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Two police officers perish in plane crash Thomas Geoghegan and Joshua Adickes in plane that spirals into ocean NANCY POWELL & ZACK HOOPES ■ Staff Writer (July 5, 2013) In a tragic blow to the local law enforcement community, the Ocean City Police Department lost two officers Sunday when their plane crashed into the ocean off 130th Street just after 4 p.m. Thomas Geoghegan, 43, was flying his Nanchang CJ-6A airplane with fellow officer Joshua Adickes, 27, in the passenger seat when they went down roughly a half-mile off the coast of the resort’s north end. After an immediate rescue effort by city emergency crews and Coast Guard Station Ocean City personnel failed to turn up either officer or any debris, the Maryland State Police began a recovery effort lasting through Sunday night and into Monday.
Following at least one false positive, the wreck was pinpointed late Sunday night using sonar boats, with the majority of the debris being located just over a quarter mile off shore under roughly 30 feet of water. “From what limited discussion I’ve had with our divers, they believe [the plane] is mostly intact,” said Greg Shipley of the Maryland State Police. “I can’t speak to every bit of debris, but they were working with a few large pieces.” The bodies of both victims were recovered Monday by MSP divers. “The biggest challenge was the darkness,” Shipley said. “The visibility was near zero. But the desire was to extract both victims as soon as possible and get them back to the surface and back to the families.” The National Transportation Safety Board will be conducting a full investigation, which will involve raising the aircraft from the ocean floor. “We are gathering some preliminary information today, but we will re-
ally start looking at the aircraft once it is out of the water,” said Terry Williams of the NTSB on Monday. “We’ll also be using other sources of information. We already have a number of eyewitness accounts, and I believe there is some video coming in as
well.” Multiple witnesses on the beach and in surrounding condos reported seeing the plane sharply plummet out of the sky. “The noise was unbelievable,” said See WITNESSES on Page 3A
Police chief sworn in after tough week for department Baltimore City veteran Ross Buzzuro worked his way up through ranks ZACK HOOPES ■ Staff Writer
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Jackie Mack of Bishopville, who was on the beach at 137th Street. “Everybody on the beach stood up.” Geoghegan was a long-time amateur pilot who enjoyed taking his friends and co-workers for plane rides, according to information provided by the OCPD. The Nanchang CJ-6A is a Chinese-built aircraft popular amongst enthusiasts. With a single propeller and two inline seats, it has the appearance of a WWII-era fighter plane. Adickes, originally from Long Valley, N.J., joined the department as a seasonal officer in the summer of 2011 and was hired full-time in 2012, according to the OCPD release. He worked the evening-south shift as a bicycle patrol officer, and was a common sight on the Boardwalk in the summer. Geoghegan, originally from Annapolis, served his first summer with the department in 1991 and has served often since then, including every summer since 2002. He was a seasoned narcotics detective and undercover operative, who was instrumental in the department’s famous “Tipsy Taxi” operation, in which officers ran a fake taxi service to catch drug dealers who were making sales using taxi cabs. “I feel like I lost two brothers or sons,” said former OCPD Chief
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Ross Buzzuro also offered support to his new department. “I know that both of them gave tremendous service to this community and exemplified what it means to be Ocean City’s finest,” Buzzuro said. “As a family – and I stress ‘as a family’ – we will celebrate in triumph and gain strength in tragedy.”
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Buzzuro said he had been impressed with the department’s work and resilience during the past several days he had been in the resort, even though he was not technically in charge until his swearing-in Monday night. “Over the last couple days I’ve been with this department, they’ve welcomed me with open arms,” Buzzuro said. “The camaraderie here is secondto-none, and I’m very proud to be with this organization.” Mayor Rick Meehan held a moment of silence before administering the oath of office to Buzzuro. OCPD officers Joshua Adickes and Thomas Geoghegan died Sunday after Geoghegan’s two-seater plane crashed into the ocean off 130th Street.
In welcoming Buzzuro, Meehan also thanked the OCPD’s three captains – Kevin Kirstein, Michael Colbert, and Gregory Guiton – for having shared the duties of chief since the departure of former OCPD Chief Bernadette DiPino in January. “They definitely rose to the occasion,” Meehan said. “We saw a command staff that truly worked together … I think that clearly has set the tone for the future of Ocean City and for Mr. Buzzuro’s leadership.” Buzzuro began his career in law enforcement in 1985 as a rookie with the Baltimore City Police Department, working his way through the ranks until he was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 2007. He has served as a commander in Baltimore City’s Special Enforcement Section, Patrol Division,
Criminal Investigation Division and Internal Investigations Division. Buzzuro was named in February as the new head of Baltimore’s police academy following an incident in which a training officer accidentally shot a recruit in the head by mistakenly using a live weapon instead of a practice pistol. The incident revealed what were alleged to be massive oversights and a lack of regulation in the department’s training methods Following the removal of the academy’s then-director, the BCPD appointed a new head for the school – but that commander left for another department after only a few days, and Buzzuro was named as his successor, with city leaders saying he would work to reform the management and procedural discipline of the academy.
DiPino was selected in October of last year as the next head of the Sarasota, Fla. police department. She had been with the OCPD for 25 years after beginning her career in Baltimore as well.
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Maryland Coastal Bays sees slight bay health improvement Annual Report Card shows Coastal Bays receive C+ for ‘12, better than C in ‘11 NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (July 5, 2013) The annual Coastal Bays Report Card issued last Thursday showed that overall, the Coastal Bays received a grade of C+, a slight improvement since 2011 when the grade was a C. The Report Card “is a snapshot,” said Dave Wilson, executive director of the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, during the unveiling of the report card at Micky
Fins in the Ocean City Fishing Center in West Ocean City. “Every year is different,” he said. The year’s report card about the health of the coastal bays showed an average grade of C+. Newport Bay and the St. Martin River had grades of D+. Assawoman Bay and Isle of Wight Bay had C grades while Sinepuxent fared the best with a B-. Chincoteague Bay received a C+ for the second year in a row. “Chincoteague Bay had been our jewel, but seagrasses there are declining,” said Bill Dennison, vice president for science applications at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental See EXCESS on Page 6A
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“Chincoteague Bay had been our jewel, but seagrasses there are declining. We’re getting some hot summers and they are cooking the seagrasses... [we have an] opportunity to turn it into a better grade. By the end of another 10 years, we’ll get an A.”
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Service. Bud Church, president of the Worcester County Commissioners and a West Ocean City resident who enjoys recreating on the bays, said the work of the Maryland Coastal Bays and other organ-
izations “has come a long way.” “Preserving the quality of life we have is very important,” he said. Also during the unveiling of the Report Card, Steve Taylor of Ayers Creek Adventures and the president of the board of directors of the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, presented the Osprey Award, an award recognizing a commitment to preserving and protecting the coastal bays, to Ocean Pines resident Bob Abele. Taylor said Abele had dedicated himself to the improvement of the coastal bays. He also said Abele is tireless, attends all meetings, writes and does other things to effect change. Part of the National Estuary Program, the Maryland Coastal Bays Program is a non-profit partnership among the towns of Ocean City and Berlin, the National Park Service, Worcester County, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Environment and Planning. One of only 28 such programs nationwide, the goal of the Maryland Coastal Bays Program is to protect and enhance the watershed that includes Ocean City, Ocean Pines, Berlin and Assateague Island National Seashore. The 175-square mile watershed is home to the St. Martins River, Newport Bay, Assawoman Bay, Isle of Wight Bay, Sinepuxent Bay and Chincoteague Bay.
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Road tolls, gas tax increase for Fourth of July travel in Md. ALISON BURNS ■ Daily Record Newswire (July 5, 2013) Just in time for Fourth of July travel, it’s getting more expensive to drive in Maryland. The gas tax went up Monday from about 23.5 cents to 27 cents a gallon. According to AAA Mid-Atlantic public affairs specialist Jeanette Tejada de Gomez, it’s mixed news for Marylanders. “The gas rate will go up, but the benefit to Maryland is that the state will have money for transportation projects and will be able to fund those projects well into the future,” she said. Maryland also plans to use money from the tax increase to boost alternative transportation, including the proposed Purple Line on the rail system linking Bethesda and New Carrollton. Tolls on state roads, bridges and tunnels also went up earlier this week. Crossing the Bay Bridge will now cost $6, up from $4. While Maryland’s gas tax is increasing, Virginia is decreasing its tax from about 17.5 cents to 12 cents a gallon. Tejada de Gomez said that could affect where drivers choose to fuel up. “I think, with the lower gas tax coming in Virginia, more people will go to Virginia to get a lower gas tax rate,” she said.
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Jersey spending looms over OC as resort numbers questionable Garden State, AC pump $47 million into marketing to combat effects of Sandy ZACK HOOPES ■ Staff Writer (July 5, 2013) Despite high hopes at the outset of the season that the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy would drive some long-time Jersey Shore patrons to Delmarva, a massive marketing campaign by the Garden State, as well as what some see as flagging tourism numbers in Ocean City, seems to have cast an air of consternation over the resort. Andy Malis, President of the city’s advertising contract firm, MGH, said recently that the resort is “up against the highest competitive spend in history” from post-Sandy New Jersey. Earlier this year, Gov. Chris Christie authorized $22 million in tourism advertising for the state, on top of already sizable municipal budgets of some Jersey coast resorts. Atlantic City’s own marketing coffers add another $20 to $25 million alone, Malis said. “We haven’t, in the past, been up against that much advertising from New Jersey, because the sate pumped in so much money this year,” Malis said. “I wouldn’t say it’s drowning out our mes-
dios, the television…it’s very aggressive.” sage, but it’s there and it’s not usually.” What is unknown, however, is how The Town of Ocean City has a roughly $5 million marketing budget, of which much that marketing is having an effect roughly $4 million is spent on outside ad- on Ocean City’s core tourism, where ecovertising under the purview of Malis’ firm. nomic indicators have been down so far Much of that advertising centers on this summer. Even with the boost provided by the the character of Rodney, a jovial lifeguard Dew Tour, the who “rescues” the town’s demoflush downtrodden and “The Jersey Shore hasn’t spent population estiwhisks them away much money before and was not mates – created by to Ocean City’s at all organized, but they’re now measuring the volbeaches, which are nearly as well in our markets very heavily. I live ume of wastewater flow in the city vergroomed as he is. Jersey’s marketing in Baltimore and it’s inescapable. sus a per-person They’re on the radios, the televi- average usage – campaign is much were down 9.8 less dynamic. sion…it’s very aggressive.” percent for the past “It can only be weekend over the described as sort ANDY MALIS same time in 2012. of a reassurance President of the city’s advertising contract firm, MGH The last availmessage,” Malis able returns of the said. “Most of it is not so much about attracting new visi- state-authorized room and food taxes, of tors as it is about ‘defending their turf,’ which the town receives a large cut, were also down 8.36 and 8.89 percent, respecso to speak.” But what Jersey’s advertising does tively, for April. This may be attributable to have is volume and cohesiveness. State- wet weather, as some have said. However, organized campaigns are even market- the room tax drop still leaves a $2,779,155 ing to specific events on the Jersey revenue gap to close in May and June for the city to hit its income projection of $12 Shore, timed throughout the summer. “The Jersey Shore hasn’t spent much million for the 2013 fiscal year. The Smith Travel Report, which agmoney before and was not at all organized,” Malis said. “But they’re now in our gregates data from hotels and motels in markets very heavily. I live in Baltimore its network, mostly franchises and and it’s inescapable. They’re on the ra- chains, also indicates a reduction in oc-
cupancy from 47.8 percent of available rooms in April 2012 to 41.6 percent in April 2013. This reduction appears to be hitting hardest, relative to the resort’s baseline, through the week. While revenue per available room on weekends was up 2.2 percent over last April, revenue on weekdays was down 21.8 percent. But flagging numbers in Ocean City do not mean that Jersey is more competitive. “One of the risks I think they have is that their advertising is sending the message that ‘we beat this thing [Sandy],’” Malis said. “But when a lot of people go to visit some of their favorite things, they’re still not going to be there. They’re not at 100 percent, and we know that for a fact.” “It would be shocking to me if [Jersey’s marketing] was enormously successful,” he said. “But having said that, I think they did the right thing.” Ocean City’s advertising, Malis said, is unlikely to be affected by the current season’s outcome. “I don’t think there’s a compelling reason to walk away from Rodney for next year, but it’s too early to tell,” Malis said. “We’ll have to wait until the weather warms up and see how New Jersey actually does. There’s nothing particular about our campaign to blame or give credit regarding what happens this summer. The forces are much too large.”
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Weekend shooting heightens tensions in resort Altercation at motel pool leads to two victims being shot near 18th St. church ZACK HOOPES ■ Staff Writer (July 5, 2013) The resort’s first shooting in many years – and its first seemingly random act of street violence in recent memory – seems to have ramped-up tensions over the resort’s image ahead of next week scheduled discussion of a Boardwalk decency standard, the so-called “saggy pants ordinance.” In the early morning hours of Saturday, June 29, Ocean City Police Department Officers were reportedly alerted to a fight occurring on the sidewalk just north of Holy Savior Roman Catholic Church, at the intersection of Coastal Highway and Kingfish Road. Kingfish Road runs west of the highway at the same latitude as 18th Street, and officers were reportedly already at the Party Block on 17th Street for a routine bar closing check. As police moved towards the brawl, several gunshots were heard, according to police. Blood, as well as spent ammunition casings, were at the scene. A victim was quickly located nearby on the
church lawn, having been shot in the upper leg. The victim was treated on the scene by city EMS and transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center with what were reportedly non-life threatening injuries. In speaking with several people at the scene, police discovered that one of the witnesses had been shot as well after noticing a bullet hole in the person’s shorts. The round had just grazed the witness’ leg and did not require treatment. Witnesses were able to point out a suspect who they said had been an antagonist, Carwin Duarte, 19, of Reading, Pa., who was taken into custody nearby in the area of Dolphin Lane. However, Duarte was not believed to be the shooter. An extensive search for a second suspect began. According to reports, an OCPD officer searching the dock area of Bahia Marina spotted Elvin Jovany Mendez-Espada, 21, also of Reading, across the canal from the marina. Mendez-Espada was in the water, hiding beneath a dock at the back of a house on Marlin Drive, and was quickly apprehended. Police have charged Mendez-Espada with two counts of first degree assault, two counts of first degree attempted murder and use of a handgun in the See COUNCIL on Page 11A
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Handgun in vehicle Three men were charged June 30 with having a concealed deadly weapon, a loaded handgun, in their vehicle. An Ocean City police officer on Bike Patrol saw two men sleeping in a Ford SUV parked on Fifth Street. Approaching the vehicle he saw a third man sleeping on the back seat. He awakened them and informed them that sleeping in a vehicle is a violation of a municipal ordinance. He smelled the odor of marijuana and found four cigars containing the drug. He also found a loaded .38-caliber revolver wrapped in a white cloth. Another officer found a fixed blade knife. All three men denied any knowledge of the drug. Malcolm LaKnight Bates, of Plymouth, Pa.; Desmond J. Matthews, of Willingboro, N.J.; and Tyrone Lee, of Plymouth, Pa., were each charged with having a handgun in a vehicle, possession of marijuana and possession of a concealed dangerous weapon. Bates was also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous drug after an officer found ecstasy in Batesâ€™ pocket, according to the charging document.
