James said it would be prudent to investigate in-house costs to produce non-commercialized placards. “I don’t want Coke on them … I don’t want any business,” he said. “I would prefer the Town of Ocean City to make something … attractive that promotes us.” Hartman said fiscal data should be examined before tossing out the water tower concept.

“We’re making decisions and really don’t have all the information,” he said. “Do we have any idea as to the value of having Coca-Cola on there?” Councilman Dennis Dare said the cost to paint water tanks could vary widely, and regardless of final figures, the aesthetic is troublesome. “I’m not big on doing the advertising on the water tanks,” he said. “It gets to be a little bit too much.” Gehrig agreed with Hartman’s assertion that the financial merits of co-branding the water tower should be vetted, including potential profits for Coke. “We need to know what the revenue is on the marketing of the stuff,” he said. “They’re not just doing this to cover costs.” These arguments failed to sway DeLuca. “No matter what Coca-Cola offers for the tower my answer is no, because that’s what’s called a sellout of the town,” he said. “People don’t drive over the bridge and say, ‘Oh, I’m coming to Ocean City because I want to drink a Coke.’” While the council killed the water tower pitch and approved the oversized Adirondack chairs, producing light pole banners internally will be examined further.

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Residents supporting wind energy hold forum in resort By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (March 9, 2018) Clean energy advocates filled St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Ocean City last Saturday to discuss local and state government actions to push proposed wind farms farther offshore and to question officials about their support of that efforts. The forum, sponsored by the Maryland Climate Coalition and the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter, focused on legislative attempts to revamp state Public Service Commission approvals of two projects that would install turbines within sight of the beach. Now in the hearing phase in the General Assembly are measures backed by resort and county governments that would require these installations to be placed not at 17 nautical miles offshore as approved by the PSC, but 26 nautical miles out. That change in distance would kill its project, US Wind officials have said. Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan told the audience that city officials met with the Eastern Shore legislative delegation in Annapolis a day earlier to discuss the situation. Also attending were James Bennett, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management renewable energy program manager and Rep. Andy Harris (R-1st). “Congressman Harris said Ocean City and Worcester County should be the local jurisdiction that makes the final decision with regard to the location of these turbines,” Meehan said. He also told the group that the project is divided into three phases, with only the first wave of turbines planned for 17 nautical miles offshore. “They’re going for approval to build all three phases,” he said. “Phase two starts at 15 miles and phase three starts at 12.8 miles.” While Ocean City supports renewable energy and wind power, Meehan said there are aesthetic concerns. “We just ask that we have the support to have them moved further off-

shore, so they don’t take away that view of the horizon forever,” he said. “Why should future generations never have the opportunity to see what that view would look like without those turbines, when technology today can … easily move those further east.” Meehan also noted a wind farm proposed outside Virginia Beach is slated to be built 26 nautical miles offshore, with comparable projects at nearly triple that distance in European waterways. Councilman John Gehrig added that the council’s intent is not to kill the projects — the other wind farm off the local coast would be developed by Skipjack Wind — but to protect Ocean City’s tourism-based economy. “We’re asking for the turbines to be moved back. We don’t know if the project would be killed,” he said. “We have one thing that’s green, clean and natural left,” he said. “It’s the one reason that people come to Ocean City … and it’s that beach.” In terms of the possible financial impact of project delays caused by the relocation consideration, Meehan said the wind energy area leasing process would need to be repeated. St. Peter’s Pastor Gregg Knepp asked how long the project might be stalled because of that, considering that the initial approval process took nine years. Meehan said revising the lease area could take two years, based on comments from the previous day’s meeting. “It looks like the process could be expedited to actually relocate that lease area to the east,” he said. “Two years in a project that could be there for just about ever, to get it right so everybody’s concerns are addressed, makes sense to us and made sense to the congressman. That’s where we stand today.” When asked by Knepp whether the mayor council had been involved when wind projects were proposed in See OC Page 11

County issues bond to pay for Mystic Harbour system By Brian Gilliland Associate Editor (March 9, 2018) With about 75 percent of the $3.2 million cost to build the Mystic Harbour effluent disposal project incurred, the Worcester County Commissioners this week decided to issue a bond to pay the bill. The project was initially funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture loan of $2,450,000 and a USDA grant of $750,000. The county, through enabling leg-

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By Brian Gilliland Associate Editor (March 9, 2018) Next week, the Worcester County Schools will join the Maryland Center for School Safety and the Safe and Sound School project for an all-day seminar at Worcester Technical High School in Newark concerning the safety of local students and the security of the schools. The morning session will include speakers Lisa Hamp, survivor of the April 2007 Virginia Tech shooting that left 33 dead including the perpetrator, Dr. CJ Huff, former superintendent of the Joplin, Missouri schools during the 2011 EF-5 tornado, which caused 161 total fatalities in the area, Kiki Leyba, survivor of the April 1999 Columbine High School shootings that left 15 dead including both perpetrators, and Michele Gay, a parent of a student killed during the December 2012 Sandy Hook massacre that left 28 people dead, including 20 elementary schoolchildren, plus six teachers, the perpetrator and the perpetrator’s mother. The afternoon session features expert strategy and best practices sessions led by Dr. Melissa Reeves of the National Association of School Psychologists, Dr. Huff of Joplin, Missouri, and John MacDonald, executive director of safety, security and emergency planning for Jefferson County Schools in Colorado. Following the speakers, a panel discussion is scheduled.

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City Engineer Terry McGean said US Wind is seeking permits for all three phases. “Once they permit that project, that’s it. Nobody gets to say any more,” he said. US Wind’s project development director Paul Rich told the forum that if wind energy projects approved by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management were to fail, less environmentally friendly energy options could be pursued offshore. “The same agency that leased us our wind energy area is the same agency that oversees offshore oil and gas leasing,” he said. “This area has been designated for offshore wind. If we didn’t develop it, then I think it could be reevaluated for other uses.” After investing roughly $8.7 million for an 80-acre wind energy area lease, Rich said US Wind could investigate legal channels to recoup the fiscal outlay if the turbines failed to be constructed. “If the project never went forward I’m sure there would be an interest from our company in recovering the lost investment,” he said. “I’m not going to entertain this issue until it’s in front of us.”



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By Brian Gilliland Associate Editor (March 9, 2018) Following a previous water main break in Snow Hill, Worcester County had some difficulty getting transportation for people displaced by the flooding, Fred Webster, director of emergency services, told the Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday. Because of that, the idea was born of entering into a memorandum of understanding with the Tri-County Council’s Shore Transit service. The commissioners then went on to make that deal official by signing the memorandum to provide transportation for people affected by disaster, extraordinary event or extreme temperatures. The document, written by County

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Free event value questioned again, fireworks time still TBD By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (March 9, 2018) During an extended City Council discussion over start times for Beach Fireworks this year, the merit of these free-to-thepublic shows was questioned again. While the council did approve adding an RGB display to the Boardwalk Beach Lights during its meeting on Monday, it failed to reach a consensus on moving the launch time for Beach Fireworks to 10 p.m. The aerial shows, which take place every Monday and Tuesday after the Fourth of July near the Boardwalk by Dorchester and Caroline streets, were rescheduled to 10:30 last year. Special Events Superintendent Frank Miller told the council a talk he had with Tourism and Marketing Director Donna Abbott prompted the question of whether offering free family events to the Boardwalk crowd is worth it. The resort began to focus on providing free activities back in 2012 as an attraction when long-distance travel declined because of the national economic circumstances. Similar programs are in place at other regional resorts, such as Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach and Atlantic City, Miller said. In addition to a full slate of recurring no charge summer events, Ocean City also sponsors a handful of Halloween-themed happenings and a pair of yuletide celebrations. Among the changes for this year, Miller said Sundaes in the Park has an earlier start date of June 17, and the OC Beach Dance Party would change to an all DJ format. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also looking at interlacing the Boardwalk Lights â&#x20AC;Ś at the end of the OC Beach Dance Party for about the last 30 minutes,â&#x20AC;? he said. This year the rhythm-fueled event begins a week earlier, July 3, and takes place every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. on the beach at the Caroline Street stage through August. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our hope is to create the biggest line dance weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen in Ocean

City,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The lights should help create that dance floor experience â&#x20AC;Ś to attract as many people off the Boardwalk as we can.â&#x20AC;? Councilman Wayne Hartman wondered if the Boardwalk merchants who have complained about the firework displays pulling customers away from stores might have the same reaction to the dance party. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is there going to be repercussions if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our goal to put people in the sand?â&#x20AC;? he asked. Miller didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anticipate that a dance party would cause a similar exodus of shoppers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those explosions, as you know, every adult and child will want to see whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on when they hear fireworks,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we do at Caroline Street stage has never had any negative impact or any type of complaints from storefront owners.â&#x20AC;? Hartman asked if business owners were advised of the proposed dance party changes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not something we brought before every business owner [but] itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone through the Tourism Commission,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only thing thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changing is weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be utilizing the lights and hoping to draw people to the sand.â&#x20AC;? Councilwoman Mary Knight said last year the dance party coincided with her volunteer shift at the Boardwalk information booth and the positive mood was palpable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a lot of movement and there was so much energy,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You saw kids doing cartwheels.â&#x20AC;? When the discussion delved into scheduling fireworks, Miller said a handful of complaints were lodged last year when the start time was pushed back until 10:30 p.m. Bob Rothermel with TEAM Productions, who puts on the displays, said while heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine with either option, others require greater accuracy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fill out a permit to the city or state without a start time,â&#x20AC;? he said. Councilman John Gehrig said the See Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;WALK Page 13

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B’walk merchants complain events draw people away Continued from Page 12 timing discussion topic was batted around with no clear resolution during the Tourism Commission meeting in February. “It was a consensus among the business owners we spoke with that people do leave to watch the fireworks,” he said. “Sometimes they come back, sometimes they don’t.” Knight said several tourists expressed their displeasure over the later start times at the Boardwalk information booth. “Tourists with kids said 10:30 was too late,” she said. “Some tourists even wanted it at 9:00, which we wouldn’t do.” Favoring a return to the 10 p.m. start was Councilman Dennis Dare, who said earlier timeframes for the family activity was conducive to children’s bedtimes. Backing that assertion was Abbott, who said she consulted with Glenn Irwin, Ocean City Development Corporation executive director, regarding merchants’ sentiments regarding firework start times. “I asked did he have a sense, because he does interact with the Boardwalk businesses, and he felt 10 was the consensus,” she said. Dare also said if Boardwalk merchants continue to argue free events are negatively affecting sales, curtailing the offerings should be discussed. “If they’re concerned that concert line dancing is going to take away business, maybe these events have outlived their life,” he said. Dare also said the possibility of these changes should be considered when the current two-year $300,000 contract with TEAM Productions ends this December. Ocean City hired Rothermel’s group to produce firework displays at Northside Park’s Sundaes in the Park and the Beach Fireworks events, as well as Halloween events, including the beach maze, pumpkin races and pet costume parade. Knight concurred that times may be changing. “We all know [in 2012] it was a very important time to have free events,” she said. “We’ve all had the conversation that maybe free isn’t as important as it was.” Although Council President Lloyd Martin supported a motion from Councilman Matt James, which was seconded by Gehrig, to retain the 10:30 fireworks start time and approve changes to value added events, Councilman Tony DeLuca, along with Knight, Dare and Hartman voted in opposition. Following a suggestion from Mayor Rick Meehan, the council amended its motion to approve the event revisions but revisit the timing issue at a subsequent work session after seeking additional feedback from the Tourism Commission.

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OC hikes temp, part-time job pay Increase to cost more than $188,000 as minimum wage to hit $10.10 July 1

By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (March 9, 2018) In anticipation of Maryland’s minimum wage increasing to $10.10 per hour on July 1, the Ocean City Council approved a 2 percent adjustment to its temporary/part-time employee pay table, at an annual cost of more than $188,000. Human Resources Director Wayne Evans provided details of the Maryland Minimum Wage Act at the council meeting on Monday. “In 2014, there was a minimum wage act passed and that has been incrementally increasing the minimum wage each year since that time,” he

said. The state minimum wage rate, which was $7.25 prior to 2014, bumps up by approximately 9.2 percent this July, Evans said. “Knowing this was coming, the town took some action along the way to try and develop a systematic approach to implementing these changes,” he said. “We’re not asking for a 2 percent increase across the board.” The adjustments will primarily affect seasonal and part-time hires, Evans said. “Most of the pay rate increases in categories where we have significant employees are going to be in the 2030 cent-an-hour range,” he said. “These are the rates we go into the market place every year to hire our seasonal employees and our parttime people.”

About 730 part-time staff will feel the 2 percent bump, Evans said. “We hire 700-plus general employees to bring into the city each year,” he said. The pay scale increases will allow the city to maintain its competitiveness when hiring substantial seasonal work forces annually, Evans said. “I thought this was a good time to look at this so we don’t inadvertently fall behind in the marketplace,” he said. Evans noted the importance of appropriate compensation for recruiting seasonal police officers, surf rescue technicians as well as bus and solid waste drivers. “We’ve had challenges,” he said. “It’s not as if we’re able to hire these people … and give them pay raises periodically.”

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Security bollards to be installed at SDHS entrance Harkins Concrete to donate labor, county to buy posts

By Brian Gilliland Associate Editor (March 9, 2018) Among the items discussed by the Worcester County Commissioners and Sheriff Reggie Mason at a rare mid-meeting closed session two weeks ago was an older idea that had never been implemented: placing bollards at the entrance of Stephen Decatur High School. Commissioner Jim Bunting, at the end of Tuesday’s regular meeting, said he investigated the idea and had a proposal for the board to consider. Bunting said he contacted Harkins Concrete Construction in Salisbury and asked if it would donate the labor and concrete if the county paid for the bollards. A bollard is a short, thick post used to divert traffic. Bunting said the donation amount is in the neighborhood of $5,000$10,000, and the posts would cost about $4,000-$4,500, but made a motion to fund the purchase with a not-to-exceed amount of $5,000. The commissioners unanimously agreed to the idea. “It’s about being proactive rather than reactive,” Bunting said. Construction is expected to begin soon, and consist of two phases. Bunting said half would be done now, and the other half would be finished once summer vacation begins. Bunting said the schools would choose the type of bollards to be installed, adding there are many styles and could even be painted in the school colors. Commissioner Bud Church commended Bunting for investigating the idea, and called it “a hazard we overlooked.” A requisition for an additional Sheriff’s deputy with school security responsibilities was also posted following the closed-doors meeting two weeks ago.

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Towns, OPA present county budget requests OC to appear in two weeks, ahead of response to suit over tax differential demand

By Brian Gilliland Associate Editor (March 9, 2018) Though Ocean City’s turn at the dais will come in two weeks because Mayor Rick Meehan was in Annapolis testifying about wind turbines, the remaining Worcester County municipalities and the Ocean Pines Association made their annual budget requests of county government this week. For the past few years, Meehan would come to the county commissioners and ask for a tax differential for replicated services between the resort and county. The county has not granted this request, and instead has treated it like the other munici-


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palities by providing an unrestricted grant, basically a lump sum payment, in lieu of other methods of payment. In January, the Ocean City Council filed suit against the county seeking a judge’s opinion on whether the resort is entitled to seek the differential, while the county has yet to reply. The reply is due after Meehan’s presentation, on March 26, though the county could file it earlier. The commissioners did not offer comment on the requests it did hear, and took no formal action. County budget hearings begin next month. Starting with Pocomoke City, the commissioners then heard from Snow Hill, Berlin and the Ocean Pines Association. According to OPA General Manager John Bailey, the association has the greatest concentration of people

in the county, but requests the fewest dollars from it on a per capita basis. In total, the association is seeking about $170,000 more than it received last year, contained, mostly, in three areas: public safety, tourism and roads, bridges and drainage. In new money, the association is seeking $100,000 for assorted roadwork. Bailey asked for $30,000 more for recreation, $15,000 more for Ocean Pines’ July 4 celebration and a $35,000 bump to police aid. Since the OPA is a homeowners’ association and not a municipality, it does not get the unrestricted grant other towns in Worcester do and it’s funded by an association assessment levied on its membership. The basic annual assessment increased $30 this year, to $951, while waterfront lot owners pay extra. All of the municipalities asked for

flat funding of their restricted grants, but if extra money could be found, they also all said they would gladly accept it. The county seat of Snow Hill’s request increased by the second largest amount at about $123,000, most of which is in a request to increase the amount the town receives in lieu of taxes on county-owned property in the town. Worcester County paid Snow Hill $150,000 on this last year, but Mayor Charlie Dorman said the real number is closer to $320,000, which is what would have been paid in taxes if the properties weren’t county-owned. Various small increases and decreases in other areas makes the net increase of $123,000 in the town’s request. The property tax rate in Snow Hill is 86 cents per $100 of assessed See OP Page 18


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Plane crashes off OC coast, Heroin dealer to one body found, one missing serve five years Plane fails to return home after touch-and-go landings performed at OC airport By Brian Gilliland Associate Editor (March 9, 2018) Search and rescue teams recovered debris and the body of one victim from a single engine, four-passenger plane that crashed in the ocean and was found about five miles from the Ocean City airport late last week. A cause for the crash has not yet been determined. Officials have not directly stated how many people were onboard the Cessna 172 at the time of the incident, but the Coast Guard released two names of missing persons: Marcson Nwga and Benica Richard Robinson. The body of a male, believed to be the pilot, was recovered several hours after the initial report and sent to Baltimore for autopsy. Ngwa has not been directly identified as the pilot, though his social media presence indicates an affinity for flying. Weather has delayed continuing search efforts, with operations expected to resume on Thursday or Friday, according to the state police, who are now handling the matter in conjunction with the Natural Re-

sources Police. According to a Coast Guard spokesman, its involvement began and ended last Thursday. The plane had last been seen perMarcson Ngwa forming touch-andgo landings at the Ocean City Airport last Wednesday evening. Shortly after 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 1, federal officials notified the Benica Robinson Maryland State Police Special Operations Division that an aircraft left Martin State Airport in Middle River, Maryland en route to Ocean City and had not yet returned. It also was not transmitting its locator beacon. At 11:30 a.m., an oil slick and some debris believed to be part of the airplane was found in the ocean about a mile and a half from the airport by Civil Air Patrol personnel and the MSP Trooper 4 helicopter, near the Ocean City Inlet. A Natural Resources Police dive team located additional debris in the area, believed to have come from an aircraft. Using the oil slick and small debris field as a search hub, rescue personnel began a wider search of the area. Shortly before 5 p.m. on Thursday, according to the state police, another debris field was found about 5 miles from the oil slick by a contingent of Coast Guard, Maryland State Police, Natural Resources Police personnel performing side-scanning operations in the ocean. The aircraft, described as “severely deteriorated,” was found in this debris field, along with the body of one of the plane’s occupants. Search operations concluded at 6 p.m. that evening, before a nor’easter with high winds struck the area and made continued operations impossible.

By Brian Gilliland Associate Editor (March 9, 2018) Socrates Pikounis, 53, of Bishopville, Maryland pleaded guilty to two felony and two misdemeanor charges out of a total of 16 drug, weapon and child endangerment charges and was sentenced to five years in prison in Worcester County Circuit Court late last week. The sentences will run concurrently, InS. Pikounis terim State’s Attorney Bill McDermott said. Pikounis pleaded to two counts of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and a weapons charge. The heroin convictions carry a sentence of 10 years each, but were reduced to five years each by the judge, and the misdemeanors are worth 18 months each. Prosecutors declined to pursue the other charges. Pikounis’ estranged wife Brenda, 55, was convicted in December of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and neighborhood nuisance charges and sentenced to six months in jail. During trial, her operation was described as an underground pot dispensary. Police stopped Socrates Pikounis on Aug. 9 near the junction of Route 113 and Route 90 just north of Berlin and discovered a baggie of suspected heroin in the car’s center console. He was immediately arrested, and police reported Socrates admitted to distributing heroin countywide during questioning. After his arrest, police executed search warrants on his home in Bishopville as well as a storage unit. It was there the activities attributed to Brenda were discovered. Police found more than 80 mason jars containing an ounce of marijuana each, careful records of customer interactions plus cannabis edibles and concentrated THC wax among the contraband. According to prosecutors, Brenda Pikounis would import product from California, have it shipped to New Jersey for processing and then drive it back to Maryland. Police began investigating Socrates Pikounis in 2016, after an Ocean City resident tipped them off to his activities.

