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OMINOUS APPROACH Friday’s storm gave bathers plenty of notice, and wasn’t shy about its intentions as it bore down on the beach. This panoramic shot was captured by Ocean City Councilman Matt James, from the roof of the Atlantic Oceanfront Inn at 45th Street.

By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (July 13, 2018) Ocean City government is looking for the legal means to control where aircraft may land in the resort, following a helicopter’s surprise landing last Tuesday in St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church parking lot on 17th Street. Police went to the area around 8 p.m. after being advised of the chopper’s presence and questioned pilot Casey Love with Charm City Helicopters. Police also quickly discovered, apparSee OC Page 68

No big double hit for July 4 Midweek celebration doesn’t deliver two holiday weekends

By Brian Gilliland Associate Editor (July 13, 2018) Efforts to expand Ocean City’s working season beyond the boundaries of summer has worked better than its efforts to expand the July 4 holiday to a weeklong celebration, as business owners reported brisk but unremarkable activity during both weekends. Luckily, the owners in it for the long haul have some time to put a plan into motion, since the next time July 4 falls on a Wednesday is in 2029.

“‘Decent’ is the term I heard used around town,” Susan Jones, director of the Hotel Motel Restaurant Association said. “The weekends on either side of the holiday were about the same. A handful of people might stay longer, but it doesn’t feel crazy busy like it would over a four-day weekend.” There were plenty of people here on the holiday, as the Hugh T. Cropper inlet parking lot filled to capacity at 9:50 a.m. and remained there throughout the day, according to city Communications Manager Jessica Waters. “We did not do that $50 flat fee because the driving force of doing that was to ease the flow of traffic by

avoiding the ticket booth. Since the ticket booths are removed, we kept the regular pay-by-plate system in effect,” she said. For the past few years, the resort would offer an all day parking pass for $50 in advance of the holiday. Whether that system alleviated congestion hasn’t been quantified. “I believe that not having the toll booths at the exit of the inlet lot definitely eases the flow of traffic when leaving. Having said that, the Fourth of July is perhaps the busiest day of the year, so getting people in and out of the inlet lot, and the downtown area as a whole on that speSee MIDWEEK Page 70



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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (July 13, 2018) Responding to concerns from area fishermen about impacts on marine habitats from Ocean City beach replenishment dredging projects, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a public meeting at the White Marlin Club in West Ocean City Tuesday evening. Chris Spaur, Army Corps engineer, told the assembled anglers their feedback was needed about potential shoaling from future dredging operations impacting fishing local spots. “Ocean City is an engineered See FISHERMEN Page 4

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quality. Starting with the next dredge, which is authorized to start as late as 2024, Spaur said about 5.2 million cubic yards of sand would be required by 2044, which averages to about 870,000 cubic yards every four years. “Severe storms could push that number to 12.3 million,” he said. The candidate list has been narrowed to a pair of shoals, Weaver and Isle of Wight, which should provide adequate sand, Spaur said. “Isle of Wight and Weaver’s advantage is proximity to the project,” “We will try to keep total moved from any shoal to less than 5 percent.” Fisherman Colin Campbell asked if the impact of dredging within a radius of a few miles would be examined. “Is there any dead zone area we can expect to see [or] muddying up the water?” he said. Army Corps project manager Justin Callahan, while noting federal waters tend to be less muddy, said ocean shoals are dynamic and move through natural processes over time. “It’s hard to tell where we actually dredge,” he said. “There were impacts but the shoals maintained.” Estimating the inlet traps about 190,000 cubic yards of sand annually, Callahan said after a quarter century of involvement with Ocean City and Assateague beach replenishment projects, the core question remains unanswered. “I’ve been pushing hard for years to do a comprehensive study,” he said. “We’ve got the magnitude of the problem down, but I can’t tell exactly where the sand’s going.” Shifting focus to recurring shoaling problems at the Ocean City Inlet, Army Corps program Manager Tony Clark said a long-term management solution is being developed in conjunction with the state Department of Natural Resources. “We’re never going to stop the problem, but we think we can manage the shoaling from impacting every 2-3 months,” he said. “What we’re trying to do is get some type of natural structure or elements to extend that dredging cycle to years,” he added. The new study to improve navigation is in the formation stages and still requires approval, Clark said. “We’re trying to set this up to look at everything, not just the bad spots,” he said. Email questions to Spaur at

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Bus ridership peaking while trams approach busier time By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (July 13, 2018) Despite the popularity of the Transloc Rider app, customer use of the program has leveled off somewhat with more frequent bus deployments during summer months. City Transit Manager Mark Rickards told the Transportation Committee on Tuesday that minimal headway times, averaging around seven minutes, have been maintained for bus arrivals this summer. “If we didn’t have the frequency we’d probably have more hits on Transloc,” he said. “You just don’t need to track where it is when you can see it coming.” Since going live on New Year’s Day, Rickards said the phone app has been well received by customers and staff. “We passed the 100,000 mark in hits about a week ago … just before the Fourth of July,” he said. “We’re getting about 900 hits a day [and] it’s

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New pay-by-plate parking systems at the inlet parking lot have garnered few complaints.

By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (July 13, 2018) While some visitors have voiced displeasure, Ocean City has seen the public largely embrace its new pay-by-plate system in the inlet parking lot. Public Works Director Hal Adkins told the Transportation Committee on Tuesday the city has received few emails of complaint about the new pay-by-plate system and related Park Mobile smartphone app. “On average, we’ve received one complaint a day about the inlet parking lot,” he said. “Factor in, percentage-wise, that lot holds 1,267 parking places and that’s lots of opportunities for complaints.” In December, the City Council agreed to spend more than $736,000 with Parkeon, who, a month earlier, presented a proposal to the Transportation


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Tram service kept on track with new Jeeps for engines Continued from Page 5 with clean buses, helpful drivers and timely arrivals. “Those are the type of problems other systems have when ridership goes down,” he said. Shifting to Boardwalk trams, Rickards said there has been a small uptick of users. “We’re up one percent for the year on tram ridership,” he said. “Anytime we’re over 5,000 riders [per day] on the tram, that’s really good and we hit that mark on July 4-5.” Through the first week of July, approximately 153,000 people have hopped the trams, compared to more than 151,000 at the same point last year. The introduction of specially modified Jeeps to compensate for older tram engines has also been instrumental in maintaining a smooth flow of services, Rickards said. “Whenever we have an old tram that goes down, we’re pulling in the new Jeeps so we’re not missing deployments,” he said. “Unlike buses, with trams, July and August are our biggest months.” Mayor Rick Meehan said it appears the trams are already at peak levels. “I was on the Boardwalk last night [and] I don’t know how the engines could pull those cars because there were so many people on them,” he said.

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Campsite relocation comment period open As sea level rises, National Seashore planning to move most vulnerable sites inland

By Brian Gilliland Associate Editor (July 13, 2018) One only has to look out over the Ocean City Inlet toward Assateague Island to see how the two pieces of what was once the same barrier island have evolved differently since the 1933 storm that

separated them. Ocean City’s sea wall and beach replenishment projects have kept this part of the island relatively stable, while a different toll has been taken on the northernmost stretch of Assateague. And while Ocean City’s development stays more or less where it’s been put, Assateague Island neither has nor wants that sort of development. But the landscape is changing:


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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (July 13, 2018) Hoping to boost business during the resort’s downtime, Ocean City officials are considering a new marketing tool that will target advertising messages to the most receptive crowd. Meeting with the Tourism Commission Monday, David Bahlman, vice president of destination media with ADARA data co-op, presented a working model of a market monitor tool his company is developing. “Tourism is fragmented [and] a journey for customers takes a long time to go in and book all those different components,” he said. “The idea behind ADARA is how do we connect all those systems.” Based in Palo Alto, California, ADARA has offices worldwide and focuses on gathering customer intelligence related to online accommodation searches, Bahlman said. The company has a database with booking information from over a billion travelers. “We have a very large scale, from 5star type customers down to one-star customers,” he said. “Our network has given us the ability to see over 750 million travelers a month that are raising their hands ready to travel.” ADARA polls roughly 388 million travelers in North America alone and collects more than 30 data points for each profile, Bahlman said. “We see all of your booking ultimately [but] we don’t know it’s you,” he said. “We just know how you travel and what you do when you travel.” Bahlman has worked with Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association Executive Director Susan Jones to develop

the analytics tool over the last several months. “This is nowhere near a finished product,” he said. “You are one of five destinations in world right now that are seeing this [and] all are in the testing phase.” In addition to Ocean City, Bahlman said Puerto Rico, Savanah, Georgia, as well as Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg / Clearwater in Florida are part of the test group. “We see five years’ worth of loyalty,” he said. “We can pinpoint … is a customer traveling for business … or is he actually traveling with his family?” The ADARA market monitor will enable Ocean City to refine efforts to increase visitors, Bahlman said. “How do we use all this data to look six months out [or] 90 days out to identify … our low demand periods?” he said. “What this product does is help you tactfully react to those lower demand periods via a math equation called ‘rev yield.’” Allowing a proactive approach, Bahlman said the rev yield formula provides a comprehensive view of demand to ascertain upcoming periods with below average bookings. “Rev yield identifies … when you should be spending on tactical advertising [to] generate bookings where it is needed the most,” he said. “It’s also going to tell you where the best customers are coming from [and] would be able to predictively tell us … where we need to advertise.” The model is being constructed using two years’ worth of Ocean City-based travel data and factors in seasonality trends, Bahlman said. “We believe when you start looking at your different demand periods, you probably don’t need to be advertising when you traditionally advertise,” he said. Councilwoman Mary Knight said the

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Resort granted critical area waiver for airport

By Brian Gilliland Associate Editor (July 13, 2018) As two projects at the Ocean City Municipal Airport approach their conclusions, someone discovered some trees needed to be removed and that has blocked the path to completion. Ocean City, through Public Works Director Hal Adkins, requested a waiver for the bond required for the work, based upon a similar request the city had made 18 years ago for the Park and Ride facility in West Ocean City. The county granted the request


unanimously earlier this month. The airport work is located in the critical area, defined as within 1,000 feet of tidal waters and wetlands, and has additional rules and regulation in place. Trees removed from somewhere inside the critical area must be replaced, sometimes at a higher ratio than oneto-one, depending on several factors. To ensure this work is completed, the government usually requires a bond to ensure that the work being done meets standards before it is approved for use by the governing agency. Under these circumstances, the city

would be required to install native plantings elsewhere on the property, and it required a bond of 125 percent of the total labor and plant cost, determined to be almost $11,000 by Jenelle Gerthoffer, natural resources administrator for Worcester County. The city agreed to the replanting, but asked the county to waive the bond — essentially asking the county to take its word for it that the work would be done appropriately. The county agreed to the conditions, and granted the waiver. The two projects the city is working

on at the airport are obstruction removal plus environmental mitigation and runway standards rehabilitation. Along with removing trees, the obstruction removal project also includes critical and tidal area mitigation, while the rehabilitation project intends to fix the pavement, increase the runway taxiway distance from 200 to 300 feet, demolish direct runway access taxiways from the terminal and provide for the required wingtip clearances from the taxi lane to transient parking. No project completion date was provided.

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Court decision could impact area fire and police unions By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (July 13, 2018) Ocean City government’s union leadership has no choice but to wait to see if the if the Supreme Court’s June 27 ruling against mandatory dues collection from non-union employees will have any local effect. In the case just decided, Janus V. AFSCME, the court ruled 5-4 that requiring a non-union employee to pay dues to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees violated the employee’s First Amendment rights. The right to free speech, the court decreed, supersedes the fairness issue of allowing a worker to benefit from the actions of a union he or she does not support. Justice Samuel Alito, writing for majority, noted that 28 states prohibit mandatory public sector union dues, or agency fees, which proves they are not critical to union operations or maintaining peace and harmony in the workplace. Although Maryland does not restrict fee collections, Ryan Whittington, president the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4269, said his groups’ membership always has been voluntary. “We have 100 percent participation of our members and always have,” he said. “We’ve never had just a service-paying member of the IAFF.” Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 10 President Joe Bushnell said all department personnel represented via collective bargaining also are paying union dues. “We’ll have to see how people react to it,” he said of the new ruling. “They have a choice if they want to be members.” Because the pay, privileges and benefits won through collective bargaining must apply to all workers in a specific classification, regardless of union membership, it is conceivable that an employee could opt out of his or her membership without suffering any penalty. That consideration can put a union in a difficult situation by obligating it to argue, indirectly at least, on behalf of someone who opposes unionization. That’s likely one of the reasons the argument over this conflict has been going on for more than 40 years. The Janus decision reverses the Supreme Courts’ unanimous decision in 1977 (Abood v. Detroit Board of Education), which said requiring agency fees to support collective bargaining was constitutional. In 2016, however, that decision was challenged by 10 public school teachers in California (Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association). But

shortly after the case was argued, Justice Antonin Scalia died, leaving the court without the tie-breaking vote necessary to settle a 4-4 split. The majority opinion in the most recent case, however, argued that the societal landscape has changed since the late 1970s. “Whatever may have been the case 41 years ago when Abood was decided, it is thus now undeniable that ‘labor peace’ can readily be achieved through less restrictive means than the assessment of agency fees,” the decision read. Whittington, however, said the recent decision that theoretically weakens public sector unions has brought the firefighters unit closer together. “Our members used this as an opportunity to reassert their commitment to the IAFF,” he said. In the meantime, the national leadership of the FOP has followed the case closely, Bushnell said. “The National Lodge sent information when the decision was made [advising us to] get ready and know you may lose some members,” he said. Justice Elena Kagan, writing for the dissent, said the decision would result in numerous public sector collective bargaining agreements being re-negotiated. “The court today wreaks havoc on entrenched legislative and contractual arrangements, which will render thousands of city, county and state contracts across the country illegitimate,” she wrote. The Economic Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank established in 1986 to focus on the needs of lowand middle-income workers in economic policy discussions, noted state and local government employees account for more than 86 percent of public sector union membership. Prior to the Janus decision, the think tank also cautioned that stripping unions of their ability to collect fair share fees would hurt all state and local government workers by impeding their ability to organize and bargain collectively. Whittington said the IAFF was created to promote good will and morale among the ranks. “We typically deal with a lot of things that have to do with the health, safety and welfare of our membership,” he said. Noting the Janus decision was based on a teachers’ union, Bushnell said police officers, regardless of union membership, still receive negotiated contract benefits. This applies to command stafflevel officers, who are not union members, as they were not covered by the referendum on police collective bargaining approved by resort voters in 2002.

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After researching putting solar powered lighting at selected bus shelters, and replacing this nonfunctioning unit near 48th Street, the Transportation Committee elected on Tuesday to examine the feasibility of converting to LED street lighting along Coastal Highway.

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (July 13, 2018) Since launching a discussion in mid-May about adding solarpowered lighting at select bus shelters on Coastal Highway, Ocean City government is now investigating the feasibility of converting to LED street lights. During its May meeting, the Transportation Committee asked the staff to investigate costs and funding sources for the proposed project. Wayne Pryor, special project manager/grant coordinator, told the Transportation Committee on Tuesday that he had researched potential state and local government funding streams but identified no opportunities. “It’s a pretty tough sell, but it’s a pretty unique item,” he said. Pryor said Transit Manager Mark Rickards and Brian Connor, transportation administrative manager, found a wide range of costs depending on the level of illumination. “The numbers I got from Brian and Mark were between $40,000-$120,000 just for the photo cells themselves,” he said. Pryor recommended including the project costs in the city’s annual Transportation Plan fiscal year 2020 grant application with the Maryland Transit Administration, while alternatively suggesting examining converting high-pressure sodium cobra head street lights to LED. “It would probably be plenty of lighting in those areas you’re concerned about,” he said. Public Works Director Hal Adkins said, if a grant were to be awarded, the earliest

funding would be available from state transit would be 2020. He also said the Federal Transit Administration is releasing more than $366 million nationally for discretionary grants but the disbursement date has yet to be determined. “Mark [Rickards] is currently working with … MTA to put in grant-related requests and this will be one of them,” he said. “I’m not going to sugar-coat, I don’t think it will get any traction.” Adkins also said Connor examined 49 bus shelters and initially identified 33 as needing illumination. That number was later narrowed to 18 priority spots. City Engineer Terry McGean estimated the cost at $11,000 to purchase three solar lighting options from the city’s bus shelter provider, Columbia Equipment Company, to conduct pilot testing at half a dozen bus shelters. Noting the initial conversation started without his input, Adkins asked for additional time to consult with Connor on the matter. “It may be far cheaper to pursue and achieve the same goal with LED lighting installed by Delmarva Power, if the utility pole happens to be in close proximity to some of these sights,” he said. “You’ll achieve the same goal [and] it’s going to be out of reach to vandalism.” Adkins has also been working with McGean to research the potential lighting conversion with engineers at Delmarva Power. Based on anticipated energy savings with LED lights, Adkins said the city would likely recoup initial capital costs in less than two years. See SOLAR Page 12


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By Brian Gilliland Associate Editor (July 13, 2018) Ocean City and Worcester County 911 calls are routed over copper wire — an infrastructure system that is showing its age and has caused outages in the past, Worcester County Emergency Services Director Fred Webster told the county commissioners at the beginning of the month, while making a bid to apply for funding to replace the system. Webster needed the commissioners’ approval to solicit almost $167,000 from the state to add fiber optic cable to the routing system, to provide resiliency and redundancy within the architecture. “The current configuration has been responsible for at least one Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) outage lasting several hours and also for severely degraded service at the backup PSAP due to aging Verizon copper plan,” the county’s application for the funding reads. Ocean City is the county’s backup PSAP, and Webster said exposure to the salt air is at least partially responsible for the degraded condition of the wires here. Webster did not clarify the date and times of the outage for the commissioners. If all goes well, the new system will be operational sometime next year, Webster said. The project consists of three parts: in-

stalling conduit from the curb to the PSAP technology, positioning new cables between two separate Verizon offices to provide redundancy and systems configuration. Each of these three parts must be completed for the emergency services department in Snow Hill and the backup office in Ocean City. In addition, Webster asked for permission from the commissioners to cancel some of the training courses for the new Harris radios the county is deploying, and using the recovered funds from that training to other portions of the rollout. “The first element of the proposed change order will provide for replacing aging equipment that connects the county’s paging transmitters that are used for alerting fire and EMS personnel,” Webster wrote in a memo to the commissioners. “Our current paging solution is approximately 13 years old and has begun to suffer reliability issues.” The equipment purchase in Ocean City would allow the paging system to operate on the fiber optic network, rather than the analog microwave structure currently in use. “The second element of the proposed change order will provide for pre-construction engineering services for the replacement of the communications See COUNTY Page13

Solar lighting for bus spots talks may shift to LED focus Continued from Page 11 “You can save a lot of money [but] it’s a whole separate issue,” he said. Adkins said City Manager Doug Miller has been kept updated on the still evolving discussions. Councilman Dennis Dare reminded the commission there also are associated costs for providing and maintaining lighting fixtures, and that Delmarva Power passes to the end user. “The policy has been if it’s within ten

feet of a transformer, we don’t charge you for that installation [but] at a further distance you pay for that work,” he said. “That’s fair, but you end up with a system where the spacing isn’t right.” Mayor Rick Meehan said the issue should be researched further to consider all available options. “I just want to make sure whatever we do, light is our friend,” he said. “We want [people] to feel safe, especially in public areas.”

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OCPD hunting down arcade-robbing trio (July 13, 2018) Ocean City police were dispatched to an arcade in the area of Worcester Street and the Boardwalk for a report of a theft from an arcade game on Sunday, June 24. Surveillance footage from earlier that day showed the suspects breaking into and stealing up to $500 in quarters from an enclosed arcade game. This also caused approximately Elysia Botwin $500 in damage to the game. Through investigation, officers learned that the suspects had conducted two additional thefts similar in nature the morning of June 24 at two arcades Michael Citelli in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Additionally, officers learned that the suspects committed four thefts similar in nature in Pennsylvania on June 26. In coordination with several other law enforcement agencies, officers identified two of the three adult suspects as Elysia R. Botwin, 42, and Michael Citelli, 48, of New Port Ritchie, Florida. Citelli has been charged with theft of

County redirects funds to replace EMS radio system Continued from Page 12 shelter located under the Snow Hill water tank,” he wrote. “These service will determine the specific requirements of building and foundation construction, utility routing and cabling from the tank to the new shelter.” No additional funding for the $5.34 million radio project would be required because of this change. Both requests passed the board of commissioners unanimously.

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By Brian Gilliland Associate Editor (July 13, 2018) Nothing changed but the numbers as the Worcester County Board of Elections certified the results of the June 26 primary, leaving all of the previously announced winners in place, as voters chose a new sheriff and top prosecutor, and narrowed the field for November’s Election Day. Maryland has a closed primary, meaning that only registered members of a political party may vote in that party’s election, with the side effect of disenfranchising independents or races where a candidate is running unopposed. Gov. Larry Hogan was unopposed and won the Republican nod, with Democratic challenger Ben Jealous taking Worcester by earning almost 1,100 of the approximately 2,900

votes cast in this race. In the Senate, Ben Cardin tallied about 2,400 of the almost 3,100 votes cast, with Chelsea Manning coming in second with 210 votes. Matt Crisafulli Although Chris Chaffee won Worcester by about 240 votes, Cardin will face Republican Tony Campbell in the general election. Jesse Colvin similarly ran away with the Democratic vote to face Rep. Andy Harris (R-1) in November, gaining almost 1,400 of the nearly 3,000 votes cast. Harris once again made quick work of his Republican primary foes by garnering about 86 percent of the vote in this county. Matt Crisafulli will succeed Reggie

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Truitt. Crisafulli and McDermott were the frontrunners, and it came down to the wire as Crisafulli earned 2,341 votes to the former State Delegate, mayor and police chief’s 2,217. State’s Attorney’s races have been historically close, and this one was no exception with former Wicomico County Assistant State’s Attorney Kris Heiser set to replace Interim State’s Attorney Bill McDermott by a margin of less than 100 votes. Heiser totaled 2,684 to McDermott’s 2,548. To replace Mary Beth Carozza, who is challenging incumbent Sen.

Jim Mathias in November, there were four Republican candidates in the mix during the primary, with one-term Ocean City Councilman Wayne Hartman edgWayne Hartman ing out Republican operative Joe Schanno 1,667 to 1,433. Incumbent Bud Church overcame Gary Millhoff 667-213 and will face one-term Berlin councilman Zackery Tyndall later this year. Terri Westcott won out over two challengers to face Nicole Caudell for Worcester County Register of Wills in the general election. Finally, Linda Hess, Mike Diffendal and Cheryl Jacobs edged out John Quinn for the three Judge of Orphan’s Court positions available. In total, 30,897 registered voters turned out for the Worcester primary with 16,706 Republicans and 13,981 Democrats participating.

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By Brian Gilliland Associate Editor (July 13, 2018) Ed Tinus, who just this year filed to run for State Senate in District 38, dropped out of that race and then launched a successful campaign for Worcester County Republican Central Committee and an unsuccessful one for District 38C Delegate has filed, once again, to run as a Republican write-in candidate for House of Delegates for District 38C. Tinus will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot alongside Wayne Hartman, who won the primary. The deadline to file as a write-in candidate is Aug. 6. Ebony Parran, candidate campaign finance staff member at the Maryland Board of Elections, confirmed the law allows an unsuccessful candidate to mount write-in cam-

paigns during the same election cycle. The Worcester County Board of Elections was not aware of the filing, but since it’s a state office, the Ed Tinus candidate filed in Annapolis, Maryland. During the primary, Tinus won 283, or 8.4 percent of votes for the office, coming in third of four candidates. However, the fourth name on the list, Jim Shaffer, withdrew his candidacy weeks before the election. Shaffer still got 109, or 3.1 percent of the vote. Tinus fared better in the Republican Central Committee race, winning a seat along with eight others and garnering 8.6 percent of the vote in a field of 12.

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By Morgan Pilz Staff Writer (July 13, 2018) Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin held a grand opening celebration for the new John H. “Jack” Burbage, Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center on Wednesday, July 11. The 18,000-square-foot center, which is the new home for radiation oncologist Dr. Manoj Jain, and medical oncology specialists Dr. Rabindra Paul and Dr. Roopa Gupta and their clinical teams, opened on schedule, Wednesday,

June 27, after one year of construction. The project cost $9 million, about $1 million under budget. In addition to previously available medical oncology and chemotherapy infusion services and integrative therapies, the center includes radiation oncology; PET/CT imaging; laboratory services; community education and support facilities; and telemedicine technology that allow patients and their physicians to consult with other cancer care experts at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center, preventing unnecessary travel for consultation and follow-up care for patients who may require more intensive cancer care services. “Our expectations are that this is going to be the preferred place where people go for cancer care in our community and region,” Atlantic General Hospital President Michael Franklin said. “We’re equipped with the latest technology available for cancer care, and we have board-certified physicians that are trained at world-class facilities.

“We have top-notch physicians and we have the latest technology,” he continued. “We’re creating an environment where people who live in our community who are diagnosed with cancer can get the best care [right] here in our community.” A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday with John H. “Jack” Burbage in attendance, whom the building was named after, holding the ceremonial scissors. “It is an honor, and I really am sincerely grateful and appreciative of it, but the cancer center is a group effort by everyone,” Burbage said. “No one person made that happen. “The cancer center was something near and dear to me,” he continued. “My mother died when I was a young boy of breast cancer and it was really tough growing up because my dad worked all the time. If I could do something that would help prevent another child in our community from having to go through that it would be well worth it.” See BURBAGE Page 19

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (July 13, 2018) The following topics were discussed during the Police Commission meeting on Monday:

Ride share safety The commission also discussed unsafe practices by drivers and passengers of ride share services, such as Uber or Lyft. The concerns were raised in an email from an Ocean City resident who drives for Uber year round. In addition to ride share drivers often failing to use signals or flashers when picking up or waiting for passengers, the writer also noted, “drivers picking up and dropping off on Coastal Highway and turning into busy side streets and letting passengers out right as they turned in without trying to pull over.” Buzzuro said the issue is being monitored. “On the midnight shift, we are not seeing an alarming uptick, but we are noticing this and we are addressing it,” he said. Previous to the advent of app-based ride share services, Buzzuro said police typically dealt with a higher percentage of disputes between cab drivers and passengers over fares, or even abusive behaviors. “There are some positives,” he said. Boardwalk and beach ordinances Councilwoman Mary Knight said the enforcement of smoking, and other ordinances, on the beach and Boardwalk has markedly improved. “I’m encouraged by the number of Public Safety Aides that are reporting smoking, dogs and skateboards … and I see a much better Boardwalk,” she said. Buzzuro said citations issued for smoking in restricted areas jumped from 32 last June to 354 this year. “Smoking enforcement is up 1,000 percent,” he said. Knight said the change is visible. “You notice by the lack of cigarette butts on the Boardwalk,” she said.