Child with knife An 11-year-old Berlin boy was arrested after Berlin Police responded to Decatur Continued on Page 12A
Council will discuss if â€˜saggy pantsâ€™ ordinance helps or hurts Continued from Page 9A
commission of a violent crime. Duarte has been charged with second degree assault and disorderly conduct. At press time, Mendez-Espada was being held without bail until a hearing scheduled for July 26. Duarte was released on $50,000 bond. Interviews with the suspects and witnesses, according to police, revealed that Mendez-Espada and Duarte were in the pool at the Islander Motel on 20th Street when they engaged in an argument with a group of passersby on the sidewalk. A group of people from the motel confronted the group on the street, with the altercation carrying down two blocks until violence broke out. Police believe that the gun used in the shooting was thrown into the bay between Bahia Marina and Marlin Drive. The weapon had not been recovered as of Wednesday. However, the incident seems to have heightened the level of public concern over recent crime in the resort. Although police said last week that the cityâ€™s arrest numbers were not out of line from previous years, the popular perception has clearly been that these numbers represent a more serious variety of offender.
To that end, the City Council will be discussing next week the proposal by Councilman Brent Ashley to introduce a public decency policy on the Boardwalk, similar to a law passed last month in Wildwood, N.J., that would include a ban on droopy pants. The style of dress known as â€œsaggingâ€? typically involves wearing oneâ€™s pants well below the waist and often below the buttocks entirely. It is commonly associated with prisons, where inmates are often issued ill-fitting pants and not permitted belts. Outside of prisons, the style often creates a connotation of gang and criminal activity. Municipal enforcement of standards prohibiting such dress, Ashley has claimed, would help restore order and allow the city to ensure that its signature amenity has a greater degree of civility. But after some contentious exchanges at this weekâ€™s council session, it is clear that some of Ashleyâ€™s colleagues have found his promotion of the policy â€“ and the corresponding insinuation that there is a crime problem â€“ to be bad publicity for the resort. â€œThe worst thing would be to do nothing,â€? Ashley maintained this week. â€œPretending there isnâ€™t a problem is not a solution.â€?
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POLICE BEAT Continued from Page 11A Park for a report of an assault with a knife. Investigation revealed that boy brandished a knife and threatened a 15-year-old boy. Police recovered the knife on the 11year-old and he was transported to police headquarters and later released to the custody of a parent. He was charged with second-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon.
Assault After an Ocean City police officer told two women to stop yelling at about 1 a.m., one of the woman reportedly yelled, “Handle this,” and slapped the other woman. The officer charged Catherine Diloretto, of Lewes, Del., with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
An Ocean City police officer on Bike Patrol saw an unconscious man sitting in a chair on a downtown hotel porch. He woke up the man, Shane Allen Winters and during a consent search, found marijuana in a cigarette pack and a spring-assisted opening knife.
Heavy drinking Two people were arrested June 30 because their intoxication reached a dangerous level. An Ocean City police officer saw two very intoxicated people staggering down Caroline
Weapon A Carlisle, Pa., man was charged June 30 with possession of marijuana and possession of a concealed dangerous weapon.
Deadly weapon Beneda H. Stevenson, 57, of Salisbury, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, possession of a deadly weapon and resisting arrest after Berlin police stopped her vehicle for a traffic violation at Route 50 and Seahawk Road. While attempting to place Stevenson under arrest for driving under the influence, she reportedly resisted and had to be physically restrained by additional officers. During a search of her vehicle, officers found a knife in the center console, according to the Berlin Police Department.
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Physical argument Goshu W. Goshu, of Princess Anne, was charged June 28, with second-degree assault after allegedly striking a woman, causing her eye to become bruised. Police were called to a downtown apartment because of loud arguing. The allegedly assault happened a day earlier.
Street at about 2:25 a.m. They were reportedly being very loud and hanging off banisters at the Ocean City Youth & Health Center. The woman reportedly fell into the street onto her back and the officer helped her up. He told the man to sit on the curb, but the man was so intoxicated, he was unable to do so and had difficulty understanding instructions, according to the charging document. Teresa Marie Trail and Joseph Burton Trail were charged with disorderly intoxication and endangering the property of the Ocean City Youth & Health Center.
NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (July 5, 2013) Six Pennsylvanians were arrested last Wednesday after Ocean City police found drugs, including LSD, in their vehicle. At approximately 4 p.m., an Ocean City police officer stopped their vehicle at First Street and Philadelphia Avenue because of a seatbelt violation. Because the six occupants appeared to be scared and nervous, officers asked to search the vehicle.
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During that search, police recovered approximately one-quarter pound of marijuana, more than 100 doses of LSD, a butterfly-style knife and more than $2,000. They also seized the vehicle as contraband. Eric Michael Livering, 24; Joshua Tyler Saverwein, 18; Seth Richard Shindel, 21; and Ari Ann Hoch, 32, all of Lebanon; Leah Corinne Moyer, 18, of Cleono; and Alfredo Alexander Hernandez, 31, of Palmyra, were all charged with possession of marijuana and possession of LSD.
Livering was also charged with making a false statement to a police officer, not wearing a seatbelt and failure to provide a license to a police officer. Moyer and Hoch were also charged with two counts each of possession of LSD with the intent to distribute. Shindel was charged with one count of possession of LSD with the intent to distribute.
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DP&L discusses energy prices and future of renewable power infrastructure improvements necessary to meet the service standards required by the state. From 2011 to 2012, DP&L reduced its average number of outages per customer from 2.42 to 1.69, and the average duration of those outages from 356 minutes to 190 minutes. But what drives the majority of the cost customers actually see on their bills is not DP&Lâ€™s internal spending, but the market price of energy itself. During a recent media tour, Ocean City Today was given the opportunity to pick the brains of DP&L President Gary Stockbridge and Public Relations manager Matt Likovich about energy prices and the future of â€œgreenâ€? energy in Delmarva, especially given the Maryland General Assemblyâ€™s
Cheap fossil fuel market good for rates, bad for growth of green energy ZACK HOOPES â– Staff Writer (July 5, 2013) Later this year, Delmarva Power and Light â€“ the electricity provider for Ocean City and most of the peninsula â€“ will be going before the Maryland Public Service Commission to request a 5.5 percent rate increase, a move that is under heavy scrutiny. The extra revenue, according to the company, is needed to cover the cost of
approval this year of a proposal to auction off tracts of ocean off the resortâ€™s coast for wind farm development. Gary Stockbridge: So if you look at our rates, theyâ€™re basically flat to decreasing from 2006 on. There are two different things happening here, supply and delivery. Supply is just your commodity cost. We donâ€™t own any generation systems, so we go to market to buy our energy and pass the costs through. The supply costs are going down and thatâ€™s mainly driven by the shale gas discoveries in PA driving the commodity down. Distribution is where we make our money, thatâ€™s pipes and wires for our business. Normally, about 25 percent of your bill is that cost, and thatâ€™s the piece thatâ€™s
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POWER TALK “The renewable that’s closest to market prices – fossil fuel prices – is onshore wind right now” our suppliers. So, every year, when the bids come in, 10 percent of their bid has to be from renewable sources. The renewable that’s closest to market prices – fossil fuel prices – is onshore wind right now. There’s an awful lot of build-out of onshore wind right now, and lot of places actually exceed what the demand is, meaning you can get some pretty good deals. Offshore wind, as you know, is a different story. People have been trying it for quite some time, but it’s very expensive and there’s not a lot of it out there yet so we don’t quite know how it’s going to play out. We also have a lot of solar, because each state usually has a little carve-out for solar. So, you have to be 25 percent renewable by 2025, and maybe three percent of that has to be solar – something like that, I can’t remember the exact number. For instance, in Delaware, we have three wind farms, a fuel cell, and a solar farm. In Maryland, we don’t know exactly what the mix is because we pass that responsibility onto the providers, but I would tell you it’s probably land-based wind. OCT: Is offshore wind a possibility? Stockbridge: I was involved in all the
Bluewater Wind discussions in Delaware when that was trying to be done. That kind of fell through, but I had about two years of understanding what it takes to get that stuff to work. The developers for offshore wind want a huge offshore wind farm, because of the economy of scale. They think they can get the price to where its reasonable, but only if you build a huge facility. On the other hand, all the policy and decision makers are risk-averse and worried about building too big – ‘let’s build a small farm and see if it works, learn from it.’ Well, that doesn’t match well, which is what’s happening, other than a few demonstration projects here and there.
So it’ll be interesting to see what happens in Maryland. Jersey is moving ahead a little bit too, but they have some price clauses in there where if it become too expensive, they’re not going to do it. So, it’s been very slow getting off. There are two things working against offshore wind. One, they’re one of the most expensive renewable energies, so everyone is apprehensive about it. Two, the bottom has gone out of the commodities market. With the shale gas discoveries, the market is a lot lower than anyone thought it would be. What made renewable attractive was when fossil fuels started climbing and climbing and everyone said, ‘Look, even-
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“I worry that no one will have the risk appetite to put a lot of money in offshore wind.” Continued from Page 15A
these two big tracts of sea for a wind farm, are they large enough in scale that you would anticipate them being attractive to a developer? Stockbridge: I think offshore wind farms are talking about thousands of megawatts, and everything we’re talking about around here are hundreds of megawatts. What I think would be attractive is if they believe it’s the start of something much bigger – a ‘loss leader’ type thing. They would to it and try to break even, not lose any money just to prove that they could do it and it could be done with the hope that it would grow.
Matt Likovich: Wasn’t that the downfall of Bluewater? We agreed to buy ‘x’ amount of megawatts, and then wasn’t it their responsibility to go out and broker the remaining megawatts to get it built, and they couldn’t do that because people didn’t want to invest in it? Stockbridge: That was part of it. They also had told us that the amount we contracted for was enough for them to at least build it. So, even if they couldn’t find anybody, they could at least build it. What happened was, when it came time to get to a milestone that said, ‘Hey, you have to commit a certain amount of money here’ – I think it was like $6 million for the off-
shore monitoring, they needed to study the wind and the tides and it was $6 million or so for the equipment to do it. NRG started to realize that, given the contract we had entered into, and the current costs of developing offshore wind, they really couldn’t do it and make any money. So, the contract was just no good to begin with. No matter how many other people they brought on, our contract wasn’t enough. And they knew that if they went back to the General Assembly in Delaware, there wasn’t an appetite there to increase the contract cost, because they had already gone through a big argument over getting it where it was. So they just
said they’d let it lapse. They still own some of the permits in Delaware for offshore rights, and they’re doing some of the work on their own, there just doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of effort to do it. And NRG knows a lot about it, so I consider them to be the barometer. They invested a lot of capital into understanding how it works and what would make it work. Likovich: And as you said, offshore wind will always be more expensive than onshore wind. Stockbridge: You could almost step back and say that, if you believe that the United States will literally run out of landbased locations to put wind farms, then offshore wind makes sense. If you believe that you’ll always have a place to put onshore wind, then offshore wind will never make sense. What I’ve found is that they’ve built massive amounts of onshore wind in a lot of locations, and they seem to say they have a lot more capacity to build it out. I remember back when we were dealing with [global renewable energy consultants] Babcock & Brown. They seemed to have this belief that you would eventuSee POWER TALK on Page 18A
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POWER TALK “If you believe that the United States will literally run out of land-based locations to put wind farms, then offshore wind makes sense.” Continued from Page 16A
ally run out of onshore wind locations, but that hasn’t seemed to prove out. There are a lot of locations that people never thought of to put onshore wind. OCT: So is that still a growing industry, marketwise? Stockbridge: It’s still going, and it’s the alternative energy of choice because it’s the one that’s closest to fossil-fuel market price. Here, it’s still difficult to make it work, but you go to Texas and the middle of the country where we have high winds and large areas of flat ground, they can build that stuff like crazy. The other thing Babcock & Brown said
was that if you look at the United States, the middle of the country can house an awful lot of wind, but it can’t get it out to the outside. They didn’t feel the stuff they could do in the Appalachians or those areas would be enough to supply the whole east coast, so they would have to do offshore. The question in my mind is, even if you can’t build as much in the center, can you still build what you need, economically? It’s really tough. My heart goes out to the developers who are trying to make this work, because it’s a chicken-and-egg thing. You have these huge economies of scale, but no one wants to take the risk.
OCT: If wind power did happen, it would have to hook into your grid. Stockbridge: Yeah, it has to come in somewhere. Bluewater was going to come in through the Indian River. They need to find some key locations on land to bring the energy in – although you do have Atlantic Wind Energy, which is that group that has the concept of running a transmission line north-south in the ocean, off the coast, to connect all the wind farms. Of course, if you don’t have any wind farms to connect, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, so that’s kind of the same problem. Their concern was that if you build the wind farms first, and each farm builds a
line in for itself, then you’re defeating the purpose of building a line in the ocean. It’s a tough nut to crack, making that work, and it becomes even tougher when commodity costs are low and onshore wind is so big right now. That market is overbuilt, basically. OCT: What’s the prospectus on that as far as energy prices in general? I know you said the shale gas discoveries were a big factor. Stockbridge: We think that’s going to slow down pretty soon and stay steady for a bit, and then it’ll start to go back up again. It’s been going down since ’09, but as we look at the future costs of energy, we don’t think it’ll keep going down. There will be a plateau. The wind or solar is not the cure-all to end the use of fossil fuel energy, because what do you do on the days the wind doesn’t blow? You don’t want people saying, “I can’t use my computer, I can’t watch the Super Bowl.” It’s something that’s going to continue to be explored, but as we sit here and talk now the conventional way of producing electricity and distributing it is pretty clear-cut. OCT: Do any of your providers use nuclear plants?