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Maintenance of effort not enough this year Schools need more than state mandated minimum to fund salaries, programs

By Brian Gilliland Associate Editor and By Kara Hallissey Staff Writer (March 9, 2018) Ahead of the formal delivery of the proposed Worcester County Board of Education fiscal year 2019 budget to the county, expected on April 3, Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor delivered two notices to the county commissioners this week, both of which were ac-

cepted. In the first, Taylor states the schools’ new budget does not contain any items that are non-recurring costs, which are generally described as unusual charges, expenses or losses from a business. The second is the maintenance-ofeffort calculation. By state law, counties are not allowed to spend less on schools than they did during the previous year. This stops counties from balancing their budgets by slashing education funding. Taylor said the maintenance of effort total for fiscal 2019 would require an increase of about $1.25 million to

the $108 million spending proposal. “As we have discussed, funding at this level will not allow the board of education to provide salary increases and maintain existing instructional programs,” Taylor wrote in a letter to the county dated Feb. 27. Neither Taylor nor any board of education staff was present at the time. The budget includes more than $1.6 million in employee salary increases, which include step increases on employee pay scales and cost-ofliving adjustments. The commissioners have also asked school system officials to con-

tribute to post-employment pensions this year. To make this happen, school officials have transferred $75,000 from instructional salary retirements. County appropriations make up more than 81 percent of the budget and Worcester County schools will receive more than $19 million in state aid this year, which is a $33,367 increase from 2018. In addition, the budget shows an estimated 5 percent increase in insurance costs, $129,586 is estimated on payroll taxes from the salary increase and a $37,931 increase in retirement expenses.

OP wants more money, Pocomoke wants less county code rather than the whim of the county commissioners, accounts for the change. Berlin’s property tax rate in 2017 was 68 cents per $100 of assessed value, and its constant yield rate for this year is 66.15 cents per $100 of assessed value. Pocomoke City’s request actually decreased a bit from last year, coming in about $6,000 less than it received last year. Pocomoke City and Snow hill both got money from the county to update police radios, and

while Snow Hill didn’t ask to retain that money, Pocomoke did, but wanted to put the money to a different use. City Manager Bobby Cowger said he would like to use the $55,000 for radios the town received last year to help fund the replacement of water pipes in town that have been delivering foul-smelling and sedimentladen water to Pocomoke Heights residences for decades. The decrease can be attributed to a small loss in the town’s ambulance

grant, which was increased back in fiscal 2016. Pocomoke City’s tax structure is unique in Worcester, as it sets two rates: one for owner-occupied homes and another for non-owner occupied. Owner occupied rates are 93.17 cents per $100 of assessed value in 2017, and the constant yield rate this year is 93.15 cents. For non-owner occupied properties, the 2017 rate is $1.13 per $100 of assessed value, while the constant yield rate fell to $1.12 per $100 of assessed value.

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Continued from Page 15 value, and this year’s constant yield rate — the amount the town could charge to bring in the same amount of taxes as it had last year — is slightly lower at about 84.6 cents per $100 of assessed value. The Town of Berlin is seeking basically flat funding, with a total increase of about $32,000 over what it received from the county last year. Only small amounts of money were increased or decreased in various areas, some controlled by state or



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Germany incorporates Austria in Third Reich

By Peter Ayers Wimbrow III Contributing Writer (March 9, 2018) This week, 80 years ago, the Anschluss between Austria and the German Reich was effected. Anschluss is a German word meaning “link up” or “union.” In the case of the history books, it means the incorporation of Austria into the Third Reich. For over a century, such unification had been discussed by many and sought by some. However, while the Austrian Empire was linked to the nonGerman kingdoms of Hungary, Bo-

hemia, Moravia, and Croatia in the Dual Monarchy, it was never going to happen. In the Dual Monarchy, the Austrian emperor was also the King of Hungary. He also wore the crowns of Bohemia, Moravia, and Croatia. The Germans did not want non-Germans in their country! But when the Treaty of St. Germain, imposed upon Austria after The Great War, and the Treaty of Trianon, imposed upon Hungary, broke the bonds of The Dual Monarchy, and stripped the non-Germanic lands and peoples

from Austria, further impetus was given to a union. Even further impetus was given when an Austrian became chancellor, and later Führer, of the new German Reich. By the time of the Anschluss, 80 years ago, the government of Austria had evolved into a Fascist state, although the Austrian Nazi party had been banned. As a result of the banning, Austrian Chancellor Ingleburt Dollfuss was assassinated a year later by Austrian Nazis. He was succeeded by Kurt

Schuschnigg. At a Feb. 12, 1938 meeting at Hitler’s vacation home, the Berghof, in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, the German chancellor instructed the Austrian chancellor to lift the ban on the Austrian Nazi party, release its members from prison, and allow Nazi participation in the Austrian government. The previous month, the German chancellor had successfully demanded removal of the chief-of-staff of the Austrian army, Alfred Jansa, because he and the Austrian staff were developing a plan for the defense of Austria in the

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event of a German attack. Following that meeting, the Austrian chancellor appointed Nazis Arthur Seyss-Inquart and Edmund von Glaise-Horstenau as interior minister and minister without portfolio, respectively. On March 9, 1938, the Austrian chancellor announced, at a speech in Innsbruck, a plebiscite on the issue of Austrian independence, to be held on March 13. The next day, Hitler ordered the Wehrmacht to mobilize on the Austrian border. Schuschnigg tried to rig the election by setting the minimum voting age at 24, because most of the country’s youth supported the Nazis. Meanwhile, the German Ministry of Propaganda falsely reported that riots had broken out in Austria, and that many Austrians were calling for German troops to restore order. The German chancellor on March 11 demanded that the Austrian chancellor hand over all power to the Austrian Nazi Party. That night, rather than comply, Chancellor Schuschnigg resigned. Austrian President Wilhelm Miklas refused to appoint a Nazi government. Therefore, a planned telegram, requesting German troops to restore order, could not be sent in the name of the Austrian government. Finally, the Germans created their own telegram, requesting their assistance, and sent it to themselves! Ultimately, the Austrian president succumbed to the pressure and appointed Herr Seyss-Inquart as chancellor around midnight on March 11. The new Austrian chancellor then requested that Germany send troops — which were already on their way — because the, “Socialists were arming!” More “Fake News!” The following morning, troops of the German Wehrmacht crossed the border into Austria, where they were greeted by throngs of cheering Austrians. Planes of the Luftwaffe dropped leaflets on Vienna that said, “Nationalist Social Germany greets its possession National Socialist Austria and its new government in true indivisible union.” In the afternoon, the German chancellor entered Austria at Braunau, his birthplace. He arrived at Linz in the evening and was enthusiastically welcomed at City Hall. Because the “invading” German soldiers were greeted so enthusiastically by the Austrians, the event was called Blumenkrieg — “War of Flowers.” Not one shot was fired. (Lucky for the Germans, because many of their vehicles suffered embarrassing mechanical breakdowns). On March 13, 1938, the Austrian Parliament approved the Anschluss, subject to ratification by plebiscite. The plebiscite was held on April 10, and received the support of 99.73 percent of the voters. Wilhelm Seyss-Inquart was appointed governor of the province of Ostmark, formerly the independent state of Austria. He also received the honorary rank of Gruppenführer in the SS. A year later, he became minister without portfolio in the Reich’s government. Luftwaffe Field Marshal Hermann

Ocean City Today Göring reported, “There is unbelievable jubilation in Austria. We, ourselves, did not think that sympathies would be so intense.” The German chancellor arrived in Vienna on April 2, 1938, where he was greeted by more than 200,000 Austrians in the Heldenplatz (Hero’s Square). He later commented, “Certain foreign newspapers have said that we fell on Austria with brutal methods. I can only say: even in death they cannot stop lying. I have in the course of my political struggle won much love from my people, but when I crossed the former frontier (into Austria) there met me such a stream of love as I have never experienced. Not as tyrants have we come, but as liberators.” The Anschluss served to further isolate Czechoslovakia, because the German Reich now bordered it on three sides. It also further fueled the desire of the Germans living in the Sudeten area of Czechoslovakia to become part of the

greater German Reich. Overnight, albeit in violation of the treaties of Versailles and St. Germain, the population of the German Reich was increased by 7 million Germanspeaking Austrians. And of these 7 million, the vast majority wanted to be a part of der Führers Reich. They were all German and spoke German, and until World War I, had themselves been part of a great empire. Since that war, Austria had been reduced to a shadow of its former self. It was described by one British historian as a “pathetic relic.” Now, Austrians would be, again, part of a great empire. A greater percentage of Austrians joined the Nazi Party, and associated organizations, such as the SS, than from the rest of the Reich. On May 1, 1938, the Reich began awarding the “Anschluss Medal.” It was awarded to members of the Austrian Nazi Party and others who participated in the Anschluss, as well as members of

PAGE 21 the Wehrmacht and SS. In all, 318,689 medals were awarded. And the butcher’s bill — 380,000 Austrian soldiers dead, 40,000 Austrian civilians dead from enemy bombs or fire, 10,000 Austrian dead during the Soviet “liberation,” 71,000 Austrian Jews and 8,000 Austrian Gypsies murdered, and 40,000 Austrian resistors to the regime executed. Tens of thousands of Austrian women were raped during the Soviet “liberation.” Wilhelm Seyss-Inquart was hung, after being convicted at Nuremberg. Edmund Glaise-Horstenau committed suicide while awaiting trial. Next week: The Fate of Vilnius Mr. Wimbrow writes from Ocean City, Maryland, where he practices law representing those persons accused of criminal and traffic offenses, and those persons who have suffered a personal injury through no fault of their own.


OBITUARIES THOMAS HIRAM COLLINS Sebastian, Florida Thomas Hiram Collins died in his own home peacefully on Feb. 24, 2018 at the age of 69, four weeks before he was to celebrate his 70th birthday. Tommy was born March 27, 1948, soon after the ending of World War II and was Thomas Collins named in honor of his Uncle Hiram, his father’s only brother, lost on Omaha Beach, during the landings of D-Day. Tommy, or “TC” as his friends called, him grew up in Baltimore City and on weekends the family would drive to Ocean City, Maryland to build and develop their beloved Collinwood Cottages and apartments. Tommy learned the building trades during this time period from his father,” Scoop.” He and his family spent every

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Ocean City Today summer in Ocean City, and in the early ‘60s, the family took up permanent residence on 34th Street. At an early age, Tommy’s entrepreneurial spirit began to blossom and he created Tom’s Beach Service and Tom’s vending machines. After graduating from Stephen Decatur High School, Tommy headed off to the University of Maryland School of Business Administration and began his lifelong love of facts and figures, profit and loss statements and balance sheets. He immediately started his formal career, designing and building multiple projects in Ocean City, culminating with the creation of the Barn on 34th Street, a unique structure, with a small footprint and a vast volume. This was the first project named after his fallen Uncle Hiram. He called it Hiram’s General store, which he ran and managed for several years. In the late ‘70s TC moved to Vero Beach, buying his great Uncle Edwin’s and great Aunt Cele’s seaside cottage home. Cele was the sister of his grandmother, Mayne Cullen Collins, whom was the first woman member to the Maryland House of Delegates from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Surely, some of her political expertise passed onto her grandson. From this first little house in Summerplace, TC, along with his wife, Gretchen, started raising their son, Will. With Vero Beach now his permanent home, TC started Collins Companies, developing multiple properties culmi-

nating with a small marina in Sebastian and began developing his lifelong dream, and again, in honor of his fallen uncle he called it Captain Hiram’s, and the rest is history. TC will be remembered as a great father to his son, Will, a wonderful uncle to his niece and nephews, a great cousin to his extended family, a warm and caring brother, but most of all as an all-around fun-loving guy who loved life and lived it to the fullest and was a best friend to many. TC supported many charities and in lieu of flowers, please honor and remember Tom Collins by making memorial contributions to the Veteran’s Council of Indian River County, 1800 27th Street, Vero Beach, Florida 32960. Tom Collins is survived by his son, Will, (Ashleigh and Will’s mother, Gretchen); his brothers, Skip (Pam) and John (Tracey); nephews Gaemus Collins (Tracy and their two children, Ellington and Elisa) and Michael Collins; and niece, April Collins Winterson (Nate and daughter, Mila). A memorial celebration was held on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Capt. Hiram’s Resort in Sebastian Florida, with another service planned for midMay in Ocean City, Maryland. BERNARD R. BURNS Bishopville Bernard (Bernie) R. Burns, 94, of Bishopville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, only 43 days after the passing of his true love, his wife, Patricia J. Burns.

MARCH 9, 2018 He was a resident of the Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Berlin, Maryland for the past 18 months. Born in Baltimore, he was the older of two sons of the late Agnes Bernie Burns Elizabeth Burns. Bernie Burns enjoyed a wonderful life and brought happiness to all who knew him. As a young man, he served time in the Army Air Corp during WWII as he was stationed in New Guinea and Australia. After the war, he returned home to begin his working career with Montgomery Ward on Monroe Street in Baltimore. While working full time, he attended night school at the University of Baltimore where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in business management. He was promoted to surplus sales manager at Montgomery Ward and retired from that position after working there for 40 years Upon his retirement, he spent his last 30 years enjoying life with his wife and family in “The Land of Pleasant Living,” as he often referred to the Ocean City area. His retirement years were spent working on home remodeling projects, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and the Kiwanis Club where he spent many years hosting weekly bingo games for the residents of the Berlin Nursing Home. His hobbies were bowling, playing pinochle, and betting on the ponies at the track with his buddies. He is survived by a devoted stepson, George C. Bilenki and daughter-in-law, Patricia A. Bilenki of Bishopville; one brother, Robert Burns of Florida; three grandchildren, Jonathan M. Bilenki and wife, Shannon Boyd, of Eugene, Oregon, Erin E. and Adam J. Bilenki of Berlin, Maryland; four great-grandchildren, Cara, Trybe, Lotus and Owen George. A Celebration of Life gathering will be announced at a later date. Donations in his name may be made to the Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and Coastal Hospice. Visit to send condolences.


On Jan. 13, 2018 our beloved friend and colleague, John “Kenny” Gregor, left this world. To celebrate his life, and raise funds for his final expenses, a benefit has been set for Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Oasis in Whaleyville. Please join us for a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, music, videos and Kenny Gregor pictures. There will be lots of reminiscing and good times while paying tribute to our dear friend Kenny who left us too soon. For further information, please call Cheryl at 240 375 3497.

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The Mione family, from left, Amber, Angie, Carl, Carl II, Leonardo and Brittany Belash, and Marianne and Anthony Mione, gather for a reenacted photo (see below) for the restaurant’s 20th anniversary in West Ocean City, Tuesday afternoon.


In October of 1998, the Mione family poses for a picture at their new pizza shop in West Ocean City.

Mione’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant celebrate 20 years

By Kara Hallissey Staff Writer (March 9, 2018) Resort mainstay Mione’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant marks two decades of fresh Italian food in West Ocean City on March 12. “We love the people and the people love us,” Anthony Mione said. Mione, founder of the business, came to America from Sicily with his family when he was 15 years old. Growing up in Brooklyn, Mione opened his first business in 1962 and would go on to have seven different pizza shops, mostly in shopping malls, throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware. Mione’s family was an integral part of his success, with his wife, Marianne, and son, Carl, working together in the business. Eventually, Carl’s wife, Angie, would also join the family unit. By the late 1990s, Anthony Mione


Mione’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant owners Gerald Milite, left, and Stan Belash pose for a photo in honor of the restaurant’s 20th anniversary in West Ocean City, Wednesday morning.

sold his pizza shops and moved to the beach to work near the ocean. Mione’s Pizza opened its doors in the Ocean City Factory Outlets on March 12, 1998. The shopping center has since changed hands to Tanger Factory Outlets. “Our kids grew up in the pizza shop,” Angie Mione said. “We love being a family-owned restaurant. There is always one Mione or owner in both restaurants at all times.” Mione’s bestseller is pizza, with more than a dozen varieties available including cheese, stuffed pasta, barbecue chicken, steak, white, Sicilian, Hawaiian, Chicago, veggie, and chicken, bacon and ranch. “We created all kinds of different concoctions to please customers,” Brittany Mione, Carl and Angie’s oldest daughter, said. In addition to pizza, customers can

also order strombolis, hot and cold subs, salads and a number of specialty Italian platters including spaghetti, stuffed shells, baked manicotti, lasagna, cheese ravioli, baked ziti, veal and chicken parmesan. “We make everything with fresh ingredients and love,” Carl Mione said. On May 19, 2015, Mione’s Pizza opened its second location on 67th Street in Ocean City. “We treat our customers like our family,” Angie Mione said. “All the food is made with the good stuff and we serve food we want to eat.” On Saturday, March 24, Mione’s Pizza in West Ocean City will celebrate its anniversary with 20 percent off menu items in addition to two slices of pizza and a soda for $5.25. Another part of Mione’s success is See MIONE’S Page 26

By Lauren Bunting Contributing Writer (March 9, 2018) In addition to lowmoney-down loans, such as FHA (3.5 percent down loan) and the USDA (100 percent financing loan), Maryland buyers can look to the State of Maryland, which offers many products to help achieve the dream of homeownership. The Maryland Mortgage Program (MMP) offers a range of programs that make purchasing and owning a home more affordable. There are three types of 30-year, fixed-interest home loan programs available to eligible homebuyers. Grant-assist and loan-assist programs offer upfront financial assistance for down payment and closing costs to help homebuyers meet home purchase requirements. Rate-assist programs provide low interest rate options that lower monthly repayments over the life of the loan. Maryland Mortgage Loan Assist: 30year, fixed-rate home loan products  providing up to $5,000 in down payment and closing costs in the form of a no-interest, deferred loan. Homebuyers who use one of the loanassist products receive a combination of upfront financial assistance and low interest rates, making homeownership affordable aat the time of purchase and during the years ahead. Down payment and closing cost assistance is provided in the form of an additional no-interest, deferred loan. No repayments are required on this second loan through the life of the loan, and interest does not accumulate, meaning repayment done is in with the exact amount borrowed, even 30 years later. Maryland Mortgage  Grant Assist: 30-year, fixed-rate home loan products providing grant funding that can be used for down payment or applied to closing costs. Grants do not need to be repaid. There is a 4 percent grant assist and a 6 percent opportunity grant available. Maryland Mortgage Rate Assist: 30year, fixed-rate home loan products with MMP’s lowest available interest rate. Down payment and closing cost assistance are not available from MMP with these products, however some special initiatives combine rate assist products with third party funds. Maryland Preferred Rate offers the lowest possible interest rate on a 30See PROGRAMS Page 26

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Mione’s marks 20 years in biz Continued from Page 25 the customers, who have been coming to the pizza shop for the last 20 years. “We have customers who brought their dates here and now they are

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(March 9, 2018) Coastal Hospice announces its new board of directors for 2018, including three new members. For a second year, Michael P. Dunn continues in the chair position, and Stephen R. Farrow as vice chair. Lorie Phillips continues as treasurer and Alane Capen as president. Michael Schrader becomes the new member-at-large, and Byron D. Braniff moves into the secretary position. Returning board members are Colleen “Cam” Bunting, Roger L. Harrell, Madalaine L. How, Richard M. Laws, Barbara C. Long, Robert M. Purcell and Anthony Sarbanes. New members of the board are David “Buddy” A. Dykes, Wiltssy Payero and Margaret Whitten. Dykes is a graduate of James. M. Bennett High School and a board member of the Ocean City Development Corporation. A resident of Dagsboro, he is a sales representative with Doodle Designs and Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate. Payero, a resident of Salisbury, is a graduate of Lebanon High School and Oakland City University. She is the Learning & Development manager at Perdue Farms and also volunteers for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Habitat

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Whitten is a graduate of North Dorchester High School and Salisbury University. A resident of East New Market, she works in customer service for Whitten Insurance in Buddy Dykes Cambridge and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce. Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit health care organization that cares M. Whitten for individuals facing life-limiting conditions but who want to remain as active and engaged as possible. Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their home, nursing home, assisted living faWiltssy Payero cility or at Coastal Hospice at the Lake, and serves Somerset, Dorchester, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

Two local insurance agencies merge to offer more carriers (March 9, 2018) Two local insurance agencies, Insurance Management Group, Inc. and Associated Insurance Centers LLC, have merged to provide clients with more carriers, more insurance professionals and more choices. The combined agency will be a part of the NFP P&C network of agencies that delivers insurance solutions to more than 150,000 clients across the country and in six international offices. Associated Insurance Centers’ Ocean Location at 12445 Ocean Gateway #9 will move its staff and operations into IMG’s offices on Route 50 and on 77th Street. “Business will operate as usual in our same locations and our clients will still be working with the same great staff,” Reese Cropper, founder and president of IMG, said. “We welcome the opportunity to combine forces with the talented team of insurance advisors at IMG,” Mike Wheaton, vice president of AIC,

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RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION OF MARYLAND STARS OF THE INDUSTRY AWARD FINALISTS MARYLAND'S CHEF OF THE YEAR: 1. George Batlas – Manor Tavern 2. Rashad Edwards - George Martin Group 3. Jon Kohler - Pairings Bistro 4. Enzo Livia - Il Pizzico 5. Julian Marucci - Tagliata CRAFT BREW PROGRAM OF THE YEAR: 1. The Ale House- Columbia 2. The Brass Tap at the Fitzgerald Baltimore 3. Pizzeria Paradiso - Hyattsville 4. Wet City - Baltimore 5. White Rabbit Gastropub - Frederick MARYLAND'S FAVORITE NEW RESTAURANT: 1. Ekiben - Baltimore 2. The Elephant - Baltimore 3. Heritage 485 - Prince Frederick 4. Medium Rare - Bethesda 5. The Turn House - Columbia MARYLAND'S FAVORITE RESTAURANT: 1. Lewnes' Steak House - Annapolis 2. The Prime Rib - Baltimore 3. Stanford Grill - Columbia 4. Sunset Grille - Ocean City 5. Woodmont Grill - Bethesda MARYLAND'S FAVORITE BAR OR TAVERN: 1. Cancun Cantina - Hanover 2. Dock Street Bar & Grill - Annapolis 3. The Horse You Came In On - Baltimore 4. Looney's Pub - Bel Air

