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OC MAN GOES MISSING IN ASSAWOMAN BAY Family, friends continue search for Townsend, who vanished after stolen canoe capsized near Fenwick NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer, Ocean City Today MARIA COUNTS ■ Staff Writer, Coastal Point
(March 9, 2012) The search continues for an Ocean City man who went missing in the early hours of March 2, after the canoe he was in reportedly capsized in the bay near Fenwick Island, Del. “We’re going to keep searching until we find him,” Chris Van der Slice said Thursday of his stepson, Nicholas Townsend, 23, who was last seen on the Assawoman Bay, 100 yards offshore, behind the Lobster Shanty, about 4 a.m. last
Friday. He was canoeing with 20year-old Matthew Bullen of Fenwick Island. According to what Bullen told police, when the canoe capsized for an unknown reason, the two men fell into the water. Bullen reportedly told investigators that he was unable to reach Townsend and then swam ashore. According to Bullen, Townsend, who was wearing a leather jacket and blue jeans, did not make it to dry land. Neither was wearing a life jacket. Following Bullen’s police interview, Delaware State Police learned that, once on shore, Bullen
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Emergency personnel search the Assawoman Bay on Saturday for any sign of Nick Townsend, who went missing early Friday morning after his canoe capsized.
allegedly used a brick to break into a home on Roosevelt Avenue in Selbyville, changed into dry clothes and then returned to his own residence, where he reported the incident to a roommate. Townsend’s disappearance was not reported to police until approximately seven hours after
the incident. Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale of the Delaware State Police said he could not comment as to whether Bullen would be charged for not reporting Townsend’s disappearance earlier. “That’s a still-ongoing investigation. We’re not going to comSee WE’RE on Page 20
Boater registration feeincreasewould improve waterways CARMEN AMEDORI ■ Staff Writer
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This marquee at the Oceanic Fishing Pier in downtown Ocean City reminds passersby that “spring is coming,” although unseasonably high temperatures during the last few weeks have many questioning if winter ever bothered to arrive. On Wednesday, when this photo was taken, outdoor gauges measured temperatures in the high 60s, and on Thursday, temperatures were expected to reach 70.
(March 9, 2012) For the first time in 30 years, boat registration fees may be increased. The proposal is at the request of the Department of Natural Resources and will have a March 16 hearing in the Environmental Matters Committee. Under HB1307, the current flat fee of $24, which boaters pay every two years, will be replaced with levies ranging from $50 to $700, depending on the size of the boat. The increases would be phased in over four years, beginning in October, said Bob Gaudette, director of DNR Boating Services, noting Maryland has a little more than 191,000 registered boat owners. The money will be placed into the Waterway Improvement Fund, which has been sustained over the years only by the 5 percent sales tax on new vessel purchases. However, due to a “dramatic” decrease in new boat sales, the WIF has decreased by 50 percent, leaving little money to maintain the waterways. “West Ocean City has a new public boat ramp,” Gaudette said. “And there is going to be See FEES on Page 21
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City to buy space for parking on Philadelphia Ave.
OCEAN CITY COUNCIL BRIEFS STEWART DOBSON ■ Editor
STEWART DOBSON ■ Editor (March 9, 2012) What is now the site of La Mexicana restaurant and the cluster of houses behind it on Fourth Street and Philadelphia Avenue will sport some 60 parking meters this summer, assuming the deal goes smoothly with the City Council’s purchase of the property. The council on Monday began the formal process of acquiring the property from Lot 10 LLC, the owners, by approving the first reading of an ordinance that would ratify the contract of sale for $1.2 million. In endorsing the purchase, council members noted its proximity to both City Hall and the Fourth Street recreation area, both of which offer limited parking. The parcel, where Griffin’s Seafood Market stood for many years before it was transformed into a restaurant, is bordered on the east by the city’s municipal parking lot on Baltimore Avenue. The new lot, which could be open by July, according to Mayor Rick Meehan, would be an extension of the existing one. Following up on a question from Councilman Brent Ashley about how the purchase price would be covered, Meehan said the additional parking meters, referred to as “Cale meters” after their manufacturer, would generate enough revenue to cover the cost. The money for the purchase, however, will not come from the city’s general fund, but from the $37.6 million municipal
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This property on Fourth Street and Philadelphia Avenue will become part of the Baltimore Avenue municipal lot by early summer.
bond package the council earlier that night agreed to offer for sale in April. Although Ashley supported the purchase of the property for parking, he voted against the financial instrument that would pay for it, saying “debt is debt,” regardless of where it falls on the city’s ledger. As Finance Director Martha Bennett explained, about a third of that $37.6 million represents the refinancing of bonds sold in 2005 at a higher interest rate. With the savings from that move factored in, the debt service on the total sale will cost the city about $1 million a year. Not selling the bonds and delaying the projects they would finance would cost the city more, Council President Jim Hall said, as the situations these projects ad-
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dress would deteriorate further. In addition to refinancing approximately $14 million in 2005 bonds, the measure will cover the Boardwalk reconstruction at $6.1 million, the Caroline Street comfort station project at $1 million, fire station improvements at $5 million, St. Louis Avenue reconstruction at $4.6 million and almost $5 million in water and sewer work. In the meantime, the bond ordinance itself does not say the city will spend this amount, but that it can spend no more than that, according to Bennett. Total expenditures for this capital projects cycle could be less. As for the parking lot work, demolition of the existing structures could begin next month.
