SCHOOLS: The Board of Education
ROOM WITH A VIEW: Larry
decided Tuesday to increase the cost of lunch in Worcester County Public Schools by 5 cents next year PAGE 6
Noccolino, Ocean City’s new convention center director, hopes the facility’s ballroom vista will be a major selling point PAGE 5
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The newly formed Parents Against Bullying of Worcester County, whose mission is to monitor and stop bullying by coaches, teachers, students and parents in area schools, sponsored a full-page advertisement published last Friday in a local weekly newspaper.
UPROAR OVER AD Accusations of bullying prompt outcry from teachers, parents said parents and students have reported that Head Coach Rich Ferro verbally abused and degraded some of (May 18, 2012) A parent’s his players. full-page ad in a local newsThose allegations, howpaper last week that accused ever, are being challenged on Stephen Decatur High School an “I Support Rich Ferro and coaches of bullying students Garrett Magaha” Facehas prompted other book page that has parents and students to drawn positive comcome to their defense “It’s been going on for a while ments from many parand to express their own outrage at the charges. with quite a few sports programs ents, students, teachers and coaches. Placed under the and they lied to us, telling us this The advertisement name, “Parents Against Bullying of Worcester doesn’t happen. I wanted to have authored by parent Tony DiBuo, whose son County,” the ad also acthem work with me, but they was a member of the cused the Stephen Derefused, so if I have to go to the baseball team, said the catur administration of group’s investigation covering up incidents. paper and embarrass them, I’ll has uncovered many It went on to say that its do it every week if I have to.” years of verbal abuse of mission is to monitor children in county and stop bullying by PARENT TONY DIBUO coaches, teachers, stu- who placed a full-page ad in a local newspaper, accusing schools and on the playing fields, noting dents and parents in Stephen Decatur HIgh School coaches of bullying an alleged report where area schools. a coach spit on one of On Monday, Stephen his players this year Decatur Principal Lou Taylor defended the school’s lying, I can tell you that it will and several others using the “F” word when they are frusprograms and himself from be thoroughly investigated.” the charges. The advertisement specif- trated with a player. “In athletics, that compet“We always take a great ically references the baseball deal of pride in supporting program and claims that As- itiveness comes out of people, and encouraging our young sistant Coach Garrett Magaha but I watch how our coaches people and we are proud of recently verbally abused, de- work with kids and I’m proud our long-standing record. We graded and belittled a mem- of how they work together,” want our young people here ber of the varsity team in Taylor countered. to thrive and prosper and I front of other players. It also See FULL-PAGE on Page 27
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want to assure our parents and community that we always promote a positive learning experience,” said Taylor, who is named in the ad. “We have not and will not tolerate bullying. If someone reports an alleged case of bul-
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A group of municipal employees, calling themselves the Ocean City Employee Coalition, has opened an office in the Food Lion shopping center on 118th Street to serve as a headquarters for an upcoming unionization campaign — potentially adding another heated topic to an election-year summer that is already expected to be closely contested. The employees are being supported by the Maryland Classified Employees Association, which has organized collective bargaining for public employees throughout the state.
Statebudget displeases Worcester Co.officials NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (May 18, 2012) Wednesday’s passage of the state budget requiring counties to pay for teacher pensions made Worcester County Commissioner Bud Church think of people who are unable to manage their finances. “It reminds me of people who max out a credit card and get another one because they can’t pay their bills,” Church said. “Then they max out that credit card, can’t pay it off and get another credit card and max that out. That’s kind of what we have here.” Church and the other county commissioners will tackle the county’s shortfall on Tuesday during a budget work session. The county was facing a $17 million shortfall between its estimated general fund revenues of $154.8 million and its requested general
fund operating expenses of $171.9 million. But that was before passage of the state budget shifting those teacher pensions to the counties. The state is requiring counties to fund those pensions by paying subsequently larger portions of it over four years. The first year, the counties must pay 50 percent of the cost of teacher retirements. The percentage rises to 65 percent the second year, to 85 percent the third year and to 100 percent the fourth and final year. That first year will cost Worcester County $1.2 million and that will increase the county’s shortfall to more than $18 million. The choices for dealing with that difficulty are slim. “We can’t cut our way out of this hole,” said Gerry Mason, the county’s chief administrative officer, Wednesday. “The state says See MATHIAS on Page 26
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Resort might begin charging for emergency transcripts ZACK HOOPES ■ Staff Writer (May 18, 2012) The City Council heard a plan Tuesday for the city to begin charging a fee to research and produce emergency records through Maryland’s Public Information Act. Emergency Services Director Joe Theobald said a fee structure had become necessary to offset the cost of an increasing volume of requests for records such as police reports and fire and ambulance calls. He proposed a flat fee of $40 per incident being requested, something he said was in line with what other jurisdictions were charging, and which he was confident would cover the staff hours to research related records and the materials cost for print-outs and digital copies. Theobald said that Maryland’s PIO is very specific in stating that the first two hours of research for public records are not billable – the $40 is an average of the overage in man hours and materials costs that the department has seen lately. “We are probably the exception among municipalities in not having any fee schedule,” Theobald said. “I would expect the number of request to remain fairly consistent, though.”
The council was supportive of Theobald’s proposal, with Councilman Doug Cymek asking Theobald whether $40 would be appropriate in cases where large volumes were involved, particularly of radio communications. Cymek, a former private investigator, said he had frequently gone through large stacks of multi-channel calls that took city staff hours to sort through. Local defense attorney Peter Wimbrow said that $40 would be a “sharp increase” from the $7 he said he typically paid for police transcripts. However, Wimbrow said, fees in criminal cases would be moot since, due to the courts’ discovery policies, the State’s Attorney would be required to share any records it had procured with the defense. Theobald’s proposal also codified the procedure in which any requests by the media or other public outlets for information must first be run by City Solicitor Guy Ayres, and possibly the Maryland State’s Attorney, to ensure that the release of such records would not interfere with an ongoing investigation. “It doesn’t mean they’re not going to get them [the records], but we certainly are gong to evaluate prior to the release of any info,” Theobald said.
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Malin Kennedy of Greenbelt, Md., polishes his 1958 Chevy Impala in Hooter’s parking lot on 123rd Street. A few dozen other vehicles were also on display Wednesday, one day before the official start of the 22nd annual Cruisin’ Ocean City. The event kicked off Thursday and will continue through Sunday in the inlet parking lot and at the resort’s convention center on 40th Street. The four-day show features approximately 3,500 customs and classic automobiles, hot rods, muscle cars, street machines and trick trucks, as well as Boardwalk parades, entertainment, celebrity guests and representatives of manufacturers from across the country. See full story on Page 49.
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City lawmakers revise Critical Areas ordinances ZACK HOOPES ■ Staff Writer
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(May 18, 2012) The City Council has tentatively accepted revised city ordinances regarding the state of Maryland’s Critical Areas policy, which, while codifying procedures that have already been in place at the staff level, could have an effect on future development. City Engineer Terry McGean and Environmental Engineer Gail Blazer told the council on Tuesday that the state’s Critical Areas Commission, an organization founded to protect certain specially designated environments and habitats throughout Maryland, had been continually updating its enforcement language and was requesting that the city pass similar language to be further in line with the commission’s model ordinances. While the CAC itself does not create law, Maryland code requires all municipalities to pass ordinances approved by and in line with the goals of the CAC. For the last several years, the CAC has been given the ability to develop sample ordinances itself. “Since they got the authority to write regulations, they’ve been kind of regulation happy,” said Blazer. “We have to come back and change the verbiage in our ordinances to match the regulation, which they approve conditional to us adding the enforcement language.” The ordinances in question regard construction requirements for structures
being build next to the area’s coastal bays. According to McGean, this essentially affects the entire island, since all of the city’s stormwater drains directly into the bay. The enforcement issue has to do with the grandfathering of existing structures whose owners are looking to develop their property further. It has been an informal engineering policy to allow existing noncompliance to continue unless the property will be redeveloped by more than 50 percent of its value, at which time it would be considered new construction for the sake of critical areas enforcement and would be required to meet the newest regulations. The grandfathering issue has only come up in the past few years since the economic downturn, said McGean, as piecemeal development becomes more of a financial necessity. “What was going on before was wholesale redevelopment,” he said, in which it was implicit that new criteria would have to be met. The major requirements of the ordinances concern the establishment of soil buffers between the island’s raw runoff and the bay. Firstly, there is a setback requirement for all bay-adjacent property, with large structures requiring a full 25 feet of space. “The size of a setback varies from the size of the lot, the idea being that the larger lots you can have a bigger setback and it’s not as onerous to building, whereas the same size setback on a small lot would
make it unusable,” McGean explained. Secondly, the CAC-based ordinances, which have been in place in Ocean City since 2003, require compensation for any covering of the lot that is not water-permeable. “What happens is that you say you’re going to develop this property and it’s going to have a thousand square feet of impervious surface, so then you have to put in a certain number of trees and shrubs to offset that,” said McGean. “We work with their [the CAC] staff to make these regulations, so we have a pretty good buy in from their side,” he added. The major purpose of the buffer, Blazer said, was to mitigate the overabundance of minerals and nutrients that are typically absorbed back into the soil. The lack of at least some soil environment, she said, would mean that the full load of nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen in rainwater would be dumped straight back into the bay – which can lead to some problematic effects. “We get an overabundance of nitrogen in our water, which causes algae blooms. Then the algae consumes all the oxygen in the water and causes fish kills,” she said. “Ocean City is unique in that we don’t have any place to put all the water runoff, we don’t have forest buffers like you get further inland in the county. So this is the type of stuff we need to do in an urban environment any time you do any development.”
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Noccolino takes reigns at OC convention center Director says ballroom vista will be a major selling point ZACK HOOPES ■ Staff Writer (May 18, 2012) “If I can’t sell this view, I can’t sell anything.” Ever the salesman, Larry Noccolino gestured out towards the panoramic vista of Isle of Wight Bay – as seen from the construction site of the Roland E. Powell Convention Center’s new grand ballroom, itself still a less scenic frame of steel girders and cinder blocks. “The bay side has always taken a back seat to the ocean,” Noccolino said. “When I first started coming here, there was Fager’s Island on the bay, maybe a few others, but not much. I like the bay side, though. I’m a bay man.” Up until last week, however, Noccolino was a Schuylkill River man, having just left his post as executive director of the Valley Forge Convention Center in order to take the helm at the Ocean City convention center. Before that, he worked as a general manager at several country clubs in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Florida. But he is no stranger to Ocean City, having vacationed at the resort for as long as he can remember and having owned a home in North Ocean City since long before he ever considered taking the lead at the Roland E. Powell center. “It’s just a different way of life down here,” Noccolino said. “I plan to be here for the rest of my career.” But the difference won’t just be in the lifestyle for Noccolino, it will be in the business as well, since while the Valley Forge Convention Center was privately owned and completely profit-oriented, Ocean City’s facility is publicly funded and routinely operates at a loss. Its goal, as oft refrained by public officials, is to jumpstart local business by putting “heads in beds,” a somewhat less quantifiable ambition. “This is a whole new kettle of fish for me, the idea that we could lose money but still add so much value,” Noccolino said. Last year, and under this fiscal year’s proposed budget, the convention center will spend roughly $7 million in order to make $5.5 million, leaving the town’s year-end contribution at approximately $1.5 million. However, in imitation of private business, the convention center is run as an enterprise fund, meaning it has the leeway to exclusively use its own rev-
enues for its own expenditures. Valley Forge, however, is much larger. Despite over half of its space being taken up by a lucrative casino, the center boasts two hotels for nearly 500 rooms, as well as three separate restaurants. Its employee base is also more than 10 times that of Roland E. Powell’s, with Noccolino estimating 400 employees – not including the casino workers. Ocean City’s facility has a staff of 32. But the difference in operations was never a deterrent. “I’ve never been with a business that’s operated at a loss,” Noccolino said. “But the number one goal, in either case, is still to put heads in beds or fannies in restaurant seats, or whatever you want to call it.” What was an attraction for Noccolino, conversely, has been the completely different ambition of Ocean City’s center. Valley Forge, he explained, was designed to be an all-in-one, self-contained destination for convention-goers to pack in as much convening as possible. It’s location, in the suburbs just outside Philadelphia and conveniently adjacent to the King of Prussia Mall, the United States’ secondlargest shopping center, was purely business. “People would come in on a Monday [for a conference], and they would know that their getaway would be noon Friday. They couldn’t wait to get out of there,” Noccolino said. The pitch for Ocean City, though, is different. It’s a working vacation, an event that’s as much outside the convention hall as inside of it. “It’s a place that people don’t want to leave,” Noccolino said. “If I had the opportunity to bring my family down for a convention or a gateshow, I’d do it.” “We couldn’t do the cruise-in or the bike show at Valley Forge, it’s just not that kind of place,” he continued. The exoticism of holding a convention in Ocean City is something Noccolino hopes to play up once the center’s ballroom is complete. Currently under construction by Whiting and Turner, but slated for completion in October of this year, the space will feature 30-foot ceilings, polished floors, and, most importantly, the entire western façade constructed of glass panels. “You have a reception that starts at six o’clock or so in the summer. By the time they’re serving dinner, the sunset is just perfect,” Noccolino said as he donned a hardhat to venture up to the building site. “And the sunset is here year-round,
Reflections of Life special offer available (May 18, 2012) The Ocean City Beautification Committee is once again presenting a special offer to the public for its Reflections of Life project. The project provides a distinctive means of recording important events and interests in the lives of individuals, their loved ones and businesses by placing a gift of a bronze, silver or gold leaf or stepping stone on the “Reflections of Life” bronze tree sculpture mounted inside the lobby entrance of the convention center on 40th Street. The Beautification Committee will offer leaves at a 50-percent discount
through June 17. Gold leaves will cost $250, instead of $500; silver leaves, regularly $350, are now $175 and bronze leaves, $250, are $125. The special offer also includes both small and large stepping stones at half price. Tax-deductible donation forms are available at two locations in the convention center: the project site near the main entrance and in the visitor center, as well as at Northside Park, 125th Street bayside. Forms can also be found online at www. oceancitymd.gov. For more information, call Toni Wagner at 410-250-0892.
too,” he said, noting that keeping business up through the winter depends on repeat customers – something which Valley Forged thrived on – and local interest. “I’m hoping the year-round population will swell as baby boomers continue to retire and move down here,” Noccolino said. “This place isn’t just active three months of the year.” It’s that age group, he noted, on which the city’s latest arts push rests – after the ballroom, the city has already set aside money to construct a stage and concert hall at the convention center. At Valley Forge, cultural arts programming brought in four to five thousand people per week. “Now we have to go make a major push to get out into the arts community,” Noccolino said, outlining the center’s plan of attack. “With this [the ballroom] expansion, and the arts expansion, everything will fall into place soon enough.”
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Lunch prices forWorcester students to increase 5 cents next year NATHAN BRUNET ■ Intern (May 18, 2012) The price of lunch in Worcester County Public School cafeterias will be increased by 5 cents next year, the Worcester County Board of Education decided Tuesday. A price hike is needed because of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that requires the price of a Maryland Pub-
WORCESTER COUNTY SCHOOLS NATHAN BRUNET ■ Intern (May 18, 2012) The Worcester County Board of Education discussed the following topics during its May 15 meeting in Newark:
Literature class World Literature, a new class offered at Snow Hill High School, has succeeded in helping students understand different cultures while also improving reading and writing skills, according to a report class members gave to the Worcester County Board of Education Tuesday in Newark. Over the semester, students are required to read four full-length books written in four separate geographic locations, while covering world events from the beginning of history to current events.
lic School’s lunch to equal or exceed the price of a free meal. Given that the current price of a free lunch in all county schools is at least 31 cents more expensive than one purchased normally, Worcester County must show progress in meeting the act’s requirement. “Worcester County Public Schools recognizes that our county is facing difficult economic times, with poverty of the rise,” said Barbara Witherow, coordinator of
Taught by Elizabeth Walker, the students were not only engaged in the material, but also learned valuable skills for Advanced Placement classes and college. The class is only being offered at Snow Hill High School, but may expand to other county schools.
Mentoring program Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake reported another successful year in the Workplace Mentoring Program, which allows struggling students from Stephen Decatur High School to have a Big Brother or Big Sister help them to become better students. Only in its second year, the program meets once a month and each time discusses a different topic. After introducing the topic, the students then get one-on-one time to identify their needs on the subject. The group of students then work on a group project during the remainder of their session.
public relations and special programs for the Board of Education. “Our school system has decided to increase our school meals by only 5 cents, instead of the allowed 10 cents, in an effort to minimize the hardships that an increase may have on our families.” Lunch in elementary schools will increase from $2.10 to $2.15, and the price in secondary schools will be increased from $2.45 to $2.50. Adult lunches will rise from
Students reported that they met all of their goals this year and believe the absence of this program would have a negative influence on their lives. Big Brothers/Big Sisters are working to eventually expand their service to other Worcester County schools.
HVAC systems The replacement of three HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) on top of three county schools was approved by the Worcester Board of Education. Berlin Intermediate School, Pocomoke Middle School and Snow Hill Middle School will each have one rooftop HVAC unit to replace those that are at least 20 years old. Sixteen public HVAC units have been replaced in the last five years, with 35 still in need of replacement. Each unit costs $38,845 per school and the project is scheduled to be completed by July 27.
$4.10 to $4.15. Breakfast and milk prices will remain at their current levels. Cafeterias will also serve better quality fruits and vegetables next year, as the county believes the standards of such foods have not been up to par. “There’s a big push to make our meal program as healthy as possible,” said Scott Blackburn, food service coordinator at the board of education. “One way to do that is by more consumption of fruits and vegetables.” In order to mandate fruit and vegetable consumption in a more organized way, the foods are now organized into dark greens, red/orange, starchy and a category simply called “other.” Starchy foods, such as breads, will see a significant decrease in use. Next year, the county is required to offer an equal amount of white and whole wheat breads, and will serve only whole wheat bread by the start of the 2013 school year. In conjunction with less bread on the menu, the serving size of fruits and vegetables will increase from a half-cup to one cup. Once the fruits and vegetables are up to standards, Worcester County may apply for additional funding from the state, which would earn the county 6 more cents of funding per meal sold. After viewing the menu, nutritional analysis and documentation of each food item, the state then declares if the school is eligible to receive the benefits. This past school year, Worcester County Public School cafeterias served more than 900,000 meals.