5. Upper Deck Sports Bar and Grill Mt. Airy HEART OF THE INDUSTRY: 1. Boris Bobrov (Server) - AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar 2. Brian Cieslak (Sous Chef) - Preserve 3. Ryan Galliant (Bar Manager) Hudson Coastal RAM ALLIED MEMBER OF THE YEAR: 1. Acme Paper & Supply Co., Inc. represented by Andy Attman 2. Heartland Payment Systems represented by Chrissy Mayhew 3. Prime Souce Purchasing, Inc. represented by Bessie Marino 4. The Schmid-Wilson Group - represented by Rob Schmid 5. UnitedHealth Group - represented by Kimberlee Vandervoorn RAM RESTAURATEUR OF THE YEAR: 1. Kyle Algaze - Iron Rooster 2. Bob Giaimo - Silver Diner 3. Mike Isabella - Mike Isabella Concepts 4. Charles Levine - Citron 5. Jay Taustin - The Embers Restaurant/BLU Crabhouse & Raw Bar OCEAN CITY'S FAVORITE BOARDWALK TREAT: 1. Dumser's Dairyland 2. Fisher's Popcorn 3. Kohr Brothers Frozen Custard 4. Thrasher's French Fries 5. The Wrapper

OCEAN CITY'S FAVORITE CRAB HOUSE: 1. BLU Crabhouse & Raw Bar 2. Crab Alley Restaurant & Seafood Market 3. The Crab Bag 4. Hooper's Crab House 5. Phillips Crab House OCEAN CITY'S FAVORITE NEW RESTAURANT: 1. Braddah Barney's 2. Dry Dock 28 3. Northside Pit & Pub 4. Rare & Rye 5. Shotti's Point BRICE & SHIRLEY PHILLIPS LIFETIME INDUSTRY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Susan Jones – Ocean City HotelMotel-Restaurant Association MARYLAND HOSPITALITY HALL OF HONOR: 1. Harrison Group - Ocean City 2. Waterman's Seafood Co. - Berlin 3. Ocean Odyssey - Cambridge 4. Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel - Ocean City 5. Market Street Inn - Salisbury 6. DaVinci's by the Sea - Ocean City 7. Macky's Bayside Bar & Grill Ocean City 8. Annie's Paramount Steak & Seafood House - Grasonville CORNERSTONE OF THE INDUSTRY AWARD: 1. Blackwall Hitch - Annapolis 2. Cafe Mezzanotte - Severna Park 3. Glory Days Grill - Statewide 4. Tino's Italian Bistro - Columbia

Voting now open for Stars of the Industry Awards Dining public can select favorite restaurants, bars

By Kara Hallissey Staff Writer (March 9, 2018) The dining public can vote for their favorite bars and restaurants in 11 categories until Wednesday, March 28, through the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s 64th annual Stars of the Industry Awards, which recognizes the best establishments in the state. Patrons can vote for their favorite restaurants and bars online at or on the Maryland Restaurant Awards Facebook page, Sunset Grille in West Ocean City is vying for Favorite Restaurant and Jay Taustin, owner of Embers, BLU Crabhouse & Raw Bar and Captain’s Galley, is up for Restaurateur of the Year. “Every vote counts toward ensuring that your favorite finalists get a much deserving win,” said Kim Schlosser, communications and events manager for the Restaurant Association of Maryland. “Keep in mind that there are two voting methods. Our online voting platform as well as ‘liking’ your favorite’s official photo on the RAM See WINNERS Page 28

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Winners announced in Ocean City this year Continued from Page 27 Facebook page.” The Harrison Group, Waterman's Seafood Company, the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel, DaVinci's by the Sea and Macky's Bayside Bar & Grill will all be inducted into the Maryland Hospitality Hall of Honor. Since the gala is taking place in Ocean City for the first time, there are also three new resort-only categories: Favorite New Restaurant, Favorite Crab House and Favorite Boardwalk Treat including staples such as Dumser's Dairyland, Phillips Crab House, Thrasher's French Fries, Fisher's Popcorn, the Crab Bag, the Wrapper and BLU Crabhouse & Raw Bar. In addition, new Ocean City restaurants such as Dry Dock 28, Rare & Rye and Shotti’s Point are competing for honors. “The finalists with the highest total number of votes combined from both voting methods will win,” Schlosser said. “We had over 20,000 votes last year and are hoping for even more participation this year.” Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, will receive the Brice and Shirley Phillips Lifetime Industry Achievement Award. “I am thrilled and quite excited,” Jones said. “In fact, I teared up and found out right before the trade show

ended. People don’t normally get me by surprise, being I am such a planner.” Jones said she was elated and honored to receive an award in Brice and Shirley Phillips’ name. “Brice and Shirley were amazing people and have done so much for Ocean City and the state,” Jones said. Buddy Trala, owner of Sunset Grille, credits the hard work of his managers, kitchen and floor staff for the Favorite Restaurant accolades. The West Ocean City establishment took home the award in 2011. “It is great and I am happy,” Trala said. “We’ve had the same chef and sous chef since [Sunset Grille opened in 2004]. We would be the only ones to win the award twice. It is great for Ocean City and we are lucky to be here. There are some great finalists in other categories too. Ocean City is the best town in Maryland.” Taustin, who is vying for Restaurateur of the Year, has been vacationing in Ocean City since he was a little kid. At 16 years old, he started working in restaurants washing dishes and bussing tables before moving to the resort full time at 21 years old. “I’ve been working in the industry for 49 years,” Taustin said. “It has been neat. I’ve been getting phone calls and messages from people I have not spoken to in a long time. Vote for me.” Winners will be announced on Sun-

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OP Chamber of Commerce to host business expo, Thurs. (March 9, 2018) The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce will hold the eighth annual Chamber Business Expo on Thursday, March 15 from 4-7 p.m. at the new event space at Ocean Downs Casino. Ocean Downs is the title and event sponsor of the expo. All Worcester County businesspeople (employers and employees) are invited to attend and display. Last year more than 35 exhibitors displayed goods and services with creative and interactive exhibits in a wide range of interests, including business products, home improvements, social media, health care, education, finance, insurance, travel, beauty, massage, and promotional products.

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Clapsadle second in 106-lb. division, Bourne 4th at 220


Members of the Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team celebrate winning their third consecutive 3A East Region championship title after defeating Centennial, 60-51, last Saturday in Berlin.

Decatur captures third consecutive 3A East Reg. title

By Lisa Capitelli Managing Editor (March 9, 2018) When you want something bad enough, you’ll do whatever it takes to get it. Stephen Decatur senior captain Kevon Voyles was hungry for a third regional basketball title and he led his team to the championship, scoring 38 of the Seahawks’ 60 points during last Saturday’s game against the Centennial Eagles in Berlin. “I took it on my shoulders, because it’s my time,” Voyles said after Decatur’s 60-51 victory in the 3A East Region championship match. “It’s really exciting. It’s emotional because all this hard work, and I told coach at the beginning of the year that everybody was doubting us that we couldn’t make it and we did, we pulled through. I’m speechless.” Decatur led 16-7 at the end of the first quarter. At halftime, the home team was ahead 29-17. Centennial chipped away at Decatur’s advantage in the third and tied it up, 31-31, with about three minutes remaining in the quarter. Tied 33-33, Voyles scored twice and at the end of the third quarter, the Seahawks were on top 37-33. Decatur held a slight advantage

All Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team members and coaches take turns cutting a piece off one of the nets after capturing their third consecutive 3A East Region championship last Saturday in Berlin. Head Coach BJ Johnson cut the final piece as he holds up three fingers symbolizing the team’s three-peat as regional champs. LISA CAPITELLI/ OCEAN CITY TODAY

early in the fourth quarter, but two three-pointers by Voyles helped extend the home team’s lead to 49-43 with 2:55 to play. He tallied 16 of Decatur’s 23 points in the fourth quarter. “I thought the first half we were tremendous,” Decatur Coach BJ Johnson said. “We took a little bit of a hit in the second half. Thank God for Kevon Voyles. He showed why he’s the player of the year and he just led us.” The Seahawks were presented the 3A East Region championship plaque following the game and held it high

for the crowd to see. Players and coaches also took turns cutting down one of the basketball nets. “I’m just so happy that we won the region. I’m just happy for the kids,” Johnson said. “They come [into preseason] in November, they work extremely hard and this is our goal. I can’t be more proud of our kids.” Decatur was scheduled to face Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in the 3A state tournament semifinals, Thursday, at University of Maryland College Park Xfinity Center. See DECATUR Page 30

By Lisa Capitelli Managing Editor (Match 9, 2018) Three Stephen Decatur wrestlers competed in the 4A/3A state championship Saturday and Monday at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and two took home medals. “The longer you coach the more you realize that it’s difficult to place, and it’s really hard to win it,” Decatur Coach Todd Martinek said. “You have to wrestle a flawless tournament. I’m happy with the way we wrestled.” Sophomore captain Jagger Clapsadle finished in second place in the 106-pound weight class. He pinned his first opponent in 48 seconds. Clapsadle earned technicalfall victories over his next two opponents. “I wrestled really well. I just think I was on a different level than those guys,” Clapsadle said. “I think the extra work I put in paid off.” In the finals on Monday, he met Yonas Harris of Northwest High School. Clapsadle led 3-0 in the first period, then Harris tied it in the second. Trailing 5-3, Clapsadle got a takedown to tie the score 5-5 late in the third period. He lost 7-5 in overtime. Clapsadle said he had a game plan and stuck with it. “I scored a bunch of points in the beginning and then he came back,” he said. “Obviously it was not what I was going for. It was a heartbreaking loss.” Despite losing in the finals, Clapsadle said it was a good accomplishment to qualify for the tournament and take second. “It was a senior versus a sophomore. He’ll have a couple more shots at it,” Martinek said. “He shouldn’t be disappointed with second.” Clapsadle finished his first season competing for Decatur with a 28-5 record. He won both Bayside Conference and 4A/3A East Region titles. “My first season went really well. There were some tough losses, but I think I peaked at the right time,” he said. Clapsadle said he is looking forward to next season and returning to the state championship meet. “I think we’re going to have a talented wrestling room next year,” he said. Senior captain Caleb Bourne came in fourth place in the 220-pound weight class. “I didn’t do as good as I expected See BOURNE Page 30

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Stephen Decatur senior captain Caleb Bourne, front row, center, earned his 100th career win last Saturday, during the second round of the 4A/3A state wrestling tournament at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Between Saturday and Monday, about 40 members of his family were on hand to watch him compete. He finished fourth overall in the 220-pound weight class. His teammate, sophomore captain Jagger Clapsadle, came in second place in the 106-pound division.

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Continued from Page 29 to do. I had the hard side of the bracket,” Bourne said. “I wrestled a lot of good defensive wrestlers. I attack and attack and they waited for me to make a mistake and took advantage.” “A lot of the coaches were saying that 220 was the toughest weight class,” Martinek said. “There were very few with undefeated kids and his weight class had three.” Bourne, who was 29-0 going into the tournament, pinned his first two opponents. His second pin was extra special as it earned Bourne his 100th career victory. A number of his family members were in attendance to see him get his 100th win, which was also announced over the loud speaker. “That was exciting. Everyone was going crazy,” he said. “It was fun.” He lost 10-8 in the semifinals Saturday night. Trailing 7-1 in the first period, Bourne fought back and with about a minute left in the match he was down 10-8. Bourne tried to turn his opponent but he flattened out, making that task impossible. “It wasn’t the best feeling. It was a tough loss,” he said, knowing he would not compete for a state title. Shortly after, Bourne competed in the consolation semifinals and won,

pinning his opponent in one minute. He returned to the mat on Monday for his third/fourth-place match. Bourne was pinned and finished in fourth place. “It was more sad for me not because I lost, but it was my last high school match,” he said. Despite not winning a state title, Bourne was happy to earn a medal. He said he has come a long way since stepping on the mat as a freshman. He finished the season with a 32-2 record and 101 career wins overall. Bourne is the 18th Decatur wrestler in program history to earn 100 wins. He captured both Bayside Conference and regional titles this year. Bourne also became the first wrestler from the school since 2012 to win a War on the Shore tournament title. “This year I busted my way through the season,” he said. His four years competing for Decatur went fast, he said. “You’ve got to cherish all the little moments, because it goes by so fast,” Bourne said. Senior captain Jeremy Danner also competed in the state tournament. “I could have done better, but overall I feel like I did my best,” he said. “I managed to get two wins.” He lost by technical fall in the first

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round of the 126-pound division, but bounced back with a pin in consolation round 1. He took his opponent down in 20 seconds – the fastest pin of the state tournament. “I was going for a takedown and he was slouching and his head was hanging … I cradled him and then stuck him,” Danner said. “It was a great feeling to get on and off the mat so quickly.” He won in a ultimate tiebreaker in the next round. “That match was difficult. He was strong with a low center of gravity,” he said. “I had to get lower and fight.” Tied 5-5, the match went into overtime. When Martinek suggested he start in neutral position, Danner “told him I feel like I got this on bottom.” He pulled out a five-point move – two reversal and three back – to win. “It was super thrilling to be able to do that against a kid who was seeded. It was an honor to go into triple overSee DANNER Page 31

Decatur hopes to play for state title Continued from Page 29 “If we can defend and rebound we’ll have as good a chance as anybody,” Johnson said. The winner will battle either Milford Mill or Thomas Johnson, who also went head-to-head yesterday, in the state championship game on Sat-

urday at 3 p.m. at the Xfinity Center. When Decatur and Polytechnic competed against each other last year in the state semifinal round, Polytechnic won 74-44. The squad went on to capture the Maryland 3A championship. “This has been our goal every year

to compete for a state championship,” Voyles said last Saturday. “I came here for a reason my sophomore year and I feel like my purpose is to fulfill it and go get the state championship. I told my coach when I came here I’m going to give him one, and I’m going to give him one.”

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Danner performs well at state meet Continued from Page 30 time with him,” he said. “It took a lot of heart, a lot of passion, a lot of drive to keep going. I knew it might be my last match.” He lost his next match 7-0 and was eliminated from the tournament. “Jeremy wrestled a great tournament. One twenty-six was a tough weight class,” Martinek said. “Overall, even in his loses, he wrestled tough.” Danner broke his hand toward the end of the season last year, so to come back this season and go 24-10 overall

and qualify for the state meet was a big accomplishment, he said. Improving each year, Danner said it has been an honor to be around great coaches and teammates and “be able to wrestle with some of the greatest kids in the Bayside.” Decatur finished the season with a 13-1 record. The Seahawks came in second place in the Bayside Conference championship meet, two points behind North Caroline. Martinek praised his assistant coaches. They “worked hard and always do a great job,” he said.

“I was very happy with the season. I thought it would be a down year,” Martinek said. “I didn’t know how well some kids would do. They exceeded expectations. They put a lot of work in.” The team will graduate five starters. Although the seniors will be missed, Martinek thinks the team will be strong next season. “We have some great freshmen coming in,” he said. “We have a great core coming back and with the addition of the freshmen, I think we’re going to be good next year.”

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‘That basketball thing in March’ this Sunday

By Kara Hallissey Staff Writer (March 9, 2018) Free-throw shooters representing local restaurants and bars will compete during Seacrets’ annual “That basketball thing in March” contest this Sunday, March 11, at the 49th Street venue. The doors will open at 5 p.m. for the ninth annual event, with tip-off at 6 p.m. inside Morley Hall. The event is expected to finish around 9:30 p.m. During the single-elimination tournament, pairs will go head-to-head with each person shooting 10 free throws. The winner will advance to the next round until one person has out-shot all of the competition. “We will be playing the NCAA basketball tournament and there will be food and drink specials,” said Ray Jackson Jr., assistant general manager of Seacrets and co-organizer of the tourna-

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Those interested in competing must register in advance by emailing “We are always looking for new restaurants and bars to be represented,” Jackson said. The winner of the tournament will be presented with a trophy to be displayed in their place of business for the entire year. The best free-throw shooter will receive a prize basket filled with a Seacrets gold card and products and apparel, in addition to gifts from other local restaurants including Burley Oak, Bull on the Beach, and Ember’s. Although admission is free, attendees are asked to bring canned food donations for Diakonia in West Ocean City,

which provides food and housing to those in need. There will also be a 50/50 raffle to benefit the local nonprofit. “This is a way for employees and managers to meet other people in the same field,” Jackson said. “It is hard to get everyone at the same place at the same time. You can meet new people and get to know what they do and where they work.” The contest began in 2010 when two managers at Seacrets wanted to start an event that brought all the bars in Ocean City together. There will be “full-court” food and drinks specials offered throughout the event. For more information, call Seacrets at 410-524-4900.

St. Patrick’s indoor soccer tourney

By Kara Hallissey Staff Writer (March 9, 2018) On Saturday and Sunday, spectators can catch a free game during the 30th annual St. Patrick’s indoor soccer tournament at Northside Park on 125th Street. Play begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, and continues until about 8:45 p.m., with two pool-play games, followed by a single-elimination tournament. There are 28 girls’ and boys’ teams competing in two divisions: under 10 and under 14. On Sunday, the tournament starts at 9 a.m. and will finish up around 3 p.m. Teams are guaranteed three games with at least one game in a playoff bracket during the single-elimination

tournament and teams play until they lose. “The competition is always good and a lot of these teams have made it a tradition to come down and compete,” tournament director Kim Kinsey said. The first tournament took place Feb. 23-25 with under-18 girls’ and boys’ divisions, in addition to an adult tournament consisting of six-on-six play, with the requirement of at least two female players on each team. Eighteen girls’ and boys’ teams and nine adult teams competed in the tournament. Last weekend, there were 28 girls’ and boys’ teams competing in two divisions: under 12 and under 16. Salisbury United Soccer Club-

Queens of the Court won the under-12 girls’ division, while 32 Seconds out of Baltimore took home top honors in the under-12 boys’ division. Riverward, out of Philadelphia, were the champions of the under-16 boys’ tournament, while Salisbury United Soccer Club 03 Gold came out victorious in the under-16 girls’ division. The final tournament of the season is scheduled for March 16-18, with 42 adult men’s and women’s teams expected to compete from 3 p.m. on Friday to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. There is no fee for spectators to watch a game at Northside Park. For more information, call 410250-0125.

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Prices to pay for living beach life By Dave Dalkiewicz Contributing Writer (March 9, 2018) Last week was quite interesting, at least for me. The surf had been fairly consistent, in the knee to waist high range, which is typical for our area. Depending on the flexibility of one’s schedule, tide and wind could be combined to afford at least a short session more often than not. It was no great shakes, though. Too windy and too small. But at least until the mojo returns

it’s going to have to do — even with the notion of just to get wet. If too much time passes between go-outs a certain price is paid. There’s a lot to be said about consistency — surfing is the poster boy example. You’ve got to keep doing it just to keep doing it. Use it or lose it. Sure, you can burn out, but that’s nowhere near a problem this time of

the year. It’s quite a bit easier to maintain consistent sessions/go-outs in milder weather/water conditions. The week consisted of a long excursion out of the area, which also served as a reminder of why I live here. The occasion was a high school reunion of sorts, featuring someone needing a kidney and another donating one. It’s amazing to think of all the time gone by since then, but therein lies the accompanying philosophy. The long ago decision to migrate to the beach proved to be one of great wisdom — even with the lack of gainful employment. There’s always a price to pay for living at the beach. Stating the obvious, though, surfing is a grand benefit. The multi-day storm that came about last week produced drama and more drama. When checking the surf, the wind was blowing so hard it almost knocked me off my feet. Those Weather Channel television scenes See MULTI-DAY Page 33

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OC sportsmanship ceremony SURF REPORT celebrates athletes, coaches Multi-day storm brings wind, smaller swells to Ocean City (March 9, 2018) Young athletes who exemplified good sportsmanship throughout the 2017-2018 Ocean City Recreation & Parks winter season at Northside Park were recognized on Monday during the seventh annual Sportsmanship Ceremony at the Recreation Complex on 125th Street. “The Sportsmanship Ceremony is one of my favorite events run by the department, because it’s our opportunity to recognize the youth of our community who understand and display the idea that everyone wins regardless of the score of a game,” OCRP Director Susan Petito said. “The ceremony gives us a chance to showcase the successful outcome of our department’s efforts to instill sportsmanship in our participants and to reward these deserving athletes for exhibiting a sense of fairness, respect and fellowship to their teammates and competitors.” At the end of each winter season, the coaches for girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball and indoor soccer are asked to nominate one athlete per team that demonstrates the qualities of good sportsmanship. The athletes chosen each received an award during the ceremony to represent their hard work, respect, fairness, integrity, responsibility and perseverance throughout the season. The 2017 Mid-Atlantic Recreation and Sports Alliance (MARPSA) Good Sports Player of the Year was Jason

Baione-Leiderman. Baione-Leiderman has participated in Ocean City Recreation & Park’s activities since he was 18 months old. He has participated in many team sports with the department, such as indoor and J. B.-Leiderman outdoor soccer, basketball, tee ball, flag football, and several different summer camps, as well as social activities like Gladiator Dodgeball. “To say that he has spent a lot of time at Kevin Henson Northside Park would be an understatement,” Recreation Manager Al “Hondo” Handy said. “He is always willing to try his best and support his team, as well as display good sportsmanDan Wormann ship with other teams. He has developed many valued relationships with peers and staff throughout the years.” Kevin Henson was awarded the 2017 MARPSA Good Sports Coach of the Year. Henson has been a volunteer coach for OCRP for the past five years. “He is a competitor, but knows

Continued from Page 32 are no joke. That storm reminded me most of the infamous Ash Wednesday storm of March 1962. It too was multi-day, lasting through many high tides. Hardly any damage was attributed to this recent one but the ’62 storm was devastating. The ocean even con-

nected to the bay in spots. So there it is. An interesting week by any standard. One in which may go down in memory, though only time will determine that possibility. We shall see. – Dave Dalkiewicz is the owner of Ocean Atlantic Surf Shop in Ocean City.

how to keep it in perspective,” Hondo said. “He understands our philosophy about sportsmanship and been overheard on more than one occasion reminding players to respect the officials calls.” Henson coached two basketball teams and three soccer teams this past season. He also helped with the Youth Basketball Clinic, as well as coached his children in other endeavors. Also during the ceremony, the OC Recreation Boosters gave the Volunteer of the Year award to Dan Wormann. Wormann participated in events and helped with fundraising efforts for OCRP youth programs, including the annual Swing For Youth Golf Open, Springfest and Sunfest, the Halloween Spook Out, and Easter Bunny Fun Shop.