Councilman Wayne Hartman asked if enforcement would remain consistent throughout the summer. Buzzuro confirmed the focus would remain unchanged. “The fine was $100 but we reduced it to $50,” he said. “We will continue to be proactive.” Hartman also asked if verbal warnings are becoming less common than citations. “Each case is unique [and] we still use discretion,” Buzzuro said. Mayor Rick Meehan noted the Beach Patrol is also increasing enforcement. “I was on the beach yesterday and saw guards on patrol on the quads and they were looking for smoking on the beach, alcohol violations [and] dogs,” he said. “They’re not just flying by [but] actually being visible and moving through.”

Anti-DUI visual Hoping to discourage intoxicated people from getting behind the wheel, Hartman proposed the OCPD follow the lead of the Miami Police Department and use an out-of-commission vehicle for a public safety campaign. “It’s a police car and the back is painted like a taxi,” he said. “It says choose your ride.” Buzzuro, while supportive of the intent, balked at using a police car. “We use every vehicle in a deliberate manner, even those that are being ready to be auctioned off,” he said. From his purview, Buzzuro said it would be preferable to use a retired cab. “I don’t want to take any police cars to turn them into half of a taxi,” he said. “If it’s a cab that is donated and we … turn it into a police car we haven’t lost any resources and [could] possibly gain something you want to accomplish in public awareness.” Meehan proposed finding a prime location, possibly on the Route 90 bridge, to place the vehicle for the duration of Continued on Page 20

Burbage leads campaign to finance AGH cancer center Continued from Page 16 Burbage, an influential member of the hospital, has been on the board of trustees for nine years and was chairman for three. “He’s been a leader in the community in a lot of ways,” Franklin said. “He led the capital campaign to help fund the cancer center.” Doctors are looking forward to utilizing the facility for the surrounding communities. “This is a big step forward for the Eastern Shore,” Dr. Jain said. “We are employing as many resources as possible, to improve access to cancer care patients. In the past, a lot of people didn’t know that we were providing cancer care close to their home. “But now, there is a building dedi-

cated to cancer care and our goal is to give people the same type of opportunities and the same type of cancer treatment that they would receive in a large academic care center right here on the Eastern Shore,” he continued. Tours of the new facility were offere during the grand opening. Franklin said additional construction plans are underway at the hospital. “Sometime next year we’re going to be initiating construction of the second floor of the hospital where we will complete remodeling the patient care area on [that floor],” he said. “Then we will be also working to expand our surgical services capabilities in the region.” For information about Atlantic General Hospital, visit



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Video shows OCPD officer punching youth By Brian Gilliland Associate Editor (July 13, 2018) A short video clip posted privately to social media shows a uniformed Ocean City police officer sizing up and punching what appears to be a restrained male African-American youth in the stomach before lifting him and rolling on top of him, while a stunned crowd gathered in front of an under-21 nightclub, protested. Six people were arrested during the July 5 fracas — two adults and four unidentified minors. Two of the latter were 16-year-olds, one male and one female, and the two others were 13 years of age. Police chief Ross Buzzuro, in a prepared statement, said the department’s Office of Professional Standards is investigating the incident. Muhammed Purnell, 20, from Delmar, Maryland and Martin Ward III, 20,

from Salisbury both face disorderly conduct charges from the incident. According to Pfc. Daniel Jacobs, who prepared the charging documents for Purnell, he was on bicycle patrol performing a business check on the H2O nightclub on Worcester Street shortly after midnight when he saw a shirtless man “jumping around and yelling.” Noticing the officer, Purnell apparently cupped his hands around his mouth and screamed an obscenity denoting a narcotics officer. Others joined in the chorus, and Jacobs called for backup. According to Jacobs, it took 16 police, including two mounted patrols on horseback, to quell the situation. Another officer, Alex Paulina, was on foot patrol and responded to the call for backup. Approaching the situation, Paulina reported hearing Ward threat-

ening a mounted police officer while a group of friends apparently attempted to restrain him. Breaking free of his associates, Ward reportedly began repeating obscenities, which led to the arrest for disorderly conduct. Both Ward and Purnell are identified by police as being six feet tall and about 180 pounds each. Neither was featured in the video. The video shows a seated black male who is much smaller than the unidentified officer restraining him. The police officer had hold of both of the male’s hands, and his legs were fully extended in front of him. The male officer was leaning on the suspect’s back from a squatting position. The officer appeared calm and the male did not appear to be struggling from the portion of the video made public.

However, the officer raises his unobstructed right arm to about head height, poises it there and delivers a solid punch to the male’s lower right abdomen, near his rib cage. When the male winces from the impact, the officer rolls him over and lands on top of him on the pavement. “The Ocean City Police Department is committed to providing the highest degree of professional conduct and quality police services to all residents and visitors. We understand the public’s concern over the video, however; the video that was posted shows just a few seconds of a much larger incident that occurred that night,” Buzzuro said in a prepared statement. However, the OCPD has declined to provide what is normally public information that would add context to the altercation. OCPD spokeswoman Lindsay Richard declined to identify the officers involved, and to provide the incident reports associated with the incident. No camera footage from police body cameras or from mounted dashboard cameras on patrol cars was provided. Richard said a Freedom of Information Act request must be filed to obtain public records, which Ocean City Today filed on July 6. The police have 30 days to provide the information, or provide a detailed explanation of the exemption from Maryland Public Information Act upon which the denial is based.

POLICE COMMISSION BRIEFS Continued from Page 19 summer. “It’s a public safety message,” he said. The commission voted unanimously to move the proposal to the full council for consideration.

Crime statistics Police Chief Ross Buzzuro said citizen calls for service in June were down almost 15 percent from the previous year, with nearly 600 fewer calls. “The violations are consistent with last year,” he said. “Slightly lower, but in a sense tailored to established priorities.” The downtick in citizen calls allowed police more time to monitor traffic, Buzzuro said. “Traffic stops were considerably increased from last year [and] that’s because we have to do less calls for service,” he said. Disorderly conduct arrests also dropped significantly, from 991 last June to 712 this year, with theft cases being reduced from 221 to 169. “We’re being very proactive on the Boardwalk,” he said. Although still awaiting the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for June, Buzzuro anticipates the data will indicate some major crimes were reduced. “We expect to continue the downward trend as we move into the second half of the year,” he said.

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Body of Connecticut man recovered at Assateague By Brian Gilliland Associate Editor (July 13, 2018) Assateague Island National Seashore spokeswoman Liz Davis confirmed the identity of the body recovered about 300 yards offshore on July 4 as Dongjin Hong, 36, of New Haven, Connecticut. Davis said the medical examiner’s office advised her the death had been ruled an accidental drowning. Several agencies responded to a 911 call around 6:40 p.m. on Independence Day reporting a body face down in the water off North Ocean Beach at the national seashore. It is not known when Hong entered the water. Assateague Island

National Seashore is patrolled by lifeguards between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days per week. The state park has guards on patrol from 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., with an additional guard patrolling on an ATV until 7 p.m. North Ocean Beach is the area adjacent to the entrance area to the federal park. Hong’s body was found and recovered about an hour later, following a search by the National Park Service, Berlin EMS, Natural Resources Police and Assateague lifeguards on all-terrain vehicle patrols. The Natural Resources Police, searching by boat, located and retrieved Hong’s body.

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SD football coach Shockley acquitted of assault charge

By Brian Gilliland Associate Editor (July 13, 2018) Stephen Decatur High School football coach Ernest Shockley was acquitted this week of a second-degree assault charge made against him by a Worcester County fire marshal last fall. On Oct. 13, 2017, following the Homecoming game, players apparently engaged in a locker room brawl. It was during the course of breaking up the fight between the students that the adults got involved. According to the charging documents, Robert Kord, Worcester County fire marshal, and Robert Rhode, third assistant chief of the Berlin Fire Company, heard sounds of a fight coming from the locker

room and went to investigate. Kord alleged that once he was inside the locker room, he was assaulted by Shockley, who maintained he was the one who broke up the fight between the players. The charging documents noted Kord said he was punched in the face several times, causing his lip to bleed, and showed marks on his neck. The documents do not name the assailant. Rhode corroborated Kord’s account. The judge, however, saw it differently, and granted a motion for acquittal by defense attorney Pete Wimbrow at the conclusion of the state’s case on Tuesday. “Justice was served,” Wimbrow said. Wimbrow revealed he and Shockley discussed additional action following the ruling.

Buy-bust program nets 31 downtown arrests last month

(July 13, 2018) The Ocean City Police cast a wide net and hauled in dozens of drug crime suspects, the department announced this week, following the conclusion of a “buy-bust” operation conducted in the resort throughout June. The Criminal Investigation Division’s Narcotics & Vice Unit recently completed multiple drug enforcement buy-bust operations during the month of June in downtown Ocean City. These undercover operations led by the Criminal Investigation Division’s Narcotics & Vice Unit resulted in 31 arrests, 18 of which were for felonies. Seventeen people were arrested for the distribution of controlled dangerous substance or conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. Undercover officers seized marijuana, cocaine, and prescription pills from these people, while 11 more people were arrested for possession of a fake controlled dangerous substance. The local department was aided by the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Enforcement Team (CET), which consists of members of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police. Narcotics Unit detectives were also assisted by the OCPD Special Enforcement Unit, Major Crimes Unit and Patrol Division. The end of the operation, however, doesn’t mean undercover officers won’t continue to work areas where drug activity is suspected. The department has undercover officers in the field yearround.

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Pines sends goose population to food bank

By Josh Davis Associate Editor (July 13, 2018) The meat from Canada geese rounded up in Ocean Pines on June 29 is in the process of being donated to the Maryland Food Bank, according to a representative from the nonprofit reached for comment on Monday. Ocean Pines residents, upon hearing news reports last week about the goose roundup, apparently contacted the Food Bank to confirm the meat had been donated. Some confusion occurred because, initially, no one told the Food Bank the meat was coming. Ben Gross, a Food Bank staff writer filling in for the communications director, said he was familiar with donations of deer and goose meat being made after culling of wildlife had occurred.

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He said the Department of Natural Resources oversaw the program and the Food Bank was merely a recipient. “My understanding of the process is … it’s not as simple as one day they’re out in the field and the next day they’re at [the Food Bank],” he said. “There are USDA requirements and food-safety issues, so my understanding is DNR does their thing, then they send the results of their effort to a gentleman named ‘John the Butcher’ in Worton who is USDA-approved to do these things.” Gross said meat could be picked up by or delivered to the Food Bank, depending on the quantity, and there could be “further specifications from there.” “Since these are considered to be government-subsidized events, there could be restrictions on where the food is distributed,” he said. He did not know how much meat would be donated. “In general I would say it’s anywhere from a couple of days to longer than a

week lag time in between when DNR is doing their activity and when they reach back out to us to pick up or deliver,” he said. Ocean Pines General Manager John Bailey emailed a statement about the rounded up Canada geese on June 29. “Ocean Pines Association contracted with the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Wildlife Services (WS) for the removal of resident Canada geese as a part of the USDA’s wildlife damage management project,” Bailey said. “APHIS WS has the authority to work with local organizations to conduct such a program to address mammal and bird species, such as Canada geese, and their negative impact that they have on local water quality and thus human health and safety. “Because we all strive to be good stewards of the environment, it is regretful that such action is necessary from time to time in order to maintain

the balance between two environmental watch-cares – the geese versus the water quality. Unfortunately, the presence of resident Canada geese contributes to unacceptable accumulation levels of feces in the waters and recreation areas of the community. Prior to their arrival today, the APHIS WS made the determination that the actions today would be in compliance with all federal statutes, including the National Environmental Policy Act. “This project developed from the association’s Environment & Natural Assets Advisory Committee, which is made up of members of the community. The wildlife management project was approved as part of the budget for 2018-19. Per the APHIS WS, the resident Canada geese that were captured and removed from the community were humanely euthanized and donated to the Maryland Food Bank.” Bailey and other Ocean Pines officials did not respond to additional requests for comment.

OC bank robber nets 8 yrs. for gun (July 13, 2018) U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake on Tuesday sentenced Tyrone D. Pierce, 60, of Ocean City to eight years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for brandishing a firearm during a bank robbery. The sentence was announced jointly by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur, Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office, Ocean City Police Chief Ross C. Buzzuro and Interim Worcester County State’s Attorney William H. “Bill” McDermott. According to his plea agreement, on

Aug. 24, 2016, Pierce, who was then employed at a motel in Ocean City robbed a bank in the 12000 block of Coastal Highway in Ocean City. Pierce, who parked his car in a commercial parking lot near the bank, was clearly wearing a fake beard as he walked a circuitous route to the entrance of the bank. Tyrone Pierce After entering the bank, Pierce pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at one of the tellers, threatening to shoot the teller if she did not comply with

his demands for money. Pierce also said there was a bomb near the drive-thru window, although no device was found. Pierce took cash and left the bank, inadvertently leaving a glove on the teller counter that he removed during the robbery. Crime scene investigators recovered the glove and from it obtain a DNA specimen. In January 2017, DNA analysis of the specimen was matched to Pierce, who has a 1999 conviction for bank robbery in Salisbury and had previously submitted a DNA sample. As part of Pierce’s sentence, Judge Blake ordered that Pierce pay restitution of $9,169.

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Canoe Races at BJ’s on the Water By Morgan Pilz Staff Writer (July 13, 2018) Practice your paddling skills for BJ’s on the Water’s annual Canoe Races, which returns for the 39th year to the 75th Street restaurant on Tuesday, July 17. “We wanted to do something to involve all the bars and restaurants that were in existence [back] then,” said Maddy Carder, co-owner of BJ’s on the Water with her husband, Billy. “We looked out and we saw the island that we were blessed with in front of our property. My husband, Billy, came up with the idea of the canoe race. “It’s what a lot of locals, bars, restaurants and other businesses like to consider a day to be in fun competition with each other,” she added. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday with the races starting an hour later. The cost is $50 for a team of four, consisting of two women and two men. In addition, participants must be 21 or older with a valid ID and wear closed-toe shoes.

“The tide is always bringing different things into this area, so we don’t really know what’s on the bottom of our bay, so [participants] have to have closed-toe shoes,” Carder said. “They don’t have to do anything but just show up with their IDs and closedtoed shoes, and they’re ready to go.” The restaurant will provide the canoes, paddles and life jackets for the event. Participants can only register the day of the event. “There is no preregistration because I need IDs,” Carder said. “We [will] have security checking IDs.” The races kick off at 11 a.m. when the first man and woman teams will paddle around the island behind the restaurant, come back and tag their teammates, who will then hop into the canoe and complete the same half-mile route. “The fun thing about the race is nobody really knows how to paddle a canoe,” Carder said. “It’s a spectator sport. I feel like we have a lot more spectators than we have teams because it is just such a blast to watch. And we do recordings, so even if you’re inside it’s on our televisions so you don’t even have to go outside to watch if you don’t want to. “It’s a fun day. They all take it seri-

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Participants compete in heats during BJ’s on the Water's 38th annual canoe races, last year. Forty teams battled as hundreds of spectators watched the action from the deck of the 75th Street restaurant. This year’s event is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17.

Annual event, now in 39th year, in bay behind 75th Street restaurant, July 17

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ously in a way – they have different crazy names and different outfits. They like to get dressed for the event,” she continued. “You never know what they’re going to dress up like or what the names are going to be, but they’re highly creative.” Races will run until 4 p.m. Last year, 46 teams participated. More than one team can represent a business, organization or restaurant. According to Carder, Seacrets has several teams competing each year. “It’s not just for the bars and restaurants,” Carder said. “We can be open to families, it can be open to any other businesses.” The top three teams will win a trophy and cash prizes. The first-place team will have their names engraved on the official canoe race trophy along with the previous 38 winners and take home $600 and bragging rights. The trophy will remain on display at BJ’s. The second-place team will receive $400 and the third-place group will win $300. Each participant will also receive a souvenir T-shirt. They have become collector’s items over the years, Carder said. See CANOE Page 27

By Morgan Pilz Staff Writer (July 13, 2018) The 24th annual Capt. Robert S. Craig Boardwalk Swim will take place Saturday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. Craig led the Ocean City Beach Patrol from 1935-1986 – the longest term for any captain as well as the longestserving member of the organization. The Boardwalk swim honors the late captain for his many years of service. “He helped create the patrol as it is,” Capt. Butch Arbin said. “He created the way the patrol uses discipline. He was instrumental in creating the original testing that we did for a person to get on the patrol. He really had a lot to do with the foundation of the patrol that we still have today.” Craig first began working for the Ocean City Beach Patrol in the 1920s and was promoted to captain in 1935. When he was not serving Ocean City in the summer, Craig would return to his high school teaching job at Principia, a Christian science university, in St. Louis, Missouri. One of the first procedures Capt. Craig changed was the training and recruiting process, requiring each person interested in becoming a member of the Ocean City Beach Patrol to fill out a written application and complete a physical assessment. He also introduced the semaphore flag system to the patrol, and it is still used for communication between guards to supplement radio contact. Competitors will swim a measured mile with the prevailing current to a finish line located at 14th Street and the beach. Last year, 63 men and 42 women participated in the swim. “We invite the Craig family to attend and give them official seating up in the bandstand,” said Kristin Joson, Ocean City Beach Patrol public education coordinator. “We are not including the Ginny Craig quarter-mile swim [this year]. We have seen declining registration for the quarter-mile swim so we are concentrating our efforts on the one-mile event.” There are categories set for the swim by age and gender. Youth category begins with 13 years old and under, Juniors 14-16, Seniors 30-39, Master 40-49, and Veterans 50 and over. “Any age can swim the event, but if you are a 52-year-old female, you’re See PARTICIPANTS Page 28

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Team YogaVibez won the 38th annual BJ’s on the Water Canoe Races last year. Pictured, from left are BJ’s on the Water owners Maddy and Billy Carder, and YogaVibez team members Emilio Dalisa, Dawn Ehman, Megan Raczka and JR Emanuele.

Canoe Races tradition for nearly 40 yrs. in Ocean City Continued from Page 26 Last year, YogaVibez won the competition. Embers’ “Embers Crew Chiefs” came in second and Blu Crabhouse’s “Blu Crews” finished in third. “We always like to say ‘Don’t go out to dinner in Ocean City that night, you don’t know who’s going to be waiting on you because everyone’s having such a good time,’” Carder said. “We [tell participants to] ask off for that day.” Participants are also asked to abstain from wearing glitter as part of their costumes, because it washes off in the bay and can cause environmental issues and interfere with the wildfowl sanctuary BJ’s on the Water has been building up for 38 years. No ducks will be fed during the duration of the races, an event held daily at 1 p.m. “The ducks get out of here for the day … it’s the only day they don’t get fed,” Carder said. “We feed them 364

days a year at 1 p.m. but on Canoe Race days they won’t be fed.” Drink and food specials will be offered throughout the day. “For years we have guys and girls that have worked in Ocean City – we date back to 1979 – now we have their kids doing it,” Carder said. “It’s generations that remember how much fun it is and we have a lot of kids that used to work for us come and watch [as well]. “The first canoes were blow up rubber canoes,” she continued. “It has evolved since then into what we like to say [is one of] the longest running consecutive parties in Ocean City.” Every year, the date of the Canoe Race is determined according to the highest tide in July to make sure the bay has enough water to last five hours of racing. For more information, call BJ’s on the Water at 410524-7575.




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Participants will swim one mile during event, Sat. Continued from Page 26 only swimming against other 52-yearold females,” Capt. Arbin said. “You might be the 20th person to cross the line, but you might be the first 52-yearold female to cross the line.” The cost to participate is $30. Swimmers will meet on Saturday at 14th Street. Competitors will be taken to North Division Street and walk out to the water’s edge and swim north to 14th Street. If the current is going the other way, the Boardwalk tram will take the swimmers to the north end of the Boardwalk and participants will swim south to the 14th Street finish line. Competitors are expected to arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. “This is a very popular ocean swim due to the safety provided by the [surf rescue technicians] in the water near the swimmers,” Joson said. “Also, the one-mile distance is a good ‘entry’ level event for those just starting ocean swimming or training for a portion of a triathlon.” Participants are required to checkin on the day of the competition, pay the registration fee, and complete the proper paperwork before being permitted to compete. Registration includes a T-shirt for all participants as well as certificates and medals for the top three finishers in each category. Registration on site begins at 5 p.m. For more information about the swim, contact the beach patrol headquarters at 410-289-7556.

Ocean City Beach Patrol members and other participants swim one mile in remembrance of Robert S. Craig, the longest serving captain of the resort organization, last year.

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Craig’s cottage on National Register of Historic Places (July 13, 2018) The Capt. Robert S. Craig and Virginia Lee Mason Craig’s summer cottage, “Bay Breeze,” (194950) has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is only the second property in Ocean City to be recognized. St. Paul’s by the Sea Episcopal Church was listed in 2008. The National Register of Historic Places recognizes districts, buildings, structures, objects and sites for their significance in American history, archeology, architecture, engineering, or culture, and identifies them as worthy of preservation. The National Register is a program of the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Services, and is administered at the state level by the Maryland Historical Trust. The cottage is located at 706 St. Louis Avenue. The 2018 National Register listing coincides with the 100th anniversary year of the birth of Robert S. Craig, July 11, 1918. Both Capt. Craig and his wife are honored annually at the time of his birthday, when the Ocean City Beach Patrol sponsors the annual “Robert S. Craig Boardwalk Swim” (one-mile ocean race) and the “Ginny Craig Quarter Mile Swim.” Only the Robert S. Craig swim will take place this year, on Saturday, July 14.

The National Register listing recognizes the significant role for over half a century of Craig (1918-2009) as a member, and long-time captain, of the Ocean City Beach Patrol. It also recognizes his wife (1920-2008), as among the town’s pioneer women who established hotels and opened their summer homes to tourists and vacationers. During the 1950’s, Bay Breeze hosted such summer tourists, and, from the 1960’s until recent years, the cottage provided summer housing for members of the beach patrol. During the many years prior to building of an official beach patrol headquarters, the Craig summer house served as an unofficial headquarters of the organization. Capt. Craig designed the house in 1949 and its construction was completed in 1950. Between 2012 and 2016 the cottage was restored to its 1950 appearance through the efforts of Capt. Craig’s son, Dr. Robert M. Craig (professor emeritus (architecture) Georgia Tech, and beach patrol alumnus), his wife, Carole, and their son, Christopher, a third-generation member and now alumnus of the beach patrol. The restoration was partially funded by a façade improvement grant from the Ocean City Development Corporation.


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By Brian Gilliland Associate Editor (July 13, 2018) Summer brings more of everything into Worcester County, however, the people coming and going are leaving more behind than they are taking with them, at least in the feline world. The Worcester County Humane Society is currently housing about 200 cats, which is just about capacity, Julie Wallace, registered veterinary technician at the no-kill shelter, said. The problem is, the cats are leaving at a much slower pace. “In general, we see some influx during the summer months,” Wallace said. “But this time last year we had more interest in adoptions.” Adopting a pet is not a choice to undertake lightly, and the humane society has some controls in place to ensure it’s not a snap decision. “A person has to fill out an application with some basic information and we have to make certain they fit our criteria,” she said. A person must be at least 21 years of age, either own their home or have the approval of the landlord to even get started. “It seems obvious, but it doesn’t happen all the time,” Wallace said. The humane society also needs

time to check references and ensure landlords have actually granted permission. Prospective pet parents must provide the shelter with two personal references and also get a note from a veterinarian before the adoption can proceed. “We need to know they already had contact with a veterinarian,” she said. Normally, this process takes about 48 hours, but can be longer depending on the day of the week. The humane society operates on a volunteer basis and is sustained by private donations, so adoption takes a day or two between application and completion. Of the couple hundred felines currently housed at the shelter, about half are kittens and there are a couple of animals in custody that are currently pregnant, Wallace said. “Fewer cats would be much better,” she said. The cats at the shelter have been brought up to date on their immunizations, and if they are older than three months, have been spayed or neutered. “We also treat heartworms, microchip and spay/neuter the animals,” she said. “We provide the new owners with a little care package to See ABOUT Page 31


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The Worcester County Humane Society, 12330 Eagle’s Nest Road, is almost full to capacity with cats, since interest in adoption has waned this year, according to staff. Cat adoptions cost $50, and have a 48-hour waiting period before they become final.

About 200 cats, kittens at shelter Continued from Page 30 help ease the transition.” The humane society can often spare certain supplies, but Wallace said it was a better idea to use the lag time between application and adoption to prepare. A cat carrier, she explained, is a must. “We like people to bring their own carriers, but if you’re approved to bring home a cat, you should have your own,” she said.

In addition, the new owners can count on a bit of pet food to help the recently adopted adjust to its new diet, or the owners can choose to keep using the same kind of food. The Worcester County Humane Society is a no-kill shelter, but if it finds itself overrun with certain animals, some of those animals are transferred to Worcester County Animal Control in Snow Hill, which does euthanize prospective pets of no owners can be found.

The humane society charges $50 to adopt cats, but also has programs like “senior to senior,” where a cat 8 or older can be adopted by a person over the age of 65 for free. For more information on pet adoption from the Worcester County Humane Society, call 410-213-0146. Worcester County Humane Society is located at 12330 Eagles Nest Road, Berlin. The shelter is open every day except Mondays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


ENJOYING MUSIC Angel and Jayson Stevens of Brooklyn stay hydrated while watching Journey tribute band, Eclipse, perform during Sunset Park Party Night in downtown Ocean City, last Thursday.

