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RESORT WORKERS ASK FOR BARGAINING RIGHTS Nonunion employees have no confidence in council,group rep says STEWART DOBSON ■ Editor
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FIRST HORSES STROLL OCEAN CITY SHORELINE There were some new visitors on the beach in Ocean City this week, when horses were permitted under a new ordinance that allows horseback riding on the beach during winter months. On Wednesday, Ann Luke of Holly Ridge Farms in Willards, purchased four single-day permits to bring horses Lady, Zena, Sparks and Lucky to the beach. Permit applications are now available at the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall, 301 Baltimore Ave., or online at www.oceancitymd.gov. Cost is $20 for a single-day permit and $50 for a seasonal permit. Horseback riding is allowed on the beach, from the inlet to 27th Street, between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., Nov. 1 to March 30.
Bitter bride vacations in OC at ex-love’s expense NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer
(Feb. 24, 2012) As the old saying goes, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. A Selbyville, Del. woman did her part to prove just that when, this past weekend, she whisked off to Ocean City for a solo getaway — on her ex-fiancé’s dime. Forty-two-year-old Wendy
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(Feb. 24, 2012) It can’t be said that Ocean City employee James Moxley lacks gumption. Selected by his co-workers to ask the City Council for “Wedon’tfeel the right to appreciated.” form a public employees union, MoxJAMES MOXLEY ley respectrepresenting city emfully held ployees who wish to forth Tuesform a public employees union. He added that, in day night besome instances, they fore a mayor even feel ‘despised’ by and council council members whose cool post-speech silence indicated a distinct lack of enthusiasm for the idea. In requesting a city charter change to allow workers to bargain collectively, Moxley said the employees’ primary complaint was the lack of equality within the ranks of all on the municipal payroll. Without saying so, he was referring to the police and firefighter unions, the creation of which has led to what he said were “second-place employees.” “It is only proper to extend these rights to all,” he said. Moxley also told the council that while the grievances of nonunion employees had been outlined to all members of the council in one-on-one meetings, he would reiterate them in public. Citing what he called a lack of consistency in the application of the rules and regulations in the
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What’s behind theunionpush? STEWART DOBSON ■ Editor (Feb. 24, 2012) When Ocean City’s public employees went before the Ocean City mayor and City Council on Tuesday to declare their desire to form a union, the opinions had already been formed as to why employees outside the public safety realm want collective bargaining. On one side, the argument is that the vast changes in pay and benefits for new hires and the departure of Dennis Dare are the cause, while on the other is the belief that employees want a union because other city personnel have them. They are both right, according to one employee, who asked to remain anonymous. In a conversation last week, the employee said nonunion See BEHIND on Page 8
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Feds revise recreational fishing data, as some earlier reports awry STEWART DOBSON ■ Editor (Feb. 24, 2012) After years of complaining that the fishing catch reports compiled by the National Marine Fisheries Service couldn’t possibly be accurate, Maryland anglers, it turns out, were right all along. If that weren’t enough to give them a degree of satisfaction, it also happens that the fisheries service, a division of NOAA, not only agrees with them now, but also saw the error of its formulas years ago. Revised catch statistics from 2004 t0 2011 released on Jan. 25 by the fisheries service through its new Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) show that not only were some of these earlier reports off the mark, they were seriously awry for certain species such as flounder. Other species, however, not so much. The result of extended discussion, mathematical analysis and probability studies, the new approach to estimating the number of fish caught puts the total flounder haul far below its previous, and highly disputed, mark. The estimate for 2011 done via the old method, the Marine Recreational Fishing Statistics Survey, fixed the number of flounder hooked and boated in Maryland at 731,214. Of that total, 29,038 were said to be keepers. The MRIP’s revised totals are 503,711 flounder caught with 17,615 keepers, or roughly one for every 30 that were reeled in. The changes represent a 31 percent
drop in the total catch estimate and a 39.3 percent decline in the number of keepers. The estimates for sea bass catch were revised downward as well, 27.1 percent, while striped bass or rockfish showed only a minor revision. But altogether, the new data represents a major shift that the fishing regulatory bodies are still digesting as they sort out how these calculations will affect assessments of fish stocks and, subsequently, what conservation efforts should be applied. Even so, the MRIP isn’t done yet. “Generally speaking, said Gordon Colvin, program manager for MRIP, the reports “tend to show lower estimates. But we’re not finished.” Additional refinements will be instituted between now and next year, as the program continues to adjust survey sites and techniques as well as the data-generating formulas through which angler survey information flows. “More numbers, more confidence,” Colvin said. Colvin also said MRIP will recalculate data done under the old program back to 1998, the last year for which numbers are available. It wasn’t that the surveys were wrong, according to Colvin, but that the formulas used to generate the results didn’t take into account that fishing circumstances differ from one place to another. Up until now, the catch assessment method in use since 1970 concentrated on areas of heavy fishing activity. By not giv-
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haul was completed last January, while the release of the improved statistics this year came as the regulatory bodies were finalizing the rules for this year’s fishing season. Consequently, Maryland anglers probably won’t see the effects of the MRIP’s effort until 2013. Even so, the state’s flounder flotilla could see more liberal regulations this year. The Atlantic Marine Fisheries Commission, which sets the quotas and parameters state See TWO on Page 6
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Downtown parking meter charges to increase beginning April 1 Estimated $400k will be added to resort treasury with new fees in place STEWART DOBSON ■ Editor (Feb. 24, 2012) The cost of feeding the Cale “pay and display” parking meters downtown will be going up from $1 to $1.5o — at times — beginning April 1. By a 5-2 vote Tuesday night, with council members Margaret Pillas and Joe Hall opposed, the council approved the final version of an ordinance that will add $400,000 to the city treasury. That estimate was provided later by Mayor Rick Meehan in response to a comment questioning whether the rate increase was actually worth the trouble. Hall, for whom the concentration of metered parking downtown has been a burr under his councilmanic saddle, declared his opposition based on desire to consider other areas for parking meters as well. As it is, the new rates will be charged from April 1 through May 24, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with parking available the other days of the week at no charge. From May 25 through Labor Day, the new rates will apply daily, but drop back to the Friday through Sunday schedule from Sept. 4 through Oct. 14.
Variations on the schedule will occur in the spring and fall, when special events such as Springfest and Sunfest bring crowds to town. At those times, metered parking will be in affect on Thursdays as well. When the meters are active, charges will apply in municipal lots around the clock, and from 7 a.m. to midnight for street parking. In other council business: CAB FARE INCREASE DENIED
The cost of cab fare in Ocean City won’t be going up anytime soon, as the council rejected a request to raise prices a couple of cents for every 10th of a mile. Community Cab owner Kevin Lyons said the higher rate, which has only about half of the local taxi industry’s support, would have reflected charges in neighboring communities and elsewhere, according to a price sheet he gave the council. Lyons said the reason for the increase was the spiraling cost of fuel, which soon could exceed $4 a gallon. Still, council members winced when he told them, in response to a question from Councilwoman Mary Knight, that the fare from the inlet parking lot to the Delaware state line would be $30 under his current rate schedule. Although some council members were willing to allow him and others to risk the increase, they also advised against it. “Let the market decide,” said Councilman Brent Ashley, before offering a mo-
tion to approve the change. Added Joe Hall, after hearing an earlier presentation on the city’s push to get more riders on the resort bus system, “There is a choice in town.” After the motion failed, Knight led the council in approving a $1 surcharge on the initial charge of $3.20 if, or when, gas prices reach $4. Cabs will be required to carry notices on their vehicles alerting passengers to that fact. All was not lost for cabbies in Ocean City, as the council did agree to allow them to place small advertising carriers on top their vehicles. Any advertising sold for the carriers will have to conform to the same standards the city follows on its own vehicles. BUS CAMPAIGN Cab fares notwithstanding, city officials are pushing for increased ridership on their buses and have approved a campaign by the city’s advertising agency, MGH, that encourages people to “Ride the B.” Andy Malis, head of the Baltimore agency, unveiled a new set of logos and slogan-bearing banners that will be placed on buses, bus stop signs and shelters and possibly even bar coasters. Focusing on an encircled “B” as an emblem, the new branding developed by MGH is the first change in the bus system logo since 1991. The cost to ride the bus remains $3 for
all day and $1 for a one-way ticket. PROPERTY ACQUISITION
In its continuing effort to breathe new life in old town Ocean City, the Ocean City Development Corporation is buying property on 105 Dorchester St. Paid for with a share of inlet parking lot proceeds, the $410,000 property has two buildings containing five apartments that will be used to house seasonal city staff. The OCDC already manages the cityowned buildings at 110 and 108 Dorchester St. They are used to house 23 beach patrol employees, said OCDC Executive Director Glenn Irwin. “Our long-term plan,” he wrote in an e-mail Wednesday, “is to work with the City to attract a developer for these properties … on this block.” BOB MELVIN HONORED
Ninety-two-year-old Bob Melvin, who died last week, spent countless weeks and months lobbying Ocean City officials to establish a transportation service to help the disabled get to their medical appointments. The council did that in 2009, working with the Tri-County Council to create Ocean City MEDTRN. Noting Melvin’s passing, Mayor Rick Meehan suggested the city rename the service in his honor. Not only was the vote unanimous, but Councilman Brent Ashley also pledged to personally donate $1,000 to the service.
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Ocean City government bond sale total increases with savings Of $37.7 million, a third represents re-fi of ‘05 issue STEWART DOBSON ■ Editor (Feb. 24, 2012) Homeowners aren’t the only ones who are refinancing their purchases at the extraordinarily low interest rates these days — the town of Ocean City is doing the same thing, with $12.3 million worth of bonds it sold in 2005. That re-fi, approved Tuesday night by the Ocean City Council, is part of a $37.6 million bond sale the council authorized to pay for a number of capital projects, including the $4.5 million overhaul of the patched and bumpy St. Louis Avenue. The original bond total the council agreed to last week was for just over $20 million, so when the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting
showed an ordinance calling for $34.7 million, some wondered what had changed. Roughly a third of the difference was the resale of the 2005 bonds, but even the total that generated was lower than the final tally, as the council also agreed to add $3.5 million for improvements to fire department headquarters on 15th Street and Station 4 on 130th Street. Confusing enough as it was, the bond bill was further readjusted by the removal of the $600,000 for the new Art League building on the advice of bond counsel because it technically is a private lease between the city and another entity. That would require the city to monitor the payments between the Art League and the city, though just $1 year, for the lifetime of the bonds, Finance Administrator Martha Bennett told the council. The council agreed it would be easier to pay for the building out of what is
known as the unrestricted fund balance, which is more or less surplus money maintained for such contingencies. Even though the council voted 6-1, with Councilman Brent Ashley opposed, to approve the first reading of the bond ordinance, city government isn’t obligated to the full amount. Bennett said the ordinance only authorizes the city to sell bonds up to $37.6 million; it doesn’t mean it must or even will. The total could be revised downward at the measure’s second reading in two weeks or at any time up to the day of the sale on May 1, she said. Two projects that have not been pinned down precisely from a financial standpoint are improvements to fire department headquarters and Station 4. Fire Chief Chris Larmore, who was not available at the initial discussion of the bond ordinance, will make a presentation
on those projects to the council before the final number is set. A major portion of the proceeds from the sale will pay for work the council has previously approved. In addition to the fire department improvements and the St. Louis Avenue project, the bond revenue will pay for the $6 million Boardwalk reconstruction and the $1.2 million purchase of property to be used for parking. The money for the latter comes out of the OCDC’s share of the inlet parking lot revenue and the building will be used for employee housing. Although the council voted 6-1 to approve the bonds, it split 5-2 on paying for the new Art League building out of the unrestricted fund balance. Maintaining their continued opposition to local government’s involvement in that endeavor, council members Margaret Pillas and Brent Ashley voted against the expense transfer.
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officials use to establish their rules, has approved four flounder fishing options for Maryland. Three of them offer more opportunity to fish and two of them lower the minimum size. The state Department of Natural Resources held a meeting on the options on Feb. 16 in the Ocean Pines library. Although the lengths of the season and size minimums vary, all the options maintain the three-fish creel limit of last year. 1. Season, April 16 - Nov. 22; minimum size, 18 inches. 2. Season, March 1 - Dec. 31; minimum size, 18 inches. 3. Season, March 1 - Nov. 31; minimum size, 17.5 inches. 4. April 14 - Nov. 30; minimum size 17 inches. As for MRIP’s work in Maryland, it’s not over yet either, as Colvin said the program is working on a way to have two sets of data for the state: one for the Chesapeake Bay and one for the coastal waters. “That’s been an issue in Maryland,” Colvin said, because the difference between the catch reports from the two different bodies of water have always been combined, further skewing the final tally in one direction or the other. He said MRIP is working with the DNR to come up with ways to address that, with the product of that effort coming as early as next year, he said. Even though the MRIP’s figures are more accurate than ever before, it does acknowledge that the system is hardly perfect. It includes in its statistics for each species an accuracy factor called a Proportional Standard Error or PSE that indicates how reliable the information is. For sea bass, the PSE is 28.7 for its catch total, which means the estimate of 253,578 fish caught in 2011 could be up or down by that percentage. The flounder PSE for flounder is 23.2. Anglers with a notion for numbers and who are curious about other species as well can go to the MRIP’s Web site, www.countmyfish.noaa.gov, – which features a query table for recreational fishing species along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.
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(Feb. 24, 2012) Worcester County Commissioner Bud Church thinks another try at obtaining federal funds to improve rail service in the county could be futile. Church said Tuesday that he has serious reservations that Worcester “comes anywhere near the top” of the list to receive funds because it has struck out three times. But Commissioner Louise Gulyas thought it was worth another effort. “Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” she said. Despite his reservations, Church voted with the other commissioners to forge ahead with an application to the Department of Transportation for the $12 million in funds and to contribute money for matching funds. “We’d be seeking $150,000 as the county’s match,” Economic Development Director Bill Badger told the commissioners, who agreed to his request. The Maryland Department of Transportation had indicated, Badger said, that it would consider increasing its match from $1 million to $1.5 million.
WORCESTER COUNTY BRIEFS NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (Feb. 24, 2012) The Worcester County Commissioners discussed the following issues during their Tuesday, Feb. 21, meeting.
Housing rehab The commissioners approved the bid package for the demolition of an existing single-family house and construction of a replacement home in the Berlin area. The project is proposed to be funded through the state Special Loans Program.
Pocomoke restaurant The commissioners will hold a public hearing March 20, as required by the Community Development Block Grant Program, the major source of funds for the restaurant under construction at the Delmarva Discovery Center in Pocomoke. The program awarded the county
The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER IV) grant funding would be used to rehabilitate the Maryland and Delaware Railroad’s 27-mile line from Frankford, Del., to Snow Hill. Four miles of the track are in Delaware and 23 miles of track are in Maryland. It parallels Route 113 and passes through Selbyville, Del. and Bishop, Berlin and Newark in Maryland. In September 2011, the commissioners authorized county staff to apply for TIGER III funds and they were willing to match $100,000. Their effort was not rewarded, but Eric Callaway, president of the Maryland and Delaware Railroad, said federal authorities liked the county’s application, but wanted additional applicants instead of just the poultry industry. The rehabilitation had been sought to accommodate larger railcars to meet the demand of chicken farmers and processors. The freight line has not been upgraded since 1982. Residents near the train tracks would not be disturbed by more train traffic because the upgrade would lead to fewer, but longer, trains using the freight line. To increase the chances of the county
obtaining the grant, Badger and Callaway will solicit possible stakeholders, other than those in the poultry industry, during the next couple of weeks. In August 2010, the county authorized staff to apply for a $12.4 million TIGER II grant. Private industry was willing to contribute a $2 million match and the county’s match would have come from the Economic Development Energy Fund. At that time, an anticipated 500 to 1,000 applicants vied for approximately 100 available grants. When the winners of the grants were announced a couple of months later, no jurisdiction in the state of Maryland received any TIGER II funds. Newark, Del., was one of the closest jurisdictions that received a grant. Most of the $600 million TIGER II funds were for railroad work involving passenger lines, although some funds were allocated for bridge replacements and port improvements. The previous year, the county applied for, but was unsuccessful in its effort to obtain TIGER funds to improve the railroad line. Those funds were awarded for passenger rail services, not for freight line services.