He was elected vice president of the OC Boosters in 2016, taking on major roles in all events. “Both Dan’s commitment to our mission, and his ‘can do’ attitude brings renewed energy to the Boosters,” OC Boosters President Donna Reid said. Recreation Superintendent Kate Gaddis agreed. “Dan jumped into volunteering on the Board of the OC Boosters with both feet,” Gaddis said. “He has spent countless hours acquiring donations for the Swing for Youth Golf Tournament that benefits youth programs at Ocean City Recreation & Parks, as well as volunteer coaching in our girls’ basketball league, track and field clinics and anything else we ask him to do.” See ANNUAL Page 34

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Registration now open for OP summer camps (March 9, 2018) The Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department invites Ocean Pines residents to register for its summer day camp, Camp Ocean Pines, and its extension of summer day camp, Camp Endless Summer. “If your idea of summer camp is limited to telling stories around campfires, think again,” said Ocean Pines Marketing and Public Relations Director Denise Sawyer. “Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department fuses traditional camp experiences with a splash of fun that is unique to its summer

camp program.” Summer day camps are held at the Ocean Pines Community Center, located at 235 Ocean Parkway. Registration for Ocean Pines residents is now available. Non-residents will be able to register starting Monday, March 12. Registration information is available online at and at the Community Center. Camp Ocean Pines, held June 18Aug. 17, costs $150 per week for residents and $175 for non-residents who

are registered for the five-days-a-week camp, and costs $110 for residents and $135 for non-residents who are registered for the three-days-a-week camp. Camp Endless Summer, held Aug. 20-24, costs $175 for residents and $195 for non-residents and includes field trips. Licensed by The State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Camp Ocean Pines is for boys and girls ages 4-12. “Our camp is a great way for your children or grandchildren to spend time

with their friends, meet new people, gain confidence and improve social skills while having fun,” said Sawyer. Participants will enjoy activities such as swimming, sports, crafts, games, music and special events including treasure hunts, talent shows and ice cream socials. Each week includes a pool day and a field trip. Staff members and camp counselors are trained in CPR/first aid and complete a week of training prior to the start of camp. For more information, call the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052.

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ALL-ESIAC PLAYERS A number of Worcester Prep students from around Delmarva capture Winter Sports Awards and seven basketball players were named to the 2018 AllEastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference Teams. All-ESIAC player, from left, are Gracie Gardner, Hailey Merritt, Carly Hoffman and Hannah Merritt (honorable mention), and in back, Tucker Brown, Brenner Maull and Colin Miller (honorable mention).

Continued from Page 33 When Wormann and his wife, Diane, retired to Ocean City last year he set a goal of working with young scholar athletes. “The Rec Boosters have allowed me to support the great Northside Park and its rec programs,” he said. “I am surprised and extremely proud to be named the volunteer of the year.”


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By Kara Hallissey Staff Writer (March 9, 2018) A number of local filmmakers are showcasing their work during the Ocean City Film Festival this weekend, March 9-11, along with nearly 100 films in categories such animation, documentaries and music videos. In addition, youth, horror, comedy, dramatic pieces, social commentary and shorts will also be featured in three locations throughout the resort. A $50 all-access pass includes unlimited screenings at the Princess Royale Hotel on 91st Street, the Fox Gold Coast Theater on 115th Street and the Clarion Resort Hotel on 101st Street. Films will be shown starting at 10 a.m. daily at each location and run until the evening hours. The passes also get attendees into the opening-night party, workshops and the awards ceremony. Michael Healy - TRAD – Ireland’s Traditional Music Michael Healy, of Ocean Pines, will show his 25-minute documentary, “TRAD – Ireland’s Traditional Music” on Friday at the Gold Coast Theater. “It is a documentary highlighting Ireland’s traditional music, instruments and dancing,” Healy said. “This is my

first entry in a film festival and I am amazed at some of the films being played. There is a lot of young and talented filmmakers in the area.” Attendees will hear the fiddle, accordion, flute and pipes throughout the documentary and see traditional Irish dancing on screen. “I want people to come away with a new appreciation of Irish music and the entertainment Irish musicians provide,” Healy said. “You learn a lot about it by watching the film.” Annie Danzi - Life’s a Stage Annie Danzi, a 1997 Stephen Decatur High School graduate from Bishopville, will screen her film, “Life’s a Stage,” at the opening-night party on Friday at the Art League on 94th Street, held from 57 p.m. It tells the story of Gwen Lehman, who was Stephen Decatur’s Children’s Theatre Program creator and director for almost 50 years. Danzi is a former student and has been mentored by Lehman since she graduated. “I believe people should see this film because it is about the arts in public high schools, which is so critical to preserve,” Danzi said. “Mrs. Lehman is such a dynamic character with such an inspiring

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These films, among nearly 100 others, will be featured during the second annual Ocean City Film Festival, this weekend, March 9-11, in three locations throughout the resort.

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story. The film has been well received by audiences so far.” The 45-minute documentary was created with the help from Frostburg State University undergraduate students where Danzi is an assistant professor in the communications department. “As public high schools across America suffer from lack of support for the arts, one school on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Stephen Decatur High School, definitely thrives because of the dedication and vision of one exceptional educator,” Danzi said. “For almost 50 years, Gwen Lehman gave her all to the theater program that she built from scratch and to the students who have become her legacy.” Isabella Iampieri - Alan On Saturday afternoon at the Clarion Hotel, Bishopville resident Isabella Iampieri’s four-minute animation, “Alan,” will showcase an interview with her brother about his life and experiences as a transgender youth. “Any film festival is an awesome opportunity to view independent films from all over the world,” Iampieri said. “You rarely get to see these films anywhere else. The Ocean City Film Fest in See AREA Page 36

By Kara Hallissey Staff Writer (March 9, 2018) The work of local, regional and international filmmakers will be showcased this weekend, March 9-11, during the second annual Ocean City Film Festival. Nearly 100 films in categories including youth, documentary, horror, animation, comedy, music videos, dramatic pieces, social commentary and shorts will be featured in three locations throughout the resort. A $50 all-access pass includes unlimited screenings at the Princess Royale Hotel on 91st Street, the Fox Gold Coast Theater on 115th Street and the Clarion Resort Hotel on 101st Street. In addition, the passes also allow attendees into the opening night party, workshops and the awards ceremony. “It is a unique event and we don’t get to see many independent films in our area,” said Rina Thaler, Art League of Ocean City executive director. “There are the stories on screen and the people behind the films with hundreds of stories being told. Every filmmaker has a story.” The event also provides opportunities for the audience to meet the filmmakers and discuss their work. “It is fun, interesting and different,” Thaler said. “It brings something new and enriches the area.” The three-day film festival begins today, Friday, at 10 a.m. with films being shown at the Princess Royale Hotel, Fox Gold Coast Theater and the Clarion Hotel until the meet-and-greet party at the Art League from 5-7 p.m. Attendees can network with filmmakers, snack on some hors d’oeuvres and there will also be a cash bar. For those who do not have an all-access pass, the opening-night party will cost $25. After the party, two films will be screened at the Art League including “Life’s a Stage,” which tells the story of Gwen Lehman, who was Stephen Decatur’s Children’s Theatre Program creator and director for almost 50 years. A former student of Lehman and Stephen Decatur High School graduate, Annie Danzi, created the 45-minute documentary. On Saturday, March 10, films begin at 10 a.m. and will run into the evening hours at the Princess Royale Hotel, Fox Gold Coast Theater and the Clarion Hotel. For those who do not have an all-access pass, a day pass for screenings will cost $10. In addition, three film festival workshops will take place at the Art League on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. Topics See APPROXIMATELY Page 36

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Area filmmakers slated to showcase projects Continued from Page 35 particular, has been organized with a love for film, a love for creatives and a desire to share the magic of film to the region.” Emmi Shockley - Monday Mundane Emmi Shockley, of Ocean City, has made a six-minute film “Monday Mundane,” which features two songs from the band, Kyle Duke and the Brown Bag Boys, playing on Saturday evening at the Clarion Hotel. “Monday Mundane features the songs ‘Monday Mundane’ and ‘Hate Me,’ both from Kyle Duke and the Brown Bag Boys’ second album ‘Aquatic Pop,’” Shockley said. “It’s a narrative short/music video combination that follows two young characters as their boring Brooklyn summer day takes a turn. I was going for a colorful, almost retro and campy feel for this piece.” Shockley met Duke in New York a few

years ago and they have been collaborating ever since. “Monday Mundane is a result of my NYU community colliding with my Ocean City community, which was so great,” Shockley said. “My connections from Ocean City remain some of the strongest. It’s exciting that I get to continue working with my brother, Tate, and even better that I convinced him to step into an acting role. Kyle Kelly, who graduated from Decatur, was cast as well. I hope people have as much fun watching Monday Mundane as I had making it.” Tate Shockley - No Way Home Tate Shockley, of Ocean City, is slated to show, “No Way Home,” the official six-minute music video by the band Two Hours, at the Clarion Hotel on Saturday evening. “Two Hours consists of Alex Oatman and Mark Roher, who are both native to

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Ocean City,” Shockley said. “The band plays original music, and their genre would be considered garage rock.” Last summer, Oatman contacted Shockley and asked if he was interested in helping to shoot a music video for their single, “No Way Home.” The video also features Berlin native, Adon Russo, as a teenage boy struggling with his troubled home life. “Amidst his anger-fueled journey, the boy inadvertently finds and watches a band practice that changes his perspective on life,” Shockley said. The “No Way Home” music video was the first project Shockley directed, shot and edited on his own. “It was not only fulfilling to see that all of the hard work we put into this video paid off, but it was amazing to be able to combine my work as a young filmmaker from Ocean City with two other young musicians who are also from Ocean City,” Shockley said. “In our small town, the younger generation is demonstrating so much ambition in the arts, and I feel honored to be a part of it.” Richard Fitts, Jr. and Rudy Childs - 21 Years - A Folded Flag On Saturday afternoon at the Princess Royale, “21 Years - A Folded Flag,” which tells the story of a Vietnam Special Forces solider through the eyes of his son, will be featured. The hour and 15-minute-long film follows the story of Richard Fitts, Sr. as he moves through the Army ranks as a green beret and reconnaissance solider participating in special operations. He went missing in 1968, and was declared dead in the 1970s, but the information surrounding his death was classified for decades because it happened behind enemy lines. “The only memories of my dad were second-hand stories and they were beginning to fade,” Richard Fitts, Jr. said. “We managed to find a vet who was on my dad’s team and also got to link missing pieces of their history since no open

records were kept.” When Fitts’ remains were finally found in Laos in 1989, he was given a hero’s funeral in Massachusetts. “A lot of people can identify with it and have been handed a folded flag at some point in their life,” said Rudy Childs, who has family in the resort area. “It shows the sacrifices of a solider and the plight of a young child who grows up without a father.” Joan Chak and Martin Krzywonos - Sister Joan Chak, who vacations at her home in Mystic Harbour in West Ocean City during the summer and offseason, will show her social commentary short, “Sister,” on Sunday morning at the Clarion Hotel. The 10-minute film is about a 55year-old women with a traumatic brain injury who is being cared for by her sister. “It is a story of the love between two sisters and how they overcame the threat of separation,” Chak said. “It is about a courageous, intelligent woman with a traumatic brain injury and the challenges she and her sister face as she lives her life in a nursing home.” This film is Chak’s first production and she was also featured in another film being shown at the festival, “Contrition,” a dramatic short, being shown on Sunday afternoon at the Clarion Hotel. “People of all ages and interests should attend the Ocean City Film Festival,” Chak said. “It is an opportunity to experience so many different types of films. Those attending the film festival will often get the opportunity to meet the filmmakers and ask questions about the films. “What is amazing is that you will see the filmmaking endeavors of artists of all different ages – teens, college students, professionals and those like me who are just starting out.” For more information and a full list of films to be presented this weekend, visit

Approximately 100 films to be featured during festival Continued from Page 35 include making short films, shooting music videos and writing films. Workshops cost $10 each without an all-access pass. “The workshops are geared toward filmmakers,” Thaler said. “At least 30 filmmakers are coming to Ocean City to network and learn.” On Sunday, March 11, films begin at 10 a.m. at the Clarion. The Fox Gold Coast Theater will show two films starting at noon and a micro-budget filmmaking workshop will take place at the Art League at 1 p.m. The film festival will come to a close with an awards ceremony on Sunday from 4-6 p.m. at Squarz Pizza Pub on 128th Street. The best Maryland film, judge’s award and people’s choice

awards will be announced. “There will be ballots at each location to vote for your favorite film,” Thaler said. In addition, the closing party will include complimentary refreshments, a cash bar and the winning film will be screened. For those who do not have an all-access pass, the closing party will cost $15. Organizers are also offering high school students $5 one-day passes if they have their school ID. For more information, a list of all films or to purchase tickets, check out or search “Ocean City Film Festival” on Facebook. Tickets can also be purchased at the Art League of Ocean City on 94th Street or at any film location, although it will be cash only.

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Dearings raising funds and colon cancer awareness

By Kara Hallissey Staff Writer (March 9, 2018) During Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Linda and Michael Dearing raise awareness and funds in memory of their daughter, Gina Barnes, in the hopes it will help to save lives. The owners of Copy Central on Cathell Road in Ocean Pines will collect donations and sell bracelets for Gina’s Comfort Fund at the store in March. Barnes was 37 years old when she was diagnosed with colon cancer. She battled the disease for almost two years before passing in 2014, and her parents are determined to help save other families the pain they’ve had to endure from losing their daughter. “This is to honor my daughter and help younger women, under the age of 50, who wouldn’t normally go for a colonoscopy,” Linda Dearing said. Gina’s Comfort Fund was created to alleviate stress and financial barriers for individuals and families. To help, grocery store and gas cards, maid services, wigs and acupuncture treatments, which aid with the side effects of chemotherapy, have been provided to community members diagnosed with colon cancer. In addition, funds have also helped pay for chemotherapy treatments. In three years, more than $5,000 has been raised and 25 patients have received aid, Dearing said. Barnes’ mother and brother cre-



In memory of their beloved daughter, Gina Barnes, Linda and Michael Dearing continue to raise awareness and funds during Colon Cancer Awareness Month at Copy Central in Ocean Pines.

ated Gina’s Comfort Fund in March of 2015 to help with the stress and financial burdens on families after watching the astronomical cost of getting sick. Barnes and her husband had good jobs and health insurance, but were still struggling to pay for her medical bills, Dearing said. A colonoscopy can help prevent colorectal cancer and the disease is highly treatable when found early. Those with family history or notice changes in their body are urged to schedule a screening. “Any abdominal cramping, changes or bleeding in bowel movements can be signs,” Dearing said. “She also had a baby within 18-24 months. Being 50 is the standard baseline to start getting colonoscopies. We are seeing an increase in young women, 30-50 years old, hav-

ing colon cancer. We are on a mission to make more people aware and hopefully get the American Cancer Society to lower that age.” When Barnes was ignoring colon cancer signs, she was juggling a husband, three children and a full-time job, Dearing said. She was physically active and officiated lacrosse games. “There is no family history and all of us were totally floored when she was diagnosed with this,” Dearing said. Stop by Copy Central in Ocean Pines this month, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to drop off cash in the change jar or checks for Gina’s Comfort Fund. All donations are tax deductible and checks can be mailed to: Copy Central, 11065 Cathell Road Berlin, Maryland 21811. For more information, call 410208-0641.

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By Josh Davis Associate Editor (March 9, 2018) A fire on Main Street in Berlin severely damaged the century-old home of Hank and Julie Koenig last December. The massive blaze was extinguished by firefighters from the Berlin Fire Company with help from the Showell, Ocean Pines, Newark and Ocean City fire departments. Since then, the Koenig family has vowed to rebuild all they can of the home, built in 1914 and known locally as “The Pruitt House.” Last month, the family earned unanimous support from the Berlin Historic District Commission to do so. To aid those efforts, Fager’s Island on 60th Street in Ocean City will host a fundraiser for the family on Saturday, March 10 from 2-6 p.m. Hank Koenig knows Fager’s well, having played there as lead guitarist for Tranzfusion for four decades. The classic rock group started as “Just Us” in Cambridge around 1975. Koenig joined the band in 1981 and two

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years later it was renamed Tranzfusion. Drummer Bobby Malaby said the group started playing at Fager’s during the late 1970s and frequented other Ocean City venues such as the original Greene Turtle and the Sundown Lounge. The band has played benefits for friends and area nonprofits for as long as they’ve been together, but Malaby said it was a first to hold a concert for

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By Kara Hallissey Staff Writer (March 9, 2018) The Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House by the Sea will host its 17th annual gala on Saturday, April 7, at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront on 67th Street. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. in the second floor ballroom of the hotel with a cocktail hour kicking off festivities and music by Joe Smooth. “After 16 years, we are changing it up a little bit this year with an upscale dinearound in the lobby followed by a sitdown Italian dinner from Touch of Italy,” said Wayne Littleton, coordinator for the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Respite Housing Program. “It is my favorite event. We have families who come to tell their stories and you really get to see what we do.” During the cocktail hour, guests can munch on tenderloin sliders with a choice of sauces from Longboard Café. Sunset Grille will have a raw bar selection complete with oysters, shrimp and ahi tuna. In addition, Touch of Italy will feature its antipasti and pizza appetizers in addition to a mozzarella maker who will stuff the fresh cheese with olives or Italian meats right in front of guests’ eyes. “Sunset Grille’s Buddy Trala and Rick Vach at Longboard Café were eager to participate,” Littleton said. “It is a beautiful evening. I feel like out of everything we do, this night is a true representation of what the Children’s House does.” Sweet Disposition is slated to provide desserts and there will be complimentary beer and wine. Tickets to the black-tie optional event generally cover gala expenses, which makes the activities and auction vital to the organization. This year, attendees can purchase mystery boxes or a diamond in the cupcake sponsored by Park Place Jewelers. For $10, participants will receive a gift card or jewelry inside the mystery box. In addition, they could take home a diamond necklace while enjoying a cupcake for $10 as well.

There will also be an ice luge with Seacrets spirits, a deejay and a silent auction with sports memorabilia, restaurant gift cards, baskets, beauty products and weekend getaways. Each year, Believe in Tomorrow gives out its “Hero by the Sea” award. Igor Conev, vice president of Mann Properties in Ocean City, will be honored at Wayne Littleton the gala this year. “We are very happy to give it to Igor,” Littleton said. “He exemplifies the person we look for when we give out this award. He constantly does everything for us, has a good heart and is a very special person in the community.” Littleton said Conev chairs the Believe in Tomorrow’s golf classic, which is in its 10th year and averages anywhere from $45,000 to $50,000 for the Ocean City nonprofit every spring. “He does a lot for the Children’s House and is a major force behind many projects,” Littleton said. “He deserves it.” Conev has helped with replacing the deck and railings at the house on 66th Street, in addition to advising with the new property acquired on 65th Street, Littleton said. To end the evening, Littleton will announce the raffle winner, which costs $50 a chance. Only 100 tickets are sold and someone will take home $2,500. The Michael G. Mann Foundation is the title sponsor of the gala this year. Pete’s Cycle, the Ocean City-Berlin Optimist Club, Avery Hall Insurance, Vogt & Associates and Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance are also sponsoring the event. “We have different sponsorship levels and are always looking for more,” Littleton said. “The levels are $1,500, $3,000 and $5,000. We also have program ads. A full page is $125, half a page is $75 and a business card is $35. We have patron ads for $10,” he continued. “There are different op-

portunities if you can’t come and want to make a donation.” The facility on 66th Street is open year-around to provide a free getaway to the beach for critically ill children and their families whenever they may need to escape the stresses of their child’s illness. In addition, another location was acquired on 65th Street and will serve military pediatric families and larger families that may require the assistance of medical support or extended family support because of their child’s illness and end-of-life circumstances with the inclusion of grandparents, aunts, uncles and special friends, in the near future. The Believe in Tomorrow Gala by the Sea will take place Saturday, April 7, from 5:30-10:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront on 67th Street. Only 200 tickets will be sold and the cost is $75 per person or $150 per couple. Currently, plenty of tickets still remain, but the event does sell out every year. For more information or to buy tickets and sponsorships, call Littleton at 410-723-2842.