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Worcester Tech HS students excel at Skills USA event

By Morgan Pilz Staff Writer (July 13, 2018) Several Worcester Technical High School teams received national recognition during the Skills USA Championships held in Louisville, Kentucky, June 27-28. More than 6,300 high school and middle school students competed at the national showcase of career and technical education. Skills USA is the largest skill competition in the world and covers 1.4 million square feet, or the equivalence of 20 football fields. The Skills USA Championships event is held annually for students in middle school, high school or college/post-secondary programs as part of the Skills USA National Leadership and Skills Conference. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support Skills USA at the national level. Of the 21 Worcester Tech students who participated in the championship, 18 placed in the top 10 in their divisions. “We did very well this year,” said Worcester Technical Welding Instructor and Skills USA National Advisor Richard Stephens. “They practiced throughout the year to prepare for this.” Of the eight top 10 Worcester Tech teams, four received Skill Point Certificates. Skill Point Certificates are components of Skills USA’s assessment program for career and technical education. Certificates are awarded to students who met a predetermined threshold score in their competition, as defined by the specific industry. Some industries do not offer certificates. Four Worcester Tech teams earned certificates. Darren Taylor Jr., Harley Elsner and Zachary Moats placed sixth in the Occupational Health and Safety (OHSA) Industry competition. The team focused on welding safety, documenting improvements and successes in a scrapbook portfolio, which was presented to a panel of judges. Danielle Munn, Makayla Zajdel and Sierra Payne finished sixth in Health and Services competition. A bio-med-based program, the students inflated a cow’s lung to observe diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma, and what causes them (smoking, vaping, allergy triggers, etc.). The students also spoke with sixth graders about the damage that can be caused by smoking and vaping. Anastacia Elbert, Helen Odenwald and Mia Dill came in sixth place in Human Services competition. A Homeland Security-based program, the team drafted exercises for See STEPHENS Page 35

Worcester Technical High School students traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, to compete in the Skills USA Championship. Of the 21 students who participated in the championship, 18 placed in the top 10 in their divisions.

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Stephens: We’ve got a great program at Worcester Tech Continued from Page 33 preparing for natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes, and safety measures that can be implemented at school or home. Shea Griffin placed seventh in Related Technical Math. Griffin had to respond and determine the formulas for technical questions, such as the volume of a liquid, the surface area of a wall, and other hands-on formulabased questions. Other teams that placed in the top 10 in their competitions were: DeShawn Collick and Adam Taylor, 10th place, Community Action Project; Eric Taylor, ninth place, Building Maintenance; Kaleb Schmuki and Maggie Kemp, fourth place, Mobile Robotic Technology; Rebecca Staines, Chase Farlow and Daniel Outten from Snow Hill Middle, sixth place, Team Engineering Challenge – Middle School. “We’ve got a great program at Worcester Tech,” Stephens said. “We have a great staff and administration. We keep growing every year. This year we had the most students we’ve ever had – we had 318 members.” Worcester is also the only county in Maryland which sponsors a middle school team in the competition. “Each year when we do our state

contest we take around 90 kids to the state contest in Baltimore, for a twoday [competition],” he continued. “For the last seven years we’ve average 5256 of our kids placing in the top three in Maryland, which is phenomenal.” Stephens and co-advisor Crystal Bunting helped the teams practice their skills throughout the school year for the state and national competitions. “The good thing about Skills USA is the industries are involved in this,” Stephens said. “When we say they practice a lot, it’s what they do in their classes. They’re learning it as they go and Skills USA has done a great job incorporating this into the contest that we do. “They are already learning, but we take time to practice in front of groups and when they do presentations we practice that too. Some of them are timed too,” he continued. For the 2018-19 school year, Worcester Tech, located in Newark, will participate in the local level of the competition in February. Earlier this year, 140 Worcester Tech students participated in the local level competition. To learn more about Skills USA, go to

Worcester Technical High School student Shea Griffin, 18, receives a Skill Point Certificate and ranks seventh in the nation during the Related Technical Math competition at the Skills USA Championship held in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Starpower Nat’l Talent Competition in resort

By Morgan Pilz Staff Writer (July 13, 2018) The Starpower National Talent Competition returns to the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street, July 15-19. “All genres are welcome to compete,” National Director Noelle Pate Packet said. “[This includes] jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, open, hip hop, contemporary, musical theater, compulsory, pointe and folkloric.” For more than three decades, the Starpower National Talent Competition has taken place in Ocean City. This year, 1,000 dancers will participate during the five-day competition. “The owner is from Maryland and this has always been a favorite spot

for us since we have been going there from the beginning of it all,” Packet said. The competition separates dancers into three groups based on two criteria: the amount of time spent in the studio each week and performance/competition history. The performances include advanced, intermediate and novice dancers. “We take pride in putting the kids first and remembering to treat each dancer special as they have worked all year to attend,” Client Relations and Registration Director Daniella Buxbaum said. Dance categories have multiple age divisions including 8 and under, 9-11, 12-14, 15-19 and 20 and over.

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Lemon bars refreshing on hot, summer day

By Deborah Lee Walker Contributing Writer (July 13, 2018) There is nothing more refreshing than the citrusy taste of lemon, especially on a hot, summer day. Freshly squeezed lemonade, milehigh lemon meringue pie, and silky lemon tarts are some of my favorite zesty treats. Lemon bars are just as yummy and take me down the path of nostalgia where I can escape the daily rituals of “just another day.” Even though these goodies encourage my expanding waistline, somehow, I find comfort in consuming the little sweet squares. Maybe I find it truly mesmerizing that the mixing of flour, sugar and butter is anything short of a scientific

sensation. The methodical details that take place when dough enters the arena of intense heat are fascinating indeed. Who says science is not an intricate component of cooking? With that thought in mind, let us take a closer look at the forgotten but delectable lemon squares. Personal preference will always prevail but a few basic tips will lead one to the path of decision. Prepare the crust and filling independently, then combine and bake them together. This way, each component is perfected before the final stage of baking which produces better

results. On that note, let us begin with the crust. Use cold butter and a food processor when making the crust. Similar to pie dough, cold butter will make for a more tender shortbread crust. Using a food processor to mix the crust not only makes mixing faster, but also keeps the butter cool. Baking the crust without the filling gives it a head start on baking and browning, and it also ensures that the crust sets so it does not absorb too much moisture from the lemon filling. Using powdered sugar in addition to granulated sugar makes for a creamier, pudding-like filling. The tiny amount of cornstarch in the powdered sugar helps to gently thicken it

as it cools. Standard lemons make for classic lemon bars, but if you happen to have access to Meyer lemons, you can substitute them one for one with the lemon zest and lemon juice as directed in this recipe. Blending both the lemon zest and lemon juice in the filling produces the brightest lemon flavor. Straining out the zest ensures a luxurious texture. Enriching the filling with a touch of heavy cream tones down the acidity of the lemon and adds to its velvety consistency. Whenever making lemon bars, always line the baking pan with a foil or parchment “sling.” This makes it much easier to remove the lemon squares without breaking them. Homemade lemon squares are a great dessert year-round. They are a perfect finale for family picnics and lazy days at the beach. If you want to upscale your dessert, purchase dessert boxes and wax bakery tissue sheets from Amazon for a more professional look. Homemade lemon squares are a delicious and unique alternative to pies and tarts and are easy to make. Enjoy! * The following recipe is from Cook’s Country. Powdered sugar has been added to the filling. This is a delicious interpretation of lemon squares.

Lemon Bars

Crust 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour ½ cup confectioners’ sugar pinch of table salt 12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (1 ½ sticks), cut into 12 pieces

Filling 4 large eggs 3 large egg yolks 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoons powdered sugar, plus more for dusting pinch of table salt 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest, plus 2/3 cup juice from 4 lemons 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 2 pieces 2 tablespoons heavy cream

For the crust: 1. Adjust rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 8inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving overhang on all sides. 2. Pulse flour, sugar and salt in food processor 2 to 3 times. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal (some pea-sized pieces of butter will remain) and will stick together if squeezed into a ball, about 15 1-second pulses. Sprinkle into preSee PREPARE Page 40

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By Kristin Joson Contributing Writer (July 13, 2018) I have come to realize that most people have no idea that digging deep holes in the sand can be dangerous. Whenever you go to the beach, you will see people of all ages digging in the sand. Digging a hole is normally viewed as a chore, however, at the beach it suddenly becomes a fun way to pass the time. Lifeguards know that these holes, even fairly shallow ones, can collapse and kill. They monitor digging holes and will inform diggers that the sand can be a serious hazard. Lots of people dig holes or tunnels in the sand, but they don’t know their holes can quickly cave in and trap those inside. The rule is simple and straightforward: you can dig holes on the beach as long as they only take up a small area and are no deeper than the knees of the smallest person in the group. There is absolutely no tunneling allowed. Never leave your hole unattended and always fill it back in so it isn’t a hazard to others. Nine summers ago in Ocean City I was actually on the scene when an 11year-old boy was attempting to dig a tunnel between two holes. The tunnel collapsed and he was buried alive, headfirst, with only his feet exposed. There was nothing he could do to save himself. The more he struggled the tighter packed the sand around him became. Lucky for him, a girl noticed the trouble and alerted a family member who began efforts to free the child from the sand that not only was trapping him but also taking his life. As several minutes passed, the situation became frenzied when the mom screamed for help. The scream of terror brought several nearby beach patrons to assist with unearthing the trapped child, however, these efforts were making little progress and in actuality were making the situation worse, which is usually the case with a bystander response. As the first lifeguards arrived on the scene they immediately went to work and with a more organized effort were able to recover the lifeless body of the boy. (This is a skill that surf rescue technicians are trained in and practice each season for emergencies such as these). They performed CPR and this story had a happy ending. In fact, we still keep in touch with the family who remains forever grateful. For some hole diggers, the story can have a deadly ending. We try to tell people about the dangers of dig-

ging holes in the sand before their, often-intricate, pit digging plans get too far underway. There is something about a day at the beach that makes people want to dig and most people don’t realize the dangers. Digging a shallow hole to lie down in and get covered up for a picture is funny and safe, but anything deeper than the knee is not. Out on the beach digging holes has become just another part of the vacation like looking for sand crabs or eating fries on the Boardwalk. Our SRTs always do their best to monitor the different situations on their section of the beach, but on a day when the water is busy and the beach is crowded with umbrellas, diggers can make dangerous amounts of progress in the sand, not even realizing the potential for danger, before they are asked to fill in their holes. SRTs are often asked by hole diggers why deep holes are not allowed. Let us review the facts. See SAND Page 41


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Sand holes can collapse and kill, OC Beach Patrol warns Continued from Page 40 Deep holes are dangerous just about anywhere they are found and people usually try to avoid falling into them. Sand holes are particularly dangerous because they can collapse on the people digging them. Also, the vacation-oriented mindset of hole diggers clouds judgment and people tend to underestimate the possible dangers of jumping in and out of a giant sandpit. Many times people want to get their picture taken in the hole that they dug not realizing that at any given moment the sand can cave in around them. Once a person is buried in the sand it is very difficult, if not impossible, to dig them out and have a positive outcome. Sand shifts back into place even as people try to move the sand off of a trapped victim. Interviewing several people that attempted to help the 11-year-old boy referred to in the above Ocean City emergency confirmed that this was exactly what was happening to them. As they feverishly attempted to remove the sand that was trapping the boy, more sand just as quickly took its place. One might be amazed that it would take 40 people 30 minutes to free a buried victim. Just as a person can drown in a small amount of water it does not take a very deep hole to trap a child and once trapped due to the nature and instability of sand holes a person could perish before being freed. Hence the rule that the hole may only be as deep as the knee of the smallest person in the group of people digging the hole. I have heard some people say that people being buried alive under the sand is an old wives tale that lifeguards use to scare people into obeying a rule. Let’s look at the startling statistics. More than several dozen young people have been killed over the last decade on beaches in the United States when their hole or sand tunnel collapsed on them. Harvard researcher, Bradley Maron, who has been tracking sand hole collapses worldwide for the past decade says that 60 percent have been fatal. When you look at sand hole collapses worldwide the number dramatically increases and if you look at entrapments that do not end in the death of the trapped individual, the statistics would report hundreds each year. Interestingly, people always ask about sharks, which have never been a problem in Ocean City, however, national statistics comparing sand

hole collapses to shark attacks confirms that you are far more likely to experience a sand hole collapse than a shark attack. A person has a 1 in 3,748,067 chance of a shark attack fatality. So instead of asking every lifeguard how many shark attacks there were this year, people should ask, how many sand hole collapses occurred. It is unbelievable that a vacation could end so tragically, but it does happen. Use your common sense and keep your hole digging to a safe depth. Remember, if you do dig a hole, never leave it unattended and make sure that you fill it in before you leave for the day. As our dunes are recovering from this past winter’s storms and trying to become more substantial, the dune grasses are flourishing. We are finding that children are being drawn to play in the dunes and dig. Although this has never been allowed we want to urge parents and beach patrons to stay off the dunes to allow them to grow and continue to protect our beach. The Ocean City beach has one of the cleanest, finest sand you will find anywhere. Enjoy it, but please do so in a safe manner. One thing that you can always do to remain safe is limit beach activity to a time when lifeguards are on duty. The last two sand hole fatalities that occurred in Ocean City occurred after the SRTs went off duty. (Yes, people have died in sand holes on our beach). Remember to always keep your feet in the sand until the lifeguard’s in the stand; it could save a life, yours.


MUSEUM EXHIBIT Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum Assistant Curator Christine Okerblom stands in front of a recent addition to the museum, a history of commercial fishing and fishermen, which opened this past May. The museum is located at the southern end of the Boardwalk.


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LAWN PARTY Members of the South Point Association pose for a group shot in front of the American Flag during the South Point Association Lawn Party at the Genesar House, on South Point Road, Saturday, July 7.

HORSE RIDE Pennsylvania residents Dawn Fleming and her daughter, Lily, 2, ride a horse during the Ocean Pines Fourth of July Celebration Festival at the Ocean Pines Veteran’s Memorial on Wednesday, July 4.


FEATURED ARTISTS (Left) Kirk McBride, a featured artist in the Thaler Gallery, is shown with his paintings of Arizona during the First Friday opening reception at the Ocean City Center for the Arts on 94th Street, July 6. (Right) Lynne Lockhart, a featured artist in the Thaler Gallery, is pictured with one of her signature animal paintings. Both artists’ work will be on exhibit through July.

SPRING CLEANUP FAMILY FUN Each year on the Saturday after school dismissal, Germantown School hosts a "Summer Kick-off Free Family Fun Event” featuring horses, a train, moon bounce, face painting and visits by the Worcester County Sheriff and Health departments. Thomas Pitts shows Bob Conner Jr. how to operate the train while children wait excitedly. Call 410-641-0638 for upcoming events.

Members of the Ocean City Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons, participated in the annual spring cleanup of Pintail Park in Ocean Pines on June 19. As part of a commitment to support the community, on land as well as the water, Pintail Park was adopted and has been maintained for the past several years by the Ocean City Power Squadron. Pictured, from left, are Tony Smith, Tom Rush, Eileen Salafia, Ginny Rush, John Zaleski, Tony Curro, Ken Wolf, Jack Tellman, Jeanne Stiehl, Stock Harmon, Joe Salafia, Terry West, Sharon Wolf, Bill Sewell.

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Bay Estuary Explorers Camp offered July 17-20, Aug. 7-10

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(July 13, 2018) Young explorers ages 9-11 can investigate the local watershed at day camps offered by the Maryland Coastal Bays Program in partnership with the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department this summer. Two sessions of the Ocean Pines Bay Estuary Explorers Camp remain and will be offered July 17-20 and Aug. 7-10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Participants will meet at the Ocean Pines Community Center, located at 235 Ocean Parkway, and will be transported by van to the camp’s launch site. Maryland Coastal Pays Program staff will lead hands-on environmental activities in and around the area’s coastal bays. The schedule will include critter sampling, orienteering, watershed studies, forestry, nature art and team-building exercises. Campers will also spend a day kayaking on the St. Martin River.

(July 13, 2018) Worcester County Humane Society is celebrating Christmas in July all month at the West Ocean City Petco. During July, Petco will be collecting donations for the no-kill shelter from its kitten/cat wish list. There is a Christmas tree set up in the entrance of the store where customers can take an ornament that will have a photo of an adoptable shelter animal as well as the specific item that animal is wishing for. The customer will then purchase the item and put it in the decorated donation bin. The shelter takes in nearly 200 kittens every summer and with that, often comes the need for specific items such as KMR kitten formula, Royal Canin Mother and Baby dry cat food, and Friskies Turkey and Giblets pate canned food, just to name a few. Throughout the year there is always the need for items for the adult cats also such as Purina Naturals dry cat food, all flavors of canned Friskies food and scoopable kitty litter. The shelter always has cats available for adoption in the kitty condos at the West Ocean City Petco in the White Marlin Mall, but adoption events are also held the first Saturday of every

month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Worcester County Humane Society is a private, nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter located at 12330 Eagles Nest Road, Berlin. The shelter is open every day except Mondays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The fee for each camp is $110 for Ocean Pines residents and $130 for non-residents. A magnifying glass and photo are included. Due to the variety of activities planned, participants will need to bring a bagged lunch, shoes with a heel, boots, sunglasses, a reusable water bottle and sunscreen each day. A bathing suit, towel, closed-toe shoes and a change of clothes are necessary on Thursdays. The Maryland Coastal Bays Program is a nonprofit partnership among the towns of Ocean City and Berlin, the National Park Service, Worcester County, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Maryland Departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture and Planning. Its goal is to protect and enhance the watershed, including the St. Martin River, Newport Bay, Assawoman Bay, Isle of Wight Bay, Sinepuxent Bay and Chincoteague Bay. For more information about camp or to register, call the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052. Information about additional recreational programs, including an online version of the Ocean Pines Activity Guide, can be found at




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Funds raised during paddle will go toward scholarship Continued from Page 42 Memorial Fund provided a $15,000 scholarship to a Snow Hill High School graduate in the class of 2018. “Funds from the Paddle are key to our ability to support a significant scholarship,” said Fund officer Ron Pilling. “Since 2009 we have granted over $100,000 in scholarships, and last year we added a program to offer grants to educators and mental health professionals to augment our work in suicide prevention.” The Jesse Klump Suicide Awareness & Prevention Program travels across the lower Eastern Shore teaching the recognition of suicide’s risk factors and warning signs, with the goal of reducing the historically-high suicide rates in area communities. “A successful Paddle enables us to offer every training, and all our educa-

tional material at absolutely no cost,” Pilling said. Supporters can create their fundraising page, or pledge on the behalf of others who have goals set on the website, by visiting For those who prefer to gather pledges other than online, the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund will provide paper pledge forms. For forms, or for information, call 443-982-2716 or email Canoes, solo or two-person kayaks, or standup paddleboards must be reserved in advance for Jesse’s Poker Paddle. Paddlers must raise a minimum of $40 for a free boat for the event. To reserve a boat, call the Pocomoke River Canoe Company at 410-632-3971.

‘Ocean City Film Challenge’ submission deadline, July 16

(July 13, 2018) The Ocean City Film Festival in collaboration with the Art League of Ocean City is presenting a challenge to filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers across Delmarva and beyond. “The Ocean City Film Challenge” — the first of its kind for the festival and the Town of Ocean City — is open to any artist who wishes to make a short film that takes place in Ocean City and is in some way about the resort. The film can be of any genre, and the only other parameters are that it not exceed 20 minutes in length and be made between June 16 and July 16. “We love seeing all the talent that comes from local artists, but we’d always love to see more films that are shot right here in OC,” said Film Festival Director William Strang-Moya. “Ocean City is a beautiful landscape, and there’s so much that artists can take advantage of right here in town.” The Ocean City Film Festival is entering its third year after its premiere festival in June 2017 and its second in March 2018. The OCFF additionally holds $5 Film Night events on the third Saturday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City

Center for the Arts on 94th Street, where local filmmakers showcase their talents to an audience of film lovers and movie buffs. Anyone who participates in the Ocean City Film Challenge will have their film screened at the $5 Film Night on July 21, and also at the third Ocean City Film Festival in March 2019. The first-place winner of the Challenge will receive an Ocean City-related prize package including a hotel stay, a restaurant gift card and OC swag. More information and updates on the Festival and the Film Challenge are available online at Contact OCFF Co-Director Kristin Helf at with any questions. The Ocean City Center for the Arts at 502 94th Street is the home of the Art League of Ocean City, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the visual arts to the community through education, exhibits, scholarship, programs and community art projects. More information is available at 410524-9433 or

PARTY Joan LaHayne, left, and Sue Michael smile for a photo during the South Point Association Lawn Party at the Genesar House, on South Point Road, Saturday, July 7. MORGAN PILZ/ OCEAN CITY TODAY

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DONATION The Ocean City Lions Charities have donated another $45,000 to benefit wounded military heroes. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Fort Belvoir’s Soldier and Family Assistance Center and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center each will receive $15,000. President Brian Bankert, right, presents a check to Lions Norm Cathell, Ben Dawson and John Topfer to forward to the charities. The Ocean City Lions Charities have earned in excess of $376,000 to benefit our wounded military heroes from the golf tournaments.

GRADUATES Worcester County law enforcement officers who recently graduated in the 80th entrance-level law enforcement class of the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy operated by Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury, from left, are Kevin P. Lloyd of the Berlin Police Department, Michael A. Hamblin of the Ocean City Police Department, Austin A. McGee of the Pocomoke City Police Department and Heath A. Cowger of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office.


ADOPT A BEACH Del. Mary Beth Carozza adopts 23rd Street beach for the Ocean City Surf Club. The delegate and her volunteers collected trash from the beach and Boardwalk, Monday. Pictured, from left, are Stephen Decatur High School teacher Laurie Chetelat, Del. Carozza, Katie Handcock and Allan Beres. Not pictured is organizer Effie Cox.

BIRTHDAYS Michael and Barbara Hinkle of Ocean City are both celebrating their 80th birthdays this month. Michael was born July 4 and Barbara July 14.

SCHOLARSHIPS Each year, Ocean 98.1 FM awards three area high school seniors with $1,000 each to be used for college tuition and expenses through the Ocean 98 Cash For College Fund. One student is chosen from Worcester and Wicomico counties in Maryland, and Sussex County, Delaware. To apply, high school seniors are asked to write an essay explaining why they deserve the $1,000. Pictured, from left, are Samantha Wiersberg, James M. Bennett High School; Haley Cook, Snow Hill High School; and Haley Schnupp, Cape Henlopen High School. For more information about the Cash For College Fund, contact


MUSEUM PROGRAM Intern Kara Van Fleet from Salisbury University leads the Land, Sky and Sea program at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, last week. The program is held each Friday at the southern end of the Boardwalk beginning at 10 a.m.

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Ray Daly supports Coastal Hospice, wins grill in raffle (July 13, 2018) Ocean Pines resident Ray Daly, 86, said he participated in the Newport Kitchen and Bath raffle as a way to support Coastal Hospice. The day after he bought a raffle ticket for a new grill, he was surprised by a call telling him he had won. Newport Kitchen and Bath held a drawing for the raffle benefiting Coastal Hospice on June 30. The raffle raised $2,050 to help with the campaign to build the Macky and Pam Stansell House of Coastal Hospice at the Ocean. The Stansell House will be the first ever hospice residence for the Lower Shore, serving hospice patients from Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties who are in need of a safe home in their final months of life. The house, located in Ocean Pines, is set to open to patients in early 2019. Daly wanted to participate in the fundraiser not for the grill, but because Coastal Hospice staff provided such compassionate care for his wife who died one year ago from Leukemia. “Coastal Hospice staff came by every day and were such a big help,” Daly said. His wife was cared for by Coastal Hospice for three years. The owner of Ocean Pines-based

Newport Kitchen and Bath, Don Fiedler, is married to Coastal Hospice team leader, Jocelyn Fiedler. The couple decided to hold the raffle to support the Coastal Hospice employee pledge to raise $30,000 for the Stansell House. Coastal Hospice employees have raised more than $20,000 toward their goal to date. Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit health care organization that cares for individuals facing life-limiting conditions but who want to remain as active and engaged as possible. Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their home, nursing home, assisted living facility or at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. For more information about Coastal Hospice, visit

Ocean Pines resident Ray Daly is the winners of a new grill, courtesy of the Newport Kitchen and Bath raffle to support Coastal Hospice.


FIRST FRIDAY Georgette Greason, development/event coordinator for the Art League of Ocean City, left, welcomes Courtney Blackford, sales and marketing manager with the OC Residence Inn/Marriott, to the First Friday opening reception at the Ocean City Center for the Arts on 94th Street, July 6.

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GOOD TIMES Having fun during the Ocean City Development Corporation’s Sunset Park Party Night last Thursday, from left, are Laura and Reese Vest of Ocean City, and Trish O’Hara, Jeff Burke and Heather Vest, all of Pasadena. GREG ELLISON/ OCEAN CITY TODAY


FARMER’S MARKET Peter Uprichard, of Salisbury, displays his homemade, artisan breads during the Ocean Pines Farmer’s Market in White Horse Park, Saturday, July 7.

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Choptank Electric Cooperative sent five rising seniors from its service territory to enjoy an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. from June 10-14 as part of the 54th National Rural Electric Cooperative Annual Youth Tour. Pictured, from left, are Kevin Wright, senior regional member service manager for Choptank Electric & Chaperone; Emily Malinowski, Stephan Decatur High School; Carey Hickman, Holly Grove Christian School; Elizabeth Criss, North Caroline High School; Brandon Foy, St. Michaels High School; Quinn Williams, Queen Anne’s County High School; and Elizabeth Gertsch, manager of Marketing, Communications and Member Engagement for Choptank Electric & Chaperone.