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POWER TALK “You have these huge economies of scale, but no one wants to take the risk.” Stockbridge: I think Constellation, which is one of our providers, may have some nuclear. I’ll be honest with you, I’m not sure who in our bid process did. We have five or six providers, some of them don’t own any generation and are just brokering off the market. Some of them do own assets. Generally, when you think about this whole region operating off the same grid, that grid has a mix of fuels, which include nuclear, coal, gas, oil, all in the mix. In Delaware, we do have a pretty good deal with Bloom Energy, which is a fuel cell manufacturer from the West Coast, so we do have 30 megawatts of fuel cell energy going in, which is kind of neat. It was kind of a partnership between us and the state for an economic development package. Bloom Energy – which was first in the press years ago – K.R. Sridhar was their founder, has one of the guys who worked on the Mars mission, which got cancelled, and he decided to take the fuel cell he was working on and try to use it commercially. They sold a lot of fuel cells in California and wanted to expand to the East Coast. So some of the folks in Delaware got wind of it and wanted to attract them, but realizing that Delaware is a small state and couldn’t offer them a whole lot of money, came to us about doing a package product, where we buy some of their product and they decide to move their factory to Delaware and put it all together here. We bought 30 megawatts, 10 can come from California and 20 has to come out of the
Ocean City burglar located in Salisbury confesses to theft (July 5, 2013) A 23-year-old Hebron man was charged July 2 with first-degree burglary and theft from $1,000 to less than $10,000 because he allegedly broke into an Ocean City residence more than three months ago. The Worcester County Bureau of Investigation took a report of the burglary March 28. Someone had entered the residence and stolen jewelry. On April 4, the same victim contacted the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office again to report that additional jewelry was missing. The case was forwarded to WCBI. During the investigation, detectives identified Nicholas Richard Vilkas as a person of interest. A check of local pawn records found that Vilkas had sold all of the jewelry that had been reported stolen as well as additional jewelry that the victim had not realized was stolen. With assistance of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, detectives located Vilkas in Salisbury and arrested him. During an interview with detectives, he confessed to the burglary and theft, according to WCBI.
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Bishopville Pond work awaiting agreement from sixth landowner the Department of Development Review and Permitting, told the commissioners Tuesday. Last October, a gathering of about 50 people at the Bishopville Fire Hall was told that the long-awaited project could be under construction before the end of that year. The plan for the project calls for the stream to run under the bridge and into the pond. All metal sheeting will be removed from the dam, but the concrete foundation will remain and boulders will be added. A series of step pools and rock weirs will be constructed from the tidal segment of Buntings branch to the nontidal segment. A portion of the pond will remain upstream from the weirs and behind a sand berm constructed adjacent to the weirs. The pond, now about five acres, will be reduced to about three acres. Bishopville residents and fish are not the only ones to benefit from the project. Turtles, whose sole way to cross the road is to walk across it, frequently get run over. After the work is completed, the turtles will be able to go up to the pond without crossing the road. The berms at the pond will not be publicly accessible, though they were in a much earlier version of the pond project. The 2002 plan called for the
Project will reduce area from five to three acres after dam reconstructed NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (July 5, 2013) The long-awaited Bishopville Pond project moved a step closer to reality Tuesday when the Worcester County Commissioners approved landowner agreements with five property owners who will be affected by the work. A sixth agreement was missing, but will be signed shortly. The work will improve water quality and facilitate fish passage. The project will lower the steel cofferdam and create a stable stream channel and wetland habitat. It will have no effect on the existing tidal wetland delineation and will not expand the Critical Area boundary. The project has been discussed for several years, but kept getting delayed for various reasons. One delay was the need to study whether proposed changes would have any detrimental effect on the bridge and road. Lack of funds was also a problem. “We’ve been talking about it, it seems forever,” Ed Tudor, director of
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County proposes new electoral district map after 2010 Census According to that census, the county’s population grew by 5,005 year-round residents, or 10.8 percent, from 46,543 in 2000 to 51,548 in 2010. To develop the proposed map, county staff were cognizant of the 2010 Census figures, the need to have districts of nearly equal populations, the desire to maintain a majority minority district, the desire to maintain current county commissioner district boundaries as much as possible and the desire to respect the boundaries of the new state legislative districts 38A and 38C. “We believe the map meets all perimeters,” Tudor said. The county’s minority population represents 18.1 percent of its total population and has only grown by 570 residents, 6.5 percent. This made establishment of a majority minority district, the Central Dis-
Current District 3 in West OC would have lopsided electorate due to growth NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (July 5, 2013) The Worcester County Commissioners will hold public hearings to receive comments on proposed redistricting maps. The maps are in response to the county population changes reflected in the 2010 Census. “We had a significant change in population,” Ed Tudor, director of the Department of Development Review and Permitting, told the commissioners Tuesday.
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City seeks MML assistance with ongoing county tax battle Study update shows town paying $17 million for services it does not use ZACK HOOPES ■ Staff Writer (July 5, 2013) The Town of Ocean City will be throwing its weight behind the Maryland Municipal League – and vice-versa – in a bid to bring the long-standing issue of tax differentials before the state legislature in the near future. City Council approved a request this week for legislative action with the MML, putting another one of the state’s key cities behind the push to establish a formal means of tax offset for municipalities. “Last year, in 2012, the City of Frederick put in a request asking the MML to put together a group to study what we refer to as ‘tax equity,’” said Frederick Alderwoman Carol Krimm, who was on the subsequent MML committee for the issue. With fiscal times growing ever tighter, the demand of some state municipalities for tax freedom from
their surrounding counties seems to be growing. “It came in number two in importance only behind highway user revenue, which has been our priority in the MML for the past several years,” Krimm said. Ocean City in particular has lobbied for such a policy for many years given the resort’s extreme example of wealth and service disparity. But by its own admission, the city does not have the political power in and of itself to cause the Maryland General Assembly to make the necessary changes to state code. “It’s important that we get our non-residential property owners involved in this, to get their elected officials involved,” Mayor Rick Meehan said this week. “We don’t have the guns down here to simply do it ourselves.” A tax differential is a system whereby some sub-jurisdictions of a county – such as cities and municipalities - pay a lower tax rate than the rest of the county, in order to compensate the smaller jurisdictions for services they provide in lieu of similar county services. See GENERAL on Page 28A
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General Assembly could mandate offset for county municipalities Loss of OC overage would raise Worcester tax rate from 77 to 95.6 cents Continued from Page 27A
Property owners in the town of Ocean City pay the same rate in county taxes as other Worcester County property owners, but as many city officials have bemoaned, resort residents receive relatively little benefit from some the county’s more costly public ventures.
Commonly cited that Ocean City provides its own police, fire, and EMS, and thus requires little to no coverage for those services from its county counterparts. Thus, officials argue, the town should not be paying for emergency services that it does not use. Worcester is one of only three counties in the state – the other two being Wicomico and Queen Anne’s – that does not have a formally-recognized system of tax compensation. That’s because part of the state’s code that specifies a county’s ability to tax
states those three counties “may” es- does not use. In order to compensate for this, tablish a tax set-off. For the rest of the state’s counties, this language the 2012-2013 fiscal year property says that they “shall” establish such a tax rate, levied by the county in Ocean City, should be reduced from system. Having this language changed 77 cents per hundred dollars of aswould require an act of the state leg- sessed value to 68.7 cents. To make islature and considerable political up the gap, the rate for the rest of the support. This is likely the core reason county would have to be hiked to 95.6 cents. that Worcester Such an offset has never develwould be a huge oped a tax differfiscal boon to the ential without “We know the county doesn’t state intervenwant to get involved in tax dif- city, and a huge blow to Worcestion – its ferentials because they’ve seen ter County’s govuniquely lopernment. The sided distributhe study. The updated study county already tion of wealth now shows $17 million that the gives the town makes the idea roughly $4 milpolitically untencounty commissioners don’t lion back each able for the rest want to recognize. ” year in grants, of the county. but full parity As of the 2007 RICK MEEHAN would mean esstudy done for Ocean City Mayor sentially quadruthe city’s fiscal pling the year 2008 differcounty’s obligaential bid, Ocean tion. City comprised “We know the county doesn’t want 62 percent of Worcester’s tax base, a far higher proportion than any other to get involved in tax differentials bemunicipality in the state. But accord- cause they’ve seen the study,” Meeing to a study done by the Municipal han said this week. “The updated and Financial Services Group, up- study now shows $17 million that the dated earlier this year, city taxes pay county commissioners don’t want to for $17,146,341 in services the city rec. ognize.”
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great-great grandmother and grandfather Mildred Parker and David Baine Sr., and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. A graveside service was held Monday, July 1 at Ebenezer/Mt. Wesley U.M. Cemetery, Mt .Wesley Road in Snow Hill. Katherine Reid Hearne Berlinâ€“Katherine Reid Hearne, â€œKitty,â€? age 89, died Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the home of her granddaughter, Beth, in Berlin. Born in Cambridge, she was the daughter of the late Hannibal Hamlin Reid and Esna Day Reid. She was preceded in death by her husband Phillip Cooper Hearne in 1985. She is survived by her two children, Barbara Entwistle of Berlin and Thomas Hearne and his wife Diane of Linden, Va. There are five grandchildrenâ€“James Entwistle, Jennifer Entwistle, Jason Hearne, Beth Gourley and Justin Hearne, and 12 great-grandchildrenâ€“Phillip, Nathanial, Clayton, Claudia, Kalin, Jason Jr., Miranda, Zackory, Emilie, Rad, Marissa and Madison. Mrs. Hearne had been a dental assistant in the United States Navy and later became part owner/operator of the Seascape Coffee Shop. She was also a homemaker. She was a member of the Atlantic United Methodist Church, Worcester County Womenâ€™s Club, National Federation of Republican Women, Ocean City Life Saving Museum, Ocean City Art League, Order of the Eastern Star Grand Chapter of Maryland, the Blood Bank of the Eastern Shore, American Legion Auxiliary, Edward Nabb Research Center, Department of Veteran Affairs, and had been a WAVE in the United States Navy. She also volunteered at the Holy Savior Christmas Bazaars. A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park in Berlin. Letters of con-
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Pines Plaza to get permanent sewer lines from county loan Shopping center and area will connect to OP plant after ‘10 treatment failure NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (July 5, 2013) The commissioners approved bid documents Tuesday for construction of water and sewer lines to the Pines Plaza area. The project includes approximately 1,600 linear feet of gravity sewer and 2,300 linear feet of 8-inch waterline. Funding for the project, which will cost approximately $500,000, will come from a loan from the county’s general fund and will be repaid as commercial properties in the area connect to the water and sewer lines. If the county did not fund the project, economic development in the area simply would not happen, John Tustin, director of the Public Works Department, told the Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday. Sealed bids will be accepted until 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, in the Office of the County Commissioners. The Pines Plaza, which has been tem-
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GovDeals, the division had a net of $19,768.03. The Water and Wastewater Division will be refunded $2,860 for items turned in and sold. In 2012, online sales of the countyâ€™s surplus items grossed $26,583.14. After paying GovDeals a commission of $1,870.72, the county had a net profit of $24,712.42.
The commissioners approved bid documents for construction of one new 500,000-gallon leachate storage tank at the central landfill. The project includes construction of a new tank and secondary containment walls. The new tank is needed because the existing steel tank is 21 years old and has deteriorated.
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Board approves parking agreement, allows Skye Bar enclosure Cebula planning to install glass awnings to cut noise; leases part of lot from city ZACK HOOPES ■ Staff Writer (July 5, 2013) Another chapter passed last week in the ongoing saga of Ocean City’s Skye Bar, a case that could almost re-define the phrase “stuck between a rock and a hard place” as “stuck between the zoning board and the liquor board.” Last Thursday, the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals heard and approved a request by Galaxy 66 owner Roger Cebula to accept his temporary lease of city-owned parking to fulfill the requirement generated by his proposed enclosure of the
restaurant’s rooftop bar. “I think that both this board and the Planning Commission gave permission for the enclosure to some degree, but one of the conditions there was that there wouldn’t be any further enclosure without securing parking,” explained Zoning Administrator R. Blaine Smith. At this same time last year, Cebula had appeared before the BZA to seek an exception for the 7-foot-high sound-proof panels that he had installed around the perimeter of the Skye Bar, which has a partial roof over its bar and kitchen area, but is otherwise open to the elements. The panels were a requirement of the county’s Board of License Commissioners, which regulates liquor sales. Due to concerns by neighbors about noise, the BLC had required some type of soundproofing as a condition for the Skye Bar’s
liquor license to include a permit for live entertainment. But this created a major issue for the venue’s parking requirement under the Town of Ocean City’s own municipal code. The city requires a certain amount of designated parking spaces for any given land use, in order to alleviate the town’s perennial lack thereof. However, a clause in the town’s zoning policy allows bars and restaurants to have an unenclosed outside dining area of up to the same square footage as their inside dining area without requiring additional parking, the theory being that patrons will use the outside area more heavily in nicer weather and correspondingly reduce the parking load of the inside area. But the height of Cebula’s sound wall qualified under the town code as an enclosure, meaning that he would have to
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crossing eight lanes to get back to their cars. Instead, Cebula reached an agreement with the city to lease 50 spaces on the northeast corner of the town-owned Public Safety Building lot, to be used as overflow parking for his restaurant and bar. The lease is good for three years, with an option to renew each year for two years after that. â€œI think thatâ€™s why the city agreed to a certain lease period, not knowing what the demand on that property will be later on,â€? Smith said. The awning â€œis a type of enclosure that could be dismantled, but itâ€™s more than just a drop curtain,â€? he said. This was the sticking point of the boardâ€™s approval of the arrangement: If Cebula loses the parking, the enclosure would be both physically and financially difficult to remove. Attorney John Robins, who lives across the street from the bar and was
speaking on behalf of himself and his neighbors, said the communityâ€™ concern was that the awning would allow the bar to return to being a nuisance and would be difficult to dislodge. â€œI donâ€™t think that the board would ever approve a condo to be built if they had off-site parking and only a five year lease on it,â€? Robins said. â€œWhat are you going to say after five years? Knock down the condo?â€? â€œI would caution that youâ€™re going to spend $100,000 [on the awning] and not get what you want,â€? Robins said. â€œAs long as weâ€™re talking about background dinner music, it wouldnâ€™t be an issue. But the only way to cost-justify this improvement is to return to the â€˜pack-em-inâ€™ niteclub that the place was [before the BLC crackdown].â€? But the BZA was quick to submit that
it was not its place to legislate whether or not the awning was a sound financial decision. â€œIn regards to what weâ€™re here to do tonight, itâ€™s not the noise issue,â€? BZA chair Al Harrison told Robins. â€œ[Cebula] has to listen to what the liquor board says in that regard, and it sounds like theyâ€™ve taken your concerns quite seriously.â€? â€œWeâ€™re talking about the cars in the parking lot. Whether or not itâ€™s soundproof is someone elseâ€™s job,â€? said board member Bruce Kennington. As an illustration, Smith offered up two examples of similar situations. One, the OC Jewish Deli, had previously asked the board to accept leased parking to fulfill the burden created by the plastic canopies it plans to put over its outside seating area this winter. In that case, Smith noted, the canopy is easily removed
if the parking is lost. A different scenario, Smith noted, would be Seacretsâ€™ Morley Hall nightclub, whose parking is leased property. When the project was approved, Smith noted that Seacretsâ€™ owner Leighton Moore was given a mandate by the city that if he ever failed to renew his parking lease, he would have to close the venue. â€œIs this more like Morley Hall, which is more permanent, or more like the Jewish deli, which is more temporary?â€? board attorney Heather Stansbury asked rhetorically. â€œDepending on which one, the board would be placing different restrictions on the application.â€? The board voted unanimously to accept the parking arrangement on the condition that if Cebula ever loses the parking lease, he will not be able to operate the Skye Bar until the awnings are removed.