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Worcester schools rank second highest in state Graduation requirements met by 91 percent of public school system’s seniors NATHAN BRUNET ■ Intern (May 16, 2012) Ninety-one percent of all seniors attending Worcester County Public Schools have met their graduation requirements, according to a report by the Worcester County Board of Education, giving the schools the second highest ranking in the state. Students must fulfill the requirements of four different categories in order to graduate and a total of 21 class credits must be completed. A student cannot be absent from school any more than six days of each school year. At least 75 hours of community service, deemed Service Learning, must be performed. Each of the three High School Assessments — state exams focusing on English, math and science — also must be passed. “Those numbers are very positive to us,” Stephanie Zanich, coordinator of instruction and assessment, said during the Board of Education meeting Tuesday in Newark. “It’s a glimpse that reveals to all of us that we’re doing the right things for the students we work with.” Of the 530 students in this year’s class, 83 percent met the High School Assessment requirement by passing all
Three hundred thirty-two students, inccluding Tanner Ricks and Kristen Miller, graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 2011.
three exams. Ten percent of the class earned a combined score of each of the exams high enough to be granted a pass. Six percent of students met the assessment requirement through completion of a Bridge Project, which is an alternate exam students may take if they did not perform well enough on the three assessments. A student must complete between one to five Bridge Projects on different subjects, based on their test scores. Although six students in the senior class have not completed the High School Assessment requirement, five are currently working on their Bridge Projects and are expected to complete them by the end of the year. The only student
who isn’t expected to complete the assessment requirement also needs more credits to graduate, ensuring that not one student failed to graduate solely because they did not meet the requirement for the High School Assessments. “The formula works,” said Barbara Witherow, coordinator of public relations and special programs for the Board of Education. “Putting students first means that everything we do is directed toward one purpose: addressing individual student needs through exceptional teachers, programs and services.” The class of 2012 is mainly comprised of white students, who represent 71.8 percent of the body. African-Americans are the largest minority race, at 20.4 percent. Hispanics make up 4.1 percent of the senior class, and one student represents the .2 percent of American Indians. Mixed race students make up 3.5 percent. Forty-one seniors are enrolled in the special education program, while seven are part of English Language Learners, a program aiding students who do not consider English their primary language. The Free and Reduced Meals program, which helps low-income students afford lunch, is offered to 33.8 percent of this year’s class. Three students graduating this year are non-diploma students and are earning their credit by other means outside of the schools. These students have not been included with this year’s graduation requirement statistics.
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RELAY FOR LIFE (Top left) The 2012 North Worcester County Relay For Life kicked off last Friday at Frontier Town Campground in West Ocean City with an opening ceremony. (Far left) Team campsites are set up along the track. The overnight event drew 50 teams (389 online registered participants, which included 120 survivors) and brought in approximately $130,000 for the American Cancer Society. Participants have until Aug. 31 to submit their final donations. (Top right) Dawn Hodge, co-chairwoman of North Worcester County Relay For Life, right, and Chris Butler, co-chairwoman of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, set for October in Ocean City, join Maryland Sen. Jim Mathias for a lap around the track during the 12-hour event which kicked off at 6 p.m. May 11. (Left) Each team decorated their campsite to represent the “Making Cancer a Fairy Tale” theme.
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Fund balance worries continue to define OC budget decisions ZACK HOOPES ■ Staff Writer (May 18, 2012) Over the past several weeks, the City Council has seen two hotly contested votes that would, supporters say, take money from the public coffers and return it to the populace in a gesture of good will for the coming summer season, especially during tight fiscal times. In the first instance, the idea of giving the city’s full-time employees a cost-of-living bonus was debated not for the idea itself, but for the amount, with some council members finding the initial suggestion of $500 to be but a token gesture and too low to convey the council’s commitment. “I realize that what matters here is the intent, but intent alone does not buy gasoline,” said Councilwoman Mary Knight in voting for a $1,000 bonus, which was ultimately approved by council. In the second instance, the question of whether to lower the city’s property tax rate by one cent, which would save the average taxpayer $20 this year, was weighed against the $863,000 revenue shortfall the city would suffer. “It would be a good message to the property owners that we come in one penny under,” said Councilman Joe Hall, in support of the change, which was ultimately approved. “When they buy into the town, they trust that we’ll be responsible
with their investment.” In both cases, the major barrier to a further increase in bonuses, or the decrease in tax rate, was the question of how much of a hit the city’s fund balance could take, since these reserves would need to be tapped to compensate for the lastminute additions. But the fund balance, and the idea of a fund balance itself, is not so clear-cut as would be implied by its position as sacred cow of the budget potlatch. Put simply, the fund balance is the amount of standing operating money that the city keeps at any given time. Some would call it a surplus, since it is saved over time and not allocated to any specific expenditure – but financial advisors caution against that, since it would imply that the money is an unnecessary excess. “The mayor has been very adamant that the fund balance is not a savings account,” said Hall in support of the tax decrease. The true purpose of a fund balance, financiers say, is to bridge the gap between when the city must pay certain expenditures and when it actually gets its revenues. “The end of May and June are when it gets really tight,” said city Budget Manager Jennie Knapp, explaining that the fund balance provides a cushion for the city to pay the considerable costs it in-
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Amid continuing tension, city manager contract approved Recor to start June 11, but friction over Dennis Dare’s sudden dismissal remains ZACK HOOPES ■ Staff Writer (May 18, 2012) In a somewhat anti-climactic conclusion to a long ordeal, the City Council voted Tuesday to accept the signed City Manager contract it had received from David Recor, despite continuing friction over the process and mayor and Interim City Manager Rick Meehan feeling it necessary to request council pass a motion pledging its support for Recor’s success. “The last 7 or 8 months have been very trying ones,” Meehan said, “I know there’s been a lot of discussion and some things that have derailed what was a very professional process, but it is what it is. Although we may have some differences on how we got to where we are, I would like to see a motion, a unanimous motion, for a commitment to support Mr. Recor.” Although he did not say so during the meeting, Meehan acknowledged afterwards that his comments about professionalism were directed at Councilman Joe Hall, who sparked controversy when he made a 13-minute phone call to Recor against the advice of city Human Resources Manager Wayne Evans and, allegedly, against the spirit of ground rules that had been laid down by the city’s paid
recruiter, Springsted Inc. The call, Hall said, was oriented entirely towards making sure that Recor understood the councilmanager dynamic and would not have the same problems as his predecessor, Dennis Dare, who David Recor was forced into retirement in October of last year for reasons Hall said related to his inability to separate his politics from his administrative duties. “We talked about the manager system, how important it was to understand who makes policy and who enacts it,” said Hall. “After that, it was all about fishing.” “I think the city made the right decision in doing a wide search for qualified candidates, and it’s unfortunate that Joe Hall’s actions caused problems for that,” Meehan said. “In my opinion, it was very unprofessional.” Three members of the council – Doug Cymek, Mary Knight, and Lloyd Martin – shared Meehan’s stancec. The same three voted against Dare’s dismissal, and voted against both Recor’s hiring and Tuesday’s acceptance of his contract. “I know there were issues with the process itself, but it should be known that that was not a personal attack on Mr. Recor,” said Council President Jim Hall who, along with Joe Hall and council members Brent Ashley and Margaret Pillas, voted to dismiss Dare and to move along with Recor’s hiring.
However, Knight and Cymek had previously stated that they voted against Recor’s hiring due to concerns over his forthrightness with any inside information he may have received from Hall, with Knight saying that her vote against Recor was because she believed there was simply a better candidate. Meehan said that his time as Interim City Manager was remarkably low-key, despite having to design a budget during one of the city’s most financially tight times – something which he attributed in part to Dare, whose dismissal he staunchly opposed. “I don’t think I saw anything I wasn’t exposed to in the past,” said Meehan, who has been in city government since 1985. “I think a lot of credit for that goes to our department heads, and to Dennis. The town changed, the way we operate changed, the world changed, and I think Dennis did a good job adapting to it.” At the very least, Meehan said, Recor will be arriving at a prime time to see the city in action. “He’s going to be here at a time where he can see that transition where we go from winter to summer, he’s going to see how that process is remarkably seamless,” Meehan said. “It’s definitely time that we regroup and give him the opportunity to succeed, and I really do believe that the council was sincere in that motion.” President Hall agreed. “The budget is finished, summer is coming. He [Recor] doesn’t wear socks, has flowered shirts, he’s the kind of guy we need.”
Excessive hooting, hollering onBdwk. may end in penalty (May 18, 2012) The town of Ocean City this week issued information regarding noise regulations on the Boardwalk. Any person playing a musical instrument or operating a sound amplification device that can be heard at a distance of 30 feet (roughly the width of the Boardwalk) or greater is in violation of the Noise Ordinance and is subject to a penalty of three months in jail and/or a $500 fine. Any person who can be heard singing, yelling, hooting, hollering or whistling at a distance of 50 feet are subject to a penalty of three months in jail and/or a $500 fine. Because Ocean City’s Boardwalk is such a great attraction, a host of performers materialize daily to put on shows, create balloon sculptures, draw caricatures, or just strum a guitar. The ordinances that strictly regulate such performances do not limit the performer’s ability to provide entertainment, but are designed to provide for a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors. Street performers cannot set up in an area that hampers visitors’ ability to enter and exit stores, block pedestrian or vehicle traffic, or disturb the peace and quiet of the community. ■ Street performers are no longer See BOARDWALK on Page 16
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Restaurant Week specials end May 20 LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (May 18, 2012) Ocean City’s spring Restaurant Week began Sunday, May 6, and there are just three days left to visit participating establishments as the promotion ends Sunday. In October 2011, during the fall edition of Restaurant Week, the two-week promotion included more options for the dining public. Organizers created different price points of $10, $20, $30 and $40 in order to include some of the smaller restaurants that are not fine dining. “It seemed to go pretty well,” said Susan Jones, executive director of the Hotel-MotelRestaurant Association,” said last
week. “The whole point was to be able to include more restaurants in the promotion and also give diners more options.” “Bonus Bites & Beverages” was a new feature added to the promotion that offered participants something extra, such as a free glass of wine, appetizer or dessert. Since the different price points were well received, the spring promotion, which began May 6 and runs through May 20, is mimicking the fall event. This is also the first time spring Restaurant Week is being held in May, as it previously took place in early to mid-June. Twenty-two eateries are listed as Restaurant Week participants. Diners can view Restaurant
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(May 18, 2012) The mayor and City Council of Ocean City filed a lawsuit last week asking the court to declare work order contracts involving the cleanup of paintdamaged vehicles to be null and void. Ocean City hired D&M Painting Corp. of Washington, Pa., to paint the water storage tank at 64th Street. During the paint job, droplets of paint landed on several vehicles owned by the town and some of its employees. The paint damaged windows and other vehicle parts, according to the lawsuit filed May 9 in Circuit Court in Snow Hill. Because of the damage, D&M hired Overspray Removal Specialists of Sarasota, Fla., to remove the paint and clean the damaged vehicles. Employees of Overspray Removal Specialists came to Ocean City to do the work, but required that work orders be signed before actually commencing that work. An unnamed, but unauthorized employee of the Ocean City Public Works Department and the individual employees whose personal vehicles were affected signed the work orders. Each work order, according to the lawsuit, was “actually a contract which purports to make the owner of the vehicle liable for ORS’s work, grants a lien against the vehicle to ORS and provides that venue for any action to enforce the contract is in Sarasota, Florida.” Because the town code states that only the city manager can contract on Ocean City’s behalf, the work order contracts signed by a municipal employee are “null and void and otherwise unenforceable,” the lawsuit states. The Sarasota company completed its work and demanded payment of $44,660 plus interest at 1.5 percent per month, the lawsuit states. D&M has refused to pay Overspray Removal Specialists, citing various alleged defenses to the charges, the lawsuit states. Because of that, Ocean City believes that the Sarasota company will try to make a claim against it, although Ocean City has not appropriated funds for the alleged contracts. The lawsuit also states that Ocean City believes it is “an innocent stakeholder of any funds which might be found to be owed to ORS by D&M under the D&M/ORS Contract,” and that is “should not be embroiled in litigation in Sarasota, Fla., over any dispute involving contracts made in Worcester County and performed here. Ocean City is asking the court to declare the contracts void and unenforceable. It also asks the court to prohibit the defendants from bringing or prosecuting any other action affecting the claims, to award Ocean City court costs and attorney’s fees and to direct the distribution of money at the resolution of the dispute.
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Ocean City to sell surplus land ZACK HOOPES ■ Staff Writer (May 18, 2012) Although the term “yard sale” typically refers to the location of a discounted buffet of used goods, and not to the sale of a yard itself, some Ocean City property owners could have the opportunity to get both the former and the latter. In order to raise extra funds in the current economic climate, the City Council is planning to offer for sale a number of cityowned parcels of land that have been deemed un-developable surplus. As identified by the city’s Engineering Department, and presented at the first council Aenities. “It’s hard to tell what you need to hold on to, because you never know when you’ll want a spot for an electrical cabinet or sewage access or something like that,” McGean said. In Montego Bay, the city owns 16 of what McGean has termed “street ends,” where a row of houses and a corresponding street intersect a larger road at a 45degree angle, creating a roughly triangular piece of land. Up until now, their only purpose has been to support the lawn care industry – each one, according to McGean’s report, costs $600 annually in groundskeeping. Other parcels include a number of 10foot strips of beach access next to townhome complexes, an impromptu parking lot on St. Louis Avenue and North Division Street, and even a small, sandy island off 100th Street. Most of such properties are really only of interest to the adjacent property owner, who could use the extra space to add a parking spot, porch, garden, among other things. McGean said he was unsure of how much homeowner interest the sales would produce, as most of the city’s previous excess land sales involved property that was developable in its own right, or at least useful to condo builders as parking. “These pieces happened a lot back in the day,” McGean said, referring to the residential building boom that lasted through 2007. But the city has largely held onto its surplus property, at least for the last five years. On a larger scale, however, the amount of land being dealt with is extremely small. Zera calculated that, out of 2,033 acres on the island, only 132 were city owned, the majority of that being parking lots, Northside Park, and the Public Works and Public Safety complexes.
The secondary function of the fund balance is as a disaster reserve, something Ocean City learned first-hand last year during preparations for Hurricane Irene. Although much of the expense has been theoretically offset by grants from state and federal agencies, some of that money has yet to be paid out. “Because we are vulnerable to storms, and we’re very dependent on seasonal business. We’re not that flexible financially,” Knapp said. However, Knapp said the city’s bond rating continues to be strong because of its ability to maintain a fund balance. “Those two factors would generally make this a very risky city,” she said. “They [the rating agencies] would not normally rate a city like this as high, but they do because of the fund balance goals we’ve set.” Although more of a byproduct, and less of an end in itself, the maintenance of a good credit rating is often cited as the reason for keeping fund balances at a
given level. “The rating agencies are very observant,” said the city’s long-time Finance Administrator Martha Bennett, “and they have very detailed criteria. A lot of that happened after Hurricane Katrina, when we talked with our rating agencies about the town’s susceptibility.” A high rating ensures that the city can find backers for its bond funding as well as get the lowest possible interest rates, such as the most recent underwriting of $33.56 million by Robert W. Baird & Company for 2.39 percent. Fund balances are typically measured as a percentage of the city’s annual operating budget – for instance, a city with an annual budget of $100 million and a reserve of $10 million would be said to have a 10 percent fund balance. Sometime in the 1990s, Bennett said, the City Council voted to always maintain at least a 10 percent fund balance, and former City Manager Dennis Dare made it his budgetary policy to always carry a buffer
of 12 percent. Conversely, many large cities with a diverse tax base carry much less than 10 percent. And some high-risk cities carry much more – the Municipal Association of South Carolina recommends 20-25 percent for its cities given the hurricane risk. But Bennett also cautioned that it’s impossible to make a set standard, especially since percentages can be misleading. “You have to look at the actual dollars, how much a place could stand to lose and how fast that would happen,” she said, noting that Ocean City’s major crutch is its dependence on property taxes, particularly of lucrative vacation rental properties, which constitute nearly 60 percent of the city’s income. The situation could be worse. “Sure, we have only one industry, tourism, but we do have a lot of different hotels,” Bennett said. “On the other hand, look at a place like Salisbury. What if they suddenly lost Purdue?”
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required to register at City Hall and a permit is no longer required. n Street performers are not vetted by the town of Ocean City. n They can only perform within the extended boundaries east of the street ends and cannot drift north or south of the street end area. n Only portable chairs or tables can be used. n Performers cannot perform within 10 feet of tables, business entrances or exits, the tram lane n Performers are prohibited from blocking pedestrian and vehicle traffic, ramps, stairways to the beach, entrance to comfort
ARTS NIGHT Karsten St. Amant, above left, Kiley Hamby and Cooper Houck, fourth-graders at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, stand with their co l o r e d p e n c i l drawings of the solar system, on display during the school’s Arts Night. (Left) Third-grader Mary-Mergott plays a piano selection during Arts Night 2012.
stations, the concrete pads on the east side of the Boardwalk, public telephones, trash receptacles, performances must be in compliance with the Noise Ordinance n Connecting to a municipal electrical outlet is not allowed n Connecting to a private electrical outlet is only allowed with owner’s permission n The use of nudity, pornographic materials or obscenity in any display or performance is prohibited n Performers shall not distribute any advertising or promotional material which promotes an activity, product or
service other than that which the peddler, solicitor, hawker or street performer is engaged n The use of animals (other than for legitimate ADA purposes), fire or other hazardous materials in a display or performance is prohibited n The North Division Street Boardwalk area (Boardwalk Arch) has been designated a no street performer area n The sale of products on the Boardwalk is strictly prohibited except for expressive material that have been created, written or composed by the person who sell rents or exchanges them for a donation.
OC to hold hurricane preparedness meeting (May 18, 2012) A Community Hurricane Preparedness town hall meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, in the City Hall Council Chambers, on Third Street and Baltimore Avenue. The public is encouraged to attend this town hall meeting during National Hurricane Awareness Week. This is an opportunity for citizens to learn more about hurricane preparedness, including how
Ocean City tracks storms, evacuation planning, shelters and individual and family preparedness planning. “Ocean City has an emergency operations plan for the community and we continue to urge our citizens to have plans for their households,” said Ocean City Emergency Services Director Joe Theobald. “This community meeting pro-vides an excellent oppor-
tunity for families to find out how they can be prepared during hurricane season.” Theobald will be joined by representatives from the Department of Planning and Community Development, who will address issues regarding mitigation planning and flood insurance issues. For more information about the hurricane preparedness town hall meeting, call 410-723-6616.