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(July 13, 2018) Choptank Electric Cooperative sent five rising seniors from its service territory to enjoy an expensespaid trip to Washington, D.C. from June 10-14 as part of the 54th National Rural Electric Cooperative Annual Youth Tour. The students, Brandon Foy, St. Michaels; Carey Hickman, Pocomoke City; Elizabeth Criss, Denton; Emily Malinowski, Berlin; and Quinn Williams, Church Hill, toured Capitol Hill and met with U.S. Rep. Andy Harris and aides of U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin and U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen. They also visited historical and cultural sites around the nation’s capital, including the Newseum, Arlington National Cemetery, and Fort McHenry. Among activities the students enjoyed were a twilight cruise on the Potomac, a Baltimore Orioles baseball game, a live performance of “The Scottsboro Boys,” and a visit to the National Aquarium. As part of NRECA-sponsored National Youth Day on June 11, all of the state groups convened to learn from inspirational speakers. This year’s agenda included Mike Schlappi, a four-time Paralympic medalist and two-time world champion in wheelchair basketball, who

shared his inspiring message, “Just because you can’t stand up, doesn’t mean you can’t stand out!” Since 1964, cooperatives from all across the country have sponsored more than 70,000 high school juniors and seniors to visit their U.S. congressional delegations, learn about their nation’s history, and sight see in Washington, D.C. “Youth Tour was amazing,” said Foy. “It was so educational and helpful meeting with our elected officials and learning about how politics work. We made new friends from all across the country that will last a lifetime, and I will never forget this great experience. Choptank Electric is helping me achieve my goals and I am so grateful for this opportunity.” “The Co-op is proud that it can invest time and money into the local youth and their futures,” said Beth Gertsch, manager of Marketing, Communications and Member Engagement who served as one of the students’ chaperones. “To keep communities strong, we need to make that commitment our youth.” For more information about Choptank Electric Cooperative’s Youth Tour Leadership Program, visit


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


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■ CAPTAIN’S TABLE RESTAURANT 15th Street and the Boardwalk, Ocean City 410289-7192, $$-$$$ | Reservations | Kids’ menu | Full bar Family-owned, serving fine seafood, steaks and poultry on the third floor of the Courtyard by Marriott. ■ COINS 28th Street and Coastal Highway, Ocean City 410524 3100, $-$$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Casual dining atmosphere for families. Crab cakes, hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood. Everything homemade. Happy hour 3-6 p.m. and early bird 4-6 p.m. Daily specials. ■ THE CORAL REEF CAFE / HEMINGWAY'S RESTAURANT 17th Street, in the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Ocean City 410-289-2612, $-$$ | Reservations | Kids’ menu | Full bar Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Four-story atrium cafe and an elegant dining room, Floridian/island-style cuisine, fresh seafood, fresh cuts of meat, farm-totable produce, artisanal desserts, hearty sandwiches and much more. ■ COWBOY COAST COUNTRY SALOON AND STEAKHOUSE 17th Street, Ocean City 410-289-6331, $-$$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Lunch, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and dinner, 5-10 p.m., daily. Voted 2015 OC Best Cream of Crab Winner. OC’s only steakhouse serving fresh homemade food from scratch. Hand cut steaks, beer can chicken, fresh seafood. We even pickle our own pickles for the best fried pickles you’ve ever had. Kids ride for free on OC’s only mechanical bull. Nightly drink specials, live music, national concert acts. ■ FISHTALES BAR & GRILL 21st Street on the bay, Ocean City 410-289-0990, $-$$$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar FishTales is located in a premier outdoor beach location on the bay with the best sunsets. Come for the best local fare. We offer lunch and dinner with great happy hour food and drink specials. Kids play area too. So sit back and enjoy. ■ HOOTERS 5th Street and the Boardwalk, Ocean City 410-2892690, $-$$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Traditional or boneless wings, burgers, quesadillas, tacos and healthy salads. Seafood selections with Alaskan snow crab legs and Maryland steam pots. Pet friendly oceanfront patio. ■ PHILLIPS SEAFOOD, CRAB HOUSE 21st Street, Ocean City 410-289-7747, $$-$$$ | Full bar Traditional dining, buffet and carry out. Early Bird Menu when seated before 5 p.m. All-you-can-eat buffet. Voted OC’s Best Buffet. Featuring more than 100 items including snow crab legs, carving station, madeto-order pasta, handmade crab cakes and so much more. ■ VICTORIAN ROOM RESTAURANT Dunes Manor Hotel, OCEANFRONT at 28th and Baltimore Ave, Ocean City 410-289-1100, $$ - $$$ | Reservations | Kids’ menu | Full Bar Open year round. Oceanfront dining atmosphere with local, farm to table/sea to table cuisine. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Friday and Saturday, till 10 p.m.). Also Zippy Lewis Lounge with happy hour from 4-7 p.m., featuring Craft Beer selections and appetizer menu; Milton’s Out Door Cafe; and the Barefoot Beach Bar in season.


29th to 90th streets

■ 32 PALM 32nd Street, in the Hilton Suites, Ocean City 410289-2525, $$ | Reservations | Kids’ menu | Full bar Western Caribbean cuisine, Eastern Shore favorites, gourmet and tasty liquid desserts. ■ THE BIG EASY ON 60 5909 Coastal Highway, Ocean City 410-524-2305, $-$$ | Reservations | Kids’ menu | Full Bar Come try some Ocean City favorites as well as our take on traditional Louisiana cajun dishes. ■ BJ’S ON THE WATER 75th Street, Ocean City 410-524-7575, $-$$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Entire dining menu served 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., seven days a week, year-round. Daily specials, daily duck feeding. Entertainment every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. No cover. Available for parties and banquets. Indoor and outdoor dining.

■ DRY 85 OC 12 48th Street, Ocean City 443-664-8989, $$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Steps from the beach. Gourmet “stick to your ribs” home cooking. A made-from-scratch kitchen with every sauce and every dressing hand crafted. It’s that attention to detail that takes the concept of burgers, fries, pork chops and wings and turns them completely on their head. Late night bar. Seasonal outdoor seating. ■ HIGGINS CRAB HOUSE 31st Street, Ocean City 410-289-2581, $-$$ | Kids’ menu | Full Bar Known for all-you-can-eat crabs, crab legs, fried chicken, steamed shrimp, and baby back ribs. ■ JOHNNY’S PIZZA PUB 56th Street, Ocean City 410-723-5600, $ | Kids’ menu | Full Bar Featuring homemade pizzas, 18 gourmet pizzas, a variety of calzones, subs, burgers, sandwiches and jumbo wings with 20 different sauces. Live music Fridays, Saturdays and Wednesdays. Carry out or delivery until 4 a.m. ■ LONGBOARD CAFÉ 67th Street Town Center, Ocean City 443-664-5639, $$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Serving lunch and dinner. Lite fare to dinner entrees offering a variety of burgers, paninis, sandwiches and salads. The "veggies" menu features wrinkled green beans. Signature house libiations and signature entrees made with ingredients from local farms and fisheries. A family restaurant. ■ OC BREWING 56th Street, bayside, Ocean City 443-664-6682, $-$$ | Large Parties Accepted | Kids’ menu | Full bar Best Craft beer in Ocean City. Daily Happy Hour Deck Parties, 3-6 p.m. Brewery Tours Monday and Saturday, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. ■ OCEAN PINES BEACH CLUB 49th Street and the beach, Ocean City 410-5242957, $$ | Full bar Enjoy Beach Front Casual Dining, swimming pool and music on Saturdays at 1 p.m. Fresh seafood sandwiches, wraps, tacos, nachos, hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, signature drinks and more. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ■ P.G.N. CRABHOUSE 29th Street, Ocean City 410-289-8380 $ | Kids’ menu | Beer, wine The Kaouris family has been serving the finest crabs, seafood, steaks and chicken to Ocean City locals and visitors since 1969. ■ RARE AND RYE 106 32nd St., Ocean City 410-213-7273, Full Bar Whiskey and wine bar. Farm to table. Locally grown and prepared cuisine with an eclectic menu. Unique libations with robust selection of ryes, bourbons, whiskeys and specialty drinks. Authentic green space with industrial and rustic décor. ■ RED RED WINE BAR OC 12 48th Street, Ocean City 443-664-6801, $$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Steps from the beach. Coastal cuisine with a focus on local seafood and hand tossed pizzas plus artisanal cheeseboards. 35+ wines By the Glass, 120+ By the Bottle. Flights. Luxurious colors and custom built couches. Late night bar. Seasonal outdoor seating. ■ ROPEWALK 82nd Street on the bay, Ocean City 410-524-1109, $$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Watch the sunsets. Indoor dining and bar, deck dining and tiki bar. Serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Serving lunch and dinner, 7 days a week in casual atmosphere. Happy hour specials all day, every day. ■ SEACRETS 49th Street, Ocean City 410-524-4900, $$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Island atmosphere. Soups, salads, Jamaican jerk chicken, appetizers, sandwiches, paninis, pizza and fresh seafood. ■ SKYE RAW BAR & GRILLE 66th Street, Ocean City 410-723-6762, $-$$ | Reservations | Full bar Lunch, dinner, raw bar or lite fare, at the top of 66th Street and Coastal Highway. Happy hour, 3-6 p.m. with food and drink specials.


91st to 146th streets

■ BAYSIDE CANTINA 141st Street, Ocean City 410-250-1200, $-$$ | Full Bar Owned and operated by the Phillips family. Now open and offering fresh, simple and authentic flavors of

classic Mexican favorites. Happy hour from 4-7 p.m. featuring $4 classic margaritas, sangria, draft beers and nacho bar in bar, lounge and patio. ■ BLUE FISH JAPANESE & CHINESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR 94th Street, Ocean City 410-524-3983, $-$$ | Reservations | Full bar Japanese and Chinese restaurant and sushi bar with beer, wine and cocktails. Dine in, take out and delivery available. ■ BOURBON STREET ON THE BEACH 116th Street & Coastal Hwy., (Behind Fountain Head Towers Condominium), Ocean City 443-6642896, $$-$$$ | Reservations recommended for large parties | Kids’ menu | Full bar Eastern Shore fare with a New Orleans Flare. Seafood, steaks and pasta dishes. Specializing in Jambalaya, Creole, & Gumbo. Home of the Ragin’ Cajun Bloody Mary. Happy Hour 4-7 p.m. Weekly entertainment. ■ THE CRAB BAG 130th Street, bayside, Ocean City 410-250-3337, $-$$ | Full bar Dine in and carryout. Open 7 Days a week, 11 am til late night. Hot steamed crabs, world famous fried chicken, ribs, burgers, barbecue, pasta, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and more. Lunch and weekly carry-out and dinner specials. Happy hour at the beach with drink and food specials. ■ DUFFYS 130th St., in Montego Bay Shopping Ctr. & Coastal Highway, Ocean City 410-250 1449, $-$$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Casual dining, indoor or outdoor seating. Irish fare and American cuisine. Appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, steaks and seafood. Second season and daily dinner specials. Dine in, carry out. Happy Hour, daily, noon to 6 pm. ■ HIGGINS CRAB HOUSE 128th Street, Ocean City 410-289-2581, $-$$ | Kids’ menu | Full Bar Known for all-you-can-eat crabs, crab legs, fried chicken, steamed shrimp, and baby back ribs. ■ HORIZONS OCEANFRONT RESTAURANT 101st Street, Ocean City 410-524-3535, $-$$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Serving beach-inspired dishes in our oceanfront restaurants, Horizons and Breakers Pub. All-day menu, available 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Deluxe Sunday breakfast buffet, open year-round and AUCE prime rib, crab legs and seafood buffet available Friday and Saturday, 5-9 p.m. ■ JULES FINE DINING 118th Street, Ocean City 410-524-3396, $$, $$$ | Reservations | Kids’ menu | Full bar Local fare, global flair. Fresh seafood year-round, fresh local produce. ■ NICK’S HOUSE OF RIBS 144th Street & Coastal Highway, Ocean City 410250-1984, $$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Casual, family friendly with upscale atmosphere. Extensive menu from our famous baby back ribs, fresh seafood, black angus steaks. ■ REEF 118 118th Street, in the Carousel Oceanfront Hotel and Condos, Ocean City 410-524-1000, $-$$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Open seven days a week. Oceanfront dining in a casual atmosphere. Serving breakfast from 7-11 a.m., featuring a breakfast buffet or special order from the regular menu. Dinner served from 4-9 p.m., seafood, ribs, steaks, pasta and prime rib. Join us for family theme night dinners. ■ SHANGHAI BUFFET & BAR 131st Street, Ocean City 443-664-8335 $$ | Full Bar OC’s largest seafood, all-you-can-eat buffet featuring soups, raw sushi and sashimi, steamed and baked seafood along with classic Chinese entrees and many classic desserts and fruits. Open 7 days a week. ■ WHISKERS PUB 120th Street, OC Square, Ocean City 410-5242609, $ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Certified Angus®burgers and casual fare. Call for hours.


■ THE COTTAGE CAFE Route 1 (across from Sea Colony), Bethany Beach, Del. 302-539-8710, $, $$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Seafood and happy hour specials. Lunch and dinner daily. Breakfast buffet on weekends. ■ FLYING FISH CAFE & SUSHI BAR The Village of Fenwick, 300 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, Del. 302-581-0217, $-$$ | Reservations | Kids’ menu | Full bar

Featuring the freshest and most innovative sushi, sashimi, and rolls plus creative and delicious small plates. ■ FOX’S PIZZA DEN 31225 American Parkway, Selbyville, Del. 302-436FOXS, $-$$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Sit-down bar and restaurant. Full menu includes pizza, pastas, salads, sandwiches and more. Specializing pizza and chef specials. Open daily for lunch and dinner at 11 a.m. Take out and delivery. ■ HARPOON HANNA’S RESTAURANT & BAR Route 54 and the bay, Fenwick Island, Del. $$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Casual waterfront restaurant serving lunch and dinner. Fresh fish, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and allyou-can-eat Alaskan crab legs. Open year-round.


■ ALEX’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Route 50, West Ocean City 410-213-7717, $-$$ | Reservations | Full bar Serving homemade Italian cuisine, steaks, seafood, chicken, pork and pasta. Elegant dining room. Early bird specials every day from 5-6 p.m. ■ FOX’S PIZZA DEN 11328 Samuel Bowen Blvd., West Ocean City 410600-1020, $-$$ | Kids’ menu | Full Bar Enjoy a brand new spacious dining room. Happy hour every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with $5 food specials. Full menu includes appetizers, salads, stromboli, hoagies and wedgies, pizza, spaghetti and more. Open every day from 11 a.m. to midnight. ■ HARBORSIDE BAR AND GRILL 128741 S. Harbor Road, West Ocean City 410-2131846, $-$$$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Home of the Original Fresh Squeezed Orange Crush! Open every day, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Appetizers, fresh seafood, steak and pasta. Live entertainment Thursday through Sunday. ■ HOOTERS Route 50 & Keyser Point Road, West Ocean City 410-213-1841, $-$$ | Kids’ menu and game room | Full bar New smoked wings with half the calories. Traditional wings, burgers, quesadillas, tacos and healthy salads. Seafood selections with raw bar and crab legs. Sports packages and live entertainment. Large parties welcome. ■ PIZZA TUGOS Routes 50 and 611, West Ocean City 410-5242922; 114th Street and Coastal Highway, Ocean City 410-524-2922, $-$$ | Kids’ menu | Full bar Serving lunch and dinner. Open 7 days. Pizza Tugos is a family-friendly dining restaurant that features award winning pizza, pasta, craft burgers, sandwiches, subs, appetizers and salads. Great happy hour and football specials with full bar and 54 craft beers. ■ POPEYE’S LOUISIANA KITCHEN Route 50, West Ocean City 443-664-2105 $ | Kids’ menu Family restaurant. Eat-in, carry out or drive-thru. Open seven days, year-round. Every Monday and Tuesday, two-piece chicken for 99 cents. Every Wednesday, free kids meal with purchase of combo.


■ OCEAN PINES YACHT CLUB 1 Mumford Landing Road, Ocean Pines 410-6417222, $$-$$$ | Full bar Amid a bay front setting, the Ocean Pines Yacht Club offers dining selections for lunch and dinner. Fresh seafood and signature drinks. Live music Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m., Happy Hour daily, 3-6 p.m. and Sunday brunch beginning July 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ■ TERN GRILLE 100 Clubhouse Drive, Ocean Pines 410-641-7222, $$ | Full bar The Tern Grille serves freshly-prepared breakfast and lunch items. Winter hours are Friday and Saturday from 4-9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


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

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Calendar Fri., July 13 Ocean City Fishing Center, 12940 Inlet Isle Lane, 4:00 PM - 8 PM. See participants weigh-in large tuna in hopes of winning big money, July 13-15. More than $785,000 paid out in 2017. Free to spectators. A $1,000 entry fee for participants. Jennifer Blunt,,


Stevenson United Methodist Church, 123 N. Main St., 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM. Includes single crab cake sandwich with green beans and seasoned baked potato. Cost is $10. Carryouts and bake table available.


Ocean City beach at 27th Street, 8:30 PM. Featuring “The Incredibles.” (weather permitting). Ocean City Recreation & Parks, 410-250-0125,


Daily through Aug. 25 (except July 4) Boardwalk Tram Station, just north of the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, 813 S. Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, MD. Enjoy fun facts and topics. Great free summer program for the entire family. Sandy, 410289-4991,


Daily through Sept. 3 - N. Division Street and beach, 9:00 PM - 11 PM. Special 3minute displays at 9 p.m., 9:20 p.m., 9:40 p.m., 10 p.m., 10:20 p.m., 10:40 p.m. and 11 p.m. Featuring high-powered, colored search lights that move and sway to music.


Sat., July 14 Ocean Pines Community Center, Assateague Room, 239 Ocean Parkway, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Menu includes pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs, orange juice, coffee or tea. Carryout available. Requested donation is $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12 and free to those under 5 years. Proceeds benefit the youth of the community. Tickets at the door or in advance by calling 410-208-6719.


Drop-Off Site is 1 Firehouse Lane, 8:00 AM 4:00 PM. The Public Works department in Ocean Pines will open its yard for residents to drop off yard debris on Saturdays from July 14 through Nov. 17 (except for Labor Day weekend). Bagged leaves and yard debris in paper bags will be accepted, but no plastic bags. For Ocean Pines residents showing ID. The yard will operate Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Nov. 19 through Dec. 22.



Assateague Island National Seashore (North

Beach Lot - near pavilion), 7206 National Seashore Lane, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Meet at the National Park at Assateague Island for a Trash Free Assateague program presentation followed by a sweep of the higher traffic areas in the park. Attendees will have a free pass into the National Park for the day. RSVP: Billy Weiland, Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, 9:30 AM. Speaker will be retired State Supreme Court Judge Dale Cathell, author of several books including award winning Empires Of The Crab. Judge Cathell will share some unusual fishing Stories and discuss some of the history of Ocean City. All welcome. Jack Barnes, 410-641-7662


Worcester County GOP Headquarters, 11934 Ocean Gateway, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. A rally to re-elec. Gov. Hogan and elect Delegate Mary Beth Carozza to Maryland’s State Senate. Candidate Carozza and Gov. Hogan’s campaign staff will speak and lead volunteers in knocking on doors to promote their campaigns. 443-397-2479


Ocean City Fishing Center, 12940 Inlet Isle Lane, 4:00 PM - 8 PM. See participants weigh-in large tuna in hopes of winning big money, July 13-15. More than $785,000 paid out in 2017. Free to spectators. A $1,000 entry fee for participants. Jennifer Blunt,,


Ocean City beach at 14th Street, 5:00 PM. Competitors swim a measured mile with the prevailing current to the finish line located at 14th Street. Open to the public. Awards presented. Commemorative T-shirt included with registration. Register and sign in at 14th Street. Registration begins at 5 p.m. with the race beginning at 6:30 p.m. Registration free is $25 if registered online by July 11 or $30 to register at the event. Kristin Joson,, 410-289-7556,


Ocean Pines Community Center, 239 Ocean Parkway, 7:00 PM. A Delmarva A Capella Chorus presentation that is hilarious and kid friendly. Audience is encourage to sing along. Homemade desserts, beverages, door prizes, Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle. Donation request is $10. Tickets: Jean, 410-208-4149.


Henry Park, 127 Flower St., 8:30 PM. Free family-friendly movie featuring “Beauty & the Beast.” Bring a blanket or chair, snacks and drinks. Alcohol is not permitted. Weather cancelations will be posted on Facebook at Town of Berlin Maryland. Mary Bohlen,, 410-641-4314


Daily through Aug. 25 (except July 4) -


Boardwalk Tram Station, just north of the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, 813 S. Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, MD. Enjoy fun facts and topics. Great free summer program for the entire family. Sandy, 410289-4991, Daily through Sept. 3 - N. Division Street and beach, 9:00 PM - 11 PM. Special 3minute displays at 9 p.m., 9:20 p.m., 9:40 p.m., 10 p.m., 10:20 p.m., 10:40 p.m. and 11 p.m. Featuring high-powered, colored search lights that move and sway to music.


Saturdays - White Horse Park, 239 Ocean Parkway, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Locally grown vegetables and fruits, eggs, honey, kettle korn, flowers, artisan breads, seafood, meats and more. New vendors welcome. 410-641-7717, Ext. 3006


Sun., July 15 Ocean City convention center, 4001 Coastal Highway, 12:00 AM. World championship competition for dancers who qualified at regionals held across the U.S. Master Classes and Top Gun auditions will be offered. Held July 15-19. 410-289-2800 or 800-6262326,


Somerset Street Plaza, Somerset Street near Boardwalk, 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM. OC Cruzers will display approximately 15 vehicles. Live music or DJ provided. 410-289-7739,


Ocean City Fishing Center, 12940 Inlet Isle Lane, 4:00 PM - 7 PM. See participants weigh-in large tuna in hopes of winning big money, July 13-15. More than $785,000 paid out in 2017. Free to spectators. A $1,000 entry fee for participants. Jennifer Blunt,,


Daily through Aug. 25 (except July 4) Boardwalk Tram Station, just north of the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, 813 S. Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, MD. Enjoy fun facts and topics. Great free summer program for the entire family. Sandy, 410289-4991,


Daily through Sept. 3 - N. Division Street and beach, 9:00 PM - 11 PM. Special 3minute displays at 9 p.m., 9:20 p.m., 9:40 p.m., 10 p.m., 10:20 p.m., 10:40 p.m. and 11 p.m. Featuring high-powered, colored search lights that move and sway to music.


Northside Park, 200 125th St., Ocean City, MD, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Create your own sundae for a nominal fee and enjoy free


music by The Stickers (country rock). Also, free activities and entertainment for children. Additional ice cream novelty and beverage options available. Bring picnic basket and beach chairs. Fireworks display at 9 p.m. Held inside in the event of inclement weather. 410-289-2800 or 800-626-2326 Sundays through Sept. 30 - Bethany United Methodist Church, front lawn, 8648 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD, 8:30 AM. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. bethany21811@, 410-641-2186


Mon., July 16 Ocean City convention center, 4001 Coastal Highway, 12:00 AM. World championship competition for dancers who qualified at regionals held across the U.S. Master Classes and Top Gun auditions will be offered. Held July 15-19. 410-289-2800 or 800-6262326,


Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 1, 9733 Healthway Drive, 5:00 PM 6:30 PM. TOPS is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy lifestyle. It meets weekly. Berlin group No. 169, Rose Campion, 410-641-0157


White Horse Park, 239 Ocean Parkway, 8:00 PM - 11:59 PM, Free family-friendly movie featuring “Captain Underpants (2017).” Bring chairs, food and drinks. Ice cream, candy and drinks will be for sale. Open to the public, Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department, 410-641-7052,


Ocean City beach at 27th Street, 8:30 PM. Featuring “Cars 3.” (weather permitting). Ocean City Recreation & Parks, 410-2500125,


Daily through Aug. 25 (except July 4) Boardwalk Tram Station, just north of the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, 813 S. Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, MD. Enjoy fun facts and topics. Great free summer program for the entire family. Sandy, 410289-4991,


Daily through Sept. 3 - N. Division Street and beach, 9:00 PM - 11 PM. Special 3minute displays at 9 p.m., 9:20 p.m., 9:40 p.m., 10 p.m., 10:20 p.m., 10:40 p.m. and 11 p.m. Featuring high-powered, colored search lights that move and sway to music.


Mondays through Aug. 28 - Ocean City beach at N. Division St., 10:30 p.m. Fireworks will be visible along the boardwalk. 410-289-2800 or 800-626-2326


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Mondays - Ocean Pines Community Center, 239 Ocean Parkway, 7:00 PM. All levels of singers and drop-ins welcome. Jean, 410208-4149

Tues., July 17 Ocean City convention center, 4001 Coastal Highway, 12:00 AM. World championship competition for dancers who qualified at regionals held across the U.S. Master Classes and Top Gun auditions will be offered. Held July 15-19. 410-289-2800 or 800-6262326,


Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 9715 Healthway Drive, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Support group for caregivers of Alzheimers patients. It meets the third Tuesday of each month. Open to the community. Info: Heather Cormack, 410-6414400, Ext. 6123 or Kenneth Lewis, 410-208-1701 or 410-430-4818.


Columbus Hall, 9901 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM. Full menu to select from plus steamed crabs and steamed shrimp. They can be pre-ordered on Monday and Tuesday mornings by calling 410-524-7994 between 9 a.m. and noon.


Caroline Street Stage, Ocean City beach at Caroline Street, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM. Featuring DJ Batman (OC’s legendary DJ). Enjoy the music and dance in the sand. Bring a beach chair or blanket. 410-2500125 or 800-626-2326


Daily through Aug. 25 (except July 4) Boardwalk Tram Station, just north of the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, 813 S. Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, MD. Enjoy fun facts and topics. Great free summer program for the entire family. Sandy, 410289-4991,


Daily through Sept. 3 - N. Division Street and beach, 9:00 PM - 11 PM. Special 3minute displays at 9 p.m., 9:20 p.m., 9:40 p.m., 10 p.m., 10:20 p.m., 10:40 p.m. and 11 p.m. Featuring high-powered, colored search lights that move and sway to music.


Tuesdays through Aug. 28 - Ocean City beach at N. Division St., 10:30 p.m. Fireworks will be visible along the boardwalk. 410-289-2800 or 800-626-2326


beach at 27th Street, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. All skill levels welcome. Activities include sand castle contests, tug-of-war, relay games and more. All activities are free. Parents are asked to stay with their children. Denise Ortega, 410-250-0125. Tuesdays - Worcester County Health Center, 9730 Healthway Drive, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM. TOPS is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and health lifestyle.


