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tradition at City Hall will this year focus on the Ocean City Public Works Dept. Displays and demos on tap PAGE 22

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: BUSINESS . . . . . . . . . 44 CLASSIFIED . . . . . . . . 64 ENTERTAINMENT . . . . 53 LEGALS . . . . . . . . . . . 66

LIFESTYLE . . . . . . . . . 49 OPINION . . . . . . . . . . 20 OUT&ABOUT . . . . . . . 60 SPORTS . . . . . . . . . . . 39

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County fights fear factor at schools, day care centers Sandy Hook, Mayan predictions and rumors force police presence, additional security NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (Dec. 28, 2012) Public schools thoughout Worcester County had a noticeable police presence last week, especially on Friday, and the

additional security is expected to continue after the holidays. The police presence “was to ease the minds of parents concerned about school safety,” said Barbara Witherow, public relations director for the Worcester

County Board of Education, last Friday. Many rumors had circulated about possible trouble in schools and although she did not specify what those rumors were, she said all of the rumors had been investigated by law enforcement and “found to be false.” In addition to unspecific rumors, there was widespread pub-

licity, particularly on television, about the purported Mayan prediction that Friday, Nov. 21, would be the end of the world because it was the last day on the Mayan calendar and that led to concern for some people. Many parents called 911 because they were concerned about sending their children to school See SOME on Page 28

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Brad Flora of Ocean City sails through a nice barrel last Saturday, one day after the world was rumored to end. Thankfully, we all lived to see another day, and local surfers celebrated by hitting the beach to take advantage of one of nature’s finest gifts.

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(Dec. 28, 2012) Following the presentation of its latest traffic safety study to the city last month, in which a number of major changes to the layout of Coastal Highway were explored, the State Highway Administration says it is continuing to look at the long-term solutions while also instituting a number of quicker fixes. “There’s funding available. We’re just waiting for them [the SHA’s central office] to approve,” said Ken Cimino, assistant district engineer for the SHA’s District 1, which covers Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset, and Dorchester counties.

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OCEAN CITY Pedestrian deaths bring Coastal Hwy.safety to boil Emergency modifications made to OC thoroughfare mid-summer; more on tap ZACK HOOPES ■ Staff Writer (Dec. 28, 2012) A concentration of tragic deaths this summer stirred action on a long-simmering concern in Ocean City, pedestrian safety. The summer 2012 season was, by all accounts, the worst in recent memory for pedestrian-vehicle crashes and, in two cases, deaths, on Coastal Highway. The subsequent scramble by government agencies to curb the problem has left a number of solutions on the table, some of which may induce considerable changes to the city’s layout. The Ocean City Police Department announced in September that pedestrian collisions had risen almost threefold, from 12 during the 2011 summer season to 34 during the same period this year. But pedestrian safety was already on the radar from the beginning of the summer, when two early-season deaths had caught the city’s attention. Matthew Jude Cheswick, 22, a Towson University student from Cooksville, was killed May 28 while standing in the bus

lane at 54th Street. He was struck by a drunk driver, Diogo Miller Facchini, who fled the scene but was later apprehended. A week later, on June 4, Samantha Sweitzer, 15, an Allegany High School student from LaVale, was killed while attempting to cross Philadelphia Avenue at 21st Street. She reportedly was not in the crosswalk and going against traffic. In the majority of cases throughout the summer, it was reported that victims were either not in a crosswalk, or crossing against the signal. There was an alarming trend of vacationers running across Coastal Highway mid-block, often from the raised brick median where drivers do not expect then to be. What officials believe to be the key component of the problem is in the way, historically speaking, that the upper areas of the resort have been developed. As Mayor Rick Meehan pointed out at a meeting last month, the midtown area of the resort is laid out with lodging on the ocean side and bars and restaurants on the bay side, creating an evening tide of vacationers crossing the highway from east to west, and then back again. As expected, the State Highway Administration’s historical data supports this. The stretch of road between 17th and 56th Streets accounts for the bulk of pedestrian collisions in the resort. Well over half the crashes in this area, accord-

ing to SHA Assistant District Engineer Ken Cimino, were at night and/or occurred when the struck pedestrian was intoxicated. This led the SHA to adopt some immediate mitigation measures in the middle of the summer season, such as posting electronic signs along Coastal Highway and the Route 50 approach, warning visitors to use crosswalks at all times. After the early-season deaths of Cheswick and Sweitzer, no more fatalities were reported, although non-fatal collisions continued to rise. In September, OCPD Chief Bernadette DiPino sent a letter to the City Council asking for its endorsement of her plan to ask the SHA to lower the speed limit on Coastal Highway from 40 miles per hour to 35 mph between 33rd and 62nd streets. The same lowering was done in 2000, at the city’s request, for the stretch between 17th and 33rd streets. The SHA also announced that it would be working on a further traffic study, which was specifically targeting what the state believed to be the resort’s most dangerous stretch of highway between the convention center and the Route 90 bridge. The results of that work were presented to the city in November, along with the SHA’s request to proceed with a numSee SHA on Page 11

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DECEMBER 28, 2012

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City, county invest in feature film YEAR IN REVIEW: OCEAN CITY ZACK HOOPES ■ Staff Writer (Dec. 28, 2012) Ocean City made a foray into the glamour — and investment risk — of the film industry this year, offering up not only the resort’s image, but also a significant sum of money, to back a movie that promises to showcase the resort as a character itself. “Ping Pong Summer,” a movie written and directed by independent filmmaker Michael Tully, was first rumored to be looking at the resort as a shooting location in early June. From the very beginning of the project, Tully had said that it was his goal to shoot in Ocean City. Although other beach towns could have worked for the film’s setting, Ocean City is where Tully spent much of his childhood in the 1980s and where he developed the nostalgic atmosphere that he had in mind for the project. Previously known for dark, complex films such as “Silver Jew,” (a documentary about the New York City band, The Silver Jews), “Cocaine Angel” and “Septien,” Tully admitted that “Ping Pong Summer” would be a significant departure for him. The film is set in 1985, although Tully stressed that the point of the setting is not to look back on the era with a modern, satirical lens, but to make the film as if it really was being shot in 1980s. To this end, the project eschewed digital technol-

ogy and shot in 16mm film. The plotline, as Tully tells it, is a “sincere coming-of-age comedy” about a listless young boy’s interest in table tennis and hip-hop, and his life-changing family summer vacation. Tully has frequently drawn parallels between his script and the 1984 movie, “The Karate Kid,” which shares a similar young-underdog theme. The film’s producers also committed early on to auditioning and casting relatively unknown child actors from the MidAtlantic region as the film’s major characters, with the rationale that the roles would be best played by the sort of youth who would actually be coming to Ocean City. Emmi Shockley, an Ocean City native and Worcester Prep student, was cast as the film’s teen love interest. Several nationally known actors, however, had already committed to playing the film’s adult roles, most notably Susan Sarandon, who appears alongside James Nesbitt, Amy Sedaris, Judah Friedlander, Robert Longstreet and several other Hollywood notables. But the project did not come without a concrete commitment from the town. The film’s producers had previously noted that much of their budget had relied on subsidies from the Maryland Film Office, which ended up being unavailable due to budget gridlock in Annapolis. Instead, the production team asked the city and county to help fund the project, given that Ocean City’s vintage Americana charm played almost as much of a key role See SUSAN on Page 7

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Past year sees upheaval at City Hall;council factions further divided YEAR IN REVIEW: OCEAN CITY

City manager ouster causes turmoil, later fuels Dare’s campaign for council seat ZACK HOOPES ■ Staff Writer (Dec. 28, 2012) If there was one common refrain this year in City Hall – and on the election stump leading up to it – it likely had something to do with the fear that the resort’s elected leadership is beginning to mirror the same kind of fractionalization found at the national level. This fear has proven to be not unfounded, as 2012 will likely be remembered as the year that solidified Ocean City’s own system of political polarization. The city began the year in the midst of what is probably best described as a coup. The 2010 City Council elections saw newcomer Brent Ashley unseat thenCouncil President Joe Mitrecic, enabling the formation of what both proponents and detractors have often referred to as the “new majority.” Along with council members Joe Hall, Margaret Pillas and Jim Hall, who was elected council president in Mitrecic’s stead, Ashley went on to create a fourmember voting bloc that openly bucked the administrative norms. Beginning with a vote to eliminate the council’s sub-

committees, the new majority developed a relationship of mutual antagonism with Dennis Dare, who at the time was employed as the town’s paid chief executive, in the position of city manager, and Mayor Rick Meehan. Of particularly virulent contention during the first year of political insurrection were fiscal matters, with the new majority pledging to take a stance of financial conservatism against what they saw as excess municipal spending, largely the result of city government obliging itself to roles it ought not be taking on. Detractors of those policies – namely Meehan and council members Lloyd Martin, Doug Cymek, and Mary Knight – maintained that the majority was simply creating policies that pandered to voters’ fiscal fears, without considering what the long-term ramifications would be. For much of 2012, City Hall remained locked in an irresolvable debate over what could or would happen to the city’s wallet, and it’s employees’ and citizens’ wallets. The most sensational fall-out, however, happened before 2012, when in October 2011 the four majority members of council voted not to renew Dare’s employment, forcing him into retirement. Although the specific details of the dispute with Dare are bound by legal orders of silence, the core issue at hand was Dare’s alleged reluctance to comply with several cost-cutting measures, particularly those which he believed would unduly affect the base of employees which he had built up over his 22 years as the

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Susan Sarandon among nationally known actors in ‘Ping Pong Summer’ YEAR IN REVIEW: OCEAN CITY Continued from Page 5

in the film as did any of the actors. Small investments were also sought from business owners across Maryland. Still, the project’s budget remained at a relatively low cost of around $1.5 million dollars, largely due to the willingness of Sarandon and other bigger names to work for minimum actors’ union wages on what they saw as a “passion project.” According to producers, the finished project has already generated considerable interest in the industry and on the film festival circuit. Because it was done

as an independent production, without any studio backing, producers will need to market the film to distributors to sell it on a national and international level.

LOOKING BACK … z June 19: The film’s lead producer, George Rush, sends an e-mail to City Council and local business leaders asking for their financial assistance after the loss of state tax credits sets the project back an estimated $300,000. z June 28: A reception is held at the Hilton in Ocean City, where Rush, Tully, and others discuss the film’s potential benefits to the resort.

z July 17: Worcester County Commissioners decide to contribute $100,000 toward the movie, but only if the town of Ocean City provides the same amount. z July 31: City Council approves a $100,000 contribution, although there is some confusion over the legality of a government agency investing in an unregulated security, such as a film venture. Funds are transferred to the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, which, as a business association, can invest in the project and collect any possible returns. z Sept. 7: Open auditions are held in Ocean City for extras and small roles. z Sept. 16: Most of the film’s crew and

staff arrive at the resort. A reception is held at Hooper’s in West Ocean City, where Shockley is introduced as having been given a key role. z Sept. 19: Filming begins with mostly background and atmospheric shots. Producers have 28 full days of shooting scheduled in a little over five weeks. z Oct. 1: A press conference is held with the biggest stars after they arrive in the resort to begin shooting, as well as with the lead child actors. Sarandon stays for roughly a week. z Oct. 26: Shooting wraps, with the majority of the cast and crew rushing to get out of town before Hurricane Sandy.

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on the city’s behalf for a new city manager but even with that seeming resolution, the political fallout from Dare’s firing lingered. The four-person council majority that had voted to let Dare go also pioneered a number of fiscal and service changes that Dare had allegedly opposed. In April, it was revealed that the search for a new city manager had come down to two candidates. But shortly thereafter, allegations surfaced that majority-member councilman Joe Hall had placed a phone call to the leading candidate, against the advice of the city’s Human Resources department and the process ground-rules suggested by Springsted. Hall’s political opponents then called for the hiring process to be scrapped, saying that his actions had biased the pool and possibly given one candidate an advantage. The candidate who received the call was revealed to be David Recor, who was at the time the city manager of Fort Pierce, Fla. and was engaged in a battle with elected officials there over certain fiscal and personnel policies. These were similar to the issues Dare had allegedly had with the then council majority in Ocean City. Meanwhile, Hall maintained that his conversation with Recor centered on the idea that the city manager executes policy, but does not set it, and is not a political figure. Recor was hired in May on a predictably divisive 4-to-3 vote, although the faction of council that objected to his hir-

ing later stated that they did so not because of any failing of Recor’s personal qualifications, but out of objection to a process that they felt Hall had denigrated. However, since then – according to a number of City Hall employees – Recor has become a somewhat unifying figure for staff worried about how the city’s questionable political and economic climate will affect them. This fall, Recor embarked upon what he had identified, even prior to his arrival, as his signature initiative – strategic planning. Extensive sessions with staff and elected officials are aimed at developing a consensus on goals and action items for the coming five, 10 and 15 years. Such a program, Recor has said, will serve to keep the city on track with a mission it has already committed to, thereby creating an apolitical agenda for the town. n Chief of police: In October, the City of Sarasota, Fla. announced that it had selected current Ocean City Police Department Chief Bernadette DiPino as the successor to retiring SPD head Mikel Holloway. DiPino will assume the post effective Jan. 1, 2013. A fourth-generation law enforcement officer, DiPino began her career with the Baltimore County Police Department in 1985. She moved to the OCPD in 1988,and advanced through the ranks to private first class in 1993, sergeant in 1995, lieutenant in 1998, and then to major and shortly thereafter chief of police in 2003. However, DiPino was already committed to retire in the fall of 2013 under the

OCPD’s Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP), which serves as a cost-saving incentive to turn over senior officers. Although the SPD has a larger full- time force and operating budget than its Ocean City counterpart, the fact that the OCPD more than doubles in size during the summer makes the scale of operations similar. The SPD, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, has about 175 officers and a budget of $27 million. The OCPD has 105 full-time officers, but hires 110 seasonal officers each summer, and has a budget of around $19.5 million. DiPino’s salary with the OCPD is $144,676.89, versus Holloway’s current salary of $132,000. Earlier this month, the City Council voted to approve City Manager David Recor’s suggestion that the OCPD’s three division captains rotate the duties of interim chief on a 45-day basis until a replacement is found. The most senior captain, Kevin Kirstein, will take the post for the first 45 days, followed by Captains Michael Colbert and Greg Guiton. n Tourism Director: Following the departure of former city tourism head Deb Turk in February 2012, former Communications Manager Donna Abbot was named interim tourism director and, in May of this year, appointed to the position permanently. An employee of the town since 1997, Abbot was heavily involved as communications manager with the city’s public relations as they pertained to its myriad of marketing and tourism promotion cam-

paigns. City officials said it was a natural step to have Abbott fill in for Turk since she was already intimately familiar with the work. The subsequent vacancy of communications manager was filled by Jessica Waters, who had been employed by the city as the OCPD’s civilian public affairs officer. n Convention Center Director: Larry Noccolino was hired in April to take the reins at the city’s Roland E. Powell Convention Center, after former convention center Director Rick Hamilton left to assume the same post in Tampa, Fla. Noccolino’s turn in Ocean City has been somewhat of a departure for him in terms of corporate management. His previous charge, the Valley Forge Convention Center, was run as a private, for-profit enterprise, while the Ocean City center is a shared venture between the town’s municipal government and the Maryland Stadium Authority. It also consistently had a bottom line in the red. But the center is highly valued in its ability to bring visitors to the resort, as evidenced by the recent ballroom expansion and the $14 million theater construction that is currently being planned. n Planning Director: Matthew Margotta was named last month as Ocean City’s new director of Planning and Community Development, replacing Jesse Houston, who retired in September. Margotta was hired away from the same municipality, Fort Pierce, Fla., that current City Manager David Recor came from in May. THEATRE CLOSED MON 12/19 – TUES 12/20 FOR RENOVATIONS MOVIE INFO

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NEWS 9

City’s wallet sees another year of ups and downs YEAR IN REVIEW: OCEAN CITY

How the decisions brokered in that environment will play out has yet to be seen.

ZACK HOOPES ■ Staff Writer

LOOKING BACK …

(Dec. 28, 2012) With most of the country in dire financial straits for the fourth consecutive year, Ocean City – like other municipalities – continued to trim expenses and hedge revenues during 2012, while still trying to maintain the resort’s considerable publicly funded amenities. Finance, however, was already a hot political topic going into 2012. The City Council’s two erstwhile factions continued to show drastic differences in what they believed would create revenues and savings for the city and in what period of time that would happen. Much of the debate centered around the city’s personnel costs. In the spring of 2011, the council’s then-majority voted to reorganize the employee benefits structure, closing the city’s pension plans to new hires and replacing the retirement compensation system with 401(a) savings accounts. Without new members paying into the pension trusts, the city would have to make increased payments to close the gap, but the result would be the elimination of long-term liability. In a similar fashion, the council also began the year after having made the contentious vote to incentivize high-deductible health insurance plans and transferrable health savings accounts over higher-premium plans, as well as to cap its contribution to retiree health coverage.

z April 10: Mayor Rick Meehan, serving at the time as interim city manager, submits a proposed budget for the 20122013 fiscal year that largely holds the line on the city’s spending and maintains the cutbacks made in previous budgets as a result of the 2008 recession. However, it is noted that the 2012 re-assessment of property values in the resort has lowered the town’s tax base from around $12 billion to roughly $8.6 billion, a reduction that will be phased in over the next three years. The tax rate was raised to 46.85 cents per $100 of assessed value, versus the 39.5 cents of the previous fiscal cycle. z April 18: After some debate, the council approves a $1,000 cost-of-living bonus to be given to all of the town’s 524 employees for FY13. The move was seen largely as a token of good faith to municipal employees who had borne several cutbacks since 2008. However, the payout did not stop a collective bargaining push by the general employees, nor the active campaigning in the coming fall of the city’s police and firefighters’ unions against the council’s majority faction. z May 7: The council votes – in another 4-3 split – to reduce the tax rate by one cent, to 45.85 cents per $100 of assessed value. The majority submits that the $863,000 revenue reduction is unneeded money that should be returned to the taxpayers. But their opponents con-

tend that the reduction will come from the city’s operating reserve, a move that could affect credit and bond ratings while the average taxpayer would only see $20 off the tax bill. z Aug. 14: Pension actuarial reports from consultant Cavanaugh Macdonald show that the city’s public safety and general employee’s pension funds have a higher funding ratio – the comparison of current assets to projected costs – than last year, with 82.4 percent for the general employee fund and 76.6 percent for the public safety fund. Some concerns are still debated, however, particularly in regards to the accuracy of the fund’s projected investment returns, and an actuarial smoothing process that currently places the value of funds on paper higher than that of their current market value. z Sept. 25: Bolton Partners, the city’s insurance consultant, says the city’s health coverage costs will increase less than expected – around 3.9 percent, as opposed to 8 percent, meaning that expenditures will be $100,000 less than anticipated. The major reason, Bolton says, is that the move to encourage higher deductable plans and HSAs has lowered the overall value of claims employees are making on the plan, causing insurance providers to offer a lower premium rate. The revelation is touted as a victory by the then-majority of council. z Nov. 26: The council votes to move forward with requesting tax differential rights from the state. Such a policy allows

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10 NEWS

DECEMBER 28, 2012

COPS COURTS Midtown blaze,missing man and robbery among year’s top stories NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (Dec. 28, 2012) Many readers will admit that the weekly police reports are their favorite section of the newspaper. The sentiment would likely be different if they were reading their own names in 10point print, but the interest would still be justified. These are the stories we believe stand out most among others this year:

Balcony fall The body of a California artist was discovered Sept. 18, on the ground outside a condominium.

Ocean City police were called to the St. Croix condominium on Canal Street, just off Hitchens Avenue between 35th and 36th street. There, they found the body of Kelly Degracia, 41, of Santa Monica. Police said she fell from the balcony of one of the three third-floor condo units. The incident remains under investigation.

Bradley fire Nine units at the Bradley on the Bay condominiums on 37th Street in OOcean City were heavily damaged by fire Sept. 26. Firefighters battled the late afternoon blaze for more than four hours and some remained on the scene throughout the night.

Units undamaged by fire sustained heavy water damage and buildings on either side of the structure had exterior heat damage. One firefighter received minor burns, but no other injuries were reported. The Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office reported that the cause of the fire was undetermined, but improperly discarded smoking material and a possible electrical malfunction could not be ruled out. Ocean City resident Monica Hanshaw started a fundraising drive and quickly amassed clothes, furniture and toys for the families whose residences were destroyed in the fire. Several area businesses became drop-off sites for the donations, which were stored in a West Ocean City storage facility until the displaced families were settled into new living quarters. Hanshaw also established a Facebook page to publicize the need for donations and to keep updated on the situation. Funds were also collected at Bank of Ocean City locations and those funds were dispersed among the fire victims.

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SHA proposes median barrier lane restriction along Coastal YEAR IN REVIEW: OCEAN CITY Continued from Page 3

ber of feasibility studies for ideas, which, although still in their tentative stages, could involve major changes to the layout of the resort. From January of 2008 to August of 2012, Cimino found that the 1.3-mile corridor between Convention Center Drive and 62nd Street saw 41 pedestrian accidents, including one fatality. Of the total number of incidents, 22 involved alcohol, 27 were at night and 11 involved bicycles. From January through August of 2012, there were 12 crashes, nine of which involved alcohol. Foremost among the potential fixes that Cimino is studying is the idea of a median barrier that would physically pre-

vent pedestrians from crossing outside of the crosswalks. The barrier would likely run from 41st to 59th streets, given the resorts’ layout and the fact that this would cover the area where a large number of major nightlife attractions are located. The barrier could consist of traditional iron fencing, aluminum paneling with a baked finish, or vegetation that would be very dense and difficult to traverse. The other possible major change to the thoroughfare would be what Cimino referred to as a “road diet,” which would eliminate one car lane from the highway on each side, and use the additional space to install a dedicated bicycle lane and widen the sidewalks. “Our office of highway design is currently working on studies for all of the options,” Cimino said this week.

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residents of sub-jurisdictions of a county, such as cities and municipalities, to pay a lower tax rate than other county residents in instances where the town and the county offer duplicate services. According to Ocean City’s 2007 study, it pays for $13.8 million for county services that it does not receive.

z Dec. 4: The city’s final records for the 2012 fiscal year are revealed in its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. FY12 resulted in a net loss in the general operating reserve, from a value of 20.2 percent of budget at the end of FY11 to 17.5 percent. However, this is much less than anticipated, meaning the town will be starting on its FY13 expenditures further into the black than expected.

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LOOKING BACK … z Dec. 16, 2011: Ann Marie DelRicco and her daughter, Ava, 18 months old, were in her Lexus stopped at the traffic light at 142nd Street after buying stamps for Christmas. Behind them on Coastal Highway, Andrew Kaczynski was speeding in a pickup truck after smoking PCP while driving over the Route 90 bridge. A traffic reconstructionist would later determine that

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YEAR IN REVIEW: COPS&COURTS

TwoOCpedestrians killed in’12 crossing Coastal Highway z Dec. 6: Judge Richard Bloxom ruled that Aliyah Jasmine Hill, of Edwardsville, Pa., “was essentially emancipated” at the time of the crime because she had lived without parental supervision for a couple of years and had done as she wanted to do while living with her boyfriend. Hill, who will be tried as an adult, is scheduled for trial Jan. 3. z Dec. 12: Gryskevicz pleaded guilty to armed robbery and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but three years suspended. Each of the criminals will be on supervised probation for a number of years after their release from prison.