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Reynolds to discuss dangers, effects of smoking with Worcester youth NATHAN BRUNET ■ Intern
Patrick Reynolds, the grandson of RJ Reynolds, who founded the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company, began speaking publicly against tobacco use in the late 1980s, after witnessing numerous family members succumb to tobacco-related diseases
(May 18, 2012) The dangers of smoking and its effects on youth and family, as told by speaker Patrick Reynolds, whose family once owned a cigarette company, will be discussed at Worcester Preparatory School and Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School today. Students of both schools will spend nearly two hours learning about the effects of smoking, how tobacco has been advertised to youth and how to live a smoke-free life. The presentation is being organized by Atlantic General Hospital’s Community Education Department. “We know that is the age group that you want to catch them in before they begin,” said Dawn Denton, community education manager at the Berlin facility. “Based on the feedback we have gotten over the past few years, we know the messages gets taken home and we get reports back that behaviors change.” Reynolds, the grandson of RJ Rey-
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The devil’s in the details of emergency records fee The Ocean City Council’s consideration of a $40 flat fee to research and produce emergency records for the public could be trouble, especially because the fine print has yet to be attached to the suggestion made by Emergency Services Director Joe Theobald. And quite a bit of fine print that will involve, considering how detailed the state’s Public Information Act (PIA) is. What, for instance, does the term “emergency records” embrace? And would the PIA really have to be invoked for all “emergency records” or just some of them? And then, which ones would those be? A list of fire calls, for example, is an emergency record, as are arrest logs and incident reports. They are no big deal to produce. Neither should all requests have to be reviewed first by the city solicitor and certainly not the state’s attorney, who is the public’s prosecutor, not its legal advisor. Doing so in all circumstances would be more than a waste of time and money, it would be an obstruction to the public access the PIA guarantees. The Office of the Attorney General makes clear how people seeking information should go about it, and outlines which documents are available, which are off limits and who can release them. The attorney general also says, “Search and preparation fees are to be reasonably related to the actual costs to the governmental unit in processing the request.” It doesn’t say anything about cost-averaging, but it does make the point that the first two hours are free. The PIA also contains a fee waiver clause that requires the government to show cause – beyond the issue of money — why such a waiver shouldn’t be granted. Another point to address is the difference between “inspecting,” or viewing, documents and asking for copies of them. One does not mean the other. If the city’s record-keepers are being besieged by unusually burdensome requests, deal with those specifically, but leave the rest alone. Otherwise, the city’s regulatory books are going to be chock full of language that the attorney general has already covered.
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‘And your problem is what?’ Editor, The Daily Times and The Baltimore Sun published an article in their May 9 editions reporting criticism by a Washington-based environmental extremist group of a so-called “cozy relationship” between Gov. [Martin] O’Malley and an attorney for our own Perdue, Inc. To them, I say, “and your problem is what?” From our perspective, we are deeply appreciative that we have a governor who understands from whence our life-blood flows and is willing to step up and fight hard to help us maintain the special place we call home. Building bridges between state government and our largest employers is part of his job, and reaching out to state government and the many opportunities for support is part of theirs. Agriculture is the largest industry in Maryland and I’m proud to say it is a huge industry in Wicomico County. In fact, thanks to the chicken industry, Wicomico County is the No. 1 county in Maryland in terms of value of sales of farm products. With hundreds of Wicomico County farm families growing chickens, and corn and soybeans fed to the chickens, our county is able to maintain its high quality and desirable way of life. Thousands of other families depend upon the chicken industry for employment with family members directly working for the Delmarva chicken companies or for businesses that supply products or
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services to the chicken industry. Each job in the chicken processing business on the Delmarva Peninsula is responsible for seven other jobs. That is a significant economic multiplier that cannot easily be replaced; nor should be. Jobs in the retail sales, banking, health care, automotive products and serving, professional occupations, education and many other areas exist because the chicken industry is here. Not only is our entire region and state helped by the economics of the chicken industry, but so is our environment. From an environmental perspective, the best land use is well managed farmland. Maryland and Delmarva farmers are among the national leaders in conservation and stewardship. Their efforts over the years are helping to improve Chesapeake Bay water quality. Vocal critics of the chicken industry and our farmers who use the chicken manure, a locally produced organic fertilizer, are quick to use less than truthful statements to slam the environmental practices of our chicken industry. In fact, according to the state of Maryland’s 2010 Watershed Implementation Plan, chicken manure is responsible
for just 6 percent of all the nitrogen from all the sources from throughout Maryland that reaches the Chesapeake Bay. Thanks to the built-in demand from the chicken companies for local soybeans and corn, our farmers are able to stay in business. That means plenty of free-to-the-public vistas and open spaces. Maintaining working farms is a top priority of our county government and the best farm family and farmland preservation program is profitability. So a strong chicken industry is good in many ways. Our farm families and the chicken companies work hard to provide safe, nutritious and affordable food for consumers across the nation. These folks are our friends and neighbors. Wicomico County is an important part of this food production system. We need to keep it here because our livelihood and our future depend on it. Gov. O’Malley understands this — the Perdue Company understands this and most of us in “The Land of Pleasant Living” understand this. We hope that the relationship between Gov. O’Malley, our state government and our poultry industry remains Continued on Page 21
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strong for years to come. Richard M. Pollitt Jr., county executive Wicomico County
Ocean City convention center, and all of the associations, businesses and individuals that contributed to the success of the event. To all, I say, “Thanks for a job well done!” Christopher R. Norris, president Ocean City AARP Chapter 1917
AARP Health Fair a success
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Editor, Since 1974, the Ocean City AARP Chapter 1917 has stood as a landmark in promoting fellowship, community and services for the wonderful people who make up its membership. On May 9, the Ocean City AARP chapter celebrated the 26th annual Health Fair at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center. More than 400 attendees owe much gratitude to Chairman Dr. Melvin Friedman, Dawn Denton and her staff at Atlantic General Hospital, the Mayor and City Council of Ocean City, the staff of the
The following is an open letter to Gov. Martin O’Malley and the General Assembly. It was forwarded to Ocean City Today for publication.
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By Stewart Dobson I’ve been thinking this week about high school athletics, at which I played a decidedly marginal role. It wasn’t that I did not like sports, play all kinds of ball in my spare time, or work out on the gymnastics equipment (which I will return to later in this article) but rather that I was a couple of quarts low on school spirit. For some reason even then, I couldn’t see myself thinking back in my later years and saying, “Go Bulldogs!” or basking in the glow of an ancient whupping that we delivered to some school whose team stability was even more closely tied than ours to the success or failure of that year’s soybean harvest. “Fred can’t play the next two games because (1. Big bean harvest and we need the help; (2. Bad bean harvest and we can’t afford more help.” In either case, you could count on Fred to be beaned, as it were, out of two games a year. No, my problem was that I had the misfortune to be born with feet that go in different directions. In other words, my feet argued with each other as to the overall objective. At roughly 5’ 11” and 140 pounds, I should have been able to run faster than somewhat. But no, even when it was (briefly) believed that I had actually finished the two-mile run in P.E. class less than a minute off the world record. This is absolutely true. As I headed down the homestretch on our quartermile oval after a seemingly endless series of turns around this same cinder path, I saw our coach (later proven to be an idiot) waving wildly. He yelled for me to stop as I passed in front of him, and I was only too glad to oblige. “You ran the two miles in under 10 minutes,” he said. “You’re going on the track team, young man, whether you like or not. School spirit demands it, etc., etc.” I joined the track team, reluctantly, and discovered at my very first outing that the coach was as previously described. The reason my first time had been so remarkable was because he had timed me not in the two-mile run, but in the oneand-three-quarter-mile run. One lap short of a full run, you might say. Thus ended by track team glory. Oh, and the gymnastics equipment mentioned earlier? That entailed the flying rings and a different kind of sport. The way it worked was that one person had to push the person on the rings to give him a start. Some of us found it entertaining, from time to time, to grab the bottom of the shorts worn by the person actually on the rings and just keep running with them in hand after he reached the top of his arc. The girls on the other side of the gym found it most amusing. As did everyone, provided you were a decent runner.
Esteemed Gov. O’Malley, senators and delegates, America was built on the ideas that one could work hard, sacrifice and save to have a better life. I worked hard for years and years in school, I sacrificed and saved, and now I wake up early every weekday, and many weekends, to go to work, where I provide services to the public at a very
high price to myself, and often to the recipients of my services. As you embark upon the first day of this Special Session, I wish to call to your mind the very purpose of your being there — to formulate laws. The law exists for two fundamental purposes: to protect individuals’ rights and property. I fear that Madison was correct when he spoke to the Virginia Ratifying Convention in 1788 and said, “There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” Today, as you plan to raise greater and greater amounts of revenue by increasing taxes, and levying fees, you are abridging our freedoms to ever greater and greater degrees. While you believe that you are engaged in a noble cause to help the helpless, to create jobs, build schools, make college more affordable, drive down violent crime, restore the Bay and defend our AAA bond Continued on Page 22
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rating, in reality, government can only play a very small and limited role in a very few of these. You err in your assumption that government not only can do it well, but also should. You take more and more money from those of us who wish to create businesses, hire more people, donate to our churches and charities, and save for our own futures, as well as that of our children. While your party claims to be the party of equality and tolerance, you tax discriminately, wielding the scythe of power, over those who have worked the hardest and achieved the greatest success, and you do so in the name of the poor. While this modern-day Robin Hood approach plays well politically, especially amongst the class of dependents we have created in this country over the past halfcentury or so, let me remind you that plunder is still a crime, even if it is done from behind the shield of law. This legalized plunder is no less morally reprehensible. While neither of us has the time for me to address the economy, education, energy, the environment and our state’s credit rating, suffice it to say, the realities of Greece and the Eurozone, the U.S. Credit downgrade, the fall of every significant political exercise in Keynesian economics, and the flight of high wage earners from Maryland should aid you in recognizing, at the very least, that taking more and more from those that earn is not the answer. Please don’t believe that the majority of us are favorably impressed with your boast of presenting a budget with the smallest increase in spending in years as
Ocean City Today a noteworthy achievement. Instead, recognize us all equally — cut all taxes, cut back the abundant and wasteful bureaucratic spending, stop raiding designated budgetary trusts and funds, stop fear mongering over necessary belt-tightening, and stop wasting time on pet projects like gay marriage and gambling when you are at work on the job I gave you, shepherding my very hard earned tax money, in the time you had to do the job! I will leave you with one last thought, as I must now get to work: “A just security to property is not afforded by that government, under which unequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species” … James Madison, Essay on Property, Respectful yet angry, Dr. Jef Fernley West Ocean City
Luncheon bingo participation appreciated Editor, We want to express our appreciation to everyone who participated in and/or attended the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 166 Luncheon Bingo held at the Post. We wish to thank everyone for your support and for the donations of cash and items to raffle. Thank you to our Bingo Committee — Dolores Price, Bonnie Hansen, Kate Gray and Donna Miller for all of their planning and hard work to make this event a success. Many thanks to Alice Jones for devoting her time and talents in preparing the baskets that were raffled, and for her generous donations for the door prizes. Also, we want to thank all of “the guys” for their help in the kitchen,
on the bingo floor and with the clean up. And finally, we want to express our appreciation and heartfelt thanks to the following businesses and sponsors that contributed to the event. Without their support, this event would not have been possible. They are: Chesapeake Martial Arts, Barrett Chevrolet, Cheers, 19th Hole Bar & Grill, Decatur Diner, Phillips Seafood Restaurant, Copy Central, Home Depot, Deer Run Golf Club, Mione’s Pizza, Fish Tales, Star Charities, Southside Deli, Art League of Ocean City, Steve and Adele Deaver, American Legion Post 166, American Legion Riders 166, Ladies Auxiliary Unit 166, Sons of the American Legion 166, the Bar Girls from Post 166 and the American Legion bartenders from Post 166. The proceeds from this event will be used for the various local charities that our auxiliary supports. This event truly demonstrated what can be accomplished when the Ocean City business community and the “Legion family” come together to help those less fortunate. Christine Hawkins, president American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 166
Writer comments on controversial ad Editor, Today, I write with a plea for our community. I plead for understanding, compassion, bravery and love. I have been incredibly saddened at the level of hatred and fear that has been shown over the controversial ad taken out in the Maryland Coast Dispatch. I have read the ad and the backlash of comments.
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What strikes me is that we are ignoring the fact that bullying is an issue. I want to clearly state that I do not agree with the personal attacks on Mr. Ferro, Mr. Magaha and Mr. Taylor. These three men should never have been targeted because the problem of bullying in our community does not fall on their shoulders. It falls on our entire community and culture. The first issue that saddens me is hatred and bullying that is being directly targeted at the Maryland Coast Dispatch and its Editor-in-Chief, Steve Green. The Dispatch has always been, and still is, an unbiased and reliable local news source in our area. I hear people talk of the “article” from The Dispatch. This was never an article; it was a paid advertisement. I can understand why people are upset, however; the First Amendment is Freedom of speech, press, religion and petition. I truly believe it is our most important amendment. Mr. DiBuo, who took out the ad, was clearly upset and hurt at what he perceived as inaction and used his First Amendment rights, through legal outlets to express his concerns. So, I plead to our community for understanding and compassion toward a man who only wanted to protect and support his child. I also plead compassion and understanding for The Dispatch, whose job and responsibility is to allow all people in our community to exercise their First Amendment rights. I would never want to see our community target teachers or fire respected and beloved educators. I have been uplifted at the way our community has surrounded and protected these teachers. I have also been concerned that we seem
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No show A Worcester County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested Artilda Frances Purnell of Snow Hill on a District Court warrant through Somerset County for failure to appear for court May 4. Her original charges were for passing a bad check for more than $500 and for theft less than $1,000.
Alleged assault A Worcester County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested Corey Lonnel Hinmon, 42, of Snow Hill on May 13 on charges of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. The next day, he was ordered by a District Court judge to have no contact with the alleged victim.
A Worcester County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested Stephen D20mek, 33, of Ocean City Tuesday on a District Court bench warrant issued for violation of probation after being charged with trespassing April 27. His trial date is scheduled for May 30 in District Court in Ocean City.
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Two police officers talked to Monica Fosado, who refused to identify herself, and who said “an ugly, ugly man” entered the bar and started fighting. A man told police that Fosado punched him and another man several times. Police charged Fosado with disorderly conduct and two counts of second-degree assault. Barry was charged with the same offenses.
Burglaries Fight at bar A 32-year-old Ocean City woman and a 28year-old Brooklyn, N.Y., man were arrested May 13 after a disturbance at a bar. An Ocean City policeman saw the man, Alex Barry, shoving people in front of a mid-town bar at about 10:30 p.m. A group of six to eight people were in front of the bar trying to break up a group of people who were shouting.
Several burglaries have been reported to Ocean City police recently, but those reports are not unexpected. “It’s the time of year when we get burglaries reported,” said Pfc. Mike Levy of the Public Affairs Office of the Ocean City Police Department. “They come back, open up their units and we get the reports.” On May 12, three instances of burglaries with forced entry were reported to police.
Escalator injury lawsuit terminated last month NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer
suit and she asked for a jury trial. Judge William D. Quarles dismissed Ocean City as a defendant in July 2009, because of its governmental immunity. Later, Montgomery Kone, the escalator’s manufacturer, was added to the lawsuit. The case remained against ThyssenKrupp and a settlement was reached Feb. 2, 2010. The case against Montgomery Kone was settled recently and the lawsuit was terminated April 26.
Burglary alleged Jose Deonte Green, 22, of Leesburg, Va., was arrested by a deputy sheriff May 15 on a District Court warrant issued for first-degree burglary. He was held at the Worcester County Jail on $10,000 bond.
Assault A 21-year-old Ocean City man was charged May 10 with second-degree assault after allegedly assaulting a woman. Christopher Shawn Lodge went to a 63rd Street unit to see the woman, who did not want to see him. The woman told Ocean City police they had argued earlier at a different location and she tried to get away from him. According to the charging document, he grabbed the hood of her sweatshirt. As he yanked it back, it ripped, causing a red mark on her neck.
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(May 18, 2012) A personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer of the escalator inside the Roland E. Powell Convention Center ended late last month. Rebecca Beall was one of several Vermont high schoolers injured in May 2006, when the escalator malfunctioned. The students were on the esca-
lator when it stopped and then resumed running, but in reverse. A few of the students were taken to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin for treatment. In May 2009, Beall filed suit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Her suit alleging negligence was against the town of Ocean City, the Ocean City convention center and Visitors Bureau and the ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company, the company that serviced the escalator. Beall was seeking $500,000 in her law-
An 82-year-old man told police his 136th Street unit was burglarized between April 29 and May 12. A 69-year-old man reported that his Pine Tree Road unit was burglarized between April 14 and May 12. There have also been some recent reports of burglaries happening on the day they were reported. On May 12, a 72-year-old woman reported that her unit on Old Landing Road was burglarized at about 5 p.m. that day. On May 9, Nicholas Marshall Bock, 19 reported that his 8th Street unit was burglarized with a forced entry at 6 a.m. that day. On May 8, Michael Anthony Brown, 56, reported a burglary with forced entry at his 41st Street unit that had taken place that day.
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Seatbelt detail yields multiple criminal charges for three men NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (May 18, 2012) A 19-year-old Delaware man was charged May 13, with handgun violations and other offenses after an Ocean City Police officer detected criminal activity afoot. Passengers in his car were charged with drug offenses. Cpl. Charles Kelley was working the Click-It or Ticket seatbelt enMarcus Neal forcement detail when he stopped a vehicle on 33rd Street because neither the driver, Marcus Lamont Neal, nor the front seat passenger were using seatbelts. After stopping the car, Kelley said he noticed the nervousness of at least two R. Cephas people in the car and saw suspected marijuana in the center console holder. Suspecting criminal activity, he and another policeman had three people exit the vehicle. A woman remained in the car with a 1-year-old child. Jamil Mills Searching the car, Kelley saw suspected marijuana on the floor and on the front seats. He also saw a freshly cut cigar, with its innards exposed. Such cigars are often used to hold marijuana. Next, Kelley reported he found was seemed to be a Diet Coke can, though it was a stash can with an empty compartment commonly used for drugs. After receiving permission to search passenger Jamil Lee Mills, 20, Kelley located two bags containing heroin. According to the charging document, Mills told Kelley he thought he had “used those last night.” During a search of the car’s trunk, Kelley found a bookbag with four wrapped bun-
dles of small clear bags containing heroin. He estimated 50 individually-wrapped bags were packaged, wrapped and marked. Each individual bag would have a street value of $5 to $30 depending on the quality and the area where it would be sold. Continuing the search of the bookbag, Kelley found a handgun with the serial number obliterated and unreadable. He also located a phone charger, a bottle of Listerine and a pair of men’s black boxer briefs inside the bookbag. Because Neal owned the black bookbag, Kelley charged him with possession of marijuana, possession of heroin, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute it, carrying a handgun in a vehicle, obliterating a serial number on a firearm, having a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and use of a firearm in a drug distribution crime. When Kelley asked Neal about the obliterated serial number, Neal said, “Yeah it ain’t got one, I know, cause I’m sure the dude I bought if off of did something,” the charging document states. And when Kelley asked if he knew the handgun was stolen when he bought it, Neal said, “Yeah, I mean, I figured it wasn’t legit.” Kelley charged Rasheem Shalir Cephas, 22, with two counts of possession of marijuana. During the booking process, Kelley located a bag of marijuana inside Cephas’ sock. At police headquarters, Mills told Kelley he had been using heroin for five months and that he had brought five bags of the heroin to Ocean City from Delaware and only had two left. Searching Mills’ cell phone, Kelley found evidence of sales of heroin. Based on those messages and his interview with Mills, Kelley determined Mills had knowledge of the drug trade and owned the large amount of individually wrapped bags of heroin. Mills was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of heroin and possession of heroin with the intent to distribute it.