$525,000 toward the cost of the project. The remaining $150,000 is being provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through its Rural Business Enterprise Grant program under a grant to the town of Pocomoke. The grant to the county expires March 31 and the restaurant construction is expected to be completed by then. The hearing will be held to inform the public on the progress made.
knowledge” that the wells were there, John Ross, deputy director of the Department of Public Works, said. The injection wells are used as part of the wastewater treatment process. The plant discharges the treated wastewater into the injection wells.
Injection well relocation The commissioners voted 6-1 to approve a study for the possible relocation of 44 shallow water injection wells at the property of the VanVonnos in Mystic Harbour. The VanVonnos offered to fund a study as the first step to determine whether the wells could be relocation and what the cost would be. Bud Church, president of the Worcester County Commissioners, cast the opposing votes because he thinks the county should pay for the study. “Why is it their responsibility?” Church asked. The couple bought the property “with full
Transportation budget The commissioners reviewed a letter from Dr. Jon Andes, superintendent of public schools, stating that transportation expenses would exceed the approved allocation because of new and extended bus runs, an additional bus run for Worcester Technical High School and fuel supplement costs. The Board of Education would reduce expenses in other categories because of the additional funds needed for transportation, Andes stated.
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Homes, county structures no longer limited to 45ft. Commissioners voted to eliminate height restriction for habitable buildings NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (Feb. 24, 2012) Houses and other habitable structures in the county are no longer limited to 45 feet in height. The Worcester County Commissioners voted 6-1 Tuesday to eliminate the height restriction for habitable structures. During the commissioners’ Jan. 17 meeting, Ed Tudor, director of the Department of Development Review and Permitting, said the staff considered the height restriction of habitable structures unnecessary because of the development of building and fire codes and the capabilities of local fire companies. The commissioners agreed to introduce a bill changing the county code. The issue arose because of a request in November for a proposed motel on Route 50 in West Ocean City. Robert Hand, president of R.D. Hand and Associates told the Planning Commission during a site plan review that the plan was for a 55-foot-tall motel. At that time, Tudor said he believed the limitation might no longer be relevant. After that meeting, Tudor discussed the height issue with Fire Marshal Jeff
McMahon, county engineer and building administrator Bill Bradshaw and commercial plan reviewer Paul Miller. “We all feel there’s no real need for this any longer,” Tudor said. The bill passed Tuesday abolishes the height restriction in the county code. That part of the code now states, “No structure designed, constructed or intended for human occupation shall exceed forty-five feet in height, measured as the vertical distance from the average finished grade at the building line to the highest point of the coping of a flat roof or the ridge of a gable, hop, mansard, gambrel or other pitched roof. No exception or variance shall be permitted from this provision except in individual cases by resolution of the County Commissioners.” Commissioner Virgil Shockley cast the sole vote in opposition to the change. Smaller fire companies do not have tower ladders, he said. “There has to be a way we can verify that a company with a ladder truck is notified,” Shockley said. Additional fire companies respond to a fire when the “commercial structure” button is pushed, Shockley said. A similar way should be found to notify them if a structure taller than 45 feet is on fire, he said. Earlier this month, a builder told the Berlin Planning Commission that he had a potential client who wanted to build a 40-foot-tall single-family house
on Pitts Street. Planning commissioners told him that if houses were permitted to be that tall, it could change the look of entire neighborhoods. The builder, Bob Purcell of Beachwood Homes, had only asked for a discussion. Planning Director Chuck Ward told him that he would have to make a formal petition to the Planning Commission, which would consider the information before making a recommendation to the mayor and Town Council.
WORCESTER COUNTY BRIEFS Continued from Page 6 ing engineering firm to design the Pines Plaza water and sewer connection. The work would not be awarded unless the commissioners proceed with constructing the project. During their Feb. 7 meeting, the commissioners passed a resolution that provided for the investigation of the provision of public water and sewer service to the Pines Plaza Commercial Area from the Ocean Pines Sanitary Service Area. County staff planned to hold an information meeting Feb. 22 with property owners in the area to explain the project and to answer questions. The commissioners also approved a letter of intent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture as required for loan and grant funding for the project. The letter signifies the county intends to move forward with the project.
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OPA board passes $13.35M budget for fiscal year 2013 NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (Feb. 24, 2012) Director Dave Stevens voted against the Ocean Pines budget of $13.35 million for fiscal year 2013, but the other directors approved of it, some heartily. The budget represents “a damn good piece of work by the general manager,” Director Dan Stachurski said. He supported it happily, he said, because “it’s a good one.” The budget projects total revenues of $9.69 million with operating and transfers of the same amount, a basic annual assessment of $873, capital expenditures of $3.88 million and loan principal payments of $51,249. Board President Tom Terry said he wanted to commend General Manager Bob Thompson and his team publicly for their work on the budget. “The continuance of the five-year plan is critical,” Terry said. This will be the fourth year of the five-year plan. Director Pete Gomsak, who had devised the plan, said it was a way to pay for such things as the proposed replacement of the Yacht Club and work on other facilities. It also allowed this work to be done without a See FIVE-YEAR on Page 11
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thing. In meetings last year between representatives and Dare, according to the employee, it was suggested that the rampup of municipal spending at a time of economic turmoil in the last decade led to some of the problems that now affect everyone. The employee said workers are well aware that some aspects of local government have to be restructured to account for the current economic situation and that they remain grateful to have the jobs that they do. Still, the employee said, “It’s more of an equality thing.”
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action, along with subsequent 4-3 votes on major initiatives also concerned employees, he said. Referring not just to the council majority but the entire panel, Moxley said, the employees have reached a point where they “have a lack of confidence in the council. “We don’t feel appreciated,” he said, adding that in some instances they even feel “despised” by some council members. But on seeking a response from either
the mayor or the council, he got none. “Are we saying here that no one is in favor of amending the charter?” he asked after the lack of any kind of response. He then asked if it would be possible to take the issue to referendum in this year’s fall election and was advised by City Solicitor Guy Ayres that state law would allow union-minded workers to petition it to referendum if they can collect the signatures of 20 percent of the registered voters in the prescribed amount of time.
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GM to concentrate on Yacht Club, seek bids for new facility
NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (Feb. 21, 2012) The referendum to decide whether Ocean Pines property owners want a new Yacht Club is expected to be held June 15. The board of directors voted Tuesday night to direct General Manager Bob Thompson to “decouple” the Yacht Club from the Country Club and to proceed with a scope of work for new building. “We are now ready to move forward,” director Pete Gomsak said. During two town hall meetings in January and other in early February, attendees gave “a lot of positive feedback,” Thompson said. Those attendees, and the majority of people calling him or contacting him by email, had some changes they wanted. The top two were about the use and the design of the proposed new facility. People said they wanted the Yacht Club to be used for dining year-round. Thompson had proposed that it be closed during the winter months except for catering. Their second change would be to enclose the ground floor. Thompson had proposed an open area, but he said Tuesday that part of it could be enclosed. While developing a scope of work for the design-build of a new Yacht Club, Thompson will get quotes for a complete
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spike in dues increases, he said. The five-year plan called for increases of $30 per year in the annual assessments. The basic assessment for the upcoming fiscal year will be $873, a $30 increase over the present assessment. Owners of waterfront lots will pay assessments of $1,338, also an increase of $30 over their present assessments. Those owners have higher assessments because they pay a bulkhead differential of $465. Stevens said the $30 increase â€œis nothing. Itâ€™s what comes laterâ€? that concerns him. In particular, Stevens does not like Thompsonâ€™s proposal of selling lifetime golf memberships to pay for part of the cost to rebuild the greens of the golf course. Because of the poor condition of the greens, the board of directors approved rebuilding them nine holes at a time at a total cost of $900,000. To help pay for the work, the board approved Thompsonâ€™s plan Jan. 17 to offer lifetime golf memberships. Prices for those memberships depend on age. Thompson now has a legal agreement vetted by attorneys so the sales of memberships may proceed. Golfers age 70 and older would pay $12,500 for a lifetime membership, golfers age 60 to 69 would pay $17,500 and golfers age 50 to 59 would pay $22,500. Golfers younger than age 50 would pay $25,000 for a lifetime mem-
bership at the golf course. Only 33 lifetime memberships would be sold and those memberships would be limited by age category. The sale of all 33 memberships would result in $595,000 for the greens project. Stevens also does not like Thompsonâ€™s proposal to take out a loan for the work to improve drainage on the golf
course, a project with a $2.4 million estimate, he said. In the past, the board had a â€œpay as we goâ€? attitude on projects, he said. Director Bill Wentworth was ready to move ahead with Thompsonâ€™s proposals of borrowing to get projects done. â€œWe have a moral and ethical responsibility to maintain assets,â€? he said.
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Thompson had also proposed a ground level bar and an indoor and outdoor kitchen with a grill. The pool area would have its own separate bar. The building would be built farther back from the water than the present facility so there would be more space for dining outside. The building would also be shifted slightly to give guests a direct view of the Ocean City skyline. The site change would also place it closer to the Mumfordâ€™s pool so guests there could walk over for lunch. Basic designs were drawn up for the facility and those designs would be given to firms wanting to provide design-build plans. â€œWeâ€™re not asking them to start from
zero,â€? Thompson said. Firms using the design-build method include the architectural and engineering services with the construction. It allows contractors to apply their knowledge and to make suggestions, Thompson said. Gomsak added that the principal benefit of design-build is the â€œfree flow of ideas.â€? The project would be put out to bid March 12 and those bids, using the design-build method, would be due April 30. The bids would be reviewed by Thompson and the facility planning group, which would make a recommendation to the board of directors May 30. The property owners would then decide in a referendum whether the work on a new Yacht Club would proceed.
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7-Eleven adopts new alcohol sales policy fusal to accept vertical licenses. “When you see that, all kinds of warnings should go up,” Brown said. Deputy Jennifer Hall, who participated in the compliance check by the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, heartily approved of the new policy and placard. “It’s an excellent tool,” Hall said. “It’s the best thing I’ve seen yet.” Another 7-Eleven owner had quite a different experience before the board last week. Brian Edgar, owner of the 7-Eleven on 26th Street, was fined $3,000 and his license to sell alcoholic beverages was suspended for 90 days because a clerk sold alcohol to a minor during the same compliance check as at the other convenience store. If the fine was not paid by Feb. 21, the license suspension would be increased to 180 days. The board levied the strict penalty because the sale was the second sale to a minor since June 2011. “I think it’s outrageous,” Edgar told the board. He left the hearing room, but continued to argue with Deputy Hall outside. After Edgar left the building, Hall returned to the hearing room to notify the board that Edgar had narrowly avoided being arrested because of his behavior.
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Signs on the window at 7-Eleven on 59th Street warn minors not to try to purchase alcohol. The store will no longer accept vertical driver’s licenses, at right.
(Feb. 24, 2012) One 7-Eleven owner in Ocean City was lauded last week for efforts to prevent sales of alcohol to minors, while another 7-Eleven owner was heavily fined and had his license to sell alcohol suspended. A new policy at 7-Eleven on 59th Street was put in place last week to prevent sales of alcohol to minors. A placard showing an “X” through a vertical driver’s license reminds clerks never to sell alcohol to anyone presenting a vertical license. Such licenses are issued to people under the legal age of 21, although they are often used after the person turns 21, but before they obtain a new license. Because clerks sometimes get confused about the dates on a vertical license, 7-Eleven owner Teresa Labruto decided to institute the new policy. No matter what the bearer’s birth date is, clerks must refuse to sell alcohol to anyone presenting a vertical license. Labruto had previously told clerks to refuse such sales, but the policy became stricter last week. Any clerk who sells alcohol to a person with a vertical license will be terminated. The new policy may be harsh,
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Bars seek county approval to expand areas for Bike Week events NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (Feb. 24, 2012) In preparation for the second annual spring rally of Ocean City Bikes to the Beach and the many motorcycle enthusiasts who will be in the area, some business owners are preparing to welcome the visitors and to cash in on the events. Spring Bikes to the Beach will be held April 26-29. Representatives of the two host locations and another bar discussed their plans Feb. 15 with members of the Board of License Commissioners, who are responsible for issuing licenses for the sale of beer, wine and liquor in the county. They also may approve requests to expand the area where alcoholic beverages may be sold. The board granted those requests. Hooper’s Crab House at the west end of the Route 50 bridge and the Oasis Bar & Grill in Whaleyville are the host locations for the second annual Spring Bikes to the Beach. They started the event last year because of the successful Delmarva Bike Week held in the fall. Ryan Intrieri, general manager at Hooper’s, said the crab house would have vendors, a live band and food and beer outside as it did before. Its expanded area, approximately two acres, will be open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. April 26-29. Oasis Bar & Grill in Whaleyville had held bike-related event for three years before joining with Hooper’s last year in the new venture. “We’re just continuing the
same,” owner Robert Riccio told the board. Although Hooper’s and the Oasis are the two host sites, an additional 39 businesses are sponsors of the event and several of those will feature special attractions. A list of the sponsors may be found on the event’s official Web site at www.oceancitybikestothebeach.com. While not a part of Bikes to the Beach, Dogpatch at Trader Lee’s in West Ocean City is promoting OC Spring Bike Week April 25-30, a collaboration with “Fast Lane Biker” magazine. The board approved changes to the property to accommodate some neighbors’ concerns about noise. “The goal is to contain all of the activities to a greater degree than in the past,”
Joe Moore, attorney for Bob Jester, Trader Lee’s owner, told the board in Snow Hill. To do that, Jester will enclose the area facing the shopping center and The Alamo motel. Music and entertainment will take place in the enclosed area and vendors will be in an isolated area in the rear. Trader Lee’s could have some bike builders, but “the focus is on vendors and our entertainment,” bar manager Rod Vara said. A promotion for the event online at www.motorcyclemonster.com/events/tra der-lees-spring-bike-2012-04-25Ocean_City-MD.html says Trader Lee’s will have vendors under a big top tent, where there will be live streaming of en-
tertainment from the stage. It also promotes live music day and night, games, contests, special guest appearances, a bikini contest, a hot cougar contest and live photo shoots. Doug Buxbaum, owner of Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon on 27th Street in Ocean City, obtained permission to expand its licensed premises Sept. 14-16 for Fall Bike Week. The area would be fenced and would have a tent. Although Buxy’s is a sponsor for Bikes to the Beach in April, Buxbaum is not asking to expand the licensed premises during that event. Buxbaum also obtained approval to expand the licensed premises for a football tailgate party Sept. 9. There would be no entertainment, but there will be televisions and background music in the tent.
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areas must serve not serve alcohol after 9 p.m. Several neighbors said they approved of the expansion, though they had some concerns about noise. No one spoke against the project. “Jay Taustin is bending over backwards to make sure we’re not being impacted,” resident Gerald Millman said.
NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (Feb. 24, 2012) The Board of License Commissioners discussed the following issues during its Feb. 16 meeting:
Tap House on the Bay The board approved the request of owner Avi Sibony to have sales of beer, wine and liquor at Tap House on the Bay, the Pelican Perch deck bar, the Steakhouse and the Bayside Beach Bar — new restaurants and bars planned
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The board approved the request of owner Jay Taustin to alter and expand the premises of The Embers restaurant on 24th Street and to add outside alcohol service areas. The request included the addition to an open-air second floor deck and an open-air bar and dining area with outside speakers. The board stipulated that two of the outdoor dining
The board approved the request for the Blue Bar and Grill, formerly the Surf’s Up Café, at 5401 Coastal Highway, to have a seven-day beer, wine and liquor license. The establishment may have up to three pieces of entertainment five nights weekly. There will be no dance floor.
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Worcester County Board of Education adopts operating budget Budget includes salary adjustments, and seeks a $1.9M spending increase CARMEN AMEDORI ■ Contributing Writer (Feb. 24, 2012) The adoption of the 2013 Worcester County Board of Education operating budget brings good news for teachers. The budget seeks a $1.9 million increase in spending that includes a 1.5 percent allocation for salary adjustments. Worcester County teachers’ pay has been stymied since 2008. Overall, the total spending package goes up 2.5 percent over the current
budget,$91.4 million to $93.3 million. The increase includes 5 percent for student transportation and 1.5 percent for transportation contractor’s rates to help address their rising costs. “We have shrunk our system to meet the demands of the ailing economy, but our responsibilities have not shrunk, “said Board Vice President Jonathan C. Cook. “This includes a small increase for teachers, who have not had a step increase in four years.” The proposed raise will average $1,500 per year. It is an effort to preserve the teacher staff currently employed and to act as an incentive to bring more teaching talent to the area. In 2008, the salary of a starting teacher in Worcester County ranked 11th in Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. De-
pending on the degree a teacher holds, the present starting salary ranges from $41,377 to $51,294. “While other counties are providing pay raises to school system employees, ours has not,” said Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. John Gaddis. “This makes it more challenging to retain our best teachers. It is hard to keep asking teachers for more, when they have less and less.” Worcester’s property taxes pay 79.5 percent or $74,173,500 of the budget. An estimated $10.4 million decrease in the county’s tax assessment revenues is projected for the upcoming fiscal year, according to the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation. The remainder of the revenue comes from the state. However, there is an anticipated in-
Schools can save by turning out lights, periodically CARMEN AMEDORI ■ Contributing Writer (Feb. 24, 2012) The Worcester County Board of Education could be $57,000 richer this time next year. Through an agreement with EnerNOC, a demand response energy usage program, the savings to the school system will be based on how much energy the school system can reduce during the summer months. “This is a voluntary program,” said
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“While other counties are providing pay raises to school system employees, ours has not.” DR. JOHN GADDIS assistant superintendant for instruction
crease in state aid of $370,000 based on the higher number of Special Education students and children from poverty-level households. The proposal is scheduled for a March 6 presentation to the county commissioners and a public hearing on the budget is scheduled for May 1 at Snow Hill High School. Aside from what the board members term a “modest” increase to teachers, the budget only seeks level funding. That means the same amount of money is being sought for fiscal year 2013 that currently is in place. For example, textbook and technology money is at the 2006 funding level, according to Gaddis. “We estimate that it will cost approximately $100,000 per grade level to implement the new curriculum,” said Gaddis, noting it is not for lack of understanding the importance of the textbooks but that tough times call for prioritizing. “When tough times call for tough choices, we are going to choose funding for teachers and small class sizes every time. Teachers have the greatest impact on student learning, “said Gaddis.
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Ticket sales for ’62 storm anniversary dinner end March 2 (Feb. 24, 2012) Anyone interested in learning about what was one of the most pivotal events in the history of Ocean City has until March 2 to buy tickets for the dinner on March 7 marking the 50th anniversary of the March storm of 1962. Sponsored by the Ocean City Museum Society and held at the convention center on 4oth Street, the dinner will bring together some of those who survived that multi-million-dollar catastrophe and provide an opportunity for people interested in the resort’s history to hear their stories. It also will feature a gallery of photos taken in the storm’s aftermath and a video of residents recalling how it was to remain in town as parts of Ocean City washed away. The event will begin with a cocktail hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m., with music by the Stephen Decatur High School Jazz Band. Tickets cost $50 per person and may be obtained by visiting www.ocmuseum.org and clicking through to the Gift Shop, or by sending a check, made payable to the Ocean City Museum Society at P.O. Box 603, Ocean City, Md. 21843. Actual tickets will not be issued, but purchasers will receive an e-mail confirmation. The purchase of two seats for the dinner will entitle the purchaser to a complimentary copy of “The Tides of March,” a book about the storm written by Bill and Beryl Dryden, who then owned the local newspaper, the Eastern Shore Times.
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dicate 93-degree temperatures for a week or so, PJM will contact the board to request the days and properties where the reductions can be made. The board may choose which buildings will be the best resource at that time. Mostly, the HVAC will be affected, though it can include a dimming of lights in the facility. “The nice thing is we want control. And with this company we get it. One building can offset another,” Ed Barber, assistant superintendent for administration, told board members. “They can’t shut us off. Only we can shut us off.” There are no fees to the board to be participating members. Once the usage baseline is established, any reduction in consumption is money in the bank for the school system. The savings is based on the kilowatt usage versus the reduction that occurs when buildings go off the grid. “Not only is there value in the money we will get for the school system, but there will also be value in seeing behavioral changes once people see how much it is worth to make that change,” board member Donnie Shockley, said.
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Better fishing statistics help coastal economies People who don’t fish might shrug off how NOAA Fisheries has changed the way it estimates the annual catch totals for each species, believing that the revised data has no affect on them. But that conclusion would be wrong, since in this and other coastal areas, fishing constitutes a large slice of the tourism pie. At any given moment on weekends from spring to fall, boats valued at millions of dollars cruise inshore waters and a high percentage of them are fishing. Add to that all the surf anglers with their four-wheel drive rigs, the fishing head boats and other charter vessels that fish for flounder, sea bass, stripers, tautog and sea trout (marlin and tuna fishing is managed separately), and the financial impact locally is enormous. As NOAA says in its explanation of its new Marine Recreational Information Program, it realizes the numbers it produces “have real impacts on the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans.” That’s true, because fishing, especially destination fishing, is not inexpensive. Visiting anglers buy gas, food, lodging and entertainment just like any other visitor. Even better, the attraction that draws them here costs nothing, except to make sure that the waters are kept clean. This is why NOAA’s improved estimates are so important. They give the regulatory agencies that decide what, when and where fish can be boated better numbers to make that determination. The estimates are hardly pinpoint precise, but they are much closer to reality, especially for sea bass and flounder, which are a large part of the local recreational fishing industry. Giving fisheries managers a clearer idea of what anglers are catching leads to fairer rules. What anglers, scientists and businesses want and need is a sustainable fishery that will provide recreational and financial opportunities for everyone. To help do that, anglers need to do a better job of reporting their catch to fisheries personnel. It’s not just good for them, it’s good for everyone with a stake in coastal tourism.
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Pines Marina Deck closes Editor, Marina Deck Restaurant in Ocean Pines [closed its] doors as of Feb. 19. This will be a great loss not only to the community organizations they have serviced and the organizations they have supported, but also to [its] loyal customers, which were far and few between. Unfortunately, this community has not supported it in return. We are a fickle bunch. I am truly upset that we are losing yet another great place to meet and eat. It boggles my brain; what does a restaurant owner have to do to keep its customers? Joan Gentile Ocean Pines
tell us y l l a e r u o y t a wh think ... Mail your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org All letters are subject to editing for clarity and potentially libelous material appreciate everyone’s generosity again this year. The Noel Community
Reporter commended Noel Community thanks for thoroughness Editor, public for donation We want to commend Lisa Editor, The Noel Community thanks everyone for the donations of gloves, hats and socks during our 10th annual gLOVEs drive over the Valentine’s Day season. Local food pantries, lower income day care facilities and social service groups will distribute the items collected. Together, we were able to warm the hearts and hands of our friends in need. We are especially grateful to St. Andrew, St. John Neumann and Holy Savior Catholic churches and to the Worcester County Library in Ocean Pines for hosting the collections. We
Capitelli on her excellent article about our retirement. Not only did she take time with us and take extra pictures, but she accurately reported the facts and put together a most excellent article! We found Lisa to be personable, truly interested, she asked pertinent questions and if that
weren’t enough, she is a lovely, caring young woman. We must confess that we were a little nervous about the meeting. Through the years, we have heard from some of our peers how news reporters can sometimes do more harm than good when they do not really listen and report just some of the facts or misquote them. Thank you for sending us such a fine reporter and for putting our retirement story in your paper. God Bless You! Revs. Ron and Nancy Soulsman Pastors Emeritus, Lighthouse Church of God
CORRECTION A letter published Feb. 17, “More then 1,000 days passed without budget,” included an incorrect figure. The sentence in Gwen Cordner’s letter should have read, “We’re sending $1.3 trillion more each year than we’re taking in.” Ocean City Today regrets this error.
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FEBRUARY 24, 2012
By Stewart Dobson The Westminster Dog Show, which took place a couple of weeks ago, is always good television viewing, if for no other reason than some contestants remind me of people I see in the grocery store. It’s mostly the hair, as these days there are any number of people whose fashion inspiration seems to be drawn from the Dr. Foster and Smith catalogue, “The Trusted Name in Pet Supplies.” I was in the store just last weekend and I will swear that one person had his or her hair done at PetCo. I say, ”his or her” not to avoid being politically incorrect, but because it’s sometimes difficult to tell without checking the individual’s confirmation, which is never a good idea. But there he or she was lingering and lingering in front of the meat counter, where I wanted to be. I can say with authority that it doesn’t matter whether something is human or canine, when you say, “Squirrel!” in the grocery, things have a way of clearing out. All this is just a prelude to writing about the one aspect of televised dog shows that I really like: the way the announcer describes a particular breed as it’s being walked around the ring: “The Chinese Crested,” he intones with noticeable gravity, “is a mostly hairless breed, except for the feathery crest on its head …” not unlike what you might see during Bike Week (I made that up). His delivery is so smooth and elegant that I’ll spend at least a day wandering around the house, to the annoyance of all, applying this same descriptive technique to my dog, Crazy Eddie. For those who might not know, Crazy Eddie is a smallish 2-year-old canine, whose genetic composition is reminiscent of that now-retired chicken finger ad, “Parts is parts.” “The Ed-Hound,” I will begin, “hails from ancient junkyards and was developed through patient and selective breeding into one of the canine world’s premier squeaky ball chasers. “Recognized far and wide for his regurgitative abilities, the Ed-Hound is also known for making a variety of funny noises when guests are present. “The Ed-Hound makes an excellent traveling companion, although car seat covers are advised, and is equally at home in the city or in the gigantic hole he dug in the garden. “Ladies and gentlemen, Ed-Hound number 234.” Needless to say, after I have repeated this for the third or fourth time, others in the house will interrupt with the occasional “SHUT UP!” Except for Crazy Eddie himself, who continues to watch curiously, although lately I’m beginning to see the wheels turning in his little dog brain, perhaps thinking, “Should I say, ‘Squirrel?’”
CASA VOLUNTEERS Three new CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers were sworn in this month and will begin advocating for the children they serve immediately. Lower Shore CASA, a program of Worcester Youth and Family, gives a voice to children who are placed in the court system due to abuse and neglect. For additional information, call 410-641-4598. Pictured, from left, are Cynthia Ilardi, volunteer supervisor; Brigitte Saulsbury, CASA director; the Honorable Brian Shockley; CASA volunteers Allison Bescak and Jeri Clapsadle; Master Peggy Kent; and CASA volunteer Stuart Glassman.
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Recipient of this year’s UMES Hotel & Restaurant Program scholarship is Brett Oliver, above left. The presentation was made last Thursday during the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association dinner at Fresco’s. With Oliver are his parents, Danny and Linda. (Left) Rebecca Hill, this year’s recipient of the Wor-Wic Community Kate Bunting Scholarship, is introduced to the Ocean City HotelMotel-Restaurant Association audience by association Executive Director Susan Jones. The presentation took place during the OCHMRA dinner last Thursday at Fresco’s in Ocean City. OCEAN CITY TODAY/STEWART DOBSON
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FEBRUARY 24, 2012
Community Legacy awards presented in resort, statewide
OCEAN CITY TODAY/NANCY POWELL
A raccoon stops to stare after walking around a yard on Sandyhook Road in Ocean Pines on Saturday afternoon. The critters are usually creatures of the night.
(Feb. 24, 2012) Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Raymond A. Skinner announced last week that more than $3.9 million in Community Legacy program awards were presented to 35 municipalities and community groups around the state for revitalization projects. Community Legacy provides flexible funding to local governments and community development organizations for revitalization projects through activities that expand neighborhood business and job development, homeownership investment, commercial revitalization and other activities that support Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Smart Green & Growing initiative, a multi-agency, statewide initiative designed to help Maryland achieve a more sustainable future. “The Community Legacy Program supports jobs across Maryland while improving the quality of life for residents and visitors though home rehabilitations, cultural and community center improvements and ‘green’ upgrades,” O’Malley said. “By making investments in these improvements today, we can ensure that our local treasures are preserved for many years to come.” As one of its traditional, core goals, Community Legacy provides assistance to attract and retain small businesses in historic downtown communities throughout Maryland. These efforts include support
for façade improvement programs in downtown Ocean City and Snow Hill and support for projects that increase tourism. Among the list of 2012 award-winning projects were five in Worcester County: The Ocean City Development Corporation received $50,000 for its Façade Improvement Program, which provides façade enhancements to the exterior of older buildings between the inlet and 17th Street; and $50,000 for its Green Building Initiatives Program, which provides financial incentives to assist downtown businesses with installing renewable and energy efficient equipment. The city of Pocomoke was awarded $50,000 to subsidize repair and renovation costs of downtown commercial buildings to attract small businesses, and $7,500 to purchase and install a new theater projection system at MarVa Theater. And, the town of Snow Hill received $35,000 for a façade improvement program involving commercial buildings in the business district. “The Community Legacy Program is one of our most flexible tools for assistance for downtown revitalization given the broad range of activities it can support,” Skinner said. “The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is proud to support these worthy projects and partner with these great organizations to make Maryland’s communities the best they can be.”
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Attempts were made last Friday to salvage the remains of the navigational tower that sat at the end of the inlet jetty until it toppled into the ocean during Hurricane Irene last fall. Employing a diver, boat tow equipment and plenty of crew, the search for the tower’s remains turned up nothing. Apparently, it was in such bad shape at the time it fell into the ocean that it eventually disintegrated.