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LOOKING BACK … z May 28: Matthew Jude Cheswick, 22, of Cooksville, was struck and killed as he tried to cross Coastal Highway at 54th Street. He was crossing west to east when he was struck by an Isuzu Rodeo driven by Diogo Miller Facchini, 30, of Lorton, Va., who did not stop, but continued driving north in the bus lane and then turned east on 55th Street. Facchini was charged with homicide with a motor vehicle while intoxicated and other crimes. He was held in jail without bond. On Sept. 7, Facchini pleaded guilty to negligent homicide with a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and failure to immediately stop a vehicle at the scene of an accident involving injury. Judge Richard Bloxom ordered a presentence investigation. Later, on Nov. 9, Bloxom sentenced Facchini to five years in prison on the first charge and he gave him a suspended five-year sentence on the second charge. After his release from prison, Facchini will be on supervised probation for five years. z June 5: A 15-year-old girl from Allegany County, visiting the resort with friends, was crossing Philadelphia Avenue at 21st Street with two friends to catch a southbound bus. They walked to the median against the no-walk signal, then began to run across the southbound lanes just north of the marked crosswalk, but still crossing against the no walk signal. The 15-yearold was struck by a vehicle in southbound lane three. She was taken to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, then transferred to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, where she died of her injuries. The driver of the vehicle that struck was an Ocean City teenage boy. He was not charged because he was not at fault.

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Sandy spares Maryland coast in most instances NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer

NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer

(Dec. 28, 2012) All things considered, Worcester County fared rather well during Hurricane Sandy. No lives were lost, but two men did put themselves in harm’s way when they went out in a boat from West Ocean City to see the storm up close. They, and their boat, were swept ashore at Assateague Island.

(Dec. 28, 2012) Natural gas will be available to some Worcester County residents in the not-too-distant future. For several months, Eastern Shore Natural Gas, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities, was working to install a pipeline from Millsboro, Del., to Worcester County and the line reached Friendship Road near Berlin. No area in Worcester County is now served by natural gas, so people in any area who will have the option to switch must have their appliances checked for usage.

LOOKING BACK … z Oct. 28: County, municipal and state personnel manned the Emergency Operations Center and shelters opened at Stephen Decatur High School and Snow Hill High School. Pet-friendly shelters opened at two schools and the Snow Hill Animal Control. Approximately 300 people and 46 pets stayed in the shelters. Although Sandy brought little in the way of wind, the hurricane combined with the lunar cycle and already existing low-pressure systems to create a remarkably high tide. Given that the town drains toward the bay, it was that side that saw tidal surges flowing back up out of the storm drains and flooding the streets in Ocean City before Sandy’s rainy weather had even hit. z Oct. 29: Some houses in West Ocean City had water inside because of Sandy, three homeowners in South Point lost part of their properties and water ravaged some

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rector Teresa Owens said the county “fared very well.” Numerous trees and power lines were downed during the height of the storm, but most county infrastructure had little or no significant damage.

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NEWS 15

YEAR IN REVIEW: WORCESTER COUNTY

Hudson Farm suit ends with finding favoring defendants NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (Dec. 28, 2012) The Hudson Farm litigation that pitted a Berlin-area farm family and Perdue Inc. against an environmental group began in 2009 and might have ended this month when a federal district court judge ruled in favor of the farm and the poultry company. It will depend on whether the environmental organization appeals the decision issued last Thursday by Judge William Nickerson.

LOOKING BACK … z 2009: The Waterkeeper Alliance and Assateague Coastkeeper Kathy Phillips filed notice of intent to sue Berlin farmers Alan and Kristin Hudson, contract chicken growers for Perdue, and poultry giant Perdue. z March 2010: The lawsuit alleging violations of the Clean Water Act is filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The suit claims runoff from what Phillips thinks is a pile of chicken manure is polluting a ditch whose waters eventually reach the Pocomoke River. The Waterkeeper Alliance sought to hold Perdue liable on the theory that it exercised sufficient control over the day-to-day operations of the farm and that, as such, it could be considered to be an operator of the farms poultry operations. The lawsuit was filed although none of the plaintiffs ever asked the Hudsons if they could visit the farm. Indeed, no one from the organization called the Hudsons to express their concern. When it is learned that the pile is not chicken manure, but biosolids, commonly used as fertilizer, from the Ocean City wastewater treatment plant, the environmentalists claim the pollutants must be coming from particles being blown from the chicken houses by fans and from the soles of shoes worn by people who walked into the chicken house. z Months later: Farmers and others hold fundraisers for the Hudson family to help pay their legal bills. The lawsuit, they say, is an attack on all farmers, not just the Hudsons. Fundraisers are held in virtually all of the Lower Eastern Shore counties and funds are sent in from individuals and groups from all over the United States. z Oct. 9: Testimony begins in the trial pitting farmers and Perdue against the Waterkeeper Alliance, which is represented by the University of Maryland Law Clinic. z Oct. 24: Testimony concludes in the trial, but both sides will submit written closing arguments to the judge. z Dec. 20: Judge William Nickerson rules in favor of Alan Hudson and Perdue and nearly lambasts the plaintiffs for absurdities in the argument that particles blown from chicken houses or carried on the soles of shoes polluted water in the ditch.

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Although cows are raised on the Hudson Farm, the Waterkeeper Alliance blamed poultry litter for violations of the Clean Water Act. (Right) Kristin and Alan Hudson continue the farming tradition of the Hudson family near Berlin.

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DECEMBER 28, 2012

Commissioners discuss where development goes as sewer flows YEAR IN REVIEW: WORCESTER COUNTY

State’s septic bill will have some control over where housing projects occur NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (Dec. 28, 2012) The county commissioners discussed ramifications of the state’s Sustainable Growth and Preservation Act of 2012, commonly known as the Septic Bill. The Septic Bill aims to control the

number of new residential subdivisions equipped with septic systems by requiring the use of its four-tier system. All local units of government must map the land into one of the four tiers, but the bill only applies to residential subdivisions. In tier 1, no septic systems may be used because public sewer is available in those areas. In tier II, which includes areas intended as future growth areas planned for sewer, minor subdivisions may be on septic systems and in tier III, larger lot subdivisions may be on them, but the county planning commissions must hold public hearings.

Tier IV includes agricultural and forested areas plus preservation and conservation areas.

LOOKING BACK … z May: The commissioners directed the Planning Commission to work on the state tier designations for septics. z Sept. 6: Ed Tudor, director of the Department of Development Review and Permitting told the Planning Commission that failure to adopt a tier system would mean that the county could only authorize minor residential subdivisions that would be served by on-site sewage disposal systems, community sewage systems or shared systems.

Major residential subdivisions would only be authorized if served by a public sewage system. z Nov. 27: A public workshop was held at Stephen Decatur High School so county residents could learn about the bill and to see the proposed county maps. Additional workshops were held that week in Snow Hill and Pocomoke. z Dec. 18: Commissioner Virgil Shockley wants the county to change the definition of minor subdivisions so they could include up to seven lots instead of being limited to five. A public hearing on the proposal is expected to be held in February.

Route 589 project ends going nowhere and no money to get there YEAR IN REVIEW: WORCESTER COUNTY NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (Dec. 28, 2012) Changes to Route 589 were proposed in the early 1990s, when a citizens advisory group was formed. In 1998, the county commissioners passed the first Route 589 plan, basing the right-of-way on a 100-foot corridor. A task force was formed to study short-term improvements such as lining up the 7-Eleven intersection with Cathell Road, which was done.

LOOKING BACK … z 2009: Work to develop the Route 589 Corridor Vision Plan began in 2009, after the State Highway Administration proposed scenarios for the entire length of the road from routes 50 to 113, and held public comment sessions in Berlin and Snow Hill to get public opinion. z October 2010: The county commissioners conceptually approved the plan, subject to review by the Department of Development Review and Permitting. The plan called for Route 589 to be a four-lane divided boulevard with lanes for bicyclists and paths for pedestrians. Crosswalks were also planned at the

Ocean Pines South Gate. z October 2011: The commissioners voted not to approve the state plans for Route 589 because of concerns that property owners might be unable to develop their land. They said the SHA’s proposal to have a 160-foot-wide right-of-way would have taken away property rights. z November 2011: SHA planners agreed to determine what could be done to make improvements to Route 589 while keeping its 100-foot width or expanding the width to 111 feet. z October 2012: State Department of Transportation officials told Worcester County Commissioners that the depart-

ment was out of money for the project, but could look at it in more detail when money is available. Also that month, Greg Slate, director of Planning and Preliminary Engineering at the State Highway Administration, wrote to the county commissioners to say that the SHA might need to conduct a detailed analysis, similar to the ones held in Berlin and Snow Hill during the first visioning process. Until then, he and others could “coordinate with other areas within SHA to investigate opportunities for short-term improvements for motorists, bicycle compatibility measures, and pedestrian facility improvements.


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Chesapeake Utilities bringing natural gas to Worcester County YEAR IN REVIEW: WORCESTER COUNTY Continued from Page 14

Thompson hopes all current propane customers would convert to natural gas. Propane customers who do not want to switch fuels would have to have a propane tank on their property because the pipeline would be carrying natural gas after the conversion. z June: Chesapeake Utilities announces that it is in the process of acquiring Eastern Shore Gas, the current provider of propane lines in the county. The acquisition is part of its larger plan to expand its service. Although Chesapeake Utilities would like to expand as much as possible on the Delmarva Peninsula, providing natural gas to areas like Snow Hill could be problematic if the demand is not high. Ocean City Public Works Director Hal Adkins said he would like to see a full underground network for natural gas to be done in the resort in order to open up the possibility of using high-efficiency natural

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Sandy skirts coast while saving worst for points north Continued from Page 14

There was no damage to the Boardwalk that is being reconstructed on the oceanside in Ocean City, but part of the pier was destroyed. One the bayside, a few boats broke loose from their moorings and ended up on people’s property. One man shot holes in a boat so it would sink before damaging his bulkhead. Because of the little damage in Worcester County, county and municipal officials offered assistance to Somerset County, especially the hard-hit town of Crisfield. z Oct. 31: Gov. Martin O’Malley walks about one block on the Boardwalk with Mayor Rick Meehan, Sen. Jim Mathias and numerous security personnel to assess the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in the resort. O’Malley said it was “a beautiful sight” to see Ocean City intact as he flew over it earlier. It was noticed later in Ocean City that the storm caused a beach to form on the southern side of the inlet jetty.


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Stupid and ineffectual, that’s Congress for you One of Mark Twain’s more memorable quotes is especially appropriate now, as we head for whatever financial fate awaits us on the other side of Dec. 31. “Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” It is interesting to note, given that Twain issued that and other remarks comparing members of Congress to fleas, criminals and Judas Iscariot in the late 1800s, that Congress as a body always has been about as popular as the measles. Just as interesting, however, is that the public rarely assigns that same level of low esteem to its individual representatives, suggesting that problems in the House, in particular, are the product of everyone else’s idiotic representatives. The fact is that all 535 voting members of the two houses have their hands on the reins of this wagon, with each of them determined to steer the course that is most beneficial to them politically. One has only to listen to the cynicism expressed by former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and former White House chief of staff under Clinton, Erskine Bowles, whose commission produced the only plan so far capable of bailing the country out of debt, to realize that the real constituency of the current crop of idiots is themselves. The country, all the assorted polls show, is not as divided on this fiscal issue as members of Congress. This isn’t the fault of the Congress as an institution, but of its individual members who have somehow convinced us they are smarter than we are. Right now, any number of these individuals are willing to drive the wagon over the edge and, by default, impose some of the very tax increases and spending reductions that they so strongly object to before compromising any of their (supposed) principles. How smart is that? But then we repeat ourselves.

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Own a gun? Store it safely Editor, “But he was trained in gun safety. He knew how to use a gun and how to use it responsibly. I don’t understand how this happened.” This is often what first responders hear when someone finds a loved one who has taken his or her life with a firearm, something that those left behind and questioning share with others in suicide grievers’ support groups. Knowing how to use a firearm is the first step in using it to do harm to oneself or others. When a knowledgeable gun user’s mind is encumbered by anxiety, depression or anger, safety is the last concern. The recent multi-homicide in Newtown, Conn., reminds us that it is incumbent upon every gun owner, the vast majority who use their firearms safely and store them securely when not in use, to treat every gun as a potential weapon. The easiest way to avoid tragedy, if you have guns at home, is to store the firearms and the ammunition securely. Never assume that the children in the house don’t know where the guns or ammunition are stored. They probably do. A study by the Harvard Injury Control Research Center found that 39 percent of children interviewed knew where the guns were stored in their homes, despite their parents’ claims otherwise. Most had handled the guns

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without their parents’ knowledge. Children under the age of 10 were just as likely to have known the whereabouts of and played with the guns as older children. Most gun owners know the rules of gun safety, but everyone needs to be reminded from time to time: n Firearms must be unloaded whenever they are not in use. Ammunition should be stored securely distant from the gun, with the locked location of the ammunition changed frequently. n If there are guns in your household, store them in a locked gun safe and keep the key secreted away elsewhere. Change the location of the key frequently. n Disassemble the gun and keep the parts in separate, secure locations. In Sweden, for example, gun owners are required to store guns in a locked cabinet with the “vital piece” (the bolt) under lock and key elsewhere. In Sweden, the gun death rate is one-tenth that in the U.S., though firearm ownership is widespread. n Trigger locks can be effective, but seek a lock that cannot easily be removed or bypassed with common household tools. Chamber locks prevent the round from being fully chambered, and

cable locks prevent full cycling of the action. n Don’t keep firearms in the house if there is a family or resident who suffers from mental illness, depression or has a propensity for violence. According to the National Institutes of Health, a third of all American households have guns, and 40 percent of those do not keep the guns under lock and key. Children as young as 3 are strong enough to pull a trigger and many children cannot, or do not, discriminate between a toy and the real thing. No family wants to see its name in the papers after one of its members uses a firearm to kill themselves or others. The easiest way to avoid tragedy is to store firearms and ammunition securely. Ronald Pilling, secretary/treasurer Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, Inc. — The Jesse Klump Memorial Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to ending youth suicide in Worcester County, providing a place of healing for those who have lost Continued on Page 21


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loved ones to suicide, and providing scholarship aid to high school graduates who wish to use their educations to make the world a better place.

Thanks for gifts to soldiers overseas By Stewart Dobson Reflecting on the town of Berlin’s decision to encourage public sobriety on New Year’s Eve, the event being family-oriented and all, it occurred to me that not once in my life did I attend a New Year’s Eve celebration with my parents. In fact, I can’t remember the first New Year’s Eve celebration in which I participated, a circumstance that is either the result of the aging process or the extent of my participation. I suspect the latter, since I can’t remember last year’s party either. I have found over the years that the amount of fun one has at these kinds of things can be measured not by what you remember, but by what others remember about you. It’s sort of a “fun factor,” i.e., the things others recall you doing divided by the sum of your own vague recollections. Let’s say, for instance, that you remember turning off a table lamp and yelling something. That counts as two on your end of the equation. Others, meanwhile, have vivid memories of you turning off a table lamp (1), placing the lampshade on your head, (2) and exclaiming, “I’m Spartacus!” (3). So three divided by two gives you a fun factor of 1.5, which means you had 50 percent more fun than anyone else. Generally speaking, however, if you had 1.5 times more fun than anyone else, the law of party mathematics dictates that the fun factor of your date, spouse or court-appointed guardian will be in inverse proportion to your own. Thus, while you may marvel at your high 1.5 mark, your counterpart will not hesitate to remind you, repeatedly, that he or she had 50 percent less fun just because of you. This disparity cannot be resolved, unless it involves the purchase of expensive jewelry and/or a long stay in the grovel pit. This is precisely why my sister, brother and I never went with our parents to any event where grown-up amusement was on the menu. Our parents wisely concluded that it would not be good for us to go without food because of jewelry expenses or to wonder for days on end why our father insisted for a week that spit-shining the floors was part of a new exercise routine he saw in “Reader’s Digest.” It was less complicated for our parents to leave us in the care of our older sister and then sort out on their return the cause of the calamities that had ensued in their absence. That way, whatever might have transpired at the adult function would pale in comparison to the various incidents that occurred at home from attempting to, say, make instant wine from grape juice by adding yeast and shaking strenuously. It is my firm belief that this practice helped make a strong marriage, especially since, as we scrubbed purple stains off the walls of the kitchen, my mother could turn to my father and say, “See, this is your fault.”

Editor, Our ninth annual ���Holiday Gifts for Our Soldiers” serving overseas during the month of November has ended as a big success again this year. This activity was organized by my husband, Carl, who served in China, Burma and India during World War II. He understood that those serving overseas have to do without the comforts of home and wanted to help and let them know that we remembered and supported them. We believe that the people of the Lower Eastern Shore are a very kind and special group who give from their hearts. A very special thank you to the news media, American Legion Auxiliary Synepuxent Unit 166 in Ocean City, VFW Post 8296 Ladies Auxiliary in Ocean City, VFW Post 123 in Berlin, the Ocean Pines Community Center, and the libraries in Ocean City, Berlin and Ocean Pines. Thank you to those who donated. Thank you to volunteers Judy Chuvala, Sandy McAbee, Ted Page, Peggy Rumberg, Teresa Travatello and LouAnn Tummel. It was a team effort that made this activity a huge success.

God bless our troops overseas and everywhere. Thank you from our hearts. Anna Foultz Star Charities Ocean Pines

Church dinner, fellowship filled void Editor, I would like to publicly thank everyone who volunteered their time on Christmas Day at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Church on Third Street for helping make for such a memorable experience during lunch for myself and so many others here in Ocean City. Last week, after one of my neighbors had mentioned to me that she was unable to be with her family on Christmas Day, she told me about St. Paul’s Christmas meal and gathering and asked if I would be interested in attending. I immediately accepted the offer, as I have a job that requires me to travel out of town, and although I was fortunate to spend time with my family in Pennsylvania just prior to Christmas, my schedule was set up as such that I would be in Ocean City with no immediate family around me on Christmas Day. When my neighbor, Dee, and I showed up at St. Paul’s, we had a short wait in line outside and chatted with some locals and we were even greeted by Santa Claus and had our picture

taken. After entering St. Paul’s, we were immediately greeted warmly and seated at a table and offered coffee and punch drinks. Some singers were on a stage singing Christmas carols to everyone present, which I estimate to be a few hundred people. We enjoyed the meal and chatted with others. Before we left, we were even asked by our volunteer server if we needed any extra meals for other people, to which we graciously accepted and commented about a neighbor who was unable to get “out and about” on this day. So we were able to bring a holiday meal to our neighbor back at home on 62nd Street. As a resident of Ocean City of eight years, this is the first year that I have spent Christmas here with no immediate family; however, on Christmas Day everyone at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Church most definitely filled any type of void for me because of my not being with my family. A true showmanship of what Christianity and Christmas is all about! Thank you very much, St. Paul’s by-the-Sea! Doug Antos Ocean City

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Silent Giant: Public Works focus of 2013 open house at City Hall New Year’s Day tradition will feature stories, displays and demonstrations ZACK HOOPES ■ Staff Writer (Dec. 28, 2012) Hal Adkins doesn’t mind the lack of recognition. In fact, he takes it as a sign of success. “I don’t look at it as a negative. We have a role, we have a function, which you don’t see as long as is going well,” said the head of the city’s Public Works

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Burglar gets 20 years, then five more years in prison, suspended Drugs blamed on son’s crimes, mother says in Circuit Court last week NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer

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(Dec. 28, 2012) A 30-year-old Wicomico County man was sentenced last week to five years in prison, after being sentenced to 20 years in prison a week earlier. Brian Keith Waters of Bivalve burglarized a home in Snow Hill on May 17 and a home in Pocomoke the next day. The Pocomoke victim saw the gold Honda Waters and two other men were using and gave its description to deputies who saw it turn into a residential driveway on Worcester Highway north of Pocomoke. Inside the Honda, the deputies found several stolen items, including televisions, jewelry, a GPS and video games. In Circuit Court in Snow Hill on Dec. 18, Waters entered an Alford plea to one count of first-degree burglary. In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges that the prosecution has sufficient evidence for a conviction.

Judge Daniel Long suspended the five-year sentence in an attempt “to get some restitution for the folks down the road,” He also ordered five years of supervised probation to be served after Waters completes his 20-year prison sentence and ordered Waters to pay $600 in restitution to one of his victims and $13,311.95 to two other victims. “I don’t know if there will be any restitution,” Long said. The case involving the $13,311.95 was not prosecuted, but Waters agreed to make restitution. The victim in that case told Judge Long that the burglary was traumatic for him and his wife. Jewelry was taken from their bedroom and the victim said, “We could just envision every night somebody standing there.” Although 18 pieces of jewelry were recovered, that jewelry was less valuable than the jewelry that was not recovered. Among the jewelry items not recovered were the couple’s wedding rings. On Dec. 13, in the same courtroom, Judge Thomas C. Groton III sentenced Waters to 20 years in prison after finding him guilty of another burglary. In court last week, Mike Farlow, Waters’ defense attorney, said, “These See TWO on Page 37

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Light changes to 28th, 94th and 130th streets anticipated soon Continued from Page 1

In November, Cimino had presented the city with the results of the SHA’s pedestrian safety study, conducted in what had been identified as a “high pedestrian accident location” on Coastal Highway between the Convention Center and the Route 90 bridge, an area which has a number of major nightlife attractions on the west side of the road that draw pedestrians across from the hotels and condos on the ocean side. From January of 2008 to August of 2012, the corridor saw 41 pedestrian accidents, including one fatality. Of the total number of incidents, 22 involved alcohol, 27 were at night and 11 involved bicycles. From January of this year through August, there were 12 crashes, nine of which involved alcohol. The SHA proposed to study a number of long-term solutions that would involve major structural changes, such as the installation of a median barrier that would prevent mid-block crossings, or the removal of one traffic lane to install larger bike lanes and sidewalks. “The Office of Highway Design is looking at whether those things are even feasible,” Cimino said. “For instance, if we reduce lanes, is it going to create a gridlock and be an impossible situation?” The City Council also gave the nod, however, for Cimino to proceed with some less-invasive fixes that could be in

place for summer 2013. Most noticeable among these is Cimino’s request, which he expects the SHA and OHD to soon approve, to install at traffic light and pedestrian signal at 54th Street. This would cut in half the highway’s longest stretch of uncontrolled road, between the lights at 52nd and 56th Streets. Matthew Jude Cheswick, 22, a Towson University student from Cooksville, was killed May 28 while in the bus lane at 54th Street, having almost made it across the highway. He was struck by a drunk driver, Diogo Miller Facchini, who fled the scene but was later apprehended. Facchini was recently sentenced to five years in prison. On June 15, an eerily similar incident occurred at the same location, in which a crewmember of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds – in town for the

OC Air Show – was struck. The driver was found to be not at fault. Additionally, Cimino has already received approval to install new signals at the 94th Street, 130th Street, and 28th Street/Robin Drive intersections. These signals will feature additional arrow markers that will give the side cross streets separate times to turn. “We’ve split those side road phases, which is what we call them,” Cimino said. “It means that if you’re sitting at 94th and you’re coming from the bayside, you’ll get the green arrows to turn left, and the east side will have to wait, and then they’ll move separately. You’ll get what we call an ‘exclusive’ green arrow.” Cimino also said that visitors and residents should expect even more traffic safety messages being delivered through various media before and dur-

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last week, particularly on Friday. Because of the rumors, the publicity about the Mayan calendar and because of the desire to ease the minds of parents who were devastated by the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six adults were killed by a young man with an assault rifle and other weapons, the Board of Education chose to have a police presence in the county schools this week. And law enforcement wanted to be there. “We had a presence at all county schools, including private ones, and day care centers,” said Lt. Andy McGee of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office last Friday. “It was due to Sandy Hook and the threat of the end of the world that we thought it was paramount to have more visibility.”