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we must fund (teacher pensions).” County employees have not had a salary increase in years and the Board of Education has asked for a 3 percent salary increase for teachers. A county tax increase is almost a certainty and could be decided May 22, during the county commissioners’ budget work session. “Raising taxes will be part of the discussion,” Mason said. If the commissioners do not pass the fiscal year 2013 budget Tuesday, they will return for another budget work session Tuesday, May 29. Sen. Jim Mathias voted in favor of the bill Tuesday even though he knew it would cost the county money. He said the shift in teacher pension funding would cost Worcester approximately $900,000, or $300,000 less than the county’s figure. He said he voted for the budget because
it would save Wicomico County about $14 million. He also said the budget provided some relief for Worcester, but the Worcester County Commissioner’s Office said the local income tax relief for fiscal year 2013 will be only about $107,000. Mathias said he invited government leaders in Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties, the counties he represents, to a meeting in Ocean City on Sunday to discuss issues with him and Sen. President Mike Miller. “Unfortunately, only a few people showed up,” Mathias said. During that meeting, Wicomico leaders asked him to vote for the state budget. As for Worcester, he said the county has the opportunity to use impact funds from the Casino at Ocean Downs to close the gap. Commissioners Virgil Shockley and Madison Bunting were the Worcester attendees at the 17th Street Holiday Inn to
talk politics for about an hour. “It was nice to hear first hand what would happen,” Shockley said. “And it was nice for Mike Miller to take the time to come down and for Jim to set it up.” Shockley said he and others had been expecting to be required to pay for teacher pensions, but they just did not know how much it would be. In addition to being required to pay for half of the teacher pensions in the coming fiscal year, Worcester County must pay a larger share of the cost of the state assessment office in Snow Hill. “Two years ago, the state paid the whole cost,” Shockley said. “Last year, the county had to pay 50 percent or about $612,000. This year, we must pay 90 percent of the cost, an additional $484,000.” Commissioner Bunting said he is glad he met with Mathias and Miller because “we can’t get anywhere if we don’t have a
dialogue.” He said he told Miller that Worcester should not be considered a wealthy county just because of its property tax revenue. Seventy-five percent of the property owners do not live in Worcester and the other 25 percent, he said, are not wealthy. Being considered a wealthy county diminishes the amount of money the state allocates to education and he would like that to change for future budgets. This budget is also bad news for cigar smokers, but it increases the tax on cigars, except for premium cigars, from 5 percent to 70 percent of the wholesale cost. In addition to passing the budget bill, the Senate and House of Delegates passed a bill to increase income taxes on people who file individually and earn more than $100,000 taxable income and for joint filers who make $150,000 in taxable income.
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DiBuo told Ocean City Today this week that after meeting with school officials several weeks ago to discuss bullying, he felt nothing was accomplished, so he decided to take out an advertisement. “It’s been going on for a while with quite a few sports programs and they lied to us, telling us this doesn’t happen,” DiBuo said. “I wanted to have them work with me, but they refused, so if I have to go to the paper and embarrass them, I’ll do it every week if I have to. It will get a lot nastier if they don’t want to work with me … Everything I do will be within the law. You can’t sue me for slander if I’m telling the truth.” The response DiBuo has received — both positive and negative — after the advertisement was published has been overwhelming, he said. As of Monday, the group, which was formed last week, had grown to more than 30 members, which include parents of current and former students and athletes, as well as Decatur alumni. Several heath care professionals also want to get involved, DiBuo said. The group’s goal is to work with county schools to implement training and education programs for teachers, coaches, parents and students, he said. “We certainly applaud the efforts by parents and by community and business members to eradicate bullying in our communities and schools. It takes a united front to eliminate bullying,” said Barbara Witherow, coordinator of public relations and special programs for Worcester County Public Schools. “Our school system is committed to addressing issues head-on and fostering a culture
West Ocean City Assoc. regroups NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (May 18, 2012) West Ocean City residents are invited to mingle, eat and drink and discuss issues of concern next week. The West Ocean City Association, which had been dormant last year, is being revived and re-energized. Area residents will meet from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, at Pizza Tugo’s on the corner of routes 50 and 611. Future get-togethers will be held at Peppers Tavern and Fraschetti’s Restaurant. “We want to encourage people to use local businesses,” said Kathy Hayman, an association board member. In 2010, the association had 270 members before slumping due to inaction in 2011. This year, West Ocean City resident Carolyn Cummins has worked to revive the group, and membership is already at 130. She anticipates many more. “People here for the summer will join later,” Cummins said. Cummins issued one newsletter and worked on two dinners for the group. In the future, business meetings will be held in April and October and socials, such as the one planned for May 24, will be held during the other months. See RESIDENTS on Page 28
where students thrive. Any behavior that compromises a positive learning environment is simply not tolerated. If anyone suspects that bullying is occurring, we urge them to immediately report it to their home school administration so that an investigation can take place.” Bullying prevention programs, which include awareness, prevention and early intervention, are offered at each of the county schools. At the beginning of each school year, students receive a brochure to educate them on what constitutes bullying, harassment, or intimidation and explains what they should do if they believe they are being bullied. Administrators, school counselors, teachers and staff also reinforce bullying awareness and prevention during orientation sessions at the start of each school year and throughout the year. Character Education programs exist at
each school, reinforcing positive character traits and decisions, such as demonstrating fairness and respect to all individuals, Witherow said. Eleven of the 14 county schools are Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) schools that emphasize and reward good choices. Nine of the 11 earned a GOLD designation, the highest honor, she said. Peer Mediation is also offered at several schools. The program focuses on students-supporting-students and respectful conflict resolution, Witherow said. “Our school system is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and respectful school environment where everyone is valued and treated respectfully,” Witherow said. “Any behavior that compromises a positive learning environment is simply not tolerated. An effective learning environment is absolutely essential and is
the right of each and every student.” DiBuo said Parents Against Bullying of Worcester County may have its first meeting at the end of the month. It will be open to members and those who want to join the group and be part of the solution and who want to have a productive discussion. “I’ve received a lot of nasty e-mails and they are entitled to their opinions. If they want to complain about the group, I’m not going to respond to negative criticism. I just don’t care,” he said. “If they want to do something positive and help and change what’s been going on for years they’re welcome [at the meeting]. I’ll talk to people who want to help the group.” DiBuo has gone up against the schools before, having engaged in protracted litigation against the school board early in the last decade over the provision of services for his autistic son.
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Area residents may attend the proposed monthly get-togethers to get to know each other and to give input on various issues dealing with the area or just to enjoy the break from daily schedules. Past issues included plans for a new Route 50 bridge, dredging by the sandbar, mosquito spraying and the need for a new Mystic Harbour wastewater treatment plant. “If something needs to be done, there’s power in numbers,” Hayman said. “We’re just trying to bring it back so people can get more involved, and if there are issues, they can bring it to our attention.” Not much of great importance has been going on because the several past issues were resolved. Of concern now, Cummins said, is the issue of public safety. Many residents want a marked crosswalk from the White Marlin Mall to Food Lion on Route 611 or from the outlets to the other side of Route 50. Each development in West Ocean City has its own association or property owners’ group, but the West Ocean City Association brings them all together, Hayman said. Membership costs $12 per person per year. Owners or managers of West Ocean City businesses are invited to join as well. The current boundaries used by the West Ocean City Association are from Holly Grove Road to the bay and down Route 611, but stopping just before Snug Harbor. That boundary could be moved back to Eagles Nest Road. “We’ve changed the boundaries twice since I’ve been active,” said Cummins, who has been active since 1988.
County, towns have funds reimbursed from federal agency NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (May 18, 2012) Worcester County has been reimbursed for most of its expenses related to Hurricane Irene last year. FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, reimbursed the county $75,694.62, which represents 75 percent of what the county had submitted. The county’s storm-related expenses totaled $100,926.17 and the county’s match for the FEMA funds was $25,231.55. Being reimbursed “was not an easy process,” Emergency Services Director Teresa Owens told the Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday. A FEMA representative came to the county in November and met with Owens on a daily basis to examine expenses. FEMA requires a great deal of detailed information and documentation for reimbursement. “Fortunately for the county, we had minimal damage,” Owens said. See FEMA on Page 34
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Emergency notification to be available to cell phone users NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (May 18, 2012) Cell phone users will be able to register their phone numbers with the county’s emergency notification system so they may be alerted to emergency situations such as storm warnings, evacuations and even rabid animals in their neighborhood. Formerly known as Reverse 911, the notification system, Cassidian Communicator, is part of the county’s preparedness efforts, Emergency Services Director Teresa Owens told the Worcester County Commissioner on Tuesday. “It’s another valuable tool in our tool box,” Owens said. The system was used last August to warn people with land line telephones about the approach of Hurricane Irene and it was used in a West Ocean City neighborhood to warn residents about a rabid animal. The system is also used for businesses. The new phone registry will be for people without landlines or who have land-
lines but want to be notified of possible emergencies via their cell phones. The registry could reach them if they are not at home at the time of the notification process. Cell phone users will use the Web site to manage their own cell phones. They would use it to register and if they change their number. Registration will be at the county’s Web site at www.co.worcester.md.us. The site for registration should be available in the next couple of weeks, Owens said. Using the self registration portal, users will register their name, cell phone numbers, address and e-mail address. Only the user will be able to change that information. A map is included at the portal so the cell phone user may highlight the area for which they want to receive notifications. After that information is registered, the county system will dial those cell phone numbers and/or send e-mail notifications to those registrants at the same time information is being send to land line phone See PROGRAM on Page 34
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WORCESTER COUNTY BRIEFS NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (May 18, 2012) The Worcester County Commissioners discussed the following topics during their meeting Tuesday.
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Proclamation The commissioners presented a proclamation designating May 24, 2012 as Suicide Prevention Day, in conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Week. They presented the proclamation to Kim Klump, president of the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, and Jennifer LeMay of the Worcester County Health Department. “We need to reduce the stigma,” said Klump, who has worked with county and community groups to help prevent youth suicide since the suicide of her son, Jesse, in 2009. “For many of us, it’s a taboo subject.” The Klump Memorial Fund is sponsoring a talk about suicide prevention at Berlin Town Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24.
Grant adjustment Emergency Services Director Teresa Owens said the Maryland Emergency Management Association had advised that it would increase a 2010 State Homeland Security Grant Program grant by $75,000 to pay for an emergency generator at the Maryland State Police barracks in Berlin tower site. The tower site houses the county’s 800 MHz radio system and is a crucial part of the county’s radio communications. The site is one
The commissioners approved Owens’ request to apply for a $30,000 grant to update the county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan, which was developed in 2006 by the county staff from the Comprehensive Planning Department and Emergency services and in conjunction with the municipalities. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which gave the county a grant for that plan, requires the plan to be updated at this time. It is offering another grant for the update. One of the requirements is a 25 percent inkind match, which can be obtained by using staff time allocated for the update process as the match.
Ag easement The commissioners held a public hearing and approved the request of Thelma Bloxom and Regina Royer who wished to donate an agricultural easement of their property to the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation. No one spoke during the public hearing. Both the Worcester County Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board and the Worcester County Planning Commission recommended acceptance of the donation. The land is approximately 101 acres on the
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Vehicles The commissioners approved the purchase of three standard sedans and one seven-passenger minivan for the county Health Department. The county recently awarded contracts for the purchase of vehicles and both vendors agreed to honor the low-bid prices for these additional vehicles. The sedans will be purchased at a cost of $14,560 each from Apple Ford Lincoln in Columbia and the minivan will be purchased at a cost of $20,688 from Criswell Fleet Sales in Gaithersburg.
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Budget hearings The commissioners scheduled public hearings for the enterprise funds. The hearing for the Water and Wastewater Enterprise Fund will be held at 10:40 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5, and the hearing for the Solid Waste Enterprise Fund is scheduled to be held 10 minutes later. The hearing for the Liquor Control Enterprise Fund is scheduled to be held at 11 a.m. that day.
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Janice M. Wienhold BERLIN — Janice Marie Wienhold, 59, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at her home in Ocean Pines, surrounded by her family. Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late John F. and Dorothy Wienhold Jr. She is survived by her son, Jonathan C. Wienhold of Ocean Pines; sister, M. Katherine DeGrange and her husband, F. Ward Jr.; and brother, John C. Wienhold and his wife, Mary K. Also surviving is her grandchild, Joseph J. Lockwood, and her best friend, Kimberly A. Phillips. Ms. Wienhold had worked as a licensed practical counselor in the mental health field. She was a woman of great courage and independence. She had a passion for life, her career and all things related to the water. A Mass of Christian burial was held Wednesday, May 16, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church near Ocean Pines. The Rev John Kavanaugh officiated. Interment followed at Gate of Heaven in
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Kurt M. Lomac OCEAN CITY — Kurt Michael Lomac, 57, died Sunday, May 13, 2012, at his home in Ocean City. Born in Berlin, Germany, he is survived by his father, Walter Michael Lomac and stepmother, Sunny Lomac of Pinehurst, N.C. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Tracy Lomac in 1995. He is also survived by his wife, Nancy Le Lomac and stepdaughter, Amberle Dawn Booker of Ocean City, and brothers, Scott Michael Lomac and his wife, Maria Magdalena of Falls Church, Va., and Jay Michael Lomac and his wife, Theresa of Pinehurst, N.C. There is one nephew, Van Weidenkopf of Vicenza, Italy. Mr. Lomac was a certified public accountant. A memorial service was held Wednesday, May 16, at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Interment will be private. A donation in his memory may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802, or Liver Cancer Research, 1341 N. Delaware Ave, Suite 209, Philadelphia, Pa. 19125.
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OBITUARIES Charles Frederick Kerler Jr. OCEAN CITY — Charles Frederick Kerler Jr., 78, died Monday, May 14, 2012, at Berlin Nursing Home. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Charles Frederick Kerler Sr. and Agnes Miller Kerler. He is survived by his beloved wife, Delizia DiGristine Kerler; his sons, Jeffrey Kerler and his girlfriend, Marie Young of Westminster and Michael Kerler of Catonsville; a daughter, Amy Marie Flaherty and her husband, Jerry of Frisco, Texas; grandchildren, Stephen Michael Kerler and his wife, Shannon of San Diego, Calif., and Allison Flaherty and Sarah Flaherty of Frisco, Texas; and sisters, Betty Keydash, Katherine Drechsler and her husband, Joseph, and Mary Agnes Crough, all of Arbutus, Md. He is also survived by numerous niece, nephews, cousins and many friends and neighbors. Mr. Kerler had worked for many years as a drafter and engineer with Westinghouse. He was a member of Holy Savior Catholic Church in Ocean City and of the American Legion. He was also a builder, and he loved fishing and crabbing, as well working on his boats. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 18, at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1138 Parsons Road, Salisbury, Md. 21801 or the American Lung Association, 209 E. Market St., Salisbury, Md. 21801.
Harold William “Buddy” Post III OCEAN CITY — Harold William “Buddy” Post III, 48, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. He is survived by his mother, Judith Ann “Judy” Post of Ocean City; his father, Harold William Post Jr. and his wife, Joanne of Chincoteague, Va.; his wife, Brenda Raye Post of Ocean City; brothers, Harold Post III Donald Christopher Post of Ocean Pines and Michael Eric Post of Ocean City; and a sister, Laurie Bowie of Berlin. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, as well as his much loved hotel family. Buddy had worked for many years for the Purnell family and Purnell Properties. He had most recently worked as manager of the Econo-Lodge in North Ocean City. He was a 1981 graduate of Stephen Decatur High School. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Worcester County Humane Society, P.O. Box 48, Berlin, Md. 21811. — Obituary notices may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge for this service.
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Most of the expenses incurred by the county were categorized as emergency protective measures. Those expenses included meetings, salaries and food. Debris removal accounted for $15,333. “We tax your county staff tremendously,” Owens told the commissioners.
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every time. To be aware of approaching emergencies, people are advised to stay informed by monitoring television or radio broadcasts whenever possible. Bud Church, president of the county commissioners, said cell phone users should register their numbers on the emergency notification system because there “is no downside to this.”
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Lady Mallards come up short in ESIAC finals
LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (May 18, 2012) Last Friday’s Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship game between the Worcester Prep Lady Mallards and their rival, the Sts. Peter & Paul Sabres, in Easton was a back-andforth battle, Coach Page but the home team netted the Watts Rogers last goal in the final seconds to win 9-8. The Mallards jumped on the scoreboard first with two goals by sophomore Lilly DiNardo and one by junior Ragen Doyle. In the final 10 minutes of the first half, the Sabres scored six unanswered goals to lead 6-3 going into the halftime break on their home field. “We started out 3-0, then there was a series of probably 10 penalties called on us back to back,” said Prep Coach Page Watts Rogers. “We started out really strong, but it was hard to form any kind of flow with so many whistled called.” The Mallards made a few adjustments at halftime, Rogers said, and two goals by DiNardo early in the second half cut the Sabres lead to one. But Sts. Peter & Paul scored two of its own to gain an 8-5 advantage. As time ticked down, junior Meredith Smith netted a shot, followed by freshman Molly Soulé’s goal to pull within one. Smith evened the score at 8-all with about two minutes to play. The Sabres tallied the goahead goal with less than a minute remaining and held on to win. “We were really disappointed. The girls really wanted it,” Rogers said. “We haven’t beat them in three years. It’s so mental for them. They get so nervous when they go up to that field.” DiNardo was the Mallards top scorer with four goals. Freshman goalie Carolyn Dorey stopped 10 Sabres’ shots in the first half. Sophomore Maddie Pilchard record See LADY on Page 37
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Junior Jessica Iacona is on the mound for Decatur during first-round action of the 3A East Regional tournament.