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SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF REAL PROPERTY AND ANY IMPROVEMENTS THEREON 10300 COASTAL HWY., UNIT #1909 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust from Floyd Milton Elliott, II dated July 10, 2003 and recorded in Liber 3790, Folio 38 among the Land Records of Worcester Co., MD, with an original principal balance of $200,200.00 and an original interest rate of 5.25000% default having occurred under the terms thereof, the Sub. Trustees will sell at public auction at the Circuit Court for Worcester Co., at the Court House Door, Snow Hill, on MARCH 14, 2012 AT 2:00 PM ALL THAT FEE-SIMPLE LOT OF GROUND, together with any buildings or improvements thereon situated in Worcester Co., MD and described as Unit No. 1909 in the Atlantis Condominium 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 $20,000 in cash, cashiers check or certified check is required at time 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 or if settlement is delayed for any reason. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE FOR THE PURCHASER. Adjustment of current year real property taxes will be made as of the date of sale and thereafter assumed by the purchaser. All past due property taxes paid by the purchaser. All other public and/or private charges or assessments, including water/sewer charges, ground rent, whether incurred prior to or after the sale, and all other costs incidental to settlement to be paid by the purchaser. All transfer taxes and settlement expenses shall be paid by the Purchaser. Purchaser shall pay all applicable agricultural tax, if any. 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. If ratification or settlement is delayed for any reason there shall be no abatement of interest. 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 re-
turn of the deposit without interest. If purchaser fails to settle within 10 days of ratification, the Sub. Trustees may file a motion to resell the property. Purchaser waives personal service of any paper filed in connection with such a motion on himself and/or any principal or corporate designee, and expressly agrees to accept service of any such paper by regular mail directed to the address provided by said bidder at the time of the sale. If Purchaser defaults under these terms, deposit shall be forfeited. The Sub. Trustees may then resell the property at the risk and cost of the defaulting purchaser. The defaulted purchaser shall not be entitled to any surplus proceeds resulting from said resale even if such surplus results from improvements to the property by said defaulted purchaser. If Sub. Trustees are unable to convey either insurable or marketable title, or if ratification of the sale is denied by the Circuit Court for any reason, the Purchaser’s sole remedy, at law or equity, is the return of the deposit without interest. Howard N. Bierman, Jacob Geesing, Carrie M. Ward, David W. Simpson, Jr., Substitute Trustees OCD-2/23/3t ___________________________________ Hofmeister, Breza & Leavers Executive Plaza III 11350 McCormick Rd., Suite 1300 Hunt Valley, MD 21031 410-832-8822
SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE 2-STORY TOWNHOUSE 232 MORGAN’S CT. POCOMOKE CITY, MD 21851 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Purchase/Construction Deed of Trust from Daphne D. McKenzie, dated May 23, 2007 and recorded in Liber 4959, folio 338 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 sell at public auction at the Circuit Court for Worcester Co., at the Court House Door, Snow Hill, on MARCH 5, 2012 AT 12:00 PM ALL THAT FEE-SIMPLE LOT OF GROUND AND THE IMPROVEMENTS thereon situated in Worcester County, Maryland, known as Tax ID #01-043099 and more fully described in the aforesaid Purchase/Construction Deed of Trust. The property is believed to be improved by a +/- 1,472 sq. ft., 2-story townhouse containing 5 rooms (3 bedrooms), 2 baths, FWA electric heat and central air conditioning. The property will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to all covenants, conditions, liens, restrictions, easements, agreements and rights-of-way as may affect same, if any and with no warranty of any kind. TERMS OF SALE: A deposit of $10,000 will be required at the time of sale, such deposit to be in cash or certified check, or other form acceptable to the Substitute Trustees in their sole discretion. The deposit must be increased to 10% of the purchase price within 2 business days. Balance of the
purchase price is to be paid in cash within ten (10) days of the final ratification of sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester County. If payment of the balance does not take place within ten (10) days of ratification, the deposit(s) will be forfeited and the property will be resold at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser. The defaulting purchaser shall not be entitled to any surplus proceeds or profits resulting from any resale of the property. Interest to be paid on unpaid purchase money at the rate pursuant to the Deed of Trust Note from date of sale to date funds are received in the office of the Substitute Trustees in the event the property is purchased by someone other than the holder of the indebtedness. In the event settlement is delayed for any reason, there shall be no abatement of interest. All taxes, ground rent, water rent, condominium fees and/or homeowner association dues, all public charges, assessments payable on an annual basis, including sanitary and/or metropolitan district charges, if applicable, owed against the property shall be adjusted to date of sale and assumed thereafter by the purchaser. Cost of all documentary stamps, transfer taxes and settlement expenses for the property shall be borne by the purchaser. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining physical possession of the property. Purchaser assumes the risk of loss or damage to the property from the date of sale forward. If the 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. Upon refund of the deposit to purchaser, this sale shall be void and of no effect, and the purchaser shall have no further claims against the Substitute Trustees. The conveyance of the property by the Substitute Trustees to the purchaser at settlement shall be by Trustees’ Deed without covenants or special warranties. The Substitute Trustees reserve the right to: (1) accept or reject any and all bids and to sell the property in any manner which the Substitute Trustees determines, in their sole discretion, may provide the highest yield to the secured party, (2) modify or waive the requirement for bidders’ deposits and terms of sale and/or settlement, and (3) to withdraw all or any part of the property from the sale prior to acceptance of the final bid. The property will be sold in an “AS IS” condition and without any recourse, representations or warranties, either express or implied, as to its nature, condition or description. No representations are made as to the property. Neither the Substitute Trustees, nor any other party, make any warranty or representation of any kind or nature regarding the physical condition of, the description of, or title to the property. The property will be sold subject to any violation notices and subject to all conditions, restrictions, easements, covenants, encumbrances, and agreements of record and all terms, conditions, notes, and matters as set forth and described in the Deed of Trust. The purchaser is responsible for, and the property is sold subject to, any environmental matter or condition, whether latent or observable, if any, that may exist at or affect or relate to the property and to any governmental requirements affecting the same.
NOTE: The information contained herein was obtained from sources deemed to be reliable, but is offered for informational purposes only. Neither the auctioneer, the beneficiary of the Deed of Trust, the Substitute Trustees nor their agents or attorneys make any representations or warranties with respect to the accuracy of information. PROSPECTIVE PURCHASERS ARE URGED TO PERFORM THEIR OWN DUE DILIGENCE WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPERTY PRIOR TO THE FORECLOSURE AUCTION. For additional information, please contact the Substitute Trustees. C. Larry Hofmeister, Jr., Craig B. Leavers, Stephanie H. Hurley, James J. Loftus, Substitute Trustees ALEX COOPER AUCTS., INC. 908 YORK ROAD, TOWSON, MARYLAND 21204 410-828-4838 OCD-2/16/3t ___________________________________ McCabe, Weisberg & Conway, LLC 312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 800 Laurel, Maryland 20707 www.mwc-law.com
SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF IMPROVED REAL PROPERTY 2502 WORCESTER HWY. POCOMOKE CITY, MD 21851 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust from Jeffrey H. Young, dated June 11, 2010 and recorded in Liber 5499, folio 230 among the Land Records of Worcester Co., MD, default having occurred under the terms thereof and at the request of the parties secured thereby, the undersigned Substitute Trustees will offer for sale at public auction at the Circuit Court for Worcester Co., at the Court House Door, Snow Hill, on FEBRUARY 27, 2012 AT 1:40 PM ALL THAT FEE-SIMPLE LOT OF GROUND AND THE IMPROVEMENTS THEREON situated in Worcester Co., Maryland and more fully described in the aforesaid Deed of Trust. The property is improved by a dwelling. The property will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions, easements, encumbrances and agreements of record affecting the subject property, if any, and with no warranty of any kind. Terms of Sale: A deposit in the form of cashier’s or certified check, or in such other form as the Substitute Trustees may determine, at their sole discretion, for $20,000 at the time of sale. If the noteholder and/or servicer is the successful bidder, the deposit requirement is waived. Balance of the purchase price is to be paid within fifteen (15) days of the final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester Co., Maryland. Interest is to be paid on the unpaid purchase price at the rate of 8% per annum from date of sale to the date the funds are received in the office of the Substitute Trustees, if the property is purchased by an entity other than the noteholder and/or servicer. If payment of the balance does not occur within fifteen days of ratification, the deposit will be forfeited and the property will be resold
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PUBLIC HEARING set for proposed fare increase of West Ocean City Park & Ride shuttle Ocean City, MD – The Ocean City Mayor and Council will hold a public hearing at its Monday, March 5 meeting to seek public comment on a proposal to raise the fare for the shuttle that operates between the West Ocean City Park & Ride and the South Transit Station in downtown Ocean City. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 301 Baltimore Avenue. A fare increase from the current $1 ride-all-day to a $3 ride-all-day or $1 per boarding, which is the current fare structure of the Coastal Highway bus service, is being considered due to decreases in bus fare revenue and higher operating costs of the municipal bus service. The West Ocean City Park & Ride shuttle service operates from May through September. The location of the public hearing is accessible to persons with disabilities. Any individual who requires special assistance to participate in the public hearing should contact Dianna Davis at 410-723-2174, at TTD 410-723-3636 10 days prior to the hearing in order for Ocean City Transportation to make necessary arrangements. A sign language interpreter will be present and
available at the hearing. OCD-2/2/5t ___________________________________ J. HARRISON PHILLIPS III 115-72ND STREET OCEAN CITY, MD 21842
NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Estate No. 14555 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF TIMOTHY DANIEL DAY Notice is given that John Eugene Day, 7922 James Avenue, Ellicott City, MD 21043, was on January 31, 2012 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Timothy Daniel Day who died on December 19, 2011, 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 31st day of July, 2012. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent’s death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent’s death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. John Eugene Day Personal Representative True Test Copy Charlotte K. Cathell Register of Wills Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 Name of newspaper designated by personal representative: Ocean City Digest Date of publication: February 09, 2012 OCD-2/9/3t ___________________________________ CHERI HARMAN DORSEY GORDON FEINBLATT, LLC 233 EAST REDWOOD STREET BALTIMORE, MD 21202
NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Estate No. 14561 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF JOSEPH M. ZIMMER JR. Notice is given that Sheila K. Zimmer, 8623 Saddle Creek Drive, Berlin, MD 21811, was on February 02, 2012 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Joseph M. Zimmer Jr. who
died on January 2, 2012, 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 2nd day of August, 2012. 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. Shelia K. Zimmer Personal Representative True Test Copy Charlotte K. Cathell Register of Wills Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 Name of newspaper designated by personal representative: Ocean City Digest Date of publication: February 09, 2012 OCD-2/9/3t ___________________________________
NOTICE Disposal of Surplus Vehicles and Equipment to be Auctioned on GovDeals.com “Disposition of County Personal Property no longer used by the County” The following described personal property, including vehicles, furniture and equipment, have been determined to be no longer required for County use by the County Commissioners of Worcester County, Maryland and deemed to be surplus property: SURPLUS VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT Surplus vehicles, listed by make and model (with model year), as follows: Chevrolet Cavalier (1990); Chevrolet Impala (2001); Dodge Caravan (1993, 1994); Dodge Charger (2007); Dodge Van (1995); Ford E450 Bus (2002); Ford F-350 Crew Cab Truck (1992), Dump Truck (1986) and Utility Truck (1982); Ford Bronco (1994); Ford Crown Victoria (2004, 2005, 2008); Ford Ranger (1993); Ford Taurus (2000); and International 4700 Box Truck (1997). Surplus electronic equipment, including: Computers; Monitors; Laptops; Printers; Fax Machines;
Keyboards; Mouse; Floppy Disc Drive Storage Containers; Various Printer Cartridges; Telecommunication Terminal; TV/VCR Combo Units; Typewriter; HP AC Power Adapter; IBM Computer Network Rack; Panasonic 50” TubeStyle Television; and UPS Transformer. Surplus furniture, including: 2Drawer and 4-Drawer File Cabinets; Metal Desks; Mahogany Desk; Wood Computer Stations; Round Tables; Office Chairs; Side Chairs; Medical Chair; and Picnic Table. Miscellaneous surplus equipment, including: Winco 30KW Generator (1975); Power Washer; Freezer; Used Bricks (11 pallets, +3,000 bricks); and Wooden Glulam Laminated Columns. TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE AND CONVEYANCE: The County Commissioners propose to solicit competitive bids via an Internetbased auction system operated by GovDeals, Inc. for which the Commissioners will pay GovDeals, Inc. an administrative fee of seven and one-half percent (7.5%) of the winning bid, but not less than five and 00/100 dollars ($5.00), for each transaction. This administrative fee will be charged to the winning bidder so that there is no net cost to the County. All of the above referenced surplus property will be offered for sale “AS IS, WHERE IS.” The County Commissioners make no warranty, guaranty or representation of any kind, expressed or implied, as to the merchantability or fitness for any purpose of the property offered for sale. The County Commissioners warrant to the buyer that the property offered for sale will conform to its description. The County Commissioners reserve the right to reject any and all bids as they see fit and to withdraw from sale any of the items listed. Payment in full by successful bidders shall be made to Worcester County Commissioners. OPPORTUNITY FOR OBJECTIONS: Anyone objecting to the proposed conveyance of the above surplus vehicles and equipment shall do so in writing prior to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2012, or in person at the regularly scheduled meeting of the County Commissioners to be held at 10:00 a.m. on March 6, 2012 in the County Commissioners Meeting Room, Room 1101 - Government Center, One West Market Street, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863. WORCESTER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OCD-2/16/3t ___________________________________
NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Estate No. 14566 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF HOWARD W. MORRIS Notice is given that Jerry Howard Morris, 419 Lark Lane, Unit 103, Ocean City, MD 21842, was on February 06, 2012 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Howard W. Morris who died on December 19, 2011, 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 ob-
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FEBRUARY 24, 2012 jections with the Register of Wills on or before the 6th day of August, 2012. 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. Jerry Howard Morris Personal Representative True Test Copy Charlotte K. Cathell Register of Wills Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 Name of newspaper designated by personal representative: Ocean City Digest Date of publication: February 16, 2012 OCD-2/16/3t ___________________________________ J. HARRISON PHILLIPS III 115-72ND STREET OCEAN CITY, MD 21842
NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Estate No. 14567 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF PAUL CHRISTOPHER DAY Notice is given that John Eugene Day, 7922 James Avenue, Ellicott City, MD 21043, was on February 06, 2012 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Paul Christopher Day who died on December 24, 2011, without a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 6th day of August, 2012. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent’s death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent’s death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or
filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. John Eugene Day Personal Representative True Test Copy Charlotte K. Cathell Register of Wills Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 Name of newspaper designated by personal representative: Ocean City Digest Date of publication: February 16, 2012 OCD-2/16/3t ___________________________________ WORCESTER COUNTY SHORELINE COMMISSION
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS Pursuant to the provisions of Sections 3-101 and 3-102 of the Code of Public Local Laws of Worcester County, Maryland, notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be conducted by the Worcester County Shoreline Commission in the meeting room at the Ocean Pines Branch of the Worcester County Library, 11107 Cathell Road, Berlin, Maryland on Thursday, March 1, 2012. The Board members will convene at 1:00 p.m. to discuss administrative matters and may perform on-site viewing of all or some of the following cases. Thereafter, the members will reconvene at 2:00 p.m. at the library to hear the scheduled cases. MAJOR CONSTRUCTION MAJOR 1 McGinty Marine on behalf of Joseph & Mary Logisz – Request No. 2012-15 – Request to remove existing parallel dock and install a 6’x 25’ perpendicular pier with a 6’x 23’ “L” shaped platform with a boatlift and 2 PWC lifts with associated pilings not to exceed 25 feet channelward. This project is located on 11 North Pintail Drive, also known as Tax Map 16, Parcel 50, Section 14A, Lot 6, Ocean Pines Community, Third Tax District of Worcester County, Maryland. MAJOR 2 Bayshore Marine on behalf of Richard Gross – Request No. 2012-16 – Request to install a side mount boatlift with associated pilings not to exceed 12 feet channelward. This project is located at 1 Beach Ct., also known as Tax Map 16, Parcel 41, Section 4, Lot 203, Ocean Pines Community, Third Tax District of Worcester County, Maryland. MAJOR 3 John Collins – Request No. 2012-17 – Request to relocate an existing mooring piling and install 3 additional pilings with davit lifts not to exceed 25 feet channelward. Request also includes installation of PWC lift on existing piling. This project is located at 12702 West End Court, also known as Tax Map 27, Parcel 392, Lot 3, Tenth Tax District of Worcester County, Maryland. MAJOR 4 Hidden Oak Farm LLC on behalf of David Doxzon – Request No. 2012-18 – Request to install a 6’x 33’ parallel dock and 2 mooring pilings not to exceed 15 feet channelward. Request also includes abandonment of existing boat ramp, installation of 138’ replacement vinyl bulkhead and placement of
240’ of stone revetment. This project is located at 12120 Conch Shell Lane, also known as Tax Map 26, Parcel 319, Tenth Tax District of Worcester County, Maryland. MAJOR 5 J. Stacey Hart & Assoc., Inc. on behalf of Scott Kemeys – Request No. 2012-19 – Request to install a boatlift with associated pilings not to exceed 15 feet channelward. This project is located at 12311 Meadow Drive, also known as Tax Map 33, Parcel 346, Lot 17, Snug Harbor Subdivision, Tenth Tax District of Worcester County, Maryland. MAJOR 6 J. Stacey Hart & Assoc., Inc. on behalf of Horton Lain & Brian Smith – Request No. 2012-20 – Request to remove existing floating platform and install a 4’x 20’ shared perpendicular pier with 2 boatlifts and associated pilings not to exceed 20 feet channelward. This project is located at 32 & 34 Seabreeze Rd., also known as Tax Map 16, Parcel 38, Section 1, Lots 307 & 308, Ocean Pines Community, Third Tax District of Worcester County, Maryland. MAJOR 7 Permit Ink LLC on behalf of Joseph Schweiger – Request No. 2012-21 – Request to install a 4’x 35’ parallel dock and install a boatlift and 2 PWC lifts with associated pilings not to exceed 22 feet channelward. Request also includes installation of 50’ of replacement bulkheading. This project is located at 12307 Snug Harbor Rd., also known as Tax Map 33, Parcel 346, Lot 55, Snug Harbor Subdivision, Tenth Tax District of Worcester County, Maryland. MAJOR 8 Permit Ink LLC on behalf of Herb Roe – Request No. 2012-22 – Request to install a 6’x 30’ perpendicular pier with 2 mooring pilings and a boatlift with associated pilings not to exceed 30 feet channelward. Request also includes installation of 2 PWC lifts along bulkhead. This project is located at 179 Teal Circle, also known as Tax Map 16, Parcel 41, Section 4, Lot 277, Ocean Pines Community, Third Tax District of Worcester County, Maryland. MAJOR 9 Hi Tide Marine on behalf of Martha’s Landing LLC – Request No. 2012-23 – Request to conduct maintenance dredge activity to remove approximately 8,200 cubic yards of material by hydraulic method and dispose of spoil at an approved disposal site on property or other approved site. This project is located at Sunset Ave., also known as Tax Map 27, Parcel 487, Sunset Marina, Tenth Tax District of Worcester County, Maryland. MAJOR 10 Hi Tide Marine on behalf of Homers Hideaway Marina LLC – Request No. 2012-24 – Request to conduct maintenance dredge activity to remove approximately 4,914 cubic yards of material by hydraulic method and dispose of spoil at Skimmer Island or other approved site. This project is located at Inlet Isle Lane., also known as Tax Map 27, Parcel 227, Ocean City Fishing Center, Tenth Tax District of Worcester County, Maryland. MAJOR 11 Hi-Tide Marine Construction on behalf of Moore Boat LLC. – Rehearing of Request No. 2010-08 – Request to dredge a 30’x 1300’ channel leading to an existing basin to an average depth of -4.5’ at MLW. Approximately 3,500 cu. yds. of dredge spoil to be disposed of onsite. This project is located at
LEGAL NOTICES 25 12303 North Piney Point Rd., also known as Tax Map 10, Parcel 304, Fifth Tax District of Worcester County, Maryland. OCD-2/16/2t ___________________________________
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING WORCESTER COUNTY BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS AGENDA
Thursday, March 8, 2012 Pursuant to the provisions of the Worcester County Zoning Ordinance, notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held before the Board of Zoning Appeals for Worcester County, in the Board Room (Room 1102) on the first floor of the Worcester County Government Center, One West Market Street, Snow Hill, Maryland. 6:30 p.m. Case No. 12-09, on the application of Judith Whalan, requesting an afterthe-fact variance to reduce the Ordinance prescribed front yard setback from 25 feet to 15.6 feet (an encroachment of 9.4 feet), associated with an existing accessory structure incidental to a single family dwelling in a R-2 Suburban Residential District, pursuant to Zoning Code Sections ZS 1116(c)(4), ZS 1-206(b)(2), ZS 1-206(d)(1) and ZS 1-305, located at 12437 Windsor Road, on the northeast corner of the intersection of Tudor Road and Windsor Road, Tax Map 21, Parcel 6, Section C, Block 24, Lot 12, of the Cape Isle of Wight Subdivision, in the Tenth Tax District of Worcester County, Maryland. POSTPONED 6:35 p.m. Case No. 12-07, on the application of Mark Spencer Cropper, Esquire, on the lands of Blair Snyder and Allison Snyder, requesting a special exception to reconstruct / replace a nonconforming structure, associated with the proposed reconstruction of three nonconforming dwellings in a R-1 Rural Residential District, pursuant to Zoning Code Sections ZS 1-116(c)(5), ZS 1122(d)(1), ZS 1-205(b)(2) and ZS 1-305, located on Beauchamp Road, at the northeast corner of St. Martins Parkway and Beauchamp Road, Tax Map 16, Parcel 5, in the Third Tax District of Worcester County, Maryland. 6:40 p.m. Re-advertisement of Case No. 11-39, on the application of Wallbangers Incorporated, requesting an after-thefact variance to reduce the Ordinance prescribed rear yard setback from 5.5 feet to 0 feet (an encroachment of 5.5 feet), associated with an expansion of use area associated with an existing restaurant in a CM Commercial Marine District, pursuant to Zoning Code Sections ZS 1-116(c)(4), ZS 1-214(c)(2) and ZS 1-305, located at 12821 South Harbor Road, approximately 600 feet east of the intersection of Golf Course Road and South Harbor Road, Tax Map 27, Parcel 377, Lot 46 & Tax Map 27, Parcel 378, Lot 48, in the Tenth Tax District of Worcester County, Maryland. 6:45 p.m. Case No. 12-11, on the application of Hugh Cropper IV, Esquire, on the lands of Kurtis Miller and Margaret Miller, requesting a variance to reduce the Ordinance prescribed front yard setback, measured from the centerline of a road, from 50 feet to 42.1 (an encroachment of 7.9 feet) and requesting a variance to reduce the Ordinance prescribed rear yard setback from 30
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Legal Notices feet to 22.5 feet (an encroachment of 7.5 feet), associated with a proposed single family dwelling in a R-2 Suburban Residential District, pursuant to Zoning Code Sections ZS 1-116(c)(4), ZS 1-206(b)(2) and ZS 1-305, located at 12401 Meadow Drive, approximately 1,900 feet east of the intersection of First Street and Meadow Drive, Tax Map 33, Parcel 346, Lot 35, of the Snug Harbor Subdivision, in the Tenth Tax District of Worcester County, Maryland. 6:50 p.m. Case No. 12-10, on the application of Hugh Cropper IV, Esquire, on the lands of Steven Black and Karen Black, requesting a variance to reduce the Ordinance prescribed front yard setback, measured on an arterial highway, from 100 feet to 42 feet (an encroachment of 58 feet) and requesting a special exception for a single nonmonument freestanding sign on each road frontage, associated with a proposed commercial use in a C-2 General Commercial District, pursuant to Zoning Code Sections ZS 1-116(c)(3), ZS 1116(c)(4), ZS 1-210(b)(2)A3, ZS 1-305, ZS 1-324(c)(4)B4 and ZS 1-326, located on the northwest corner of Ocean Gateway (US Route 50) and Friendship Road (MD Route 452), Tax Map 25, Parcel 165 & Parcel 438, Part A & B of the Reassembled Lands of Lester & Violet Black Plat, in the Third Tax District of Worcester County, Maryland. ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS OCD-2/23/2t ___________________________________
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS BOARD OF PORT WARDENS Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 106, “Waterways,” Article II – “Shoreline Development” of the Code of the Town of Ocean City, Maryland, hereinafter referred to as the Code, same being the Port Wardens Ordinance of Ocean City, Maryland, notice is hereby given that public hearings will be conducted in the Council Chambers of City Hall located at 301 Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City, MD Thursday, March 8th, 2012 At 2:00 PM A request has been submitted to remove existing finger pier, install a 4’ x 18’ perpendicular pier and install a boatlift with associated pilings, not to exceed 19’ channelward from the MHW line. The site of the proposed construction is described as being located at 2205 Philadelphia Ave. Slip 44 Parcel # 4236 -44-0-0111-378524 in the Town of Ocean City, MD Applicant: Hickory Environmental Consulting, LLC Owner: Aaron Jezierski PW12-022 A request has been submitted to add 8’ to the existing pier with a 2’ x 5’ parallel “L” at the end, relocate the existing boatlift with associated piles added and install two (2) PWC lifts with associated piles, not to exceed 50’ channelward from the MHW line. The site of the proposed construction is de-
scribed as being located at 610 Bayshore Ct Unit 5 Parcel # 5313 -E-0 -0112-211840 in the Town of Ocean City, MD Applicant: Hickory Environmental Consulting, LLC Owner: Jeffery Arnold PW12-023 A request has been submitted to replace approximately 115’ of vinyl bulkhead, remove and replace existing dock and boatlift. The site of the proposed construction is described as being located at 722 141ST St Parcel # 9435A11-9-5-0 -0118-184681 in the Town of Ocean City, MD Applicant: Hi-Tide Marine Construction, INC. Owner: William J. and Julie Fitzpatrick PW12-024 A request has been submitted to replace approximately 40’ of existing bulkhead with new vinyl. To extend existing pier to 45’ total not to exceed neighboring property and remove and replace one boatlift. The site of the proposed construction is described as being located at 613 Harbour Drive Parcel # 8020A-1550B-8B-0 -0117315123 in the Town of Ocean City, MD Applicant: Hi-Tide Marine Owner: Donald Bowers PW12-025 Board of Port Wardens Blake McGrath, Chairman Valerie Gaskill, Attorney OCD-2/23/2t ___________________________________ KATHRYN V. WESTBROOK P.O. BOX 1109 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842
NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Estate No. 14578 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF PEGGY FRANCES PIXLEY Notice is given that Marc Pixley, 204 10th Street, Pocomoke City, MD 21851, was on February 16, 2012 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Peggy Frances Pixley who died on February 6, 2012, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 18th day of August, 2012. 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.