Every law enforcement agency in the county participated, McGee said. Members of the Ocean City Police Department were at Ocean City Elementary School and at Seaside Academy in West Ocean City. Members of the Snow Hill Police Department and Pocomoke Police Department went to schools in their towns and members of the Maryland State Police and even the Natural Resources Police were at schools. “We certainly want to stress this would not have been possible without the assistance of local law enforcement,” McGee said. At elementary schools, police were there when buses arrived at the beginning of the day and when they left at the end of the day and at times during the day. “We wanted to put parents at ease,” McGee said. In Berlin, school students are accus-

tomed to seeing a member of the Berlin Police Department. The department’s school resource officer has an office at Berlin Middle School, but also visits the other schools to be in contact with students and staff on a regular basis, Berlin Police Department Chief Arnold Downing said. At Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin, at least three law enforcement officers were there all day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last week. Police Chief Arnold Downing said there had been no bomb threats, but “some chatter” on Facebook about trouble in schools. Some parents who heard rumors of possible trouble kept their children out of school on Friday. “Just in case,” one mother said. McGee said police had noticed fewer students in some schools, but did not know if parents had kept them home be-

cause of safety concerns or if they had left to travel during the Christmas holiday. To continue to ensure the safety of students and staff and to ease parental concerns, the Board of Education and school officials will be working with members of law enforcement again and will be hearing from parents. “The schools are safe and we are working on ways to make them safer,” Witherow said. “We’re evaluating all facilities.” Various safety measures were phased in during a three-year period. “We’ve installed additional security cameras,” Witherow said. “We want to make sure our schools are safe.” McGee said the increased presence of law enforcement in schools would continue after the holidays. “More proactive operations will continue after the first of the year,” McGee said.

Beer and wine sales to end at gas station, begin 600 feet away NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (Dec. 28, 2012) Sales of beer and wine will be phased out at the Shell station at the foot of the Route 50 bridge, but will start at the OC Dollar Store 600 feet away. Walid Saleh, who owns the OC Dollar Store with another man and two women, asked the Board of License Commissioners for the transfer Dec. 19. Attorney Dirk Widdowson, representing the landlord at the Shell station, who had owned Mitchell’s Market and the owner of Weavers Beer and Wine at 2 S. Baltimore Ave., said if the board allowed the license to be transferred, it would have a negative effect on existing licensees, including Weavers and the 7-Eleven on North Division Street. “It doesn’t meet the criteria of necessity,” Widdowson said. He also said Saleh’s desire to transfer the license was a business decision and was “not to accommodate the public.” Attorney Mark Cropper said the opponent “just doesn’t want the competition”

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and that Saleh did want to accommodate the public. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What this really is all about is whether by relocating the license 600 feet whether the public need can still be accommodated,â&#x20AC;? Cropper said. The beer and wine license was granted to Saleh for the Bridge Shell station in 2005. He said he would sell remaining stock, but once he begins to offer beer and wine at the OC Dollar Store, the beer and wine at the Shell station would be picked up by the wholesalers and would not be moved to the new location. He did not say when sales would begin at the OC Dollar Store. Board member Charles Nichols said he felt strongly that the public would be served better at the OC Dollar Store location. The board put stipulations on the approval of the license transfer. The OC Dollar Store must remain open year-round to serve the public and no beer or wine will be sold at the Bridge Shell station even if Salehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s subleases it to someone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We clearly felt the need in 2005 and we feel the need is still there today,â&#x20AC;? board Chairman William Esham said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moving it 600 feet is not taking away from the need.â&#x20AC;?

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OCES DECEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH Ocean City Elementary School honored its December Students of the Month on Wednesday, Dec. 19, with a luncheon, special cake and a T-shirt sponsored by the Ocean City/Berlin Opti-MS. Pictured, in first row from left, are first-graders Ashton Main, Mira Demissie, Tatum Daubach, Shay Flannery, Katie Mitchell and Macy Woroniecki; in second row, second-graders Savannah McCabe, Lily Canfield, Jonathan Wallace, Bennett McLendon and Matthew Rankin; in third row, third-graders Julia Howard, Mackayla Barrett, Danielle Consigli, Matthew Janson, Cornelia Butler, and Sophia Haines; and in back row, fourth-graders Allison Marx, Isabella Vazquez, Eric Cropper, Houston Phillips, Vanessa Morales-Gonzalez and Zitlhaly Lopez-Camacho.

INTERACT CLUB Stephen Decatur High School has launched the new Interact Club, a high school division of the Rotary Club. The new group, which is sponsored by the Rotary Club Ocean City-Berlin, will be focusing on new service missions. Pictured, in first row from left, are Jensen Todd, Bailey Bush, Paige McWilliam, Joed Mejber, David L’Hussier and Margaret Mudron; and in back row, Principal Tom Zimmer, Trenton Lindenberger, District Gov. Jim Roney, Josh Michnick, Rotary President David Blair, Larry Michnick, Arlan Kinney and Tom Bickerstaff.

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One hundred National Honor Society and Presidential Service Award volunteers from Stephen Decatur High School attended the Ravens-Broncos game after being selected as Honor Rows Program recipients. The Ravens’ 13th annual Honor Rows Program, presented by M&T Bank, salutes organizations that provide outstanding service to our community.

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Ocean Pines-Ocean City recently judged the science fair at Showell Elementary School. Pictured are Roy Foreman,  Paul Beckeman, Meg Beckeman, Jackie Todd, Dan Peletier, Barb Peletier and Carolyn Dryzga.

SDHS NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY Stephen Decatur High School National Honor Society presented $1,000 to Believe in Tomorrow and an additional $250 in a separate donation just in time for the holidays.  The group raised money selling cookie dough and candles.  Since 2005, the SDHS National Honor Society has raised more than $12,000 for the local chapter of Believe in Tomorrow. Back row:   Advisor Sabra McIntosh, Principal Tom Zimmer, Madeline Farlow, Madi Mitrecic, Noah McAleer, NHS President Connor Neville, Robert Phillips, and Zack Keiser. Front row:  Beverley Thompson, Sydney Hudson, Kaitlyn Nibblett, Ashley Trice, Believe in Tomorrow Coordinator Wayne Littleton, Emmalee Murrell, Devynn Detzer, and Advisor Mary Berquist.

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tory of the city’s public water and sewer system, which was conceived in the 1940s and originally involved shooting untreated sewage directly into the bay. Solid Waste Manager Steve Brown will speak on the city’s garbage and public disposal system, along with Deputy Director Dick Malone, who began the town’s recycling program in the early 1990s. Since then, the city has moved onto a system in which all garbage – recyclables and landfill – is trucked to a facility in Pennsylvania where it is incinerated to generate electricity. Transportation Superintendant George Thornes and Airport Manager Jaime Giandomenico will also be available to speak about their respective divisions. Adkins and Maintenance Manager John VanFossen will also talk about the general construction and maintenance of the city’s infrastructure. Equipment displays will also be set up outside City Hall for the New Year’s event, with demonstrations of the city’s most specialized equipment that cares for its most lucrative public asset – the beach. The town maintains a fleet of beach sanitizers, which comb debris from the sand, as well as sand-capable garbage rigs that pick up and dump the

trash barrels found on the beach. But despite its decades of success in building up the city, the department now faces the challenge of having its resources cut at the same time that its revenue-generating responsibilities have been increased. “Looking at where we’re going, there are two key issues that quickly surface,” Adkins said. The first of these is the maintenance of infrastructure that does not generate any income and thus must be funded through the town’s general budget. Many of Adkins’ divisions, such as water, wastewater, transportation, and aviation, are run as separate “enterprise funds” that largely pay their own way and have the ability to use their income for themselves, as opposed to being part of the general municipal kitty. Service fees make water and wastewater largely self-sufficient, while transportation and aviation have state and federal grants apportioned to them that keep them independently solvent. “I’ve got it pretty well covered financially, except for our own local infrastructure, namely our roadways and our storm drains,” Adkins said. The constant need to repave streets after summer abuse and storm drains that struggle on

a flat, sea level barrier island are two of the city’s most nagging fiscal difficulties. Furthermore, Adkins’s department has repeatedly voiced its concern about the increasing strain of special events, which the city has relied on more and more heavily since 2008 to bolster tourism in a time of lowered discretionary spending. “The challenges of the number of special events … are balancing the manpower necessary to support those events, versus the manpower necessary to maintain your core, essential service of cleanliness,” Adkins sad. “We’ll continue to impress upon the

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Burglary tools Ocean City police charged Brian Daniel Sterner, 37, of Ocean City with several offenses early on Christmas Day. According to charging documents, Sterner refused to leave a downtown hotel after being told to leave at about 12:15 a.m. He was not a registered guest. Ocean City police said Sterner appeared to be under the influence of some substance and they smelled the odor of marijuana on his clothing. As police attempted to handcuff Sterner, he allegedly tried to yank his hand away and squirmed and thrashed in his wheelchair. After putting handcuffs on Sterner, police wheeled him to the hotel’s parking lot and searched him. The charging document states that police found a specialty automotive extrication hammer, which is referred to as window punches and is designed to shatter windows. Police believed Sterner intended to use the device to burglarize vehicles or structures. Police also stated in the charging document that Sterner tried to throw himself out of his wheelchair to injure himself in an attempt to lay the groundwork for a complaint against officers. The charging document also stated that Sterner exposed himself at Atlantic General Hospital during one of two trips there after he complained of pain in his wrist and neck and

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that he kicked a police officer. Police charged Sterner with trespassing, resisting arrest, possession of burglary tools, indecent exposure and second-degree assault.

Schooley was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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A 39-year-old Ocean City man was charged Christmas Eve with second-degree assault after allegedly assaulting a woman. Ocean City police saw the man and woman arguing on North Division Street. The woman told police that Brian Scott Batten had slammed a microwave door on her hand. Then, while her hand was still inside the microwave, he allegedly picked up up the appliance and slammed it down on the kitchen counter.

A 16-year-old Berlin girl was charged Dec. 20 with disorderly conduct after allegedly being involved in a fight at McDonald’s on Route 50

Drug arrest A 29-year-old New Jersey man was arrested Dec. 23, after Maryland State Police found marijuana in a vehicle. A state trooper stopped the driver of a 2003 Ford Escape because he was speeding on Route 113 near Route 575 at about 2:30 p.m. The trooper smelled the odor of raw marijuana and searched the Ford Escape. Inside, he found 238.7 grams (8.42 ounces) of marijuana and $10,110 in cash inside a duffle bag in the vehicle’s rear trunk. The right front passenger, William John Schooley Jr. of Williamstown claimed sole ownership of the money and was arrested.

near Stephen Decatur High School. Maryland State Police and deputies with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office went to McDonald’s in response to a large fight in progress. Officers found a large disorderly crowd and saw several people fighting. They used pepper spray to separate the fighters and to disperse the crowd. The girl was arrested and later released to the custody of a parent.

Former attorney accused of embezzling NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (Dec. 28, 2012) A former West Ocean City attorney is due to be arraigned in Circuit Court on Jan. 2, on charges of felony theft and embezzling. Allison Elizabeth Novelli was disbarred Oct. 9, for embezzling funds that had been entrusted to her by her real estate title company. According to the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission, she voluntarily surrendered her law license. Novelli, who lived in Berlin but now uses a Cropper Island Road address, was indicted on four counts of theft from $1,000 to $10,000, four counts of embezzling by the misappropriation of funds and

one count of writing a bad check. According to the indictment, she misappropriated approximately $12,000 of her client’s money from December 2009 to June 2011. Her office had been on Route 611 in West Ocean City, where she handled real estate settlement cases. According to online court information, she handled one criminal case, but it was not prosecuted. The online court records also show that she had judgments against her. One was a judgment of $1,033 in favor of Capital One Bank on Sept. 24. FIA Card Services also sued Novelli and won a $4,538 judgment against her on Dec. 12. Novelli’s trial is scheduled for March 12 in Circuit Court in Snow Hill.

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Two co-defendants also sentenced to terms in prison Continued from Page 24

New Ocean City Police Department police officers with Chief Bernadette DiPino, from left, are Neshawn Jubilee, Philip Paterson, Michael Kirkland, Benjamin Berry and Kenneth Reed.

OCPD welcomes Criminal Justice Academy grads (Dec. 28, 2012) On Dec. 18, five new officers of the Ocean City Police Department graduated from the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy 69th class. The officers were formally recognized as certified police officers of the resort police department after 24 weeks of intensive training. The class was comprised of various law enforcement agencies from all over Marylandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eastern Shore. These officers continued the long established tradition of Ocean City Police Department officers by

graduating from the police academy with top honors. Ofc. Berry won the pistol expert award and was recognized for having an overall 100 percent pistol proficiency during training. Ofc. Jubilee, Ofc. Kirkland and Ofc. Paterson won pistol expert awards and Ofc. Reed was the academy class leader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an honor to welcome these five officers to our department,â&#x20AC;? Police Chief Bernadette DiPino said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They exemplify all that is good in law enforcement and will

serve the Ocean City community with pride, integrity and professionalism.â&#x20AC;? Following their graduation, the new officers will enter into a nine-week field training program. During this time, they will hone the skills they acquired in the police academy under the direct supervision of a veteran Ocean City police field training officer. They will be routinely evaluated and critiqued on their performance and judgment and will be exposed to the various shifts and divisions in the police department.

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Local athletes and teams capture a host of state and regional titles, from track and field to baseball and even a new record shark. But one of the biggest sporting events ever witnessed in this area was the Dew Tour, which drew some 93,000 spectators to Ocean City. City in 2013.

LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor

Decatur boys’ swim team wins back-to-back titles

Petersen wins state indoor high jump title Though Greg Petersen struggled early in the state high jump event in Landover, Md., the Stephen Decatur senior pulled it together in the end to earn the 3A title. “The beginning was rough. I just got done with the 55-meter hurdles and it wasn’t my best race,” Petersen said of the Feb. 21 contest, held at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex. “I was tired, but I just had to brush it off.” The high jump started with the bar set at 5 feet 6 inches. Petersen missed on his first attempt, but succeeded on the second. On his first two attempts at 5 feet 8 inches, the bar fell over. He cleared it on his third attempt. Things started to turn around for Petersen on the next height, 5 feet 10 inches, and he made each jump thereafter. Petersen soared over the bar set at 6 feet 4 inches, the height at which he won the 3A East Regional meet on Feb. 7. He admitted he was nervous after that, as the bar was moved higher to 6 feet 6 inches; his best of the season was 6 feet 5 inches. There were three boys remaining in the competition. Petersen nearly cleared the bar on his first attempt at 6 feet 6 inches and was even closer on the second try. He had one chance left. His two other competitors missed on their third attempts, so it was Petersen’s to win. Each athlete is given five minutes to complete his jump and Petersen said he took just about all his time. “It was a perfect approach, a perfect arch — everything felt on. [The bar] wobbled a bit, but it didn’t fall off,” he said. “It all happened so fast. It was like a dream almost. It’s one thing to get a PR (personal record), but to win states; I jumped off the mat and ran all over the place.” Petersen captured his first state title. He had participated in outdoor track, but it was his first time competing indoors, which made winning the gold medal even sweeter. He also holds the school record and is the Bayside champion in the event.

Dew Tour draws est. 93,000 to Ocean City In July 2011, the Pantech Open set a Dew Tour attendance record by drawing approximately 73,000 fans during its

Baltimore native Bucky Lasek competes in the Skate Bowl event during the Pantech Open in Ocean City.

four-day run in Ocean City — its first beachfront venue. That record was broken this year as approximately 93,000 spectators came out to the beach in downtown Ocean City for the Dew Tour Pantech Beach Championships, held Aug. 16-19. “We are very pleased with how everything went this year in Ocean City, and consider it to be a big success. From the record crowds to the vibe on the beach and Boardwalk we couldn’t be more pleased with the support from the community,” said Chris Prybylo, vice president of events for Alli Sports, the company that produces the Dew Tour. In April, Alli Sports, a division of the NBC Sports Group, announced a fouryear renewal of its partnership with Mountain Dew, along with the 2012 Dew Tour schedule — Ocean City was stop No. 1. The Ocean City Council in January set aside Aug. 16-19, for the East Coast leg of the 2012 Dew Tour, as requested by the tour’s planners. On Aug. 6, workers began building a vertical ramp, Mega 2.0 ramp, skateboard bowl and a BMX park, on the beach, just north of the pier in downtown Ocean City. The crews completed the blocks-wide “Dew Tour Experience” just in time for Day 1 of the four-day Pantech Beach Championships on Aug. 16. The tour, now in its eighth year, was reshaped to showcase action sports in three large-scale, premium and “grandslam” style events. The 2012 Dew Tour locations were Ocean City, San Francisco, Oct. 18-21 (Toyota City Champi-

onships); and Breckenridge, Colo., (Mountain Championships), Dec. 13-16. Events that took place in Ocean City included the GoDaddy Surf Expression Session, Skate Vert and Skate Bowl contests, which were showcased last year. A Skate Mega 2.0 competition and Skate Bowl Legends event, were new to the line-up. BMX Park and Vert contests were featured again this year in the resort along with the new BMX Mega 2.0 and Dew Tour’s first-ever Flatland demonstration, where four athletes were chosen to show off their skills. Also, nine musical acts were featured throughout three days, Aug. 16-18. The festival village, dubbed the “Dew Tour Experience” this year, was expanded to include more sponsor booths, autograph signings and activities to reflect a true experience of the action sports lifestyle and culture. Admission was free for all competitions and concerts. A limited number of premium passes were available, which guaranteed fans a seat for that day’s competitions as well as exclusive Dew Tour merchandise. According to the Demoflush statistics, which uses wastewater flows to estimate the city’s population, approximately 296,268 people were in town that weekend, an increase from 292,647 who visited the same weekend in 2011. The Tour got under way later this year because of the Olympics, which were broadcast on NBC. Earlier dates — June 20-23 — are being considered for the Dew Tour’s return to Ocean

Rick Cawthern, then co-coach of the Stephen Decatur swim teams, said that on paper, the boys’ squad looked as if it could repeat as regional champions prior to the Feb. 18 competition. The Seahawks proved they were No. 1, easily dominating their 3A/2A/1A East Regional competition at the Anne Arundel Swim Center in Annapolis. The Seahawks scored 329 points — 62 points more than their closest competitor, the Kent Island Buccaneers. Decatur earned first-place honors in nine of the 11 events. “This is only our fourth year competing at regionals and to win back-to-back championships is outstanding,” Cawthern said. The girls’ team finished in second place (291 points) behind Cambridge (310) during the regional meet.

Berlin’s 10-11-year-old Little Leaguers win title Berlin’s 10-11-year-old Little League All-Star team captured its second consecutive state championship crown on July 21 in Hurlock, Md. The All-Stars easily took down District 8 competition again this year. The boys shut out East Wicomico 31-0, then trounced West Salisbury 18-4 and topped Fruitland 16-3 July 9 to win their second district title. Berlin outscored its district opponents 65-7 this year. Representing District 8, the Berlin squad advanced to the weeklong double elimination state tournament, which began on July 14 in Hurlock, Md. The Berlin boys edged out Bethesda (District 7) 8-3, then took down Easton (District 6) 15-3. Berlin shut out West End (District 1) 6-0 in the semifinal round, July 17. The undefeated Berlin squad battled Brunswick (District 2) for the championship title, July 20. Berlin led 2-0 after the first inning and increased its lead to 7-2 in the third. The team tacked on one run in the fifth and held on to win 8-2. “It was probably one of the best games we played all year,” said Manager Cameron McDonough. McDonough said it was a much different feeling winning the state title in 2012, compared to last year. “Last year, the kids maybe kind of surprised themselves, but this year they 100-percent expected to be state champions again if they played well,” he said. Continued on Page 40


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“It was clear from the start of the tournament we were the best ones there.” Although a few games were close in the early innings this season, the Berlin squad was never really challenged. The team outscored its opponents 102-15. Ten of the 11 players from the 2011 team, now all age 11, returned to compete this year. Unfortunately, the state level is the farthest the team may advance as there is no regional tournament in the 10-11-year-old division. Next year, as 12-year-olds, the Berlin players will have a chance to advance to the Little League World Series. Stephen Decatur senior Greg Petersen won Bayside Conference, 3A East Regional and 3A state high jump titles during the 2011-12 indoor track season. His high jump of 6 feet 6 inches during the Feb. 21, state meet was a new personal and school record.

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Oct. 22, Day 1 of the tournament, to advance to the Oct. 24 final round at the University of Maryland-College Park. Senior Joe Iacona, juniors Andrew Urban and Matt Ruggiere and sophomore Delaney Iacona competed as a team. J. Iacona and Ruggiere both shot 77s on Oct. 22, Urban carded a 78 and D. Iacona an 89, for a team score of 321. The foursome’s total put them in seventh place out of the 21 teams entered and qualified the group for the final round. It was first time in school history since moving from the 2A classification to 3A in 2007, that the entire team qualified for the finals. Decatur was 15 strokes behind the leader, Wootton High School, heading into the final round. During Day 2 of the tournament, J. Iacona shot a 75, Ruggiere carded a 78, Urban tallied a 77 and D. Iacona recorded an 83. Decatur tied for fifth place overall in 3A/4A.

Coach Jim Krall said the Decatur golfers’ performance at the state tournament was amazing and the perfect end to a fairy tale season that was filled with firsts. “It was the first time in 15 years that the golf team went undefeated as we were [Worcester] County champions, Ryder Cup champions, Bayside South champions, Bayside Conference champions, District VIII champions and qualified for the 3A/4A state finals as a team,” he said. “The future of Decatur golf continues to look bright and very competitive...” Continued on Page 41

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YEAR IN REVIEW: SPORTS It was also the first time the top four golfers in the Bayside South are all from Decatur. Both Iaconas, Urban and Ruggiere were named to the All-Conference First Team. J. Iacona was the No. 1 golfer on the Eastern Shore for the second consecutive year.

Angler catches state record scalloped hammer Scott Cusick of Jackson, N.J. set a new Maryland record, reeling in a 266.8-pound scalloped hammerhead shark on Aug. 9, during the 39th annual White Marlin Open tournament. He won the shark division and received $5,150. Cusick caught the shark aboard the Milling Around, a 50-foot Viking sport fishing boat. The crew was fishing near a pod of pilot whales around the Washington Canyon, about 60 miles southeast of Ocean City. Cusick said the fish put up a tough 45-minute fight. “We were sure it was a bigeye tuna. We had been marking tuna on the sonar and boats nearby were hooked up, fighting bigeyes,” Cusick stated in a press release. “It wasn’t until we saw the color and length of the fish, that we knew it was a shark.” The fish was weighed at Harbour Island Marina on 14th Street. The previous record was a 254-pound fish caught by Jamie Gill in 2009.