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Worcester Prep junior Henry Hastings (9) controls the ball during the May 11 Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship game against Salisbury School in Berlin. Hastings scored two goals in Worcester’s 14-1 victory.
CONFERENCECHAMPS! Worcester Prep boys’ lacrosse team wins fourth consecutive title
LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (May 18, 2012) The Worcester Prep boys’ lacrosse team trounced the Salisbury School Dragons 14-1 on May 11, to capture its fourth consecutive Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship trophy. “We started off a little slow, then we started playing well,” said Prep Coach Kevin Gates. “We were doing a lot of nice
things and we gathered speed as we kept playing.” Seniors Jake Emche and Ryan McGuire, playing in their final game as Mallards, scored goals in the first quarter to give Prep a 2-0 lead. The home team boosted its advantage to 7-1 by the halftime break. The Mallards tallied seven goals in the second half, while holding the Dragons scoreless. McGuire led his team with
five goals and one assist. He also scooped up six ground balls. Emche chipped in with three goals, one assist and five ground balls. Juniors Henry Hastings and Harrison Brennan each had two goals and six ground balls. Worcester advanced to the championship game with an 18-2 victory over the Delmarva Christian Royals in the May 9 semifinals. Brennan led with four See COACH on Page 37
Lady Mallards win seventh ESIAC title LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (May 18, 2012) The Worcester Prep girls’ tennis team captured its seventh consecutive Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship title last Tuesday at Salisbury University. “It was exciting because I had no idea how they would stack up,” said Prep Coach Cyndee Hudson. “I was very pleased with the way it
turned out.” Worcester Prep, Salisbury School, Sts. Peter & Paul and Gunston Day participated in the tournament. In girls’ singles competition, the finals came down two Worcester players: senior Kayla Baier and freshman Tatjana Kondraschow. Coach Cyndee said both girls played well, though Baier came out on top 8-4. The girls’ doubles finals also consisted of two Mallard
teams. Freshmen Mattie Maull and Rylie Doyle, the school’s second double team, jumped ahead 4-0 over first doubles pair, Hannah Esham and Claire Stickler, both sophomores, and went on to win the match 8-6. “I look forward to having [Maull and Doyle] next year,” Hudson said. The pair was undefeated this season. In mixed doubles action, Worcester senior Shelby See LADY on Page 39
Lady Seahawks down Eagles by 1 in reg. action LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (May 18, 2012) The seventhseeded Stephen Decatur softball team edged out the No. 10 Centennial Eagles 5-4 last Friday during first-round action of the 3A East Regional tournament. “I was very pleased. We came out strong,” Decatur Coach Don Howard said after the one-run victory on the Lady Seahawks’ home field in Berlin. “It was a pretty well played game by both teams.” The Eagles scored a run in the second inning, but the Seahawks answered in the third when junior Jessica Bunting hit a two-run home run over the fence. “It was her first home run of the year. What an opportune time to get it,” Howard said. Centennial tied the score at 2all in the fourth. Sophomore Taylor Black led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a home run to give Decatur the go-ahead run. The home team tacked on two additional runs in that inning to pull in front 5-2. The Eagles scored two runs in the sixth to cut the Seahawks’ lead to one, but Decatur got out of the inning and held on to win 5-4. Decatur had five hits in the game. Bunting and Black hit home runs, Iacona and junior See LADY on Page 40
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Lady Seahawks keep tempo with Lions,but lose beat in second half LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (May 18, 2012) Monday’s 3A2A South Regional semifinal game between the No. 2 Stephen Decatur Seahawks and top-seeded Queen Anne’s was even 7-7 at halftime, but the Lions outscored their opponent 7-2 in the second half to win 14-9. “It was back and forth in the first half. It was a fight. Our girls have improved so much since the first time we saw them,” Decatur Coach Bob Musitano said after the May 14 competition in Queen Anne’s. “I believe it went well even
though we lost. The game plan was for us to control the tempo and we hung with them in the first half. But in the second half, we lost a little of that punch. “Their midfield is really strong and our turnovers were caused by them,” he said. “A couple of penalties hurt us.” Junior Ashley Trice was Decatur’s top scorer with three goals. Eileen Hayman and Kayla Terlizzi, both juniors, and sophomore Erin Florek each netted two apiece. Goalie Kaitlin Hardt, a senior, came up big in goal, Musitano said. She stopped 11 Lions’ shots. Decatur advanced to the semi-
final round after an 18-7 victory over the No. 3 James M. Bennett Clippers in Berlin last Friday. Eight Seahawks scored in the quarterfinal match. Leading the charge for Decatur was Trice, Terlizzi, Florek and senior Liz Anderson, who each tallied three goals. Decatur finished the season with a 9-5 record. Four girls will graduate at the end of the month. “[The season] went really well. All in all, it was a good lacrosse experience for the players. I think they learned a lot and they matured a lot,” Musitano said. “This is a young team and I’m looking forward to next year.”
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Stephen Decatur senior Elizabeth Anderson drives past a James M. Bennett defender during last Friday’s 3A-2A South Regional quarterfinal game in Berlin. Anderson scored three goals in Decatur’s 18-7 win.
(May 18, 2012) Turnovers by second-seeded Stephen Decatur in the opening quarter of last Friday’s 3A-2A East Regional boys’ lacrosse quarterfinal game against the No. 3 Queen Anne’s Lions had the Seahawks constantly running — something Coach Scott Lathroum blames for his players’ sluggish fourth quarter. “The first quarter was not very
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good. We had way too many turnovers, which is not characteristic of our team, our passing was horrible and all we did was sprint up and down the field,” Lathroum said after Queen Anne’s comefrom-behind 12-11 win in Berlin. “We also lost [defensiveman] Joe Flounlacker early in the game when he separate his shoulder and that hurt us.” Senior Erik Geiser gave Decatur a 1-0 lead just 19 seconds into the game. The Lions tied the
score 1-1 with 2:12 remaining in the first quarter and went ahead 21 at the 1:41 mark. With about 10 seconds left in the quarter, Geiser knocked the ball loose from the Queen Anne’s goalie, who was behind the goal. Geiser threw it to senior Curtis Snyder, who was crashing the open goal. He buried his shot to even the score at 2-all. Three minutes into the second quarter, senior Johnny Moore’s See SEAHAWKS on Page 38
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goals and one assist. He also won seven of nine face-offs. Gordon Abercrombie, a junior, contributed with four goals and an assist. Hastings tallied a goal and an assist and scooped up seven ground balls. He was 6-6 on face-offs. “Face-offs were key to winning the game,” Gates said. The Prep squad was 5-6 with four games remaining. The Mallards won all four, finishing the season with a 9-6 record. “Winning the [May 2] Wilmington Friends game (10-5), that was the turning point. It got us back at .500, then we won the next three. It was our best game of the season,” Gates said. “That was when we
finally put things together. We played well at the end of the season and that’s what you want. A 9-6 record, that respectable. We beat all the teams we should have beaten.” Mallards who received First Team AllConference honors were Brennan, Hastings, McGuire, Emche, seniors Logan Bellinger and Zach Jacobs and junior Chris Adkins. Athletes named to the Second Team were Abercrombie, senior Matteo Petrera, sophomore Luke Payne and freshman goalie Will Hastings. Junior Alec Zarif was awarded Honorable Mention accolades. Five players will graduate at the end of the month, but Gates said the Mallard squad will be strong again next year.
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four saves in the second half. Worcester advanced to the championship game with a 20-9 win over the Gunston Day Herons on May 10 in Berlin. Senior Katelin Talbert led the Mallards with four goals and two assists. Smith also scored four goals. The Mallards finished the season with a 13-3 record. Only two players will graduate at the end of the month.
“If you look at our record, we had an amazing season. The girls fought hard to win every game. They evolved and played well together,” Rogers said. “This year’s junior class will be seniors next year and they’ll finally be in a leadership position. I think they’ll do so well.” Senior Mary Clare Regan, DiNardo, Smith and juniors Molly Marshall and Alex Bruder received First Team All-Conference honors.
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Worcester Prep junior Gordon Abercrombie (12) shields the ball from a Salisbury School player during the May 11 Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship game in Berlin. Worcester won 14-1.
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Stephen Decatur junior Andrew Ternahan sprints past a Queen Anne’s player during last Friday’s 3A-2A East Regional quarterfinal game in Berlin.
shot ricocheted off the post, but Geiser got the rebound and scored to put Decatur up 3-2. Queen Anne’s answered 40 seconds later. Andrew Ternahan, a junior, gave the Seahawks a 4-3 advantage 5:20 before halftime, but the Lions again answered about two minutes later. With two minutes to play, Moore scored and Decatur went into the halftime break on top 5-4. In the second half, Decatur held a four-goal lead at one point, but Queen Anne’s chipped away and came from behind to win 1211. “We played pretty well for a while, but we looked tired and slow in the fourth quarter. The first quarter hurt us,” Lathroum
said. “I thought we were a better team [than Queen Anne’s], but we didn’t get it done. We went in thinking we should win, so we were shocked at first when we lost. Then we were disappointed.” Snyder was Decatur’s top producer with four goals and two assists. Geiser finished the game with three goals. Goalie Brooks Gilbert, a junior, stopped nine Lions’ shots. The Seahawks went 12-2 this season and won the Bayside Conference championship title. Decatur captured its first Bayside title in 2008 and took home its second trophy on May 8, when the Seahawks edged out Kent Island 109. “It was a good season and I was happy up until [the Queen Anne’s]
game. We won the Bayside, which was great, but my goal was to go further [in the playoffs] than we did,” said Lathroum, who took over as head coach of the team when Jason Macrides announced at the end of the 2011 season that he was stepping down after 11 years at the helm. Lathroum was his assistant for several years. “I’m not happy with me. I take in on my shoulders,” he said. “I won’t forget this. We’ll take it into next season and hopefully, it will give [the players] some motivation.” Eleven seniors will graduate on May 30, four of whom were major contributors. Lathroum said those players will be hard to replace, but he is hopeful others will step right in to fill the vacant positions.
Eight Seahawks battling for DistrictVIII titles this week in Cambridge LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (May 18, 2012) Eight tennis players are representing Stephen Decatur during the two-day District VIII tournament, which began Thursday and continues today, Friday, in Cambridge. Steve Berquist and Jamie Green-
wood, coaches of the Seahawk boys’ and girls’ teams respectively, said last week they expected their players to face some stiff competition. “The competition there is always strong,” Berquist said. Decatur junior Tori Whigham is competing in the girls’ singles bracket, while senior Chrissy Hershey has partnered with junior Em-
malee Murrell for doubles action. Junior Madison Pope and senior Logan Rodriguez have teamed up to battle for the mixed doubles title. Timmy VanVonno, a junior, is taking the court in boys’ singles competition. Seniors Jason Stitely and Kyle Rodriguez are working together to capture the doubles trophy. “We’ll be competitive,” Green-
wood said. “Singles competition will be tough, though. There are a lot of strong players. I think our doubles teams are strong. I think all of our doubles teams have a chance.” The top two male and female singles players and doubles teams will advance to the state championship, set for May 25-26, at University of Maryland-College Park.
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Seahawk boys finish second behind Lions LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (May 18, 2012) The Stephen Decatur girls’ track team captured the Bayside Conference title on May 10, at Kent Island High School in Stevensville, while the Seahawk boys’ squad finished a close second behind Queen Anne’s. The Lady Seahawks scored 167 points in the victory. Kent Island was second with Decatur Coach 130.5 points. “We were up by 30 Jody Stigler points with two or three events left, so we pretty much had it locked up,” Jody Stigler, coach of the Seahawks with Rick Cawthern and Fred Billings, said of the Lady Seahawks. “We won the last event, the 1,600-meter relay, and secured the victory.” Senior Ravyn Saunders, sophomores Chloe FauntLeRoy and Alex Saunders and junior Jenna Abbaticchio earned first-place honors in the 1,600-meter relay event (4:24.21). Senior Katie Purnell became Bayside champion in three competitions: the long jump (16 feet 5 inches), triple jump (34 feet 8.5 inches) and high jump (4 feet 8 inches). Sophomore Kacie Moore took first place in the pole vault (7 feet 6 inches). “We were able to win because we scored points in all of the events. Those points add up,” Stigler said. “For the most part, we did well. I was impressed with a lot of the girls. Some of the girls had their best times for the season.” The Decatur boys’ team scored 136 points, 12.25 points less than Queen Anne’s (148.25). The 3,200-meter relay team consisting of juniors Tristan Peeples, Dan Winters and Lance Ward and senior Chris David, won the race in 8:38.33. Senior Greg Petersen took top honors in the high jump (6 feet 2 inches). “Queen Anne’s is pretty strong and we had a couple injuries that hurt us,” Stigler said. “We didn’t run bad; we just didn’t do enough to pull it out. Every point mattered.” The Seahawks are now set to compete in the two-day 3A East Regional meet. The first day of events was Thursday at Reservoir High School in Fulton, Md. The competition will continue on Saturday at 10 a.m. “It’s one of the strongest regions in the state. The teams have a lot of depth,” Stigler said. The top four individuals and relay teams in each regional event will advance to the May 25 state meet, at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Also, individual competitors or relay teams who achieve the set advancement standards in each event will qualify for the championship meet.
Zimmer and junior Zander Farr teamed up for competition. Without much time practicing together, the duo edged out a team from Salisbury School 8-4 in the finals. “The finals victory was amazing. They were very impressive,” Hudson said. “They were great to watch.” The Gunston Day Prep Coach Herons took home the Cyndee Hudson boys’ team trophy. In singles competition, Mallard freshman Quinn Lukas advanced the farthest, losing in the second round. Worcester’s doubles teams, Erik Zorn, a freshman, and partner Lucas Baier, a sophomore, and junior London Walker and his teammate, freshman Kyle Chan-
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dler, fell to duos from Gunston and Salisbury School in the semifinals respectively, 8-6. “In the conference tournament, we saw some growth in some players, particularly the doubles teams. They showed a lot of improvement,” said Prep Coach Keith Coleman. The Lady Mallards finished the season with a 12-2 record. The girls lost to
James M. Bennett and Parkside, both Bayside Conference schools, during their first meetings, but then edged out both opponents during their second matchups. “I was thrilled with the results of the season. The girls were very strong,” Hudson said. Six seniors will graduate at the end of May. The boys’ team finished 8-7. Coleman said he enjoyed his first season at the helm and the players were very “coachable.” Only one player will graduate. “They were a good group of guys to work with. They made tremendous strides and they worked really hard,” Coleman said. “There was a lot of growth from beginning to end. They’re headed in the right direction. I think the future is bright.”
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Amanda Parsons each recorded doubles and senior Michelle Harris successfully bunted to reach first base. Junior pitcher Jessica Iacona struck out five Eagles and allowed nine hits in seven innings. â€œOur pitching was good and our defense was pretty good, too,â€? Howard said. The victory advanced Decatur to the quarterfinal round. The squad was scheduled to travel to Fulton, Md., Monday to play the second-seeded Reservoir Gators, but the game was postponed because of rain. The field was not playable on Tuesday, so the competition was moved to Wednesday. Reservoir won the game, 6-1.
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Stephen Decatur senior Mike O’Neill makes contact with the ball during Monday’s 3A East Regional quarterfinal game against Centennial in Berlin. Decatur lost 9-2.
Seahawk baseball season ends in 3A East Reg. quarterfinals LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (May 18, 2012) The third-seeded Stephen Decatur baseball team scored early during the 3A East Regional quarterfinal game against the No. 11 Centennial Eagles at home Monday, but the visiting squad came out on top in the end, 9-2. The Seahawks led 1-0, but the Eagles pulled ahead 2-1 in the third on a two-out home run. Centennial tacked on two runs in the fourth and an additional five runs in the final two innings to take a 9-1 lead. Decatur senior Teron Tyre’s single drove in a run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it was the only run the home team could generate in its final at bat. “We started out really well,” said Decatur Coach Rich Ferro. “We had a couple nice defensive plays. We were up 1-0 and had the momentum, and then they hit a home run and that kind of seemed to turn it around. We didn’t hit, and then they started tacking on runs.” Tyre went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Senior Connor Malloy had two hits. Juniors Chase Church and Dallas Harrington and senior Steve Ruggiere each recorded a hit.
Ruggiere pitched in the first three innings, striking out three and allowing five hits. Senior Mike O’Neill took the mound for two and two-thirds innings. He struck out three and allowed two hits. Freshman Grant Donahue finished the game for the Seahawks. He recorded two strikeouts and allowed two hits. “It’s tough because it’s the seniors last game and [it was a] good group of seniors,” Ferro said. “We really relied on them a lot this year and it’s really tough to see them go because they do it the right way in the classroom and on the field and with their teammates. It’s been the best group of seniors overall as young men that we’ve ever had.” The Decatur team went 15-4 this season. Five seniors will graduate at the end of the month. “I think there was a lot of positives with this team. Fifteen wins, I don’t know if people thought we were going to get that many wins,” Ferro said. “We were very successful as a whole and we wouldn’t have been anywhere near that if our seniors weren’t here. Hopefully, the young guys will be prepared to step up and lead this team next year just as hard as [the seniors] did.”