All proceeds go to Koenig family Continued from Page 37 appearances from other area musicians. A silent auction and raffle will also be held during the event, and food, craft beer and wine are included in the ticket price, $40 per person. All proceeds will go to the Koenig family. “It’s awesome to have all these local musicians coming out to support Hank,” Malaby said. “And for longtime fans, I think it’ll be cool for people to see some really great players and singers sitting in with us.” Tickets can be purchased at the door or online in advance at

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Cancer, you have been biding your time, but the moment to take a calculated risk has finally arrived. Since you have done some thorough research, it should be smooth sailing.

LEO – Jul 23/Aug 23

Transparency is your middle name this week, Leo. Others know just what is going on in your life and in your head. This may encourage others to be more open.

VIRGO – Aug 24/Sept 22

Virgo, since you don’t want to be misunderstood in any way, you need to be very careful in how you express your thoughts this week. Clarify details, if necessary.

LIBRA – Sept 23/Oct 23

Chances for success in all areas of your life are magnified by your innovative spirit, Libra. Keep the good ideas flowing and bring others into your future plans.

SCORPIO – Oct 24/Nov 22

Confidence is on the rise, Scorpio, and that may lead you to take a few risks. There may be great gains to be had, or not much change. However, it can be worthwhile to try. a

SAGITTARIUS – Nov 23/Dec 21

Intentions aimed at distant goals may keep you busy in the long run, Sagittarius, but this week direct your focus to items that will provide the most immediate results.

CAPRICORN – Dec 22/Jan 20

Capricorn, you have enough sense to balance your imagination with reality. Take your clever ideas and figure out a practical way to make them work.

AQUARIUS – Jan 21/Feb 18

Aquarius, although the destination is in view, you have not yet developed a plan to get there. Be sure you include integrity in your decisions and skip shortcuts.

PISCES – Feb 19/Mar 20

Pisces, conformity is certainly not your thing. But at some point this week, you’ll need to go with the flow. Find a way to make it your own.

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Emotional support group meeting in Pines, March 27

By Josh Davis Associate Editor (March 9, 2018) A personal tragedy last year led Berlin resident Colby Phillips to launch the Renee Gavas Emotional Support Group. Phillips said a friend called looking for such a group last summer, a place where she could “discuss her depression with other people who might be able to offer advice on how to cope or discuss similar experiences.” “She couldn’t find one [and] unfortunately she took her life in October,” Phillips said. “When I heard about it I just had a strong desire to start an emotional support group in her name.” Phillips said her own struggles also inspired the group. “I think most people would tell you I am a pretty positive, happy person, but I had postpartum depression, seasonal sadness, times where I felt I couldn’t get myself moving,” she said. “I’m not ashamed of that. It’s given me strength and now, hopefully, the opportunity to help someone else, even if it’s only one person.” She contacted several local people to help found the group, including Worcester County Warriors Against Opiate Addiction cofounder Heidi McNeely, and Tom McGrath and Mike Phillips. The support group, which first met in November, gathers once a month at the Ocean Pines Community Center. Phillips said meetings have no agenda, but are simply a gathering of people wanting to offer help and start a conversation. Those in attendance are asked to respect the privacy of others. “The word ‘mental’ often scares people,” she said. “There is this stigma that it means people are crazy, when in reality there are over 200 types of mental illness: depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, dementia, schizophrenia, and the list goes on. And I am sure everyone reading this either feels one of these emotions or knows someone who does. “Many times it can be a small occurrence that triggers an emotional feeling we have kept deep down inside. Maybe something from our childhood. Maybe an event that hurt us. Maybe an event we saw or dealt with. My point is mental health issues are so much more common than we know and education on this topic is so important,” Phillips added. “No one should ever feel ashamed or embarrassed with having any of these feelings. We shouldn’t label people – people are so much more than just ‘depressed.’ And we should-


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n’t be scared off by hearing the word ‘mental,’” Phillips said. “As a society, we just haven’t been educated enough on the levels of mental illness and the many forms of it. I just feel it’s important to let people know it’s okay to talk about it, especially living in an area that struggles with a lot of seasonal depression.” Feedback on the meetings has been positive, but Phillips said attendance so far has been somewhat tepid. “I think people feel embarrassed, especially when you live in a small town. They think if they come they may be labeled,” she said. “The hardest step is the first one when dealing with any type of situation to confront our struggles, no matter what they are. But I want people to know they are entering a nonjudgmental room of compassion and people who not only may be seeking help, but are there to offer it. “I think in our society today we lack a genuine kindness and I truly think it starts there,” Phillips continued. “I’m not a medical expert by any means, but I’ve lived life. I really want to bring more education on mental health issues. I would love to see more discussions in our schools with our children. “Many of our kids communicate through electronics and don’t know how to deal with live conversations – let alone their emotions,” she said. “I would like to see more funding for our overwhelmed counselors, who people have to wait months to see. But mostly I want this group to make a positive difference in someone’s life. I hope if someone gets the phone call one day asking them if they know of a support group, they will be able to give them the answer that I was unable to.” The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center on 235 Ocean Parkway. For more information, contact Phillips at

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Walker discusses intricacies of rolled and poured fondant

candy, eclairs, petit fours and Napoleons. That being said, the focus of this article will be devoted to rolled fondant and its connection to cakes. Once your cake has been cooked and cooled, you will need to “crumb coat” it. Crumb coating ensures all rough surfaces are smoothed out with a base of icing or buttercream. Any crumbs or indentations in your cake will show in the fondant, so it is imperative to prep the cake first. After your cake has been crumbed coated, prepare enough fondant to cover the entire cake. Measuring the opposite sides and top layer of the cake will yield exactly how much fondant you need. For example, an 8-inch, two-layer cake, with two sides each 4 inches, equals 16 inches in diameter. Allow yourself a little extra just in case. Before rolling out the fondant, knead it until it has reached a workable consistency. If the fondant is sticky, add a little confectioners’ sugar. If it is a little dry, apply a touch of shortening to your hands as you knead the dough. Lightly dust your smooth work surface with confectioners’ sugar to prevent sticking. Roll out the fondant according to the size of your cake. To keep the fondant from sticking, lift and move as you roll. Add more confectioners’ sugar if needed. If you have a nonstick rolling pin, this is the time to use it. When the fondant is ready to be applied to the cake, gently lift it onto the rolling pin and position over the cake. Very carefully drape the fondant onto the cake. At this point, it is highly recommended to use a smoother because the pressure of your hands will leave impressions on the fondant. Beginning in the middle of the cake top, move the smoother outward until the top is perfectly smooth. The next step is to smooth the fondant on the sides of the cake. This See WALKER’S Page 44

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By Deborah Lee Walker Contributing Writer (March 9, 2018) The philosophy of a chef is to pursue knowledge on all levels. Questions concerning learning, thinking and personal preference change as one advances their skills. Therefore, knowledge is a progressive discovery and increasing one’s repertoire of skills is understood. Desserts, if you will, date back to ancient civilizations where people enjoyed fruits and nuts candied with honey. It wasn’t until sugar was manufactured during the Middle Ages that people began to enjoy a variety of “goodies.” Today, the progression of technology and culinary experimentation has spiraled desserts to levels of incredible feat. In the pastry industry, fondant has become quite popular due to the rise in competitions and baking shows. Gorgeous, intricate cakes are becoming the mainstream and would not be possible without the addition of this pliable product. For those who are not familiar with the intricacies of fondant, a quick review is provided. The word “fondant” can refer to two different types of icing: rolled and poured fondant. Rolled fondant is a dough-like product that is basically made from confectioner’s sugar, corn syrup, water, gelatin and shortening. As the dough is kneaded, its texture becomes soft and supple. Then it is rolled out and molded over the cake. Rolled fondant is the foundation of any high-end cake and its purpose is to create a blank canvass from which a work of art can be created. Poured fondant is made from the same ingredients except the gelatin is omitted. This type of fondant is cooked and used for cake fillings,

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FINNEGAN’S WAKE Worcester County Development Center Executive Director Jack Ferry, left, listens to cardinal Danny Gallagher share some wisdom from the pulpit, while St. Patrick, played by Ron Jewett, oversees the proceedings during the sixth annual Finnegan’s Wake, last Saturday at Seacrets on 49th Street. Every Friday and Saturday: DJ Dusty, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 9-10: New Censations PICKLES 706 Philadelphia Ave. Ocean City 410-289-4891 March 9: Beats by Jeremy, 10 p.m. March 10: Eastern Electric, 10 p.m. March 12: Karaoke w/Jeremy, 9 p.m. March 15: Beats by Wax, 9 p.m. PURPLE MOOSE SALOON 108 S. Atlantic Ave., Ocean City 410-289-6953 March 10: CK the VJ/DJ, 9 p.m. SEACRETS 49th Street and the bay Ocean City 410-524-4900 March 9: Evolutin X, 10 p.m. to 1:50 a.m. March 10: Whiskeyhickon Boys, 5-9 p.m.; Steal The Sky, 10 p.m. to 1:50 a.m. March 15: Full Circle Duo, 5-9 p.m. SKYE RAW BAR & GRILLE

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Walker’s tips for successful rolled fondant Continued from Page 41 gets a little tricky if you are working with a round cake as opposed to a sheet cake. The round cake will have ruffles or folds that are hanging down. Simply lift the ruffle with one hand, and using your other hand, smooth and press the fondant to the cake using upward strokes. Continue this process around the cake and eventually working your way down the sides of the cake. Trim the ends of the cake. Using your smoother, smooth the sides and you are ready for the decorating phase. A few hints for rolled fondant sweeten the odds for success. If you want a tinted fondant, consider add the coloring to the gelatin mixture.

It’s easier than kneading in color later. Some pastry chefs find it easier to mostly mix the fondant with the dough hook and then finish kneading in the sugar by hand. Before using refrigerated fondant, bring the dough up to room temperature. Microwaving for 30 seconds makes it even more pliable. If the fondant does not want to stick to the cake, spray a little water. In closing, applying fondant to a cake is an intricate art. The internet is a great source for detailed instructions. Have fun and try something new! * The following recipe is taken from the Escoffier Online International Culinary Academy.

Basic, Rolled Fondant Recipe

Ingredients 8 cups powdered sugar, sifted ¼ cup water 1ounce packet gelatin ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon syrup 2 tablespoons shortening 1 teaspoon vanilla 1. Soften the gelatin in the water, dissolve the gelatin over a double boiler, add the corn syrup, shortening and vanilla. Make a well in the powdered sugar and add the lukewarm mixture and mix until well incorporated. 2. Place on a powdered sugar surface and knead until all the ingredients are mixed well. Use as needed or refrigerate in an airtight container.

3. Hold back 2 cups of powdered sugar when mixing. Humidity and other factors may affect the dough and the dough may require less powdered sugar. Secret Ingredient – Imagination. “Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” — Albert Einstein

Annual Taste of Finer Things to be held April 11

(March 9, 2018) The annual Taste of Finer Things will take place on Wednesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Harrison’s Harbor Watch in Ocean City, and reservations are now being accepted. The event benefits the campaign to build The Macky & Pam Stansell House of Coastal Hospice at the Ocean. The event showcases the food offerings of 16 local restaurants and also offers wines that pair with the appetizers. Participating restaurants include Atlantic Hotel, Barn 34, Captain’s Table, Crabs to Go, Desserts by Rita, DRY 85, Embers/BLU, Harrison’s Harbor Watch, Hooked, Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill, OC Wasabi, Seacrets, Sunset Grille, Sweet Disposition, Touch of Italy and Wockenfuss. Lauren Glick will provide live entertainment. “This wonderful evening is a chance for lovers of fine food and fine wine to sample some of the best the Ocean City area has to offer and know they’re supporting a great cause – Coastal Hospice,” Stephanie Meehan, chairperson for the event, said. “The setting overlooking the Ocean City inlet at sunset couldn’t be more perfect.” The event raises funds for the capital campaign to build The Macky & Pam Stansell House of Coastal Hospice at the Ocean, a hospice residence and outreach center coming to Ocean Pines. Over the years, Taste of Finer Things has raised more than $190,000 to fund the campaign to build the facility. Reservations are $100 per person and can be made at The event sold out quickly in both 2016 and 2017, so early reservations are encouraged. The Taste of Finer Things committee members are Meehan, Macky Stansell, Pam Buckley, Karen Cramer, Cathy Donovan, Madalaine How, Marsha Howarth, Elaine Jacobs, Donna Leiner and Gayle Widdowson. Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit health care organization that cares for individuals facing life-limiting conditions but who want to remain as active and engaged as possible. Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their home, nursing home, assisted living facility or at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. The organization serves Wicomico, Worcester, Dorchester and Somerset counties.

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(March 9, 2018) An event record of $130,000 was raised in support of this year’s Hal Glick Distinguished Service Award Gala, to be distributed amongst local charities. As one of the annual recipients, Atlantic General Hospital Foundation received a $9,000 donation from this year’s gala. The Glick Award started in 2010 with the recognition of Hal Glick, the pioneering Ocean City realtor. The next year, the award began bearing Glick’s name, and has ever since. Over the last eight years, philanthropists have been recognized in Glick’s name for their support of local community nonprofits, including Atlantic General Hospital. Reese Cropper III, the 2017 recipient of the Hal Glick Distinguished Service Award, bestowed this year’s award funds, giving a moving speech on suicide prevention and awareness. In addition to the annual recipients AGH Foundation and Temple Bat Yam, three local charities were chosen by Cropper among which to distribute funds: Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, Inc., Rebecca and Leighton Moore Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit at PRMC, and The Jesse Klump Suicide Awareness Prevention Program.

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(March 9, 2018) The Republican Women of Worcester County announce a special dinner meeting on Thursday, March 22 at the Atlantic Hotel in Berlin. The guest speaker will be Nicolee Ambrose, a Republican grassroots activist, political commentator and

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MATHCOUNTS SUCCESS (Left) Four members of the Worcester Prep Middle School MathCounts team participated in the regional competition on Feb. 24 in Baltimore. Pictured, from left, are sixth graders Vanesska Hall and Carson Rayne, seventh grader Sajiv Satyal and eighth grader Ayush Batra, with MathCounts leader and math teacher Kathy Fahey. (Right) Batra advanced to the state competition for the second consecutive year to be held at Johns Hopkins University on March 17. Batra placed fifth in the individual competition and third in the Countdown Round at regionals.

DONATIONS Hooters in West Ocean City held a NASCAR event on Feb. 18 where attendees brought cash donations as well as cat/dog food and other pet supplies for the Worcester County Humane Society, a no-kill animal shelter in Berlin. Pictured, from left, are Worcester County Humane Society volunteer Yvonne Blimline, Hooters employee and event organizer, Terry Weems, and volunteer Diana Snyder. PHOTO COURTESY TINA WALAS

FOOD DONATION Second grade students at Ocean City Elementary collected canned goods for their 100th day of school project. They gathered over 600 canned goods to donate to Our Daily Bread, a local soup kitchen. Pictured is second grade teacher Abby Harrison, right, and her class with volunteer Jan Faust from Our Daily Bread, located in Middletown, Delaware.


SUPPORTING TROOPS CLASS RINGS The annual Junior Ring Ceremony took place in the Guerrieri Library at Worcester Prep on Feb. 14. It is tradition that seniors present the juniors with their rings along with a few insightful comments as to why the recipient is special to them. Juniors showing off various styles of the Class of 2019 rings, from left, are Remy Trader, Chloe Ruddo, Caleb Foxwell, Delaney Abercrombie, Parker Brandt, Will Todd, Liam Hammond and Cooper Richins.

Star Charities President and founder, Anna Foultz, along with several of her volunteers, present a check for $5,345 on March 2 to Jeff Merritt, president and founder of Operation We Care, which uses funds to prepare and send care packages to U.S. military overseas and wounded warrior support, in addition to other charitable causes related to military and law enforcement. The money was raised through a Star Charities Beef and Beer fundraiser on Jan. 12 in Ocean Pines. Pictured, from left, are Sandy McAbee, Lee Tilghman, Mary Evans, Merritt, Foultz and Sue Walker.

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Ocean City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and festival, March 17

The General Levin Winder Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently sponsored an American History essay contest in area schools. Worcester Prep students took top honors. Pictured, from left, are sixth grader Vanesska B. Hall, seventh grader Jason Todorov and eighth grader Alex Bunting.

WPS students take home top awards in essay contest (March 9, 2018) The General Levin Winder Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored an American History essay contest in area schools. The essay contest was open to students in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades in a public, private, or parochial school, or those who are home schooled. This year’s topic was “World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars.” A panel of judges comprised of Daughters of the American Revolution members and nonmembers selected the following chapter winners: Grade 6 – Vanesska B. Hall; Grade 7 – Jason Todorov; and Grade 8 – Alex Bunting. All students attend Worcester Preparatory School. Their essays were forwarded for competition at the state level and it was recently announced that Bunting received first place for Grade 8 and Todorov placed second for Grade 7. The students will receive their awards and be invited to read excerpts from their essays at the chapter’s luncheon meeting on April 18. The Daughters of the American Revolution is a women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American his-

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(March 9, 2018) Ocean City will be glowing in green as the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and festival, sponsored by the Delmarva Irish-American Club, marches down Coastal Highway on Saturday, March 17. This Ocean City tradition, which began in 1980, has grown to become the secondlargest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the state, in addition to becoming a seasonal kickoff for many local businesses. The St. Patrick’s Day parade brings the sounds of Ireland to the streets of Ocean City with pipe and drum bands, festively decorated floats sponsored by local businesses, groups and organizations, and local high school marching bands. Leading the parade will be Grand Marshal John Staley. The procession begins at noon at 57th Street and marches south on Coastal Highway to the 45th Street Shopping Center, where the viewing and judging stands will be located. Trophies will be awarded for best marching band, best commercial float, best non-commercial float, best motorized unit, best adult marching unit, best youth marching unit, special committee award, judges’ choice award and best overall entry in the parade. In addition to the procession on the street, the 45th Street Shopping Center will once again be transformed into a spirited Irish festival complete with live entertainment from Kevin O’Brennan and the

Shoreline Band, Irish apparel, raffles and plenty of food and drink. Spectators can enjoy the free-admission festival beginning at 11 a.m. and running until 3 p.m. To avoid traffic delays, viewers are urged to arrive before 10:30 a.m. and to view the parade from 57th Street south to 45th Street. Local NBC affiliate WRDE and the Delmarva Irish-American Club are again partnering to broadcast the annual parade and festival on Saturday, March 17, including a live stream at, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Cozi TV will rebroadcast the parade on Sunday, March 18. WRDE can be found on channel 9 or 809 on Comcast and Mediacom; channel 31 on DirecTV and Dish, and over the air at 31.1. Cozi TV is on Comcast channel 204, Mediacom channel 99, and over the air at 31.2. The Delmarva Irish-American Club was founded in 1980. The first membership drive resulted in 75 members. Today, the membership totals approximately 300 and is open to anyone who is Irish, of Irish descent or just likes things Irish. The club has awarded approximately $300,000 for scholarships to local students from the proceeds of previous parades. For more information, visit or contact Buck Mann at 410-289-6156.

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COMMUNITY/SCHOOLS CELEBRATE After celebrating in the cafeteria during the PARCC Olympics Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9, Collin Pennington, Anthony DiGristine, Riley Yli-Piipari and Kobe Bouzaglo returned their "torch of knowledge" to Julie Justice's fourth grade classroom at Ocean City Elementary in celebration of their learning throughout the school year thus far.


CONTEST WINNERS The Ocean City/Berlin Optimist Club recently announced the winners of the 2018 Essay Contest. The children's essays were on the topic "Can society function without respect?” Over 50 students participated in the contest. Pictured, from left, are Charles Smith, club president, Lydia Woodley, Stephen Decatur High School, first place; Izzy Huber, Worcester Prep, second place; Hannah Short, Most Blessed Sacrament, third place; and Fran Pilarski, chairperson.



The annual Junior Ring Ceremony took place in the Guerrieri Library at Worcester Prep on Feb. 14. WPS parent/alum, Alex Moore, displays his Class of 1986 ring, alongside his son, Dakin, wearing his Class of 2019 ring.