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This year, new retail shops and restaurants opened in Ocean City and throughout Worcester County, while others, unfortunately, called it quits. Others celebrated anniversaries while even more renovated and made changes within. These are some of the year’s top stories: LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor

WEST OCEAN CITY: ■ Treasures By The Sea, located in the Decatur Business Center off Route 611, celebrated its grand opening Feb. 19. Owner Rachael Almony rents booth space to vendors who offer a variety of new and gently used merchandise, including clothing, jewelry, furniture, kitchenware, home decor, antiques and artwork. ■ Construction of a building on the Route 50 property Fashions For Less calls “home” wrapped up in January and the store opened Feb. 17. Hard to miss from Route 50 because of its eye-catching bright pink color, Fashions For Less is about 500 square feet of merchandise, which include rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, scarves, belts, sunglasses, among other items. When owner Donald McLane opened the Route 50 store, he had intentions for a second location in Ocean City. The Boardwalk was an ideal spot for the store. He noticed a “for rent” sign in one of the store windows in the Inlet Village, at the southern end of the Boardwalk. The family-run, 600 square-foot store opened on May 1. ■ Dani and Ryan Pogge opened Bungalow Seven on Route 50 near the Ocean City Park & Ride on March 10. The couple took over the former Boog’s BBQ & Drive-Thru building and tore it down in May 2011. Construction of a new building began in June. She traveled all over the country looking for women’s, men’s and junior’s fashion, clothing, accessories and other products. A room is dedicated to building skateboards. ■ Fin City Brewery, which operates on the second floor of Hooper’s, located at the foot of the Route 50 bridge, began brewing beer onsite in April. Vince Wright is the brewmaster. The five-barrel system can be seen from the dining area. Hooper’s hosted a party May 11, to showcase Fin City Brewery’s beers. ■ A Summer Savings Bash took place May 25-27, to celebrate the grand opening of the new Tanger Outlets (formerly Ocean City Factory Outlets) and introduce the community to the shopping center’s makeover. The company acquired the nearly 200,000-square-foot property in January. Renamed “Tanger Outlets Ocean City,” the group immediately began a $3 million cosmetic renovation project. Some stores have been expanded and others added. ■ Construction of a nearly 4,500-square-foot building in the Seaside Village Shopping Center, next to Applebee’s, began in mid-February. A new West Ocean City Chick-fil-A restaurant opened June 7. Also within the shopping center, an 8,000square-foot building in the Seaside Village Shopping Center houses Mattress Warehouse, which opened in June, and Chipotle Mexican Grill, which opened July 10. ■ Terri Parsley opened Salon by the Bay, in Assateague Square on Route 611, in April and celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and party June 22. She took over the space in January and renovated the area. Salon by the Bay offers pedicures, manicures, waxing, facials, chair massages and airbrush spray tanning as well as hair services

for men, women and children. ■ Hooters of Ocean City has been serving its famous wings to customers on 123rd Street since the mid-90s. In June 2010, the business opened a restaurant on the Boardwalk at Fifth Street and on June 14, opened a third location in West Ocean City. The vacant building on Route 50 and Keyser Point Road, formerly home to a Dough Roller and most recently Osborn’s Westside Grille, is approximately 6,000 square feet. The interior was remodeled and space for a merchandise shop was constructed. ■ Larry Friedman has specialized in fine sporting firearms for more that 25 years. He acquired a vacant unit in the Teal Marsh Shopping Center in October. He built cabinets to showcase his shotguns, handguns and rifles, painted and installed hardwood floors and opened Larry’s Trading Post on Feb. 29. Friedman is an authorized Beretta dealer and also sells guns manufactured by Perazzi, SKB, Zoli, Colt, S&W and Sig Sauer. ■ Locals Beer & Wine store at Route 50 and Jerry Mack Road in the Royal Plus Business Center features approximately 325 different kinds of wine, from very dry to sweet dessert blends and more than 45 beers. General Manager Greg Fields, who has more than 20 years experience in the bar, restaurant and retail industries, opened the store June 15. The space, which was previously used by Royal Plus for storage, was transformed into a beer and wine store in less than one month. ■ Each year, Sunset Grille in West Ocean City receives some sort of upgrade or improvement. This year, the restaurant doubled in size with the addition of “The Bridge” rooftop bar and first-floor dining area. The original Caribbean island-themed restaurant, which opened in 2004, is 90 feet long and the addition measures 92 feet. The upstairs “bridge” features seating for approximately 90 guests. It opened just in time for the July 4 weekend. ■ Mark Carroll and his wife, Rachel, opened Beach Adventure Rentals in mid-July. Located in the Teal Marsh Shopping Center, the rental business offers Jeep Wranglers that are already tagged and equipped to drive onto the Assateague Island National Seashore’s Over Sand Vehicle area. ■ Ron Gossard thought about opening a shop, featuring stand up paddleboards and accessories, but it wasn’t until he met Sandy and Beth Deeley that his dream became a reality. They opened Walk on Water Stand Up Paddle Company in Assateague Square, off Route 611, July 4. ■ Angie Gillis worked as an interior designer and decorator for more than 20 years. As the economy took a downturn, she closed her interior design studio and created a business plan for Encore Events. A ribbon-cutting for the business venture was Oct. 6, at her studio, located in the Decatur Business Center. Encore Events, a division of A Change of Space Design Studio, Inc., specializes in “unique creations using natural elements” for a variety of occasions, from weddings to birthdays, baby showers and dinner parties. ■ Kathy Slaughter wants clients’ four-legged friends to feel relaxed and comfortable during

their grooming session at her new business, OC Pet Spa, off Route 611 in the Assateague Square Center. She opened Oct. 5. A bath, ear cleaning, teeth brushing, haircut and blow dry, are among the services provided through the full-service treatment. A do-it-yourself station is also open for clients to wash their own pets. ■ Around Sound Music, in the Decatur Business Center on Route 611, just offered private and group vocal and instrumental lessons when owners Lori Thompson and Gina Servant opened last summer. Currently, 45 students are taking lessons at the studio. Several of the students have formed a band, under the direction of Thompson. In early September, Around Sound Music expanded into the unit next door. Around Sound Music has expanded it offerings, now providing art and drama/theater classes as well as special activities and open mic nights. Rentals of new and used instruments is still available. ■ Razzio’s Italian Deli and Market, located on Route 611 and Sunset Avenue in West Ocean City opened Nov. 2. Freshly made pasta dishes, Italian subs, pizza, paninis and desserts are just some of the items available. Many of the entrees are made with a family recipe marinara sauce, which may also be purchased in jars. Pre-made and packaged meals and desserts are stocked in the refrigerator so customers can “grab and go.” Razzio’s market features hard-to-find items imported from Italy. Razzio’s, owned by Victoria Simmons, only offers carry-out at this time. ■ Station 7 Restaurant opened Nov. 29, in the building formerly home to 707 Sports Bar & Grill, on Route 707 in West Ocean City. Owner Todd Wampler, who partnered with Ben Cooper, Mark Sens and Rob “Doc” DuVall in the business venture, took over the space Feb. 1. Renovations began immediately. The theme of the West Ocean City location is the same as Wampler’s other two Station 7 restaurants: an homage to fire companies.

OCEAN CITY: ■ South Moon Under’s first store, a small surf shack, opened in the summer of 1968 in Ocean City and since then, the company has steadily continued to expand, opening its 18th store in early October. “We were originally a full-on surf shop with swimwear and some clothing,” owner Frank Gunion said of the first South Moon Under, which was located in the 33rd Street area. “Today, we are a contemporary clothing store for men and women. While we still have some surf lines, we are clearly oriented to contemporary men’s and women’s clothing. Also, [we] have lots of shoes, swimwear, jewelry and items for the house.” South Moon Under stores can be found in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. New stores are planned in New Jersey and Virginia in 2013. ■ The Art League of Ocean City has been in its temporary headquarters since Jan. 16, in the former Susquehanna Bank building on 94th Street located in the Super Fresh parking lot. The ALOC had called a 1,200-square-foot building off

94th Street home since 1984, but it outgrew that space and the facility closed the week before Christmas 2011. Just yards away, the former Susquehanna Bank building, at approximately 2,200 square feet, had been empty for about two years. On April 15, there was a groundbreaking at the future home of the Ocean City Center for the Arts. The old building was torn down about a week later. The ALOC offers classes, programs and showcased exhibits in the temporary building until construction of the new, 7,500-square-foot arts Center for the Arts is completed. Rina Thaler is the newly appointed executive director of the Ocean City Center for the Arts. ■ After 25 years of serving customers in a quaint and cozy building near the inlet, Adolfo’s Restaurant owners Kimberly and David Griffin moved their business a bit farther north into the Boardwalk’s Beach Plaza Hotel on 13th Street. The restaurant reopened April 4. On March 24, the final night in its former home — a building constructed in 1881 — many loyal, longtime customers stopped by for dinner and cocktails. ■ Since opening more than 50 years ago, The Embers has “built up, out, every direction” to accommodate changing times and growing popularity. Now, with a canal on one side and Coastal Highway on another, it seems the 24th Street restaurant has limited space to expand. But the Taustin family developed the perfect resolution to prevent the resort landmark from becoming stagnant: expand the property. Blu restaurant opened in time for the influx of seasonal visitors. The crab house restaurant, is adjacent to The Embers, and specializes in Maryland blue crabs, but also features light fare and dinner entrees as well as a raw bar. ■ Jeff Burton designed the menu for Taphouse Bar & Grille, which he and wife, Juli, opened May 27, 2011, in the Paradise Plaza Inn on Ninth Street and the Boardwalk, around the more than 20 beers offered in the restaurant. Now, as the general manager and executive chef of the 45th Street Taphouse Bar & Grille, Burton, who is passionate about his food, again used beer to create the new restaurant’s fare. Thirty-six beers are on tap at the 45th Street location. Several shops in the 45th Street Village were torn down to the foundation frames and the restaurant was constructed. The 45th Street Taphouse opened March 16. To the right is OC Steamers, a seafood restaurant. The building to the left of the Taphouse houses a beer and wine market. Both opened during the summer. ■ Prior to purchasing the Second Street and Philadelphia Avenue property on Jan. 4, Wally Saleh contacted the Dollar Store company, based in Las Vegas, about a franchise opportunity. After a fresh coat of paint, new flooring and electric and construction of isles and shelves to hold the more that 30,000 items, the 3,200-square-foot OC Dollar Store opened March 6. An assortment of merchandise, including toys, party goods, groceries, snacks, pet supplies, kitchenware items, cleaning and automotive products, all of which costs just $1, is available. ■ The new Peebles store in the Gold Coast Mall on 115th Street opened April 18. The depart-


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YEAR IN REVIEW: BUSINESS ment store offers clothing, accessories and cosmetics for juniors and women as well as a wide range of men’s and children’s apparel. There is approximately 10,500 square feet of retail space at the uptown location, which was formerly home to Super Fresh. The grocery store closed in April 2011. n Skye Bar owners Roger Cebula and Tammy Patrick-Cebula celebrated their new rooftop bar, above Galaxy 66 Bar & Grille on 66th Street, on June 7, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and party. Demolition of Galaxy 66 Bar & Grille’s Skye Bar was completed in November 2011. The rooftop bar was approximately 1,000 square feet. Construction began in January and now, it is approximately 5,000 square feet. The bar and dining area is located over Galaxy 66 and the kitchen, restrooms and storage space has been built on the roof of Late Night Liquor & Kegs, next door to the restaurant. n Kim and Hollis Smith took over a vacant unit on Philadelphia Avenue between 15th and 16th streets in February. After some remodeling, Kim’s Café & Marketplace opened April 19. An assortment of produce is available as well as a variety of wraps, grilled and prepared to order, and salads. The orange juice and lemonade are freshly squeezed, and smoothies consisting of different fruits are offered. n Of the three Ocean City hotels that currently make up the Carousel Hotel Group, two have recently undergone major renovations. On July 14, 2011, the company purchased the Atlantic Oceanfront Inn on 45th Street and renovations began after the summer. A guest lounge, with a couch, tables, television, juice and coffee bar, was added and WiFi was installed throughout the hotel. The 51 rooms and nine suites got freshly painted walls, new bedding, televisions and furniture. The bou-

Owners Kimberly and David Griffin opened Adolfo’s Restaurant in the Beach Plaza Hotel on the Boardwalk at 13th Street on April 4,. The restaurant was previously located in a quaint and cozy building near the inlet in Ocean City.

tique-style, five-floor hotel re-opened April 13. Coastal Palms Inn & Suites (previously the Serene Hotel) on 120th Street and Coastal Highway was purchased in November 2011. The property received a top-to-bottom facelift. The exterior and rooms were painted. Coastal Palms has 94 rooms plus a beach house. One of the buildings is home to 60 rooms. The second building features 34 suites. The beach house, which has two bedrooms, a large flat screen television, washer and dryer, and a living room area and full kitchen, is steps away from the hotel. The rooms have new furniture, drapes, carpets, bedding, vanities, faucets, televisions and free WiFi is available as well. Beach chairs are provided to guests. The five-floor hotel opened on May 4. n Since she was a child, Dena Smith has been

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affectionately called Monkey Doodle by her grandmother. So it was only appropriate to call the children’s boutique she opened in April with her husband, Delmar, by the same name. The couple researched children’s clothing and apparel and last winter they gutted and remodeled their gift shop, Treasure Island, also in the Inlet Village, and transformed it into a high-end children’s boutique. n Kimmerly Messick, owner of Bethany Resort Furnishings in Bethany Beach, Del., has furnished and decorated model homes, rental properties and clients’ residences in Ocean City for a number of years. But up until recently, she didn’t have a storefront in the resort. She took over the second floor of Homeworks Carpet One Floor & Home on 84th Street. Messick started her career at Homeworks in 1981, when it was located on 67th Street, and worked there for 10 years. In the beginning of April, Messick moved into the upstairs space of the building. n Blue Bar & Grill opened on 54th Street in Ocean City just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Chef and co-owner Giulio Assante describes Blue as a seafood restaurant with a Mediterranean flair. The space was acquired in January and renovations began. The dining room seats 70 people, while the bar can accommodate 15 guests. There is also a lounge area with modern decor, couches, tables and chairs. n Head baker Danielle Barry uses her Irish family recipes, passed down from generations, to create many of the baked goods and pastries available at OC Café, located on the corner of Fourth Street and the Boardwalk. But she also has a few secrets of her own. Customers can also get frozen yogurt, fresh fruit smoothies, breakfast sandwiches, paninis, wraps and salads, among other items. Robyn Fox opened OC Café in early June. n For Ocean City residents and visitors looking for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts, O.C. Trading Co., on Baltimore Ave. and Somerset Street in downtown

Ocean City, might just be the place to find them. At the start of the year, O.C. Trading Co. President Ollie Powell noticed a sign that the landmark building, once home to Ocean City’s first post office, announcing the unit was available for lease. The store opened in mid-May and is filled with an assortment of merchandise including antiques, musical instruments, artwork, jewelry, Ocean City souvenirs, memorabilia, clothing and beach gear. n Ricky Singh, chairman of We R Wireless, opened a store on the Boardwalk next to the Purple Moose near Talbot Street in May. Singh said the We R Wireless store that opened on the Ocean City, N.J., boardwalk last year has been prosperous, so a local boardwalk location seemed ideal. n J/R’s Ribs on 131st Street bayside has made it convenient for customers in a rush to order some of their favorite items on the go — the uptown restaurant added an express drive-thru in July. Patrons can get burgers, chicken sandwiches and tenders, barbecued baby back ribs and owner Jack Hubberman’s famous, original recipe crispy fried chicken as well as side items. n Many of the people who hear or see the name of the carry-out eatery at 105 Second St., ask owners Paul Baron and Terra Rygh how they came up with “2 Crazy X’s.” The answer: life experience. The pair dated for eight years before splitting last September. The Salisbury residents were planning a move to Annapolis, when they came across the property for sale in May. The duo opened 2 Crazy X’s June 1. Breakfast is available all day. n Boardwalk Basic Outlet on the corner of Ocean City’s Eighth Street and Philadelphia Avenue (formerly Bailey’s Pharmacy), owned by Sammy Bitton, offers a large assortment of merchandise at affordable prices. Shoppers can get clothing, swim suits, sunglasses, beach towels and chairs, umbrellas, hats, flip flops, hand bags, toys Continued on Page 46

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YEAR IN REVIEW: BUSINESS Continued from Page 45 and make-up, among other items. Surfboard rentals are also available. After some remodeling of the 2,400-square-foot store opened on June 27. ■ Anna Kachalova wanted to provide some healthy alternatives to the food available on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Kachalova took over a small unit on the Somerset Street Plaza in 2009 and opened a shop featuring coffee and French crepes. She operated the carryout under the name, Express Cafe for the past three years. Extensive renovations to the outdoor cafe began in May. With a new European-style look, the cafe also got a new name. “The Muze Cafe” opened July 4. ■ Step aboard the Flounder Magic and let Capt. Ken Roach lead the way to prime fishing areas in the bay. The licensed master captain leased the business, previously known as the “Pony Island Express,” this summer, leading its first voyage in June. The renovated, twin engine Coast Guard Certified 42-foot vessel has the capacity to take 20 people on a fishing trip. Any fish caught (of legal size) will be cleaned and bagged for anglers. ■ Brian Davis and Tobey Humble had stepped in to help a dozen business owners along the East Coast whose bars and restaurants were failing. This year, however, the pair opened their own restaurant when a spot in the White Marlin Mall on 115th Street became available. They spent two months renovating the 5,700 square-foot space and opened 115 Bayside Bar & Grill on Aug. 10. It is home to the Island Burger: two-plus pounds of meat, topped with six slices of bacon and cheese, a whole tomato, lettuce and onion all on a custommade 10-inch round bun. Anyone who can finish it single-handedly in less than one hour will earn a spot on the restaurant’s wall of fame and the

burger will be free. Oh, and it comes with fries. ■ Shawn Kotwica has collected recipes and concocted martinis for a number of years. So when it came time to develop a drink menu for The Underground Lounge, on 22nd Street and Baltimore Avenue, he was easily able to design a list of about 100 options. The Kucuk brothers, Berto Brock, Bugra and Bruno, opened The Underground Bar & Grill in May 2008. Kotwica partnered with the brothers and he will be running the renovated lounge. Kotwica began sprucing up the space in July. The Underground Lounge opened on Aug. 1, with a new look and concept. Martinis and tapas are the focal points of the establishment. ■ St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church on Third Street opened a community center in the parish hall featuring a number of classes and programs for all ages, from infants to senior citizens. Fawn Mete is the director of the Red Doors Community Center at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea, which opened in October. ■ Many people have photographs they or others have taken displayed in frames in their homes. Some also have them printed on canvas. But how often have you seen those images printed on wood? Ocean City resident Wyatt Harrison is providing that service through his business, Plak That. He created his company in July and launched his Web site, www.plakthat.com, last month. People can upload their images and have them customprinted on wood.

BERLIN: ■ Patricia Fischer has always been fond of the 110-year-old building at 11 Pitts St., so when it became available in October, she jumped at the opportunity to relocate her antique shop. One of the largest antique stores in the area, Town Center Antiques houses a number of booths, each of which

is rented by individual antiques dealers to show and sell their wares. The Fischers closed the Main Street location in December 2011 to begin the move to the new space, owned by William E. Esham Jr. and was previously used for storage by Donaway Furniture. The new location opened Jan. 2, and approximately 80 dealers have booth space filled with thousands of items including records, dolls, fine China, movies, books, toys, jewelry, metal signs and furniture. ■ Leslie Lewis said it was a blessing to have her grandmother live with their family for 19 years as she was growing up, but she witnessed firsthand the struggles they had caring for her. She recognized that families need support, especially outside assistance, to help seniors who wish to remain in their homes as they age. That is one of the reasons Lewis and her husband, Claude, wanted to join Home Instead Senior Care, an independently owned and operated company that is part of an international franchise network. They opened their first business in Bel Air in 2000 and sold it two years ago. In 2004, the Lewises opened a second location in Easton, which their daughter manages. In January, the Lewises opened an office in Berlin, on Old Ocean City Boulevard, providing in-home care and services for seniors in Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties. ■ Sue Testerman loves her job and her customers make working as a barber even more enjoyable. After working for other people for more than two decades, Testerman opened Sue’s Barber Shop on Old Ocean City Boulevard in Berlin about four years ago. The shop moved to a new, much larger location — about three times the size of her former space — on Broad Street in downtown Berlin on Jan. 1.Testerman celebrated with a grand opening event March 21. ■ The new Walmart, located behind the origi-

Out of ideas? Unique ways to ‘give’ this season REAL ESTATE REPORT

Habitat for Humanity and Diakonia seek assistance LAUREN BUNTING ■ Contributing Writer (Dec. 28, 2012) A home at its basic level offers a place to hang our hat, relax after a hard day’s work and rejuvenate with a good night’s sleep. But at a deeper level, our home offers us stability, peace and dignity. For those of us blessed to have a home we can afford, the holiday time of year is an opportunity to help your neighbors or community members who are less fortunate in this respect. Help doesn’t always have to come in the form of a monetary donation, although money does help our local charities stay afloat and accomplish important goals. Yet, simple offerings can make a difference in providing our community with decent and affordable housing. Here are a few ideas for helping fellow community members live better: ■ Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County. HFH is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that builds simple, decent and affordable homes in partnership with those in need. Families purchase the houses through interest-free loans provided by the local affiliate. For information, e-mail inquire

@habitatworcester. org or call 410-2084440. z Become a Carpenter’s Club member for $25. Then, every time Habitat builds a home in Worcester County (approximately once or twice a year), you pledge to give $35 at the bronze level. Higher levels available for individuals or corporations. z Volunteer your talents on a build. Carpenters, HVAC, plumbers, electricians and overall handymen/women are welcome. At various stages throughout the build, unskilled labor is also needed for landscaping, clean-up, painting, etc. — so all are encouraged to donate their time. z Donate your belongings to Habitat for its bi-weekly Warehouse Sale in Snow Hill. Habitat does weekly pick-ups of donated items, including furniture, TVs, appliances and some building materials. This is the major way the local Habitat raises money, and all proceeds from the Warehouse Sale support Habitat’s mission. Habitat is always in need of volunteers to work this sale as well. ■ Diakonia, Inc. has been helping individuals and families in Worcester County by providing shelter, food, clothing and the resources to rebuild their lives. The shelter, located in West Ocean City, is the only comprehensive provider of emergency and transitional housing for

men, women and families on the Lower Shore. For information, e-mail info@diakoniaoc.org or call 410-213-0923. z Monetary contributions: Even small contributions will help; $25 will provide shelter, three meals, counseling and support to a homeless person for one day; $50 will pay the electricity bill for a day. z Diakonia also welcomes in-kind contributions. Items not used in its operations are sold in its thrift shop to support its budget. Items of particular need are adult bicycles, business attire, canned goods, cleaning products, clothing, coffee, condiments, detergent, diapers, food, mattress covers, napkins/paper towels, jackets, pasta and rice, pillows, produce, shower shoes, socks, sweaters, T-shirts, toilet paper, trash bags, undergarments and Ziploc bags. z Volunteer: Among the many services volunteers provide at Diakonia are answering the telephone, operating and working in the thrift shop, sorting and storing donations, grant writing, cleaning, distributing food from the food pantry, transporting residents to appointments, entering data into our donor management database, repairs and maintenance to our facilities, resume writing, Web site maintenance, newsletter writing, and helping organize fundraising events. — Lauren Bunting is a member of the Coastal Association of Realtors and a licensed REALTOR® with Bunting Realty, Inc. in Berlin.