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Pines welcomes farmersmarket to community (May 18, 2012) As the 2012 summer season approaches, Ocean Pines Association is pleased to announce a new Ocean Pines Farmers Market to be held every Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon, at White Horse Park. The first is scheduled for Saturday, May 26. The Farmers Market will continue until Sept. 1. Venders’ products will include fresh produce, cut flowers, vegetable plants, herbs, baked goods, Maryland blue crabs, cut flowers and a variety of organic items. Organizers hope to add specialty vendors whose merchandise includes products such as honey, jellies and jams, pet treats, meats, peaches, butter, cheese, ice cream, berries, milk and yogurt. The Ocean Pines Farmers Market was created to give residents an opportunity to stock their fridge with fresh, high quality local food and farm products, without having to venture into summer time traffic. The new market will support family-based farming, farmers and food producers of the Eastern Shore. Cutting out the middleman allows for direct contact and feedback between customers and producers, giving residents an opportunity to ask questions and gain knowledge on how their vegetables are grown and meat is produced. For the initial season, the market will operate with a minimum of six full-season vendors and a maximum of 12 full-season vendors. In addition, there will be up to four weekly drop-in spots available for approved vendors, who are unable to commit to a full season. These spots will give the market a weekly variety for the Ocean Pines residents. White Horse Park is located at 239 Ocean Parkway. For information about vending information, contact Market Manager Christine McDowell at 410-713-8803. For additional information about the Ocean Pines Farmers Market, contact Teresa Travatello, director of Marketing and Public Relations, at 410-641-7717, Ext. 3006
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Hooper’s Crab House, at the foot of the Route 50 bridge in West Ocean City, is now brewing beer on site through its Fin City Brewing Co. Celebrating the company’s launch last Friday during an invite-only party where guests had the opportunity to sample beer are, from left, Hooper’s Manager Patrick Brady, Sneaky Pete’s Manager Michael Glavich, Brewmaster Vince Wright and Hooper’s General Manager Ryan Intrieri.
HOOPER’S BREWS OWN BEER Fin City Brewery features two staples: Fin Light, Sneaky Wheat
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(May 18, 2012) Hooper’s Crab House, located at the foot of the Route 50 bridge in West Ocean City, has sponsored Brews on the Beach, a craft beer festival in the fall, for the last three years. When Vince Wright, a brewer, approached Hooper’s management team about two years ago during the festival with the suggestion of brewing their own beer, the idea piqued their curiosity. “He asked if we would ever consider making our own beer for the restaurant. We told him we never really thought about it, but we were intrigued,” said Hooper’s General Manager Ryan Intrieri. Intrieri said he and Manager Patrick Brady started crunching some figures. They then began assembling and constructing a brewery in Mike Glavich’s West Ocean City garage. Glavich is manager of Sneaky Pete’s, the dock bar outside Hooper’s. “We designed it from the ground up and received loads of help from Doug Griffith, owner of [Delmarva Brewing Craft, based in Millsboro, Del., and www.Xtremebrewing.com], and Bryan Brushmiller and his entire crew at
ResortQuest Real Estate recently announced the April top producers for its southeast Sussex County, Del. locations. Bob Maxwell of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office received top honors for listing volume for April. Top listing volume awards for individual agents by office are Maxwell of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office; Dayna Feher of the Bethany Beach office; Anne Powell and Jen Hughes of the West Fenwick office; Jenny Smith of the Edgewater/Sea Colony office; and Marc Grimes of the Bear Trap Dunes office. Tammy Hadder and Anna Meiklejohn of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office received top honors for sales volume for April. Top sales volume awards for individual agents by office are: Hadder and Meiklejohn of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office; Feher of the Bethany Beach office; Grimes of the Bear Trap Dunes office; Powell and Hughes from the West Fenwick office; and Gail Phelan of the Edgewater/Sea Colony office.
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Fin Light and Sneaky Wheat, among other beers, will be exclusively brewed at Hooper’s Crab House in West Ocean City. The five 150-gallon kettles are located in the upstairs of the restaurant.
Burley Oak [Brewery, in Berlin],” Intrieri said. The five 150-gallon kettles had been set up in Hooper’s for the past year, but they were just not able to start making beer until recently. “After approximately a year and half of extensive paper work and developing the brewery, we are official and brewing Fin Light, Sneaky Wheat and Pale Ale,” Intrieri said. “We have been very pleased with the results...It’s been a great experience and we’re learning every day.” Fin City Brewery, which operates on the second floor of Hooper’s, began brewing beer onsite in April. Wright,
who suggested the idea of Hooper’s brewing its own beer, is the brewmaster. The five-barrel system can been seen from the dining area. Intrieri describes Fin Light as a “full-bodied light beer.” Sneaky Wheat, he said, is comparable to Blue Moon, and has a citrus taste to it. It is served with a blood orange slice. Pale Ale is light and smooth, Intrieri said, with no aftertaste. Fin Light and Sneaky Wheat will always be available on draft at the restaurant. A third beer will also be offered, but it will rotate as Intrieri said they have several recipes they want to produce. See HOOPER’S on Page 44
Barnes joins Berlin hospital staff Atlantic General Hospital has announced that Sidney Barnes, MD, has joined the medical staff. Barnes, a general surgeon, has relocated his practice from Crisfield, where he Continued on Page 44
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Volunteers needed to help complete Habitat home in Berlin REAL ESTATE REPORT LAUREN BUNTING â– Contributing Writer (May 18, 2012) Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County is currently building a home at 536 Flower St., in Berlin. The construction began last fall, and the chapter hopes to be able to complete construction by the end of June. But, in order to meet this deadline, Habitat needs help. Both skilled volunteers that have some knowledge of the building industry, plus general volunteers are needed. Building takes place every Saturday on-site starting at 8:30 a.m., and anyone able to help is asked to please e-mail John Kotoski at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Habitat at 410208-4440. Also, the major source of fundraising that keeps our local Habitat up and running are the bi-monthly warehouse sales in Snow Hill. Habitat accepts donations of used materials, and then resells them at the warehouse sales located at 310 E. Market St., Snow Hill (space donated by Royal Plus). The warehouse sales are held on the first and third Saturdays of every month, 8 a.m. to noon. Customers can expect to find building supplies such as cabinets, appliances and windows; as well as, furniture, TVs and more. Cash and checks are accepted. You can find out more about various ways to support Worcester County Habitat for Humanity by visiting www.habitatworcester.org.
Volunteers are needed to help with the construction of this home at 536 Flower St., in Berlin. Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County is spearheading the project.
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BUSINESS BRIEFS Continued from Page 43 most recently served as the chief of surgery at McCready Hospital. He will provide general surgical services at Atlantic General Hospital, through his practice located within the office of general and bariatric surgeon Alae Zarif, M.D., in Berlin Main Place. He will also see patients at AGH’s Wound Care Center and serve as the center’s medical director. “We’re very pleased that Dr. Barnes has chosen to come to Atlantic General Hospital,” said James Brannon, vice president of professional services. “He brings nearly 20 years of experience to the communities we serve and is an excellent addition to our medical staff.” In addition to general surgery, Barnes has extensive experience with trauma surgery as well as wound care. He is actively involved in educating the next generation of healthcare providers, serving as an adjunct professor of surgery at University of Maryland Eastern Shore and as a surgical preceptor for the school’s physician assistant program. Barnes received his medical education at New York University School of Medicine. He completed a surgical internship and his residency at the Graduate Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania. He is certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American Board of Surgeons.
Walter wins award Jack Walter, a sales associate with Long & Foster® Real Estate’s Ocean City office, was presented with the 2011 Platinum Club Award from Premiere Asset Services on May 3. This honor was given for exceeding expectations and demonstrating superior performance in the listing and successful negotiating of contracts of sale for Wells Fargo-owned properties through their Premiere Asset Services division. “We are proud to announce Jack Walter as a recipient of this award,” said Gary Scott, president of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. “Jack, together with his wife, Joan, are examples of Long & Foster’s highly-trained professionals who go to great lengths to best serve clients seeking the total homeownership experience.”
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Resort restaurants pull tuna from summer menus Cause of recent price spike difficult to track down ZACK HOOPES ■ Staff Writer (May 18, 2012) Sorry, Charlie. Tuna may be scarce on Ocean City’s menus this summer, with several resort restaurants reporting having pulled the fish from their offerings because of prohibitively high prices. Meanwhile, local seafood distributors are citing a number of compounding reasons as to why the tuna market is in such a state. “From I’ve been told, it’s kind of a perfect storm [of tuna deficiency],” said BJ’s Kitchen Manager Michael Fritz. “They [the restaurants] always question why the price is so high,” said Melvin Pruitt of United Shellfish in Gransonville, Md., which supplies a number of coastal eateries. “It’s hard to give them a good answer when everyone is saying something different.” Since January 2010, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission – a regulatory agency formed in 2004 at the behest of Pacific nations concerned about fishing sustainability - has imposed a ban on purse-seine fishing for tuna throughout much of eastern Asia’s oceanic waters. Purse seining is a fishing method in which encircling nets are used to trap schools of fish and haul them up en masse onto fishing boats. It has been often criticized for damaging long-term upkeep of fish stocks by taking large numbers of fish from a single area. Just this past March, the purse-seine ban was lifted from two important fishing zones in the South Pacific, but news sources in Indonesia and the Philippines have reported that tuna landings are still down by as much as 20 percent. Most of that catch is shipped frozen to various parts of the world, particularly the U.S., Europe, and Japan. “Frozen [tuna] has been high for a month or two now,” said Shawn Martin of Martin Fish Company. “Fresh has been starting to back off a little bit, but I know frozen is scarce and high priced.” No one is sure, however, that the purse-seine ban is definitely or exclusively to blame for the dearth. “The stories are wide-ranging as to what’s going on with it … every time something gets scarce, you hear three or four reasons,” said Martin. “I suspect
Increasing tuna prices have caused several Ocean City restaurants to pull the fish from their summer menus.
each one plays into it a little bit.” One of the compounding factors may be the recent holidays in Japan, the world’s top consumer of tuna, during which top-grade sushi and sashimi is traditionally eaten and has an important cultural significance. At a recent auction in Tokyo, a single prize tuna sold for $736,000, roughly $1,240 per pound. “I know they [the Japanese buyers] will take everything they can get their hands on this time of year,” said Pruitt. This may explain the lack of ‘sushigrade’ meat, since Japan buys a disproportionate amount of bigeye tuna, the main source of red-meat tuna, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Sushi meat is typically taken from bigeye and larger yellowfin tuna, while typically frozen light meat is taken from smaller yellowfin and skipjack. Both Pruitt and Martin said their companies source most of their higher-grade and frozen tuna from Asia, while most of the fresh light-meat comes from pole-caught yellowfin in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. The other extenuating circumstance may be increased scrutiny from the U.S. government. Although no official change in policy is apparent, scares over contaminated fish, particularly from
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American Idol winner slated to play inWOC LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (May 18, 2012) Kris Allen, winner of American Idol’s eighth season, will perform at the new Tanger Outlets (formerly Ocean City Factory Outlets) in West Ocean City on Saturday, May 26, and five fans will have the opportunity to meet the singing sensation during a VIP reception. Tanger Outlets is presenting a contest, which will award five passes to a private VIP reception with Allen. The contest will be open until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23. To enter and for a full list of rules, visit www.tangeroutlet.com/ oceancity/savingsbash. “We plan events in all centers on an ongoing basis to support the communities they’re in,” said Quentin Pell, director of public relations and communications for Tanger Outlet Centers, Inc. “We’re always doing something to generate fun and excitement for the communities.” The contest is open to legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia who are 16 years of age or older. No purchase is necessary. Entrants may enter once per day. A total of five individual winners will be selected by random draw. Winners will be notified on or about May 23 through e-mail and phone number provided during entry. A VIP reception and meet See GRAND on Page 64
Visitors stroll the inlet parking lot, where approximately 3,200 customs and classic automobiles, hot rods, muscle cars, street machines and trick trucks were displayed during the 21st annual Cruisin’ Ocean City event last year. The 2012 event kicked off Thursday and will continue through Sunday.
CRUISIN’ OC Approximately 3,500 cars slated to take part in resort event; similar shows slated for Berlin
LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (May 18, 2012) Hot rods, custom and classic automobiles, muscle cars, street machines and trick trucks can be seen throughout town this weekend during the 22nd annual Cruisin’ Ocean City event. One of the top automotive events in the country, the four-day show, which began Thursday, will feature approximately 3,500 cars — about 200 more than last year — displayed at the inlet parking lot and at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street, Boardwalk parades, entertainment, celebrity guests and representatives of manufacturers from across the United States. “There are a few more satellite shows this year, which is why we could include additional cars,” said Cruisin’ co-organizer Meredith Hennen.
Approximately 3,500 cars, about 200 more than last year, will be on display this weekend at the inlet parking lot, above, and at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street
The event reached its maximum capacity at the beginning of April, she said. Many car owners participate annually and even sign up a year in advance. Hennen said there are also many first-time participants this year. Friday’s Cruisin’ events will begin with a Boardwalk parade at 8 a.m., followed by car shows all weekend at the convention center and inlet parking lot. A “Patriotism Parade” along the
Boardwalk, honoring the military, EMS personnel, police officers, firefighters and rescue workers, will kick off Saturday’s festivities at 8 a.m. Express Auctioneers will again host a hot rod and muscle car auction at the convention center. This year, the auction will be a two-day event. The first auction took place Thursday. The second auction is set for today, Friday. A preSee ADDITIONAL on Page 51
(May 18, 2012) According to a report from the UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform & Modernization, if current trends continue, more than half of the nation’s adult population will have diabetes or pre-diabetes by 2020. Pre-diabetes is characterized by blood-sugar levels that are higher or lower than normal, but not severe enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. People with pre-diabetes often do not display any symptoms. Yet, recent research has shown that some long-term damage to the body, especially the heart and circulatory system, might already be occurring during pre-diabetes. In addition, about 25 percent of people with type II diabetes remains unaware of their condition. Believe it or not, but even animals are susceptible to diabetes. When you have diabetes, you may have high blood-sugar levels (hyperglycemia) or low bloodsugar levels (hypoglycemia) from time to time. The rate of change in the plasma glucose concentration is determined by the balance between the amount of glucose entering the blood stream and the amount of glucose leaving the blood stream. The former is derived from food or the liver, whereas the latter is determined by the rate of uptake of glucose by insulin-dependent and independent tissues. It is when the balance is disrupted due to alterations in insulin secretion, insulin action, and glucose effectiveness that a person is considered diabetic. Finding the right balance of food can be challenging for those who suffer with this disease. Following are suggestions for those whose blood-sugar is high. Avoid foods that have excessive amounts See GRILLING on Page 50
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Grilled Fresh Fruit with Reduced Balsamic Drizzle 1 small pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into rings 3 large peaches, cored and cut in half 6 plums, seeded and cut in half nonstick canola-flavored cooking spray 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar lemon-basil leaves for garnish very coarse ground pepper for garnish 1. Using one’s hands, gently toss the fruit with a generous amount of cooking spray. Be careful not to break the pineapple rings. Sprinkle with brown sugar and set aside. 2. In a small saucepan, heat the balsamic vinegar over low heat. Simmer until the liquid is reduced in half, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. 3. Spray grill racks with cooking spray. When the charcoals are ready, grill fruit until the sugar caramelizes on both sides. 4. Remove fruit from the grill. Cut the peaches and plums into wedges. 5. Place pineapple ring in the center of a white, triangle plate. Arrange the peach and plum pieces on top of the pineapple ring. Drizzle reduced balsamic vinegar on the fruit and plate. Top with lemon basil and fresh ground pepper. Serve immediately.
of sugar, honey and artificial sweeteners. If one needs an occasional chocolate fix, choose dark chocolate with at least 75 percent coca solids. Fruits are delicious and good for you. However, some contain more sugar than others. Watermelon, grapes, strawberries and mangoes are loaded with sugar. As a diabetic, you can eat these fruits, but in moderation. Grapefruits, apples and peaches are better options and can be eaten on a daily basis. Vegetables are a different subject. The choices are endless, but limit your intake of potatoes, carrots, peas, beans, parsnips and beets. These vegetables are high in carbohydrates and starch, which increase your blood-sugar level. On the flip side, onions and garlic are especially good because they reduce the level of glucose in your blood. Foods high in fiber are also recommended for diabetics. Nuts, soy, lentils and seeds are some of the healthiest options. These can lower your cholesterol as well as decrease the glucose level in your blood. Grilling season is upon us and the fruit of one’s labor is always appreciated. Grilling luscious pineapples, peaches and plums caramelizes the natural sugar and intensifies their sweetness. A reduced balsamic drizzle adds another component of flavor and at the same time enhances the presentation. Grilled fruits are delectable
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view of the cars to be auctioned off will begin today at 9 a.m. The live auction is scheduled for noon. In addition to the Collector Car Auction, there will be a Special Olympics Charity Auction on Saturday inside the convention center. The Charity Auction will feature sports memorabilia, antiques, collectibles and other items, with proceeds benefiting the organization. The preview will start at 10 Mike Lookinland a.m. and the live auction will begin at noon. Cruisin’ attendees will have the chance to meet “The Gator Queen” Liz Choate from the television show “Swamp People” on History Channel. She will be at inlet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and at the convention center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, signing autographs and posing for pictures. Mike Lookinland, who starred as Bobby Brady on “The Brady Bunch,” will be at the convention center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, at the inlet from 11 a .m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to noon at the inlet on Sunday to meet fans, take photos and sign autographs. Also at the convention center, spectators can vote for their favorite automobiles today, during “Ford Fest Friday” and tomorrow as a part of “Chevy Showdown Saturday.” This year, some of the top national
manufacturers, including AAA Mid-Atlantic, Billet Specialties, Chevy Performance, Demon Carburetors, Flaming River, Flowmaster Exhaust, Fluid Film, Gold Key Resorts, Holley Performance, House of Kolor, KC Green Energy, Lucas Oil, Meguiar’s, Miller Electric, Performance Automatic, Prestolite, The Right Stuff, Roush Performance, Royal Purple, SlideLok, Speedway Motors, Summit Racing, Tremec and Wiley X Eyewear will be on hand. On Saturday, the Golden Touch Band will perform at Hooper’s Crab House, just over the Route 50 bridge in West Ocean City. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and is free to all Cruisin’ participants with their badge. Tickets cost $10 for the general public. Cruisin’ Ocean City hours are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (inlet) and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (convention center). General admission costs $10 per day. Children under the age of 14 are admitted free with a paying adult. For more information, call 410-7986304, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.cruisinoceancity.com. In addition to the main event sites, nearby restaurants and businesses will also sponsor their own cars shows. Many will even provide entertainment and offer awards for participants. n The Classic Cruisin’ car show will take place at the Tanger Outlets (previously Ocean City Factory Outlets) today, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m.
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The cost is $10 to participate. A variety of cars will be on display. Music and prize giveaways throughout the day. For more information, call 410-213-7898. n The town of Berlin will host a car show Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the downtown area. Main Street will be closed to accommodate the classic cars. Registration will take place from 8-11 a.m. The cost to participate is $10. The first 50 registrants will receive a commemorative dash plaque. Trophies will be awarded to the top cars. Admission is free for spectators. For more information, call the Berlin Chamber of Commerce at 410-641-4775. n At Burley Oak Brewery, 10016 Old Ocean City Blvd., in Berlin, a “Hot Rod Pow Wow,” featuring Loaded Gun Customs and the Pink Ribbon Pinups, is set to begin at 10 a.m. For additional information, call 443-513-4647.