Program provides reduced-fee or free legal services (July 5, 2013) Those who need legal advice are encouraged to attend the JustAdvice Clinic on Monday or Tuesday, July 22-23. The JustAdvice program, a partnership between the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, will be conducting two legal advice sessions on the Eastern Shore in Ocean Pines and Ocean City. The session on Monday, July 22 will be held at the Ocean Pines Branch of the Worcester County Public Library on Cathell Road from 3-6 p.m. The session on Tuesday, July 23 will take place from 2-5 p.m. at the Ocean City Branch on 100th Street. Spanish-speaking services will be available at both sessions. The JustAdvice Clinic offers Maryland residents 30-minute sessions with experienced volunteer lawyers and a retired tax judges for $10. JustAdvice volunteers can answer legal questions involving most areas of law, including expungement, tax, insurance, landlordtenant housing, consumer debt and employment law. Qualifying individuals who require full representation will be referred by MVLS staff to a volunteer lawyer. To schedule an appointment call 410-929-4809 or e-mail JustAdvice@law.umaryland.edu. Walkins are welcome. JustAdvice has served more than 2,200 individuals throughout Maryland. Founded in 1981, MVLS is the largest pro-bono legal services provider in Maryland. MVLS matches Marylanders of limited means with volunteer lawyers who represent them in civil legal matters and has served over 75,000 Marylanders.
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Berlin Little League All-Stars battle for championship titles LIZ LANE ■ Intern
No bluefin tuna were brought to the scale. For 2013, tournament fishing is permitted Friday through Sunday, July 1214. Anglers will fish two of the three days. Catches will be weighed at the Ocean City Fishing Center between 47:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and until 7 p.m. Sunday. “We encourage everyone to come out and watch the weigh-ins,” Blunt said. To speed up the weigh-in process, stringer fish (a boat’s heaviest five fish per day) can be weighed at Sunset Marina on Friday and Saturday. All other fish, including trophy fish, must be brought to the Fishing Center. Prize money will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-heaviest single tuna and the largest total catch weight. The top team in the Largest Fish division will receive an invitation to compete in the IGFA Offshore Championship. Each boat may weigh up to five fish per day to compete for a two-day total pound catch. There is a 30-pound minimum weight requirement for all eligible tournament tuna. A $1,500 award will be presented to the female angler who catches the
(July 5, 2013) The Berlin Little League All-Star season is officially underway and a softball team is playing for the first time this year. The 9-10-year-old, Major League and Junior league baseball squads started competing last week while the 9-10-year-old softball team kicked off their season Sunday, June 30. 9-10-YEAR-OLDS: Baseball: The 9-10-year-olds opened the season June 24 against Snow Hill. The Berlin squad shut out the home team 18-4. “We still got a little way to go but we’ve been hitting the ball very well and our pitching is pretty solid,” said Manager Dan Dobronz. “There’s always room for improvement, though.” Berlin continued to hold their own at home in a 26-5 win against Willards June 26 and a 10-9 win against Princess Anne June 29. Dobronz praised the performance of his catcher Luke Scott in the two home games and also Eric Berry for leading the team. “However, it’s not just one player, it’s really been a team effort so far,” he said. “I’ve thrown players to the fire and they’ve done a really good job.” Berlin was scheduled to go up against Delmar on Tuesday at Delmar Gordy Park. Dobronz said Monday that he was looking forward to an interesting game against the 3-0 team. “Delmar has a very solid baseball team,” he said. “The team who throws strikes and has perfect defense is the team that’s going to come out on top.” The top two squads in Pools A and B will advance and are scheduled to compete today, Friday. The first-place team in Pool A will take on the second-place Pool B squad. The top team in Pool B will battle the second-place A team. The two winners will go head-to-head on Sunday. The Berlin team consists of five 9year-olds and six 10-year-olds with only one player returning from last year. Dobronz said he has enjoyed the season so far. “This was my first year as a head coach in the Berlin Little League...” Dobronz said. “It has been very exciting for me so far and I have had a lot of fun coaching this group of kids.” Softball: The 9-10-year-olds began their first season in the Berlin Little League June 30 and came out on top by a wide margin.
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The Absolute Pleasure crew unzips the bag that keeps angler James Romero’s bigeye tuna cool during the final day of the 25th annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament last year. The bigeye weighed 257 pounds and took over first place in the Single Heaviest Tuna Division. The fish was worth $224,116.
OC Tuna Tournament, July 12-14 Early registration for 26th annual competition ends today, July 5 at 5 p.m. LISA CAPITELLI ■ Managing Editor (July 5, 2013) Bluefin, yellowfin and big eye tuna are the prime catches anglers will be searching for offshore during the 26th annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament next weekend. “Tuna fishing off North Carolina has been phenomenal. With the south wind blowing this way, hopefully the fish will come this way, too,” tournament Director Jennifer Blunt said Monday. In this area, Blunt said anglers have caught some nice size yellowfin tuna as well as big eyes. There have been reports that bluefin tuna are swimming fairly close to shore, she said. During the Tuna Tournament, anglers on both charter and private boats may hook a single bluefin per day. Three yellowfin, which tend to be smaller than bluefin, may be caught per person per day. There is no limit to the number of big eyes a team may catch, although they may only weigh up to five
fish per tournament day. Early registration for the 26th annual tournament ends today, July 5, at 5 p.m. The cost is $800 to enter. Final registration will take place Thursday, July 11, from 3-7 p.m. at the Fishing Center in West Ocean City. A captains’ meeting will follow. For those who miss early registration, the cost is $900 per boat (maximum six anglers). There are nine added entry level calcuttas, or wagering pools, this year. Cost to enter those ranges from $200 to $5,000. Anglers may enter into one or all of the added entry level categories, which, if they place on the top of the leader board, could substantially increase the amount of prize money they receive. The Level F “Pro Tuna Jackpot” Winner Takes All costs $5,000 to enter, but it pays off for the angler with the heaviest single tuna as long as he signs up for the calcutta. In 2012, 34 of the 79 tournament boats entered and the Level F pot itself totaled $155,000. Last year, a total of $426,910 was paid out to tournament winners. Five big eyes, more than 100 yellowfin and seven dolphin were weighed throughout the three tournament days.
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They played at home against Snow Hill and won 18-8. Manager Katie Griffin asked the league to include a softball division this year and she said it’s been better that she hoped for. She said the first season so far has been “fantastic.” “The response has been great,” she said. “We only expected to get two teams and we have four teams total. I hope it just keeps growing.” Griffin said despite their win, the first game was “rough” against Snow Hill. She said Snow Hill was ahead for much of the game but ran out of pitching at the end. Berlin had only one hit the entire game and walked most of the last inning as Snow Hill struggled. Griffin said the girls “played with butterflies” in the first game. She said it was the team’s first time in a large stadium and they had never been exposed to a big crowd and an announcer. Berlin took on Delmar July 1 at the Delmar Mason Dixon Sports Complex and lost 18-11. Griffin said it was still “a great game.” “Delmar is always the automatic team, and I can say that because I grew up in Delmar, I know the talent and they have a great system in place,” she said. “We came out and had the lead for a couple innings and that was exciting.” Griffin said in the last inning Berlin made a few errors that cost them the game. She said they fell short but she was proud of them. “For a first-year team to come out and take on the top team and keep them on their heels for most of the game, that’s great,” she said. The team consists of five 9-year-olds and six 10-year-olds. Berlin played Snow Hill again Tuesday and won 7-6. The morning of the game, Griffin said she hoped the girls they “hit the ball like [they] did against Delmar.” “We have pitchers that throw strikes, which is hard to come by,” she said. “That’s what you need to put the ball into play.” Berlin has advanced to Friday’s district final where they will face unbeaten Delmar. MAJOR LEAGUE: Princess Anne hosted the 11-12-yearolds June 25. Berlin dominated the game with a 27-0 win. “We are playing very well defensively,” Manager Cameron McDonough said. “Our pitching has been almost flawless so far. I would have to say the highlight so far has been how hard the boys are working in practice.” Berlin then hosted Fruitland June 29 and took home a 7-2 win but McDonough said the team still struggled. “We need to be better at executing good at-bats in different situations,” he said. “We struggled to do that against Fruitland on Saturday. That is a credit to their pitchers, as well. I hope that we can keep up the concentration and focus levels defensively that we have so far.” The team traveled to Pocomoke July 1 and continued their winning streak with
a 15-2 win against the home team. They were scheduled to host Delmar July 3 and McDonough said he hopes the lessons from practice carry over into the game. McDonough said Tuesday he was “looking forward to seeing how [they] implement the things they’ve been working on in practice...” Berlin will then advance to the Winner Pool rounds on Saturday, June 6, and the two winners of those games will go headto-head on Monday. The team consists of 10 12-year-olds, all of whom have returned from last year. The one 11-year-old on the team, McDonough said, is new to the area. “We expect to play deep into the summer. I believe this is a special group of boys and they work harder than any team I have ever seen,” he said. “They believe
that hard work overcomes talent every time. At the same time, the boys are committed to the approach to be focused on every pitch of every at-bat of every inning of every game. We talk a lot about controlling the two things we can: attitude and effort. Everything else will take care of itself.” Las year, the Berlin Major League team, previously 10-11-year-olds, advanced as far as they could into the state level. There was no regional tournament in that division. This year, as 12-yearolds, they will have the chance to advance to the Little League World Series. JUNIOR LEAGUE: The 13-14-year-olds had a short season that began June 29 at home against West Salisbury. The team lost 8/2. Manager Mike Forrest said the boys started flat but kept battling until the end.
Berlin traveled to Snow Hill to play their second and last game of the season July 1. The home team won against Berlin 5-4. The team that placed third in the state last year only had one run in the bottom of the seventh inning. “We didn’t play to our full potential,” Forrest said. “I guess they wanted it more than we did. It was just one of those games.” Forrest has been coaching Little League for 15 years and said he is excited to continue coaching next year. “I am looking forward to Senior League because I will hopefully have a combination of the players from last year and this year back together again,” he said. The team consists of 11 players, all of whom are 14-years-old. Four players have returned from last year.
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Final registration and captainsâ€™ meeting, July 11 at fishing ctr. Anglers will head offshore next weekend in search of big eye, bluefin, yellowfin Continued from Page 38A
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OC Marlin Club’s 31st annual Canyon Kick Off this weekend Tournament fish will be weighed at Sunset Marina in WOC Friday, Sat., Sun. LIZ LANE ■ Intern (July, 5 2013) Anglers will cast their lines today, Friday, during the first fishing day of the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 31st annual Canyon Kick Off Tournament. “This really kicks off bill fishing in Ocean City,” tournament chairman Bill Regan said last week. “Most other tournaments are based for sharks or inshore fishing but this is really the first true kind of tournament to bill fish and it has been for many years.” Fishing days are Friday through Sunday. Participants will fish two of the three days. All fish must be weighed each day from 5-7:30 p.m. at Sunset Marina.
“Bill fishing has been slow this year but we’re starting to see a little bit of good water move up from the south,” Regan said last week. Cash prizes will be awarded for marlin, sailfish, spearfish and swordfish releases, as well as the largest tuna and dolphin brought to the Sunset Marina scale. Added entry-level calcuttas, which cost $200, $300, $500 and $1,000 are offered in the meatfish (tuna and dolphin), bluefin tuna and billfish (blue and white marlin, sailfish, spearfish and swordfish) divisions. Anglers can win additional prize money if entered into these calcuttas. The billfish division is catch-and-release only. The awards banquet is scheduled for Sunday from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Marlin Club. Last year 53 boats participated in the tournament and a total of $28,710 was awarded to the winners. For more information, visit www.ocmarlinclub.com or call the Club at 410-213-1613.
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Berlin native playing pro basketball in Greece Milbourne spending break relaxing in Ocean City at beach with family, friends CLARA VAUGHN ■ Staff Writer (July 5, 2013) Even international sports stars are not immune to Ocean City’s summertime charm. Twenty-six-year-old Landon Milbourne is spending his two months off from the Panionios professional basketball club in Athens, Greece with family and friends in his hometown, a longstanding tradition for the 6-foot-7-inch forward. He moved from Berlin to Georgia before high school, but has always made
the trip back each year, he said. “This is where I started and this is where I learned to play,” Milbourne said. Once a student at Buckingham Elementary and Berlin Intermediate schools, Milbourne returned to Maryland in his college years to play basketball at the University of Maryland. “I wanted to come back home and I felt like it was a good fit for me and my career,” he said of the move back to the Maryland, where he finished his senior year on the winning team in the ACC regular season championship. His start in basketball came long before that, however. With a father who holds the title of Salisbury University’s all-time scoring leader in Division III basketball, Andre Foreman, Milbourne grew up with a basketball close by.