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nal business on Route 50, opened for business April 11, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Construction of the new Walmart began in January 2011, and employees began stocking the store’s shelves on March 5. The old store, which opened May 19, 1999, closed April 10. The 185,000-square-foot Walmart is 83,806 square feet larger than the original and includes a full line of groceries and fresh produce, a bakery, deli area, pharmacy and vision center. The store features more than 30 merchandise departments such as apparel and accessories, lawn and garden center, health and beauty aids and electronics. The store is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. ■ Since moving to Berlin two years ago, Pete and Jennie Livolsi have wanted to bring authentic Italian cuisine to the town. The culinary couple’s dream is coming true, as Si’culi opened in July on North Main Street. The restaurant features pizza and Italian dishes, among other items. ■ Tex Mex & Beyond on North Main Street, celebrated its grand opening Sept. 1. Owned by Berlin businessman Ernest Gerardi, the restaurant features authentic Mexican southwestern foods inspired by chef Arturo Paz’s Latin-American heritage. ■ Sisters on North Main Street is owned by sisters Donna Compher and Michael Ann Phillips. The store, which opened in May, features a variety of gifts, accessories, jewelry, kitchenware, children’s items, among others, and there is also a small bar in the back, where beer and wine is sold. ■ The Maryland Wine Bar, opened on North Main Street in June, and features 65 wines exclusively from Maryland wineries. It is owned by Deborah Everett. Patrons can sip on wine at the small bar. ■ Knitting and crocheting enthusiasts now have access to a bountiful selection of vibrant and varied yarn and accessories since A Little Bit Sheepish on South Main Street in downtown Berlin opened its doors Nov. 14. It is owned by Brenda Trice. ■ Jennifer Davis co-owns Bustle, a bridal boutique on Main Street, with her mom Kathy Walsh. In conjunction with June’s 2nd Friday Art Stroll, Bustle held the Berlin Bridal Stroll as a celebration of its grand opening. ■ Main Street Sweets, at 116 N. Main St., combines candy and jewelry to put a small town vintage spin on upscale cosmopolitan indulgence. Connie Mayers opened the shop boutique-like store offers milk, dark and white chocolates, truffles and jewelry, Sept. 14. ■ Dave and Ruth Koontz opened Main Street Deli this fall. Soups, salads, sandwiches and a variety of other items are available. ■ The Zenna Wellness Center, Berlin’s firstever Zumba, yoga and aerial yoga studio owned by Chrissy Ehrhart-Knight, Cate Carrick Nellans and Jesse Martin opened the Main Street studio in June. Art and apparel are available at the studio. ■ With its relaxing classical music, colorful array of stuffed animals and layout crafted with a high attention to detail, it’s plain to see World of Toys on North Main Street isn’t a run-of-the-mill toy store. Opened in June by Olga Kozhevwikova, World of Toys is stocked with many high quality brands that provide everything from simple entertainment to lessons as they play. ■ The Whimsical Cottage of Berlin opened at 11 Artisans Way in September and is run by Kelly and Jeannie Hastings. The 60-seat cottage offers a variety of live entertainment and is available from weddings, club and business meetings.

DELAWARE: ■ Shannon Reilly Mobilia celebrated the grand opening of her new studio, Pilates 54, located in Selbyville, Del., April 27 and 28. A pilates instructor for 10 years, Mobilia took over a vacant 1,800square-foot unit, formerly occupied by Curves, in March, in the Williamsville Country Village on Lighthouse Road. Pilates mat classes, small group reformer classes and personal training is offered.


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LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (Dec. 28, 2012) Why not kick off 2013 with a refreshing stroll along Assateague Island? The 33rd annual New Year’s Day Beach Walk, sponsored by Assateague Coastal Trust, is open to anyone interested in learning more about the island and how it changes on a daily basis. Participants should meet at the Assateague State Park concession area before 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Liz Davis, assistant chief of interpretation and education at Assateague Island National Seashore, will lead the walk this year. She replaces the retired Chris Seymour, Assateague Island National Seashore park ranger and environmental educator, who had conducted the informal beach hike for more than 20 years. Davis has worked for the National Park Service at Assateague Island National Seashore for 22 years. “Chris retired and passed the torch to her,” said Jim Rapp, ACT board member. “Chris is a great storyteller and so is Liz.” Added Davis, “I am looking forward to leading my first New Year’s Day walk. It’s tough following such a celebrity, the legendary ranger, Chris Seymour, [but] I’ll do my best.” The theme for the 2013 walk is “It’s New Year’s Day Every Day on Assateague.” The theme will relate to “island renewal — the renewal people feel at Assateague and at the beginning of a new year.” “The island is always changing and renewing itself,” Rapp said. “From the sand to the wildlife, we’ll see the history of the island [on the walk]. We’ll also see the effects of Hurricane Sandy on Assateague. It always has dramatic change after storms.” The walk pays tribute to Ilia Fehrer, who helped create the New Year’s Day event as a way to promote environmental education and awareness, and Judy Johnson, founder of the See FREE on Page 51

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New Year’s Eve parties on tap in OC, other areas LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (Dec. 28, 2012) New Year’s Eve is just a few days away. Many bars and restaurants in and around the Ocean City area will ring in 2013 with live entertainment, dinner and drink specials, party favors and champagne toasts at midnight. Here is a list of some local events:

OCEAN CITY: An estimated 1,000 “penguins” jumped in the nearly 50-degree ocean on New Year’s Day 2012 during the 18th annual Penguin Swim, a fundraiser for Atlantic General Hospital. The weather, at nearly 60 degrees and sunny, was milder than during past events, and the water was warmer.

An estimated 1,000 ‘penguins’ will scurry into the Atlantic on New Year’sDay for a breathtakingly chilly dip, all in the name of charity LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (Dec. 28, 2012) It has become a tradition for many Ocean City residents and visitors to run into the chilly Atlantic Ocean New Year’s Day as part of Atlantic General Hospital’s annual Penguin Swim. Last year, during the 18th annual event, an estimated 1,000 “penguins” donned everything from bathing suits to superhero costumes as they plunged into the nearly 50-degree ocean at 91st Street. Organizers hoped the 2012 fundraiser would garner $71,500 for the Berlin hospital — that goal was exceeded by more than $15,500. The target for this year is again $71,500. “New Year’s Day is in the middle of the week so we didn’t increase the goal,” said AGH Development Coordinator Laura Stearns. “We always hope to exceed it because all of the money goes to the hospital, which benefits everyone.” Several factors contributed to the overwhelming number of participants last year. The weather, at nearly 60 degrees and sunny, was milder than during past

events, and the water was warmer. The swim took place on a Sunday, which helped draw a record number of spectators and “penguins.” Also, media outlets and the town of Ocean City promoted the swim and, for the first time, early registration was made available to participants. For 2013, participants and spectators may gather at the Princess Royale on 91st Street or join friends at Bull on the Beach on 94th Street before the Jan. 1 annual swim. The party will kick off at approximately 11 a.m. at Bull on the Beach and registration for the Penguin Swim will begin at 11:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day at the Princess Royale. People may also register online at www.penguinswim.atlanticgeneral.org.

Participants may also sign up the day before the swim, on Monday, Dec. 31, at the Princess Royale, from 2-4 p.m. Prizes may also be picked up that day. On New Year’s Day, participants will be led to the beach just before the 1 p.m. swim. When everyone is ready, a signal will be given for the penguins to enter the ocean. Some people get a little wet, while others dive in for a swim. Children will go in first, followed by the adults. Stearns said approximately 90 percent of the penguins are return participants. “It’s the same people over and over again who raise money for the hospital. [The Penguin Swim] raises money for the hospital and it’s a fun and exciting way to do it,” she said. “When people come out of the water, everyone’s grinning from ear to ear … It’s a cleansing way to kick off the new year and wash away the old. It’s exhilarating, for sure.” Trophies will be awarded to the top three individuals and teams who raise the most money. Awards will also be presented to teams and individuals 18 and younger who collect the most donations. See PRIZES on Page 57

z Purple Moose, on the Boardwalk between Talbot and Caroline streets: Open bar, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Cash bar after. Tickets cost $65. Order online at www.purplemoose.com or call 410289-6953. Entertainment by Fuzzbox Piranha. Party favors and champagne. z de Lazy Lizard, First Street, bayside: Appetizer buffet, open bar (beer, wine and rail drinks), discounts on topshelf liquor. Champagne toast and music for $75 person/$125 couple. Call 289-1122. z Pickles Pub, Eighth Street: Entertainment by DJ DeoGee. No cover. Champagne toast and party favors. Dinner specials. Prizes and giveaways. Open until 4 a.m. Call 410-289-4891. z Taphouse Bar & Grille inside Paradise Plaza Inn, Ninth Street: Sixcourse dinner, open bar 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., music by Scott Glorioso, party favors, champagne toast for $95. Cost is $85 for hotel guests. Call 410-289-6381. z Brother’s Bistro, on the first floor of the Howard Johnson hotel, 12th Street Boardwalk: Three-course dinner, music and champagne toast at midnight for $45.99 per person. Call 443664-6763. z Adolfo’s on the Ocean, 13th Street, inside Beach Plaza Hotel: Open at 4 p.m. with special menu for the night. Entertainment by Rhonda Apple and Dale Britt in the lounge at 8 p.m. Lounge open to public. No cover. Call 410-289-4001. z Captain’s Table, 15th Street and Baltimore Avenue, inside Courtyard by Marriott Hotel: Regular dinner menu available 3-8 p.m. Phil Perdue on the piano. Party at 9 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, desserts, open bar (well drinks, draft beers and house wines), DJ Jimmy and champagne toast. Cost is $90 per person. Call 410-289-7192. z Party Block, 17th Street: Doors Continued on Page 54


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committee to preserve Assateague Island, which later became Assateague Coastal Trust. The ACT, recognized as the oldest environmental education and advocacy organization on the Delmarva peninsula, has sponsored the event since its inception. In the late 1950s, Assateague Island was slated for development as the resort, “Ocean Beach, Md.” Roads had been built and lots sold when a series of Nor’easters interrupted construction in 1962. Prior to Assateague Island being designated a National Seashore in 1965, Johnson and other citizens rallied against early plans for a park that included a 25-mile highway and several commercial enterprises. In the early 1970s, she formed the committee. Johnson and the committee also focused their attention on Maryland’s coastal bays and joined forces with Fehrer and the Worcester Environmental Trust to oppose the proposed Harbor Town development near Chincoteague Bay. “We all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Ilia, Judy and the founders of the Committee to Preserve Assateague Island,” Assateague Coastkeeper Kathy Phillips stated in a press release. “Without their vision and dedication, Assateague Island and the coastal bays we know and love today would be unrecognizable.” The first beach walk was held Jan. 1, 1980. “This is our way to remember [Fehrer and Johnson] and keep the memory of all the work they did alive,” Rapp said.

The 2013 walk will take place rain or shine, so participants are encouraged to dress for the weather. There is no charge to take part. Rapp said about half of the crowd is traditionally made up of first-time participants, while it has become an annual tradition for others. Approximately 200 people participated in the 2012 event. “For some people, this is their new year’s tradition. A lot of friends come together and do this,” Rapp said. “I’m very impressed with the crowd we get every year. It’s a really great way to start the new year.” After the walk, hot cocoa and cookies will be available. For more information on the walk, call 410-629-1538 or visit www.actforbays.org.

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’Tis season for giving to all -- four-legged friends included FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Chicken treats for kitties, chicken marsala for mama DEBORAH LEE WALKER ■ Contributing Writer (Dec. 28, 2012) Hello, I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Sir Charles and I am an orange Persian cat with white paws. My residence has a new address, but I like my new surroundings. The little blue house is surrounded with love and much care. Some of the feline critters are intimidated by my size. Twenty-five pounds keep unruly siblings on their best behavior when Miss Debbie is at work. Things have changed since I arrived on the scene; I do not tolerate any back talk or anyone to raise their paws in a fit of anger. It’s neat how Miss Debbie senses when one of my brothers or sisters is getting ready to cross the path of misbehaving. She must see it in their eyes or body language. Complaining is a word that should be stricken from our vocabulary. When I was young, it was not a given that food would be always on the table. Sometimes we had to go out and fend for ourselves. This is not the case with Miss Debbie; wet food, dry food, cat treats and cream are always on the menu. Unlike some of my brothers and sisters, I never take it for granted. I know too well what it is like to go to bed hungry. I have much to ponder about as time

passes through the hourglass. I must confess, in my current state of being, I pretend not to see the various prisms of birds. There was a time I would have pounced on this opportunity. Speaking of birds, every other week Miss Debbie cooks chicken for us. We prefer the white meat, which is fine with her. She even brines the meat for us. Most cats have no idea what brining is. To be honest with you, I would devour the chicken even if it were not especially tender. But I know it’s the small touches that reveal what’s inside ones heart. Just think, if everyone made an effort to be extra kind, what a wonderful world it would be. As I peak into the slider, I notice mother is taking out the chicken. I immediately put the word out that we are going to have a special dinner. We have an exceptionally large family and I know mother sacrifices a lot so we can have a good life. I do not know if it is fate or chance how we became the Walker family. All I know is when I say my kitty prayers at night. I ask God to bless us, all the other animals and people who are sad and need help. Chicken Marsala 4 skinless chicken breasts (brined) all-purpose flour for dredging several shakes of garlic powder 1 1/2 teaspoons Herbs de Province 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

4 ounces Prosciutto, thinly sliced 8 ounces shitake mushrooms, sliced 1/2 cup sweet Marsala wine 1/2 cup chicken stock 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped kosher salt, fresh ground pepper to taste 1. Using favorite recipe, brine chicken for 24 hours and rinse thoroughly. 2. Wrap dry chicken filets with plastic wrap, pound with a flat meat mallet until they are about 1/4-inch thick. Place flour, garlic powder, Herbs de Province, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl, mix well. 3. In a large sauté pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Dredge both sides of the chicken in seasoned flour, shaking off any excess. 4. Sauté each side for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Note: brined meat has a tendency to cook faster. Remove the chicken and set aside. 5. Immediately lower the heat to medium, add Prosciutto to the drippings and sauté for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and parsley and cook for 3 minutes, constantly stirring. 6. Add Marsala and chicken stock, allow broth to slightly reduce. Stir in butter and return the chicken breasts to the sauté pan and simmer for 1 minute. Taste the sauce, as adjustments in the seasoning might be necessary. Serve immediately. Secret Ingredient: Fellowship. “Pity is best taught by fellowship in woe” … Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

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APPEARING LIVE 19TH HOLE BAR & GRILL 9636 Stephen Decatur Highway West Ocean City 410-213-9204 Dec. 28: Louis Wright, 6-10 p.m. Dec. 29: Melissa Alesi, 6-10 p.m. Dec. 31: Chris Button, Chris Button 7 p.m. Jan. 1: Chris Button, Johnny Mojo & Walt Farozic, 1-5 p.m. ADOLFO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 13th Street and the Boardwalk in the Beach Plaza Hotel 410-289-4001 Every Friday and Saturday: Rhonda Apple and Dale Britt Dec. 31: Rhonda Apple and Dale Britt, 8 p.m. BJ’S ON THE WATER 75th Street and the bay 410-524-7575 Dec. 28: Thin Ice, 9 p.m. Dec. 29: Full Circle, 9 p.m. Dec. 31: DJ Fast Eddie, 10 p.m. Jan. 2: Randy Lee Ashcraft, 5-8 p.m. COTTAGE CAFÉ Route 1, Bethany Beach, Del. 302-539-8710 Every Friday: DJ Bump, 5-8 p.m. Every Tuesday: Pub Party Trivia w/DJ Bump, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 29: Carbon 14, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. FAGER’S ISLAND 60th Street and the bay 410-524-5500 Dec. 28: DJ Hook, 9 p.m.; Ginger, 9:30 p.m. Dec. 29: DJ Rob Cee, 9 p.m.; Kevin Poole, sunset; The Loop, 10:30 p.m. Dec. 30: Jazz Brunch w/Everett Spells, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; DJ Hook; Animal House, 10 p.m. Dec. 31: DJ Groove; NYE Party w/Everett Spells; Animal House, 10 p.m. Jan. 1: Everett Spells GALAXY 66 66th Street, bayside 410-723-6762 Dec. 28: Philly George Project, 7-11 p.m. Dec. 29: DJ Rob Cee, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dec. 31: Philly George Project,

DJ Capo, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. HARBORSIDE BAR & GRILL 12841 S. Harbor Road West Ocean City 410-213-1846 Dec. 28: Ladies Night w/DJ Billy T, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 29: Simple Truth, 2-6 p.m.; DJ Jeremy, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 30: Opposite Directions, 2-6 p.m.; DJ Billy T/DJ Bigler, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31: DJ Billy T, 7 p.m. Jan. 3: Opposite Directions, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. HIGH STAKES Route 54, Fenwick Island, Del. 302-537-6971 Dec. 29: Chris Button & Joe Mama, 9 p.m. Dec. 31: Mojo Mama , 8:30 p.m. HOUSE OF WELSH 1106 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, Del. 888-666-0728 302-541-0728 Every Friday: DJ Norm, 3-6 p.m.; Tony Vega, 6-10 p.m. Every Saturday: Tony Vega, 6-10 p.m. Every Sunday: Tony Vega, 6-10 p.m. Every Monday: DJ Norm, 6-9 p.m. Every Wednesday: DJ Norm, 6-9 p.m. JC’S PUB 127th Street and Coastal Highway 410-250-BEER

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PRP PULL-DOWN PARTY For nearly a year, the staff at JC’s Northside Pub in Ocean City has been encouraging customers to toss paper bills to the ceiling of the 127th Street restaurant that would later be donated to the Pink Ribbon Pinups, a local breast cancer organization. On Dec. 22, founder Brandi Mellinger, left, and Laura Powell, above, of the Pink Ribbon Pinups joined JC’s staff and customers for the annual “Pull Down Party,” during which all the money was plucked from the ceiling and counted. In the end, JC’s made a $1,252 donation to the PRP, which will benefit young cancer survivors. (Bottom left) Bartenders K.C. O’Brien, left, and Lindsay Sullivan. (Bottom right) Tommy Ford helps collect fallen dollar bills, quarters and tacks from the floor of JC’s Northside Pub during the “Pull Down Party.”


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NEW YEAR’S EVE Continued from Page 49 open at 9 p.m. All-night open bar includes everything from beer to shots. DJ BK in Paddock Nite Club. Hip-hop and house music in Rush. Tickets cost $85. Party favors and champagne toast. Call 410-289-6331. z Hemingway’s at the Coral Reef, inside the Holiday Inn Suites on 17th Street: Regular menu and special dishes served 4-10 p.m. Entertainment by John Remy, 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Champagne at midnight. Call 410-289-2612. z Pit & Pub, 28th Street: No cover. Food and drink specials include $10 AUCE steamed shrimp. Champagne at midnight. Call 410-289-2020. z Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon, 28th Street: DJ Biggler at 10 p.m. No cover. Call 410-289-BUXY. z Mother’s Cantina, 28th Street: Open until 4 a.m. Specials: $3.75 bombs and $5 quesadillas. Kitchen open until 3 a.m. Call 410-289-1330. z Dune’s Manor Hotel, 28th Street: Regular menu and chef specials served 4-10 p.m. Shirley Toms on piano, 8 p.m. to midnight and champagne toast. Call 410-289-1100, Ext. 5232. z 32 Palms Restaurant, inside the Hilton Hotel on 32nd Street: Special NYE dinner menu, 5-11 p.m. Call 410-289-2525. z 45th Street Taphouse, 45th Street: Six-course dinner, open bar 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., music by Pompous Pie, party favors and champagne toast for $95. Call 443-664-2201. z Seacrets, 49th Street: Dinner packages include appetizer, entrée, soft drinks, champagne toast and entry into the party. Four dinner seatings: 5:30 p.m. ($69.99 per person); 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. ($79.99); and 8:45 p.m. ($89.99). Club and bars open to the public. A $20 cover charge begins at 5 p.m. From 6-7:59 p.m., the cost will be $30, then $40 from 8 p.m. to close. Tiki bar entertainment by Full Circle (4-7:30 p.m.), Jon Maurer (811:30 p.m) and 9 Mile Roots, midnight to 3 a.m. Joe Bachman and The Crew (8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.) and Lucky You 1-4 a.m. will perform in Morley Hall. Deejays also. Call 410-524-4900. z Fager’s Island, 60th Street: Entertainment by

Ocean City Today Everett Spells, 5 p.m., DJ Groove on the deck at 9 p.m. and Animal House on the main stage at 10 p.m. Tickets for the bar and deck available in advance. Cost is $40. Cash bar. Ticket price is for admission, party favors, a champagne toast and 2013 courtesy card. Three dinner seatings: sunset (4:15-5:30 p.m.) features selections from regular dining menu; middle (6:15-7:30 p.m.) costs $75 per person; and late (9:30-10:30 p.m.) costs $85 per person. The middle and late seatings include a special menu with choice of appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert. Ticket holders may participate in the bar and deck festivities at no additional charge. Call 410-5245500 for reservations. New Year’s Day brunch with Everett Spells. Kevin Poole and Joe Mama on the deck for $5 Bloody Marys, 2-6 p.m. z Dead Freddies, 64th Street: Regular menu and special dishes. DJ Wax. No cover. Call 410524-3733. z Galaxy 66 Bar & Grille, 66th Street: Serving regular menu and some special items in the restaurant. Seatings at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Entertainment by the Philly George Project, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Also, DJ Capo. Skye Bar event in heated tent. Open bar and music. Tickets $75. Champagne and party favors at midnight. Call 410-723-6762. z Reflections Restaurant, in the Holiday Inn on 67th Street: Chefs’ specials offered and regular menu. Seating available 5-11 p.m. Call 410-5245252. Party in the conference center from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. for $100 per person includes buffet, open bar and music by Jumping Jukebox. Those who dine at Reflections can join the party after 9 p.m. for $35. Hotel packages available. z Bonfire, 71st Street: Buffet opens at 4 p.m. for $35, ages 7-12 $13.95 and $6.95 for children ages 3-6. At 9 p.m., family New Year’s Eve celebration with party favors. Reservations needed. Call 410-524-7171. z BJ’s on the Water, 75th Street: Open until 4 a.m. No cover. Full menu served 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Entertainment by DJ Fast Eddie at 10 p.m. Partygoers will receive favors and bubbly. Courtesy vans to take patrons home. Bloody Mary bar opens at 11 a.m. on Jan. 1. Call 410-524-7575. z Fresco’s, 82nd Street: Three dinner seatings:

special menu available, 4:30-5:45 p.m.; fourcourse dinner, 6-7:45 p.m., for $65; and fourcourse dinner with champagne toast and party favors, 8-10:30 p.m., for $95 per person. Music, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Call 410-524-8202. z Princess Royale, 91st Street: Five-course dinner with six hours of open bar and entertainment by Essence costs $129 per person. The Atrium Stars party will feature dinner buffet, six-hour open bar and entertainment by Appaloosa for $99 per person. At Schooners, buffet for $49.95 per person with cash bar. Seating begins at 6 p.m., music, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Party favors and champagne for guests. Call 1-800-4-Royale. Hotel packages available. New Year’s Day brunch and pool party. z The Clarion Resort, 101st Street: A dinner buffet and desserts, music by Power Play (Crystal Ballroom), Arizona (Horizons/Ocean Club). Dinner buffet 8-10 p.m., entertainment 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. and open bar 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cash bar, 1-3 a.m. Cost is $145 per person. Guests may reserve a bar stools for $90 with hors d’oeuvres and open bar from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Packages also available through the hotel. Call 410-524-3535. z The Greene Turtle, 116th Street: A $10 cover charge starts at 8 p.m. and earns guests one free drink (rail, domestic bottle or draft), party favors, champagne, souvenir shot glass and an early morning buffet. A 2013 VIP card also included. DJ Jeremy at 9 p.m. Free shuttle. Call 410-723-2120. z Carousel Hotel, 117th Street: New Year’s Eve buffet, 8-9:30 p.m.; music by DJ Rupe, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and open bar. Cost is $69 per person. Prime rib and seafood buffet in restaurant, 5-9 p.m. Cost is $33.95 adults, $12.95 children ages 4-10. Call 410-524-1000. z Jules Restaurant, 120th Street: Regular menu offered. Call 410-524-3396. z Blue Ox, 127th Street: Four seatings: 5, 6:30, 8 and 10 p.m. Four-course dinner and glass of champagne, $40, or a la caret at the bar. Call 410723-2120 or 410-250-6440 or e-mail info@theblueox.com for reservations. z JC’s Northside Pub, 127th Street: Hawaiian Luau party starts at 9 p.m. Dress in Hawaiian attire. No cover. Food and drink specials. Entertainment by Phantom Limbs. Call 410-250-BEER.