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HOROSCOPE ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might have to turn your Arian charm up a few degrees if you hope to persuade that persistent pessimist to see the possibilities in your project. Whatever you do, don’t give up. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A “tip” about a co-worker’s “betrayal” might well raise the Bovine’s rage levels. But before charging into a confrontation, let an unbiased colleague do some fact checking. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Although a relationship still seems to be moving too slowly to suit your expectations, it’s best not to push it. Let it develop at its own pace. You’ll soon get news about a workplace change. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A continually changing personal situation makes you feel as if you’re riding an emotional roller coaster. But hold on tight; stability starts to set in early next week. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Believe it or not, someone might dare to say “No!” to the Regal One’s suggestion. But instead of being miffed, use this rebuff to recheck the proposition and, perhaps, make some changes. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You might find it difficult to make a decision about a family matter. But delay can only lead to more problems. Seek out trusted counsel and then make that important decision. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Concentrate your focus on what needs to be done, and avoid frittering away your energies on less-important pursuits. There’ll be time later for fun and games. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Although the conflicts seem to be letting up, you still need to be wary of being drawn into workplace intrigues. Plan a special weekend event for family and/or friends. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Your quick wit helps you work through an already difficult situation without creating more problems. Creative aspects begin to dominate by the week’s end. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Be patient. You’ll soon receive news about a project that means so much to you. Meanwhile, you might want to reconsider a suggestion you previously turned down. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) There are still some aspects about that new job offer you need to resolve. In the meantime, another possibility seems promising. Be sure to check that out as well. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Opening up your emotional floodgates could leave you vulnerable to being hurt later on. Watch what you say, in order to avoid having your words come back to haunt you. BORN THIS WEEK: You’re usually the life of the party, which gets you on everyone’s invitation list. You also have a flair for politics.
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Bars,restaurants battle for ‘Best Bloody Mary’title LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (May 18, 2012) Just about every bar or restaurant claims to have the “best” Bloody Mary. But just which one has the supreme tasting concoction will be determined Sunday during the sixth annual “Best Bloody Mary Contest,” sponsored by Ocean 98 WOCM Irie Radio. The contest will begin at noon on May 20, at Smitty McGee’s, on Route 54 in Fenwick Island, Del. The first 20 bars and/or restaurants to register will be entered into the competition. Lesley Bunting, the 49th Street radio station’s promotions director, said that as of Tuesday, 17 of the spots had been filled. Registration ends today, May 18. Businesses may enter online at www.irieradio.com. Fish Tales Bar & Grill won the 2010 competition and hosted the event last year. The 22nd Street bayside bar also captured the coveted title in 2011. During last year’s competition, Fish Tales served its signature Bloody Mary, which is available at the restaurant, and garnished it with smoked lump crabmeat. Manager Brandon Hemp said the popular drink will again be presented during the 2012 contest. “Fish Tales will compete with the twotime defending champion Crabby Mary. I think we can definitely three-peat,” he said. “I think the Bloody Mary contest is a great event that brings out the competitive nature in local bars and restaurants. It is
For the second consecutive year, Fish Tales’ recipe earned top honors during the 2011 “Best Bloody Mary Contest,” sponsored by Ocean 98 at Fish Tales Bar & Grill. Above, Kristin Pike, left, manager Brandon Hemp and Jen Surette. The sixth annual contest will begin at noon on May 20, at Smitty McGee’s, on Route 54 in Fenwick Island, Del.
fun to see what everyone does to get the competitive edge to win.” In addition to Fish Tales, other area bars and restaurants already registered to participate are Seacrets, Hawaiian Crab, Fager’s Island, Hammerheads, Galaxy 66, Greene Turtle West, Casino at Ocean
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APPEARING LIVE 19TH HOLE BAR & GRILL 9636 Stephen Decatur Highway West Ocean City 410-213-9204 May 18: Walt Farozic, 6-10 p.m. May 19: TBA, 6-10 p.m. May 20: Louis Wright, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 23: Melissa Alesi, 5-8 p.m. May 24: Blake Haley, 5-8 p.m. ADOLFO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 13th Street and the Boardwalk in the Beach Plaza Hotel 410-289-4001 May 18: Rhonda Apple and Dale Britt (dinner hours) May 19: Louis Wright (dinner hours) BJ’S ON THE WATER 75th Street and the bay 410-524-7575 May 18: Opposite Directions, 9 p.m. May 19: Galaxy Collective, 9 p.m. May 16: Happy Hour party w/2 Guys and a Mama, 5-8 p.m. CARIBBEAN BAR & GRILL Just off the Boardwalk at Second Street, above the Plim Plaza 410-289-0837 May 18: Pompous Pie Duo, 7:30-11:30 p.m. May 19: Mike Armstrong Duo, 1-5 p.m.; The Guilty Pleasures, 7:30-11:30 p.m. COCONUTS BEACH BAR & GRILL 37th Street oceanfront 410-289-6846 May 19: Kevin Poole and Joe Mama, 2-6 p.m. May 20: Simple Truth, 2-6 p.m. COTTAGE CAFÉ Route 1, Bethany Beach, Del. 302-539-8710 Every Tuesday: Pub Party Trivia w/DJ Bump, 6-9 p.m. Every Wednesday, DJ Bump, 6-9 p.m. May 18: DJ Bump, 5-8:30 p.m.; Carbon 14, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. May 19: 1+1 w/Aaron Howell, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. DE LAZY LIZARD First Street on the bay 410-289-1122 May 18: Willow Brook, 5-9 p.m. May 19: Rick and Regina, 5-9 p.m. May 24: Tim and The Animal, 5-9 p.m.
FAGER’S ISLAND 60th Street and the bay 410-524-5500 May 18: Steve Ports, 5 p.m.; DJ Hook, 9 p.m.; Trip Wire, 10 p.m. May 19: DJ Rob Cee, 6 p.m.; DJ Groove, 9 p.m.; The Loop, 10 p.m. May 20: Jazz Brunch w/Everett Spells, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 21: Deck Pary w/DJ Batman, 5-9 p.m.; DJ Rob Cee, 9 p.m.; Petting Hendrix, 10 p.m. May 23: Bob Dylan’s Birthday Bash w/Nate Clendenen and guest, 8 p.m. May 24: DJ Groove, 9 p.m.; The Chest Pains, 10 p.m.
Fenwick Island, Del. 888-666-0728 302-541-0728 Every Friday: DJ Norm, 3-6 p.m.; Tony Vega, 6-10 p.m. Every Saturday: Tony Vega, 6-10 p.m. Every Sunday: Tony Vega, 6-10 p.m. Every Monday: DJ Norm, 6-9 p.m. Every Wednesday: DJ Norm, 6-9 p.m.
GALAXY 66 66th Street, bayside 410-723-6762 Every Friday: Philly George, 8 to midnight Skye Bar May 18: John LaMere, 4-8 p.m.; DJ Groove, 9 p.m. May 19: Time Police, 4-8 p.m.; DJ Rob Cee, 9 p.m. May 20: The Stims, 4-8 p.m. May 21: DJ Wax, 9 p.m. May 22: DJ BK, 9 p.m. May 23: DJ Joey Capo, 9 p.m. May 24: DJ Wax, 9 p.m.
MACKY’S BAYSIDE BAR & GRILL 53rd Street and Coastal Highway 410-723-5565 May 18: DJ Subdivision, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. May 19: DJ Cowboy, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. May 20: Let’s Do Trivia w/Crazy Carl, 7:30 p.m. May 23: Kaleb Brown Band, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
HARBORSIDE BAR & GRILL 12841 S. Harbor Road West Ocean City 410-213-1846 May 18: DJ Billy, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. May 19: Simple Truth and Friends, 2-6 p.m.; DJ Jeremy, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. May 20: Opposite Directions, 2-6 p.m.; DJ Billy T/DJ Bigler, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. May 21: Deck Party w/Blake Haley, 4-8 p.m.; DJ Billy T, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. May 22: DJ Rupe, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. May 23: John LaMere/ The Stims, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. May 24: Opposite Directions, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. HIGH STAKES Route 54, Fenwick Island, Del. 302-537-6971 Every Friday: Bobby Burns, 4 p.m.; DJ Z-Man, 9 p.m. Every Saturday: Bobby Burns, 4 p.m.; Chris Button and Joe Mama, 9 p.m. Every Sunday: Bobby Burns, 3-6 p.m. Every Thursday: Baltimore Bob, 4 p.m.; Kevin Poole, 9 p.m. HOUSE OF WELSH 1106 Coastal Highway,
JOHNNY’S PIZZA & PUB 56th Street, bayside 410-524-7499 May 18: Tommy Edwards, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. May 19: Simple Truth, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
RANDY LEE ASHCRAFT Smitty McGee’s: Thursday, May 24, 8 p.m.
OCEAN CLUB NIGHTCLUB In the Horizons Restaurant In the Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel 101st Street and the ocean 410-524-3535 May 18-19: New Censation
GALAXY COLLECTIVE BJ’s On The Water: Saturday, May 19, 9 p.m.
OCEAN PINES YACHT CLUB Mumford’s Landing Road 410-641-7501 May 18: Dave Sherman May 19: DJ Donnie SEACRETS 49th Street and the bay 410-524-4900 May 18: Jim Long Band, 5-9 p.m.; Innasense, DJ Mike T and DJ Cruz, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; DJ Tuff, DJ Bobby-O, DJ Davie and Go Go Gadget, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. May 19: Jim Long Band, 5-9 p.m.; Innasense and DJ Cruz, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; DJ Tuff, DJ Bobby-O and Kristen the and Noise, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. May 20-21: New Direction, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; DJ Davie, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. May 22-23: Nature’s Child, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; DJ Mike T, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. May 24: DJ Cruz, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; DJ Tuff and Go Go Gadget, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. SHENANIGAN’S
OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS Harborside Bar & Grill: Sunday, May 20, 2-6 p.m. Fourth Street and the Boardwalk in the Shoreham Hotel 410-289-7181 May 18-19: Donal O’Shugnessy
SMITTY MCGEE’S Route 54 West Fenwick Island, Del. 302-436-4716 Every Tuesday: Let’s Do Trivia, 7 p.m.
Every Thursday: Randy Lee Ashcraft, 8 p.m. Every Friday: Randy Lee Ashcraft and the Saltwater Cowboys, 8 p.m.
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Michael Day, director of economic development for Berlin, left, and Glenn Irwin, executive director of the Ocean City Development Corporation, get together for a photo during Mayday Playday, presented by Ocean 98, in downtown Berlin last Friday.
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(Above) Artist Don Drafer exhibits his paintings in the Berlin Chamber of Commerce building on Main Street during Second Friday Art Stroll on May 11. The second annual Mayday Playday, featuring several local bands, also took place that evening in downtown Berlin. (Below) Musician Charlie Flagiello also has artwork on display.
Mayday Playday, presented by Ocean 98, on May 11 featured several local bands performing on Main Street in downtown Berlin. Joining in the fun, from left, are Ocean 98 Sales Manager Jon Joines and on-air personalities Marla Robertson and DJ Bigler and Dimitra Cushwa.
Enjoying the music during Mayday Playday, from left. are Nancy Dofflemyer, Gary Leach and Judy Johnson Schoellkopf.
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CRAB SOUP COOKOFF Several hundred people attended the Ocean City Downtown Association’s eighth annual White Marlin Festival last Saturday, which featured face painting, Sherman the Shorebird, music by DJ Skip Dixon and Sweet Harmony, and several organizations exhibiting displays. The highlight of the May 12 event was the annual Crab Soup Cook off. Tasters voted for their favorite in two categories: white and red crab soups. The winners in the white category: first, Mother’s Cantina; second, Waterman’s Seafood; and third, Eagle’s Landing. The top three red crab soups were provided by Hall’s, Quicky’s and Fager’s Island, respectively. OCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLI
Mother’s Cantina: Ryan and Neely James Hall’s Restaurant: Carlos Herrera, Joe Hall and Brent Ashley
Eagle’s Landing: Councilwoman Mary Knight, Mayor Rick Meehan, Melanie Rhodes and B.T. Trumpower. (Right) Waterman’s Seafood: Jessica Bradshaw, Sarah Staton, Jui Chin and Chelsea West.
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A roundup of what’s been going on in the resort area IRISH KEMP ■ Contributing Writer
A ‘group photo’ of some of the guests on hand for Irish Kemp’s 86th birthday celebration. (Above right) Senior happy hour groupies love to party at Harpoon Hanna’s. (Right) Members of the Ocean City Beautification Committee gather at Northside Park for the town’s Arbor Day festivities.
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Happy Campers Ann, Gary, Phyllis and Cork enjoy happy hour at Harpoon Hannaâ€™s. (Right) Frank and Terri, in front row, and Mary , Frank, Jim and Helen Geslois, in back row.
Ocean City Elementary School second-graders perform during the Arbor Day celebration at Northside Park. (Right) Betty, Jim and Mary Mooney, Jack and Carol at High Stakes on Route 54.
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FRIDAY, MAY 18 CRUISIN’ OCEAN CITY 2012 — Ocean City convention center, 4001 Coastal Highway and inlet parking lot, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 3,000 hot rods, customs, classics, street machines and muscle cars. Live entertainment, celebrity guests, special attractions, Boardwalk parades and manufacturers vendor midway. Event passes good for all four days and may be purchased in advance for $20. Info: 410-798-6304 or www.cruisinoceancity.com. INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY — Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, at the south end of the Boardwalk, 813 S. Atlantic Ave., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy free admission to the museum. Interesting displays on history and the lore of the sea. Info: Sandy Hurley, 410-289-4991, Sandy@ocmuseum.org or www.ocmuseum.org. LAP TIME — Berlin library, 220 N. Main St., 10:30 a.m. Children, ages 0-2, will be introduced to songs, games, finger plays and movement activities. Parents and caregivers will learn new and fun ways to interact with their toddlers. Info: 410-641-0650. CANINE AMBASSADOR — Pocomoke library, 301 Market St., 4 p.m. Learn about canine safety, responsible dog ownership and a variety of other canine related topics. Meet and greet a furry friend, too. All ages. Info: 410-957-0878.
WIDOW & WIDOWER SOCIAL CLUB OF OCEAN PINES WALK — White Horse Park, 239 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. Meet at 10 a.m. at the pavilion for a 1-mile walk, then go to A Bagel and … to recover. Info: Larry Lee, 410600-0085. BINGO — Knights of Columbus, 9901 Coastal Highway (rear of St. Luke’s Church) in Ocean City. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games begin at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments for sale. Info: 410-5247994.
SATURDAY, MAY 19 CRUISIN’ OCEAN CITY 2012 — Ocean City convention center, 4001 Coastal Highway and inlet parking lot, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 3,000 hot rods, customs, classics, street machines and muscle cars. Live entertainment, celebrity guests, special attractions, Boardwalk parades and manufacturers vendor midway. Event passes good for all four days and may be purchased in advance for $20. Info: 410-798-6304 or www.cruisinoceancity.com. BERLIN SPRING CRUISERS — Classic cars line the streets of downtown Berlin, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Browse shops, visit downtown restaurants. Info: Olive Mawyer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-641-4775 or www.berlinchamber.org.
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CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP — Art League of Ocean City, 502 94th St., in Ocean City, 9-11 a.m. Featuring “Landscape.” Register: 410-5249433. DVA SPRINGFEST TOURNAMENT DELAWARE VOLLEYBALL ACADEMY — Northside Park, 200 125th St., in Ocean City. Facility usage: East Gym, West Gym. Info: 410-250-0125. OC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT — Northside Park, 200 125th St., in Ocean City. Facility usage: ball fields 1, 2 and 3. Info: 410-2500125. BUILDING MATERIALS SALE — Habitat for Humanity, Worcester County, 310 E. Market St., Snow Hill, 8 a.m. to noon. Every first and third Saturday. Building materials, appliances, doors, windows, cabinets, vanities, fixtures and furniture. Proceeds used to fund home construction on Flower Street in Berlin. Habitat is also looking for gently used items for use in future sales. Contact: email@example.com. Pictures: www.flickr.com/photos/75538403@N06/sets/ 72157629213500263. Web site: www.habitatworcester.org/events.shtml. Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Habitat-For-Humanity-Worcester-County-Maryland/119600624781107. PREAKNESS PARTY — Captain’s Table Restaurant, Marriott Courtyard, 2 15th St., Ocean City,
4:30-7:30 p.m. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, signature drink Black Eyed Susan, Chinese auction, hat contest, fun horse “wagering,” live entertainment by The Larks and the big race on several televisions. Judy Tremellen and Bonnie Conner will model hats. Cost of $40 includes two drink tickets for beer or wine. RSVP: Ocean City Development Corporation, 108 Dorchester St., Ocean City or 410-289-7739. Proceeds benefit public art in Ocean City. SHIRLEY HALL MEMORIAL YOUTH ART SHOW Art League of Ocean City, Ocean Plaza Mall, 94th Street, Ocean City, 1-4 p.m. Students of Worcester County middle and high schools, both public and private, exhibiting original artwork and competing for prizes. Complimentary refreshments. Each student entrant who attends the reception will receive a free VIP pass to Planet Maze/Lasertron. Info: 410-524-9433 or www.artleagueofoceancity.org. HOMECOMING CHICKEN BARBECUE AND AUCTION — Lions Community Center, 5458 E. Market St., Snow Hill, noon to 4 p.m. Auction at 1 p.m. Gift cards, decoys, golf packages, farm items, trips and sports items auctioned. Half chicken, baked beans, applesauce and roll is available to eat in or carry out. Proceeds benefit youth and vision impaired of the community. Tickets: Guy Goeller, 410-632-0221. FLEA MARKET — Holy Savior parking lot, 1705 Philadelphia Ave., Ocean City, 8 a.m. to noon.
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Ocean Pines Community Center, 239 Ocean Parkway. Social hour from 3-3:30 p.m. Movie, “Saving Grace,” begins at 3:30 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m. at Taylor’s Restaurant, 11021 Nicholas Lane, Suite 1, Ocean Pines. Contact Andy at 410-726-8451.