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“I started playing when I could walk,” he said. But, “I was just a kid trying to be like my father. He never forced me to do anything; I just kind of picked up the ball on my own.” Milbourne’s father played one-on-one with him, preparing him for his future in basketball. The duo even overlapped in their time in the European leagues during Milbourne’s rookie year, allowing Foreman to take a trip from Finland to France to visit his son over the Christmas holiday. He retired a year later. On the outset, Milbourne “didn’t want to go to Europe at all,” citing long stretches where his father was away to play basketball while Milbourne was growing up. His goal was to work his way to the NBA. “Now that I’m here, I’m thankful for it,” Milbourne said. “I love being in Europe and seeing the different cultures and the different people, and the way they live compared to Americans.” He started his career in the French Second Division three years ago, a good fit because French teams play similarly to his team at the University of Maryland, Milbourne said. His second year, playing for another professional basketball club in France, his team won the French Pro League Regular Season Championship and the playoffs, sparking his most recent move to the Panionios club in the Greek League. “This year is something I’ll never forget,” Milbourne said. “It’s such a different place from where I was living last year.” Playing in Athens, where the fans radiate a college-esque excitement and he lives a short walk from the beach, suits him, he said. And while only four of his teammates are from the United States, most of the players and coaches speak English. That is a luxury, not a right, playing abroad. When he was in France, Milbourne had coaches and teammates who spoke far less English, he said. “It was a little tough to communicate. You’ve got to learn a few words of the language to move around,” he said. But “basketball’s a universal language, so we don’t need to speak too much.” Moving several times growing up prepared him to play abroad, Milbourne said. “I was kind of built for this kind of lifestyle.” He will know soon whether he’ll complete a two-year contract with the Panionios club or if another team will buy him out of the deal. He said he plans to “explore the options” in the future. “I want to stay in Europe because I’ve enjoyed it so far, but if I have an option to play in the NBA or somewhere else, if it’s the best option for me, of course I’ll do that,” Milbourne said. “I can choose which country is best for me and which country fits my style,” he said. “My career is just getting started.” For now, however, he is thankful to be home.
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OPINION JULY 5, 2013
Tax differential returns as topic of discussion Worcester County officials, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan said this week, don’t want to recognize the $17 million that resort taxpayers contribute to the county treasury for services they don’t need or don’t use. He is wrong about that. Sure, they recognize it; they just can’t support it because it would bring them nothing but grief from their constituents in their non-resort districts. Now that the Maryland Municipal League wants to use Ocean City as the poster child for its campaign to establish tax parity between municipalities and counties, the tax differential issue has come back to the fore. A tax differential, essentially, is a tax rate that deducts from a town’s tax bills the amount property owners pay for the county services they do not use. The county, tax rate, meanwhile, would increase in other jurisdictions by a corresponding amount, assuming that the county did not reduce its services to match revenue. Either way, it would appear that one or both governments are providing a level of services that exceeds the need or are paying too much to do it. That is the confusing aspect of this debate, since taxpayers on both sides of the bay here have no precise idea of how they would be affected. All they know is that their tax bills will go up or down, depending on where they live. It could be that the county would be able to scale down some of its services if Ocean City were out of the equation. At the same time, however, Ocean City taxpayers should get back every cent of that $17 million in their tax bills, rather than just a portion of it, which might otherwise be used to support a local government that has become more expensive despite a lack of residential and commercial growth. We’re for a tax differential, as long as it doesn’t affect the county’s schools and other critical needs, but we also want a dollars and cents accounting of how it will work.
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Ocean City’s beach no longer safe Editor, Attention parents and grandparents: Ocean City is no longer a safe place for your children and grandchildren and has lost its family-friendly image. Drive a few miles north to Bethany Beach and experience a safe, smoke-free, family resort, where you can feel comfortable leaving your pre-teen and teenagers to roam the boardwalk and streets in the evening without having to deal with the gangs, drug dealers and violence that has become prevalent on the Ocean City Boardwalk. The beach and boardwalk in Bethany Beach is smoke-free, so your children will not be exposed to second hand smoke, which causes cancer and respiratory diseases. You will also save money by doing your shopping and dining in Delaware resorts, where you avoid the 6 percent Maryland sales tax and the Ocean City restaurant tax. Ocean City elected officials ap-
pear to be unwilling return the city to a family-friendly resort. They sponsor motorcycle weekends and hot rod car events that attract a bad element to the city and generate a noise problem throughout the city. They refuse to address the second-hand smoke issue on the beaches and Boardwalk as well as the litter problem that cigarette butts generate. They raise taxes that increase your cost to vacation in Ocean City. David Fox Ocean City
Support for parking additions outlined Editor, I would like to explain my support of the minimal increase of paid parking spaces in Ocean City. Balancing the needs and wants of residents and visitors with the ability to pay for them is difficult. During this spring’s budget process, the City Council contemplated several relatively small measures to bring some services
more in line with needs and to expand some revenue in a way that would better serve everyone. The town’s revenue sources can be roughly cut in half: property taxes account for half, while the other half comes from assorted user fees. If you enroll in an activity at Northside Park, you pay a user fee. Stay in a hotel and the user fee is in the form of room tax. Build a house and you pay a permit fee because you are using the services of the building department. Board a bus and pay a user fee in the form of bus fare. Property taxes are collected from property owners and go toward services that benefit everyone, such as police and fire protection and trash collection. On the other hand, user fees such as from parking meters are paid only by those who use the service. Adding paid parking to South Philadelphia Avenue, 131st Street bayside and the lots at City Hall and the Public Safety Building promotes the turnover of spaces for customers in commercial Continued on Page 44A
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each visited the car. Did they knock on his window to tell him of the problem(s) or, even worse, to see if something was wrong? No. They each wrote him a ticket and went on their way. When our guest awoke, he was upset and felt somewhat helpless and abused. The best I could was to tell him to write a letter to the city since it is obvious that he will not be able to come back in a month or two to present his argument to the court. And then the City Council debates whether or not we should paint on a water tower “Thank you for coming to Ocean City.” Thanks indeed. Let’s just hope he didn’t get stopped for speeding by the four to six State police that set up a radar station pointing to unsuspecting incoming traffic every day. Need I also mention the Salisbury and Route 50 police? It seems to me that in a town that was
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areas, instead of those spaces being used by employees and others who may park there all day. Adding paid parking to 49th and 146th streets oceanblock provides spaces for the many visitors who drive into town and need a place to park while they enjoy our world-class beach. When this very limited number of new paid parking spaces was approved, the Council directed the City Manager to prepare a proposal for developing a comprehensive parking study. No additional paid parking will be added in Ocean City unless it is justified and widely accepted. If services are cut, some complain that they should not be; if taxes are increased, others complain about over-taxation. I believe that user fees are a fair way to pay for services being rendered. You just
Welcome, and here’s your parking ticket Editor, While we spend $5 million a year for advertising in four states and Washington, DC to get people to come to Ocean City, it would seem that we could and should inform the police in the town that we appreciate guests who come here and we do not want to unnecessarily hassle them. I am referring to a situation I saw Saturday, June 22. A tourist whose wife was shopping on the Boardwalk fell asleep in the car and his parking meter time ran out. The city response: two teams of two policemen
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truly caring and appreciative, its police, if they wanted to demonstrate that they were truly proficient in their work and interested in our tourists and the city, would have handled this situation much differently. But, in a town that thinks more of squeezing each dollar out of each tourist, it is understandable that the $30-50 earned by the police to help meet the cityâ€™s deficit spending â€” caused incidentally by the 5-20 percent pay raises negotiated by the police union â€” is going to take priority. Pop Wendling Ocean Pines
Mayor wrong to question opponentsâ€™ motves Editor, While I applaud the mayor for refusing to sign the pay-parking ordinance, he now looks askance at those who continue to oppose this ill-advised legislation, questioning their motives, etc. The more direct approach of invoking
his veto power would have effectively killed the ordinance since there were not enough votes to override his veto. The council majority now has the votes to rescind the ordinance and start afresh. Does it have the will to do so? This latter approach would short-circuit the supposed opposition that the mayor and council now seem to see lurking in the shadows and provide an opportunity for a fully open hearing on the matter, to permit public input on the issue and remove it from the budget process where it didnâ€™t belong in the first place, effectively hidden from public view. The recently purchased meters should be moved to the surplus list, as was done years ago, in a previous aborted attempt to impose paid parking, or to the Boardwalk museum with other relics (interesting how that purchase sped through the process when other things take so long)! Those residents who so recently and effectively sought to change the Council makeup may now be wondering what happened on the way to â€œchange.â€? Joe Moran Ocean City
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Paddlemonium For the 34th year, BJ’s canoe races will churn up the waters LIZ LANE ■ Intern (July 5, 2013) BJ’s on the Water will present its 34th annual canoe races Tuesday, July 9, in the bay behind the 75th Street restaurant. BJ’s Manager Nikki Buzgierski said the restaurant will open at approximately 9:30 a.m. for registration the day of the race. She said the competition is open to anyone and canoes will hit the water at 11 a.m. Buzgierski said many servers, bartenders and employees from bars, restaurants and businesses in and around the Ocean City area compete in the annual race and that rivalries have developed over the years. She said visitors to the resort also continue to compete and even schedule their vacations around the event. “We have a family who comes every year and they even won one year,” said Buzgierski. “It’s just a blast. The whole place is packed.”
The teams are made up of four people (two men and two women). The cost to enter is $50 per team. Participants must be 21 years of age to enter the race. Closed-toe shoes, such as sneakers or water shoes, are required. The teams will race in heats. The first male and female will paddle once around the island behind the restaurant and then jump out as their teammates hop in the canoe. Winners will move on to the next round and Buzgierski said the competition is over at approximately 4 p.m. Trophies and a cash price will be awarded to the first-, second- and thirdplace teams. The first-place team will receive $600, second-place will receive $400 and the third-place team will receive $200. The winning team’s name will be engraved on the official tournament cup with the champions from the previous 33 races. Buzgierski said 104 teams competed in the race last year and about the same are expected this year. Food and drink spe-
cials will be available throughout the day in the restaurant and on the deck. Spectators must also be 21 years of age to enter the restaurant. Buzgierski said a grill will be on the deck for spectators to enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs. She said BJ’s will have specials on drinks including Twisted Tea, Miller Lite, Coors Light and various shots. For more information, call BJ’s on the Water at 410-524-7575.
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Country superstar to perform in West OC Award-winning musician Moe Bandy takes spring tour to resort, July 18 (July 5, 2013) Four-time Academy of Country Music Award winner and 1980 Country Music Association Vocal Duet of the Year Award recipient, Moe Bandy has announced that he will perform two shows in West Ocean City as part of his spring tour swing. Bandy’s career in country music has spanned more than 30 years during which time he has recorded 35 albums that produced more than 60 chart hits. His career skyrocketed to stardom in the late 70’s and early 80’s with chart topping hits that included “It’s A Cheating Situation,” “Bandy The Rodeo Clown,” “Till I’m Too Old To Die Young,” as well as the classic song that he named his Branson Theater after… “Americana.” Since 1992 he has been performing at his own Theater in Branson, Mo. This concert will feature not only Moe Bandy but his award winning “Americana Band.” Bandy will perform two shows at The OC Jamboree in West Ocean City on Thursday, July 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Advance reservations are strongly suggested for these performances. Tickets are on
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DJ Wood, 9 p.m.; One Hot Night (Neil Diamond Tribute), 9:30 p.8. July 8: Deck Party w/Chester River Runoff, 5:30 p.m.; DJ Rob Cee, 10 p.m.; Hot Tub Limo, 10 p.m. July 9: DJ Hook, sunset; Euro Nite July 10: DJ Greg Jam, 5:30 p.m.; Bryan Clark, 6-9 p.m. July 11: Nate Clendenen Duo, 5:30 p.m.; DJ Groove, 9:30 p.m.; Video DJ Vybe, 10 p.m. GALAXY 66 66th Street, bayside 410-723-6762 July 5: Philly George Project, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Skye Bar July 5-6: Test Kitchen, 4-8 p.m. HARBORSIDE BAR & GRILL 12841 S. Harbor Road West Ocean City 410-213-1846 July 5: Ladies Night w/DJ Billy T, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. July 6: Simple Truth, 2-6 p.m.; DJ Jeremy, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. July 7: Opposite Directions, 2-6 p.m.; DJ Billy T/DJ Bigler, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. July 8: Blake Haley, 4-7 p.m.; DJ Billy T, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. July 9: John LaMere, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. July 10: Walt Farozic, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. July 11: Opposite Directions, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. HARPOON HANNA’S Route 54 and the bay Fenwick Island, Del. 800-227-0525 302-539-3095 Every Friday: Dave Hawkins, 6-10 p.m.; Dance Party w/DJ Batman, 10 p.m. to close Every Saturday: Dave Sherman, 6-10 p.m.; Dance Party w/DJ Batman, 10 p.m. Every Sunday: Kevin Poole, 5-9 p.m. Every Monday: Dave Hawkins, 6-10 p.m. Every Tuesday: Kevin Poole, 5-9 p.m.; Karaoke w/DJ Barry, 9 p.m. to close Every Wednesday: Bobby Burns, 3-6 p.m.; Senior Deck Party w/Dave Sherman, 6-9 p.m. Every Thursday: John LaMere, 6-10 p.m.; Karaoke w/DJ Barry, 9 p.m. to close
HIGH STAKES Route 54, Fenwick Island, Del. 302-537-6971 Every Monday, Team Trivia w/DJ Ted, 7 p.m. July 5: Bobby Burns, 4 p.m.; DJ Zman, 9 p.m. July 6: Bobby Burns, 4 p.m.; DJ Rupe, 9 p.m. July 11: Karaoke with a Live Band, 8 p.m. HOOTERS Rt. 50 & Keyser Point Rd. West Ocean City 410-213-1841 July 5: Lauren Glick, 7-11 p.m. 123rd Street, bayside 410-250-7081 July 7: Tim and the Animal, 2-6 p.m. July 10: DJ JJ, 4-6 p.m. HOUSE OF WELSH 1106 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, Del. 888-666-0728 302-541-0728 Every Friday-Sunday: Tom Low; Tony Vega Every Monday: DJ Norm Every Wednesday: DJ Norm
PEAKY’S ROOFTOP RESTAURANT & BAR In the Fenwick Inn 138th Street, bayside 410-250-ROOF July 11: Comedy Zone: Julie Scoggins SCHOONER’S RESTAURANT In the Princess Royale 91st Street and the ocean 410-524-7777 Every Friday and Saturday: Harry O, 7-11 p.m. SEACRETS 49th Street and the bay 410-524-4900 July 5: Jim Long Band, 5-9 p.m.; Innasense, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Ultrafuzet, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. July 6: Jim Long Band, 5-9 p.m.; Jon Maurer, 6-10 p.m.; Innasense, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Big Band Baby, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. July 7: Power Play with Jim Long, 5-9 p.m.; Innasense, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Life Speed, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. July 8: Melodime, 5-9 p.m.; Nature’s Child, 9 p.m. to
1 a.m.; Reel Big Fish w/Lionz of Zion, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. July 9: Opposite Directions, 5-9 p.m.; Nature’s Child, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Vigilantes, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. July 10: The Freddie Long Band 5-9 p.m.; New Direction, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. July 11: Jim Long, 5-9 p.m.; Jah Works, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Garden State Radio, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. SHENANIGAN’S Fourth Street and the Boardwalk in the Shoreham Hotel 410-289-7181 July 5-6: James Gallagher & Off the Boat July 7-8: Cutting Edge Dueling Pianos July 10-13: Marty McKernan SMITTY MCGEE’S Route 54 West Fenwick Island, Del. 302-436-4716 Every Friday: Randy Lee Ashcraft & the Saltwater Cowboys Every Thursday: Randy Lee Ashcraft
JOHNNY’S PIZZA & PUB 56th Street, bayside 410-524-7499 July 5: Go with the Flo, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. July 6: Randy Lee Ashcraft & the Saltwater Cowboys, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. July 10: Adam, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. July 11: Tear The Roof Off, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. OCEAN CLUB NIGHTCLUB In the Horizons Restaurant In the Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel 101st Street and the ocean 410-524-3535 July 5-7: Arizona, 9 p.m. July 8-14: Power Play, 9 p.m. Lenny’s Pool Bars July 5-6: On th Edge, 5-10 p.m. July 7: On the Edge, 4-9 p.m. July 8-11: Arizona, 4-9 p.m. OCEAN PINES YACHT CLUB Mumford’s Landing Road 410-641-7501 July 5: Tom Larsen Band, 6-10 p.m. July 6: Overtime Band, 6-10 p.m. July 7: Wes Davis, 6-10 p.m.