DECEMBER 28, 2012 z Duffy’s Tavern, 130th Street: Four-course dinner for $35. Regular menu also. Entertainment by Copper Sky, 9:30 p.m. Champagne and party favors. Party open to public. No cover. Call 410-250-1449. z J/R’s, 131st Street: Open at 4 p.m. Howard Kline on the piano, 5-7 p.m. Dinner specials and regular menu available. 410-250-3100.

WEST OCEAN CITY: z Osteria Fraschetti, 12445 Ocean Gateway: New Year’s Eve special menu includes several appetizer and dinners choices. Open at 5 p.m. Call 410-213-7717. z Harborside Bar & Grill, South Harbor Road: Music by DJ Billy T starts at 7 p.m. Party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Call 410-2131846. z Sunset Grille, Sunset Avenue: Special chef’s menu starts at 5 p.m. Three-course dinner also available for $48 per person. Bar open with no cover. New Year’s Day brunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 410-213-8110. z Greene Turtle West, Route 611: Special dinner choices; regular menu also available. Entertainment by Galaxy Collective at 9 p.m. No cover. Champagne and party favors at midnight. Call 410-213-1500. z Hooters, Route 50: For $65, get open bar, buffet and champagne toast at midnight. Entertainment by Randy Lee Ashcraft and Saltwater Cowboys, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Special room rate at Comfort Suites, $79, just down the road for those celebrating at Hooters. Call 410-213-1841. z The Shark on the Harbor Restaurant, Sunset Avenue: Event begins at 9:30 p.m. Cost is $90 per person. Seven-course meal, party favors and champagne toast. Entertainment by Opposite Directions. For an additional $30 per person receive open bar until 1 a.m. Call 410-213-0924. z 19th Hole Bar & Grille, Route 611: Chris Button, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Full menu available. Champagne toast, food and drink specials include $2 domestic drafts, $3 rail drinks, $4 house wines. No cover. New Year’s Day “hangover party” with Chris Button, Johnny Mojo and Walt Farozic, 1-5 p.m. Happy hour all day. Call 410-213-9204.


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NEW YEAR’S EVE BERLIN: z People attending third annual New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown area may legally drink alcohol on pre-determined streets. The celebration, sponsored by the Berlin Chamber of Commerce, will take place from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of Main and Broad streets. DJ Paulo will provide music. Horse and carriage rides available. At midnight, a ball will be lowered from the roof of the Town City Antiques. Food available. Call the Berlin Chamber of Commerce at 410-641-4775 or visit www.BerlinChamber.org. z The Globe: Open to the public. No cover. Regular menu and holiday specials offered. Seatings will be in two-hour blocks from 5 p.m. Music by Nate Clendenen. Call 410-641-0784 to reserve tables. z Sisters: Beer, wine and sodas available. Open noon to 11:30 p.m. No cover. Call 443-513-4158. z Si’ Culi: Special menu with appetizers, entrée and dessert for $40. Seatings at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. by reservation only. Call 410-629-0550. z Tex Mex & Beyond: New Year’s Eve Tex Mexstyle menu includes two courses and dessert for $29-$34 per person. Call 410-629-1010. z Burley Oak Brewery, Old Ocean City Blvd.: Music line-up: 5-6:15 p.m., Adam Bilenki; 6:307:45 p.m., Dan Caton; 8-9:15 p.m., Geoff Kilian; and 9:30-10:45 p.m., Chris Ferron. A special “Good Luck” cask filled with Aboriginal Gangster beer fermented with champagne yeast will be lowered from the rafters at midnight then tapped in celebration. No cover. Call 443-513-4647.

OCEAN PINES: z Yacht Club, Mumford Landing Road: Two seatings: Early bird, $40 per person for dinner. Starts at 5 p.m. NYE celebration with dinner, ball drop and music by Overtime Band, $75 per person. Begins at 7 p.m. Cash bar both dinners. Reservations, call 410-641-7501. z Whisker’s Bar & Grill, Cathell Road: Entertainment by LJ the DJ, 10 p.m., champagne and party favors at midnight. Food served until 1:30 a.m. Half-price burgers, 5-10 p.m. Call 410-208-3922. z Taylor’s, Nicholas Lane: Regular menu and

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FENWICK ISLAND: z House of Welsh, Coastal Highway: Party in the pub for $59 per person. Choice of eight dinner entrées. Open bar, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Music by Tony Vega. Party favors and champagne toast. Call 302-541-0728. z Smitty McGee’s, Route 54: Party favors and champagne at midnight. Music by DJ Linda, 8 p.m. No cover. “Hair of the Dog” party on New Year’s Day, featuring Bloody Mary bar, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 302-436-4716. z Harpoon Hanna’s, Route 54: No cover. Entertainment by DJ Jon Boi, 9 p.m. and party favors. Call 302-539-3095. z High Stakes Bar & Grill, Route 54: Mojo Mama at 8:30 p.m. Complimentary champagne toast at midnight and select $2 liquors. No cover. Call 302-537-6971. z Hawaiian Crab Bar & Grill, Route 54: The $10 admission includes free appetizers and drink specials. Champagne, party favors, karaoke and dance music. Call 302-436-9800. z Just Hooked, 1500 Coastal Highway: Threecourse dinner and desserts. The 5-7 p.m. and 7:15-9:15 p.m. seatings cost $65. The 9:30 seating includes open bar and music for $100. Call 302-581-0098. z Slainté Pub & Restaurant, Route 54 next to Harris Teeter: Regular menu and specials offered. Entertainment by Aaron Howell, 8 p.m. Champagne and party favors. Call 302-436-1916. z Charlie’s Bayside: Entertainment by Thin Ice, 9 p.m. Regular menu available. Party favors. Call 302-539-3526.

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Lighter fare menu served on our decks or inside. ■ FRESCO’S, 82nd Street, Ocean City 410524-8202 / www.ocfrescos.com / $$-$$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / On the bay, serving seafood, steaks and pasta in an intimate atmosphere. Reservations highly recommended. ■ GALAXY 66 BAR & GRILLE, 66th Street, Ocean City 410-723-6762 / $$-$$$ / V-MAE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Full bar / Contemporary restaurant offering light fare and full entrees. Award- winning wine list, signature drinks and cocktails. ■ GIUSEPPE O’LEARY, Sunset Avenue, West Ocean City 410-213-2868 / www.submarinaoc.com / $-$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Full bar / Featuring homemade Italian cuisine in a cozy atmosphere. Open year-round. Happy hour food and drink specials Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. ■ GREENE TURTLE NORTH, 116th Street, Ocean City 410-723-2120 / www.thegreeneturtle.com / $$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / The Turtle, est. 1976, is an Ocean City tradition with a friendly staff, great food and something for everyone! Menu favorites are homemade crab cakes, kids’ menu, salads, burgers, wings and more! Featuring weekday lunch specials and happy hour, 50 high-def flat screen TVs, game room, gift shop, carry out, party trays, nightly drink specials, Keno, MD lottery, DJs with dance floor. Open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., year-round. ■ HALL’S SEAFOOD & STEAK, 60th Street, Ocean City 410-524-5008 / www.HallsOC.com / $-$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Serving Ocean City’s finest breakfast buffet and all-you-can-eat sea-food buffet. Open 7 days a week, all summer. New menu serving old favorites and new treats. ■ HARBORSIDE BAR & GRILL, 12841 S. Harbor Road, West Ocean City 410-2131846 / www.ocharborside.com / $$ / V-MCAE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Casual waterfront dining serving seafood, steaks, sandwiches, salads, wraps and pasta. Home of the “Original Orange Crush.” Entertainment Thursday through Sunday. ■ HARPOON HANNA’S RESTAURANT & BAR, Route 54 and the bay, Fenwick Island, Del. www.harpoonhannasrestaurant.com / $$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Casual waterfront restaurant serving lunch, dinner. Fresh fish, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and all-you-caneat Alaskan crab legs. Open year-round. ■ HEMINGWAY’S AT THE CORAL REEF, 17th Street, in the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Ocean City 410-289-2612 / www.ocmdrestaurants.com / $$$ / V-MC-AEDIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Elegant dining room, Floridian/island-style cuisine. Sea-food, tropical salsas, grilled steaks, pork chops, grilled pineapple, banana fritters, entree salads. ■ HIGH STAKES BAR & GRILL, Route 54, Fenwick Island, Del. 302-537-6971 / $-$$ / V-M-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Carry-out available / Full bar / Casual dining, daily happy hour and daily food specials. Live entertainment. ■ HOOTERS, three Ocean City locations: 123rd Street, Ocean City 410-250-7081, Fifth Street, on the Boardwalk, Ocean City

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410-289-2690 and Route 50, West Ocean City 410-213-1841 / www.hootersofoc.com / $-$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS. Fresh new menu items include ground chuck burgers, green salads, world famous chicken wings with 11 flavorful sauces, healthy choice sandwiches and seafood. Fun children’s menu. Relaxed beach atmosphere. Full bar. Large flat screen TVs, attentive service by delightful Hooters girls. Wingfest: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., featuring 50-cent wings and awesome drink specials. Like us on Facebook. This is why we say Hooters makes you happy. ■ HORIZONS OCEANFRONT RESTAURANT, 101st Street, Ocean City 410-524-3535 / www.clarionoc.com / $-$$ ($20-45) / V-MCAE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Open tables / Children’s menu / Full bar / Proud to have Chef Shawn Reese creating beach-inspired dishes in both oceanfront restaurants, Horizons and Breaker’s Pub. New all-day menu, available 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., features many favorites, as well as exciting new creations with a local flare. Deluxe Sunday breakfast buffet open year-round and AUCE prime rib, crab legs and seafood buffet available most weekends. ■ HOUSE OF WELSH, 1106 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, Del. 1-800-311-2707 / www.houseofwelsh.net / $, $$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Specializing in steaks and seafood. Open daily. Happy hour all day and night. Entertainment Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Casual attire. ■ JOHNNY’S PIZZA PUB, 56th Street, Ocean City 410-524-7499 / www.johnnys56.com / $ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Pizza, subs, wings, salads, beer, live music, high definition TVs, surf, movies, BlueRay. ■ JR’S THE ORIGINAL PLACE FOR RIBS, 61st and 131st streets, Ocean City 410250-3100, 410-524-7427 / www.jrsribs.com / $$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / The place for ribs since 1981. Family-friendly dining. Angus steaks, jumbo lump crab cakes, prime rib, seafood, chicken. Early bird. ■ JULES FINE DINING, 118th Street, Ocean City 410-524-3396 / www.ocjules.com / $$, $$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Local fare, global flair. Fresh seafood year-round, fresh local produce. ■ OCEAN PINES YACHT CLUB, 1 Mumfords Landing Road, Ocean Pines 410-641-7501 / www.oceanpines.org, www.theclubsofoceanpines.com / $$ / V-MC-AE / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Ocean Pines Yacht Club and Marina is open to the public for casual waterfront dining. Fresh local menu, on-site catering and Sunday brunch. ■ P.G.N. CRABHOUSE, 29th Street, Ocean City 410-289-8380 / $ / V-MC-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Beer, wine / The Kaouris family has been serving the finest crabs, seafood, steaks and chicken to Ocean City locals and visitors since 1969. ■ PHILLIPS CRAB HOUSE, 20th Street, Ocean City 410-289-6821 / www.phillipsseafood.com / $$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / The original Phillips, serving the finest seafood since 1956. Complete with allyou-can-eat seafood buffet, a la carte menu and carryout counter. Daily early bird specials and plenty of free parking.

■ PHILLIPS SEAFOOD HOUSE, 141st Street, Ocean City 410-250-1200 / www.phillipsseafood.com / $$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Just minutes to the Delaware line. All-you-can-eat seafood buffet, a la carte menu and carryout counter. Daily early bird specials and plenty of free parking. ■ PONZETTI’S PIZZA, 144th Street, Ocean City www.ponzettispizza.com / $ / MC / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Italian dinners, subs and homemade pizza. Happy hour Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m. Sports bar, live music on weekends. Light fare served till 1 a.m. Carry out available. ■ POPEYE’S LOUISIANA KITCHEN, Route 50, West Ocean City 443-664-2105 / $ / V-MC / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Family restaurant. Eat-in, carry out or drive-thru. Open seven days, year-round. Every Tuesday, two-piece chicken for 99 cents. Every Wednesday, free kids meal with purchase of combo. ■ REFLECTIONS RESTAURANT, 67th Street, in the Holiday Inn Oceanfront, Ocean City 410-524-5252 / www.ocmdrestaurants.com / $$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Tableside flambé dining. Casually elegant, cuisine prepared tableside in the European tradition. Private dining rooms. Eclectic chef’s specials accompanied by an award-winning wine list. ■ SEACRETS, 49th Street, Ocean City 410524-4900 / www.seacrets.com / $$ / V-MCAE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Island atmosphere. Soups, salads, Jamaican jerk chicken, appetizers, sandwiches, paninis, pizza and fresh seafood. ■ SMITTY McGEE’S, 37234 Lighthouse Road, West Fenwick Island, Del. 302-4364716 / www.smittymcgees.com / $$ / V-MCAE-DIS / No reservations required / No children’s menu / Full bar / Casual. Big menu, including hot wings and drinks. ■ THE COTTAGE CAFE, Route 1 (across from Sea Colony), Bethany Beach, Del. 302-539-8710 / www.cottagecafe.com / $, $$ / V-MC-AE / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Seafood, kids’ menu, happy hour specials. Lunch and dinner daily. Breakfast buffet on weekends. ■ THE STERLING SEAFOOD GRILL & OYSTER BAR, 67th Street, in the Holiday Inn Oceanfront, Ocean City 410-524-5252 / www.ocmdrestaurants.com / $$ / V-MC-AEDIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Fabulous raw bar serving the freshest raw oysters and clams, steamed shrimp, crab legs, mussels and oyster stew, made to order. “Fresh off the grill” items include rockfish, tuna, mahi mahi and salmon. Happy hour specials daily, 4-6 p.m. ■ WHISKERS PUB, 120th Street, OC Square, Ocean City 410-524-2609 / www.whiskerspub.com / $ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Old World saloon-type feel, Whisker’s is famous for its Certified Angus® burgers and delicious casual fare, as well as its entertaining atmosphere and photo lined walls of famous and infamous “whiskers.” Enjoy flat screen TVs to watch your favorite sports. Open year-round, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., serving lunch and dinner daily. Happy hour every day 4-7 p.m. Nightly food specials.


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Special recognition will be given to the youngest and oldest penguins. Prizes will also be awarded to penguins dressed in the best costumes. The Bull on the Beach team, comprised of more than 200 swimmers, was again named top team fundraiser in 2012, when the group collected $30,000. During the 18-year history of the event, the Bull on the Beach team has raised more than $300,000 for AGH. Bull on the Beach owner Phil Houck typically leads the teams from the restaurant to the starting line on the day of the swim. The Penguin Swim, an annual anniversary celebration in May and the fall golf classic, held each September, are Atlantic General Hospital’s three main fundraisers. Since its inception, the Penguin Swim has raised more than $600,000 (net proceeds) for AGH.

This year, participants who raise $25 will have a choice of a knit hat or penguin popper. Those who collect $50 will get a penguin hat. Swimmers who bring in $75 will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt or texting gloves. People who donate $150 will take home a sweatshirt or hat with braids, and penguins who raise $250 will earn a penguin umbrella or fleece vest. Those who collect $500 or more will earn a prize from each level. An awards ceremony will take place after the swim in the Princess Royale atrium, where the pool will be open to penguins. For more information or to register for the swim, call 410-641-9671, e-mail penguinswim@atlanticgeneral.org or visit www.penguinswim.atlanticgeneral.org or search “Penguin Swim-Atlantic General Hospital” on Facebook.

(Dec. 28, 2012) The town of Ocean City will present a New Year’s Eve fireworks show at Northside Park to celebrate the beginning of 2013 and the 20th annual Winterfest of Lights. The fireworks display, which will begin promptly at midnight, will be accompanied by live entertainment, warm hot chocolate and the opportunity to ride the Winterfest of Lights. Hours for the Winterfest of Lights, which was recently named a prestigious Top 100 Event by American Bus Association and voted “Maryland’s Finest Holiday Tradition” by Maryland Life Magazine, will be extended until midnight. This family-friendly event will allow visitors to travel through the winter festival of lights and then listen to music by “DJ Kutt” as they wait for the

countdown to midnight. “The fireworks show is free for everyone and will be an exciting, and affordable way, for people of all ages to ring in the New Year in Ocean City,” said Mayor Rick Meehan. For additional information, visit www.ococean.com.

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Festive winter wonderland attracts record-breaking numbers. Penguin Swim raises nearly $15,500 more than anticipated for local hospital. And Ocean City welcomes two new events: Uptown Beach Bash and Komen Race for the Cure. These are some of the year’s top stories: LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor

WINTERFEST OF LIGHTS: The Winterfest Express made its last trip through the illuminated Northside Park on Jan. 1, 2012, wrapping up the 46night Winterfest of Lights holiday spectacular. A record-breaking 107,405 people visited the 127th Street displays, which contained as many as 1 million lights and more than 100 twinkling, shining, glittering and animated scenes. The previous attendance record of 93,937 was set in 2001. An average of 2,335 people rode the train each night of the 2012 winter wonderland. The overall total was an increase from the 84,230 passengers who took the 12-minute ride the year before when Winterfest of Lights was open for 44 days. Attendance during the final weekend of the 19th annual event was strong, with 4,697 riders on Dec. 30, 4,251 on New Year’s Eve, and 1,925 passengers on the last night, New Year’s Day. Not only was overall ridership up, but revenue also increased from the year before. Total revenue generated during the 2011-12 festival was $512,934, an increase from $367,069 garnered during the 201011 event. “I thought everything went smoothly

and the response was outstanding from people who came,” Tom Shuster, director of the Ocean City Recreation & Parks Department, said at the conclusion of the 19th annual Winterfest of Lights festival. Winterfest of Lights has received many accolades over the years. In 2011, it was again listed among the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association. The list includes the best events for group travel in the United States and Canada. The festival has also been voted “Maryland’s Finest Holiday Tradition” by Maryland Life Magazine. In 2008, the Ocean City attraction was ranked No. 1 on the Professional Travel Guide Editor’s Top 10 of the nation’s largest and best holiday lights displays. And in 2006, Winterfest of Lights was No. 2 on “America Online City Guide’s Top 11 Lighting Displays.” The Disney-MGM Studios display in Orlando, Fla. topped the list. The 20th annual Winterfest of Lights event runs nightly through Jan. 1, 2013. To celebrate Winterfest of Lights’ 20th anniversary, there will be a fireworks display at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Hours of operation are 5:30-9:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 5:3010:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The cost to ride the train is $5 for those 12 years of age and older. Children 11 and younger ride for free.

For more information, call 410-2500125 or visit www.ococean.com.

PENGUIN SWIM: Every New Year’s Day for the last 18 years, hundreds of residents and visitors have sprinted into the ocean as part of Atlantic General Hospital’s annual Penguin Swim. An estimated 1,000 “penguins” donned everything from bathing suits to superhero costumes as they plunged into the nearly 50-degree ocean at 91st Street on Jan. 1, 2012. The fundraising goal for 2012 was $71,500; participants helped to raise approximately $87,000. “Thank you all for coming out and spending your New Year’s Day with us,” Michael Franklin, Atlantic General Hospital president and CEO, said after the 2012 event. “It’s a special time for all of us. It’s a big community, family time together, and we appreciate you taking a little bit of time and being crazy enough to jump in the ocean. Thank you for making it another great event.” Several factors contributed to the overwhelming number of participants. The weather, at nearly 60 degrees and sunny, was milder than during past events, and the water was warmer. The swim took place on a Sunday, which helped draw a record amount of spectators and “pen-

guins.” Also, for the first time, early registration was made available to participants. The Penguin Swim, an annual anniversary celebration in May and the fall golf classic, held each September, are Atlantic General Hospital’s three main fundraisers. Since its inception, the Penguin Swim has raised more than $600,000 (net proceeds) for AGH. The 2013 event will take place Tuesday, Jan. 1, at 1 p.m.

OC AIR SHOW: With an air show, a car show and three sports tournaments taking place at the same time, Ocean City had little room to spare and even less available parking in early June. The biggest draw by far was the fifth annual OC Air Show, held June 9-10. Organizers expected the event to keep spectators on the edge of their seats with thrilling performances, and it did not disappoint. “It was a great line-up, with the nation’s best military and civilian acts. The show was diverse and it kept people entertained,” said Cathy Bassett, spokeswoman for B. Lilley LLC Productions, the company that produced the show. “The fifth anniversary year was one of the smoothest years yet, and the weather was perfect.” Continued on Page 59

Join us for the 19th Annual AGH Penguin Swim Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Registration at 11:30 am Swim at 1pm Princess Royale – 91st Street Ocean City

To register today, visit www.penguinswim.atlanticgeneral.org

Prizes awarded for most money raised by team and individual & youngest and oldest penguins. Incentive gifts provided for each donation level.

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More than a dozen military and civilian performers took to the sky each day, from noon to 4 p.m. The fifth anniversary show featured pilots and teams performing various forms of acrobatic and extreme flying. The two-day lineup, headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, showcased the Black Diamond Jet Team, U.S. Navy Seals Leap Frogs and the Screaming Eagles from the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division parachute jump teams, a U.S. Navy F-18 Hornet, a C-5M Super Galaxy and a host of aerobatic performers. According to the city’s Demoflush statistics, which estimate population based on wastewater usage, there were 260,794 people in town during the 2011 event, which also took place the second weekend in June. The estimated population during the 2012 Air Show weekend was 267,564, a 2.6 percent increase from the same time last year. It was the highest ever for the second weekend in June. The show was centered on the beach at 16th Street, where there were premium viewing areas set up for a fee, though the performances could be seen from the beach and along the Boardwalk for free. The weekend also included a number of beach parties, happy hours and other gatherings at local businesses, where the public had the opportunity to meet the performers. The U.S. Navy Blue Angles have already signed on to headline the 2013 Air Show, scheduled for June 8-9. Additional performers will be announced in the fall and in the weeks leading up to the event.