Wed., July 18 Ocean City convention center, 4001 Coastal Highway, 12:00 AM. World championship competition for dancers who qualified at regionals held across the U.S. Master Classes and Top Gun auditions will be offered. Held July 15-19. 410-289-2800 or 800-6262326,


Coffee Beanery, 701 N. Atlantic Ave., 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM. Residents and visitors are invited to have casual conversation over a cup of coffee with Ocean City Police Department leadership and patrol officers.


Atlantic Health Center Conference Room, 9714 Healthway Drive, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. Women Supporting Women/AGH Support group for women and men who are battling breast cancer (current patients and survivors). Lunch is provided. RSVP to Women Supporting Women, 410-548-7880.


Ocean Pines Community Center, 239 Ocean Parkway, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Topics will include why now is an ideal time for home ownership, the steps needed to buy a. home, down payment assistance, loan options and more. Advance registration is required: Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department, 410-641-7052.


Carousel Resort Hotel and Condominiums, 11700 Coastal Highway, 8:30 PM. Featuring “CoCo.” (weather permitting). Ocean City Recreation & Parks, 410-250-0125,


Daily through Aug. 25 (except July 4) Boardwalk Tram Station, just north of the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, 813 S. Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, MD. Enjoy fun facts and topics. Great free summer program for the entire family. Sandy, 410289-4991,



Tuesdays through Sept. 25 - Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, Ocean Pines, MD, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Got bugs or other plant problems? Bring your bagged samples by and let the master gardeners find solutions to your questions. 410-208-4014


Tuesdays through Aug. 14 - Ocean City



Daily through Sept. 3 - N. Division Street and beach, 9:00 PM - 11 PM. Special 3minute displays at 9 p.m., 9:20 p.m., 9:40 p.m., 10 p.m., 10:20 p.m., 10:40 p.m. and 11 p.m. Featuring high-powered, colored search lights that move and sway to music. Wednesdays - Ocean City Elks Lodge, 13708

Sinepuxent Ave., 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM. Dance to the sounds of the ’50s and ’60s music. A $5 donation to benefit Veterans and local charities. Dance lessons offered the first and third Wednesday of each month from 5-5:45 p.m. Dancing follows until 9 p.m. Members and their guests welcome. dance@delmarvahanddancing. com, 410-208-1151, Wednesdays - Ocean Pines Community Center, 239 Ocean Parkway, 8:00 AM. Doors open at 7 a.m., meeting begins at 8 a.m. 410641-7330,


Wednesdays - Captain’s Table Restaurant in the Courtyard by Marriott, 2 15th St., 6:00 PM., 302-540-2127


Wednesdays through Sept. 26 - White Horse Park, 239 Ocean Parkway, 3:00 PM 7:00 PM. Locally grown vegetables and fruits, eggs, honey, kettle korn, flowers, artisan breads, seafood, meats, jewelry, clothing, artwork and more. Open to the public. New vendors welcome. 410-641-7717, Ext. 3006


Wednesdays through Aug. 22 (except July 4) - Oasis Pool (formerly known as the Yacht Club Pool), 1 Mumford’s Landing Road, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Games, contests and music. Cost is $3 for swim members, $5 for Ocean Pines residents and $7 for nonresidents. Only those swimming pay a fee. Food and beverages will be for sale poolside., Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department, 410-641-7052



GlenRiddle Golf Club, 11501 Maid at Arms Lane, 8:00 AM. Registration from 8-9 p.m. Shotgun start at 9 a.m. Putting Contest during registration, $5. Format is 4 players scramble. Men and women welcome. Cost is $400 per team or $100 per person and includes golf, carts and lunch at Ruth’s Chris. Beverage cars on course. Sponsored by The Greater Berlin Minority Scholarship Committee. Mrs. Henry, 410-632-5397 Ocean Pines Community Center, 239 Ocean Parkway, 10:00 AM. Refreshments served at 9:45 a.m. Project to be announced. Guests are welcome.


Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, Ray Conference Room, 124 N. Main St., Suite C, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM. Free health screenings, women’s health education, information on the AGH Campaign for the Future and the new John H. Jack Burbage, Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center, cooking demonstrations and more. Michelle McGowan,, 410-641-9268


Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road,


6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Free support group by Epilepsy Foundation of Maryland; Topic: Epilepsy 101. Register: or 301-918-3789. Sunset Park, 700 S. Philadelphia Ave., 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Enjoy a free concert by Full Circle while watching the sunset over the Isle of Wight Bay. Admission to the park is free, while beverages, including beer, are available for purchase. It is recommended to bring your own seating. 410-289-2800 or 800-626-2326


White Horse Park, 239 Ocean Parkway, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Free family-friendly performance featuring “On the Edge.” Refreshments will be sold, or patrons may bring their own. Open to the public. Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department, 410-641-7052,


Daily through Aug. 25 (except July 4) Boardwalk Tram Station, just north of the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, 813 S. Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, MD. Enjoy fun facts and topics. Great free summer program for the entire family. Sandy, 410289-4991,


Daily through Sept. 3 - N. Division Street and beach, 9:00 PM - 11 PM. Special 3minute displays at 9 p.m., 9:20 p.m., 9:40 p.m., 10 p.m., 10:20 p.m., 10:40 p.m. and 11 p.m. Featuring high-powered, colored search lights that move and sway to music.


Thursdays through Aug. 22 (except July 4) - Oasis Pool (formerly known as the Yacht Club Pool), 1 Mumford’s Landing Road, Ocean Pines, MD, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Games, contests and music. Cost is $3 for swim members, $5 for Ocean Pines residents and $7 for nonresidents. Only those swimming pay a fee. Food and beverages will be for sale poolside. Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department, 410-6417052,


Thursdays - Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel, 10100 Coastal Highway, 4:00 PM 7:00 PM. Beach Singles 45-Plus meets for happy hour. Info: Arlene, 302-436-9577 or Kate, 410-524-0649.


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53 Classifieds now appear in Ocean City Today & the Bayside Gazette each week and online at and



The Worcester County Humane Society

The Worcester County Humane Society is seeking full or part-time Animal Care help. Position includes cage/kennel cleaning, feeding, medicating, grooming, exercising, and monitoring behavior/ health. Prior cat and/or dog care experience preferred. Veterinary assistant experience a plus. Pay commensurate with experience. Persons applying need to follow established rules & protocols, display a positive attitude, and believe in our mission & no kill philosophy. Applications available upon request at


- HOME REMODELING PROFESSIONALS (kitchen, bathroom, floor, tile, cabinets)


VALID DL, Background check, Drug & Alcohol-free environment

Please send your resumes at or call 443-366-5556 during regular business hours.

Designer Wanted

The Coastal Point is looking for a creative self-starter with strong visual design skills to join our production team. The ideal candidate is able to manage multiple projects, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines. Creative Suite experience is a must, and Quark Express experience is a serious plus. You must be able to maintain a workflow that allows you to meet deadlines for multiple projects, and possess the confidence and talent to create exciting work. Please send your resume and samples to


A quaint, OC Massage therapy office on 120th Street in Ocean City is looking for a licensed massage therapist for independent contractor work for full or part-time, MondayFriday, 10am-6pm. We have a beautiful, clean environment with other therapists who are team players and help each other. It is a fun and friendly place to work. Please call or text Karen at 410-629-9900 or email: massageoceancity@


Phillips Crab House Office Cashier. Seasonal position. Basic office duties. Must be available to work days, nights and weekends. Please call 410-289-6821 to schedule an interview.


is now hiring for the following positions:

Now Hiring

Back to School Photographers

No Experience Necessary. Send Resumes to:

Y/R Exp. Hostess, Y/R Food Runner, Cooks, A/V Staff, EMT, Boutique Sales, Distillery Tour Guides, Gardener & General Maintenance For more details or to apply, please go online to

off the hook restaurant group Now Hiring:


FT, Year-Round for an Ever-Expanding Restaurant Group • Health Insurance & 401k Options • Great Pay • Vacation Time • Drug-free/Friendly Working Environment



Courtyard by Marriott 2 15th Street, Ocean City, MD 21842 Now accepting applications for the following positions: • Night Audit: Full-time, year-round with benefits

• Front Desk Associate: AM/PM, full-time, seasonal with year-round possibilities Apply in person or email resume to:

All candidates must go through a satisfactory background check. ~ No phone call please.


• Make Lifelong Friends • Housing Assistance & Paid Internships Available • Live & Work At The Beach APPLY TODAY Employment


Maryland Licensed Cosmetologist. Salary plus commission. Contact Joey at 410-250-6110.

Century Taxi - Now hiring taxi drivers. Call Ken 443-2355664.

Yard Work

Full Time, year round position. Berlin-West Ocean City area private residence. Responsibilities include mowing, trimming, weeding, pruning, errands and light handyman chores. Valid driver's license and reliable transportation required. Must be dependable, trustworthy, and have excellent references.

Call for interview Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm 410-289-4444 Ext. 117


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


Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse located in the Glen Riddle Clubhouse is seeking a Full Time, Year Round Line Cook Must have experience and working knowledge of a commercial kitchen. Must be a strong team player. This position offers a Full Benefit package; including Health benefits, 401K and vacation, sick and holiday pay. Please apply in person at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 11501 Maid at Arms Lane Berlin, MD 21811

NOW HIRING Delivery Drivers TOP PAY

Earn $15-$20 Hr. Uniforms & Meal Plans Provided. Benefits Available.

Holding Interviews Thursdays @ 11 a.m. 5601 Coastal Hwy., Bayside or call 443-880-2486

Work At The BEACH... Work With The BEST!!

Top wages, excellent benefits package and free employee meal available to successful candidates.

Employment Opportunities:

Year Round, Full/Part Time: Room Attendant, Hskpg House Staff, Laundry Supervisor, Wash Room Attendant, Hskpg Supervisor, Line Cooks, Banquet Cooks, Servers, Banquet Servers, Hostess/Host, Busser, Dishwasher, HVAC Mechanic, Maintenance Mechanic, Security Guard, Front Desk, Reservation Agent

Free employee meal and excellent benefits.

Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel Attn: Human Resources Dept. 10100 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842 Phone: 410-524-3535 Fax: 410-723-9109 EOE M/F/D/V

Online s d ie if s s la C Convenient, quick, no waiting, no calls ~ Days, nights and weekends Order Your



Experienced Cleaner Reliable w/own transportation, cleaning supplies, trustworthy & dependable. Call 443-513-4024. Only serious inquiries apply.


DENTAL OFFICE Looking for Front Desk Person w/dental knowledge. Insurance exp helpful. PT or FT hrs neg. No weekends/evenings. Email or fax resume to 410-213-2955


NOW HIRING!! Production Crew

for our WOC kitchen facility Starting at $12.00/hr. Apply online at:

DENTAL ASS’T. Experience Preferred Ocean View, DE Email Resume: Comfort Inn Gold Coast We are seeking to fill the positions of

• Room Attendants • Maintenance • Front Desk Agent

IMMEDIATE OPENING FOR FULL TIME TRIM CARPENTER Must have experience and a valid driver’s license. Benefits offered. Apply in person at Beachwood Inc. 11632 Worcester Hwy Showell, MD 21862


EARN UP TO $27.00 HR. Busy tire and service center, has immediate openings for: - Entry Level Technicians - Tire & Lube Techs - MD. State Inspectors - Service Advisors No Experience but love the automotive field.... We will train the right people!!! We have several locations in the Rehoboth, Bethany Beach and Ocean City, MD. areas and still growing!! Exc. Pay and Benefits Call: 302-249-7364 or 443-614-3740

These positions may be full or part time, are yearround, and require a flexible schedule. We offer excellent pay and benefits. Experience is preferred but we will train the right person. Please apply in person at 112th Street, Ocean City, next to the Gold Coast Mall

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To Order Product Call Christine 443-880-8397 or email: snowhillavon@ To Become an Avon Representative Sign Up at www.

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SERVICE PLUMBERS Minimum 3 years experience, DL required. Benefits, great bonus program! Potential of $30+/hour. Email resume to Carol@


Retired Couple Looking to Relocate to the Beach. Looking for onsite living to watch over property, light cleaning, light yard work & errands. 6 yrs. experience! Let us watch your property! Call 717-538-9910 or email


RAMBLER MOTEL 9942 Elm Street, WOC (Behind Starbucks) Sleeps 4, $250 per week Manager onsite 410-213-1764



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DOWNTOWN OCEAN CITY Immaculately clean 2BR apartment. Sleeps 5. Entire summer season. Price is $2,000 per person including utilities, plus deposits. No smoking, parties, or pets. All male or all female. Taking applications. Call or text 410-422-2100


Year Round Rental 1BR, 1BA, small building. W/D. Quiet unit. View of the ocean. No pets/unfurnished. No smoking. Limit one person. 410-524-6680 or 410-8043444 Year-Round Rentals available in West Ocean City. 2 bedroom, 1 bath and 1 bedroom, 1 bath. Call 1-877-289-1616 for more information.


Female Roommates Wanted. Seasonal/YR cozy house to share. Safe neighborhood in OP. 2 rooms w/ shared bath $750/each. Utilities included. Just move in. Pets ok. No smoking. Employed females only. 410-208-3570.


FREE Report Central Florida homes for sale near Disney. No state income tax. Realtor Gail at 407-704-9882 Coldwell Banker Orlando. Beautiful 3BR, 2BA home on 1 Quarter Acre. Large kitchen and living room. Shows like new. Minutes to the beach. Call Howard Martin Realty 410-352-5555.


DIRECT BAYFRONT South Point 1.9 Acre Lot. Approved for well & septic permit. Overlooking Sinepuxent Bay. Price Reduced $369,900. Call Howard Martin Realty, 410-352-5555.


1BR, 1BA Starting at $750 3BR, 2BA Starting at $1078 4BR, 2.5BA Starting at $1700

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Employment is contingent on a drug screen and background check. ResortQuest is an EOE.

Yearly & Seasonal Rentals We Welcome Pets 7700 Coastal Hwy 410-289-8888 SNOW HILL


Light & Airy, Available Immediately, Quiet, Friendly Community, CAC/Heat, W/W carpet, Ample Storage, All Appliances. Please call 410-632-1430 Mon. & Weds.


Berlin: Atlantic Business Center. Office space 225 sq. ft. for rent. Utilities incl. $300/ month. Also, several storage units available $95/month. Call 410-726-5471 or 410641-4300.

Lady’s Two-Toned Linked Gold Bracelet. Lost on Saturday, July 7 in Ocean City/ West Ocean City area. Offering reward if found. Call Debbie 443-614-3020.


Do you have an old bicycle not being used? It could mean a world of difference to a hard-working international student. We are looking to get as many bikes as possible. Your donation will be taxdeductible. Contact Gary at 443-975-3065.

2 Office/Retail Spaces & 3 Warehouse Units available in West Ocean City. Call 443497-4200. Looking for space, comfort and great views? Spacious, climatecontrolled offices available, with use of Conference Room, in a modern, wellmaintained building, in prime Ocean City location. Call 410-524-3440 for appointment.


Cleaning Services weekly, biweekly or one time service. Call us today to schedule cleaning 443-366-1822 Call Tyler For A Free Estimate! Offering grass cutting, mulching, hedging & yard clean up. Ocean City and surrounding areas. 410-920-4292

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



Moving Sale: 35 Deep Channel Dr., Berlin, Md. Sat., 7/14 & Sun., 7/15, 9am-2pm. Sofa bed, double bed, lawn furniture/tools, accent furniture/tables, crafts/needlework, collectables and much more!

Classifieds 410723-6397 By Monday, 5 p.m.


BUDGET MOVERS 443-664-5797

LOCAL & EAST COAST MOVING Full Packing Service Piano Movers - Full Service FURNITURE


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This home is located on a 40 x 90 in the popular community of Montego Bay. Home offers 4 bedrooms 2 full baths, 10 x 15 elevated porch, ceramic tile flooring in the living room, dining room, kitchen, hallways and bathrooms, drywall interior with crown and baseboard moldings. 5 x 18 custom built storage shed. New appliances, new roof. Move in condition and has not been a rental. Sold Furnished for $270,000. The Original Montego Bay Specialist!!

Larry Holdren Real Estate, Inc© 13901 Coastal Hwy., Suite 8, Ocean City, MD


This beautiful 2BR/2BA large Oceanfront condo with Amazing Ocean Views with 3 sliding door entries is located on the 3rd floor in the south building. Extra large balcony overlooking the oceanfront outdoor pool. Tastefully furnished with a Large living area that opens into the kitchen with a breakfast bar. Recent upgrades include Remodeled kitchen, 2 New Bathrooms, New flooring, Freshly Painted, and High Efficiency Heat & A/C Unit. Amenities include Outdoor pool, fitness center, sun deck, game room, and tennis courts. Sold Furnished For $292,000

Larry Holdren Real Estate, Inc© 13901 Coastal Hwy., Suite 8, Ocean City, MD

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This 3BR/2BA home is located in N. Ocean City in the quiet Montego Bay community. The home features a front living room floorplan, cathedral ceilings, a screened in porch, gas heat and central air. The community features pools, tennis, min. golf, a bayfront boardwalk, an 8-acre pond and a 5-acre park. HOA fees are just $247.50/yr. Listed at $220,000.

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This 1BR/1BA end unit oceanblock condo is located in N. Ocean City. It features a private balcony with a peak of the ocean, new flooring, updated appliances and central heating and air. The building features an outdoor pool, a large elevated sundeck, off street parking and 2 elevators. The unit is being sold fully furnished. Listed at $149,800.

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Some things to consider when buying a home


The Hungry Donut staff smile for a photo at the new Ocean Pines shop on Nicholas Lane, Saturday, July 7. Pictured, from left, are Casey Shaffer, Brooke Moore, Rachel Cohen and owner Jay Shoup.

Enjoy sweet treats at Hungry Donut, now open in Pines

By Morgan Pilz Staff Writer (July 13, 2018) Attention all donut lovers and sugar cravers, the Hungry Donut is open for business on Nicholas Lane in Ocean Pines. The shop officially opened Sunday, July 1, and has been serving piping hot cake donuts with dozens of icings, drizzles and toppings to choose from. “Everything’s hot and fresh and ready to go,” owner Jay Shoup said. “We make them to order. Our product speaks for itself, but if I can bring [customers] in, I can bring them back.” Shoup’s inspiration to open a donut shop can be traced back to his childhood, when his father would bring hot donuts to his family every morning while they vacationed in Ocean Pines. Shoup tested several different recipes before choosing one from a recipe book dating back to the late 1950’s. The result is a light, airy, hint of lemon vanilla cake donut. “I think our reviews actually


The latest shop to open in Ocean Pines features fresh, hot donuts made to order.

speaks for us,” Shoup said. “The reception not only in the community of Ocean Pines has been great, but we’ve had people come all over – Millsboro, Salisbury, Ocean City – [all] based off word of mouth that’s been going around. People were very excited about us.” Icing flavors vary from traditional favorites such as chocolate, strawberry and vanilla, to unique ones like mint, grape, maple, blueberry, peanut butter and Nutella. A thinner drizzle option is also

available and features flavors including coffee, raspberry, strawberry, dark chocolate, caramel, hot fudge and malt. Customers can also choose from 20 different toppings, such as Oreo crumbles, Fruit Loops, Sour Patch Kids, gummy worms, sprinkles, Swedish fish, chocolate chips, and even bacon. “There’s pretty much something for everyone,” Shoup said. “We have over 150,000 different variations.” See ASSORTMENT Page 58

By Lauren Bunting Contributing Writer (July 13, 2018) Most people want to own their own home—it gives a sense of security and stability. It also allows for more flexibility in personalizing and renovating your home to make it your own. Most importantly, it allows the ability to build wealth as your equity grows. But, can you afford to buy? Here are a few important things to consider that will help answer that question: • Do you qualify for a mortgage? The first step when thinking of buying a home is to contact a local lender to find out if you have an adequate credit score, income and debt to income ratio to qualify, and how much you actually qualify for. This is not as painful a process as many prospective homeowners may think, and in most cases, a lender can provide a “pre-qualification letter” for you with just a 15-20 minute phone call. • Can you afford the principal and interest payment, plus the taxes and homeowner’s insurance? If you are using online mortgage calculators or apps to see what you can afford, be sure to factor in the cost of county taxes, city taxes if applicable, homeowner’s and/or condo association dues, hazard insurance, and flood insurance if applicable. Many of the mortgage calculators found online now do have fields for plugging in numbers for all of the above-mentioned expenses. • Do you have enough money for required down payment and/or closing costs? Even though there is a USDA/Rural Housing 100 percent financing loan available, it doesn’t cover all areas, for example, it doesn’t cover Ocean City or West Ocean City. See QUESTIONS Page 58

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The Hungry Donut offers a colorful and mouthwatering variety of flavors in Ocean Pines.

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Continued from Page 57 Several donuts have catchy names, such as Piggy-Piggy (maple glaze and bacon), Bam-Bam (Fruity Pebbles and vanilla glaze), Somewhere on a Beach (glaze and cinnamon sugar), Loopy (vanilla glaze and Fruit Loops), and The Big Top (vanilla glaze and rainbow sprinkles). “If you like donuts, we give free smiles,” Shoup said. “[Also,] I think we provide a superior product to any other donut shop…Our donuts are light and airy and cakey, and [have] a lot less grease than what some of the other competitors [have].”

Those with nut allergies should not be discouraged, as all donuts are made from scratch, new gloves are used to prepare each one and the dough is fried in soybean oil. The donut shop is currently open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. However, Shoup has plans to stay open until 8 p.m. on the weekends and Fridays. “We have multiple restaurants and delis [surrounding us] and people are looking for a late-night snack or dessert after dinner,” Shoup said. For more information, call 410208-1100 or visit The Hungry Donut on Facebook, or



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Questions to ask before buying Continued from Page 57 There are low down payment loans available, such as the FHA 3.5 percent down loan, but unless you can find a property where the seller is willing to pay the additional buyer’s closing costs, you may need upwards of $7,500-$10,000 even for a purchase price as low as $100,000. And, many condo project properties may not qualify for FHA financing. • Are you prepared to be responsible for all of the repairs and unexpected

expenditures that come along with being a homeowner? Becoming a homeowner means you are responsible for repairing/replacing appliances, hot water heater, HVAC system, roof, well/septic, etc. Be sure you are prepared to save money over and above your mortgage payment for these expenditures that are sometimes unexpected but unavoidable. — Lauren Bunting is a licensed Associate Broker with Bunting Realty, Inc. in Berlin.



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The Mark Fritschle Group at Condominium Realty, LTD., has announced their listing and sales leaders for June. Top listing agents by units:  Sheri Smith, Kevin Decker and Jon Barker.

Top listing agents by volume: Decker, Smith and Michael Maykrantz. Top settled units:  Decker, Barker and Tracy Zell. Top settled by volume: Joe Wilson, Decker and Barker.

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New fund started to assist causes Realtors’ support

(July 13, 2018) To help local real estate professionals support the causes most important to them, the Coastal Association of Realtors has established and provided startup funding for the Coastal Realtors Foundation. This new fund is held by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and will be accessible to members of Coastal through an application process administered by the association. “Our local Realtors and affiliate members are very active in their communities and the association wants to support those efforts,” said Coastal President Joel Maher. “Coastal is here to serve the members in every capacity, and now that includes assisting in their charitable activities and volunteer work. Essentially, they will tell us which local organizations they are supporting, and we will help boost their efforts with this fund.” The association donated $5,000 to the foundation to kickstart fundraising and will work throughout the year to raise money, begin-

Coastal Association of Realtors has established and provided startup funding for the Coastal Realtors Foundation. This new fund is held by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Pictured, from left, are Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore President Erica Joseph, Coastal President Joel Maher, Coastal President-Elect Bernie Flax, and Coastal Executive Vice President Page Browning.

ning with a charity golf tournament, slated for Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Ocean City Golf Club. The association is seeking sponsors and golfers for this event. More information is available at Donors may contribute to the fund directly at This online donation tool may also be ac-

Stewart, Miller receive new titles with reorganization (July 13, 2018) Coastal Hospice announces the reorganization of its admissions department. The department has been renamed the access department to reflect its focus on helping patients and families access services of Coastal Hospice more efficiently and with greater support. Coastal Hospice staff member Nancy Stewart has been tapped for the new manager of the reorganized department. Stewart has been with the agency for seven years as a community liaison in the provider relations department. She managed the provider relations department for the past two and a half years. Before joining Coastal Hospice, she had experience with VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. During her time with Coastal Hospice, she has developed strong relationships with the region’s physicians, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Provider relations coordinator, Bob Miller, was promoted to manager with Stewart’s departure transition. Miller has been with Coastal Hospice for nearly five years. He has worked as a chaplain and in bereavement services before moving to provider relations last year. 

He has in depth knowledge of hospice and an ability help providers, patients and families understand how hospice can help. “I am confident Nancy Stewart that this reorganization, under Nancy’s leadership, will continue to improve the experience of our patients and families as they become introduced to our servBob Miller ices,” said David Hanlin, vice president of operations for Coastal Hospice. “Our provider relations team will also continue to build strong relationships among the healthcare community with Bob’s supervision and guidance.” Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit health care organization that cares for individuals facing life-limiting conditions but who want to remain as active and engaged as possible. Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their home, nursing home, assisted living facility or at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. The organization serves Wicomico, Worcester, Dorchester and Somerset counties.

cessed at “The Community Foundation is excited to partner with the Coastal Association of Realtors,” said Erica Joseph, president of CFES. “Through their new fund, we can assist the association to create an impact on a wide range of charitable causes important to their members.” For more information, visit


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(July 13, 2018) First-time buyers are invited to learn tips and tricks of the home-purchasing process from local experts at a free seminar hosted by the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department on Wednesday, July 18 from 7-8 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center, 235 Ocean Parkway. Shamrock Realty Group and Draper & Kramer Mortgage Corp. will present the seminar, which will explore why buying a home makes financial sense for many individuals. Topics will include why now is an ideal time for home ownership, the steps needed to buy a home, down payment assistance and loan options, among others. This seminar is free and open to the public, but spaces are limited and advance registration is required. To register, call the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410641-7052. Information regarding additional recreational programs, including an online version of the Ocean Pines Activity Guide, is available at

GRANTS The Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund recently presented $25,400 in grants to representatives from seven nonprofit organizations: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council, Horizons Salisbury, Grace Center for Maternal and Women’s Health, United Way of the Eastern Shore, Women Supporting Women, and Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services.