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KICKIN’ WING FLING Several hundred people attended OceanCityHappyHours.com’s second annual Kickin’ Wing Fling June 30 at the Marina Deck on Dorchester Street in downtown Ocean City. The event was a fundraiser for Diakonia, a residence in West Ocean City that provides emergency and transitional housing, food services, counseling and assistance to its guests. More than $800 was raised for the organization. Fifteen local bars and restaurants participated and the band Side Project performed. The winner of the “Most Original” award went to the Cork Bar, located on Wicomico Street, for its applewood smoked bacon encrusted Jager wings. Station 7 of West Ocean City placed second for its chicken and waffle wings. Marina Deck came in third with coconut and shredded pineapple wings in a sweet chili sauce. Those in attendance chose the “Best Overall Wing” winner– the Cork Bar. OCEAN CITY TODAY/LISA CAPITELLI
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The Pour House: Anita Papa and Scott Heiner.
Cork Bar: Duffy Taylor and Heather Banks.
JC’s Northside Pub: Christian Johansen, left, Eric Zitzmann and Liz Reichert.
Pickle’s Pub: Chrissy Wright and Steve Bowers.
Diakonia volunteers from left, Mariana Nieman and Shawna Anderson, special events chairwoman and board member Debbi Anderson and Executive Director Claudia Nagle.
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World-class magicians to perform in Ocean City this summer Shows for all ages feature national acts Wednesdays at Holiday Inn on 67th St. CLARA VAUGHN ■ Staff Writer (July 5, 2013) World-class magicians from around the country are taking the stage in Ocean City this summer. Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville, Del., has taken its acts to the resort to host Dickens on the Road, a magic-comedy show for all ages, Wednesday nights at the Holiday Inn on 67th Street. The shows are intimate, giving the audience plenty of chances to participate, General Manager at the Holiday Inn Jason Gulshen said. “It’s truly a wow factor that you’re not expecting,” he said following the first performance at the Holiday Inn last week. “It’s comedy, but it’s high-level magic.” The theater is able to pull magicians that have performed at venues in Las Vegas and Atlantic City thanks to its founder, attorney and renowned magician Rich Bloch. Bloch opened Dickens Parlour Theatre in Delaware four years ago and the venue has won a slew of awards since, including Baltimore Magazine’s Best of the Beach, several Chamber of Commerce awards and a five star rating on Trip Advisor. Bloch and the theater have been featured in The Washington Post Magazine.
General Manager of Dickens Parlour Theatre Cheryl DeBois refers to Bloch as “the Godfather of magic.” “He’s got an incredible reputation and a lot of awesome stories,” she said of the theater owner, who designed more than 80 magic effects and served as a magic advisor to Orson Welles. The Delaware theater —described by DeBois as an “intimate Victorian parlor theater” — seats about 60 and is one of just two magic theaters in the country. It’s named after author Charles Dickens, who was an avid amateur magician. “The best magicians in the world want to perform here because there’s really only one other magic theater in the country,” DeBois said. “We’re putting little Delaware on the map.” Now, the same premier magicians will
be in Ocean City Wednesday nights. The magic shows are tailed by a meet and greet, where viewers can enjoy light fare and drinks while getting a more intimate performance from the night’s magician. Gulshen said the aftershow sold him on bringing Dickens on the Road to the Holiday Inn. “Every single person who left the theater walked by their cars and went to the parlor for the aftershow,” he said. “I thought that was impressive.” Guests at last week’s inaugural Ocean City performance followed suit, he said, enjoying tableside tricks from comedymagician Chris Capehart. “It wasn’t your typical show you’d find at a birthday party,” said Amy Tingle, who took her eight-year-old son to the show. “We both really enjoyed it. It was
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WWE Live Events Manager Jen Bryan said the show will be “exciting.” “It’s going to be very energetic and family oriented,” she said. “We expect a good turnout.” The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the 40th Street venue and Bryan said it will last approximately two hours. She said visitors are encouraged to buy tickets in advance, but they will also be available at the door. The costs range from $15 to $95. Bryan said the main event of the night will be a “Last Man Standing” match between World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler. The two will go head-to-head on the mat as Del Rio defends his title against Ziggler. The event will also feature a match between Randy Orton and Big E Langston. More WWE superstars will perform, including Damien Sandow, Cody Rhodes, Justin Gabriel and Diva’s Champion A.J. Lee. To buy tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.ocmdconventioncenter.com or call the center at 410-289-2800.
definitely a show for all ages.” For the price of a trip to the movies, the show offered a “nice change of pace” and gave her son, a magic aficionado, the chance to perform on stage. Dickens on the Road would make a good rainy day activity or even a date night, she said. “It’s a good addition to Ocean City’s lineup.” Dickens on the Road takes place every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the conference room — now converted into a theater — at the Holiday Inn on 67th Street. Magician and slapstick humorist Brian Staron will perform next week. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger and can be reserved by calling 410-524-1600 or visit www.dptmagic.com. Check the Web site for a full lineup of summer magicians, now through Aug. 28.
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DINING GUIDE ■ CREDIT CARDS: V-Visa, MC-Master Card, AEAmerican Express, DIS-Discover ■ PRICE RANGE: $, $$, $$$ ________________________________ ■ 19TH HOLE BAR & GRILLE, 9936 Stephen Decatur Highway, West Ocean City 410-213-9204 / $-$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Casual and family-friendly, featuring great American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner at affordable prices. Open seven days a week, year-round. Happy hour daily, 3-7 p.m. Entertainment Friday through Sunday. ■ 32 PALM, 32nd Street, in the Hilton Suites, Ocean City 410-289-2525 / www.ocmdrestaurants.com / $$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Western Caribbean cuisine, Eastern Shore favorites, gourmet and tasty liquid desserts. ■ ALEX’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT, Route 50, West Ocean City 410-213-7717 / www.ocitalianfood.com / $-$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Full bar / Serving homemade Italian cuisine, steaks, seafood, chicken, pork and pasta. Elegant dining room with fireplace. Early bird specials every day from 5-6 p.m. ■ BILLY’S SUB SHOP, 78th Street, Ocean City, 410-524-2020; 118th Street, Ocean City, 410524-2020; 140th Street, Ocean City, 410-2501778; Route 54, Fenwick Shoals, Fenwick Island, Del., 302-436-5661 / $ / V-MC-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Dine in, carry out, free Delivery. Open 7 days 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. Ocean City’s most famous sub and pizza shop since 1959. An OC tradition where a sandwich is a meal, serving fresh dough pizza, subs, burgers, cones, shakes and sundaes with beach delivery available. ■ BJ’S ON THE WATER, 75th Street, Ocean City 410-524-7575 / www.bjsonthewater.com / $-$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Open year-round. Entire dining menu served 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., seven days a week. Daily specials, daily duck feeding. Entertainment every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. No cover. Available for parties and banquets. Indoor and outdoor dining. ■ BLUE FISH JAPANESE & CHINESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR, 94th Street, Ocean City 410-524-3983 / www.bluefishoc.com / $-$$ / VMC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Full bar / Japanese and Chinese restaurant and sushi bar with beer, wine and cocktails. Dine in, take out and delivery available. Open Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon. ■ CAPTAIN’S TABLE RESTAURANT, 15th Street and the Boardwalk, Ocean City 410-289-7192 / www.captainstableoc.com / $$-$$$ / V-MC-AEDIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Family-owned, serving fine seafood, steaks and poultry on the third floor of the Courtyard by Marriott. Open 7 days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. ■ CRABCAKE FACTORY, 120th Street, Ocean City, 410-250-4900; 25th Street, Ocean City 410713-4180 / www.crabcakefactoryusa.com / $-$$ / V-MC-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Family restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open daily at 8 a.m. Menu selections are Eastern Shore favorites: creamed chipped beef, omlettes and daily breakfast special crab dishes. World famous Crabcakes served all day starting at 8 a.m. Other menu selections include Chicken Chesapeake, prime rib, steamed shrimp, Philly cheesesteaks, burgers and homemade soups. www.crabcakefactoryusa.com ships Crabcakes year-round. ■ FAGER’S ISLAND RESTAURANT & BAR, 60th Street on the bay, Ocean City 410-524-5500 / www.fagers.com / $$-$$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted in the dining room only / Children’s menu / Full bar / Upscale restaurant on the bay. Casual fine dining, fresh fish, prime rib and seafood. Lighter fare menu served on our decks or inside. ■ FENWICK CRAB HOUSE, 100 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, Del. 302-539-2500 / www.crabcakeexpress.com / $-$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full
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bar / Carry-out available. Casual dining. Open for lunch and dinner. Big crabs are our specialty. Perfect crabcakes are our passion. Seven different fish served 15 different ways! Great local seafood, good times and good service is our mission. ■ GALAXY 66 BAR & GRILLE, 66th Street, Ocean City 410-723-6762 / $$-$$$ / V-M-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Full bar / Contemporary restaurant offering light fare and full entrees. Awardwinning wine list, signature drinks and cocktails. ■ GIUSEPPE O’LEARY, Sunset Avenue, West Ocean City 410-213-2868 / www.submarinaoc.com / $-$$ / 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 / $$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / The Turtle, est. 1976, is an Ocean City tradition with a friendly staff, great food and something for everyone! Menu favorites are homemade crab cakes, kids’ menu, salads, burgers, wings and more! Featuring weekday lunch specials and happy hour, 50 high-def flat screen TVs, game room, gift shop, carry out, party trays, nightly drink specials, Keno, MD lottery, DJs with dance floor. Open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., year-round. ■ HALL’S SEAFOOD & STEAK, 60th Street, Ocean City 410-524-5008 / www.Hall-OC.com / $$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Serving Ocean City’s finest breakfast buffet and all-you-can-eat seafood 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 410-213-1846 / www.ocharborside.com / $$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Casual waterfront dining serving seafood, steaks, sandwiches, salads, wraps and pasta. Home of the “Original Orange Crush.” Entertainment Thursday through Sunday. ■ HARPOON HANNA’S RESTAURANT & BAR, Route 54 and the bay, Fenwick Island, Del. www.harpoonhannasrestaurant.com / $$ / V-MCAE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Casual waterfront restaurant serving lunch, dinner. Fresh fish, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and all-you-can-eat 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 / $$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Elegant dining room, Floridian/island-style cuisine. Sea-food, tropical salsas, grilled steaks, pork chops, grilled pineapple, banana fritters, entree salads. ■ HIGGINS CRAB HOUSE, 31st Street, Ocean City, 410-289-2581; 128th Street, Ocean City, 410-250-2403 / $-$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Open 7 days a week. We have proudly served Ocean City, Maryland for over 40 years. Known for All You Can Eat crabs, crab legs, fried chicken, steamed shrimp, and baby back ribs. ■ HIGH STAKES BAR & GRILL, Route 54, Fenwick Island, Del. 302-537-6971 / $-$$ / V-M-AEDIS / No reservations required / Carry-out available / Full bar / Casual dining, daily happy hour and daily food specials. Live entertainment. ■ HOBBIT, 81st Street, Ocean City 410-5248100 / www.thehobbitrestaurant.com / $$-$$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Full bar / Open daily from 5-10 p.m. Full service bar with happy hour 5-7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. Ocean City's most complete dining experience. Breathtaking bay views. ■ HOOTERS, three Ocean City locations: 123rd Street, Ocean City 410-250-7081, Fifth Street, on the Boardwalk, Ocean City 410-289-2690 and Route 50, West Ocean City 410-213-1841 / www.hootersofoc.com / $-$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS. Things are always getting better at Hooters! Fresh menu offering a number of ground chuck burgers,
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green salads, world famous chicken wings with 11 flavorful sauces and a fun children’s menu. Relax in the beach atmosphere or enjoy the outdoor seating. Happy hour every day, 3-7 p.m. Full bar available. Authentic Hooters merchandise in kids and adult sizes. Enjoy all the sports packages on large, flat screen TVs and great service by the delightful Hooters girls. Live entertainment. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Find out why we say, “Hooters makes you happy!” ■ HORIZONS OCEANFRONT RESTAURANT, 101st Street, Ocean City 410-524-3535 / www.clarionoc.com / $-$$ ($20-45) / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Open tables / Children’s menu / Full bar / Proud to have Chef Shawn Reese creating beach-inspired dishes in both oceanfront restaurants, Horizons and Breaker’s Pub. New all-day menu, available 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., features many favorites, as well as exciting new creations with a local flare. Deluxe Sunday breakfast buffet open year-round and AUCE prime rib, crab legs and seafood buffet available most weekends. ■ HOUSE OF WELSH, 1106 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, Del. 1-800-311-2707 / www.houseofwelsh.net / $, $$ / 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 410-723-5600 / www.johnnyspizzapub.com / $ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Ocean City’s official pizzeria and pub featuring homemade pizzas, serving 18 different gourmet pizzas including local favorites - Johnny’s Special, Neptune’s Seafood Feast Pizza, and MD Blue Crab. Huge variety of calzones, subs, burgers and sandwiches to choose from. Ocean City’s place for jumbo wings with 20 different sauces. Coldest draft beer in town served in a chilled mug. Voted best sound system for live music. Carry out or delivery til 4 a.m. ■ JULES FINE DINING, 118th Street, Ocean City 410-524-3396 / www.ocjules.com / $$, $$$ / VMC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Local fare, global flair. Fresh seafood year-round, fresh local produce. ■ MERMAID COVE PUB, 33195 Lighthouse Road, Williamsville, West Fenwick, Del. 302-436-0122 / $ / V-MC / No reservations required / Get shipwrecked at the Mermaid Cove with pub, drink and food specials daily. Lump crab cakes, rock and mahi tacos, fried oyster sandwiches and platters are among the items to choose from. Breakfast served weekends. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Take-out available. ■ MIO FRATELLO ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE, 38018 Fenwick Shoals Blvd., West Fenwick, Del. 302436-6400 / $$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere, specializing in steaks, seafood and pasta. Take out and delivery. Open for lunch and dinner. ■ OCEAN PINES YACHT CLUB, 1 Mumfords Landing Road, Ocean Pines 410-641-7501 / oceanpines.org / $-$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Waterfront dining, tiki bar. Seafood, American and local cuisine. Happy hour, daily food specials, Sunday brunch, weekend entertainment and free boat tie up when available. ■ PEAKY’S ROOFTOP RESTAURANT & BAR, 138th Street, Ocean City 410-250-ROOF / www.peakys.com / $-$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Open 7 days, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Happy hour 4 pm-7pm everyday with great food and drink specials. More than 40 specialty martinis. Sunday All You Can Eat Brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern Shore Farewith something for everyone: fresh fish, lobster, certified angus steaks, prime rib and poultry. ■ P.G.N. CRABHOUSE, 29th Street, Ocean City 410-289-8380 / $ / V-MC-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Beer, wine / The Kaouris family has been serving the finest crabs, seafood, steaks and chicken to Ocean City locals