Tables available to rent. Contact Roberta Ludwig, 410-213-1397. ENTRY DEADLINE FOR BEAST OF THE EAST BENCH PRESS, DEADLIFT CHAMPIONSHIPS Golds Gym, Gold Coast Mall, 11545 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, May 26. Weigh-ins from 89:30 a.m. Competition begins at 10 a.m. Info: Gary or Mike, 410-723-4653. PRAYER SERVICE — Veterans Memorial, Route 589, near the south gate of Ocean Pines, 4 p.m. The Garden Club of Ocean Pines and the Sons of Italy, Ocean City chapter, will be placing wreaths to mark the occasion. “Imagine” will participate with patriotic songs. Mike McDermott will lead in the first prayer. County Commissioner Judy Boggs will be in attendance. Everyone welcome. COUNTY COMMISSIONER JUDY BOGGS’ TOWN MEETING — Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, 10 a.m. Debbie Goeller, Worcester County’s Health Officer, will discuss and distribute copies of the Health Department’s newly printed Health Report Card. Second guest speaker is a “mystery guest.” Boggs will update various local and countywide issues, including the county budget, natural gas, Route 589 issues, new commercial development and more. All are welcome. Info: 410-641-6158. 12TH ANNUAL GREAT WORCESTER HERP SEARCH — Search kicks off at 9 a.m. at the Manokin Shelter (Pavilion) at Pocomoke State Park Shad Landing area off Route 113. Brief pre-hunt training session will feature live turtles, snakes, frogs and salamanders and explain ways to identify them. Free to the public. Partici-
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BRUSHES & BUBBLY: NO ARTISTIC SKILL NEEDED! The Art League of Ocean City is again sponsoring an evening of painting and fun that requires no prior experience. At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, take some friends, an adult beverage, old clothes and snacks to the ALOC’s 94th Street gallery for a two-hour painting event. Brushes, paints, canvases, music and cups will be provided. Ocean Pines artist Kathy Denk will be there to guide participants, who will each go home with a personalized, completed work of art. Painters must be at least 21 years of age. The cost is $40 per person, of which $35 is a tax-deductible donation to the new Ocean City Center for the Arts. To reserve a space, call 410-524-9433.
pants should take a sack lunch and drinks. Groups will return around 12:30 p.m. for lunch then hunt again until approximately 5 p.m. Children 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Sunscreen, mosquito and tick repellant, bright clothing and boots are a must. Info: Dave Wilson, 410-213-2297. FLEA MARKET — Community Church at Ocean Pines parking lot, 11227 Racetrack Road, 7 a.m. to noon. Bargains, crafts and food. Spaces cost $25. For applications, call 410-641-5433.
Proceeds benefit the Appalachia Service Project Youth Mission Trip. PANCAKE BREAKFAST — VFW, Post 8296, 104 66th St., bayside in Ocean City, 9 a.m. to noon. All-you-can-eat pancakes for $5 or two pancakes, two eggs and two bacon slices for $5. Coffee included. Bloody Marys and mimosas cost $3. Info: 410-524-8196. WIDOW & WIDOWER SOCIAL CLUB OF OCEAN PINES MATINEE MOVIE AND DINNER
CRUISIN’ OCEAN CITY 2012 — Ocean City convention center, 4001 Coastal Highway and inlet parking lot, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 3,000 hot rods, customs, classics, street machines and muscle cars. Live entertainment, celebrity guests, special attractions, Boardwalk parades and manufacturers vendor midway. Event passes good for all four days and may be purchased in advance for $20. Info: 410-798-6304 or www.cruisinoceancity.com. DVA SPRINGFEST TOURNAMENT DELAWARE VOLLEYBALL ACADEMY — Northside Park, 200 125th St., in Ocean City. Facility usage: East Gym, West Gym. Info: 410-250-0125. OC SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT — Northside Park, 200 125th St., in Ocean City. Facility usage: ball fields 1, 2 and 3. Info: 410-2500125. SHIRLEY HALL MEMORIAL YOUTH ART SHOW Art League of Ocean City, Ocean Plaza Mall, 94th Street, Ocean City, 1-4 p.m. Students of Worcester County middle and high schools, both public and private, exhibiting original artwork and competing for prizes. Complimentary refreshments. Each student entrant who attends the reception will receive a free VIP pass to Planet Maze/Lasertron. Info: 410-524-9433 Continued on Page 60
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ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST — Holy Savior parking lot, 1705 Philadelphia Ave., Ocean City, 8 a.m. to noon. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger. SUNDAY BREAKFAST — Community Church at Ocean Pines, 11227 Racetrack Road, 8 a.m. to noon. Menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, biscuits with sausage gravy, orange juice and coffee. Cost is $6. Benefits ASP youth mission trip. Everyone is welcome. WORCESTER CHORALE SPRING CONCERT — Atlantic United Methodist Church, 105 Fourth St., in Ocean City, 3 p.m. Tickets available at the door for an $8 tax-deductible contribution. Refreshments available after performance. Info: Joanne Masone, 302-988-8130. WIDOW & WIDOWER SOCIAL CLUB OF OCEAN PINES GAME DAY — White Horse Park, 239 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines, 2-5 p.m. There will be Bocce and shuffle board. Contact
TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY MEETING — Berlin group No. 169, Atlantic General Hospital, conference room 2, 9733 Healthway Drive in Berlin, 5-6:30 p.m. TOPS is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy lifestyle. It meets weekly. Info: Edna Berkey, 410-629-1006. DELMARVA SWEET ADELINE CHORUS MEETS WEEKLY — The Delmarva Sweet Adeline Chorus, under the direction of Carol Ludwig, meets each Monday from 7-9 p.m., at the Ocean Pines Community Center, 239 Ocean Parkway, White Horse Park. Women interested in learning and singing in a barbershop format are welcome. Info: 410-208-4171. DEMOCRATIC WOMENS’ CLUB OF WORCESTER COUNTY — at the Ocean Pines Community Center, 239 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Meeting begins at 10 a.m. with speaker Sen. Jim Mathias discussing the 2012 Maryland legislative session. There
will be a brown bag lunch after the meeting. Coffee, tea and desserts will be provided. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. HAND DANCING — House of Welsh, 1106 Coastal Highway, Fenwick, Del. Free lessons from 6-7 p.m., open dancing 7-10 p.m. No cover charge. Info: DC Hand Dance Club, 302-5410728.
TUESDAY, MAY 22 YOUNG AND RESTLESS: ‘PAINTING FUN!’ — Berlin library, 220 N. Main St., 10:30 a.m. Songs, art, games and fun activities for children ages 3-5. Dress for a mess. Info: 410-641-0650. YOGA — James G. Barrett Medical Office Building rotunda, 5:30-6:45 p.m. All levels welcome. Cost is $72 for eight sessions or $10 drop-in fee for first time. Info: Georgette Rhoads, 410641-9734 or email@example.com. DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR REP. WOMEN OF WORCESTER MEETING, LUNCHEON — Captain’s Table Restaurant, Marriott Hotel, Ocean City, May 24. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., meet-
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 STORY TIME — Ocean City library, 10003 Coastal Highway, 10:30 a.m. Stories, rhymes, finger plays, music and crafts for children ages 3-5. Info: 410-524-1818. STEPPING ON WORKSHOP — Northern Worcester County Senior Center, 10129 Old Ocean City Road, Berlin, 10 a.m. to noon. Stepping On is a falls prevention program. Older people understand that the threat of a fall can be a barrier to safely doing things at home and in the community. Workshop meets for two hours a week for seven weeks, May 16-June 27. Pre-registration necessary. Dawn Denton, 410-641-9268.
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BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP — Atlantic General Hospital, conference room 3, 9733 Healthway Drive in Berlin, 7-8 p.m. The group gathers the fourth Wednesday of each month. Pre-registration is not necessary. Info: Pastoral Care Services, 410-641-9725 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘THE BEST LITTLE POUR HOUSE IN TEXAS’ PERFORMANCE — Ocean City Senior Center, 104 41st Street, Ocean City, 1 p.m. The Good Time Theater Group to perform “The Best Little Pour House in Texas.” Tickets cost $5 and in-
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HELP SINK CHILD ABUSE! Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services will hold its fourth annual “Pirate Party” from 5-9 p.m. today, May 18, at Sunset Grille, 12933 Sunset Ave., in West Ocean City. Proceeds will benefit the Lower Shore Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program, a branch of WYFCS. For a $10 donation, guests may enjoy free food and live music by Animal House. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, opportunities to win prizes and a crew of local “pirate outlaws,” like Capt. Black Jack Raven, aka J. Graham Caldwell, above, who need donations to be set free from the “brig.” Capt. Jack Raven recently visited invaded the monthly NARFE Chapter 2274 meeting at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club to talk about his upcoming capture. For more information about NARFE’s monthly meetings, call Arlene Page at 410-352-3749. For information about the Pirate Party, call Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services at 410-641-4598
OUT&ABOUT cludes coffee and dessert. Proceeds benefit the OC Senior Center. Info: 410-289-0824. SKIN CANCER SCREENINGS — Rite Aid, Atlantic Immedicare, 28511 Dupont Boulevard, Millsboro, Del., 4-7 p.m. Free skin cancer screenings. Info: Dawn Denton, 410-641-9268. WIDOW & WIDOWER SOCIAL CLUB OF OCEAN PINES CROQUET — Bainbridge Park in Ocean Pines, 2:30 p.m. Contact Andy at 410726-8451. BINGO — Every Wednesday at Ocean City Elks Lodge 2645, 138th Street across from Fenwick Inn. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., games start 6:30 p.m. A $1,000 jackpot available, food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. No one under 18 years allowed in the hall during bingo. Info: 410250-2645. DELMARVA HAND DANCING CLUB — Meets every Wednesday at Skyline Bar & Grille at The Fenwick Inn, 138th Street and Coastal Highway in Ocean City. Beginner and intermediate lessons, 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by dancing until 9 p.m. Jitterbug, swing, cha-cha to the sounds of the ’50s, ’60s and Carolina beach music. All are welcome. Discounted food and drink prices. Info: www.delmarvahanddancing.com, email@example.com or 302-934-7951. KIWANIS CLUB OF GREATER OCEAN PINES OPEN HOUSE — Ocean Pines Community Center, Assateague Room, 239 Ocean Parkway, 7:45 a.m. Club meets every Wednesday at 5 p.m., except third Wednesdays when it meets at Hall’s Restaurant in Ocean City at the same time. Info: Dave Landis, 410-641-7330.
THURSDAY, MAY 24 STORY TIME — Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, 10:30 a.m. Stories, rhymes, finger plays, music and crafts for children ages 3-5. Info: 410-208-4014. YOUNG AND RESTLESS: ‘PAINTING FUN!’ — Snow Hill library, 307 N. Washington St., 11 a.m. Songs, art, games and fun activities for children ages 3-5. Dress for a mess. Info: 410632-3495. SUICIDE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION TALK — Berlin Town Hall, Bay and William streets in Berlin, 7 p.m. Open to anyone who wants to learn about the threat and prevention of suicide. No charge. Info: 443-982-2716 or www.jessespaddle.org. WIDOW & WIDOWER SOCIAL CLUB OF OCEAN PINES LUNCH — Captain’s Galley, 12817 Harbor Road, West Ocean City, noon. Carpool leaving library at 11:30 a.m. Contact Audrey, 410-208-1857. BEACH SINGLES — Every Thursday, Beach Singles 45-Plus meets for happy hour at Clarion Hotel, 10100 Coastal Highway in Ocean City, 47 p.m. Info: Arlene, 302-436-9577; Kate, 410524-0649; or www.beachsingles.org. WEST OCEAN CITY ASSOCIATION SOCIAL — Pizza Tugos, corner of routes 50 and 611 in West Ocean City, 5-7 p.m. Socialize with old and new friends while supporting local businesses. Info: Kathy Hayman firstname.lastname@example.org. DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF WORCESTER COUNTY — Ocean Pines Community Center, As-
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ONGOING EVENTS OCEAN CITY RESTAURANT WEEK — Participating restaurants, throughout Ocean City, are offering special fixed-priced menus (for $10, $10, $30 and $40), through May 20. Info: HotelMotel-Restaurant Association, 800-626-2326, Ext. 2; www.oceancityrestaurantweek.com; or email@example.com. SALUTE TO THE SERVICES 2012 — May 19June 20, participating hotels, motels, restaurants and attractions in Ocean City offer discounts to military, police, EMS and fire personnel showing their credentials. Some restrictions apply. Discount info: www.salutetothe services.com. Info: Ocean City Hotel-MotelRestaurant Association, Amy Tingle, 800-6262326, Ext. 2. SIMPLE SUPPER — Held the last Wednesday of each month at Knights of Columbus, 9901 Coastal Highway (rear of St. Luke’s Church) in Ocean City, 5-7 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children 11 and younger. Reservations: 410-524-7994. THE SHEPHERD’S NOOK THRIFT SHOP — Community Church at Ocean Pines, 11227 Racetrack Road. Open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Accepting donations of gently worn clothes and small household items.
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Bikers face two-day, 140-miletrek tofeed those battling breast cancer, HIV/AIDS LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor
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Riders gather for a photo on the Boardwalk before the 2011 Ride for the Feast — a two-day, 140-mile biking event through Maryland — which began in Ocean City last year. The 2012 ride will kick off at 7:30 a.m. Saturday on Third Street and the Boardwalk. The fundraiser benefits Moveable Feast, a non-profit organization that provides free, nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS or breast cancer.
(May 18, 2012) For the first time during its nine-year existence, the annual Ride for the Feast — a two-day, 140-mile biking event through Maryland — last year began at the beach. Bicyclists helping to raise money for Moveable Feast, a non-profit organization that provides free, nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS or breast cancer, started their weekend trek in Ocean City and headed north. “We loved it. It was fantastic,” said Ted Blankenship, director of development for Moveable Feast, of starting the ride in the resort. “Ocean City was so great to work with. Everyone was so generous and willing to help us.” As a Maryland-based organization, Moveable Feast serves clients in Baltimore and its five surrounding counties, as well as areas along the Eastern Shore, including Ocean City, Blankenship said. The 140 miles represent the farthest distance the organization travels to serve its clients. Riders are asked to raise a minimum of $1,300, which is the cost of feeding one client for a full year. One hundred percent of what riders contribute will go directly to client services. A total of 185 riders participated in 2011, helping to raise $360,000 for the organization. A record 200 riders, from 10 to 60 years old, have signed on for the 10th annual ride, set for Saturday. Of that number, 128 riders have participated before. Blankenship said the goal this year is to raise $400,000. As of Monday, donations totaled more than $372,000, according to the event site, www.rideforthefeast.org. “I think we should exceed our goal, I just don’t know by how much,” Blankenship said. “People are so good to Moveable Feast and the clients we serve.” Riders will leave at 7:30 a.m. Saturday from Third Street and the Boardwalk, head across the Route 50 bridge and out of Ocean City. They will travel 100 miles, cycling along the country roads of the Eastern Shore and ending at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills. Pit stops with food, beverages, medical assistance and bike technical support will be located every 1520 miles. On Sunday morning, the group will be bused across the Bay Bridge, where they will then ride from Annapolis back to Moveable Feast’s headquarters in downtown Baltimore. There, a celebration and an awards ceremony will take place. According to the event Web site, in 2011 Moveable Feast delivered 534,527 free meals to 924 clients, as well as 204,596 meals to drop-in centers of affiliated organizations, feeding an additional 1,065 people for a yearly total of 2,013 clients receiving more than 739,000 meals. All of the meals, which cater to clients’ dietary needs, are prepared fresh in the organization’s kitchen. For additional information about the 10th annual Ride for the Feast, visit www.rideforthefeast.org.
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CROP walk aims to help hungry in area,worldwide LISA CAPITELLI â– Assistant Editor (May 18, 2012) Take a stroll along the Boardwalk this Sunday as a part of the fourth annual CROP Hunger Walk, where all funds raised will be donated to organizations that work to feed hungry people in this area and around the world. CROP stands for â€œCommunities Responding to Overcome Poverty,â€? and the hunger walk was the idea of Church World Service, a cooperative ministry of 37 Christian denominations that assist communities in responding to local hunger and natural disasters around the world. The hunger walks are held across the country each year, and there are more than 30 scheduled for Maryland this spring and fall, according to Patricia Mulcahy, organizer of the Ocean City event. There is no cost to participate in the resort walk, but donations will be accepted. Last year, approximately 45 people participated, helping to raise close to $3,800 for the cause. Walkers will meet at St. Paulâ€™s by-theSea Episcopal Church on Third Street and Baltimore Avenue at 1 p.m. to register, and the walk will begin at 2 p.m. It will take place rain or shine. â€œWeâ€™re trying to raise peopleâ€™s awareness of hunger,â€? Mulcahy said. Participants will walk north to the end of the Boardwalk at 27th Street, then back to the church for an ice cream social in Deweeâ€™s Hall, where door prizes will be
awarded. Several local churches have signed on to participate, including St. Paulâ€™s By The Sea, St. Paulâ€™s Episcopal Church (Berlin), Church of the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, Bethany United Methodist Church, St. Andrews Catholic Church, St. Luke Catholic Church, Buckingham Presbyterian Church, Crossway Church, Ocean City Baptist Church, Coastal Sanctuary and Community Church at Ocean Pines. From the donations raised, 25 percent will be given to three Worcester County organizations that offer food to those in need: Shepherdâ€™s Crook food and clothing pantry at St. Paulâ€™s By-The-Sea Episcopal Church, the NOEL Community and Sarahâ€™s Pantry at Community Church at
Ocean Pines. The rest of the donations will go to Church World Service to aid its volunteer work in disaster zones throughout the country and around the world. Walkers may register or donate online at www.churchworldservice.org (search for the Ocean City walk), or in person the day of the event. As an alternative, for those who cannot walk the entire 3-mile distance, the Lankford Hotel on the Boardwalk at Eighth Street has offered the use of the rocking chairs on its porch, where people may sit and watch the walkers pass by. For more information, contact Mulcahy at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the event Web site at mysite.verizon.net/occropwalk.
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Pre-summer campfire planned (May 18, 2012) To welcome the approaching season, the Assateague Island Alliance, in cooperation with the National Park Service, will hold a â€œCome on, Summerâ€? campfire on Assateague Island from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18. Stories and tales of Assateague will be shared, plus guests are invited to share their memories, as well. The campfire will be held rain or shine. In case of rain, the â€œindoor campfireâ€? gathering and story sharing will be
held in the brick building of the Environmental Education Center of Assateague Island National Seashore. All ages are welcome. The campfire will be held on the Assateague Island National Seashore beach near the Beach Hut Store. Visitors should take beach chairs and blankets, and dress appropriately for the weather and mosquitoes. For more information, contact Christina Hulslander at 443-614-3547 or e-mail email@example.com.
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