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Ocean City Chamber seeks annual award nominations (July 13, 2018) The Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual awards to be presented to community and business leaders. Members of the public can nominate individuals by outlining their contributions, accomplishments and achievements on nomination forms available at the Chamber Visitor Center at Routes 50 and 707 or from Lisa Layfield, events director, at Each year, the chamber presents the following honors: The “Business Person of the Year” award, sponsored by D3 Corp, recognizes someone who is the founder, owner, CEO or president of a business that is a member in good standing with the local chamber. The nominee should exhibit business leadership and vision, demonstrate commitment to the success of both business and the area and serve as a positive role model for others. The “Citizen of the Year” award, sponsored by Atlantic General Hospital, recognizes a person who embodies the best characteristics of community citizenship and serves as an example to all, while the “Chamber Volunteer of the Year,” sponsored by Peninsula Regional Medical Center, honors an individual who donates his or her time and talent by serving on a chamber committee or the chamber board of directors and other organizations. The “Young Professional of the Year” award recognizes a person between the ages of 21-39 who is em-

ployed by or owns a business that is a member of the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce. Someone who has gone above and beyond to grow personally and professionally through community involvement, who exemplifies leadership skills and exhibits exceptional vision that contributes to success in the workplace. Recognitions are also given to the “Nonprofit of the Year,” sponsored by Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, and presented to an active 501-C-3 organization that has made a notable impact on the quality of life for those who live and work in the area, and “The Lifetime Achievement Award,” given to an individual for a lifetime of consistent community leadership and philanthropic endeavors that have made a lasting impact on their community. For additional information on how to nominate someone and the specific criteria honorees should meet are available at the Chamber Visitor Center at Routes 50 and 707 or contact Layfield at Nomination must be received no later than July 16. Submit to Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce by mail/or drop off 12320 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, Maryland 21811, email to or fax to 410-213-7521. The awards will be presented on Sept. 16 at the chamber’s annual awards celebration to be held at the Clarion Fontainebleau on 101st Street.

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SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF REAL PROPERTY AND ANY IMPROVEMENTS THEREON 103 SECOND ST. A/R/T/A 103 2ND ST. POCOMOKE A/R/T/A POCOMOKE CITY, MD 21851 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust dated August 28, 1997 and recorded in Liber 2425, Folio 270 among the Land Records of Worcester County, MD, with an original principal balance of $102,000.00, default having occurred under the terms thereof, the Sub. Trustees will sell at public auction at the Circuit Court for Worcester County, at the Court House Door, One W. Market St., Snow Hill, MD 21863, on JULY 31, 2018 AT 3:30 PM ALL THAT FEE SIMPLE LOT OF GROUND, together with any buildings or improvements thereon situated in Worcester County, MD and more fully described in the aforesaid Deed of Trust. The property, and any improvements thereon, will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions and agreements of record affecting the same, if any, and with no warranty of any kind. Terms of Sale: A deposit of $12,000 in the form of certified check, cashier’s check or money order will be required of the purchaser at time and place of sale. Balance of the purchase price, together with interest on the unpaid purchase money at the current rate contained in the Deed of Trust Note from the date of sale to the date funds are received by the Sub. Trustees, payable in cash within ten days of final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court. There will be no abatement of interest due from the purchaser in the event additional funds are tendered before settlement. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE FOR THE PURCHASER. Adjustment of current year’s real property taxes are adjusted as of the date of sale, and thereafter assumed by the purchaser. Taxes due for prior years including costs of any tax sale are payable by the purchaser. Purchaser is responsible for any recapture of homestead tax credit. All other public and/or private charges or assessments, to the extent such amounts survive foreclosure sale, including water/sewer charges, ground rent, whether incurred prior to or after the sale to be paid by the purchaser. Any deferred water and sewer charges that purports to cover or defray cost during construction of public water or wastewater facilities constructed by the developer and subject to an annual fee or assessment are to be paid by the purchaser to the lienholder and are a contractual obligation between the lienholder and each owner of this

Ocean City Today / Public Notices property, and is not a fee or assessment imposed by the county. Any right of prepayment or discount for early prepayment of water and sewer charges may be ascertained by contacting the lienholder. All costs of deed recordation including but not limited to all transfer, recordation, agricultural or other taxes or charges assessed by any governmental entity as a condition to recordation, are payable by purchaser, whether or not purchaser is a Maryland First Time Home Buyer. Purchaser is responsible for obtaining physical possession of the property, and assumes risk of loss or damage to the property from the date of sale. The sale is subject to post-sale audit of the status of the loan with the loan servicer including, but not limited to, determination of whether the borrower entered into any repayment agreement, reinstated or paid off the loan prior to the sale. In any such event, this sale shall be null and void, and the Purchaser’s sole remedy, in law or equity, shall be the return of the deposit without interest. If purchaser fails to settle within ten days of ratification, subject to order of court, purchaser agrees that property will be resold and entire deposit retained by Sub. Trustees as liquidated damages for all losses occasioned by the purchaser’s default and purchaser shall have no further liability. The defaulted purchaser shall not be entitled to any surplus proceeds resulting from said resale even if such surplus results from improvements to the property by said defaulted purchaser. Sub. Trustees will convey either marketable or insurable title. If they cannot deliver one or the other, or if ratification of the sale is denied by the Circuit Court for any reason, the Purchaser’s sole remedy, at law or equity, is return of the deposit without interest. (Matter No. 147845-1) PLEASE CONSULT WWW.ALEXCOOPER.COM FOR STATUS OF UPCOMING SALES Howard N. Bierman, Carrie M. Ward, et. al., Substitute Trustees ALEX COOPER AUCTS, INC. 908 YORK RD., TOWSON, MD 21204 410-828-4838 OCD-7/12/3t _________________________________ JAMES E. CLUBB, JR., ESQ. 108 N. 8th Street Ocean City, Maryland 21842

TRUSTEE'S SALE OF TIME-SHARE INTERVALS IN THE OCEAN HIGH CONDOMINIUM OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND By virtue of a Claim of Lien recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland, and pursuant to the Order of the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, Case No. C-23-CV-18-000165, the undersigned Trustee will offer for sale at public auction at the Ocean High Condominium Building, located at 502 W. 32nd Street. Ocean Citv. Maryland, the following described property located in the Town

of Ocean City, in the Tenth Election District of Worcester County, Maryland, on FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018 AT 9:00A.M. Units

Time Intervals

D-6 D-5 B-3 C-11 C-11 A-1 C-11 F-10 C-22 G-23 G-23 C-14 8-3 F-10 G-31 D-6 C-21 G-34

40 6 19 37 5 39 45 48 52 45 48 17 43 21 18 43 12 40

Each time interval being one week per year of the corresponding unit, each unit being part of the Ocean High Condominium, including an undivided interest in the common elements thereof, as established pursuant to a Condominium Declaration and By-Laws recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland, and subsequent Declarations of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions as to each condominium unit, and recorded among the aforesaid Land Records. The property will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions and agreements of record affecting the same, if any, and with no warranties or guarantees. A secured party may bid and shall be excused from deposit requirements. The Trustee reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Terms of Sale: A deposit in the full amount of sale per time interval will be required at the time of sale, such deposit to be in cash or check. Cost of all recordation and transfer taxes, 2018 maintenance fee, If applicable, and all other incidental settlement costs shall be borne by the purchaser. The date of settlement shall be fifteen (15) days after final ratification by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, time being of the essence: otherwise, the deposit will be forfeited and the property will be resold at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser, or in any manner designated by the Trustee: or, without forfeiting deposit, the Seller may exercise any of its legal or equitable rights against the defaulting purchaser. For more information, call: James E. Clubb, Jr., Esq. Trustee 410-289-2323 OCD-7/5/3t _________________________________ JAMES E. CLUBB, JR., ESQ. 108 N. 8th Street Ocean City, Maryland 21842


PAGE 61 OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND By virtue of a Claim of Lien recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland, and pursuant to the Order of the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, Case No. C-23-CV-18-000166, the undersigned Trustee will offer for sale at public auction at the Ocean High Condominium Building, located at 502 W. 32nd Street, Ocean Citv, Marvland, the following described property located in the Town of Ocean City, in the Tenth Election District of Worcester County, Maryland, on FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018 AT 9:15A.M. Units

Time Intervals

C-18 C-17 E-8 C-19 A-1 B-3 G-34 B-4 C-18 C-18 C-19 D-6 C-13 C-13 C-15 C-18 G-23 G-33 G-34

47 17 10 8 43 18 14 39 18 42 45 15 36 42 38 45 50 52 36

Each time interval being one week per year of the corresponding unit, each unit being part of the Ocean High Condominium, including an undivided interest in the common elements thereof, as established pursuant to a Condominium Declaration and By-Laws recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland, and subsequent Declarations of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions as to each condominium unit, and recorded among the aforesaid Land Records. The property will be sold in an "as is" condition and subject to conditions, restrictions and agreements of record affecting the same, if any, and with no warranties or guarantees. A secured party may bid and shall be excused from deposit requirements. The Trustee reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Terms of Sale: A deposit in the full amount of sale per time interval will be required at the time of sale, such deposit to be in cash or check. Cost of all recordation and transfer taxes, 2018 maintenance fee, If applicable, and all other incidental settlement costs shall be borne by the purchaser. The date of settlement shall be fifteen (15) days after final ratification by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, time being of the essence; otherwise, the deposit will be forfeited and the property will be resold at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser, or in any manner designated by the Trustee; or, without forfeiting deposit, the Seller may exercise any of its legal or equitable rights against the defaulting purchaser.

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PAGE 62 For more information, call: James E. Clubb, Jr., Esq. Trustee 410-289-2323 OCD-7/5/3t _________________________________ McCabe, Weisberg & Conway, LLC 312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 800 Laurel, MD 20707

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF IMPROVED REAL PROPERTY 3211 SHEEPHOUSE RD. A/R/T/A 3211 SHEEP HOUSE RD. POCOMOKE CITY, MD 21851 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust from Walter G. Parks, dated September 8, 2006 and recorded in Liber 4781, folio 562 among the Land Records of Worcester County, MD, default having occurred under the terms thereof and at the request of the parties secured thereby, the undersigned Substitute Trustees will offer for sale at public auction at the Circuit Court for Worcester County, at the Court House Door, One W. Market St., Snow Hill, MD 21863, on JULY 16, 2018 AT 1:31 PM ALL THAT FEE SIMPLE LOT OF GROUND AND THE IMPROVEMENTS THEREON situated in Worcester County, Maryland and more fully described in the aforesaid Deed of Trust. The property is improved by a dwelling. The property, will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions, easements, en-

cumbrances and agreements of record affecting the subject property, if any, and with no warranty of any kind. Terms of Sale: A deposit in the form of cashier’s or certified check, or in such other form as the Substitute Trustees may determine, at their sole discretion, for $7,000 at the time of sale. If the noteholder and/or servicer is the successful bidder, the deposit requirement is waived. Balance of the purchase price is to be paid within fifteen (15) days of the final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland. Interest is to be paid on the unpaid purchase price at the rate of 6.375% per annum from date of sale to the date the funds are received in the office of the Substitute Trustees, if the property is purchased by an entity other than the noteholder and/or servicer. If payment of the balance does not occur within fifteen days of ratification, the deposit will be forfeited and the property will be resold at the risk and cost of the defaulting purchaser. There will be no abatement of interest due from the purchaser in the event settlement is delayed for any reason. Taxes, ground rent, water rent, and all other public charges and assessments payable on an annual basis, including sanitary and/or metropolitan district charges, and front foot benefit charges, if applicable, to be adjusted for the current year to the date of sale, and assumed thereafter by the purchaser. Condominium fees and/or homeowners association dues, if any, shall be assumed by the purchaser from the date of sale. The purchaser shall be responsible for the payment of the ground rent escrow, if required. Cost of all documentary stamps, transfer

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taxes, and all settlement charges shall be borne by the purchaser. If the Substitute Trustees are unable to convey good and marketable title, the purchaser’s sole remedy in law or equity shall be limited to the refund of the deposit to the purchaser. Upon refund of the deposit, the sale shall be void and of no effect, and the purchaser shall have no further claim against the Substitute Trustees. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining physical possession of the property. The purchaser at the foreclosure sale shall assume the risk of loss for the property immediately after the sale. (Matter #16-603903). Laura H. G. O’Sullivan, et al., Substitute Trustees ALEX COOPER AUCTS, INC. 908 YORK RD., TOWSON, MD 21204 410-828-4838 OCD-6/28/3t _________________________________

NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF APPOINTMENT OF FOREIGN PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ESTATE NO. 17452 NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Orphans’ Court of Chester County, Pennsylvania appointed Jacqueline M. Meier, 338 Scola Road, Brookhaven, PA 19015 as the Personal Representative of the Estate of Sophia Elizabeth Thomas-Belian AKA: Sophia E. Thomas who died on December 18, 2016 domiciled in Pennsylvania, America. The Maryland resident agent for service of process is Regan J.R. Smith whose address is 3509 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842. At the time of death, the decedent owned real or leasehold property in the following Maryland counties: Worcester County. All persons having claims against the decedent must file their claims with the Register of Wills for Worcester County with a copy to the foreign personal representative on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent’s death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent’s death; or (2) Two months after the foreign personal representative mails or delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Claims filed after that date or after a date extended by law will be barred. Jacqueline M. Meier Foreign Personal Representative Charlotte K. Cathell Register of Wills One W. Market Street Room 102 - Court House Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 Name of Newspaper: Ocean City Digest Date of first publication: June 21,2018 OCD-6/21/3t _________________________________

JULY 13, 2018 BWW Law Group, LLC 6003 Executive Blvd., Suite 101 Rockville, MD 20852 Carrie M. Ward, et al. 6003 Executive Blvd., Suite 101 Rockville, MD 20852 Substitute Trustees Plaintiffs vs. JEAN M. RUGGLES 154 Captains Quarters Road Ocean City, MD 21842 Defendant(s) IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND Case No. C-23-CV-17-000356

NOTICE Notice is hereby given this 21st day of June, 2018, by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland, that the sale of the property mentioned in these proceedings and described as 154 Captains Quarters Road, Ocean City, MD 21842, made and reported by the Substitute Trustee, will be RATIFIED AND CONFIRMED, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 23rd day of July, 2018, provided a copy of this NOTICE be inserted in some weekly newspaper printed in said County, once in each of three successive weeks before the 16th day of July, 2018. The report states the purchase price at the Foreclosure sale to be $320,000.00. Susan R. Braniecki Clerk, Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland True Copy Test: Susan R. Braniecki Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County MD OCD-3/28/3t _________________________________ BUONASSISSI, HENNING & LASH, P.C. 1861 WIEHLE AVENUE, SUITE 300 RESTON, VIRGINIA 20190 (703) 796-1341 RICHARD A. LASH Substitute Trustee, et al, Plaintiffs, v. DUANE FARLEY, Defendant. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND Case No. C-23-CV-18-000068

NOTICE Notice is hereby issued this 21st day of June, 2018, that the sale of the property in this case, 11700 Coastal Highway T-1109, Ocean City, MD 21842 reported by Robert E. Kelly, Substitute Trustee, be ratified and confirmed, unless cause to the contrary be shown on or before the 23rd day of July, 2018, provided a copy of this Notice be inserted in The Ocean City Digest, a newspaper published in Worcester County, Maryland, once in each of three (3) successive weeks on or before the 16th day of July, 2018. The report states the amount of sale to be $284,000.00. Susan R. Braniecki Clerk

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JULY 13, 2018 True Copy Test: Susan R. Braniecki Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County MD OCD-6/28/3t _________________________________ VILLAS OF OCEAN PINES BORDERLINKS TIMESHARE OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. c/o Pines Property Management, Inc. 11029 Cathell Road Berlin, MD 21811 Plaintiff v. RUBIN ALONZO et al. Defendants IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY STATE OF MARYLAND CASE NO. 23-CV-18-000119

NOTICE ORDERED, by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland this 22nd day of June, that the foreclosure sale of the properties mentioned in these proceedings, made and reported by James E. Clubb, Jr., Trustee, be RATIFIED AND CONFIRMED, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 23rd day of July, provided a copy of this order be inserted in some weekly newspaper printed in Worcester County, Maryland once in each of three successive weeks, before the 16th day of July. The Report of Sale filed in the above case states the amount of the sales to be as indicated below for the referenced time-share intervals: Timeshare


Wk 2, #Ad-4 Wk 23, #An-14 Wk 35, #Bc-29 Wk 31, #Ag-7 Wk 31, #Bq-43 Wk 35, #Ad-4 Wk 11, #Ad-4 Wk 39, #Ag-7 Wk 26, #Br-44 Wk 32, #Bf-32 Wk 33, #Bx-50 Wk 42, #Bc-29 Wk 30, #Bq-43 Wk 32, #AI-12 Wk 33, #Aj-10 Wk 46, #An-14 Wk 25, #Br-44 Wk 23, #By-51 Wk 34, #Bg-33 Wk 37, #By-51

$50.00 $1,000.00 $1,000.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,000.00 $50.00 $50.00 $1,000.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $50.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,000.00 $50.00 $1,000.00 $1,200.00 $1,000.00 $100.00 Susan Braniecki Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County, Maryland True Copy Test: Susan R. Braniecki Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County, MD OCD-6/28/3t _________________________________ BORDERLINKS l TIME INTERVAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. c/o Pines Property Management, Inc. 11029 Cathell Road Berlin, MD 21811 Plaintiff v. DONNA BLACKWELL et al. Defendants


NOTICE ORDERED, by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland this 22nd day of June, that the foreclosure sale of the properties mentioned in these proceedings, made and reported by James E. Clubb, Jr., Trustee, be RATIFIED AND CONFIRMED, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 23rd day of July, provided a copy of this order be inserted in some weekly newspaper printed in Worcester County, Maryland once in each of three successive weeks, before the 16th day of July. The Report of Sale filed in the above case states the amount of the sales to be as indicated below for the referenced time-share intervals: Timeshare


Wk 23, #Ak-11 Wk 42, #Ar-18 Wk 18, #Bz-52 Wk 21, #Aa-1 Wk 35, #Bu-47 Wk 22, #Ba-27 Wk 21, #Be-31 Wk 17, #BJ-36 Wk 14, #Aq-17 Wk 35, #Ab-2 Wk 20, #Bz-52 Wk 32, #Aa-1 Wk 35, #Ak-11 Wk 22, #Be-31 Wk 24, #Be-31 Wk 39, #Bz-52 Wk 33, #Ab-2 Wk 35, #Bi-35 Wk 21, #Bk-37 Wk 9, #Be-31 Wk 20, #Bo-41 Wk 21, #Bi-35 Wk 24, #Aa-1

$1,000.00 $50.00 $50.00 $500.00 $2,200.00 $500.00 $500.00 $50.00 $50.00 $500.00 $100.00 $1,100.00 $500.00 $500.00 $1,000.00 $530.00 $1,000.00 $500.00 $500.00 $50.00 $50.00 $500.00 $1,000.00 Susan Braniecki Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County, Maryland True Copy Test: Susan R. Braniecki Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County, MD OCD-6/28/3t _________________________________

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Application has been made by the Undersigned for a Transfer of a Class: “B” BEER-WINE-LIQUOR License: 7 Day By: Jason Gulshen, 445 Dueling Way, Berlin, Maryland 21811; Robert Ciprietti, 56167 Cypress Lake Circle, Bethany Beach, Delaware 19930 For: Farindola OC, LLC For the premises known as and located at T/A: Touch of Italy 6600 Coastal Highway Ocean City, Maryland 21842 Formerly: Touch of Italy Ocean City, LLC There will be a public hearing on the application in the Board Room, Room 1102 in the Government Center, Snow Hill, Maryland, on: July 18, 2018 @ 1:10 P.M.

The Board welcomes written or oral comment at said public hearing from any interested party. OCD-7/5/2t _________________________________ MARIANNA BATIE ESQ

NOTICE TO BIDDERS Purchase of Forklift Worcester County, Maryland The Worcester County Commissioners are currently accepting bids for the purchase of one (1) new Forklift for the Water and Wastewater Division of Public Works. Bid specification packages and bid forms are available from the Office of the County Commissioners, Room 1103 - Worcester County Government Center, One West Market Street, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863, obtained online under the “Bids” dropdown menu in the lower right hand side of the home page at, or by calling the Commissioners’ Office at 410-632-1194 to request a package by mail. Sealed bids will be accepted until 1:00 PM, Monday, July 30, 2018 in the Office of the County Commissioners at the above address, at which time they will be opened and publicly read aloud. Envelopes shall be marked "Bid for Forklift" in the lower left-hand corner. After opening, bids will be forwarded to the Department of Public Works for tabulation, review and recommendation to the County Commissioners for their consideration at a future meeting. In awarding the bid, the Commissioners reserve the right to reject any and all bids, waive formalities, informalities and technicalities therein, and to take whatever bid they determine to be in the best interest of the County considering lowest or best bid, quality of goods and work, time of delivery or completion, responsibility of bidders being considered, previous experience of bidders with County contracts, or any other factors they deem appropriate. All inquiries shall be directed to Jeff Tingle or John Ross at 410-641-5251. OCD-7/12/1t _________________________________ LAW OFFICE OF MARIANNA BATIE 9748 STEPHEN DECATUR HIGHWAY, STE. 112 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Estate No. 17473 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF SEBASTIAN MICHAEL TROMBINO Notice is given that Carmelo James Trombino, 310 W. 52nd Street, Apt. 18H, New York, NY 10019, was on June 27, 2018 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Sebastian Michael Trombino who died on June 5, 2018, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or

PAGE 63 by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 27th day of December, 2018. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent’s death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent’s death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Carmelo James Trombino Personal Representative True Test Copy Charlotte K. Cathell Register of Wills Worcester County One W. Market Street Room 102 - Court House Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 Name of newspaper designated by personal representative: Ocean City Digest Date of publication: July 05, 2018 OCD-7/5/3t _________________________________ ROBERT SLOAN, ESQ. WHITEFORD, TAYLOR & PRESTON, LLP 7 ST. PAUL STREET, SUITE 1500 BALTIMORE, MD 21202

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Estate No. 17481 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF TERRENCE F. BLADES AKA: TERRENCE FILLMORE BLADES Notice is given that Candise B. Dunleavy, 163 Oakwood Drive, New Providence, NJ 07974, was on July 05, 2018 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Terrence F. Blades who died on June 7, 2018, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 5th day of January, 2019. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned per-

PAGE 64 sonal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent’s death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent’s death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Candise B. Dunleavy Personal Representative True Test Copy Charlotte K. Cathell Register of Wills

Ocean City Today / Public Notices Worcester County One W. Market Street Room 102 - Court House Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 Name of newspaper designated by personal representative: Ocean City Digest Date of publication: July 12, 2018 OCD-7/12/3t _________________________________ SMALL ESTATE

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 17478 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF ALLEN WALTER BUNTING Notice is given that Norman Allen Bunting, #2 Decatur Street, Berlin, MD 21811, was on July 02, 2018 appointed personal representative of the small estate of Allen Walter Bunting who died on June 24, 2018, with a will.

Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having an objection to the probate of the will shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within six months after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having claims against the decedent must serve their claims on the undersigned personal representative or file them with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent’s death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent’s death; or (2) Thirty days after the personal

JULY 13, 2018 representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within thirty days from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not served or filed within that time, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Norman Allen Bunting Personal Representative True Test Copy Register of Wills for Worcester County Charlotte K. Cathell One W. Market Street Room 102 - Court House Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 Name of newspaper designated by personal representative: Ocean City Digest Date of publication: July 12, 2018 OCD-7/12/1t _________________________________


Match product with marketing

Directing marketing material to people who might be inclined to vacation in this area in the offseason sounds like an improved approach to increasing tourism when it’s needed the most. That’s what industry and government officials in Ocean City are considering, as they weigh a proposal from a California company, ADARA, that’s about to roll out a product that sorts through, culls and otherwise compiles volumes of data collected from millions of travelers every year throughout the country. The gist is, the company creates traveler profiles from information obtained through polls of visitors — almost 400 million of them — in various destinations around the USA. From that data, the company can project when people are likely to travel, as well as where and why, along with determining what its own clients need during specific times of year. That’s an exciting concept, give or take a scary aspect here and there, such as heat-mapping to determine which rooms or units are occupied and which aren’t. The one thing this marketing approach won’t do, however, assuming that the plan would be to develop more offseason tourism, is ensure that visitors drawn to the area at that time have plenty of things to do. Each year, it seems that more and more businesses have been closing a little earlier than they used to, with owners and operators often opining that the revenue received doesn’t justify the work and expense involved in remaining open. It’s a chicken-and-egg situation. Businesses would remain open as long as it’s worth it, but it won’t be worth it, apparently, until the offseason visitor numbers are up on a more regular basis. And that won’t happen if visitors arrive in cooler months and find their recreational choices limited. As is the case with all advertising, the best message in the world won’t work if the product doesn’t meet expectations. That’s something tourism industry representatives and government officials should consider in tandem with this intriguing marketing proposal.

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Coffee and cocktails

Just as I had choked down my first granola bar ever, after years of refusing even to refer to that mucilage-bound nut-and-berry brick by name — acceptable substitutes were “bear bait,” “tire tread pickin’s” and “bird seed bars” — the inevitable happened. “Good news,” I announced. “I just ate a granola bar and I feel healthier already. Like I’m standing on a mountain top, overlooking an awe-inspiring vista and pondering the magnificence of the universe with full conBy fidence that I am its master.” “Bad news,” came the Stewart reply, “turns out these things Dobson have more calories, sugar and whatnot (organic whatnot notwithstanding) than two Oreo cookies.” And just like that, I was bouncing and sproinging from rock to rock down this Everest of well-being t0 the canyon below, where I could only peer skyward with ever-widening eyes as the plummeting universe came down on me like a box of Acme anvils, ala Wile E. Coyote. Splat. Food research will do that to you. You think something’s good, and it isn’t; you think something’s bad, and the reverse is true. Just recently, for instance, researchers declared that drinking coffee and the light consumption of what we now call “adult beverages” will help us live longer … for now. By the next decade, these same researchers will have found that while drinking coffee might make us live longer, we won’t know it — that seven cups of dark roast in the morning will make the clock spin so fast that tomorrow will start a day in advance.