Ten Worcester Prep students were inducted into the school chapter of the International Thespian Society. The ceremony was held in front of family and friends in the WPS Guerrieri Library on Feb. 28. The International Thespian Society is the Educational Theatre Association’s student honorary organization to recognize high school student achievement in theatre. Pictured, in front, from left, are WPS Middle/Upper School Music Director Christopher Buzby, Grace Schwartz, Kaitlyn Hamer, Sandra Karsli, Molly McCormick, Maria Deckmann and Upper School Dance/Drama Director Paulette DeRosa-Matrona, and in back, Dominic Anthony, Jaye Eniola, Jay Poduval, Caleb Foxwell and Anthony Reilly.

PAST COMMANDERS Past Commanders of the Ocean City Power Squadron pose for a photo during the election of New Bridge Officers on Feb. 23 for 2018-2019. Pictured, from left, are Frederick F. Stiehl, Wallace J. Stevenson, William E. Killinger, Peter M. Fox, Antonino G. Curro, John W. Tellman, Morton N. Brown, D/C C.M. Kohlenberg, John Hess and Stuart C. Glassman. The election was held on “Founders Day” celebrating the anniversary of the United States Power Squadron, founded in 1914 and the local unit Ocean City Power Squadron founded in 1981. Bridge officers elected for the coming year are: Commander – Anthony D. Smith; Executive Officer – Lt./C. Joseph A. Salafia; Administrative Officer – Lt./C. Linda M. Hess; Secretary – Lt./C. Bonita M. Curro; Treasure – Lt./C. Neal M. Lookner and Education Officer – Lt./C. Morton N. Brown.


SWEET TREAT Owners of Summer J. Artisan Ice Pops, Alicia and Queon Jackson, out of Milton, Delaware, show off their all-natural and gourmet product during the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association Trade Expo at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street, March 4-5.

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MEET AND GREET Rylinn Leasure, 8, and Mattilyn Leasure, 4, of Ocean City, recently introduced Dovi, their 1year-old rescue dog, to Finley, a 4month-old miniature golden doodle from Baltimore, on the Boardwalk by Dorchester Street. GREG ELLISON/ OCEAN CITY TODAY KARA HALLISSEY/OCEAN CITY TODAY

GAMES GALORE Owner Joe Zannino, of Ocean City, displays his Electric Quarter Amusement games during the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association Trade Expo at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street, March 4-5.

Ocean City Ravens Roost #44 sponsors raffle

(March 9, 2018) Ocean City Ravens Roost #44, in conjunction with its 21st annual Scholarship Golf Tournament, is sponsoring a raffle for the annual Scholarship Fund. Each year, the Roost gives scholarships to three local high schools: Indian River, Stephen Decatur and Worcester Prep. In 2017, the group awarded $14,200 and will present the same

amount to students graduating in 2018. This will bring the total scholarships awarded to over $170,000 since Ravens Roost #44 began its Scholarship Fund. This year the raffle prize includes a framed, authenticated, autographed Ray Lewis Ravens #52 Jersey and $520 in cash. Tickets cost $10 each or get three for $25. Only 500 will be sold. The winning ticket will be drawn on

Oct. 27. To purchase tickets, send a check made out to OC Ravens Roost #44 to P.O. Box 4161, Ocean City, Maryland 21843-4161 along with a stamped, self addressed envelope. Include name, address and phone number so roost representatives can fill out ticket stubs. The organization will mail a copy of the ticket(s) to buyers. The Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, June 1 at the

Ocean Pines Country Club, a Robert Trent Jones designed course. For more information on the tournament, including registering a team, sponsoring a tee sign, or donating merchandise/gift certificates for the silent auction, contact Marc Grimes at All money raised from the raffle and the golf tournament goes to the Scholarship Fund.


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Women’s Club of Ocean Pines seeks new members

(March 9, 2018) The Women’s Club of Ocean Pines invites all women who reside in Ocean Pines to join the organization. The purpose of the group is to promote civic and social activities, including educational and community outreach opportunities, for its members. In May 2017, the club presented three scholarships in the sum of $2,500 and donated $1,400 to organizations benefitting Ocean Pines residents, in particular $400 to Ocean Pines Parks & Recreation and $400 to Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department. The club meets the first Thursday

of every month at 10 a.m. at the Community Center in north Ocean Pines. Membership dues are $10. On April 5, the Women’s Club will host a luncheon fashion show fundraiser of Chico’s fashions at The Bayside Skillet on 77th Street in Ocean City from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On May 3 at the general membership meeting, scholarships and community donations will be presented to recipients. On June 7, a card and game party will be held at the Ocean City Fish Co. in West Ocean City from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, contact Susann Palamara at 410-208-2821 or email

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DEMO Lori Batts, of Salisbury and the chief operating officer of Picklehead, shows off the company’s new product, Tip Tough, which protects fingers when cutting during the Ocean City HotelMotel-Restaurant Association Trade Expo at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street, March 4-5. KARA HALLISSEY/ OCEAN CITY TODAY


Local students receive degrees

(March 9, 2018) Three local students recently received their degree from Western Governors University. The university held its 64th commencement ceremony at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 10 to celebrate the graduation of about 15,000 students from across the country. Colleen Hahn of Berlin received her Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Management (RN to

MSN) degree. Jocelyn Palmer of Bishopville earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and Megan Shockley of Ocean City received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. At commencement, the online, nonprofit university recognized 8,839 undergraduates and 6,117 graduates who have completed their degrees in business, information technology, K12 teacher education, and healthcare, including nursing.

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Dining Guide ■ PRICE RANGE: $, $$, $$$ ■ RESERVATIONS: Reservations accepted ________________________________


South end to 28th Street

■ ASIAN GARDEN Philadelphia Avenue, between 15th and 16th streets, Ocean City 410-289-7423, $ Serving Chinese and Indian cuisine. Eat in, carry out or we can deliver. Open 7 days a week, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. ■ CAPTAIN’S TABLE RESTAURANT 15th Street and the Boardwalk, Ocean City 410289-7192, $$-$$$ | Reservations | Kids’ menu | Full bar Family-owned, serving fine seafood, steaks and poultry on the third floor of the Courtyard by Marriott. ■ COINS 28th Street and Coastal Highway, Ocean City 410-524 3100, $-$$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Casual dining atmosphere for families. Crab cakes, hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood. Everything home-made. Happy hour 3-6 p.m. and early bird 4-6 p.m. Daily specials. ■ DOUGH ROLLER S. Division Street, Boardwalk 410-289-3501; 41st Street and Coastal Hwy. 410-524-9254; 70th Street and Coastal Hwy. 410-524-7981, $ | Kids’ menu Ocean City’s favorite family restaurant for more than 35 years. Great kid’s menu. Dayton’s Fried Chicken available at South Division. Breakfast served daily at 41st and 70th streets. Order online for carryout at both Coastal Highway locations. ■ HEMINGWAY’S AT THE CORAL REEF 17th Street, in the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Ocean City 410-289-2612, $$$ | Reservations | Kids’ menu | Full bar Elegant dining room, Floridian/island-style cuisine. Seafood, tropical salsas, grilled steaks, pork chops, grilled pineapple, banana fritters, entree salads. ■ VICTORIAN ROOM RESTAURANT Dunes Manor Hotel, OCEANFRONT at 28th and Baltimore Ave, Ocean City 410-289-1100, $$ - $$$ | Reservations recommended | Kids’ menu | Full Bar Open year round. Oceanfront dining atmosphere with local, farm to table/sea to table cuisine. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Friday and Saturday, till 10 p.m.). Also Zippy Lewis Lounge with happy hour from 4-7 p.m., featuring Craft Beer selections and appetizer menu; Milton’s Out Door Cafe; and the Barefoot Beach Bar in season.


29th to 90th streets

■ 32 PALM 32nd Street, in the Hilton Suites, Ocean City 410-289-2525, $$ | Reservations | Kids’ menu | Full bar Western Caribbean cuisine, Eastern Shore favorites, gourmet and tasty liquid desserts. ■ THE BIG EASY ON 60 5909 Coastal Highway, Ocean City 410-5242305, $-$$ | Reservations | Kids’ menu | Full Bar Come try some Ocean City favorites as well as our take on traditional Louisiana cajun dishes. ■ BJ’S ON THE WATER 75th Street, Ocean City 410-524-7575, $-$$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Entire dining menu served 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., seven days a week, year-round. Daily specials, daily duck feeding. Entertainment every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. No cover. Available for parties and banquets. Indoor and outdoor dining. ■ DRY 85 OC 12 48th Street, Ocean City 443-664-8989, $$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Steps from the beach. Gourmet “stick to your ribs” home cooking. A made-from-scratch kitchen with every sauce and every dressing hand crafted. It’s that attention to detail that takes the concept of burgers, fries, pork chops and wings and turns them completely on their head. Late night bar. Seasonal outdoor seating.

■ GUIDOS BURRITOS 33rd Street & Coastal Highway, Ocean City 410524 3663 $-$$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Casual dining. Full service Mexican restaurant featuring the freshest ingredients matched with authentic recipes, intoxicating aromas, and an upbeat atmosphere … one bite and you’re transported to Mexico City. ■ HIGGINS CRAB HOUSE 31st Street, Ocean City 410-289-2581, $-$$ | Kids’ menu | Full Bar Known for all-you-can-eat crabs, crab legs, fried chicken, steamed shrimp, and baby back ribs. ■ JOHNNY’S PIZZA PUB 56th Street, Ocean City 410-723-5600, $ | Kids’ menu | Full Bar Featuring homemade pizzas, 18 gourmet pizzas, a variety of calzones, subs, burgers, sandwiches and jumbo wings with 20 different sauces. Live music Fridays, Saturdays and Wednesdays. Carry out or delivery until 4 a.m. ■ LONGBOARD CAFÉ 67th Street Town Center, Ocean City 443-6645639, $$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Serving lunch and dinner. Lite fare to dinner entrees offering a variety of burgers, paninis, sandwiches and salads. The "veggies" menu features wrinkled green beans. Signature house libiations and signature entrees made with ingredients from local farms and fisheries. A family restaurant. ■ RARE AND RYE 106 32nd St., Ocean City 410-213-7273, Full Bar Whiskey and wine bar. Farm to table. Locally grown and prepared cuisine with an eclectic menu. Unique libations with robust selection of ryes, bourbons, whiskeys and specialty drinks. Authentic green space with industrial and rustic décor. ■ RED RED WINE BAR OC 12 48th Street, Ocean City 443-664-6801, $$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Steps from the beach. Coastal cuisine with a focus on local seafood and hand tossed pizzas plus artisanal cheeseboards. 35+ wines By the Glass, 120+ By the Bottle. Flights. Luxurious colors and custom built couches. Late night bar. Seasonal outdoor seating. ■ ROPEWALK 82nd Street on the bay, Ocean City 410-5241109, $$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Watch the sunsets. Indoor dining and bar, deck dining and tiki bar. Serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Serving lunch and dinner, 7 days a week in casual atmosphere. Happy hour specials all day, every day. ■ SEACRETS 49th Street, Ocean City 410-524-4900, $$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Island atmosphere. Soups, salads, Jamaican jerk chicken, appetizers, sandwiches, paninis, pizza and fresh seafood. ■ SKYE RAW BAR & GRILLE 66th Street, Ocean City 410-723-6762, $-$$ | Reservations | Full bar Lunch, dinner, raw bar or lite fare, at the top of 66th Street and Coastal Highway. Happy hour, 36 p.m. with food and drink specials. ■ TOUCH OF ITALY 67th Street and Coastal Highway, in the Holiday Inn Oceanfront, Ocean City 302-703-3090, $-$$ | Full bar Full Italian style restaurant with Italian style deli and pasticceria/bakery too. Just stop in for a look and a taste of some fresh prosciutto fresh loaves of Italian bread. Large circular bar with Happy Hour and check our Web site with our daily specials from our great menu including pasta, wood fired pizzas, delicious heros and catering.

UPTOWN 91st to 146th streets

■ BLUE FISH JAPANESE & CHINESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR 94th Street, Ocean City 410-524-3983, $-$$ | Reservations | Full bar Japanese and Chinese restaurant and sushi bar with beer, wine and cocktails. Dine in, take out

and delivery available. ■ BOURBON STREET ON THE BEACH 116th Street & Coastal Hwy., (Behind Fountain Head Towers Condominium), Ocean City 443664-2896, $$-$$$ | Reservations recommended for large parties | Kids’ menu | Full bar Eastern Shore fare with a New Orleans Flare. Seafood, steaks and pasta dishes. Specializing in Jambalaya, Creole, & Gumbo. Home of the Ragin’ Cajun Bloody Mary. Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. Weekly entertainment. ■ THE CRAB BAG 130th Street, bayside, Ocean City 410-2503337, $-$$ | Full bar Dine in and carryout. Open 7 Days a week, 11 am til late night. Hot steamed crabs, world famous fried chicken, ribs, burgers, barbecue, pasta, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and more. Lunch and weekly carry-out and dinner specials. Happy hour at the beach with drink and food specials. ■ DUFFYS 130th St., in Montego Bay Shopping Ctr. & Coastal Highway, Ocean City 410-250 1449, $-$$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Casual dining, indoor or outdoor seating. Irish fare and American cuisine. Appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, steaks and seafood. Second season and daily dinner specials. Dine in, carry out. Happy Hour, daily, noon to 6 pm. ■ HORIZONS OCEANFRONT RESTAURANT 101st Street, Ocean City 410-524-3535, $-$$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Serving beach-inspired dishes in our oceanfront restaurants, Horizons and Breakers Pub. All-day menu, available 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Deluxe Sunday breakfast buffet, open year-round and AUCE prime rib, crab legs and seafood buffet available Friday and Saturday, 5-9 p.m. ■ JULES FINE DINING 118th Street, Ocean City 410-524-3396, $$, $$$ | Reservations | Kids’ menu | Full bar Local fare, global flair. Fresh seafood year-round, fresh local produce. ■ MY THAI OC 138th Street, Bayside Plaza, 13727 Coastal Highway, Ocean City 410-250-9918, $ | Beer, wine Authentic Thai food served 6 days a week, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. Free parking for customers. Eat in or take out. Vegetarian options also. ■ NICK’S HOUSE OF RIBS 144th Street & Coastal Highway, Ocean City 410-250-1984, $$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Casual, family friendly with upscale atmosphere. Extensive menu from our famous baby back ribs, fresh seafood, black angus steaks. ■ OC 360 EATS+DRINKS 13801 Coastal Highway, Ocean City 443-6644008, $-$$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Rooftop restaurant on the 8th floor of the Fenwick Inn. Breakfast Saturdays and Sundays, 8-11 a.m. and dinner, 3-9 p.m. Happy Hour everyday, 3-7 p.m. Our large neighborhood bar houses all of your favorite spirits. Weekly dinner specials. Check us out on Facebook or our website! ■ SUSHI CAFE 13711 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City 443-373-2370 $-$$ | Reservations accepted Dine in, carry out. Offering the freshest Sushi, nigiri, sashimi and rolls along with traditional kitchen entrées. ■ WHISKERS PUB 120th Street, OC Square, Ocean City 410-5242609, $ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Certified Angus®burgers and casual fare. Call for hours.


■ THE COTTAGE CAFE Route 1 (across from Sea Colony), Bethany Beach, Del. 302-539-8710, $, $$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Seafood and happy hour specials. Lunch and dinner daily. Breakfast buffet on weekends. ■ FLYING FISH CAFE & SUSHI BAR The Village of Fenwick, 300 Coastal Highway,

Fenwick Island, Del. 302-581-0217, $-$$ | Reservations | Kids’ menu | Full bar Featuring the freshest and most innovative sushi, sashimi, and rolls plus creative and delicious small plates. ■ FOX’S PIZZA DEN 31225 American Parkway, Selbyville, Del. 302436-FOXS, $-$$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Sit-down bar and restaurant. Full menu includes pizza, pastas, salads, sandwiches and more. Specializing pizza and chef specials. Open daily for lunch and dinner at 11 a.m. Take out and delivery. ■ HARPOON HANNA’S RESTAURANT & BAR Route 54 and the bay, Fenwick Island, Del. $$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Casual waterfront restaurant serving lunch and dinner. Fresh fish, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and all-you-can-eat Alaskan crab legs. Open yearround.


■ ALEX’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Route 50, West Ocean City 410-213-7717, $-$$ | Reservations | Full bar Serving homemade Italian cuisine, steaks, seafood, chicken, pork and pasta. Elegant dining room with fireplace.Early bird specials every day from 5-6 p.m. ■ HARBORSIDE BAR AND GRILL 128741 S. Harbor Road, West Ocean City 410213-1846, $-$$$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Home of the Original Fresh Squeezed Orange Crush! Open every day, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Appetizers, fresh seafood, steak and pasta. Live entertainment Thursday through Sunday. ■ HOOTERS Route 50 & Keyser Point Road, West Ocean City 410-213-1841, $-$$ | Kids’ menu and game room | Full bar New smoked wings with half the calories. Traditional wings with 12 sauces, burgers, quesadillas, tacos and healthy salads. Extensive seafood selections with raw bar and Alaskan snow crab legs. Sports packages and live entertainment. Large parties welcome. Call for private party planning. ■ PIZZA TUGOS Routes 50 and 611, West Ocean City 410-5242922; 114th Street and Coastal Highway, Ocean City 410-524-2922, $-$$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Serving lunch and dinner. Open 7 days. Pizza Tugos is a family-friendly dining restaurant that features award winning pizza, pasta, craft burgers, sandwiches, subs, appetizers and salads. Great happy hour and football specials with full bar and 54 craft beers. ■ POPEYE’S LOUISIANA KITCHEN Route 50, West Ocean City 443-664-2105 $ | Kids’ menu Family restaurant. Eat-in, carry out or drive-thru. Open seven days, year-round. Every Monday and Tuesday, two-piece chicken for 99 cents. Every Wednesday, free kids meal with purchase of combo.


■ TERN GRILLE 100 Clubhouse Drive, Ocean Pines 410-6417222, $$ | Full bar The Tern Grille serves freshly-prepared breakfast and lunch items. Winter hours are Friday and Saturday from 4-9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday night is Prime Rib Night. Sunday offers Breakfast Buffet from 9 a.m. to noon.


■ OCEAN DOWNS CASINO, POSEIDON’S PUB 10218 Racetrack Road, Berlin 410-641-0600, $-$$$ | Full bar House soups, small plates, sandwiches, burgers and entrees including steaks, chicken, veggie and Eastern Shore favorites. Pub hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Dining room hours: Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 10 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday, noon to 8 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.

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Calendar Submit calendar items to: Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, the week of publication. Local submissions have priority. Area event listings are subject to space availability.

FRI, MAR. 9 Ocean City Center for the Arts, 502 94th St., Ocean City, MD, All Day One hundred films will be screened at three locations in the resort: Princess Royale Hotel, Clarion Resort and Fox Gold Coast Theater. The Ocean City Center for the Arts will also be hosting the opening night reception and several workshops on filmmaking. Tickets cost $50 for an all-access, three-day pass that includes unlimited movie access, opening and closing parties and all workshops or $10 for a one-day pass for movies only. Tickets plus a full schedule of films and times of screenings are available at, by visiting the Arts Center or by calling 410-524-9433. Viewer discretion is advised.


Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, Ocean Pines, MD, 2 to 4 p.m. Featuring “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio. Copies of books are available in advance at the library. 410-208-4014,


Pocomoke library, 301 Market St., Pocomoke City, MD, 3:30 p.m. Learn to draw, paint and create. For ages 8 years and older. Registration is necessary: 410-957-0878,


Stevenson United Methodist Church, 123 N. Main St., Berlin, MD, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $10 and includes crab cake sandwich with green beans and seasoned baked potato. Carryouts and bake table available.


Ocean Pines Community Center, 235 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, MD, 5 to 6 p.m. Free clinic for beginners. Also offering a free week of drop-in time following the clinic (Friday through Thursday). Register: John Hanberry, or 703-5986119.


SAT, MAR. 10 Ocean City Center for the Arts, 502 94th St., Ocean City, MD, All Day One hundred films will be screened at three locations in the resort: Princess Royale Hotel, Clarion Resort and Fox Gold


Coast Theater. The Ocean City Center for the Arts will also be hosting the opening night reception and several workshops on filmmaking. Tickets cost $50 for an all-access, three-day pass that includes unlimited movie access, opening and closing parties and all workshops or $10 for a one-day pass for movies only. Tickets plus a full schedule of films and times of screenings are available at, by visiting the Arts Center or by calling 410-524-9433. Viewer discretion is advised. Seacrets, 117 49th St., Ocean City, MD, 2-6 p.m. Music provided by Tranzfusion, Opposite Directions, Kevin Poole, DJ BK, DJ Wax and other area musicians. A silent auction and raffle will also be held and food, craft beer and wine are included in the ticket price of $40. All proceeds benefit the Koenig family. Tickets available at the door or online at


White Horse Park, 239 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, MD, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Held every Saturday. Locally grown vegetables and fruits, eggs, honey, kettle korn, flowers, artisan breads, seafood, meats and more. New vendors welcome. 410641-7717, Ext. 3006


8 a.m. The Junior Auxiliary Group of Atlantic General Hospital will be taking a spring bus trip to Philadelphia for their flower show, “Wonders of Water.” Tickets for the trip cost $68, which includes the cost of the flower show ticket. The bus will depart Berlin on March 10 at 8 a.m., returning at approximately at 9:30 p.m. Enjoy Philadelphia and the flower show, which is in walking distance to Reading Terminal Market, Chinatown and City Hall. RSVP to Ashley at or 410-213-0823.