Marc Pixley Personal Representative True Test Copy Charlotte K. Cathell Register of Wills Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 Name of newspaper designated by personal representative: Ocean City Digest Date of publication: February 23, 2012 OCD-2/23/3t ___________________________________
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HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION March 7, 2012 – 5:30 PM Berlin Town Hall – Council Chambers 1. Call to Order 2. Agenda Adoption 3. Approval of Minutes 4. Applications Case #01-4-12-1 John Barrett, 115 N. Main Street Revised exterior modifications Case #03-07-12-3 John Barrett, 113 N. Main Street Exterior Modifications
The TOWN OF OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND is soliciting bids for Eagle’s Landing Golf Course Irrigation Pump Station Replacement. Your proposal must be received by the City Manager's Office, 301 Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City, Maryland 21842 on or before 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 5, 2012. Bid specifications are available upon written request to Joe Perry, Golf Course Superintendent, Eagle’s Landing Golf Course, 8828 Eagle’s Nest Road, Berlin, MD 21811, or by calling 410-520-5408. OCD-2/23/1t ___________________________________
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS TOWN OF OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 110 of the Code of Ocean City, Maryland, hereinafter referred to as the Code, same being the Zoning Ordinance for Ocean City, Maryland, notice is hereby given that public hearings will be conducted by the Board of Zoning Appeals for Ocean City, Maryland in the Council Chambers of City Hall located on Baltimore Avenue and Third Street, in the Town of Ocean City, Maryland on: THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. Pursuant to the provisions of Section 110-93(2), Powers, of the Code, an appeal has been filed pursuant to the provisions of Section 110-94(2)(b) requesting a special parking exception to waive four (4) parking spaces to expand restaurant use. The site of the appeal is described as located on the north side of 1st Street and the west side of Bayview Lane, with a portion of the required parking situated on property located on the north side of 1st Street, the east side of Bayview Lane, and the west side of St. Louis Avenue and known locally as De Lazy Lizard, 302-1st Street, in the Town of Ocean City, Maryland. APPLICANT: T & W REDEVELOPMENT LLC – (BZA 2335 12-09400001) Further information concerning the public hearings may be examined in the office of the Department of Planning and Community Development in City Hall. Alfred Harrison, Chairman Heather Stansbury, Attorney OCD-2/23/2t ___________________________________
5. Discussion: Walkable Bikeable Berlin Kate Patton, Grow Berlin Green 6. Discussion: Stormwater Management Joanne Throwe, Megan Hughes: University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center 7. Review of draft Rules of Procedure 8. Recommendation for defining Historic District boundary at Buckingham School 9. Comments from the Public 10. Comments from Staff 11. Comments from the Commissioners 12. Comments from the Chairman 13. Adjournment OCD-2/23/1t ___________________________________ David H. Cole, Esq. Coon and Cole LLC 401 Washington Ave., Suite 501 Towson, MD 21204 CURTIS C. COON, SUCC. TRUSTEE DAVID H. COLE, SUCC. TRUSTEE Trustees v. WEST END CONDOMINIUM, LLC Defendant. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF MARYLAND FOR WORCESTER COUNTY Case No. 23-C-11001726
NOTICE NOTICE is hereby issued by the Circuit Court for Worcester County this 14th day of February, 2012, that the sale of the property consisting of approximately 3.44+/- acres of land on Golf Course Road, Worcester County, Maryland, and bearing Tax Account number 10-425859 and as further described in these proceedings, made and reported in the Report of Sale filed on behalf of Curtis C. Coon and David H. Cole, Substitute Trustees, be RATIFIED AND CONFIRMED, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 19th day of March, 2012, provided a copy of this Notice be inserted in some newspaper published in said county once in each of three successive weeks, before the 12th day of March, 2012. The Report of Sale states the sale price of the property to be $500,000.00. Stephen V. Hales Clerk - Circuit Court for Worcester County True Copy Test: Stephen V. Hales Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County, Md. OCD-2/23/3t ___________________________________
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NOTICE is hereby given by the Mayor and City Council of Ocean City, that an ordinance was introduced for first reading at their meeting of February 21, 2012. A complete text of the ordinance is available for review in the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 3rd Street and Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City, MD 21842. A fair summary is as follows:
ORDINANCE TOWN OF OCEAN CITY OPERATING BUDGET FISCAL YEAR 2012 BE IT ENACTED AND ORDAINED by the Mayor and Council of Ocean City, Maryland, that the following fund revenue and departmental expenditures, together with certain restrictions and authorizations are adopted:
General Fund A. Anticipated Revenue: Property Taxes Other Taxes Licenses and Permits Revenue From Other Agencies Charges For Current Services Fines and Forfeitures Other Revenue Prior Year Reserves Total Revenue
Total Revenue and Other Financing Sources Enterprise Funds: A. Anticipated Revenue: Service Charges Capacity/Impact Fees State and Federal Grants Food and Beverage Tax Prior Year Reserves Transfer-In From General Fund Total Revenue B. Anticipated Expenditures: Personal Services Non-Personal Services Capital Outlay Debt Service Transfer To Reserves Total Expenditures
A. Anticipated Revenue: Charges to Other Funds State and Federal Grants Investment Earnings/Other Employee Contributions Sale of Capital Assets Prior Year Reserves General Fund Contribution Total Revenue B. Anticipated Expenditures: Personal Services Non-Personal Services Capital Outlay Benefit Payments Reserve for Retirement Benefit Capital Projects Total Expenditures
1ST READING AMENDMENT #1 FY - 2012 $ 42,491,715 14,259,813 3,856,303 4,648,742 7,896,879 748,377 1,309,327 1,590,908 $ 76,802,064
General Fund B. Anticipated Expenditures: General Government Public Safety General Public Works/Beach Maintenance Sanitation and Waste Removal Highways and Streets Economic Development - Tourism Culture and Recreation Debt Service Total Expenditures To Transportation Fund To Airport Fund To Convention Center To Capital Projects Total Expenditures and Other Financing Uses
1ST READING AMENDMENT #1 FY - 2012 $ 3,313,103 33,609,268 5,141,014 5,968,505 5,336,757 7,090,734 7,940,709 4,576,232 $ 72,976,322 1,477,171 292,964 1,516,177 539,430 $ 76,802,064
Water $7,011,778 27,720 0 0 218,384 0 $7,257,882
Transportation $4,018,519 0 1,796,672 0 19,596 1,477,171 $7,311,958
Convention Center $1,808,500 0 1,551,645 1,085,000 1,760,190 1,516,177 $7,721,512
Wastewater $11,540,621 48,400 0 0 873,891 0 $12,462,912
Airport $ 1,050,022 0 438,750 0 92,469 292,964 $1,874,205
Golf Course $2,042,921 0 0 0 4,411 0 $2,047,332
$1,930,324 3,158,597 782,981 1,385,980 0 $7,257,882
$3,664,567 3,197,218 450,173 0 0 $7,311,958
$ 2,904,652 1,730,595 682,000 2,304,265 100,000 $7,721,512
$4,091,082 3,455,899 1,796,184 3,119,747 0 $12,462,912
$ 329,486 948,690 450,000 146,029 0 $1,874,205
$1,018,955 1,028,377 0 0 0 $2,047,332
Information Technology $1,849,043 0 0 0 0 21,446 0 $1,870,489
Service Center $5,320,569 0 0 0 0 60,998 0 $5,381,567
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Special Authorization - Budget Manager The Budget Manager shall be authorized to reallocate departmental appropriations among the various objects of expenditures as she deems necessary. Such changes shall be approved by the Finance Administrator & City Manager. Restrictions - City Manager: A. The utilization of any contingency appropriation shall be accomplished only with prior authorization from the Mayor and Council. B. Utilization of appropriations established in the Capital Improvement Fund may be accomplished only with the express approval of the Mayor and Council. Tax Rate: An Ad Valorem Tax Rate of $0.395 per $100 of assessed valuation of real property and a rate of $1.29 per $100 of assessed valuation of corporate and personal property tax is required to fund this budget. INTRODUCED at a meeting of the City Council of Ocean City, Maryland held on February 21, 2011. SECOND READING of this ordinance shall be held at a meeting of the Mayor and City Council on March 5, 2012. OCD-2/23/1t
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Johnson gets jail time, Jackson arrested in Sheddy murder case NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (Feb. 24, 2012) Two people were arrested within the past few days in connection with the murder of Christine Sheddy in Pocomoke in November 2007. Tia Lynn Johnson, 31, of Eden, was arrested last Friday. Clarence Butch “Junior” Jackson, 34, of the same address, was arrested Wednesday. Both were charged with being an accessory after the statute and fourth-degree burglary. Johnson had been held on $500,000 bond after her arrest. In District Court in Salisbury on Tuesday morning, Johnson told Judge Daniel Mumford that she wanted her bail lowered. Executive Assistant State’s Attorney William McDermott of the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office asked to double it to $1 million. “Given the circumstances and the nature of the crime and the defendant’s prior conviction and the fact that she fled the state of Maryland for the state of Tennessee after the crime, the state believes the bond should be increased,” McDermott said he told the judge. Mumford did not increase the bail. He said Johnson should have no bail at all. Jackson was denied bail Thursday Morining. Johnson’s cousin, Justin Hadel was found guilty June 15, 2011, in the death of Sheddy, whose body lay undiscovered for more than two years in the backyard of a Snow Hill bed and breakfast. Hadel is serving a prison sentence of life without parole. Sheddy, 26, lived in Delaware, but had been staying on Byrd Road in
Pocomoke with her friends, Johnson and Jackson. Hadel, 17, was also staying there. After about two weeks, Sheddy went missing. The other people in the house said she had left without taking her children. Johnson told a different tale during the June trial. She testified that Hadel told her he was swinging a shovel and hit Sheddy with it. Hadel’s former cellmate indicated that Hadel told him that Jackson hit Sheddy in the head a couple of times because he was drunk and mad that Sheddy was staying at the house, but not paying rent. According to the cellmate, Jackson told Hadel to “finish her off” and he did by hitting her in the head with a piece of wood. After the murder, Johnson and Jackson stayed at the River House Inn, where Johnson had worked doing landscaping and other chores. They had started dating after she got a job there and he was her boss. They stayed there without the consent or knowledge of its owners who had no connection whatsoever with the crime. During Hadel’s trial in Circuit Court in Snow Hill, Arch McFadden, his public defender, presented no defense but said during the sentencing that Hadel did not act alone. At least one other person was involved, McFadden said. In July, Johnson pleaded guilty to a scheme of theft from $1,000 to $10,000 in connection with a theft at Wal-Mart. She was sentenced to 18 months in jail with all but two months and 29 days suspended. Johnson was due to be released from the Eastern Correctional Institute on Wednesday. He had been serving a three-year sentence for theft.
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Police look for person of interest NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (Feb. 24, 2012) The Ocean City Police Department continues to ask the public for assistance in identifying a person of interest in the case of an umbrella that went missing during a downtown fundraiser for Ava DelRicco. Bar management at the Pour House on Wicomico Street reported the theft of a red and maroon Molson beer beach umbrella, valued at $125, following the Jan. 28 DelRicco Benefit Fund charity event. The event was one of several held to help the DelRicco family. Baby Ava, 19 months old, was critically injured Dec. 16, when a motorist, allegedly under the influence of PCP, struck the car of Ava’s mother, Anne Marie DelRicco, while it was stopped at a red traffic signal on 142nd Street. Surveillance video at the bar showed a goateed white man wearing a dark T-shirt and white baseball cap carrying the umbrella out of the business. On Feb. 7, a citizen found the umbrella in its original packaging near the bar and gave it to police.
That citizen is not considered a suspect. Approximately 200 people attended the charity event. Police hope one of those people or someone who recognizes the man in the video will come forward with information about his identity. Jessica Waters, public affairs specialist with the Ocean City Police Department, said Wednesday that she did not find it unusual that no one had identified him yet. “Possibly, he was from out of town,” Waters said. “We just have a couple of questions to ask him. We hope if someone recognizes him, they’ll come forward.” Anyone with information about the man seen with the umbrella in the video is asked to contact Officer John Spicer at 410-520-5295.
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Hotel fire Ocean City firefighters, with assistance from the Bethany Beach Fire Company, responded at 10:11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, to a reported building fire at the Clarion Fontainebleau Resort Hotel on 101st Street. The fire was contained to the ceiling and roof of unit 201 on the east side of the building. Crews used ladder trucks to reach the roof and the fire was reported under control by 11:20 a.m. One person was taken to Atlantic General Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. The Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.
Untaxed cigarettes Maryland State Police on Feb. 15 arrested two people near Berlin in connection with the transportation of untaxed cigarettes. According to police, Demba Maiga, 41, of Greensboro, N.C., and Mussa Cisse, 25, of Bronx, N.Y., were traveling on Route 113 near Harrison Road when a trooper stopped the vehicle for an equipment violation. During the stop, Tfc. Smith saw numerous cartons of cigarettes in the rear seat. There had been an attempt to conceal the cartons with clothing. Maiga, the driver, admitted transporting untaxed cigarettes from Virginia to New York, a press release stated. During a search, troopers found 460 cartons of untaxed cigarettes, $4,597 in cash, a sales receipt for cigarettes and a ledger listing cigarettes. Maryland State Police stated that the total tax loss to the state was $9,200 and the total retail loss to the state was $27,508, according to figures provided by the state Comptroller’s Office. Both Maiga and Cisse were charged with possession of unstamped cigarettes and transporting cigarettes for which tax had not been paid.
Drug arrest A 58-year-old New York man was charged Feb. 17 with drug offenses after state troopers found 75.29 grams of marijuana in his ve-
hicle, according to a Maryland State Police press release. A state trooper stopped William James Miller on Route 113 near Nock Landing Road at about 3 p.m. because of speeding and following other vehicles at an unsafe distance. The trooper detected the odor of burnt and raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. Miller said he had just smoked half a “blunt” and tried to throw it out of the window, the press release stated. Following Miller’s statement, the search was conducted. Miller was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute it.
Three-vehicle collision One motorist was taken to the hospital Feb. 16, following a collision on Route 50 at Route 610 at about 6:30 p.m. A vehicle driven by Leslie Fields of Ocean City collided into the rear of an unoccupied vehicle on Route 50, according to a press release from Maryland State Police. She was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury to be treated for her injuries. Violita Gaspen Kauffman of Salisbury, the driver of the unoccupied vehicle, had left it in the travel portion of Route 50 to make contact with Robert Palmer of Berlin, whose vehicle she had just struck. Kauffman was charged with negligent driving.
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Two new K-9 dogs join Ocean City Police Dept. Pfcs. Jacobs and Kelly will work with 14-month-old Jaxx and 1-year-old Chibo (Feb. 24, 2012) The Ocean City Police Department last week welcomed two new K-9 dogs. The animals were purchased from Castle’s K-9, one of the largest and most reputable police canine training agencies in the United States. Pfc. Daniel Jacobs will be paired with Jaxx, a 14-month-old Dutch Sheppard, and Pfc. Michael Kelly will work with Chibo, a 12-month-old Sheppard mix. The officers and their partners round out the department’s K-9 unit, which also includes Pfc. Kevin Flower and Pfc. James Runkles, and their respective partners, Tacko and Breki. The two new K-9 teams were scheduled to begin a four-week training program yesterday, Feb. 23, at Castle’s K-9’s training facility in central Pennsylvania. During the patrol academy, K-9 patrol teams acquire the skills, tactical foundation, specialized training and discipline needed to begin performing tasks such as tracking and trailing,
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OBITUARIES William Arthur Tribbitt WILLARDS — William Arthur “Otsy” Tribbitt, 75, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Born in Smyrna, Del., he was the son of the late James Thomas Tribbitt Sr. and Dolores Truax Tribbitt. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Anne Dennis Tribbitt in 2004. Mr. Tribbitt is survived by his daughter, Ruth Ann Tribbitt Larsen of Knoxville, Tenn.; a stepdaughter, Vera Baker of Willards; two grandchildren, Kristin Burt and Angie Reichenberg; four great grandchildren; a brother, James Thomas Tribbitt Jr. of Dover, Del.; and two sisters, Violet Phelps of Dover and Jean Failing of Wyoming, Del. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and Eugene Tribbitt, and a sister, Dorothy Cooper. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Tribbitt had been an electrical worker, and he had worked for Sunbeam Bakery. He was a United States Navy veteran, member of the IBEW Electrical Workers Union and the Bakery, Confectionary and Tobacco Workers International Union Local 68 AFL-CIO. A funeral service was held Friday, Feb. 17, at Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Interment followed in New Hope Cemetery in Willards. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 209 E. Market St., Salisbury, Md. 21801 or to the American Cancer Society, 1138 Parsons Road, Salisbury, Md. 21801. Roberta (Bertie) Frey Bolling NEWARK — Roberta (Bertie) Frey Bolling, 68, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. She is survived by her husband, Harlis Terry Bolling; a daughter, Laura Ann Bolling; a son, Robert Terry Bolling; and a grandson, Cayden Morgan Bolling. Mrs. Bolling was a devoted wife, mother and friend with an amazing amount of compassion toward life. We will miss her dearly. A memorial service was held Thursday, Feb. 23, at Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Newark Volunteer Fire Department, 8338 Newark Road, Newark, Md. 21841. Helen M. Manning BERLIN — Helen Magdalene Manning, an avid traveler and seeker of new and exciting places, departed on a final and most wonderful journey on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. She left us to join her mother and dad, Helen and Wilson (Buddy) Meyers, her much loved mother-in-law, Ressie Manning and a host of angels known as aunts and uncles. Mrs. Manning leaves behind her faithful traveling companion of 54 years, her husband, Robert (Bobby Ray) Manning, her always loving Continued on Page 31
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OBITUARIES Continued from Page 30 partner and best friend. She is also leaving behind her dearly beloved children: her daughter, Robin Ann Rickett, a constant angel of mercy in her final days; her son-in law, Raymond Eugene Rickett; her son, Stephen Patrick Manning and daughter-in law, Adalia Duites Manning; and her treasured grandchildren, Joseph and Michael Manning, Alexis Marie Rickett and Trevor Rickett. She will meet her recently departed grandchild, Raymond Eugene Rickett III, on the way to her final destination. In preparation for this journey, Mrs. Manning had been tended to by a special group of sisters, Bertha Paul and Constance Balasone; and a retinue of nieces and nephews: Michael Paul and his wife, Lisa, Angela Paul and her husband, Richard Miller, Mary Ann and her husband, Ron Diamond, Christine and her husband, Cameron Chehreh, Kathleen and her husband, Mike Shaffer, Tony Paul Jr., Melissa Saffran and Neil Saffran. Also attending to Helen were her most wonderful grand nieces and nephews, Jaime, Marlyn Cameron, Collin, Brandon, Garrett, Tyler, Amanda, Jessica, Matthew, Chelsea, Noah and Camryn (Toulah). She is being seen off on this voyage by her very special friends Barbara Litz, husband, Elmer, and Brenda Davidson. Mrs. Manning started her life’s trip in Southwest Baltimore on Gilmore Street on Feb. 12, 1940. She attended St. Martins Catholic grade school and graduated from Mother Seton High School in 1958. A young former Marine named Bob swept her up and they were married in June 1959. What a beautiful relationship was formed with the addition of Stephen and Robin in 1962 and 1966. Together, this family of four traveled from Maryland to the Carolinas, Ohio, Michigan, Cali-
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fornia, Illinois, Florida, Texas, Toronto, Montreal, Niagara Falls and all points in between. Trips to Hawaii, Paris France, Cannes, Monte Carlo Venice, Rome, and Ramstein Germany to visit Stephen remain the highlight of her life. Mrs. Manning was a rock and roller in the fifties, a hippie in the sixties, a mom and homemaker in the seventies and eighties, and a lovable companion and grandmother in the nineties and beyond. Travel, movies, antiquing and home decorating were her passions as was witnessed by all to visit Mrs. Manning’s home. Her husband says, “Helen never met a yard sale or antique shop she didn’t like, and I think we saw them all.” In lieu of flowers, the family requests that commensurate donations be made to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Shock Trauma Center: UMMS Foundation 110 S. Paca St., 9th floor, Baltimore, Md. 21201 or: Coastal Hospice, P.O.1733 Salisbury, Md. 21804 Funeral arrangements are private and a memorial service and wake is planned. Arrangements were handled by Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Eugene W. Bailey SELBYVILLE, Del. — Eugene W. Bailey, 87, of Selbyville died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Born in Micajah, W.Va., he was the son of the late Oscar and Verlie (Milam) Bailey. He had been a construction engineer for McDermott, Inc. for many years. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was also a Mason and Shriner. He is survived by his wife, Celia Bailey of Selbyville and four half-sisters, Genelee Arnold, Bonnie McKenney, Peggy Adams and Lillian Cameron. He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
A Mass of Christian burial was held Thursday, Feb. 23, at St. Luke Catholic Church on 100th Street in Ocean City. Father Richard Smith officiated. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19140. Arrangements were handled by Hastings Funeral Home in Selbyville, Del. Jeanne Marie Kulski OCEAN CITY — Jeanne Marie Kulski, 55, of Ocean City, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Betty Jane Harris Owings of Baltimore and the late Albin Edward Owings Jr. Mrs. Kulski was a financial analyst for City Bank in Baltimore for 15 years. She also was an office manager for Jeanne Kulski Kentucky Fried Chicken in Salisbury and worked in the office for Perdue and for the town of Ocean City as an office assistant until she became disabled in 2008. She was a devoted and loving daughter, wife, mother and sister. She is survived by her husband, Darryll David Kulski; a daughter, Samantha Jane Adkins of Salisbury; three sisters, Jane E. Nier and her husband, Jack of Towson, Beth L. Conway and her husband, Jimmy of Baltimore and Julie L. Raynor and her husband, Roger of Baltimore; and two brothers, Edward E. Owings and his wife, Eileen of Ocean City and Leonard V. Owings of Baltimore. A funeral service was held Thursday, Feb. 23, at Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury. The Rev. Mark Massey officiated. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802. Arrangements were handled by Holloway Fu-
neral Home in Salisbury. Edna Duvall Musgrove SELBYVILLE, Del. — Edna Duvall Musgrove, 93, of Selbyville, Del., and formerly of Burtonsville, Md., died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. Born in Burtonsville on Aug. 5, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Lucy Grooms Duvall. Mrs. Musgrove was retired from the Montgomery County School System, for which she worked for more than 18 years. She was a member of the Saddle Club in her younger years. She was active in Liberty Grove United Methodist Church in Burtonsville before moving to Selbyville, and she was active in the “Belles and Beaus” club and the United Methodist Women. She became active in Sound United Methodist Church, and was an integral part of the production of its fried chicken dinners. She was a caregiver and was always taking care of someone. Mrs. Musgrove was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Albert K. Musgrove, in 1994, and a daughter, Cathryn Mae Marciniec. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn M. Brinker; her sister, Lucille Creel; and her brother, Charles Duvall Jr. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Christine Drummond, James Brinker Jr., Deborah Marshall, Jay Heskett and Timothy Brinker; and four great-grandchildren, Brianna Drummond, Mazie Brinker, Madison Brinker, and Jacob Kelly. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Sound United Methodist Church in Selbyville, with the Rev. Cliff Toomey officiating. Burial will be scheduled later at Union Cemetery in Spencerville, Md. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sound United Methodist Church, c/o: Peggy Brasure, 35131 Lighthouse Road, Selbyville, Del. 19975.