UPTOWN BEACH BASH: Despite some rain, organizers were pleased with the number of people who turned out for the inaugural Uptown Beach Bash, held Aug. 24-26, in Ocean City. “I thought it exceeded all of my expectations,” said Brian Stoehr, co-owner of Spark Productions LLC, with Brad Hoffman and Dave Bafford. The North Ocean City Business Alliance, a group created by north-end business owners to lobby city government for more equitable geographic distribution of tourism promotion dollars, joined with Spark Productions to bring this new festival to the beach. The group is working to draw attention to that area in a fun and creative way, thus the Uptown Beach Bash was born. On June 18, the Ocean City Council approved $22,135 for the first-ever event. The three-day event kicked off Aug. 24,

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treatment, as well as provide support to their families.

PINK RIBBON CLASSIC:

More than 320 women, ranging from infants to a 70-year-old, are counted as they walk past a velvet rope on the beach at 118th Street in August. Though the “Guinness World Record Bikini Parade” didn’t break the current record, organizers call the inaugural Uptown Beach Bash a success.

with the “Uptown Beach Bash Paddle Board Regatta and Bay Party” at BJ’s on the Water on 75th Street. The event consisted of children and adult paddleboard races and lessons. Rain or shine, the “Guinness World Record Bikini Parade” was scheduled to take place Aug. 25. Hoffman said there was no denying the windy and rainy weather conditions were a factor. Two weeks earlier, 1,085 women, ranging in age from 4 to 70, set the new world record for the Largest Bikini Parade, according to the World Record Academy. The parade was in China’s Huludao City, where they marched for more than a mile in bikinis. Panama City Fla., held the previous record; 450 women walked a mile through the city in March. As of parade day, the record was still 450 as Guinness officials were awaiting documentation to verify the Chinese effort. The group, which ranged from infants to 70-year-old women in bikinis, did not break the standing world record, as 325 bikini-clad ladies walked single-file past a velvet rope to be counted. Ladies walked on the beach from 91st to 118th Street. Although the record was not broken, Hoffman called the effort a success. The Uptown Beach Bash wrapped up Aug. 16, at Northside Park on 125th Street, with the “Local Palooza” art and music festival. The 10 musical acts were originally going to perform outside, but were moved inside the facility because of flooding. There were also activities for children, inflatable bounce houses and BMX shows provided by Monster Energy team riders. Hoffman said 750 guests visited the park throughout the day. Proceeds and donations collected over

the weekend will benefitted three organizations: Relay for Life, Diakonia and the Surfrider Foundation.

INAUGURAL KOMEN RACE: Approximately 3,500 runners and walkers participated in the inaugural Komen Maryland Ocean City Race for the Cure® on April 22, which included a 5k timed competitive run, a 5k recreational run (not timed), a 5k walk and 1-mile fun walk. The festivities kicked off with the “Parade of Pink” survivor recognition walk around the Race Village, followed by a group photograph. According to Brittany Fowler, communications and development coordinator for the Maryland affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, $335,057 was raised during the event. “I was pleasantly surprised with the turnout despite the rain,” Fowler said. “Cancer doesn’t stop for inclement weather, and I think people want to show their own resilience.” Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised will go to local programs that offer breast health services, from screening and treatment to support. The remaining 25 percent will be sent to Komen National to fund research grants at institutions across the country to support Komen for the Cure’s mission to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. To date, Komen Maryland has provided more than $35 million dollars to support the fight against breast cancer — more than $2.5 million has been awarded to grantees on the Eastern Shore. The programs supported by Komen Maryland grants aid women and men undergoing

The annual Pink Ribbon Classic at the Beach Series, which, in 2012 provided eight activities designed to draw attention to breast cancer while raising money for the American Cancer Society, had another record-breaking year. Nancy Dofflemyer, Judy Schoellkopf and members of the Executive Women’s Golf Association established the Classic in 1996. Since its inception, the series has raised nearly $1.5 million. In 2011, the Pink Ribbon Classic brought in approximately $186,000 (net). It was the seventh consecutive year that more than $100,000 was donated to the organization. During a wrap-up meeting earlier this month, it was announced that $269,659 had been raised during 2012 Classic events. “There was such a dynamic committee that was totally committed and went above and beyond for the cause,” said Laura Martin, senior community manager for the South Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society. The event that brought in the most money was the second annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k event on Oct. 20. More than 1,000 walkers and about 280 runners hit the Boardwalk. “As chairperson for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, I am again overwhelmed by the community’s generosity and support of this event. We had more people, more teams and well exceeded our goal [of $125,000] by raising $159,777 this year,” said race Chairwoman Beverly Furst. “As part of the Pink Ribbon Classic, we were able to raise more money for research and programs and awareness for the American Cancer Society.” The Poor Girls Open fishing tournament takes place in August, while the other Pink Ribbon Classic events are spread out between September and October, known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with one activity in November. “The community was supportive and the enthusiasm carried through the entire series,” Martin said. “The people in Worcester County really rally around causes.” While some of the money raised through the Pink Ribbon Classic will be earmarked for national breast cancer research, the remainder will stay on the Eastern Shore, where it will be used for education projects, patient programs and services.

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FRIDAY, DEC. 28 LAP TIME — Berlin library, 220 N. Main St., 10:30 a.m. For infants and young toddlers. Children will be introduced to songs, games, finger plays and movement activities. Parents and caregivers will learn new ways to communicate with their toddlers. Registration is required by calling 410-641-0650.

SATURDAY, DEC. 29 DINNER SHOW FUNDRAISER — Carousel Resort Hotel and Condominiums, 118th Street in Ocean City. Registration and open bar at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. Entertainment by Suzette Pritchett. Cost is $40. Advance reservations required by calling Coleman Bunting, 410-726-7207. Benefits Ocean City Airport’s Huey Memorial. PANCAKE BREAKFAST — VFW, Post 8296, 104 66th St., bayside in Ocean City, 8-11 a.m. A $5 donation for all-you-can-eat pancakes or 2-2-2, two eggs, two pancakes and two bacon slices, includes coffee and juice. Bloody Marys cost $3. Info: 410-524-8196.

SUNDAY, DEC. 30 SPORTS CARD, COMIC BOOK AND COLLECTIBLE SHOW — Aetna Fire Hall, 400

Ogletown Road, Newark, Del., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 50 tables of the area’s finest dealers. Admission costs $2 for adults, children 12 and younger admitted free. Reservations: 302-9832636, a2zshows1@yahoo.com or www.a2zshows1.com.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS — Northside Park, 200 125th St., in Ocean City, midnight. Entertainmnet by DJ Kutt. No charge. Winterfest will stay open extended hours for the event. Info: 410-250-0125.

19TH ANNUAL PENGUIN SWIM — Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort & Condominiums, Atrium, 91st Street, Ocean City, 1 p.m. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Annual dip into Atlantic Ocean. Best costume contest and recognition of oldest and youngest penguins. Proceeds, gathered through corporate sponsorships and participant fundraising, support Atlantic General Hospital. Info: Laura Stearns, 410-641-9671 or www.Penguinswim.atlanticgeneral.org. Pre-registration will be available from 2-4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION — Main Street, Berlin. Hot cider, hot chocolate, music and entertainment, ending with a ball drop across from the Atlantic Hotel. A Berlin Victorian Christmas event. CELEBRATE WITH THE MAR-VA! — Pocomoke Elks Lodge. Happy hour at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Surf-n-turf dinner, silent auction and The Waterfront Band. Tickets cost $50. Table of eight available. Info: Diane, 410-957-1351. DELMARVA SWEET ADELINE CHORUS MEETS WEEKLY — The Delmarva Sweet Adeline Chorus, under the direction of Carol Ludwig, meets each Monday from 7-9 p.m., at the Ocean Pines Community Center, 239 Ocean Parkway, White Horse Park. Women interested in learning and singing in a barbershop format are welcome.

HAND DANCING — House of Welsh, 1106 Coastal Highway, Fenwick, Del. Free lessons from 6-7 p.m., open dancing 7-10 p.m. No cover charge. Info: DC Hand Dance Club, 302-541-0728.

ESKIMO SWIM — Cottage Cafe, 33034 Coastal Highway, Bethany Beach, Del. Team Cottage will enjoy breakfast and cocktails starting at 10 a.m. Shuttle will transport the group to and from the swim, leaving at noon. Registration costs $50. Team hat, scarf and gloves. Discounted Bloody Mary bar. Post plunge party will follow with DJ Bump. Register in-house or at www.cottagecafe.com. Info: 302-539-8710. MAYOR’S OPEN HOUSE — City Hall, 301 Balti-

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more Ave., 1-3 p.m. This year’s theme focuses on the Public Works Department. Also featured will be exhibits from town departments including the Ocean City Police, Fire, Emergency Services and Beach Patrol. Mayor Meehan and City Council members will be on hand to greet visitors. Light refreshments served. Musical entertainment also presented. Info: 410-289-8967 or http://oceancitymd.gov. 33RD ANNUAL ILIA FEHRER/JUDY JOHNSON NEW YEAR’S DAY BEACH WALK — Join the Assateague Coastal Trust at Assateague State Park at 1 p.m. for guided tour of barrier island. Theme, “It’s New Year’s Day Every Day on Assateague,” will relate to island renewal. Hot chocolate and cookies after the hike. Info: www.actforbays.org or 410-629-1538. YOGA — James G. Barrett Medical Office Building, rotunda, 10231 Old Ocean City Boulevard, Berlin, 5:30-6:45 p.m. All levels welcome. Cost is $72 for eight sessions or $10 drop-in fee for first time. Info: Georgette Rhoads, 410-6419734 or grhoads@atlanticgeneral.org.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2 STORY TIME — Ocean City library, 10003 Coastal Highway, 10:30 a.m. Stories, rhymes, finger plays, music and crafts for children 2-5 years old. Info: 410-524-1818. Continued on Page 62


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OUT&ABOUT Continued from Page 60 E-READER TECH ZOO — Berlin library, 220 N. Main St., 2 p.m. Learn how to download ebooks from your public library. Kindle Connections at 2 p.m. Nook Know-How at 3 p.m. ipad Info at 4 p.m. Info: 410-641-0650. HYPERTENSION CLINICS — Sponsored by Atlantic General Hospital and takes place the first Wednesday of every month at Rite Aid, 10119 Old Ocean City Blvd., in Berlin, 1-3 p.m. Free blood pressure screening and health information. Info: Dawn Denton, 410-641-9268. DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP — Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, first Wednesday of each month, 7-8 p.m. Georgette Rhoads will talk about yoga. All welcome. Info: Ellen Lurz, 443-814-5450 or elurz52@mchsi.com. BINGO — Every Wednesday at Ocean City Elks Lodge 2645, 138th Street across from Fenwick Inn. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., games start 6:30 p.m. A $1,000 jackpot available, food, snacks

and non-alcoholic beverages. No one under 18 years allowed in the hall during bingo. Info: 410250-2645. DELMARVA HAND DANCING CLUB — Meets every Wednesday at Skyline Bar & Grille at The Fenwick Inn, 138th Street and Coastal Highway in Ocean City. Beginner and intermediate lessons, 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by dancing until 9 p.m. Jitterbug, swing, cha-cha to the sounds of the ’50s, ’60s and Carolina beach music. All are welcome. Discounted food and drink prices. Info: 302-337-3638. TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY MEETING — Ocean City library, 10003 Coastal Highway, Wednesdays, 4:45-6 p.m. TOPS is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy lifestyle. It meets weekly. Info: 302436-3682.

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THE SHEPHERD’S NOOK THRIFT SHOP — Community Church at Ocean Pines, 11227 Racetrack Road. Open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Accepting donations of gently worn clothes and small household items.

BINGO — American Legion Post 166, 2308 Philadelphia Ave., in Ocean City, every Thursday, year round. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., games start at 7 p.m. Food available. Open to the public. Info: 410-289-3166.

AL-ANON MEETINGS — Berlin Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 9715 Healthway Drive, every Sunday and Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

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COMPUTER AND E-READER INSTRUCTION — Ocean City library, 10003 Coastal Highway. Staff offers individual computer or E-Reader instruction by appointment: 410-524-1818.

FREE TAX PREPARATION — SHORE UP! Inc. offers free tax-preparation and e-filing for families and individuals who made less than $51,000 last year. Taxes by appointment, Jan. 19 through April 13. To make an appointment at one of three locations in Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester counties, call 410-749-1142, weekdays, starting Jan. 2 FREE ADULT GED AND ESL CLASSES — Classes will begin the week of Jan. 7. Classes are offered day and night at nine locations with free childcare (ages 2-10) provided at two locations. Info: 410-632-5071.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT — Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, through Jan. 31. John McManus has been photographing rivers, bays, harbors and wildlife of Pennsylvania and Ocean City for nearly three decades. He has developed a technique that blends the richness of color photography with the soft beauty of oils and watercolors. Info: 410-208-4014 ARTIST SPOTLIGHT EXHIBIT — Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, through December. Featuring works by Edith Vogl, oil and watercolor international artist and child of German artist Ernst Franz Josef Vogl. Info: 410-208-4014.

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Nite Club Taxi is hiring F/T & P/T Drivers. Call Michael 443373-1319. Front Desk/Reservation/ Audit person-for busy Condo Bldg in OC. Schedule and manage housekeepers. Seasonal/ part time to full time. Responsible, reliable, professional phone skills, customer friendly. Exp with computer and Roommaster System. Start in Feb. 2013. References and back ground check required. Sal commensurate with experience. Send resume to job.oceancity@yahoo.com Now hiring Stay at Home Moms, Senior Citizens or anyone who wants to work F/T or P/T, setting your own hours in your area & surrounding areas. For just a $10 investment you can make up to 50%. Call your Avon Representative Christine @ 443-880-8397 Visit http://start.youravon. com/sa/become.page Use reference code: cbrown2272 to sign up online or email snowhillavon@comcast.net The gift of beauty is the perfect gift anytime of year!

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SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF REAL PROPERTY AND ANY IMPROVEMENTS THEREON 16 64TH ST. A/R/T/A 16 64TH ST., UNIT #402 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust from Daniel J. Monahan and Maria F. Monahan dated March 3, 2006 and recorded in Liber 4660, Folio 1 among the Land Records of Worcester Co., MD, with an original principal balance of $402,600.00 and an original interest rate of 6.50000% default having occurred under the terms thereof, the Sub. Trustees will sell at public auction at the Circuit Court for Worcester Co., at the Court House Door, Snow Hill, on JANUARY 16, 2013 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 402, Oceanscape 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 $43,000 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. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE FOR THE PURCHASER. Adjustment of current 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 to be paid by the purchaser. All transfer taxes 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. The sale is subject to post-sale audit of the status of the loan with the loan servicer including, but not limited to, determination of whether the borrower entered into any repayment agreement, reinstated or paid off the loan prior to the sale. In any such event, this sale shall be null and void, and the Purchaser’s sole remedy, in law or equity, shall be the return of the deposit without interest. If purchaser fails to settle within 10 days of ratification, the Sub. Trustees may file a motion to re-

sell the property. If Purchaser defaults under these terms, deposit shall be forfeited. The Sub. Trustees may then resell the property at the risk and cost of the defaulting purchaser. The defaulted purchaser shall not be entitled to any surplus proceeds resulting from said resale even if such surplus results from improvements to the property by said defaulted purchaser. If Sub. Trustees are unable to convey either insurable or marketable title, or if ratification of the sale is denied by the Circuit Court for any reason, the Purchaser’s sole remedy, at law or equity, is the return of the deposit without interest. Howard N. Bierman, Jacob Geesing, Carrie M. Ward, David W. Simpson, Jr., Substitute Trustees OCD-12/27/3t ___________________________________

SUBSTITUTED TRUSTEES’ SALE OF REAL PROPERTY KNOWN AS NO. 619 HOLIDAY DRIVE POCOMOKE, MD 21851 CASE NUMBER 23-C-12-000806 Covahey, Boozer, Devan, and Dore, P.A. 11350 McCormick Road, Executive Plaza III, Suite 200 Hunt Valley, MD 21031 (443) 541-8600 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a Deed of Trust from William J. Shockley recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County in Liber 5456, folio 81, and Declaration of Substitution of Trustees recorded among the aforementioned Land Records substituting Thomas P. Dore, Mark S. Devan, Gerard F. Miles, Jr., Shannon Menapace, and Erin Gloth as Substituted Trustees, the Substituted Trustees will offer for sale at public auction, at the Courthouse Door, Snow Hill, Maryland on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM: All that lot of ground and the improvements thereon situate in Worcester County, State of Maryland, as described in the Deed of Trust recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, in Liber 5456, folio 81, also being further described in a Deed recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County in Liber 5456, folio 75. The improvements thereon consist of a dwelling. The property will be sold in “AS IS” condition, subject to any existing building violations, restrictions and agreements of record. Neither the Substituted Trustees nor their respective agents, successors or assigns make any representations or warranties, either expressed or implied with respect to the property. The Substituted Trustees shall convey insurable title. TERMS OF THE SALE: A deposit in a form acceptable to the Substituted Trustee in the amount of $9,000.00 will be required of the purchaser, other than the Holder of the Note or its assigns, at the time and place of sale. Unless the purchaser is the Holder of the Note or its assigns, the balance of the purchase price shall be paid immediately with available funds within twenty (20) days of the final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester County. Time is of the essence. The purchaser, other than the Holder of the Note or its assigns, shall pay interest at the rate of 4.87500% per annum on the unpaid portion of the purchase price from the date of sale to date of settlement. Real property taxes and assessments shall be adjusted to the date of sale and assumed thereafter by

the purchaser. Ground rent, water and/or sewer charges public or private, if any, shall be adjusted to the date of sale and assumed thereafter by the purchaser. Cost of all documentary stamps and transfer taxes shall be paid by the purchaser. Purchaser shall have the responsibility of obtaining possession of the property. In the event settlement is delayed for any reason, there shall be no abatement of interest. If the purchaser defaults, the entire deposit is forfeited. The Substituted Trustees shall resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser. The defaulting purchaser shall be liable for the payment of any deficiency in the purchase price, all costs and expenses of both sales, attorney fees, all other charges due, and incidental and consequential damages. In the event the Substituted Trustees do not convey title for any reason, purchaser’s sole remedy is return of the deposit. The Substituted Trustees shall have the right to terminate this contract in the event the Holder or its Servicer has entered into any agreement with, or accepted funds from, the mortgagor. Upon termination of the contract, Purchaser’s sole remedy shall be return of the deposit. Thomas P. Dore, Mark S. Devan, Gerard F. Miles, Jr., Shannon Menapace, and Erin Gloth, Substituted Trustees Tidewater Auctions, LLC (410) 8252900 www.tidewaterauctions.com A4342488 12/20/2012, 12/27/2012, 01/03/2013 OCD-12/20/3t ___________________________________

SUBSTITUTED TRUSTEES’ SALE OF REAL PROPERTY KNOWN AS NO. 1304 DORCHESTER AVENUE POCOMOKE CITY, MD 21851 CASE NUMBER 23-C-12-000299 Covahey, Boozer, Devan, and Dore, P.A. 11350 McCormick Road, Executive Plaza III, Suite 200 Hunt Valley, MD 21031 (443) 541-8600 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a Deed of Trust from Vernon L. Keaser, III. recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County in Liber 5566, folio 122, and Declaration of Substitution of Trustees recorded among the aforementioned Land Records substituting Thomas P. Dore, Mark S. Devan, Gerard F. Miles, Jr., Shannon Menapace, and Erin Gloth as Substituted Trustees, the Substituted Trustees will offer for sale at public auction, at the Courthouse Door, Snow Hill, Maryland on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM: All that lot of ground and the improvements thereon situate in Worcester County, State of Maryland, as described in the Deed of Trust recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, in Liber 5566, folio 122, also being further described in a Deed recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County in Liber 5566, folio 119. The improvements thereon consist of a dwelling. The property will be sold in “AS IS” condition, subject to any existing building violations, restrictions and agreements of record. Neither the Substituted Trustees nor their respective agents, successors or assigns make any representations or warranties, either expressed or implied with respect to the property. The Substituted Trustees shall convey insurable title. TERMS OF THE SALE: A deposit in a form acceptable to the Substituted Trustee in

the amount of $7,000.00 will be required of the purchaser, other than the Holder of the Note or its assigns, at the time and place of sale. Unless the purchaser is the Holder of the Note or its assigns, the balance of the purchase price shall be paid immediately with available funds within twenty (20) days of the final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester County. Time is of the essence. The purchaser, other than the Holder of the Note or its assigns, shall pay interest at the rate of 3.25000% per annum on the unpaid portion of the purchase price from the date of sale to date of settlement. Real property taxes and assessments shall be adjusted to the date of sale and assumed thereafter by the purchaser. Ground rent, water and/or sewer charges public or private, if any, shall be adjusted to the date of sale and assumed thereafter by the purchaser. Cost of all documentary stamps and transfer taxes shall be paid by the purchaser. Purchaser shall have the responsibility of obtaining possession of the property. In the event settlement is delayed for any reason, there shall be no abatement of interest. If the purchaser defaults, the entire deposit is forfeited. The Substituted Trustees shall resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser. The defaulting purchaser shall be liable for the payment of any deficiency in the purchase price, all costs and expenses of both sales, attorney fees, all other charges due, and incidental and consequential damages. In the event the Substituted Trustees do not convey title for any reason, purchaser’s sole remedy is return of the deposit. The Substituted Trustees shall have the right to terminate this contract in the event the Holder or its Servicer has entered into any agreement with, or accepted funds from, the mortgagor. Upon termination of the contract, Purchaser’s sole remedy shall be return of the deposit. Thomas P. Dore, Mark S. Devan, Gerard F. Miles, Jr., Shannon Menapace, and Erin Gloth, Substituted Trustees Tidewater Auctions, LLC (410) 8252900 www.tidewaterauctions.com A4342487 12/20/2012, 12/27/2012, 01/03/2013 OCD-12/20/3t ___________________________________

SUBSTITUTED TRUSTEES’ SALE OF REAL PROPERTY KNOWN AS NO. 12903 HORN ISLAND DRIVE OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 CASE NUMBER 23-C-12-001259 Covahey, Boozer, Devan, and Dore, P.A. 11350 McCormick Road, Executive Plaza III, Suite 200 Hunt Valley, MD 21031 (443) 541-8600 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a Deed of Trust from Cathy E. Hale recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County in Liber 4438, folio 263, and Declaration of Substitution of Trustees recorded among the aforementioned Land Records substituting Thomas P. Dore, Mark S. Devan, Gerard F. Miles, Jr., Shannon Menapace, Erin Gloth, and Christine Drexel as Substituted Trustees, the Substituted Trustees will offer for sale at public auction, at the Courthouse Door, Snow Hill, Maryland on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM: All that lot of ground and the improvements thereon situate in Worcester County, State of Maryland, as described in the Deed of Trust


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SUBSTITUTED TRUSTEES’ SALE OF REAL PROPERTY KNOWN AS NO. 225 26TH STREET, UNIT 21 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 CASE NUMBER 23-C-12-001124 Covahey, Boozer, Devan, and Dore, P.A. 11350 McCormick Road, Executive Plaza III, Suite 200 Hunt Valley, MD 21031 (443)

541-8600 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a Deed of Trust from Joseph Delawder and Susan Delawder recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County in Liber 4746, folio 181, and Declaration of Substitution of Trustees recorded among the aforementioned Land Records substituting Thomas P. Dore, Mark S. Devan, Gerard F. Miles, Jr., Shannon Menapace, Erin Gloth, and Christine Drexel as Substituted Trustees, the Substituted Trustees will offer for sale at public auction, at the Courthouse Door, Snow Hill, Maryland on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM: All that lot of ground and the improvements thereon situate in Worcester County, State of Maryland, as described in the Deed of Trust recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, in Liber 4746, folio 181, also being further described in a Deed recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County in Liber 4746, folio 176. The improvements thereon consist of a dwelling. The property will be sold in “AS IS” condition, subject to any existing building violations, restrictions and agreements of record. Neither the Substituted Trustees nor their respective agents, successors or assigns make any representations or warranties, either expressed or implied with respect to the property. The Substituted Trustees shall convey insurable title. TERMS OF THE SALE: A deposit in a form acceptable to the Substituted Trustee in the amount of $24,000.00 will be required of the purchaser, other than the Holder of the Note or its assigns, at the time and place of sale. Unless the purchaser is the Holder of the Note or its assigns, the balance of the purchase price shall be paid immediately with available funds within twenty (20) days of the final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester County. Time is of the essence. The purchaser, other than the Holder of the Note or its assigns, shall pay interest at the rate of 8.25000% per annum on the unpaid portion of the purchase price from the date of sale to date of settlement. Real property taxes and assessments shall be adjusted to the date of sale and assumed thereafter by the purchaser. Ground rent, water and/or sewer charges public or private, if any, shall be adjusted to the date of sale and assumed thereafter by the purchaser. Cost of all documentary stamps and transfer taxes shall be paid by the purchaser. Purchaser shall have the responsibility of obtaining possession of the property. In the event settlement is delayed for any reason, there shall be no abatement of interest. If the purchaser defaults, the entire deposit is forfeited. The Substituted Trustees shall resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser. The defaulting purchaser shall be liable for the payment of any deficiency in the purchase price, all costs and expenses of both sales, attorney fees, all other charges due, and incidental and consequential damages. In the event the Substituted Trustees do not convey title for any reason, purchaser’s sole remedy is return of the deposit. The Substituted Trustees shall have the right to terminate this contract in the event the Holder or its Servicer has entered into any agreement with, or accepted funds from, the mortgagor. Upon termination of the contract, Purchaser’s sole remedy shall be return of the deposit.