I am a big coffee drinker, which has led me to conclude that whenever I reach whatever my final day might be, I’ll say, “Wow, I never thought I’d make it this far,” only to find out that I didn’t. “Sorry, but it happened two days ago. You’ve been running ahead of yourself, as it were.” Conversely, not drinking coffee can make the day seem like an eternity, which is not necessarily a bad thing, depending on what you’re doing. Say, for instance, you’re having an “adult beverage” while reeling in a 30-inch flounder and gorging yourself on the Easy Cheese you loaded up on after researchers personally told your wife: “He’s been right all along. It does contain the building blocks of life.” That’s a moment you’d like to last forever. This feels-like-an-eternity business, however, would not be good were you to find yourself at an “adult beverage” event that turned out to be an Ensure party at the old folks’ home. “Well, it sure is an ‘adult beverage,’ sonny, especially if you drink it naked. Come on, let’s party!” Given the pros and cons of the longevity and fleeting time aspects of coffee and light alcohol consumption, I think the safe thing to do is to drink enough coffee to get you to cocktail hour. Then you can dull your concerns about all the bad things you continue to eat because they might not be bad after all, as well as the good things that might turn out to be bad. And, lest we forget, to erase that picture you now have in your mind of the old folks swigging Ensure and saying, “Who’s up for ‘Twister’?”

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Letters Misinformation about goose removal rampant

Editor, This is in reference to the Ocean Pines goose roundup, which was conducted during the early morning hours of June 29 and did not become widespread public knowledge until almost a week later. The various news articles surrounding this event are misleading in many ways, as the Ocean Pines Association is only telling us what they want us to believe. For example, nonlethal methods of goose population control the OPA claims were unsuccessful actually would have worked if only more time, more effort, and more money had been invested into making them work. Instead, the issue was resolved in the most pathetic, barbaric way possible – compassion for God’s creatures be damned – and it would not surprise me if this mass killing was funded, at least in part, with taxpayer dollars. As for the geese being “humanely euthanized,” do you suppose they would like us to imagine that State

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veterinarians were on hand to euthanize every goose, one at a time, and stand by to ensure that each and every one of them slipped away painlessly into eternal rest? Nothing could be further from the truth. All of those geese were gassed to death. Holocaust-style. Perhaps the biggest lie of all is that the geese were donated to the Maryland Food Bank. Most likely their bodies were unceremoniously dumped into a landfill as the chemicals used to kill them would have rendered them unfit for human consumption. Ocean Pines officials should be deeply ashamed of themselves instead of patting each other on the back right now. Margaret Twilley Ocean Pines

Canada goose situation symptom of larger issues

Editor, Much has been written recently about the Ocean Pines Association’s transparency issues. I couldn’t agree more. Lack of transparency has been

amply illustrated by recent actions taken by OPA management that many residents find abhorrent and that were not made public until after they occurred. I’m referring to the apparent almost total destruction of the Canadian geese that have called our community home for years (and contrary to the OPA post, sources say some domestic geese and ducks were also captured and most likely destroyed). This action was posted at 5:35 p.m. on Friday June 29 on the OPA website AFTER it occurred on Friday morning; I saw the post Monday July 2 in the weekly email the OPA sends about community activities. I cannot find any notification in advance to the community at large about this action that would have allowed residents to express their opinions prior to the action. The issue of the geese and their effect on our environment (and to a lesser degree their habit of crossing our roads at will and inconveniencing motorists who are in a hurry) has been debated at least for the 15 years I’ve been a resident. Whenever the idea of killing them was brought up, it was met with a

Page 66 substantial backlash from residents who oppose killing the birds. In the past the Association has tried some half-hearted and not well thought out measures to discourage the geese, with mixed results. So it seems this year, under the guidance of the new GM, the OPA chose to approve a recommendation from the Association’s Environment & Natural Assets Advisory Committee and contract with the USDA for the “removal” of the geese as part of the USDA’s wildlife damage management project. The post goes on to say that this “project” was approved as part of the fiscal year 2018-19 budget (apparently generically listed as “wildlife control”), and that the geese that were captured and removed were humanely euthanized (killed) and donated to the MD Food Bank. That the OPA would undertake this wholesale killing without notifying residents in advance speaks volumes about their understanding of how the community would react. The wildlife in the community is part of what sets us apart from other neighborhoods in the area; many resContinued on Page 67

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New Berlin library branch opens to crowd of hundreds By Josh Davis Associate Editor (July 13, 2018) It was supposed to be a soft opening for the Berlin branch of the Worcester County Library, but about 400 people showed up within the first hour and a half on Tuesday to welcome the new library to town, according to county library Director Jennifer Ranck. The $6.25 million facility was designed and built to be long-lasting and more energy-efficient than other Worcester County branches, and is several times larger than the previous Berlin library, which was on Main Street near the fire company. Ranck said planning for the new building took “quite a while.” “The in-depth planning happened around 2013 in 2014, when [the county] purchased the property. We

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Continued from Page 66 idents worry about what other actions against resident wildlife the OPA may determine is warranted and may take without any transparency. The OPA has shown us that in these matters they can’t be trusted. Experts in animal care and management have pointed out two issues with this action – first, saying the geese were humanely treated cannot be accurate; if their destruction was done humanely they would not be fit for human consumption. Second, nature abhors a vacuum; when a wild species population is completely removed from the resource rich environment they occupied, new wildlife will move in. I contacted the MD Food Bank on July 3 and they had not been notified

started working on some state capital grants during that time,” she said. “Design took us a few years because we wanted to make sure we did it correctly – they spent a long time on that process. And then construction started last May and here we are today.” She said the biggest change between the old and new buildings was the amount of space. “This is about four times the size of our old branch,” she said. “We have a huge meeting room that can fit about 100 people in there and we just had a program today, which was terrific. There was a great turnout.” “Silly Joe,” a children’s entertainer, played guitar and read stories to about 50 children in the upstairs meeting space on Tuesday morning. Elena Urioste, a critically acclaimed

about this action nor had they received any goose meat donation. I called the new OPA GM July 2. I got his voice-mail and left one of my own. As an assessment paying resident I deserve answers. As of July 5, I have not received a response. Many in the community want to know how many waterfowl were killed, how they were killed, and what happened to their carcasses. Things with the OPA need to change. I hope the new board has enough respect for the residents to let them know about controversial projects in advance, and enough respect for the wild creatures in our midst to allow them to co-exist with the community. Anne O’Connell Ocean Pines


“Silly Joe” sings a song while making a silly face to a crowd of children on Tuesday at the newly opened Berlin Library on Harrison Avenue.

violinist, was scheduled to perform Wednesday evening. “It’s great to have more space to do programing and things like that, so it doesn’t feel as cramped,” Ranck said. “We also have more resources, especially for the teens and youth age groups.” Ranck said there were “a lot of ‘oohs and aahs’” from the library staff the first time they walked in to see everything fully furnished. She said installing new furniture and moving books from the old location took about a week. “We were very excited,” she said. “Of course, we walked through the building during this whole process.

[Contractor] Whiting-Turner let us in wearing hardhats. But one of the most exciting things was coming in here without the hardhats on to kind of really feel like it’s ours.” The several hundred visitors who walked in Tuesday morning had a similar reaction, Ranck said. “They loved the new space. They love the light that’s in the building. They love the gallery space that’s upstairs and the teen area,” she said. “It’s been terrific. “I think getting used to the building is going to take a couple weeks. We’re looking forward to our official ribbon cutting on Aug. 7. I think by See CROWD Page 73


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OC wants rule governing chopper landings Continued from Page 1 ently, that the resort has no laws governing aircraft landings. Consequently, police were unable to charge Michael and Erin Rucco of Baltimore and three other passengers who chartered the flight, and thus had no grounds to prevent them from driving away in a 2013 BMW. City Manager Doug Miller told the City Council during its work session on Monday the city received no advance notification of the flight plan. “The pilot had permission of the property owner … but because this is a unique situation we need to know what our legal rights were or were not,” he said. Ocean City Airport Manager Jamie Giandomenico said the landing was pre-coordinated with the property owner, without the airport

being informed. “There really wasn’t any FAA rules that were broken,” he said. “The question is moving forward how to handle this in the future.” The timing of the landing also was problematic, Giandomenico said, because police and fire department personnel had to maintain pedestrian and traffic safety during the height of summer. “On that particular ramp-up to the holiday, it was pretty disruptive and not really well thought out,” he said. After conferring with other city departments, Giandomenico found no associated restrictions in the town code. “In terms of the city, there is no language that specifically prohibits that kind of activity,” he said. “The

operator in this case may have seen no specific prohibition and assumed it was okay to carry on with the flight.” In addition to examining potential zoning ordinances, the city could either create a specific prohibition or leave the issue alone for now. “Obviously, we got a taste of what uncoordinated activity looks like downtown,” he said. Giandomenico said the pilot landed and took off without incident, while noting the location did meet the FAA helicopter landing space requirement of 1.3 times the rotor diameter. “I don’t think you would consider it careless or reckless [but] it was a little tight,” he said. “It might not have been my first choice, but there was demand for it and they coordi-

nated with the property owners.” Councilman Wayne Hartman said although the disruptive nature of the landing was obvious, undue restrictions could prove troublesome later. “There may be buildings that are built in the future that would want to have a helipad on it,” he said. Hartman made a motion for Giandomenico to consult with emergency management and zoning officials to develop recommendations. “Come back with something that would prohibit something as disruptive as a crowded downtown street, but we could have a helicopter land in Ocean City if someone desired,” he said. Councilman Dennis Dare asked why a helicopter would need to land in Ocean City when the airport is within minutes of town. “I think the pilot was irresponsible,” he said. “He put not only his life in danger, he put his passengers in danger, and hundreds of other people in that area,” he said. Dare added that the FAA has a host of safety regulations regarding helicopter landing zones that would eliminate most locations within the resort. “The FAA does regulate this only to the point while it’s in air,” he said. “The landing is ours to regulate.” Pointing out that a helicopter landing zone is not a specified allowable use under city zoning codes, Dare also felt the police should have issued a citation. “The thing should have been put on a flat bed and taken out of town … not taking off and endangering people,” he said. “With our density, it’s a no-brainer for me.” Giandomenico said a number of Maryland municipalities, most notably Easton, have addressed the topic. “Their code is very clear and prohibits that activity in the city,” he said. “That’s certainly a direction you could go in.” Giandomenico said there’s no way to know if the resort will see a spate of similar incidents. “The suitability of the space was at the bare minimum for what’s acceptable,” he said. “This is the first time this has bubbled up [but] it may be indictive for that type of amenity.” Councilwoman Mary Knight expressed her concerns after witnessing the helicopter take off from 17th Street. “The airport is within two minutes, so there’s no need for it,” she said. “I think it’s pretty clear cut what we should do.” The council voted unanimously to have Giandomenico consult with the city solicitor, emergency management and zoning and bring recommendations to the next council work session.

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ebrating its second July 4 in the resort, and things went well according to owner Sal Fasano. “It went pretty well, though it’s tough to gauge because the holiday was in the middle of the week,” Fasano said. “We had to compare it to last year and, all in all, the numbers were strong and the weather really helped out.” Downtown mainstay Marina Deck, on Dorchester Street, remained busy all week long, according to owner Dennis Kalchthaler, who purchased the property in 2001. “It was very good. What made it better is I think people stayed an extra day,” Kalchthaler said. “We were busy for an extra day or two, so I think they came on Tuesday and stayed until Sunday.” While he was pleased with the weekend overall, it wasn’t his favorite holiday situation. “I think it’s best when the holiday falls on Thursday, but Sundays are pretty good too,” he said. Albert Levy, owner of The Crab Bag, was more enthusiastic. “I only have one word for it, ‘unbelievable.’ It was like the football game let out and everyone came at once!” he said. “Our staff kept going and going, and worked like the great team that they are!”


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Beach patrol sees ‘normal’ holiday By Brian Gilliland Associate Editor (July 13, 2018) As predicted, water rescues and the successful return of lost children to parents occurred more frequently this past week because of the holiday, but besides that, from a bather’s standpoint, the weekend was normal, if a little busier than the average. Capt. Butch Arbin of the Ocean City Beach Patrol said the day before Independence Day there were three chil-

dren reported lost and found by guards and six the day after. “On July 4 we had 42, which holds true to what we get. The numbers before and after the holiday are typical and when there are more people on the beach, the easier it is to get lost,” he said. “I’ve had Independence Days where we’ve had 100 lost and found calls.” As for water rescues, Arbin said 95 percent were because of rip currents, and not every rescue is an emergency

situation. “Panic is what kills people, so we try to get to them before they panic. The guards can see if someone is trying to come back in but is being drawn out by the water, so we’ll have the guard direct them out or come to get them,” he said. Often, Arbin explained, the rescued bather is laughing about the situation, which he sees as a good thing, since laughter offsets panic. However, it was not July 4 itself that had the high rescue total, it was the weekend. “We had 26 rescues on July 4, and 45 the following day. On Friday, we had that big storm so there wasn’t a lot going on, but on Saturday it went right back up to 102. Sunday we had 141,” he said. Rip currents are created by wave action, and can draw people well outside the distance they are accustomed to swimming for shore. The beach patrol teaches the RIP system for rip current safety, where R stands for ‘relax,’ I is ‘I need help’ and P is ‘parallel’ — the direction a swimmer should go to escape. Rip currents don’t drag people underwater themselves, but by fighting the fast-moving water, even the best swimmers can quickly tire and sink.

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Boardwalk detectives arrest dozens, find multiple guns

(July 13, 2018) The Ocean City Police Department Criminal Investigation Division’s Special Enforcement Unit recently completed multiple plain-clothes operations in partnership with the OCPD Patrol Division. These operations focused on addressing crime at and around Ocean City’s most populated area – the Boardwalk. During the plain-clothes operations, detectives focused on addressing “peace and good order” crimes, such as disor-

derly conduct, ordinance violations, and property crimes. Additionally, detectives worked to reduce the incidents related to robberies in the downtown area. As a result of the operations, 61 arrests were made, four citations issued, and six handguns and other weapons were seized. The Special Enforcement Unit was established in 2013 and operates as a proactive criminal investigative unit that works with the community to identify problems and to prevent crimes.



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OBITUARIES BARBARA ANN BENZ Berlin Barbara Ann Benz, age 75, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 29, 2018 at her home. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Henry E. and Helen Burkhart Schmidt. She is survived by her beloved husband, Barbara Benz of 37 years, Edward F. Benz, and children, Dean Marra of Morgantown, West Virginia, Michelle Marra Everett and her husband, Daniel, of Frederick, Maryland, Edward F. Benz, Jr. and his wife, Jill, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Lori Benz Virnig and her husband, Tedd, of Tucson, Arizona. Preceding her in death was a brother, Edward Schmidt. Mrs. Benz had worked in human resources for a pharmaceutical company for many years. She was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, the Republican Women’s Club, and a volunteer at St. John Neumann. She enjoyed playing cards. A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, July 19 at 11 a.m. at St John Neumann Catholic Church near Ocean Pines. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Rev. John Lunness and Rev. John Klevence will officiate. Interment will be private for the family. A donation in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1315 Mt. Hermon Rd., Salisbury, Maryland 21904. Letters of condolence may be sent via: Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. KATHLEEN M. HAYES Ocean Pines Kathleen M. Hayes, age 80, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at her home. Born in Renovo, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Alexander S. Mack and Loretta O’Connor Mack. She was preceded in death by her husKathleen Hayes band, Philip Hayes, in 2008. Surviving, are her sons, P. Michael Hayes of Ocean Pines and David Hayes and his wife, Tracy, of Delmar, Maryland. There are four grandchildren, Joseph, Carissa, Camdyn and Meghan. Also surviving is a sister, Marie Mack. Preceding her in death were two brothers, David and Tom Mack. Mrs. Hayes was a graduate of Seton High School and was employed by AT&T Telephone Company. She was also a homemaker, and sports

Ocean City Today enthusiast, especially platform tennis and golf. She was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, and East Coast Women’s Golf Association. Most of all, Kathleen enjoyed being with her family and friends. A mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church near Ocean Pines. Rev. Leonard J. Downs officiated. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery. A donation in her memory may be sent to: Delaware Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 100 West 10th St. Suite 1103, Wilmington, Delaware 19801 or AI duPont Hospital for Children, 1600 Rockland Rd., Wilmington, Delaware 19803. Letters of condolence may be sent via: Continued on Page 74


Crowd packs new Berlin library Continued from Page 67 then we’ll have all the kinks worked out,” Ranck added. “We just want everyone to come in and enjoy the new space. I know they’ve been waiting for it a long time and we’ve been waiting for it a long time, so we just can’t wait to share it with them,” she said. The library was largely paid for by money from the state and Worcester County, with the Town of Berlin also making a contribution and nonprofits such as the Mary Humpheys Foundation adding about $250,000 in matching grants. Private donations also helped add several hundred thousand for new books, computers, and furnishings. “I would just like to congratulate the county commissioners for their foresight and their support of this building,” Nancy Howard, library board

member, said. “They’ve added, really, another star in Worcester County.” Berlin Mayor Gee Williams was out of town on the day of the soft opening, but said he was also thrilled. “I’m very excited about it and particularly because in the past year we’ve had more people in town talking about it and participating in it than I ever would have thought possible, which is great,” he said. “To have a community excited about a new library and have that result be so special, it’s just perfect. It was well worth the wait.” Visit the new Berlin library on 13 Harrison Avenue. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, and 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit



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OBITUARIES Continued from Page 73 JAMES MCCLELLAND Ocean Pines Our dear James “Grandpop Jim” McClelland always told us at least he’s “on the right side of the grass” and while it pains us to announce this, he would surely now correct us with a wry smile. Born in 1931 to wonderful loving Scottish parents in Baltimore, Maryland, Jim J. McClelland was raised with his brother, Arthur, in New York. At 17, James’ rebellious nature culminated in a drive to the Armed Services Station where his father told him to “pick one.” Jim served six years in the US Air Force never once complaining about being stationed in Hawaii. After a

transfer to Virginia, James took a three-day leave to New York meeting “my Eileen” McGovern, the love of his life, blessing him with 62 years of loving marriage — an institution outlasting the roller rink they met in. Snowbirds, Jim and Eileen split their time between Ocean Pines, Maryland and The Villages in Florida, never missing happy hour, a steak and baked potato, golf, bridge, or an 8 p.m. PBS Mystery episode. A grade school friend, Ruffin McMurray, tipped Jim that playing the bagpipes got you invited to lots of parties thus starting Jim’s storied bagpiping career including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, organizing the Baltimore City Pipe Band with Pipe Major Quigg and Jim’s dancing daughter, Mary Ellen, the Ocean City Pipe Band with parades Jim would warn, “blink once and you’ll miss it,” and playing venues as recently as the

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entrance procession of his granddaughter, Maureen’s wedding in 2017 — a party he would have been invited to even without the pipes. Jim celebrated countless milestones with Eileen, her sister, Maureen and husband, Jack; Jim’s brother, Arthur and wife, Lillian; Jim’s daughter, Mary Ellen, a nurse, her husband, Mark; their children, Maureen, Austin, Shane and Luke; Maureen and Austin’s spouses, Dylan and Marie, respectively and two soon-to-be baby boys; Jim’s daughter, Maureen, a stayat-home mom, her husband, John; their children, Shannon, Makayla and Hunter; Shannon’s fiancé, Devin and baby girl, Nataleigh; and Jim’s dear son, Tommy, a man with a heart of gold taken from this world too soon whom James thought of every day. These children and grandchildren cherish all the Thanksgivings spent with Jim, all the games of Tripoley and poker, all the games and hide and seek and all the calls of “boop boop” James introduced to help him be found quicker. They cherish McClelland’s home “Mac Theater” and its routine screenings of Jurassic Park on VHS. They cherish the singing call from Jim and Eileen on every birthday and they cherish the endless feasts of silver dollar pancakes Jim tirelessly cooked any morning you were with him — at any age you became. Jim’s favorite stories included the arrival of Santa Claus via sleigh (pickup truck arranged by Tommy) surprising 5-year-old granddaughter, Maureen, and the unexpected arrival of the police prompted by a 911 call by granddaughter, Makayla and grandson, Luke (and greeted at the door by Luke dressed as Captain Incredible).   Jim loved his family and life-long friends, George and Mary; Elaine, Emily, Joanne and Jim; his golfing buddies, Joe, Dick, Chuck, Pat, Jack and Bob; and his poker friends, Buzz,

Becky and Woody (whom he financially endows by his absence at the poker table and golf course). Never shy about giving advice, some of his words will be immortalized here for all lucky enough to read it: go to college; education is important; be happy; enjoy life; work hard; never pay full price; credit cards are not a loan; family is always there for you. “Ok, lecture over.” He always recognized “how wonderful” life around him was, so too was it truly wonderful to have known him. “It doesn’t get much better than this,” he would say, and they don’t get better than Jim. He will be missed. Whether you hear a bagpipe in the distance or get stuck in a sand trap, think of Jim McClelland and enjoy life. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. John Neumann on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Interment was at Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery in Hurlock, Maryland on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.  Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Letters of condolence may be sent to the family at CHARLOTTE BEHNING HOLLYDAY Charlotte Behning Hollyday, 93, passed away on June 27, 2018 at Golden Crest Assisted Living Facility. Born in Pleasantville, New York, she was the daughter of the late Albert Behning and Evelyn Penn Behning. She was preceded in death by her first C. Hollyday husband, Samuel Howard Phipps, Jr. and her second husband, Milton Ritchie Hollyday; two sisters, Shirley Doupnik of Easton, Maryland, and Janet Allison of Uvalde, Texas; Continued on Page 78



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OBITUARIES Continued from Page 74 brother, Ralph Behning of Catonsville, Maryland; and greatgrandson, Ryan Scott Krempa. She is survived by four daughters, Charlotte Martin and husband, Andrew, of Dayton, Maryland, Ruth Elseroad and husband, Samuel Glenn, of Reisterstown, Maryland, Linda Peer and husband, Anthony, of Dover, Delaware and Denise Phipps of Ocean View, Delaware. She was an adored grandmother of Charlotte Krempa, Tammy Ferris, Andrew Martin, Melissa Martin, Glenn Elseroad, Howard Elseroad, Timothy Peer, Sam Peer and Gordon Peer and 23 great-grandchildren. Charlotte was a graduate of Catonsville High School. She started her career during WWII serving as an executive secretary with the Third Service Command of the Zone Transportation Corps of the United States

Ocean City Today Army. She volunteered in the Maryland Wing Civil Air Patrol for 20 years and retired a lieutenant colonel. Over the years she served as Air Operations administration officer for the Maryland Wing, escort officer for the International Air Cadet Exchange, escorting 250 cadets to Germany and England; project officer for the IACE functions at Bolling Air Force Base; executive officer for five Maryland Wing Flying Summer Encampments at varied Air Force Bases; and Host Project officer for foreign cadets visiting America. Charlotte was awarded the “Zero Defects Award” from Gen. Curtis La May for outstanding service in the search and rescue missions with the USAF, Meritorious Service Award and National Commander’s Certificate. She was an honorary member of

the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, The Girl’s Venture Corps of England and the RAF Gliders Club of England. Charlotte was active with the Baltimore Symphony Associates for many years, serving on the board and in 1984 was the chairman for the Decorator’s Show House; former president of the Dulaney Valley Symphony and former president of the Art League of Ocean City (19931994). She was a former Grand Council president of the Zeta Tau Sorority, a member of the National Miniature Art Society, and member of the Ocean City Aviation Association. Charlotte organized the first Outreach and Food Program for the Community Church of Ocean Pines, and served on the board of Habitat for Humanity of the Lower Eastern Shore. When Atlantic General Hospital

JULY 13, 2018 opened its doors, she joined the Auxiliary serving on the board for 18 years. She served as vice president (1993-1994) and was president of the Auxiliary (1995-1996), coordinator for the We Care Program, Auxiliary parliamentarian, and Region 5 representative for the Maryland Association of Hospital Auxiliaries. While on the MAHA Board for over 12 years she served as the parliamentarian, vice president, chairman of Region 5 Hospitals of the Eastern Shore, recruitment chairman, nominating chairman and Special Events chairman. Charlotte’s favorite hobbies were sewing, needle point, reading, oil painting, golfing, enjoying symphonies, operas, genealogy research for the family and many activities with her large family. The family received friends on Friday, July 6, 2018 at the Eline Funeral Home in Finksburg, Maryland. A celebration of Charlotte’s Life was held on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 12:30pm at the funeral home. A private family interment will take place in Moreland Memorial Park. ANN MARGARET MALEE Berlin Ann Margaret Malee, age 91, died Saturday July 7, 2018 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. Born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late James and Florence Longsinger. She was preceded in death by her longtime companion, Ann Malee Duane Milchling. She is survived by her son, John Malee and his wife, Lillian, of Redline, Pennsylvania, and daughters, Barbara Davis of Westminster, Maryland, Janet Lutz and her husband, Charles, of Berlin, and Patti Vaughn and her husband ,Steven, of Essex, Maryland. There are nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Also surviving, is a brother, John Longsinger and his wife, Sue Ann, of Georgia; and sister, Virginia Draiss and her husband, Ed, of Florida. There are several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Malee had been employed as a steel worker with Bethlehem Steel Company in Baltimore. She was a member of UAW Steelworkers Union at Sparrows Point and a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church at Ocean Pines. A graveside service was held on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Holly Hill Memorial Cemetery in Middle River, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, a donation in her memory may be made to the Maryland Chapter for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 10626 York Rd. Suite A, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030. Letters of condolence may be sent via:

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Japan attacks Russia in Lake Khasan battle

By Sam Ghaleb Contributing Writer (July 13, 2018) Eighty years ago, today, the Red Army occupied Changkufeng Hill in the disputed area between Soviet Siberia and Japanesecontrolled Korea. The Khunchun Treaty of 1886 defined the border between China and Russia, in eastern Manchuria, as the ridge tops of a series of mountains and hills near the Pacific Ocean. Territory on the eastern slopes was Russian and the Chinese possessed the western. After the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in 1931, and the establishment of the “independent” state of “Manchukuo,” in 1932, these existing administrative boundaries were questioned, thus giving rise to the issue of the border lines between “Manchukuo” and its neighbors. Although talks for demarcation were begun in 1935, they were fruitless and the actual demarcation line was left unsettled. Manchukuo`s long undefined borders became a source of friction between the Japanese Empire and the Soviet Union. In 1936, Japan’s imperial government viewed the Soviet Union as the main threat to Japan’s conquests on the mainland of Asia, and in particular, Japan’s puppet state of Manchukuo. With further territorial expansion on the Asian mainland in mind, and with China the primary target, Japan began looking for allies who would be comfortable with military aggression and likely to support Japan in the event of a military confrontation with the Soviet Union. Adolf Hitler was pleased to accommodate Japan, and on Nov. 25, 1936, Japan and Germany signed the AntiComintern Pact. The main purpose of the Anti-Comintern Pact was to block the spread of communism, but it contained a secret protocol that required both parties to consult, with a view to safeguarding their common interests, if either Germany or Japan was attacked by the Soviet Union. The Japanese viewed the pact as a safeguard of Manchukuo against the Soviet Union seeking to use Japan’s puppet state to access an ice-free Pacific port. Fascist Italy joined the pact in 1937. On Jan. 1, 1938, Reichsminister for Foreign Affairs Joaquim von Ribbentrop spoke with Gen. Baron Hiroshi Ōshima, Japan’s Ambassador in Berlin, raising the possibility of a German-Japanese alliance. Hitler had secured his position in Germany and was eager to take over Austria and the German-speaking lands in the Sudeten region of Czechoslovakia. It would be of great benefit to Nazi Germany to keep the Soviets occupied in the Far East while this was occurring. The Japanese High Command wanted a German alliance to warn off

the Soviets while the Japanese overran China, and possibly to expand into mineral rich Siberia in the event of an all-out Russo-German conflict. Tensions escalated along the Soviet-Manchukuo border when Soviet Commissar Genrikh Samoilovich Lyushkov, a senior officer of the Soviet Security Forces — the NKVD — and the Soviet Frontier Forces, suddenly defected to the Japanese in June 1938. Commissar Lyushkov was a ruthless, loyal, hatchet man, serving Stalin in 1937–38. His fortunes foundered when Stalin viewed him with suspicion and issued an order recalling him from his position in the Far East. Lyushkov, sensing the danger, dared to disobey the order and on June 13, 1938 crossed the border into Manchukuo. The reason for Lyushkov’s defection was clear to the Japanese. He was on Stalin’s purge list and he had fled to the arms of the Japanese to escape the dictator’s wrath. Lyushkov brought with him detailed maps and data that identified all of the Soviet military dispositions in Siberia. The defector, in a show of great cooperation with the Japanese, identified all Soviet defense positions along the Manchurian border, and discussed

with the Japanese, at length, the internal disorders of the Soviet Union and the ongoing Stalinist purge. Changkufeng was a particularly sensitive point because it was only 50 miles from Vladivostok, the largest Soviet city in the Far East and the main Soviet naval base with access to the Pacific Ocean. On July 29, the commander of the Imperial Japanese Army’s 19th Infantry Division, responsible for the defense of northern Korea, on his own initiative, ordered an assault on Changkufeng, and neighboring Shatsaofeng Hill, which had also been occupied by the Soviets. From Changkufeng, the Japanese could threaten Soviet communications with their naval base at Posyet Bay. Marshal Vasili Blyukher, commander of the Soviet Far East Front, began assembling forces for a counterstrike. A hasty divisional strength attack, on Aug. 2, was repulsed by the Japanese. An attack by the 32nd Rifle Division northeast of Lake Khasan and the 40th Rifle Division, from the southeast, was ordered for Aug. 6. Soviet forces heavily outnumbered Japanese forces in tanks and aircraft. Imperial General Headquarters in Tokyo immediately ordered the Sovi-

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ets pushed back. For the mission, the Kwangtung Army, commanded by Kenkichi Ueda, selected forces extracted from the 10th, 28th and 29th Infantry Divisions, the 23rd Tank Regiment, the Botanko Artillery Regiment and the Kwangtung Air Brigade. In addition to engagements by ground forces, there were several encounters between units of the Red Air Force(VVS) and air units of the Japanese Army, up to Aug. 1, when the Japanese forces returned to their origSee WORLD WAR II Page 80


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WORLD WAR II Continued from Page 79 inal position. The Battle of Lake Khasan (sometimes called the battle of Changkuofeng) appeared to have come to a close. Under the command Marshal Blyukher, additional forces were moved to the zone of conflict. The Soviets continually bombarded the Japanese holding out on Changkufeng Hill, launching a series of sporadic attacks. The Japanese repulsed the uncoordinated Soviet assaults. But it was clear that the 19th Division could not hold out, alone, and after several engagements during Aug. 2-9 the Japanese forces were pushed off the Soviet territory. Unwilling to widen the clash, on Aug. 9, 1938, the Japanese agreed to a cease fire with the Soviets and quietly withdrew their troops from the disputed hills. On Aug. 10, the Japanese prime minister asked the United

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States to assist in ending the hostilities. On Aug. 11, hostilities ceased and peace was established in the disputed border region around Lake Khasan. During this border conflict, which lasted for three weeks, the Soviets committed 22,950 men, supported by several hundred tanks and aircraft. The Japanese had more than 20,000 of their troops engaged in the battle. In the fighting, the Japanese lost some 525 killed, and 913 wounded. The Soviets on the other hand lost 717 killed, 75 missing, and 2,752 wounded. In comparison, the “War on Terror” is costing the United States more than 700 killed and 4,000 wounded every year. Stalin was not happy with the conduct of operations during the crisis. He thought that with such Soviet superiority in tanks and artillery, the results should have been swift with more Japanese casualties. Marshal Blyukher had to pay for this. He was arrested by the NKVD, sent to Moscow where he was interrogated and, finally, executed. Blyukher was one of only five Marshals in the Soviet Union in the 1930s. The Japanese military, while taking the lesson of Lake Khasan seriously, was willing to engage with the Soviets once more, in the more extensive Battle of Khalkhin Gol in the SovietJapanese Border War of 1939. In retrospect, the Battles of Lake

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Khasan in 1938 and Khalkin Gol in 1939 had far-reaching effects on the Japanese military decisions that led to the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The Japanese Army, after these border wars with the Soviet Union, realized that this was not the same army of Tsarist Russia of 1905. The Soviet Army in the 1930s was far better equipped with infantry weapons, artillery, and tanks than the Imperial Japanese Army. It was also going through a massive reorganization and its leadership and soldiers were going to fight for Mother Russia to the death, willingly or unwillingly. The Japanese Army leadership came to the conclusion that any protracted war with the Soviet Union would have disastrous consequences for Japan and the price in lives and materiel would be too high. This led the Japanese leadership, on the eve of World War II, to adopt a southern strategy, in which Japan went for the oil and the resources of Southeast Asia. The Japanese also believed that by doing so they would be faced by weaker Western enemies, such as the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Netherlands. The United States was viewed by the Japanese leaders as a power that would not sacrifice too much blood for the Asiatic people. When the Soviet Union was fight-

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Berlin Jr. League Softball team wins Md. championship

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By Morgan Pilz Staff Writer (July 13, 2018) The Berlin Little League All-Star season continues as one team has already won a state championship and another a district title.

Junior League Softball

The Junior League squad captured the state championship title on Monday, July 9, in Waldorf, defeating Elkton, 9-3. “This is the first year we have had a Junior League Division,” Coach Katie Griffin said. “Many of these girls have been playing in Berlin Little League since we started six years ago. “They lost in the final inning of the district championship last year when they were in the Major Division to [Delmar] who went on to win the state title, so for many of these girls it was something they have been aiming for since last year and something they knew they could accomplish.” As this was the only District 8 Junior All-Star League Division, the team went straight to the state competition in Waldorf on Saturday, July 7. The girls won their first game, 17-2, over Calvert. Then they dominated TriCity, 16-6. “Much of the credit has to go to the manager of the team, Stan Griffin,” she said. “It was his vision to stray from what our district was doing and form a junior league-only division so that our talented 12-year-olds had a division to play in that would be better suited to their needs/level of play. “The girls have been playing well with very solid pitching on Saturday from Harleigh Donaway and Skylar Griffin on Monday in the championship,” she continued. “Their bats have been on fire.” The Junior League team will play in the regional competition in Connecticut, beginning July 20. The opening ceremony will kick off at 10 a.m. Game times had not been set as of earlier this week.

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The Minor Softball League captured the district championship title after defeating Delmar in a best-outof-three series. The team lost the first game against Delmar in Berlin on Monday,


The Berlin Junior Softball League All-Star team won the state championship on Monday, July 9, and will now play in regional competition beginning Friday, July 20.

July 9, 3-2. They won Tuesday, July 10, 10-4, also playing on their home field. On Wednesday, the girls earned the title with a 9-1 victory over Delmar in Berlin. “It was an incredible game,” Griffin said Wednesday. “I am so proud of these girls for battling back after losing the first game.” The team will begin their state tournament run against Talbot Little League on Saturday, July 14, in Waldorf. Game time will be either 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.

11-12 League

The 11-12-year-old team on Thursday, July 5, earned a victory over Delmar in Berlin, 11-1. On Saturday, July 7, the Berlin squad outscored East Wicomico, 9-0, in Winterplace Park in Salisbury. The 11-12 team then shut out West Salisbury in Berlin on Monday, July 9, 14-0. “Being new to this particular group, I’ve never coached this group of kids before,” Coach Cameron McDonough said. “This year we were allowed more time to practice before our first game because we were allowed to announce for All-Star practice on June 1 rather than June 15, so it worked out pretty [well].” McDonough has high hopes for his team. “With the talented group of kids that we have, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t win states or even [the] region, and I think this group in par-

ticular could be the group from Berlin to take it the full distance and go to the Little League World Series and show well there,” he said. “They’re that talented.” On Wednesday the team battled Willards in Berlin, winning the district semifinal game in four innings, 10-0. “I feel really good about it, hopefully we hit the balls [on Friday] the same way we did tonight,” McDonough said about Wednesday’s game. “We were really driving the ball tonight.” The District 8 finals will be held in Fruitland on Friday, July 13, at 6 p.m.

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After back-to-back victories over West Salisbury, the 10-11-year-old team’s All-Star season came to an end on Saturday, July 7, after losing to Fruitland in Berlin, 14-0. “They’re a great bunch of boys and they played very hard, and they’re also very talented,” Head Coach Jim McCrystal said. “They were a pleasure to coach and I thanked them for having the opportunity to coach them. They were a great bunch of guys, who also got along really well together.” The team defeated West Salisbury twice, outscoring its opponent 9-7 in both games, before falling to Fruitland. “I’ve been coaching Berlin for eight years,” McCrystal said. “I’m happy with [their] play. They were really good.”

By Lisa Capitelli Managing Editor (July 13, 2018) After a bit of an absence last week, tuna have returned to the area just in time for the 31st annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament. “We saw a lot of yellowfins on Tuesday. Pretty much everybody that left the [Ocean City] Fishing Center came back with yellowfin tuna, and dolphin,” Jennifer Blunt, director of the Ocean City Tuna Tournament, said Wednesday afternoon. “It’s looking good for the tournament. We’re excited.” Fishing Center charter boat operators also reported good numbers of yellowfin on Wednesday. Most are catching tuna in the Poor Man’s and Washington canyons offshore. The cost to enter the tournament was $1,000 ($900 for early registration by July 6). Seventeen teams pre-registered, the most ever for the event, Blunt said. Several new participants have entered this year, she added. Most crews wait until the final registration day, which was Thursday, July 12, to keep an eye on the forecast. Weigh-in times were extended last year and will be the same for 2018. On Friday and Saturday weigh-ins will be from 4-8:30 p.m., and until 7 p.m. on Sunday at the Ocean City Fishing Center in West Ocean City. There is no cost to watch the weighins, which are open to the public. Organizers also changed the boat size divisions last year. They are again: boats 35 feet and under, 36-51 feet, and 52 feet and larger. Altogether, there are 17 added entrylevel calcuttas for the 2018 competition. The cost to enter them ranges from $200 to $5,000. Teams had the opportunity to sign up for one or all of the added entry-level categories, which, if they place on the top of the leader board, could substantially increase the amount of prize money they receive. The cost to go across the board with the $1,000 entry fee for boats 52 feet and larger was $17,700; $17,450 for boats 36-51 feet; and $17,200 for boats 35 feet and smaller. The Level H Pro Tuna Jackpot Winner Takes All cost $5,000 to enter, but it pays off for the angler with the heaviest single tuna as long as he or she signs up for the calcutta. In 2017, 38 of the tournament’s 88 boats entered the calcutta and the pot totaled $171,000. Jamie Romero landed the largest tuna of the 2017 competition, a 115See WEIGH-INS Page 82


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After buying equipment, surfing ‘basically free’

By Dave Dalkiewicz Contributing Writer (July 13, 2018) Surfing is inexpensive. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that surfing is downright cheap. Once equipment is acquired it’s basically free. True, a surfboard can seem to be rather expensive, but if one really knew what went into the making of that board, well it’s a wonder that surfboards aren’t priced at least twice of what they are. In the midst of the hot summer season people will flock to the beach and pay all the accompanying costs. Lodging and food can be pricey. A night on the Board-

walk might run a few scheckles, depending on one’s desires. Costs can be mitigated of course, but surfing? The ocean is free, at least if one’s ocean activity is close to shore. It’s luxury one can afford. Let’s put it on a comparative basis. Boating can be very pricey. Assuming a power boat as opposed to sail, filling up with fuel can put quite a dent in one’s pocketbook. Golfing? You can’t shoot 18 or even

nine holes for free. And the bar tab at the clubhouse after losing to your buddies? Forget about it. A lot of these other activities have a price attached, every time, before anything starts. It’s sort of a price of admission, if you will. Every time, no exceptions. Used boards are available as well which can bring down the cost even more. Selection will most likely not be as extensive but a little time and effort could be well rewarded. How about surfing in colder conditions? Wetsuit gear is obviously going to be an added cost. The colder the condi-

tions the more wetsuit gear will be needed. But once it’s acquired, the cost is no more. Compare it to skiing or snowboarding. Equipment is necessary with obvious initial cost but what about getting to the top of the hill or mountain? Unless hiking is to become part of the process, lift tickets are going to cost, every time. It seems like surfing has always been like this. Even traveling to exotic tropical locales, once an airplane ticket is paid for, the clear, clean, warm water is available for no charge. See REWARDS Page 83

Weigh-ins held at Ocean City Fishing Center Continued from Page 81 pound bluefin. Romero and his Absolut Pleasure teammates were awarded $309,130 for first place in the Single Largest Tuna Division. Last year with 88 boats entered, more than $785,000 was awarded to tournament winners. For 2018, tournament fishing is permitted Friday through Sunday. Anglers will fish two of the three days. Boats can leave either the Ocean City or Indian River inlets.

Prize money will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-heaviest single tuna and the largest total catch weight. Each boat may weigh up to five fish per day to compete for a two-day total pound catch. There is a 30-pound minimum weight requirement for all eligible tournament tuna (yellowfin, bluefin and big eye). Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in the Park Place Jewelers Ladies Division. A $1,500

award will be presented to the female angler who catches the largest tuna. Prizes of $1,000 and $500 will be distributed to second and third place, respectively. A Junior Angler division is available for those 16 and younger. The winner will receive $1,000. Cash prizes of $500 and $250 will be presented to junior anglers who land the second- and thirdheaviest fish. There will also be prize money of $2,500, $1,000 and $500 for the first-,

second- and third-largest dolphin. Since several wahoo have been caught during the tournament over the years, organizers added a division for the fish in 2016. The calcutta was also available this year. There will be free parking during weigh-ins in the West Ocean City Park & Ride. Free shuttles to and from the Fishing Center and Park & Ride will be available. For more information about the Tuna Tournament, call 410-213-1121 or visit

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Rewards outweigh relative minimal cost to go surfing

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Continued from Page 82 We are going to assume quality waves of course, but the financial aspect can line up in a very favorable way. So there you have it. I don’t want to hear the whining and fussing about surfboard prices. It’s only my opinion, of course, but surfboards would still be a bargain at twice the price. I’ve often thought that every surfer should make their own board at least

once if for no other reason than to see what goes into it. Not only the time and effort it takes to become proficient at the many steps and processes but even the cost of materials and tools and a place to work all factor into the end result. Keep smiling and go surfing. The reward far outweighs the relative minimal cost. Surfing is cheap! — Dave Dalkiewicz is the owner of Ocean Atlantic Surf Shop in Ocean City.


Several Worcester Prep lacrosse players have been selected to compete in the Maverik National Lacrosse Academy and National Lacrosse Classic, to be held July 16-19, at the DE Turf Sportsplex in Frederica,

Delaware. Slated to participate in the event are rising junior Carly Hoffman, rising sophomore Claire Williams, rising freshmen Brice Richins, Brooke Emeigh and Myranda Beebe, and rising seventh graders Caitlin Williams and Mary Kate Barnhart.

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By Morgan Pilz Staff Writer (July 13, 2018) The 25th annual Iron Guard Competition will take place tonight, Friday, on the beach at 130th Street, beginning at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Pizza Tugos, the competition is a triathlon open to members of the Ocean City Beach Patrol, which involves a 1,000-meter swim, 2-mile run and a 2,000-meter paddle. “When I came up with the idea to start this race, it was in part because I was getting into triathlons myself,” said Wes Smith, former Ocean City Beach Patrol lieutenant. “Sgt. David Griffith, now captain of Sea Colony Beach Patrol, would go out every day and run and swim by the area of 130th Street and he really motivated me to get into triathlons, so I wanted to create a race that resembled his workout.” Smith started the Iron Guard in 1993 when he was 18 years old. According to him, the first triathlon was by far the most challenging. “Capt. George Schoepf wanted to challenge me because I wasn’t a lieutenant or officer, so he set it up by saying, ‘You can run the race but you’re not allowed [to use] any beach patrol equipment. You can organize this race with paddleboards and buoys, but you’re going to have to figure out a way on your own,’” Smith said. “The history [behind] it is really funny,” he continued. “We didn’t have buoys, we didn’t have any beach patrol vehicles. We just had a guy with a mullet in a Jeep Wrangler driving down the beach with paddle-

boards thrown in the back. People used to joke that what I was doing to get the race going was actually a harder race than the actual race.” Despite initial struggles, the race has become a fan favorite among the lifeguards. Many use the triathlon as a test of their endurance or physical fitness. The competition lasts anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour and 10 minutes. Last year, 28 lifeguards competed in the triathlon. “It was an incentive to keep the guards in shape and [have] something to strive for at the end of the summer [as well as] bragging rights as the guards competed against each other for various awards within different criteria,” Smith said. Trophies will be awarded to the top finishers in the male, female and relay divisions. Each participant will also receive a T-shirt and free pizza from Pizza Tugos. Plaques and medals will be presented as well. “We are having multiple previous winners and alumni to come and join in cheering on and seeing the results for this year’s big anniversary,” Iron Guard Organizer Sgt. Jeff Brabitz said. The event is free for spectators. Those interested in watching the competition are recommended to bring a chair. “Everybody that I’ve ever talked to who’s seen it, [say] they see the camaraderie among the guards and how much fun they have,” Smith said. “Either way, it’s exciting to watch.” For more information about the competition, contact Brabitz at 301943-0842 or

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By Morgan Pilz Staff Writer (July 13, 2018) Ocean Games returns with a 9-mile swim along the Ocean City shoreline in addition to Beach Ultimate Frisbee, on Saturday, July 21. In 2014, Swim Ocean City was officially sanctioned by the World of Open Water Swimming (WOWSA) and combined with the East Coast SUP CUP, hosted by local company Walk on Water to form the Ocean Games. The Ocean Games features a World of Open Water Swimming-sanctioned series of 3- and 9-mile open water swims along the Atlantic coastline as well as an Ultimate Frisbee tournament. And for the first time, a threeperson team 9-mile relay will be added to the event. “The relay is a unique twist to Ocean Games this year,” Ocean Games Race Director Corey Davis stated in a press release. “I haven’t heard of anything like this in the open water competition world and I hope it’s well received.” When a motorcycle accident in 2007 left Davis with a traumatic brain injury, rendering him unable to walk, the Johns Hopkins Brain and Stroke Rehabilitation Program became his only hope. After six months of treatment by a team of five professionals, led by neuropsychologist Dr. Kate (Kortte) Bechtold, Davis’ determination and the efforts of the rehabilitation program allowed him to stand on his own two feet again – a remarkable recovery given predictions that he would be wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life. “To give back to the program that helped him return to his previously active lifestyle, Corey conceived the idea of a swimming event, to be held in his native Ocean City,” Event Promoter Olive Mawyer said. “The event will simultaneously raise funds for the Brain and Stroke Rehabilitation Program, increase awareness of brain injuries and recovery and promote the positive effects that sports have on the brain and

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the body.” Since its debut in 2013, the Ocean Games has raised over $120,000 for the Johns Hopkins Program and local charities. Ocean Games is widely supported through grants and many local Ocean City businesses. “A lot of people forget about the mental benefits of exercise and only equate it with physical ones,” Davis said. “The mind needs workouts to stay fit and not lose its edge just like the body. The brain has to give instructions to communicate what it wants the body to do and when it quits telling the body then the body stops.” Last year, the organization raised $22,000. This year, a percentage of funds raised will be donated to Worcester Youth & Family Counseling Services in Berlin. Festivities will begin Friday, July 20, at the Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church on 103rd Street with a packet pickup for the 9-mile swimmers and a mandatory safety meeting beginning at 7 p.m., presented by Davis. “There is a required safety meeting and dinner for the swimmers and the kayakers on Friday night,” Davis said. “Every 9-mile swimmer is required to have a personal kayak pilot escort for safety and nutrition. The pilot plays a

key role in watching out for signs of distress, carrying water and nutrition and providing visibility to a person’s location.” The swimmers will enter the water at 10 a.m. after a second safety meeting on the beach presented by the Ocean City Beach Patrol, next Saturday. Registration for the swim events end on Sunday, July 15. The 9-mile swim will run parallel to the shoreline and follow the direction of the current on race day, which will be determined around 6 a.m. For example, if the current is running northto-south, the 9-mile race will take swimmers from 146th Street down to Caroline Street. “It is the length of Ocean City in the ocean and along the coastline just past the surf,” Davis said. Each participant must have qualifications from a certified race and they must be submitted no later than one week prior to race day. All 9-mile swimmers must have completed a 3mile open water swim or greater within the last two years or show proof of completion of a documented Ironman Triathlon race. The minimum age to compete is 14. Participant must swim the 9-mile See RELAY Page 86

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Relay, individual swims plus frisbee at games Continued from Page 85 Ocean Games race with a wetsuit if their qualification event was done wearing a wetsuit. However, if the temperature of the water is over 70 degrees a wetsuit will not be required. There will be time restrictions for each race and safety buoys approximately every 1,500 yards. “A marathon swim is any open water swim over 10 kilometers, or 6.2 miles long,” Davis said. “The Swim Ocean City event in the Ocean Games is unique by being one of only two marathon swims all in the ocean on the entire East Coast.” Award ceremonies will take place after the events, which includes trophies for best overall female and male swimmers in wetsuit and non-wetsuit categories. “In only the first four previous years we’ve had two English Channel swimmers compete in our swim,” Davis said. “In our inaugural swim, my swim coach, Traci McNeil, won the women’s non-wetsuit category and [2016]’s overall winner, Reeven Nathan, swam the English Channel one month later and used our event as a final training swim cool down.” The Ultimate Frisbee co-ed competition will start around 10:15 a.m. on the beach. Participants can register for the Ultimate Frisbee competition from

8-10 a.m. at Caroline Street on race day. Ultimate Frisbee recognizes the best overall team and an award will be given to the top event fundraiser. All participants will take home a commemorative

T-shirt in addition to a finisher’s medal. The 9-mile swim costs $280, the 9mile relay (3-person team) costs $300. The 3-mile swim is $125 and the Beach Flight Ultimate Hat Tourney is $40 (individual) or $30 (team).

After the races, participants will gather for a post-race party. As of earlier this week, a location has not been selected. For more information or to register for the games, visit

Diakonia Golf Tournament sold out

By Morgan Pilz Staff Writer (July 13, 2018) Diakonia’s ninth annual golf tournament – which is sold out – will take place Wednesday, July 25, at the Ocean City Golf Club, in Berlin. “Diakonia is about helping the homeless in this area,” Ginger Vial, committee chair said. “They provide transitional housing for people who need it and what happens is, you have to enter treatment if you need it in order to go through this program. [Diakonia] provides food, clothing, housing. You must get employment in order to stay in this program.” The tournament is full, as 132 participants will take part in the tournament. The Irish Penny, out of Salisbury, will provide lunch again this year followed by the tournament beginning at 1 p.m. “I think the golf tournament’s great,”

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Vail said. “I know when it first started off it wasn’t making much, but now we’re making $20,000 a year just on the tournament. This year we hope to make even more.” The event will wrap with an awards presentation at 6 p.m. and an announcement of all raffle winners. Dinner will be catered by De Novos of Ocean Pines. “We’d like to thank our event sponsors tremendously and Buddy Sass for allowing us to have the tournament at his club,” Vail said. “We especially appreciate the financial backing of this year’s tournament sponsors IMG Insurance Management Group, Seacrets, the Esham Family, Lou Taylor, and CrossFit Assateague, along with numerous businesses and individuals who are underwriting teams,” she continued. Diakonia is the only comprehensive

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