Ocean City Senior Center, 104 41st St., Ocean City, MD, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low- to moderate-income taxpayers. By appointment only.


Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, Ocean Pines, MD 21811, 9:30 a.m. The speaker will be Bryan Mullins, who focuses on using technology to improve fishing success. Mullins and his wife, Mary, will present a short film, “Beauti-


ful Ocean City.” Then they will show lures and set ups that anglers can use when fishing for flounder. All are welcome. Jack Barnes, 410-641-7662


Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, Ocean Pines, MD 21811, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Create themed crafts using materials provided by the library. 410-2084014, Berlin library, 220 N. Main St., Berlin, MD, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. More than a dozen employers are scheduled to conduct interviews and meet with prospective hires. Bring your resume and dress for success. 410-641-0650,


Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, 401 S Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, MD, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring live performances from 20162017 Washington, D.C. Magician of the Year, Eric Henning and legendary sword swallower, Tyler Fyre from noon to 4 p.m. There will be a celebration cake, kids arts and crafts, a Balloon Twister and prize giveaways. The Chamber of Commerce will be on site for a welcoming ceremony at noon, followed by a ribbon-cutting and beach ball drop at 1 p.m.


Ocean City library, 10003 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Teen Area will be filled with supplies for crafting, creative writing, digital creations and more. Oculus Rift available for students 13 years and older. 410-524-1818,


Ocean City Fire Department Headquarters, 1409 Philadelphia Ave., Ocean City, MD, 6 to 9 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. A family-friendly event with more than 100 auction items, raffles, food and door prizes. Advance admission tickets cost $5 and tickets at the door cost $7, which includes one paddle and a door prize ticket. Bring plenty of quarters. Proceeds benefit the fire company, cadets and scholarships. Tickets: Sylvia, 609-4120778 or Teresa, 443-365-0637


SUN, MAR. 11 Ocean City Center for the Arts, 502 94th St., Ocean City, MD, All Day One hundred films will be screened at three locations in the resort: Princess Royale Hotel, Clarion Resort and Fox Gold Coast Theater. The Ocean City Center for the Arts will also be hosting the opening night reception and several workshops on filmmaking. Tickets cost $50 for an all-access, three-day pass that includes unlimited movie access,


opening and closing parties and all workshops or $10 for a one-day pass for movies only. Tickets plus a full schedule of films and times of screenings are available at, by visiting the Arts Center or by calling 410-524-9433. Viewer discretion is advised. WOC Fitness, 12319 Ocean Gateway, Suite 203, West Ocean City, MD, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Worcester County Humane Society. With a $10 donation event goers can reserve a Star Track Bike and with a $15 donation a Life fitness IC6. Also collecting pet food and cleaning supplies. Music provided by DJ Jeremy. Reservations: Bonnie, 410-251-2459.



Community Church at Ocean Pines, 11227 Racetrack Road, Ocean City, MD, 3 p.m. A pre-concert lecture begins at 2:15 p.m. “In Their Twenties” will feature Phil Munds on the French Horn and George Bizet’s “Symphony No. 1.” Tickets: or 888-846-8600.

MON, MAR. 12 Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, Ocean Pines, MD, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low- to moderate-income taxpayers. By appointment only. 410-641-5036


Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, 813 S. Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, MD 21842, 10:30 a.m. Children learn about local history and wildlife through story time, crafts, live animal encounters and hands on activities. 410-289-4991,


Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, Ocean Pines, MD, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Group uses exercises to stimulate the process for creative expression. No prior writing experience needed. 410-208-4014,


Ocean City library, 10003 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, 3:30 p.m. Children, under 2 years, will be introduced to songs, games and finger plays. Meets the second Monday of each month. 410524-1818,


Worcester Youth and Family Ray Room, 124 N. Main St., Berlin, MD, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free educational session that occurs the second Monday of each month. Rachel Pomycala, Doctor of Au-


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CALENDAR diology with Chesapeake Hearing Centers will be discussing the reasons for tinnitus, treatments and hearing loss and tinnitus-specific hearing aids. Registration is encouraged but not required: or Michelle, 410-641-9268. Snow Hill library, 307 N. Washington St., Snow Hill, MD, 3:45 p.m. Use the Google Exploration Kit for a coastal “virtual reality” experience. Science fun for children 6 years and older. 410-6323495,



Pocomoke library, 301 Market St., Pocomoke City, MD, 4:30 p.m. Shawn Saunders will teach the basic stances, escapes, kicks and punches. Wear comfortable clothing. 410-957-0878, Atlantic General Hospital, conference room 1, 9733 Healthway Drive, Berlin, MD, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Berlin group No. 169. TOPS is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy lifestyle. It meets weekly. Joy Chestnutt, 443-365-5815


Ocean Pines Community Center, 239 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, MD, 7 to 9 p.m. The group meets each Monday. Women interested in learning the craft of a cappella singing welcome. 410-6416876



Ocean City library, 10003 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, 9:30 a.m. Open to the public. Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, Ocean Pines, MD, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Explore the world of iPads while learning from each other. Register: Norma Kessler, 410-641-7017. Men are welcome.


Berlin library, 220 N. Main St., Berlin, MD, 10:30 a.m. Learn new skills while playing with educational toys. For infant to 5 year old children. 410-641-0650,


Pocomoke library, 301 Market St., Pocomoke City, MD, 10:30 a.m. For 2-3 year old children. 410-957-0878,


Gull Creek Senior Living, 1 Meadow St., Berlin, MD, 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. For individuals suffering from Parkinson’s. Group provides education on exercise, nutrition, coping techniques, medications and developments in treatment. Kay Rentschler, 410-641-4765,

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, Ocean Pines, MD, 2 p.m. “Choose Civility,” a conversation about choosing civility when our chaotic society challenges us to do so. 410-208-4014,



Ocean City library, 10003 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, 4 p.m. Enjoy STEM books, crafts and activities. Snacks and drinks provided. 410-5241818, Worcester County Health Center, 9730 Healthway Drive, Berlin, MD, 5:30 to 7 p.m. The group meets each Tuesday. TOPS is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and health lifestyle.


Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 2, 9733 Healthway Drive, Berlin, MD, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Offers shared wisdom and problem solving for family members of persons with mental illness. The group is free. Info: Carole Spurrier, 410-208-4003, or Gail S. Mansell,, 410-641-9725


Pocomoke Elks Lodge 1624, 1944 Worcester Highway, Pocomoke City, MD, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., early bingo at 7 p.m. and regular games start at 7:30 p.m. Food and non-alcoholic drinks available. Open to the public. 410-957-3556


WED, MAR. 14 Ocean Pines Community Center, 235 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, MD, 8 a.m. Meets every Wednesday. Doors open at 7 a.m., meeting begins at 8 a.m. 410-641-7330,



North Worcester Senior Center, 10129 Old Ocean City Blvd., Berlin, MD, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free, 7-week, interactive program proven to improve the participant’s risk of falls. Class runs Feb. 7 through March 28. Heather Griswold, 410-742-0505, Ext. 169

fighters throughout Worcester County. A meet and greet begins at 5 p.m., a complimentary traditional American Legion dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the awards program at 6 p.m. Dinner reservations must be made by calling Tom Wengert at 443-994-2513 or Paul Hawkins at 443-523-2973 no later than March 12. Snow Hill library, 307 N. Washington St., Snow Hill, MD, 2 p.m. Practice painting your design on wine glasses with artist, Michael Carmean. Supplies provided. Register: 410-632-3495,


Ocean City library, 10003 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, 3 p.m. Held the second Wednesday of each month. No registration required. Adults only. 410524-1818,


Pocomoke library, 301 Market St., Pocomoke City, MD, 4 p.m. Put your taste buds to the challenge, For ages 12 years and older. 410-957-0878,


Ocean City Elks Lodge, 13708 Sinepuxent Ave., Ocean City, MD, 5:30 to 9 p.m. The group meets every Wednesday. Jitterbug, swing, cha-cha to the sounds of the ‘50s, ‘60s and Carolina Beach music. A $5 donation per person to benefit Veterans and local charities in the Delmarva region. Elk members and their guests welcome., 410-208-1151,


Captain’s Table Restaurant in the Courtyard by Marriott, 2 15th St, Ocean City, MD, 6 p.m. The group meets every Wednesday., 410641-1700


THU, MAR. 15 Ocean Pines Community Center, 235 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, MD, 10 a.m. Refreshments served at 9:45 a.m. The group will be making Easter treat boxes and filling them for Meals On Wheels. Guests are welcome. Barb, 410-208-2944


Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, Ocean Pines, MD, 10:30 a.m. For 3 to 7 year old children. 410-208-4014,



Ocean City library, 10003 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, 10:30 a.m. For 2 to 5 year old children. 410-524-1818,


American Legion Post #166, 2308 Philadelphia Ave., Ocean City, MD 21842, 5 p.m. The Legion will present First Responders Awards to several police officers, EMT personnel and fire-



Snow Hill library, 307 N. Washington St., Snow Hill, MD, 10:30 a.m. For 2 to 5 year old children. 410-632-3495, Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, Ocean Pines, MD, 11 a.m. The group meets every Thursday. Free and open to anyone who has lost a loved one, not just Coastal Hospice families. 410-251-8163

Berlin library, 220 N. Main St., Berlin, MD, 2 p.m. Learn how to paint RAK rocks and how to distribute them. Choose Civility Program. 410-641-0650,


Harpoon Hanna’s, 39064 Harpoon Road, Fenwick Island, DE, 4 to 6 p.m. Every Thursday, Beach Singles 45-Plus meets for happy hour. Info: Arlene, 302436-9577 or Kate, 410-524-0649.


American Legion Post #123, 10111 Old Ocean City Blvd., Berlin, MD, 4 p.m. Roast Beef with gravy, mashed potatoes and peas. Cost is $7. Open to the public.



Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, Ocean Pines, MD, 6:30 p.m. Steve Price, Assistant Superintendent Worcester County Schools, and a Sheriff representative will present information on our safety procedures and answer attendees questions. Worcester County NAACP to host this event. 443-944-6701 Ocean City library, 10003 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, 6:30 p.m. Join animation expert Seth Nedrow as he hosts this educational showcase of rare, classic, groundbreaking and bizarre animation from every era around the world. Designed for adult audiences. 410-5241818,


Atlantic General Hospital, conference room 1, 9733 Healthway Drive, Berlin, MD, 7 to 8 p.m. Held second Thursday of each month. Support and information for those affected by celiac disease. Betty Bellarin, 410-603-0210


ONGOING EVENTS Join members of the Ocean Pines Boat Club on their April 19 bus trip to the Harrington Casino. Cost is $20 and includes $15 slot play and a $7 food voucher for the lunch buffet. The bus will leave from the Ocean Pines Yacht Club at 10 a.m. and return at about 5 p.m. Reservations: Tom or Barbara Southwell, 410-641-5456.


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Full-Time, Seasonal LIFEGUARDS The Village at Bear Trap Dunes is seeking full-time summer lifeguards who are able to work holiday weekends including 4th of July and Labor Day weekends. Candidates must already have a valid lifeguard and first aid/CPR certification. Job duties include vacuuming the pool, cleaning tiles and taking chlorine and pH readings. Competitive pay offered. 10 miles over MD/DE line.

Please contact Bethany Beck, Pavilion Manager:


Maintenance Technician Wanted

Competitive Salary: $15 - $18/hr. depending on experience. Help build and maintain Delmarva's fastest growing restaurant group. Perform interior and exterior finish work, such as drywall, painting, paneling, ceiling and floor tile, plumbing repairs, heating and air conditioning system repairs. Perform routine and emergency repairs on restaurant equipment, including diagnostics on electrical and refrigeration components. On call on a rotating emergency schedule for weekends and holidays. Basic skill sets must include some Electric, Plumbing, Carpentry, Refrigeration. Health Insurance, 401K, Sick Leave Email resume to: Fax to 410-520-0199 Job Type: Full-time ~. Salary: $18.00 / hourly

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Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel is seeking, a year round full time Sales Manager; with direct reporting to our Director of Sales & Marketing. Must have hotel sales experience to sell and book conferences and group rooms. Must be able to supervise and oversee events. Applicant must be detail oriented and computer literate – Delphi experience a plus. Excellent benefits, working conditions and salary (commensurate with experience). Qualified applicants only, forward resume with salary requirements to: Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel Human Resources 10100 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842 Fax: 410-723-9109 ~ EOE M/F/D/V


Store Managers for our Ocean City, MD locations. Salary 49-59K + bonus, 401K, health insurance, vacation & sick time. Apply online at or via email


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Retiree PT Janitorial/ Custodial Work Flexible hours. Good references needed. Contact Gene Brewis with Harbour Island at 14th Street on the bay. 410-251-1423


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We are looking for experienced personnel with customer service skills. Must be flexible with hours. Email resume to or stop by and complete an application at the Front Desk. We require satisfactory pre-employment drug testing and background check. Carousel Resort Hotel & Condominiums 11700 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842 EOE

- Housekeepers - Front Desk Clerks - Maintenance Technician

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Supervisory positions open for people with experience. Openings are for full, part time, seasonal or year round. Call 410-289-5762 or come in to the hotel to fill out an application

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All positions are required to work weekends.

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Immediate opening for groundsman/laborer for busy tree company in northern Worcester County. Duties include dragging brush to the chipper and chipping it, job site cleanup, driving company truck, and other duties as required. Qualified applicants MUST HAVE VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE, be physically fit and able to lift heavy loads, reliable transportation, and willingness to work hard every day. Also must be able to pass DOT physical with drug screen. For immediate consideration, please call Pete at 443-235-0915



*Salaried Position and Profit Sharing for the Right Person* Call Carl For Interview 443-880-3092 or HOLDING OPEN INTERVIEWS Every Sat. & Sun., 11am-2pm Now through March 54th Street, OCMD (Behind Chauncey’s Surf Shop)

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SALES & RENTAL AGENTS NEEDED 410-726-1197 PGN Crabhouse, 29th Street & Coastal Hwy. Help Wanted. Waitstaff, Kitchen Help. Apply Within after 11 am.

Alex’s Italian Restaurant Experienced Cooks and Servers. Year-Round. Apply in Person. Rt. 50, West OC.

Part-Time Position - The Irish Outreach Ocean City is looking for someone to shadow the current Administrator in the administrative duties associated with the outreach each summer. Minimal work begins in March 2018 and can be done from home. Applicant must know FaceBook, an Email system, and be proficient in Word and Excel. The season ends in late August. The position requires that the applicant be available for occasional meetings with the local coordinators. For more information, please contact: Mrs. Geri Garvey at or phone at 240-535-9205

NOW HIRING!! Production Crew

for our WOC kitchen facility Starting at $11.50/hr. Apply online at:

Comfort Inn Gold Coast We are seeking to fill the position of Night Auditor. This position may be full or part time, is year-round, and requires a flexible schedule. Experience is preferred but we will train the right person. Please apply in person at: 112th Street, Ocean City, next to the Gold Coast Mall

A busy contractor company in Ocean Pines, MD is currently hiring HVAC Maintenance Technicians. START IMMEDIATELY. To apply, call Marc at 302-682-1777.

Ocean Resorts Golf Club is accepting applications for part-time positions including greenkeepers, golf shop staff, cart attendants and snack bar staff. Golf Privileges included. Apply in person daily between 10am and 2pm. For directions, call 410-641-5643. Wanted: Trustworthy reliable person for furniture retail sales position in Ocean City. Must be capable of heavy lifting. smart casual dress code. Daytime hours. Great pay. Call after 12pm. 302-2497436.

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Full-Time, Year-Round Health Benefits Apply in person Tues. thru Thurs., 9-3 p.m. @ Golden Sands 10900 Coastal Highway

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Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel is seeking, a year round full time Maintenance Manager; reporting to our General Manger. Must have maintenance and supervisor experience. For busy hotel with 40,000 square foot conference center, 3 pools, 250 hotel rooms and 84 condos. Excellent benefits, working conditions and salary. Qualified applicants only, forward resume with salary requirements to: Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel Human Resources 10100 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842 Fax: 410-723-9109 ~ EOE M/F/D/V

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Experienced Cleaners needed for Part-time work in Ocean City & Bethany. Must have vehicle and cell phone and pass background check. Please call 410-202-2887.

Live-In Home Health Aides Needed Immediately. Must be experienced, reliable and trustworthy. Please call 410219-3445. Sales Associates/ Telemarketers Needed ASAP for busy contractor company. Great hours, Monday-Friday, 9-4pm. No experience necessary; will train right candidate, but experience is always a plus. Hourly pay plus commission! Serious inquiries only! If interested, call Donna at 410-208-4614. FT Housekeeper Wanted. No experience necessary. Apply in person @ SeaTime Condominiums, 6 135th St., Ocean City, Md.


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1BR BEACHY, POOLSIDE APARTMENT - 47th Street. Steps to beach. 443-506-2738

2BR/2.5BA LARGE TOWNHOUSE Bethany Breeze, 15 min. from OC. Pool, tennis, sunroom, fireplace. No pets. Tammy, Resort Professionals, 302682-7765.

Ocean Pines the Meadows secluded tree top Condo. 2BR, 2BA, den, shady balcony, ceramic tile kitchen and bathrooms. Fireplace, open floor plan. Steps to restaurants, shops, playground and tennis courts. $1250 per month plus utilities. Available April 10th. Call 443-9831430.

Year Round Rentals available in West Ocean City. 2 bedroom, 1 bath and 1 bedrooom, 1 bath. Call 1-877-289-1616 for more information.

Summer Seasonal 2BR, 2BA

Renovated luxury, modern, villa. North OC, sleeps 5. May-Sept $13,600. Furn. w/major appl.’s, flat screen tv’s, deck & pool, next to restaurants & bars, close to Northside park. NO Pets. No smokers, Family and Professionals only apply. Credit & ref. checks req w/ sec. dep.

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North Ocean City, Md., Captains Quarters Road 2BR, 2.5BA on canal. 1450 sq. ft., furnished with fireplace, boat slip w/lift (fits 30 ft. boat), pool table and separate office. Annual lease and credit check required. $1700/mo. plus 1 month sec. dep. Available 4/1/18 or 5/1/18 Email:

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needed with own tools, flexible hours 3-4 days per week. Good references needed. Contact Gene Brewis with Harbour Island at 14th Street on the bay. Nice place to work. 410-251-1423

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Available May 10th-Sept. 10th. 312 Sunset Dr. 2BR/1.5BA, newly remodeled, big kitchen/living area. Sleeps up to 6. $13,500/season, you pay utilities. Security deposit $2,000. Call 410-428-7333.

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Year-Round Remodeled 2 Bedroom Apartment with yard. Newark, MD, close to Berlin. $775/month. Call 410726-8631.

Large Multi-Family Rental 47th St. 4BR, 3 baths, sleeps 18. Pool, ocean views, eat-in gourmet kitchen, 4 decks. 443-506-2738 Contractors Special $49.00 PER NIGHT Clean, comfortable, quiet rooms. Burgundy Inn 1210 Philadelphia Ave. Ocean City, MD 21842 410-289-8581

WINTER WEEKLY RENTALS 4BR House $450/wk. 2BR Apartments $249/wk. Burgundy Inn 1210 Philadelphia Ave. 410-289-8581


Lovely 1BR, 1.5BA Condo in Jupiter, FL. Two blocks from beach. 1 mile from waterfront restaurants. Completely renovated. No smoking, no pets. Call for availability/rates. 410524-0824


3BR, 2BA Home Close to the Beach. No H.O.A. or town taxes. Bishopville. $249,000. Call Howard Martin Realty, 410-353-5555.


Self-Storage Units on Route 50, 300 sq. ft and 250 sq. ft. Call Bill, 301-537-5391.


Looking for space, comfort and great views? Spacious, climatecontrolled offices available, with use of Conference Room, in a modern, wellmaintained building, in prime Ocean City location. Call 410-524-3440 for appointment.

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Restaurant for Lease 203 seat restaurant located on landmark corner & prime hotel row. 5,730 sq ft newly renovated building, plenty of parking, upgraded HVAC, full liquor license, plenty of walk-ins & freezer space. Ideal for crab house, Mexican, BBQ, sports bar, or Ale House concept.

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OFFICE FOR LEASE DOWNTOWN BERLIN: Just under 400 sq. ft., has 2 separate rooms & a wet bar. Avail. March 16. $900/month. Call 301-537-8500.