and visitors since 1969. ■ PHILLIPS CRAB HOUSE, 20th Street, Ocean City 410-289-6821 / www.phillipsseafood.com / $$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / The original Phillips, serving the finest seafood since 1956. Complete with all-you-can-eat seafood buffet, a la carte menu and carryout counter. Daily early bird specials and plenty of free parking. ■ 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 410-5245252 / www.ocmdrestaurants.com / $$$ / V-MCAE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Children’s menu / Full bar / Tableside flambé dining. Casually elegant, cuisine prepared tableside in the European tradition. Private dining rooms. Eclectic chef’s specials accompanied by an award-winning wine list. ■ SEACRETS, 49th Street, Ocean City 410-5244900 / www.seacrets.com / $$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Island atmosphere. Soups, salads, Jamaican jerk chicken, appetizers, sandwiches, paninis, pizza and fresh seafood. ■ SEASONS OCEANFRONT RESTAURANT, 118th Street, in the Carousel Oceanfront Hotel and Condos, Ocean City 410-524-1000 / www.carouselhotel.com / $-$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / Children’s menu / Full bar / Open seven days a week. Oceanfront dining in a casual atmosphere. Serving breakfast from 7-11 a.m., featuring a breakfast buffet or special order from the regular menu. Dinner served from 4-9 p.m., featuring a wide variety of entrees, seafood, ribs, steaks, pasta and prime rib. Join us for family theme night dinners. ■ SIMMER TIME, Rt. 54, Fenwick Island, next to Mio Fratello 302-436-2266 / $-$$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / Reservations accepted / Full bar / Fondue and more in an intimate atmosphere; small and large parties. ■ SMITTY McGEE’S, 37234 Lighthouse Road, West Fenwick Island, Del. 302-436-4716 / www.smittymcgees.com / $$ / V-MC-AE-DIS / No reservations required / No children’s menu / Full bar / Casual. Big menu, including hot wings and drinks. ■ THE COTTAGE CAFE, Route 1 (across from Sea Colony), Bethany Beach, Del. 302-539-8710 / www.cottagecafe.com / $, $$ / 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-AE-DIS / 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. ■ UBER BAGELS & DELI, 126th Street, Ocean City 443-664-6128 / www.uberbagels.com / $ / V-MC-DIS / No reservations required / Indoor and outdoor seating or carry out. Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., everyday. Ocean City’s best bagel and deli featuring made-from-scratch, New York-style bagels. Full breakfast menu of bagels and spreads as well as egg sandwiches and lunch menu offers a huge selection of cold sandwiches featuring Boar’s head meats and cheeses. ■ 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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JULY 5, 2013
Elevator for critically ill children donated to BIT House By Sea Delaware Elevator, local donors and volunteers come together on project (July 5, 2013) Delaware Elevator and a team of local donors and volunteers have completed construction of a threestory elevator to serve critically ill children and families staying at the Believe In Tomorrow House By The Sea on 66th Street. A ribbon cutting ceremony and cookout took place last Friday at 6 p.m. at
the house. The Believe In Tomorrow House By The Sea, a year-round beach retreat facility for ill children and families, is now fully accessible from the ground to the third floor decks. The elevator replaced a handicap lift, which only accessed the ground level and first floor and prevented families with children in wheelchairs from reaching three of the condo’s five units. Installation of the elevator and removal of the lift also allowed a deck extension, creating more room for children and families to enjoy activities there.
Largely a community effort led by Delaware Elevator, the estimated value of the project, including donated materials, was about $175,000. Since construction began in December 2012, many companies have pulled together to ensure the elevator’s completion for the summer. Major contributors included Beacon Electric, AWB Engineers, John D. Hynes & Associates, John H. Plummer & Associates, Coastal Excavating, Coastal Comfort, SSS Security Systems, LA Sawyer Company, Harkins Concrete Construction and Ravens Roost 58.
Several key donors and fundraisers also helped raise money to purchase necessary supplies, including the Gudelsky Foundation, Hooters, and the Fears Family, in memory of their son, Danny, who greatly enjoyed spending time at the beach through Believe In Tomorrow’s programs. “To the children and families that we serve, an elevator is much more than just vertical transportation,” said Believe In Tomorrow CEO and Founder, Brian Morrison. “To them, it represents an opSee NEW on Page 12B
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portunity reach new heights – to see the ocean from the top floor, and to smell the clean ocean air. To our Believe In Tomorrow families, this elevator represents freedom.” The Believe In Tomorrow Children’s House By The Sea is one of five beach and mountain retreat properties operated by Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, the largest provider of pediatric respite housing nationwide. Critically ill children and their families can stay together at these facilities year-round, helping to renew their spirits mentally and physically during the child’s treatments. Believe In Tomorrow is also the primary provider of hospital housing in Baltimore to families of children staying at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for life threatening conditions and surgeries. For more information, visit www.believeintomorrow.org.
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much water is lost during the cooking process. Also the intended purpose is crucial. Different dishes such as paella, rice pudding, and plain steamed rice require different textures. When one factors in all of the considerations, the general instructions on the package may not be as specific as needed. Following are a few tips to ensure perfect rice. The ratio of water to rice is the area that is most troublesome for the novice chef, but again how much water is lost in the cooking process is a key factor. The general rule of thumb is to cook a half-cup of rice with 1 cup of water and a half-cup brown rice in 1.25 cups of water. Rinsing the rice quickens the cooking process and produces fluffier rice.
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victim of an accident or injury while enjoying a day at the beach. The possibility of a tragedy occurring with a loved one is the furthest thing from their mind when they choose to go swimming without a lifeguard. However, it is important to remember that the ocean is not just a fun place to spend a vacation, it is a natural, ever changing dynamic environment and like all natural phenomena, if it is not treated respectfully it can be deadly. There are sad stories about people who have lost their lives because they chose to swim at night or in the early morning without anyone to guard them. We have already had several instances this summer of people that had to be rescued when life guards were not on duty. Many times these situations when people choose to swim when guards are not on duty end in a tragedy. Even experienced swimmers and surfers have lost their lives swimming alone with no one to help them when things go wrong.
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Kempâ€™s senior moments piling up SENIOR SLANT
Why canâ€™t we fly if getting old â€˜for the birds,â€™ she says IRISH KEMP â– Contributing Writer (July 5, 2013) My senior moments are piling up. If getting old is for the birds, why canâ€™t we fly? When someone comes over to talk to me I feel as though I should say, â€œState your name and address and tell me where we met.â€? Thatâ€™s a far cry from, â€œPut your hands behind you, face forward and get down on the ground.â€?
Whenever I hear that statement on TVâ€™s â€œCops,â€? of course, I wince at the thought. Bus rides to afterdark events would be nice. Trust me, many of my peers would be more than willing to pay for this service. While Iâ€™m on the soapbox, you might as well know what really ticks me off: seniors dissing seniors. We have enough critics. Iâ€™m tired of hearing that seniors will go anywhere where they offer free food. Trust me, folks of all ages in all stages attend these events. See ATTEND on Page 18B
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Jesse’s Paddle fundraiser for scholarship, suicide prevention (July 5, 2013) The 5th annual “Jesse’s Paddle” is slated for Saturday, July 20. The on-the-water event features canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding to raise funds for the Jesse Klump Memorial Scholarship and the Worcester County Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program. It starts at 5 p.m. at the Pocomoke River Canoe Company in Snow Hill. The noncompetitive event provides boats free to those who solicit pledges from their friends, colleagues and family members. Every paddler leaves with a prize. Prizes for top pledge producers are a pontoon boat cruise on the Pocomoke for up to 10 guests; a Snow Hill weekend at The Cedars bed and breakfast, including a dinner coupon at the Harvest Moon Tavern and a coupon for canoeing or
kayaking; and a fifth generation iPod. The Jesse Klump Memorial Fund provides a scholarship each year to a member of the Snow Hill High School graduating class who demonstrates a willingness to put others ahead of him or herself. In 2013, the scholarship was $12,000. The Worcester County Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program educates people about the importance of recognizing the warning signs of someone at risk of suicide and of taking the steps to preserve that life until healthcare professionals step in. Call 443-982-2716 or visit www.jessespaddle.org for more information and to download a pledge form. Reserve a boat by calling the Pocomoke River Canoe Company at 410-632-3971.
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In large numbers, I must add. Would you believe many of us are there to enjoy the chance to socialize with friends and neighbors? Sporting, cavorting, gorging or just out forging forth around town, I found Wayne and Joanne Fenzel, Kitty Maitha, Norman and Bert Blades, John and Mary Ann Tiers, Nick Curtin and Vince and Nadine Ryan. By the time you read this, the 4th of July fireworks will be history. Coming up on Thursday, July 11, is a fundraiser at the Ocean Downs Casino for the benefit of the Worcester County Developmental Center. Trust me, you will not leave hungry from this all-you-can-eat chicken, fish and fixin’s event. What a great opportunity to get out and socialize and meet your neighbors. For tickets at $26 per person, call Lou Ann Trummel at 410-208-9514, Barbara Mazzei at 410-208 -0430 or Anna Foultz at 410-641- 7667. There’ll be surprises and prizes galore as well as entertainment by Stephen Decatur cheerleaders and singers. Be a winner, drag out those cowboy and cowgal outfits and win the best costume prize.
Looking for a nifty outfit? Check with Dottie Kruger for some great ideas. The lucky winner gets a picture taken with the winning horse of the WCDC race. How cool is that for a city gal or guy? There was no going to the store for milk, bread, butter or delicious raisin bread in the olden days. Door-to-door delivery then was a given. My claim to fame? I rode a Western Maryland dairy horse when I was a widdle kid. Many happy returns to July birthday kids, Gene Dore, Sue Donham, Ken McFarlin, Lovelle Karwacki, Joe O’Hagen, Loretta Singman, Lou Reich and Jo Alexander. Congratulations to anniversary celebrators, Carroll and Toni Wagner, Walt and Jeanne Langan, Charlie and Maureen O’Brien, Bob and Teri Kues, Duke and Mary Pantos, Ron and Rose Burns and Ed and Georgia Winiecki, who have managed to plow through many, many, many years of blitz, bliss and blisters, plus a multitude of good times on Delmarva. Many arrived here from the faraway shores of Joisey and Yonkers. But that’s ok; they had their Visas . . . Or were they credit cards? CU IN OC TODAY
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NARFE Chapter 2274 presented guest speaker Lyle Johnson, Hearing Aid Dispenser at the Audio Advantage Hearing Aid center in Salisbury during its June meeting. Pictured, from left, President Arlene Page, Johnson, and Programs chairperson Anna Foultz.
ROTARY The 2013-4 Presidents of Worcester Countyâ€™s three Rotary Clubs gather at the Blue Dog Cafe in Snow Hill on June 27. Pictured, from left, Willie Jackson, Pocomoke; Bill Ferguson, Area 60 assistant governor; David Blair, Ocean City/Berlin, seated, and Gary King, Snow Hill.
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ALOC’s Beverly Bassford Memorial Exhibit and reception July 5 Show will feature fine art in all mediums created by local and regional artists (July 5, 2013) The public is invited to the Art League of Ocean City’s reception for its July Beverly Bassford Memorial Exhibit and Juried Show from 5-7 p.m. on July 5 at the Ocean City Center for the Arts on 94th Street, bayside. Beverly Bassford was a former Art League board member who was passionate about the need for a new facility for the nonprofit to call home. After she passed away in 1999, her family established a prize in her name, which grew into the Beverly Bassford juried show. The show will feature fine art in all mediums by local and regional artists with
Marisa Sage of Salisbury University as the juror. Appetizers will be provided by the Pirates Den and admission is free. Laura Era of Troika Gallery in Easton will be the featured artist in the Galleria with her exhibit “People, Places and Things.” Era is an award-winning, professional portrait, still life and landscape artist with a passion for portraiture. Born in Japan, she moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland at the age of 5. She considers herself a shore native and an artist since the cradle. Although basically self-taught she has taken workshops from Daniel E. Greene, Burton Silverman, and Raoul Middleman. Since turning professional in 1988, Era has painted hundreds of portraits on commission, both formal and informal,
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OUT&ABOUT Continued from Page 21B ‘FIRST SATURDAY’ COMMUNITY-WIDE YARD SALES — Montego Bay Community during the months of July and August, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants would include 1,523 properties on nine miles of streets.
OUTDOOR FLEA MARKET — Bethany United Methodist Church, 8648 Stephen Decatur Highway in West Ocean City, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast and lunch, soups and baked goods. Table rental: 410-629-0926.
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 2-22, two eggs, two pancakes and two bacon slices, coffee and juice. Info: 410-524-8196.
SUNDAY, JULY 7 O.C. CRUZERS CAR SHOW AND MUSIC — Somerset Street, between Boardwalk and Baltimore Ave., Ocean City. The O.C. Cruzers will display approximately 15 vehicles along Somerset Street. Live music provided. Info: 410-289-2800. OC BEACHLIGHTS — Ocean City beach at North Division Street. Showtimes are 9:30 p.m., 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Free, eight-minute Laser Light Show featuring a five-story tall inflatable sphere featuring a visual laser, lighting, special effects, video and audio production with visibility along the Boardwalk. Info: 800-OC-
FARMERS MARKET — White Horse Park, 239 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines, 8 a.m. to noon, through Oct. 26. Produce, farm fresh eggs, organic goods, herbs and more. QUIET STORM SURF & SKATE MOVIES/LOCAL ARTIST SLIDESHOW — Ocean City beach at North Division Street, 8-9:30 p.m. Surf and skate movies will be shown on an in-
OCEAN or www.ococean.com. 31ST ANNUAL CANYON KICK-OFF FISHING TOURNAMENT — Weigh-ins are at Sunset Marina, 12911 Sunset Ave., West Ocean City, 57:30 p.m. Info: www.ocmarlinclub.com or 410-213-1613.