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(Feb. 24, 2012) The deer hunter who shot a horse at Assateague Island National Seashore last year was ordered to pay $3,000 in fines and $2,000 restitution after being convicted Feb. 10. Federal Magistrate Judge Victor Laws also banned the shooter, Justin Eason of Easton, and his father, John Eason II of Preston, from hunting on all federal land for a period of five years. Both must also complete a hunter education and safety course as a condition of their probation. Justin Eason was placed on 18 months supervised probation; his father was placed on 12 months of supervised probation and he must pay a $1,000 fine for providing a false report to park rangers. “I’m of the opinion that a fine alone is not enough to protect the public and our natural resources,” Laws stated in a press release. The 28-year-old bay mare, identified by the park as N2BH, was found dead by a hunter on Jan. 15 during a two-day deer hunt. The hunter reported it to park rangers the following day. This was the first incident in which any of the horses residing in the park were shot, said Carl Zimmerman, management assistant for the national park. The younger Eason shot the horse during a two-day deer hunt. The men were participating in the national park’s annual hunting program that includes several gun seasons during the fall and early win-
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Jan. top producers Shamrock Realty Group named Julie Sadler its Top Sales Agent and Rosie Beauclair as Top Listing Agent for January. Sadler, president of the Women’s Council of Julie Sadler Realtors Delmarva Chapter, has been affiliated with Shamrock Realty Group since its first year in 2006. Beauclair joined Shamrock in 2007, and has consisR. Beauclair tently been a top producer.
LAUREN BUNTING ■ Contributing Writer (Feb. 24, 2012) This is an important message for all homeowners in the state of Maryland! The state is considering a major change in tax benefits that would affect many homeowners. Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2012 (BRFA, HB 87/SB 152), calls for Maryland to be one of only a few states to scale back the most important tax benefit that homeowners receive. This would be the first time that Maryland has considered reducing the deduction, a tax code protection that has been around for nearly 100 years. Under the proposal, if a Maryland taxpayer’s federal adjusted gross income exceeds $100,000, single taxpayers’ itemized deductions would decrease by 10 percent when calculating Maryland taxable income. Taxpayers with adjusted gross income over $200,000 would see their deductions decrease by 20 percent. Maryland already has one of the most aggressive real estate tax structures in the country, ranking 11th among all states in terms of total real estate tax burden (information supplied by the Maryland Association of Realtors). The mortgage interest deduction and the deductibility of state and local property taxes are important economical pieces for many homeowners in Maryland as they account for almost 70 percent of total deductions claimed by Maryland taxpayers. With the real estate market on such precarious footing, adjusting this important deduction would only set our recovery back further, rather than help us move forward. If you agree, please take action and contact your governor and state representatives. The federal government is See BENEFITS on Page 35
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Rachael Almony celebrated the grand opening of her store, Treasures By The Sea, on Feb. 19. An assortment of new and gently used merchandise, such as clothing, jewelry, furniture, kitchenware, home decor, antiques, artwork, stained glass, as well as handmade birdhouses, clocks and palm oil candles is available at the store, located in the Decatur Business Center off Route 611 in West Ocean City.
TRADING TREASURES Vendors may rent booths to sell wares in West OC store LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (Feb. 24, 2012) When Treasures By The Sea, “A Trendy Home Decor Store,” located in the Decatur Business Center off Route 611 in West Ocean City, celebrated its grand opening Feb. 19, owner Rachael Almony was pleasantly surprised with the number of people who visited her shop. “I had a lot of compliments, a lot of positive comments. People love the store,” she said. “West Ocean City doesn’t have a store like this. I describe it as an upscale, urban chic indoor flea market.” Almony moved into the space that was home for a little more than a year to the thrift store, Fairytale Resale, in early February. With the assistance of friends, family and Mike Martz, who did the custom woodwork and painted the store a light gray color, Almony was able to open in just a few weeks. Her 17-year-old son, Adriano, will help her run the business. “Everyone’s been so great
in helping me. It’s just a blessing,” she said. “Everything just fell into place nicely.” Almony rents out booth space to vendors for $125 per month. Eighteen 8-foot by 5foot spaces are available. As of Monday, only three spots were still available, which is why she is considering taking over the vacant unit next door. Vendors come in, arrange items in their booth and set prices. Almony will handle the rest. A small percentage of profit goes to Almony from merchandise sold. “We have some neat vendors coming in for March,” Almony said. “I plan to have this place packed. We have all price ranges, something for everyone.” A variety of new and gently used merchandise, including clothing, jewelry, furniture, kitchenware, home decor, antiques, artwork, stained glass, as well as handmade birdhouses, clocks and palm oil candles and homemade chocolates and popcorn, is currently for sale in the store. Almony will deliver large items, such as furniture and
home decor pieces, for a small fee. Almony will also take pieces on consignment if someone does not want to rent a booth, although renting is preferred. Donations will be accepted, as well. If she is unable to sell donated items in her store, Almony said she will give them to area churches she is affiliated with. Almony is looking for reasonably priced “shabby chic” items and organic products to sell in her store. She would also like to include produce vendors. If a customer cannot find something specific they have in mind at Treasures By The Sea, Almony said, she will help them locate it. She can also assist customers with decorating their homes using the pieces in her store. Treasures By The Sea is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. To rent a space or to set up an appointment for Almony to look over items to be sold in the store, call 443-205-7714 or search “Treasures By The Sea” on Facebook.
Dr. Carl E. Ortman, broker of record for RE/MAX Premier Properties, announced the statistics for the company at the end of 2011. The company eclipsed the 2010 volume sold by $2 million, finishing with $108,000,000 on 481 transactions. Holly Campbell Selling for RE/MAX Premier Properties were 19 agents in three offices in Ocean City, Ocean Pines and Salisbury. Seventy-five percent of the agents finished in the top producing 100 agents of the Coastal Association of Realtors, with Holly Campbell finishing seventh. Campbell also finished the year as one of the top 25 producers for RE/MAX agents in the state. All 14 of those agents will receive Club Awards from RE/MAX International for their performances which represent commissions made, starting with the Executive Club, the 100% Club, Top Producer Club and the Platinum Club.
ResortQuest tops ResortQuest Real Estate announced January’s top producers for its southeast Sussex County, Del. locations. Robert Kauffman of the Bethany Beach office received top honors for listing volume for the month of January. Top listing volume awards for individual agents by office are: Kauffman of the Bethany Beach office; Tammy Hadder and Anna Meiklejohn of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office; Despina Kaneles of the Edgewater/Sea Colony office; Marc Grimes of the Bear Trap Dunes Continued on Page 35
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Patient-centered medical home programs at AGH recognized (Feb. 24, 2012) Two primary care physician practices at Atlantic General Hospital have received Level 1+ recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance for their patient-centered medical home programs. The clinical and medical staffs at the Townsend Medical Center in Ocean City and Berlin Primary Care adopted the patient-centered medical home model, a team-based approach to caring for the whole person, in August 2011. Their participation is part of a three-year pilot program organized by the Maryland Health Care Commission. Such pilot programs are in place all across the country, with the vision of eventually having the entire pri-
mary care community adopt this model for their patients. The practices are the first on the Eastern Shore to receive patient-centered medical home recognition from NCQA, Maryland’s designated review body for patient-centered medical home. “The patient-centered medical home model allows us to care for patients in a holistic manner — a manner that is more proactive and preventive, rather than reactive,” said Stephen Waters, MD, a family physician at the Townsend Medical Center and medical director at AGH. The patient-centered medical home is a concept, not a specific place. It’s anywhere a team of healthcare professionals,
guided by the primary care provider, provides comprehensive, coordinated care for the patient over his or her lifetime. This model actively embraces input and participation from the patient and the patient’s family. The PCMH team provides for all of a patient’s health-care needs, or work with other healthcare professionals to meet those needs. The model has been developed to address inefficiencies in the nation’s current fragmented healthcare system. In its current state, U.S. healthcare allows for the possibility of multiple disconnects among the various providers who might care for a single patient, which can result in duplicative testing and less than optimal
trative assistant. Hibbs joins L&N with more than 17 years of experience in the customer service and accounting arenas. She assists the division by handling the administrative duties on site at Brandywine Condominiums in Dover, Del. Legum & Norman, Inc., is a real estate company providing condominium and community management, financial management, facility services and consulting. Services are provided for a variety of properties including high-rise condominiums, mid-rise and garden condominiums, homeowner associations, mixed-use developments and master planned unity developments.
merce will hold its 27th annual Job Fair on March 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street. Employers in need of staffing, either seasonal or year-round, may find applicants for those positions. Last year, more than 5,000 people attended the fair, which attracts college students from area colleges as well as those far into Pennsylvania. A 10-foot by 10-foot booth includes piping and draping, table with tablecloth, two chairs and signage. All area employees are welcome. A discounted rate available for members of the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce. To reserve a space, contact Lisa Dennis, events director, at 410-213-0144, Ext. 104 or e-mail email@example.com.
Continued from Page 34 office; and Karla Morgan of the Bayside office. Hadder and Meiklejohn of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office received top honors for sales volume for the month of January. Top sales volume awards for individual agents by office are: Hadder and Meiklejohn of the Marketplace at Sea Colony office; Kaneles for the Edgewater/Sea Colony office; Brendan Crotty for the Bethany Beach office; Grimes for the Bear Trap Dunes office; and Linda Quasney for the Bayside office.
L & N Inc. welcomes Hibbs The Resorts Division of Legum & Norman, Inc. an Associa company, announced that Dawn Hibbs joined the team as an adminis-
Employers wanted The Greater Ocean City Chamber of Com-
management of chronic conditions. The PCMH focuses on a preventive, holistic approach and brings the disparate efforts together in a coordinated manner that makes better sense for each patient.
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also considering trimming the value of the MID and other itemized deductions for wealthier households. But, as in the previous three years, the proposal is expected to attract little support in Congress. The National Association of Realtors President Moe Veissi said in a statement last week that the association would strongly oppose this or any proposal that would limit MID and other itemized deductions. “The mortgage interest deduction is vital to the stability of the American housing market and economy,” Veissi said. “We urge the president and Congress to do no harm” to today’s fragile economic recovery. “The nation’s homeowners already pay 80 to 90 percent of U.S. federal income taxes. Raising taxes on them, now or in the future, could critically erode home values at all price levels.” — Lauren Bunting is a licensed Realtor with Bunting Realty, Inc.located in Berlin.
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Boat Show winners The Ocean City/Berlin Optimist Club announced the Boat Show door prize and scholarship lotto winners. North Bay Marina donated a pontoon boat with motor for the 25th year as the Boat Show prize, which Jim Gallagher of Pennsylvania won. Jeff Bauer of Berlin won the $75,000 grand prize in the scholarship lotto. Kathy Cioccio of Bishopville won $15,000 and Raymond Schaal of Wilmington, Del. took home $10,000. Proceeds from the lotto will be awarded as scholarships to college bound Stephen Decatur High School seniors. To date the Optimists have awarded more than $1.4 million in scholarships to more than 270 students in the past 23 years.
LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (Feb. 24, 2012) The Ocean City Recreation and Parks’ St. Patrick’s Indoor Soccer Tournament Series has grown so much since its inception nearly a quarter of a decade ago that, in 2009, the three-weekend event was extended to four to accommodate the overwhelming number of athletes. This year’s 24th annual event, which kicks off tonight at Northside Park on 125th Street, will likely attract as many, if not more, athletes as past competitions, as many teams return to compete year after year — they just move up an age division, said Recreation Supervisor Kim Kinsey, who organizes the tournament with Ron Strickler. “It’s very popular. [Participants] just love it,” she said. The tournament will feature 173 club/travel and recreational teams from the mid-Atlantic region. Eleven boys’ and 17 girls’ U18 teams will get the series competition under way this weekend. Games will begin at 6 p.m. tonight and run until midnight at Northside Park. On Saturday, matches will start at 7 a.m. and finish around midnight. Competition will get started at 8 a.m. on Sunday and conclude at about 6 p.m. Next weekend, March 2-4, 16 U10 and 34 U14 boys’ and girls’ teams will compete. During the third weekend of matches, March 9-11, 29 U12 and 19 U16 girls’ and boys’ teams will battle it out. The final weekend of competition, March 16-18, 38 mens’ and 12 womens’ teams will compete in the adult open (18 and older) divisions. Tournament matches will be six-on-six (including a goalie). Each half will be 17 minutes long. Teams are guaranteed two pool play games before they are seeded in a single elimination playoff tournament. Champions and runners-up in each division will receive a team trophy and Tshirts for all players. For additional information, call 410-250-0125 or visit www.oceancitymd.gov.
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Stephen Decatur’s Jake Blazer won the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle events and was a member of the first-place 200-meter medley and 200-meter freestyle relay teams during the 3A/2A/1A East Regional meet last Saturday at the Anne Arundel Swim Center in Annapolis.
SEAHAWKBOYSNAMED REGIONAL CHAMPIONS Girls finish second in 3A/2A/1A East Regional competition LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (Feb. 24, 2012) Early last week, Rick Cawthern, cocoach of the Stephen Decatur swim teams, said that on paper, the boys’ squad looked as if it could repeat as regional champions. Then last Saturday, the Seahawks proved they were No. 1, easily dominating their 3A/2A/1A East Regional competition at the Anne Arundel Swim Center in Annapolis. Decatur scored 329 points — 62 points more than their closest competitor, the Kent Island Buccaneers. De-
catur earned first-place honors in nine of the 11 events. “Just about everyone dropped time, which is important. Everyone did what they were supposed to, and we came out with a pretty dominating lead,” Cawthern said. “This is only our fourth year competing at regionals and to win back-to-back championships is outstanding.” Decatur swimmers who won their individual events were Jake Middleton (200meter freestyle, 1:55.94; 500m freestyle, 5:15.33), Jake Blazer (50m freestyle, 23.14 seconds; 100m freestyle, 51.77
seconds), Shayne Custodio (100m butterfly, 55.35 seconds; 200m IM, 2:05.12) and Jeff Middleton (100m backstroke, 1:02.20). The Middletons, Blazer and Custodio teamed up for the 200-meter medley relay and they won the race in 1:48.86. Custodio, Blazer, Jake Middleton and Zak Hoshino took first place in the 200meter freestyle relay event (1:35.04). The top three finishers in each regional event advanced to the 3A/2A/1A state championship, which is scheduled See FOURTEEN on Page 37
Seahawks lose Bayside title to Rams LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (Feb. 24, 2012) The Stephen Decatur wrestling team fought for its 11th consecutive Bayside Conference championship last weekend in Cambridge, but came up
14 points short, as the coveted title was this year awarded to the undefeated Parkside Rams. “Everyone wrestled very well. We won every match we could have won,” said Decatur Coach Todd Martinek. “We were in second place on
Friday and we couldn’t catch Parkside on Saturday. The kids were somewhat disappointed they didn’t win the championship, but they were pleased that they wrestled well. “Parkside was the team to See EIGHT on Page 37
The Worcester County Department of Recreation & Parks 2012 Youth Softball League is open to girls in grades 2-8. Teams will be formed in Pocomoke, Snow Hill and Berlin. Practice will begin in March, and games in April. Pigtail (grades 2 - 5) games will be played on Tuesday nights, and Ponytail (grades 6 - 8) games will be played on Wednesday nights at Newtown Park in Pocomoke, John Walter Smith Park in Snow Hill, Showell Park in Berlin and in Ocean Pines. Registration is currently underway. Registration and payment must be received prior to Monday, March 8. The cost is $20 per child/$15 per additional sibling, and financial aid is available to those who show a need. For more information or a registration form, contact Ken Tustin at 410632-2144, extension 112 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sea Colony ranked Tennis magazine ranks Bethany Beach, Delaware’s Sea Colony “The Premier Family Beach & Tennis Resort Community” among its 2012 Top 50 American Resorts, as well as No. 3 in the Mid-Atlantic region. With 34 tennis courts, including four indoor and 14 Har-Tru clay, and a team of talented teaching professionals, Sea Colony Tennis offers a wide range of camps, clinics and private instruction to tennis players of all ages and skill levels. Tennis Director Thomas Johnston and his staff have enhanced the resort’s already acclaimed tennis program by adding mental toughness training, Cardio Tennis and video analysis. Under the direction of Head Pro Alex Justiniani, the resort facility has developed a variety of junior programs. Supported by the Sea Colony homeowners, the resort’s tennis program has produced state and junior national champions and top collegiate tennis players. In addition, Sea Colony, which is professionally managed by ResortQuest Delaware, features a wide variety of amenities including a half mile of private beach, 12 pools (two indoor), fitness centers, year-round security and in-season children’s programs.
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for Saturday, Feb. 25, at Eppley Recreation Center on the University of Maryland-College Park campus. Individual competitors or relay teams who, in their regional meet, were among the top 12 statewide times also qualified for states. Hoshino placed fourth in the 50-meter freestyle race at regionals. His time of 24.96 seconds earned him a spot at states. The Decatur 400-meter relay team of Jeff Middleton, Hoshino, Zack Keiser and Colin Bankert took fourth at regionals, but the athletes’ time of 3:59.34 advanced them to the championship meet. Altogether, seven boys will make the trip across the bridge on Saturday. “There’s going to be some really good competition, so our guys have to swim their very best. If they do, they’ll come out on top,” Cawthern said. “They need to leave it all in the water. As long as they do their best and get a good time, I’ll be happy for them.” Seven Lady Seahawks will also compete at states. The girls’ team finished in second place (291 points) behind Cambridge (310) during the regional meet. Karlie Straight won the 100-meter backstroke (1:07.05) and 500-meter freestyle (5:42.01) events. Brianna Carroll placed second in the 200-meter freestyle
(2:11.70) and Carly Deickman took third in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:19.25). Straight, Carroll, Julia Wellen and Maria Zweifel earned third place in the 400-meter freestyle relay (4:12.66). Madison Tinus joined Deickman, Straight and Carroll for the 200-meter medley relay, which the girls finished third in (2:06.40). Tinus placed seventh in the 50-meter freestyle during regionals, but her time of 27.66 seconds earned her a spot at states. Zweifel will also compete at the state level. Her time of 1:20.85 in the regional 100meter breaststroke event was good enough for sixth place and a shot at the championship. Wellen, Zweifel, Tinus and CeCe Pyles finished fourth in the 200-meter freestyle relay at regionals, but their time of 1:56.70 advanced the group to states. “We did really well. Pretty much everyone dropped times from in-season swims and I hope they swim even faster at states,” said Coach Jenny Miller. “The competition will be tough, but I think we have a good shot to finish top eight in a few events. Even if they just get personal bests, it’s enough to make you feel you accomplished something.” The top eight swimmers in each event will receive awards.
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Stephen Decatur swimmers prepare for post-season competition during practice last week at the Sports Core Pool in Ocean Pines. Fourteen Seahawks will compete in Saturday’s 3A/2A/1A state championship at Eppley Recreation Center on the University of Maryland—College Park campus.
Eight Seahawk grapplers advance to 4A/3A East Reg. tourney Continued from Page 36
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Stephen Decatur wrestlers, from left, Nate Rosenblatt, Alford Hardy, Dakota Roderick, Alex Schiffer, Andrew Borradaile, Kaelan Patterson, Jeff Evans and Ryan Kail will compete in the 4A/3A East Regional tournament, today and Saturday, at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.
beat this year and they earned it,” he said. Parkside had three Bayside champions, three finished in both second and third place and one wrestler took fifth. Three Decatur grapplers — Alford Hardy (126), Dakota Roderick (132) and Ryan Kail (285) — won their divisions. Nate Rosenblatt (106) and Andrew Borradaile (145) were runners-up in their weight classes. Alex Schiffer (138) and Kaelan Patterson (152) placed third. Jeff Evans finished fourth at 170 pounds and Ethan Mariner took fifth at 113 pounds. Martinek said one of the biggest thrills of tournament was Kail’s victory. He was seeded fifth going into the competition. “In my 19 years in the Bayside Conference, I can’t remember a fifth seed coming back to win,” Martinek said. “He
also avenged two earlier season losses.” Because of their top four finishes at the conference championship, Decatur will send eight wrestlers to the 4A/3A East Regional tournament, which will take place today and Saturday at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia. “We have some injuries from the weekend — we’ve be dealing with injures all season, so we’re just trying to get healthy,” Martinek said earlier this week. “I think they all have a chance to go to states if we have a great weekend.” Hardy is seeded second in his division, Rosenblatt and Roderick, third, and Kail, fourth. Both Schiffer and Patterson are ranked fifth, Evans, seventh and Borradaile is seeded 11th. The top four finishers in each regional weight class will advance to the 4A/3A state championship, scheduled for March 2-3, at the University of Maryland College Park.
Lady Mallards fall to Sabres in first round of ESIAC tournament Prep squad young and all girls to return next season LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (Feb. 24, 2012) Missed scoring opportunities and turnovers were key factors in the Worcester Prep girls’ basketball team’s 35-25 loss to the Sts. Peter & Paul Sabres during first-round action of the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference tournament on Monday in Easton.
“For the most part, we played fairly well. Our defense was phenomenal,” said Prep Coach Page Watts Rogers. “We had some trouble against their defense and we got a little frazzled and had some turnovers, but once we figured out how to play against it we were fine. We missed some easy lay-ups that could have given us the go-ahead.” The Sabres scored seven points in the first quarter and held the Lady Mallards to two. Both teams netted four points in the second quarter and Sts. Peter & Paul went into the halftime break with an 11-6
lead. The home team tacked on 11 points in the third quarter, while the Prep squad added nine. The Sabres outscored the Mallards 13-10 in the final quarter. Molly Marshall was Worcester’s leading scorer with seven points. Rogers also praised Marshall’s and Meredith Smith’s solid defense against two of the Sabres’ top players. “It was bittersweet losing the game, but we don’t lose anyone [to graduation] for next year,” Rogers said. The Mallards finished the season with a 6-12 record. Rogers had no seniors on her roster this
year. It was made up of three juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen. “For as young as we were this season, I truly believe we’re the best defensive team in the league. Every team that has beaten us, we made them work hard for every point they scored,” she said. “If only we could be as good offensively, we’d be unstoppable.” The Mallards received the ESIAC sportsmanship award. Freshman Sophie Brennan was awarded All-Conference honorable mention accolades.
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Worcester Prep boys’ top Jaguars in ESIAC first-round action Mallards fall in conference semifinals to Holly Grove Eagles, 56-51, on Wed. LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (Feb. 24, 2012) The Worcester Prep boys’ basketball team wrapped up regular-season competition last Friday on a high note, earning a 44-29 victory over the Salisbury School Dragons, a team that edged out the Mallards 37-33 during their first match-up Dec. 2. “We are a much better team right now than we were when we played them in December, and that is what you want,” said Prep Coach Mike Grosso. “It doesn’t matter now what you did in December. We played well on Friday and we want to carry that into the playoffs.” At the end of the first quarter last Friday, Worcester led 14-5 and at halftime, the home team was still on top, 25-10. Salisbury outscored the Prep squad 10-9 in the third quarter, but the Mallards still had a commanding 3420 lead. Nine of the 10 players on Grosso’s roster scored. Leading the charge was Harrison Brennan (nine points and three steals) and Zander Farr (nine points, three steals and five rebounds). Ryan Nally chipped in with seven
points and three steals. The Mallards hosted the Salisbury Christian Jaguars on Monday for firstround Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference competition and came out on top 47-43. “It was a great game. It’s very hard to play when the school is closed (Presidents Day). The kids are off all day and we usually lose focus on our goals on days like this,” Grosso said. “We brought the boys in early and had a mini practice before the game. They came out hot, scoring 16, but had a let down in the second. We made adjustments at halftime and they finished strong.” The Mallards led 16-9 at the end of the first quarter, but were outscored 15-4 in the second quarter to go into halftime trailing the Jaguars 24-20. The Prep team netted 13 points in the third quarter, while Salisbury tallied eight to pull ahead 33-32. Worcester added 14 points in the final quarter and limited the visiting team to 11. Nally led the Mallards with 19 points. Matteo Petrera contributed with 13. “Playoff games are always close and this one was very exciting,” Grosso said. “It’s another step toward the championship.” The victory advanced Worcester to Wednesday’s ESIAC semifinal game against the Holly Grove Eagles in Westover. The Mallards lost 56-51.
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Worcester Prep’s Ryan Nally takes the ball to the basket during last Friday’s game against Salisbury School in Berlin. Nally scored seven points and had three steals in the 44-29 victory.
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Seahawks to face Northeast Eagles LISA CAPITELLI â– Assistant Editor (Feb. 24, 2012) The Stephen Decatur boysâ€™ basketball team will head to Pasadena, Md. tonight to take on the Northeast Eagles of Anne Arundel County, during 3A East Regional tournament first-round competition. The four teams with the best regularseason win percentage were seeded 1-4 in the bracket and the remaining squads were placed by random draw. Northeast (2-20) received the No. 5 seed, while Decatur (9-13) drew No. 12. â€œI feel pretty good about it. Northeast is probably a team a lot like us. I think they will be a good match for us,â€? said Decatur Coach Mark Engle. Engle, however, is concerned about how the three-hour bus ride will affect his athletesâ€™ performances. â€œWe typically donâ€™t play well when we have a long ride. After a long ride, itâ€™s hard to play like we would at home,â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™re going to go up a little early and really stretch out and have a good warm-up.â€? The winner of tonightâ€™s match will play the fourth-seeded Atholton Raiders. The team received a first-round bye. Atholton, who Engle said is always tough and structured, will host the semifinal game Tuesday night on their home court in Columbia. â€œI think weâ€™re as ready as we can be,â€? Engle said. â€œâ€™Anything can happen in the playoffs,â€™ I keep telling my team. We donâ€™t want to take anything for granted. We need to come out and get after it right away.â€?
Lady Seahawk to host Vikings today LISA CAPITELLI â– Assistant Editor (Feb. 24, 2012) The 11-11 Stephen Decatur Lady Seahawksâ€™ girls basketball team had luck on their side Sunday, as the squad randomly drew the No. 5 seed in the 3A East Regional tournament. The girls will face off tonight against the 12thseeded Mount Hebron Viking (13-7) in Berlin as first-round action gets under way. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. â€œItâ€™s going to be a good game. I expect them to press us the entire game,â€? said Decatur Coach Amy Fenzel-Mergott. â€œTo win, we have to handle their pressure well.â€? The top four teams with the best regular-season win percentage were seeded 14 in the 3A East Regional tournament bracket. The remaining squads were placed by random draw. â€œWeâ€™re ecstatic to be playing at home. Itâ€™s nice to have home-court advantage and to not have to travel,â€? Fenzel-Mergott said. The winner of tonightâ€™s match will advance to Mondayâ€™s quarterfinals, where they will battle the fourth-seeded Annapolis Panthers. â€œI think we look good. The girls are all getting along and weâ€™re playing as a team,â€? Fenzel-Mergott said. â€œThe harmony is high and the girls are pretty pumped up and theyâ€™re focused. We hope to win our first playoff game in a long time.â€?
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