2 Office/Retail Spaces & 3 Warehouse Units available in West Ocean City. Call 443497-4200. AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY 225 sq. ft. Office space, $275/month. util incl Two 120 sq. ft. Storage Sheds, each $95/month Call 410-726-5471 or 410-641-4300


PAYING CASH for junk A/C’s. Will also pick up other scrap metal or appliances free of charge. 302-222-7297

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PUBLIC NOTICES McCabe, Weisberg & Conway, LLC 312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 800 Laurel, MD 20707

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF IMPROVED REAL PROPERTY 41 ANCHOR WAY DR. BERLIN, MD 21811 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust from Leonard D. Boscia and Roberta A. Boscia, dated March 15, 2006 and recorded in Liber 4685, folio 730 and re-recorded in Liber 4703, folio 194 among the Land Records of Worcester County, 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 County, at the Court House Door, One W. Market St., Snow Hill, MD 21863, on MARCH 26, 2018 AT 1:35 PM ALL THAT FEE SIMPLE LOT OF GROUND AND THE IMPROVEMENTS THEREON situated in Worcester County, 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 $22,000 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 County, Maryland. Interest is to be paid on the unpaid purchase price at the rate of 5.25% 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, and front foot benefit charges, if applicable, 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 #2012-29109). Laura H. G. O’Sullivan, et al., Substitute Trustees ALEX COOPER AUCTS, INC. 908 YORK RD., TOWSON, MD 21204 410-828-4838 OCD-3/8/3t _________________________________ Rosenberg & Associates, LLC 4340 East West Highway, Suite 600 Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 907-8000

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF IMPROVED REAL PROPERTY 10050 BONITA DR. OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust from Lou Ann Garton dated February 21, 2008 and recorded in Liber 5072, folio 686 among the Land Records of Worcester County, MD, default having occurred under the terms thereof, the Sub. Trustees will sell at public auction at the Circuit Court for Worcester County, at the Court House Door, One W. Market St., Snow Hill, MD 21863, on MARCH 16, 2018 AT 2:00 PM ALL THAT FEE SIMPLE LOT OF GROUND, together with the buildings and improvements thereon situated in Worcester County, MD and more fully described in the aforesaid Deed of Trust. Tax ID #10-010926. 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 $24,000 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 County. 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 settle-

ment 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 69760. Diane S. Rosenberg, Mark D. Meyer, et al., Substitute Trustees ALEX COOPER AUCTS, INC. 908 YORK RD., TOWSON, MD 21204 410-828-4838 OCD-3/1/3t _________________________________ Gershberg & Associates, LLC Richard L. Gershberg, ESQ 11419 Cronridge Drive, Suite 7 Owings Mills, MD 21117

NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 17291 Notice is given that the Orphans’ Court of Dauphin County, PA appointed Melissa B. Armen, 116 Hunt Court, Hummelstown, PA 17036 and Shelby E. Class, 2251 Foxianna Road, Middletown, PA 17057 as the

Co-Executrices of the Estate of C. Frank Class, III who died on July 6, 2017 domiciled in Pennsylvania, USA. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is Richard L. Gershberg, Esq. whose address is Gershberg & Assoc., LLC, 11419 Cronridge Drive, Ste. 7, Owings Mills, MD 21117. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following Maryland counties: Worcester County. 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 delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred. Melissa B. Armen Shelby E. Class Foreign Personal Representatives Charlotte K. Cathell Register of Wills One W. Market Street Room 102 - Court House Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 Name of Newspaper: Ocean City Digest Date of first publication: February 22, 2018 OCD-2/22/3t _________________________________

NOTICE Disposal of Surplus Vehicles and Equipment to be Auctioned on “Disposition of County Personal Property no longer used by the County” The following described personal property, including vehicles, furniture and equipment, have been determined to be no longer required for County use by the County Commissioners of Worcester County, Maryland and deemed to be surplus property: SURPLUS VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT Surplus vehicles, listed by make and model (with model year), as follows: Chevrolet 1500 Pickup Trucks (2004, 2005); Chevrolet 1500 Utility Body Truck (2006); Chevrolet 2500 4x4 Pickup Truck (1997); Chevrolet 2500 Utility Body Truck (2004); Chevrolet 3500 Van (2003); Chevrolet Blazers (2002, 2004); Chevrolet S10 Pickup (2003); Chevrolet Tahoe 4x4 (2012); Chevrolet Trailblazer (2005); Dodge Stratus (2005, 2005, 2006); Ford Crown Victorias (2005, 2006, 2008, 2008, 2009, 2011); Ford Expeditions (2005, 2005); Ford F-150

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PUBLIC NOTICES 4x2 Truck (2008, 2008); Ford F-350 Utility Body Truck (1996); Ford F800 Dump Truck (1998); Ford L8000 (1988); Ford L900 Dump Truck (1985); Ford Rangers (2000, 2008); Ford Windstar (2000); International 1754 Dump Truck (1989); International 4700 Dump Truck (1990); Mack MS200P Box Truck (1997); and Peterbilt MPB330 Box Truck (2002). Surplus equipment, including: CASE 70XT Skidsteer (2003); John Deere 850C Dozer (2001); New Holland TS90 Tractors (2003, 2003); Rhino DB-150 Side Mount Mowers (two); and Terex Off-Road Truck (2002). Surplus furniture and miscellaneous equipment, including: IBM Info Print 6500 Printer; wooden desk; Christmas wreaths (approximately 66); 3 Pace Pickup Bed Covers; Refrigerator; Patio Chairs, Benches and Umbrellas; Metal Bunk Bed Frame with Extra Parts; Stainless Steel Deep Fryer; Used Cell Phones; Rotary 4-Post Lift SM300 with two Rolling Jacks; one lot of Automotive Filters; one lot of Service/Repair Manuals; one pail of Used Wheel Weights; Gas Auger; Gas Water Pump; Portabrake Model W-14; 2 Stacking Plastic Shelves; 3 lots of 2-Drawer and 4-Drawer Filing Cabinets (two fire proof); 3 Hanging Lights; 3 Rennai Hot Water Heaters; 3 Storage Shelves; 5 Chicken House Fans; Ground Equipment - Hedge Trimmers, Leaf Blowers, Chainsaws, Weed Eaters; Amber Beacon Lights; Tires; 18 Tractor Weights and Weight Bracket; and Pipe Camera System.) TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE AND CONVEYANCE: The County Commissioners propose to solicit competitive bids via an Internet-based auction system operated by GovDeals, Inc. for which the winning bidder pays a buyers premium of twelve and one-half percent (12.5%) of the winning bid for each transaction so that there is no net cost to the County. All of the above referenced surplus property will be offered for sale “AS IS, WHERE IS.” The County Commissioners make no warranty, guaranty or representation of any kind, expressed or implied, as to the merchantability or fitness for any purpose of the property offered for sale. The County Commissioners warrant to the buyer that the property offered for sale will conform to its description. The County Commissioners reserve the right to reject any and all bids as they see fit and to withdraw from sale any of the items listed. Payment in full by successful bidders shall be made to Worcester County Commissioners. OPPORTUNITY FOR OBJECTIONS: Anyone objecting to the proposed conveyance of the above surplus vehicles and equipment shall do so in writing prior to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018, or in person at the regularly scheduled meeting of the County Commissioners to be held at 10:00 a.m. on March 20, 2018 in the County Commissioners Meeting Room, Room 1101 - Government Center, One West Market Street, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863. WORCESTER COUNTY

PUBLIC NOTICE The motor vehicles described below have been abandoned. The owners and lien holders are hereby informed of their right to reclaim the vehicles upon payment of all charges and costs resulting from the towing, preservation, and storage of the vehicles. The failure of the owners or lien holders to reclaim the vehicles within three weeks of notification shall be deemed a waiver by the owners or lien holders of all rights, title and interest and thereby consent to the sale of the vehicles at public auction beginning February 22, 2018, or to have it otherwise disposed of in a manner provided by law. Line No Year 006-18 015-18 838-17 870-17 903-17 930-17 955-17 974-17 1000-17 1001-17 1006-17 1013-17 1031-17 1040-17 1042-17 1050-17 1052-17 1061-17 1063-17 1068-17 1107-17 1112-17 1118-17 1120-17 1121-17 1153-17 1161-17 1165-17 1166-17 1170-17

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Estate No. 17305 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF JOHN MICHAEL PURNELL Notice is given that Charlotte Anne Purnell, 12407 Meadow Drive, Berlin, MD 21811, was on March 01, 2018 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of John Michael Purnell who died on January 18, 2018, with a will.

Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 1st day of September, 2018. 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. Charlotte Anne Purnell Personal Representative True Test Copy Charlotte K. Cathell Register of Wills Worcester County One W. Market Street Room 102 - Court House Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074

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PUBLIC NOTICES Name of newspaper designated by personal representative: Ocean City Digest Date of publication: March 08, 2018 OCD-3/8/3t _________________________________

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS TOWN OF OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 110 of the Code of Ocean City, Maryland, hereinafter referred to as the Code, same being the Zoning Ordinance for Ocean City, Maryland, notice is hereby given that public hearings will be conducted by the Board of Zoning Appeals for Ocean City, Maryland in the Council Chambers of City Hall located on Baltimore Avenue and Third Street, in the Town of Ocean City, Maryland on: THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Pursuant to the provisions of Section 110-93(2), Powers, of the Code, an appeal has been filed pursuant to the provisions of Section 110-94(2)(b) requesting a special parking exception to allow for the reduction of 22 spaces from the required shopping center parking space total of 72 spaces (including restaurants) to allow the location of a restaurant in

a vacant portion of the existing shopping center.. The site of the appeal is described as Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 17, 18 & 19, Block 103 of the Oceanbay City Plat; further described as located on the west side of Coastal Highway between 80th and 81st Streets, and known locally as 8001B Coastal Highway, in the Town of Ocean City, Maryland. APPLICANT: JOSEPH E. MOORE, ESQUIRE, ATTNY FOR GOOSE CREEK INC – (BZA 2512 #1809400003) at 6:10 p.m. Pursuant to the provisions of Section 110-93(2), Powers, of the Code, an appeal has been filed pursuant to the provisions of Section 110-94(3)(a) requesting special yard exceptions to the minimum 5’ setbacks from the front, rear, and side site lines required per Code to allow the construction of a new single-family dwelling. The site of the appeal is described as Lot F-4 of the Isle of Wight Trailer Park Plat; further described as located on the west side of Fisherman Lane and locally known as 2303 Fisherman Lane, in the Town of Ocean City, Maryland. APPLICANT: EDWARD MOORE – (BZA 2513 #18-09400004) at 6:20 p.m. REVISED DESCRIPTION AFTER POSTPONEMENT ON 2/22/18 Pursuant to the provisions of Section 110-93(2), Powers, of the Code, an appeal has been filed per the provisions of Section 110-94(2)(b) requesting a special parking exception after a staff determined two (2) parking space nonconformity existing onsite (File #18-18100004), to waive one-half parking space (rounded to one (1)) for a new, seven (7) unit con-

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dominium, providing 18 parking spaces instead of 18.5 (19) parking spaces; and requesting that two (2) of these provided parking spaces be compact in size. The site of the appeal is described as Lots 25 and 26, Block 5 of the Fenwick Plat, revised 1965; further described as located at the northwest corner of 125th Street and Assawoman Drive, and locally known as 10-125th Street and 12503 Assawoman Drive, in the Town of Ocean City, Maryland. APPLICANT: 125TH STREET DEVELOPMENT OF OCEAN CITY LLC – (BZA 2510 #1809400001) Further information concerning the public hearings may be examined in the office of the Department of Planning and Community Development in City Hall. Alfred Harrison, Chairman Heather Stansbury, Attorney OCD-3/8/2t _________________________________ BWW Law Group, LLC 6003 Executive Blvd., Suite 101 Rockville, MD 20852 Carrie M. Ward, et al. 6003 Executive Blvd., Suite 101 Rockville, MD 20852 Substitute Trustees Plaintiffs vs. ALBERT J. TOBAK SHARON R. TOBAK 11599 South Dolly Circle Berlin, MD 21811 Defendant(s) IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND Case No. C-23-CV-17-000389

NOTICE Notice is hereby given this 23rd day of February, 2018, by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, that the sale of the property mentioned in these proceedings and described as 11599 South Dolly Circle, 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 26th day of March, 2018, 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 19th day of March, 2018. The report states the purchase price at the Foreclosure sale to be $226,000.00. Susan R. Braniecki Clerk, Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland True Copy Test: Susan R. Braniecki Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County MD OCD-3/1/3t _________________________________

NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 17300 Notice is given that the Surrogate’s court of Albany County, NY appointed Mary Kathleen Bell, 16 Colgate Lane, Woodbury, NY 11797 as the Personal Representative of

the Estate of Mary Ellen Rowland who died on June 21, 2017 domiciled in New York, America. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is Ashley Walton whose address is 6821 Tammy Court, Bethesda, MD 20817. 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 delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred. Mary Kathleen Bell Foreign Personal Representative Charlotte K. Cathell Register of Wills One W. Market Street Room 102 - Court House Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 Name of Newspaper Ocean City Digest Date of first publication: March 08, 2018 OCD-3/8/3t _________________________________ IN THE MATTER OF: Condit Conrad McGeown FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO: Condit Conrad Lyon IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY Civil No. C-23-FM-18-000089

NOTICE (Adult) (DOM REL 61) The above Petitioner has filed a Petition for Change of Name in which he/she seeks to change his/her name from Condit Conrad McGeown to Condit Conrad Lyon. The petitioner is seeking a name change because: marriage. Any person may file an objection to the Petition on or before the 30th day of March, 2018. The objection must be supported by an affidavit and served upon the Petitioner in accordance with Maryland Rule 1-321. Failure to file an objection or affidavit within the time allowed may result in a judgment by default or the granting of the relief sought. A copy of this notice shall be published one time in a newspaper of general circulation in the county/city at least fifteen (15) days before the deadline to file an objection. Susan R. Braniecki CLERK True Copy Test: Susan R. Braniecki Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County, MD OCD-3/8/1t _________________________________


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Wrong thing said to wrong people

US Wind project development director Paul Rich misread the audience in his most recent comments about the resort’s effort to push the field of power-generating turbines farther out to sea. At a local forum convened last week to question the local government’s stance, comments from Rich suggested that if oceanic wind farms aren’t permitted, something much worse could happen. He said if US Wind is forced to abandon its project, that could open the door to offshore oil exploration, a much worse proposition that remains a priority of the Trump administration. He also implied that US Wind could file suit to recover the millions of dollars it has spent planning and developing its project. Whether these things are true or not, he might as well have said he was going to come down here and give someone a good thrashing, because the typical Ocean City response to anything even resembling a threat is, for better or worse, “Oh yeah?” Because the resort consists mostly of independent businesses operated by independent-minded people, many of whom did it all their way, challenges are not well received. The more likely response would be the opposite, thus ending any chance of a “let’s work this out” conversation between local government and the company. That’s been local government’s modus operandi over the years, regardless of who was occupying the seats in the City Council chambers at the time. Sometimes that posture has worked out for the resort and sometimes it has not, but rare would be the case when Ocean City has been scared into a whimpering surrender because someone suggested it wasn’t up for a game of hardball.

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Letters to the editor NRA an impediment to gun safety laws

Editor, I have recently viewed excerpts from the Town Hall meeting, comments from NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch and comments made at CPAC, conservative organization by Wayne Lapierre, CEO of the NRA amongst others. I find their continued statements, fostering and promoting distortion of the Second Amendment to the level of disgust that I must do and say something. I know that I am only one voice and may not be able to move the needle towards sane gun safety legislation, waiting periods and federal background checks. I am a regular contributor to Republican and Democratic politicians, albeit small in most cases. However, I will no longer contribute to or support those elected or running for political positions that support the NRA, are members of the NRA, or take campaign contributions from the NRA. I have instructed those managing personal investments to devest from any funds that are members of the NRA or are associated with the NRA or who promote the NRA. The NRA has taken extreme positions on gun ownership for

all and offers no solutions or ideas to sane gun safety or background checks. The NRA organization is a very large part of the problem and is a consistent impediment in what many, maybe most voters believe in, as it pertains to gun safety, restrictions and universal background checks. This is not about NRA members, many of whom share my feelings. I will pose the following questions to those running for elected positions as a condition of contributing and my vote: • Are you a member of the NRA? • Do you receive campaign donations from the NRA? • Are you opposed to an established Federal background check system? • Are you opposed to supporting limits on the availability of assault and automatic weapons? • Do you support the arming of our educators? If the answer is yes to any of these, you will not have my support, contribution, or financial investment. Yes, I am only a little part of this process, but enough is enough. It is time to get on the right side of this issue. If enough people feel this way, change will occur. I am so proud of and inspired by the student survivors of the Park-

land High School slaughter. They are wise beyond their years. Palmer Gillis Ocean City

Heiser campaign unfairly targeted

Editor, Recently, as a result of an article printed in a local paper, my campaign was unfairly thrust into the center of a controversy. I am issuing this statement to correct the record. I have never publicly “questioned” my opponent’s decision to appoint Christine Braughler as his campaign treasurer, as he has claimed. In fact, my campaign has never been contacted by anyone for comment on this issue. Ms. Braughler’s criminal convictions and the civil judgments against her are public record, easily accessible online through Maryland Judiciary Case Search to any diligent reporter. If my opponent has an issue with the press challenging his decision-making ability, then I would ask him to direct his response to the press, and not to my campaign. Unfortunately, in this instance, my opponent chose to direct his response – full of false statements and allegations – to Continued on Page 62

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By Stewart Dobson Editor/Publisher Two observations on sleep: One, saying you sleep like a baby makes no sense, unless you wake up every two hours crying. Two: Medicare is always running out of money because someone in the rule-making department is asleep at the wheel. Here’s why: 10 years ago, I went to the hospital for a sleep study, because I suffer from sleep apnea. This is what they call it when you’re sleeping and stop breathing just long enough to get everyone’s hopes up. Just kidding. But it is true that because I have had an off-and-on relationship with air during the wee hours of the night, a sleep study seemed like the right thing to do. All I can say about that is you’re so wired up with nodes, clips and other sensors that you could hire yourself out to the Defense Department as an early warning system. “I can’t sleep, because there’s a rocket launching in Russia.” After my first study, I got a CPAP, which is a machine that makes you

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Continued from Page 61 my campaign, leading some readers to assume, erroneously, that I had issued some statement regarding his choice of treasurer. My campaign has been aware of Ms. Braughler’s criminal past since my opponent first appointed her his treasurer in October 2017. While I anticipated her criminal history would come to light eventually, it was never my intention to comment publicly on the matter, but rather to run my campaign based on my own plans and priorities for Worcester County, which I continue to do. I will leave it to the voters of Worcester County to decide whether they think my opponent exercised good judgment in this decision and whether they believe he is qualified to make the difficult decisions required of a State’s Attorney in the future. By Authority of Citizens for Kris Heiser Kelly Gee, Treasurer

Ocean City’s gold-plated public works campus

Editor, I have always been perplexed about how low cost government projects mushroom into multimillion-dollar boondoggles. I believe the current public works “campus” is such a project. The total adjusted cost of the project is now estimated to be $25.1 million, with Ocean City taxpayers share of the cost being $8.7 million. The Maryland Transit Administration, a state agency, is paying for the remaining project’s cost. By boring down into the details of project cost analysis, we find this project includes $7,863,000

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breathe in your sleep even when you don’t feel like it. As for its appearance, it looks like a high-tech aquarium bubbler attached to an athletic supporter that you wear on your head. It’s a fashion statement. Anyway, they’re expensive and mine’s shot, which makes Medicare a wonderful thing, except that Medicare won’t pay for a new one without another sleep study. Apparently, the government believes one of three things: 1. sleep apnea can cure itself; 2. you’re a zombie because you stopped breathing and died but don’t know it; 3. you’re selling black market CPAP machines every 10 years or so. The way I see it, in order to avoid being ripped off for a $1,000 machine you needed before, but don’t need now because of reasons one or two, Medicare spends $500 (I guess) for a second study to avoid shelling out $1,000 it will have to pay anyway. Not only does this not make sense, it’s enough to keep you awake at night, assuming you weren’t awake and crying anyway.

or about 30 percent of the total project’s cost, for the construction of a new public works administration building. After review, the MTA decided to pay for only 43 percent of the building’s construction. By comparison, the MTA is paying 100 percent for a $5.3 million for the construction of the bus storage structure, because the costs to construct a four-story, multi-level parking facility with a rooftop helicopter landing pad was too high. A $1.2 million surface parking lot is being added to the “campus.” I do not believe a new parking lot is needed. Many days when I drive down Coastal Highway and pass the public safety building parking lot located between 65th and 66th streets, I see very few vehicles parked in the eastern most section of that parking lot. Now, I recognize that many may believe the completed “campus” should be dedicated as the “Hal Adkins Public Works Campus” to recognize the many years of his outstanding service as Ocean City Public Works director. I fully agree with the view that Mr. Adkins has done an exceptional job for the Ocean City taxpayers and visitors. However, I believe that there is a much cheaper approach to recognize the 33 years of Mr. Adkins’ outstanding service. I think we should take $1,000 dollars and have a bronze plaque engraved with the “Hal Adkins Public Works Depot” and installed at the 66th Street public works entrance. Clearly, while it may be too late, this gold plated “campus” should be subjected to a detailed evaluation by an independent party to determine other areas where this project’s costs can be reduced. Joseph Potter Ocean City

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