MONDAY, JULY 8 BEACH FIREWORKS — Ocean City beach at North Division Street, 10 p.m. The eight-minute show is visible along the boardwalk. Info; www.ococean.com or 800-OC-OCEAN. FREE MOVIE ON THE BEACH — Ocean City beach at 27th Street, 8:30 p.m. Featuring “The Lorax.” Take a beach chair or blanket. Info: www.ococean.com or 410-250-0125. Weather permitting. DELMARVA SWEET ADELINE CHORUS MEETS WEEKLY — The Delmarva Sweet Ade-
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line Chorus, under the direction of Carol Ludwig, meets each Monday from 7-9 p.m., at the Ocean Pines Community Center, 239 Ocean Parkway, White Horse Park. Women interested in learning and singing in a barbershop format are welcome. Info: 410-208-4171. 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. MUSEUM OPEN — Historic St. Martin’s Church Museum, 11413 Worcester Highway, near the intersection of routes 589 and 113, will be open every Monday, through the end of October, from 1-4 p.m. Info: www.historicstmartinschurch.org. FRIENDS OF THE OCEAN PINE LIBRARY MEETING — Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, 10 a.m. Refreshments available at 9:30 a.m. “Hot Summer Reads” will be presented by librarian Robin Long. Info: 410-208-4014.
TUESDAY, JULY 9 BEACH FIREWORKS — Ocean City beach at North Division Street, 10 p.m. The eight-minute show is visible along the boardwalk. Info; www.ococean.com or 800-OC-OCEAN.
CRAB NIGHT — Knights of Columbus, 9901 Coastal Highway (rear of St. Luke’s Church) every Tuesday, 5-7 p.m. Steamed crabs, steamed shrimp, crab soup, pizza and more. Order crabs in advance: Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 410-524-7994.
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‘CCA MARYLAND ATLANTIC COAST CHAPTER’ MEETING — Ocean Pines Community Center, 235 Ocean Parkway, 7-9 p.m. The meeting is to determine if there is adequate local interest in starting a new “CCA Maryland Atlantic Coast Chapter.” Info: Frank Watkins, 410-422-3677.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 FREE MOVIE ON THE BEACH — Carousel Resort Hotel and Condominiums, 118th Street and oceanfront in Ocean City, 8:30 p.m. Featuring “Hotel Transylvania.” Take a beach chair or blanket. Info: 800-626-2326. Weather permitting. HERITAGE ARTS FOR KIDS — Julia A. Purnell Museum, 208 W. Market St., Snow Hill, 1-3 p.m. Kids can drop in to learn more about an aspect of museum’s collection through hands-on projects. Admission costs $2 for adults and 50 cents for kids. Craft is free with admission. Info: Claire Otterbein, 410-632-0515, www.purnellmuseum.com or email@example.com. FREE CONCERT ON THE BEACH — Ocean City beach at North Division Street, 8-9:30 p.m. Featuring Sir Rod (tribute to Rod Stewart). Info:
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OUT&ABOUT www.oceancitymd.gov or 410-250-0125. WORCESTER COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB ANNUAL PICNIC — Fiesta Park, 141st Street, bayside, Ocean City, 5 p.m. Guests include Congressional Candidate Dr. John LaFerla, Maryland Senator Jim Mathias, Delegate Norm Conway and Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton. All are invited. Tickets cost $10. Reservations necessary by calling Lanny Hickman, 410-600-0552. BINGO — Every Wednesday at Ocean City Elks Lodge 2645, 138th Street across from Fenwick Inn. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., games 6:30 p.m. A $1,000 jackpot available, food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. No one under 18 years allowed. Info: 410-250-2645. DELMARVA HAND DANCING CLUB — Meets every Wednesday at Peaky’s Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, 13801 Coastal Highway, Ocean City. Beginner and intermediate lessons, 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by dancing 6:30-9 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.
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TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY MEETING — Ocean City library, 10003 Coastal Highway, Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. TOPS is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy lifestyle. It meets weekly. Info: 302436-3682.
THURSDAY, JULY 11 FREE MOVIE ON THE BEACH — Princess Royale Hotel, 9100 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, 8:30 p.m. Featuring “The Lorax.” Take a beach chair or blanket. Info: 800-626-2326. Weather permitting. SUNSET PARK PARTY NIGHTS — Sunset Park at South Division Street, bayside, Ocean City, 79 p.m. Live entertainment. Admission to the park is free. Beverages available for purchase. Take own seating. Info: www.oceancitymd.gov or 800-626-2326. ANNUAL WESTERN NIGHT — Casino at Ocean Downs, Berlin. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. All-youcan-eat chicken and fish buffet. Prize for best dressed Western-style attire, live harness and simulcasting races, free program, door prizes, 50/50. Entertainment including SDHS Cheerleaders and singers. Cost is $26. Benefits Worcester County Developmental Center. Reservations: LouAnn Trummel, 410-208-9514; Barbara Mazzei, 410-208-0430; or Anna Foultz, 410-641-7667. BEACH SINGLES — Every Thursday, Beach Singles 45-Plus meets for happy hour at Clarion Hotel, 10100 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, 4-7 p.m. Info: 302-436-9577 or 410-524-0649. 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. ARTS ON THE DOCK — Ocean City Fishing Center Marina, 12940 Inlet Isle Lane, West Ocean City, Thursdays, 4-7 p.m. Local artists showcase their work on the docks. Info: Jennifer Blunt, 410-213-1121 or www.ocfishing.com.
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Seacrets celebrates 25 years with fireworks and live music Hot spot on 49th Street bringing Jamaican flair to Ocean City since 1988 CLARA VAUGHN ■ Staff Writer
Seacrets on 49th Street in Ocean City was inducted into the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s Hospitality Hall of Honor during the organization’s annual awards gala in 2010. Representing Seacrets from left are, Vice President Gary Figgs, Founder/Owner Leighton Moore, Office Manager Mary Handy and General Manager Scott Studds.
(July 5, 2013) The popular restaurant and nightspot Seacrets celebrated 25 years of business last Saturday with live entertainment and its annual anniversary fireworks show. Originally a small, private club seating about 100 people, Seacrets has grown into a megalith among Ocean City’s nightspots, with 18 bars, six indoor and outdoor dining sections and a slew of nationally recognized acts hitting its stages
each summer. It’s a matter of “build it and they will come,” said owner Leighton Moore, who added a bar to Seacrets each winter for years to bring it to its current capacity of 4,600 people around five years ago. There are no plans to expand the again in the near future, Moore said. “We’re going to stay right here for awhile.” Opening June 29, 1988, Seacrets was inspired by Moore’s favorite vacation spot, Jamaica. “I really liked it, but I didn’t want to live there,” the Ocean City native said, “so I tried to bring it back to the United States.” As Seacrets grew, he continued to integrate the Jamaican theme, shipping palm trees and sand to the bar each summer to give the complex a See SEACRETS on Page 4
Longtime Ocean City dentist retires after 41 years of service Robbins’ favorite part of job was people he met and relationships forged CLARA VAUGHN ■ Staff Writer (July 5, 2013) After 41 years serving the resort area, dentist Dr. Geoff Robbins retired June 30 from his Atlantic Dental Cosmetic & Family Dentistry practice in West Ocean City. While he enjoyed helping patients, his favorite part of the job was the people he met and relationships forged with them, he said. “Everybody has a story,” Robbins said, “and they always want to tell you about them.” Hailing from a line of health care professionals, Robbins traded a university track in marine biology for dentistry when he began dental school at the University of Maryland in 1968. He graduated in 1972. “At that point, I knew I wanted to come back to Ocean City,” he said. “There was only one dentist in the community.” Opening an office with just one dental assistant, Robbins began his practice on his home turf. Four decades later, the office has grown to three dentists, four hygienists, six
dental assistants and several other workers. Some patients remained with Robbins “since day one,” he said. “I’m very proud of that fact.” And with so many years of biannual checkups, patient and practitioner naturally became close. “There’s more of a camaraderie between a dentist and their patients … because you see a dentist on a regular basis,” he said. “And you’re surprised how much people know about their dentist.” Likewise, Robbins bonded with his coworkers, several of whom got their start in dentistry because of him. Jessica DiGristine came to the practice 13 years ago hoping to land a receptionist position. After an interview, Robbins decided to pay for her schooling at Wor-Wic Community College to bring her on as a dental assistant. “He looked at me and gave me a chance and gave me a whole new outlook on dentistry,” DiGristine said. “He’s taught me everything I know.” A dental hygienist at Atlantic Dental for 38 years, Debby Smith has a similar story. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and he suggested that I go into dental hygiene,” Smith said. “It’s a very rewarding field and he’s kept it alive” To keep his practice modern, Rob-
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Dr. Geoff Robbins sits with his wife Michelle at his retirement party last week at Seacrets. Robbins left Atlantic Dental, the business he founded in West Ocean City, after 41 years as a dentist.
bins attended periodical programs on the local and state levels and took trips to the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. The major changes he’s seen over
his four decades in the field are increased demand for aesthetics —new filling materials and veneers — improvements in diagnostic equipment See ROBBINS on Page 3
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Dr. Geoff Robbins reads notes written by friends and coworkers during his retirement party.
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and increased availability of tooth implants. Robbins’ immediate plans including more fishing, golfing and metal detecting. He’s also brainstorming a trip out West to the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite national
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Fritschle Group Lee Trice of the Trice Appraisal Group was the featured guest at the June sales meeting of The Mark Fritschle Group of Condominium Realty, LTD. Trice outlined to the Realtors in attendance how they could help in the appraisal process for their customers and clients. Two new members of The Mark Fritschle Group of Condominium Realty were announced–Sarah Delligatti and Lindsey Correa. They have joined Condominium Realty so that they can concentrate on better serving their customers and clients and building their business by being associated with the top Real Estate office in the area. Also announced were the company’s sales, settlement and listing leaders for May 2013: Top Listing Agents By Unit: Sheri Smith, Wayne Phillips, Kim McCabe, Rusty Molnar and Bob Ott;
Top Listing Agent By Volume: McCabe, Smith and Phillips; Top Selling Agent By Units: Smith, Phillips, McCabe and Dave Whittington; Top Settled Agents By Volume: Phillips, McCabe and Whittington.
New officers, directors The Restaurant Association of Maryland has completed the annual nomination process for its Board of Directors. The new officers and directors were voted in at the annual membership meeting in Havre De Grace on June 18. Their board term is effective July 1, 2013. Officers: Chairman, Doc Hayes of Martini’s Restaurant & Lounge, First Vice Chair, Sherry Giovannoni of The Fish Market; Second Vice Chair, Eric King, of Shanty Grille; Third Vice Chair, Dan Stevens, of Houlihan’s; Treasurer: Joe Barbera of AIDA Bistro and Secretary: Kathie Sewell of
Golden Corral. Directors: Wayne Odachowski, de Lazy Lizard in Worcester County; Karen Murray, TJ’s of Calverton in Prince George’s County; Julie Newberry, Tidewater Grill in Harford County; Hudson Benson, Port House Grill in Cecil County; Kelly Motley, Madrone’s in Frederick County; Matt Milani, The Rumor Mill in Howard County; Dennis Barry, H&M Wagner and Rick Aurite, Sysco Baltimore.
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beach feeling. Seacrets is also known for its Caribbean fare, with jerk chicken the most popular dish among diners. The bar and restaurant has won several awards, including 10th place in “Nightclub & Bar Magazine’s” list of the top 100 bars in the country in 2008 and the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s “Favorite Bar and Tavern” the same year. Moore attributes the success to Seacrets’ diversity, and not just the options to drink immersed in the bay or dance through the crowds at the Nite Club. “It’s got a lot of bands, it’s got the same relative (cover) charge as other places, and you get more benefit,” he said. “It’s different. You can walk around and find a place and feel comfortable.” Saturday’s entertainment started at 5 p.m. with the Jim Long Band, followed by High Five, Lucky Dub and Lifespeed playing on various stages until 2 a.m. Fireworks started around 9 p.m. on the bay. T-shirts and coins commemorating the 25th anniversary are on sale at the restaurant and online at www.seacretsboutique.com while supplies last. The coin featuring a gilded skull and cross bones and the U.S. and Jamaican flags will be on sale until all 25,000 are sold— a relatively small number compared to Seacret’s 3 million visitors annually, said designer Keith Hanshaw, chief operating officer of Gray Water Ops, LLC. Seacrets will host nationally recognized acts including Reel Big Fish and G Love and Special Sauce this summer. For a full lineup, menu, specials and more, visit www.seacrets.com.
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New simplified loan modifications help troubled borrowers
LAUREN BUNTING ■ Contributing Writer (July 5, 2013) Earlier this year, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will offer a new, simplified loan modification initiative to minimize losses and to help troubled borrowers avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes. This Streamlined Modification Initiative began July 1 and requires servicers to offer eligible borrowers who are at least 90 days delinquent on their mortgage an easy way to lower their monthly payments and modify their mortgage without requiring financial or hardship documentation. The new program eliminates many administrative barriers associated with document collection and evaluation and will not require borrowers to file any financial paperwork. Lenders will lower payments by specifying the dollar amount of the new mortgage payment based upon a fixed interest rate, extending the payment terms to 40 years, and providing principal forbearance for certain underwater borrowers. Eligible borrowers must demonstrate a willingness and ability to pay by making three on-time trial payments, after which the mortgage will be permanently modified. Homeowners are encouraged to continue working with their servicer to evaluate all of their foreclosure prevention options. Documenting income and financial hardship could result in a modification with additional savings for the borrower. “The Streamlined Modification Initiative adds to the suite of home retention tools offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,” said FHFA Acting Director Edward J. DeMarco. “This new option gives delinquent borrowers another path to avoid foreclosure. We will still encourage such borrowers to provide documentation to support other modification options that would likely result in additional borrower savings.” The program is available to those homeowners with loans owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. The program expires Aug. 1, 2015. Homeowners can check to see if their home loan is owned or guaranteed by either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac by visiting www.knowyouroptions.com or www.freddiemac.com. Lauren Bunting is a licensed REALTOR®with Bunting Realty, Inc. in Berlin.
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