Thomas P. Dore, Mark S. Devan, Gerard F. Miles, Jr., Shannon Menapace, Erin Gloth, and Christine Drexel, Substituted Trustees Tidewater Auctions, LLC (410) 825-2900 www.tidewaterauctions.com A-4342484 12/20/2012, 12/27/2012, 01/03/2013 OCD-12/20/3t ___________________________________

SUBSTITUTED TRUSTEES’ SALE OF REAL PROPERTY KNOWN AS NO. 607 OSPREY ROAD, UNIT 2 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 CASE NUMBER 23-C-12-001144 Covahey, Boozer, Devan, and Dore, P.A. 11350 McCormick Road, Executive Plaza III, Suite 200 Hunt Valley, MD 21031 (443) 541-8600 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a Deed of Trust from Cynthia J. Michaud recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County in Liber 4933, folio 239, and re-recorded in Liber 4986, folio 383, and Declaration of Substitution of Trustees recorded among the aforementioned Land Records substituting Thomas P. Dore, Mark S. Devan, Gerard F. Miles, Jr., Shannon Menapace, Erin Gloth, and Christine Drexel as Substituted Trustees, the Substituted Trustees will offer for sale at public auction, at the Courthouse Door, Snow Hill, Maryland on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM: All that lot of ground and the improvements thereon situate in Worcester County, State of Maryland, as described in the Deed of Trust recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, in Liber 4933, folio 239, and re-recorded in Liber 4986, folio 383, also being further described in a Deed recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County in Liber 4933, folio 236. The improvements thereon consist of a dwelling. The property will be sold in “AS IS” condition, subject to any existing building violations, restrictions and agreements of record. Neither the Substituted Trustees nor their respective agents, successors or assigns make any representations or warranties, either expressed or implied with respect to the property. The Substituted Trustees shall convey insurable title. TERMS OF THE SALE: A deposit in a form acceptable to the Substituted Trustee in the amount of $20,000.00 will be required of the purchaser, other than the Holder of the Note or its assigns, at the time and place of sale. Unless the purchaser is the Holder of the Note or its assigns, the balance of the purchase price shall be paid immediately with available funds within twenty (20) days of the final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester County. Time is of the essence. The purchaser, other than the Holder of the Note or its assigns, shall pay interest at the rate of 10.12500% per annum on the unpaid portion of the purchase price from the date of sale to date of settlement. Real property taxes and assessments shall be adjusted to the date of sale and assumed thereafter by the purchaser. Ground rent, water and/or sewer charges public or private, if any, shall be adjusted to the date of sale and assumed thereafter by the purchaser. Cost of all documentary stamps and transfer taxes shall be paid by the purchaser. Purchaser shall have the responsibility of obtaining possession of the property. In the event settlement is delayed for any reason, there shall be

no abatement of interest. If the purchaser defaults, the entire deposit is forfeited. The Substituted Trustees shall resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser. The defaulting purchaser shall be liable for the payment of any deficiency in the purchase price, all costs and expenses of both sales, attorney fees, all other charges due, and incidental and consequential damages. In the event the Substituted Trustees do not convey title for any reason, purchaser’s sole remedy is return of the deposit. The Substituted Trustees shall have the right to terminate this contract in the event the Holder or its Servicer has entered into any agreement with, or accepted funds from, the mortgagor. Upon termination of the contract, Purchaser’s sole remedy shall be return of the deposit. Thomas P. Dore, Mark S. Devan, Gerard F. Miles, Jr., Shannon Menapace, Erin Gloth, and Christine Drexel, Substituted Trustees Tidewater Auctions, LLC (410) 825-2900 www.tidewaterauctions.com A4342483 12/20/2012, 12/27/2012, 01/03/2013 OCD-12/20/3t ___________________________________

SUBSTITUTED TRUSTEES’ SALE OF REAL PROPERTY KNOWN AS NO. 10000 COASTAL DRIVE, UNIT #1407 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 CASE NUMBER 23-C-11-001536 Covahey, Boozer, Devan, and Dore, P.A. 11350 McCormick Road, Executive Plaza III, Suite 200 Hunt Valley, MD 21031 (443) 541-8600 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a Deed of Trust from Albert E. Bernier, Jr. and Susan Bernier recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County in Liber 4821, folio 714, and re-recorded in Liber 5206, folio 430, and Declaration of Substitution of Trustees recorded among the aforementioned Land Records substituting Thomas P. Dore, Mark S. Devan, Gerard F. Miles, Jr., Shannon Menapace, and Erin Gloth as Substituted Trustees, the Substituted Trustees will offer for sale at public auction, at the Courthouse Door, Snow Hill, Maryland on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 11:00 AM: All that lot of ground and the improvements thereon situate in Worcester County, State of Maryland, as described in the Deed of Trust recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County, in Liber 4821, folio 714, and re-recorded in Liber 5206, folio 430, also being further described in a Deed recorded among the Land Records of Worcester County in Liber 4287, folio 584. The improvements thereon consist of a dwelling. The property will be sold in “AS IS” condition, subject to any existing building violations, restrictions and agreements of record. Neither the Substituted Trustees nor their respective agents, successors or assigns make any representations or warranties, either expressed or implied with respect to the property. The Substituted Trustees shall convey insurable title. TERMS OF THE SALE: A deposit in a form acceptable to the Substituted Trustee in the amount of $47,000.00 will be required of the purchaser, other than the Holder of the Note or its assigns, at the time and place of sale. Unless the purchaser is the Holder of the Note or its assigns, the balance of the purchase price shall be paid immediately with available funds within


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Legal Notices twenty (20) days of the final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester County. Time is of the essence. The purchaser, other than the Holder of the Note or its assigns, shall pay interest at the rate of 7.00000% per annum on the unpaid portion of the purchase price from the date of sale to date of settlement. Real property taxes and assessments shall be adjusted to the date of sale and assumed thereafter by the purchaser. Ground rent, water and/or sewer charges public or private, if any, shall be adjusted to the date of sale and assumed thereafter by the purchaser. Cost of all documentary stamps and transfer taxes shall be paid by the purchaser. Purchaser shall have the responsibility of obtaining possession of the property. In the event settlement is delayed for any reason, there shall be no abatement of interest. If the purchaser defaults, the entire deposit is forfeited. The Substituted Trustees shall resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser. The defaulting purchaser shall be liable for the payment of any deficiency in the purchase price, all costs and expenses of both sales, attorney fees, all other charges due, and incidental and consequential damages. In the event the Substituted Trustees do not convey title for any reason, purchaser’s sole remedy is return of the deposit. The Substituted Trustees shall have the right to terminate this contract in the event the Holder or its Servicer has entered into any agreement with, or accepted funds from, the mortgagor. Upon termination of the contract, Purchaser’s sole remedy shall be return of the deposit. Thomas P. Dore, Mark S. Devan, Gerard F. Miles, Jr., Shannon Menapace, and Erin Gloth, Substituted Trustees Tidewater Auctions, LLC (410) 825-2900 www.tidewaterauctions.com A-4342482 12/20/2012, 12/27/2012, 01/03/2013 OCD-12/20/3t ___________________________________ BWW Law Group, LLC 4520 East West Highway, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 961-6555

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF REAL PROPERTY AND ANY IMPROVEMENTS THEREON 10745 BISHOPVILLE RD. BISHOPVILLE, MD 21813 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust from Daniel J. Rzepkowski and Tracy L. Rzepkowski dated April 15, 2005 and recorded in Liber 4415, Folio 161 among the Land Records of Worcester Co., MD, with an original principal balance of $175,000.00 and an original interest rate of 5.5% 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 JANUARY 9, 2013 AT 2:00 PM ALL THAT fee-simple LOT OF GROUND, together with any buildings or improvements thereon situated in Worcester Co., MD and more fully described in the aforesaid Deed of Trust. The property, and any improvements thereon, will be sold in an “as is”

condition and subject to conditions, restrictions and agreements of record affecting the same, if any, and with no warranty of any kind. Terms of Sale: A deposit of $19,000 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. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE FOR THE PURCHASER. Adjustment of current 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 to be paid by the purchaser. All transfer taxes 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. The sale is subject to post-sale audit of the status of the loan with the loan servicer including, but not limited to, determination of whether the borrower entered into any repayment agreement, reinstated or paid off the loan prior to the sale. In any such event, this sale shall be null and void, and the Purchaser’s sole remedy, in law or equity, shall be the return of the deposit without interest. If purchaser fails to settle within 10 days of ratification, the Sub. Trustees may file a motion to resell the property. If Purchaser defaults under these terms, deposit shall be forfeited. The Sub. Trustees may then resell the property at the risk and cost of the defaulting purchaser. The defaulted purchaser shall not be entitled to any surplus proceeds resulting from said resale even if such surplus results from improvements to the property by said defaulted purchaser. If Sub. Trustees are unable to convey either insurable or marketable title, or if ratification of the sale is denied by the Circuit Court for any reason, the Purchaser’s sole remedy, at law or equity, is the return of the deposit without interest. Howard N. Bierman, Jacob Geesing, Carrie M. Ward, David W. Simpson, Jr., Substitute Trustees OCD-12/20/3t ___________________________________ RAYMOND C. SHOCKLEY WILLIAMS, MOORE, SHOCKLEY & HARRISON PA 3509 COASTAL HIGHWAY, P.O. BOX 739 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Estate No. 14951 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF MILDRED ANN TYNDALL VILLANI Notice is given that Titiana Cropper, 118 Cedar Avenue, Berlin, MD 21811, was on December 06, 2012 ap-

pointed Personal Representative of the estate of Mildred Ann Tyndall Villani who died on November 27, 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 6th day of June, 2013. 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. Titiana Cropper 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: December 13, 2012 OCD-12/13/3t ___________________________________

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Estate No. 14947 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF JACQUELINE A. REGLER Notice is given that Andrea M. Haag, 711 Kircaldy Way, Abingdon, MD 21009, was on December 04, 2012 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Jacqueline A. Regler who died on October 31, 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 4th day of June, 2013. 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. Andrea M. Haag 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: December 13, 2012 OCD-12/13/3t ___________________________________

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Estate No. 14957 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF HAZEL DISHAROON WILKERSON Notice is given that Jackie W. Brown, 5219 Creek Rd., Snow Hill, MD 21863, was on December 12, 2012 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Hazel Disharoon Wilkerson who died on December 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 12th day of June, 2013. 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. Jackie W. Brown Personal Representative True Test Copy Charlotte K. Cathell Register of Wills Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street


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Legal Notices Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 Name of newspaper designated by personal representative: Ocean City Digest Date of publication: December 20, 2012 OCD-12/20/3t ___________________________________

NOTICE OF HOLDERS OF 7 DAY CLASS “B”, “C”, AND “D” ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSES ISSUED BY WORCESTER COUNTY Pursuant to Article 2B, Section 11402 of the Annotated Code of Maryland, the Board of License Commissioners for Worcester County has determined that all premises holding 7 Day Class “B”, “C”, and “D” alcoholic beverage licenses shall be permitted to sell alcoholic beverages for ON PREMISES CONSUMPTION ONLY until 4:00 a.m. on January 1, 2013. This notice shall not be construed as enlarging or broadening any other privilege conferred under said license except the two (2) additional hours of sale for ON PREMISES CONSUMPTION ON NEW YEAR’S EVE. BOARD OF LICENSE COMMISSIONERS FOR WORCESTER COUNTY, William E. Esham, Jr., Chairman R. Charles Nichols, Member Marc L. Scher ********************** April R. Payne, License Administrator OCD-12/13/3t ___________________________________ James E. Clubb, Jr., Esq. 108 N. 8th Street Ocean City, Maryland 21842 ROYAL BEACH CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION c/o Paul Enterprises 3 Moonshell Drive Berlin, MD 21811 Plaintiff vs. FRANCIS X. GARTLAND CHRISTINA W. GARTLAND 803 South Sharp Street Baltimore, MD 21230-9715 Defendants IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR WORCESTER COUNTY STATE OF MARYLAND CASE NO. 23-C-12-1371

NOTICE ORDERED, by the Circuit Court for Worcester County this 11th day of December, 2012, that the foreclosure sale of the property mentioned in these proceedings and described as 12 45th Street, #401, Ocean City, MD 21842, made and reported by James E. Clubb, Jr., Substitute Trustee, be RATIFIED AND CONFIRMED, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 14th day of January, 2013 provided a copy of this order be inserted in some weekly newspaper printed in Worcester County, once in each of three successive weeks, before the 7th day of January, 2013. The Report states the amount of the sale to be $100.00 Stephen V. Hales Clerk True Copy Test: Stephen V. Hales Clerk of the Circuit Court

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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Estate No. 14913 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF CAROLYN M. SHIPLEY Notice is given that Hunter F. Calloway, 13109 Muirfield Lane, Berlin, MD 21811, was on December 12, 2012 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Carolyn M. Shipley who died on September 26, 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 12th day of June, 2013. 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. Hunter F. Calloway 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: December 20, 2012 OCD-12/20/3t ___________________________________ 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, January 3, 2013. The Board members will convene at 1:30 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 Daft McCune Walker, Inc on behalf of Harry R. And Ruth M. Cook—Request No. 2013-01—Request to remove existing bulkheading and install 340 linear feet of stone revetment and to construct a 6’ X 310’ parallel dock with 6’ walkway, and a 10’ X 20’ platform not to exceed 6’ channelward. This project is located at 12308 Old Bridge Road, also known as Tax Map 26, Parcel 151, Tenth Tax District of Worcester County. MAJOR 2 Bluewater Development Corporation for Hi-Tide Marine Construction on behalf of Anthony Caiazzo—Request No. 2013-02—Request approval for an after-the-fact installation of a 3’x 12’ extension onto an existing finger pier not to exceed channelward distance of existing boat slip. This project is located off of Gum Point Road within Bay Point Plantation Subdivision, also known as Tax Map 21, Parcel 319, Slip 5, Bay Point Plantation Marina, Third Tax District of Worcester County. MAJOR 3 Hidden Oak Farm, LLC on behalf of Vincent Capaci—Request No. 201303—Request to install one boatlift with associated pilings not to exceed 17’ channelward. This project is located at 13024 Rollie Road East, also known as Tax Map 4, Parcel 25, Lot 28A, Hidden Harbor Subdivision, Fifth Tax District of Worcester County. MAJOR 4 Hidden Oak Farm, LLC on behalf of David Diehl—Request No. 2013-04— Request to install two boatlifts with associated pilings onto existing parallel dock not to exceed 21’ channelward. This project is located at 21 Sandpiper Lane, also known as Tax Map 16, Parcel 38, Section 1, Lot 640, Ocean Pines Community, Third Tax District of Worcester County. OCD-12/20/2t ___________________________________

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Estate No. 14681 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF LEONORA VIOLA WINGO Notice is given that Kathleen Jean Pokrywka, 11 Alton Point, Berlin, MD 21811, was on December 14, 2012 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Leonora Viola Wingo who died on April 19, 2012, 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 14th day of June, 2013. 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. Kathleen Jean Pokrywka 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: December 20, 2012 OCD-12/20/3t ___________________________________

NOTICE TO HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTORS INVITATION TO BID Housing Rehabilitation Worcester County, Maryland The Worcester County Commissioners are currently accepting separate or combined bids for rehabilitation work to be performed on three (3) single family homes located in the Berlin area of Worcester County. Bid specification packages and bid forms are available to licensed Maryland Home Improvement Contractors and may be picked up from the Office of the County Commissioners, Worcester County Government Center, One West Market Street - Room 1103, Snow Hill, Maryland 21863, obtained online at www.co.worcester.md.us or by calling the Commissioners’ Office at 410-6321194 to request a package by mail. These projects are proposed to be funded by the Community Development Block Grant Program and are thus subject to all applicable Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights guidelines. Sealed bids will be accepted until 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 7, 2013 in the Office of the County Commissioners at the above address at which time they will be opened and publicly read aloud. Envelopes shall be marked "Housing Rehabilitation Bid - January 7, 2013" in the lower lefthand corner. Bids will be reviewed by staff and awarded by the County Commissioners at a future meeting. In awarding the bids, the Commissioners reserve the right to reject any and all bids, waive formalities, informalities and technicalities therein, and to take whatever bids they determine to be in the best interest of the County considering lowest or best bids, quality of goods and work, time of delivery or completion, responsibility of bidders being considered, previous experience of bidders with county contracts, or any other factors they deem appropriate. All inquiries regarding the bid specifications shall be directed to the Housing Program Inspector, John


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Legal Notices Nosworthy, at 443-736-7085. All other inquiries shall be directed to Jo Ellen Bynum, Housing Program Administrator, at 410-632-3112. OCD-12/27/1t ___________________________________

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING WORCESTER COUNTY BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS AGENDA

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2013 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. 13-03, on the application of Glenn Hilliard, requesting a variance to reduce the Ordinance prescribed front yard setback from 35 feet to 29.6 feet (an encroachment of 5.4 feet) and requesting a variance to re-

duce the Ordinance prescribed left side yard setback from 20 feet to 18.9 feet (an encroachment of 1.1 feet) associated with a proposed detached garage incidental to a single family dwelling in an A-2 Agricultural District, pursuant to Zoning Code Sections ZS 1116(c)(4), ZS 1-202(b)(4), ZS 1-202(d)(2) and ZS 1-305, located at 1542 Grant Road, approximately 900 feet south of the intersection of Stockton Road (MD Route 366) and Grant Road, Tax Map 86, Parcel 149, in the Eighth Tax District of Worcester County, Maryland. 6:35 p.m. Case No. 13-02, on the application of Roger Partridge and Cynthia Partridge, requesting a special exception for parts or supplies to be sold or stocked which are not produced on the premises associated with a proposed gun shop, as a home occupation, incidental to a single family dwelling in an A-1 Agricultural District, pursuant to Zoning Code Sections ZS 1-116(c)(3), ZS 1-201(b)(4), ZS 1-201(d)(3), ZS 1305 and ZS 1-339(a)(3), located at 11211 Racetrack Road (MD Route 589), at the terminus of Beauchamp Road and Racetrack Road, Tax Map

15, Parcel 182, of the Timmons Subdivision, in the Third Tax District of Worcester County, Maryland. 6:40 p.m. Case No. 13-01, on the application of Royal Singe LLC, d.b.a. The Monkeys Trunk, requesting an after-thefact variance to reduce the Ordinance prescribed front yard setback, on an arterial highway, from 100 feet to 0 feet (an encroachment of 100 feet) and requesting an after-the-fact variance to reduce the Ordinance prescribed right side yard setback from 6 feet to 0 feet (an encroachment of 6 feet) associated with the outdoor display of merchandise for an existing commercial operation in a C-2 General Commercial District, pursuant to Zoning Code Sections ZS 1-116(c)(4), ZS 1-210(b)(2), ZS1-305, ZS 1-325 and ZS1-326, located at 12449 Ocean Gateway (US Route 50), on the northeast corner of Blue Marlin Drive and Ocean Gateway, Tax Map 26, Parcel 255, of the Marlin Park Plat, in the Tenth Tax District of Worcester County, Maryland. ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS OCD-12/27/2t ___________________________________

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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, January 10th, 2013 At 2:00 PM A request has been submitted to remove 6’ x 12’ parallel platform at end of existing pier, to install a 6’ x 14’ perpendicular pier extension on existing 6’ x 38’ pier, to remove and re-install existing boatlift & piles on west side of pier, and to install new decking on existing 6’ x 38’ pier for a maximum channelward of 52’. The site of the proposed construction is described as being located at 215 S Ocean Dr Parcel # 8020A-1614B-3B-0 -0117-190835 in the Town of Ocean City, MD Applicant: Ocean Services of DE, INC Owner: Sharon Dameron PW13-001 A request has been submitted to extend existing 30’ perpendicular piers 10’ for a maximum of 40’ channelward. The site of the proposed construction is described as being located at 719, 720, 721 Rusty Anchor Road Parcel # 9160-4 -0115- in the Town of Ocean City, MD Applicant: Ocean Services of DE, INC. Owner: Rusty Anchor CM PW13-002 A request has been submitted to remove fourteen (14) 2’ x 9’ perpendicular piers and replace with fourteen (14) 2’ x 23’ perpendicular piers within a maximum of 24’ channelward of MHW, to remove 34 mooring piles and reinstall within 24’ channelward of MHW; to construct a 4’ x 17’ perpendicular pier with a 6’ x 16’ “L” platform all extending a maximum of 24’ channelward of MHW; to install a 13’ x 10’ boatlift in slip P7 for a maximum of 23’ channelward of MHW. The site of the proposed construction is described as being located at 778 94th ST Parcel # 9647–4-0115- in the Town of Ocean City, MD Applicant: Ronnie B. Carpenter, PE Owner: Pintail Point Condo PW13-003 A request has been submitted to replace in kind and in the same position, two (2) poles. Install one (1) boatlift with all associated poles for a maximum channelward extension of 23’.The site of the proposed construction is described as being located at 2818 Tern Drive, Unit 5 Parcel # 4717 -5-0 -0112-062314 in the Town of Ocean City, MD Applicant: Hidden Oak Farm, LLC Owner: Martin Guy PW13-004 Board of Port Wardens Blake McGrath, Chairman Valerie Gaskill, Attorney OCD-12/27/2t ___________________________________


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