The bus fare from the Park and Ride facility in West Ocean City to Ocean City will be going up $1 in one instance, following the City Council’s approval Monday night of a recommendation by Public Works Department Director Hal Adkins. Adkins received the council’s approval to make the fare structure uniform throughout the resort’s transit system, thus raising the charge for an all-day ticket from the park and ride to $3. For the extra buck, however, passengers would be able to ride all day at no additional cost on any city bus in the resort. That means passengers coming from the park and ride to Ocean City would not have to buy another ticket for another bus to get to the next destination. Passengers who want no more than to be dropped off at the transit center downtown could still do so for $1.
Play It Safe The Play It Safe program designed to keep young people out of trouble when they come to Ocean City to celebrate their high school graduations, continues to play it seriously. In a report to the mayor and City Council Monday night, Donna Greenwood, chairwoman of the Ocean City Drug and Alcohol Abuse Committee, the sponsoring organizaContinued on Page 7
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Recently, in Bishopville, Community Association members lit up grapevine e-mail links about someone piling trash bags along one of the mail roads. Subsequent e-mails chatted that the county was picking up the trash bags and that there was an unknown good Samaritan with his own beautification program at work. Caught at his task, Holiday Harbor resident Scott McCullion said he loves the area and took on the job, on his own initiative to make it better looking.
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City narrows list of candidates to half dozen for manager post STEWART DOBSON ■ Editor (March 9, 2012) The search for a new city manager for Ocean City government is moving toward a selection in the next few weeks, as the City Council has narrowed its list of candidates to about a half dozen. Mayor Rick Meehan, who has been the acting city manager since September, said Monday night that council members had continued their review of candidates during that evening’s executive session and trimmed more applicants from the original list of 31 supplied to them by the exec-
utive recruiting firm, Springsted Inc. of Richmond, Va. Councilwoman Mary Knight, who was out of town, participated in the discussion by telephone, Council President Jim Hall said during the open meeting report on the closed-door session. A hire sometime in April is the current target, city officials said, a date pushed back somewhat from the original objective of filling the empty post in March. Meehan, who as mayor has no say in the selection of a city manager, said he was impressed with the quality of the applicants provided by the company.
City payroll figures available online STEWART DOBSON ■ Editor (March 9, 2012) In a follow-up to last week’s report on the town of Ocean City’s total payroll for 2011, one number that did not appear was the total cost of health and other insurance benefits for employees. Numbers supplied by the Ocean City Finance Department put last year’s insurance expense at $6,439,484. That figure covers group health care, vision, dental and term life insurance benefits. Meanwhile, a number that did appear but requires additional explanation is the salary figure shown for the chief of the Ocean City Fire Department. Chief Chris
Larmore assumed the job in mid-2008 during the merger of the paid fire department and the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company. As part of the agreement to make that merger possible, Larmore, who had been chief of the volunteers, resigned that position and became the overall chief of fire services in Ocean City at a salary of $1 a year. That symbolic salary remained in effect until midway through last year, when he was given a real paycheck. The total shown last year, however, reflects half the year. The city payroll figures from last year continue to be available at www.oceancitytoday.net by typing “city payroll 2011” in the archive search box.
He also said the process would likely involve a two-interview scenario, with each of the remaining candidates having to appear before the council twice before a decision is made. As written in the charter, which establishes the resort’s council/city manager form of government, the city manager is appointed by, and works at the pleasure of, the council as its chief administrative officer. The winnowing of applicants by city officials has not been under way that long. It was little more than a month ago, on Feb. 12, that the city closed the application process. The resumes forwarded to the council represented what Springsted considered to be the most suitable possibilities out of the 80 or so people who applied. The job requirements agreed to by the council included “… a master’s degree in public or business administration, fi-
nance, planning or a related field and 10 years related public sector experience or training, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.” Among the council’s other preferences in a candidate was the ability to manage a budget and to build a consensus between the council and the community. The company, which Meehan characterized as having done a solid job, signed on for the city manager search in December at a cost of $15,500, plus up to $4,800 in expenses. The post has been vacant since September, when then-City Manager Dennis Dare was told to retire or be fired by a 4-3 council majority. Whoever the city does bring on board will step into the middle of some difficult budget discussions for fiscal year 2013, because of a 15 percent decline this year in real property assessments.
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Council relents on allowing commercial advertising on cabs STEWART DOBSON ■ Editor
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(March 9, 2012) After years of trying and years of failing, the Ocean City taxi industry has gained the privilege of selling advertising space on its vehicles. It might only be 39 inches of advertising space — and it would be on the cab’s roof — but it still represents a reversal of the long-held City Council position that vehicles for hire should not be allowed to display commercial messages. The turnabout came Monday night after hearing Community Cab owner Kevin Lyons follow up on a request he made during a council work session last month. Council members agreed unanimously to let him and others, if they so choose, proceed. The rationale behind the decision after all these years of opposition was expressed by Councilwoman Margaret Pillas, who has opposed the city’s own advertising sales on buses, the Boardwalk tram and various other locations. Considering the spread of advertising on city-owned property and vehicles, she said if the city didn’t set an example, it was hardly in a position to deny private business the same opportunity. The agreement struck between the council and Lyons, however, has limits. The roof ad carriers, which run from front
to back, “like a Domino’s Pizza delivery car,” according to Lyons, must be no larger than 39 by 14 by 15 inches. Also built into the first draft of the ordinance the council approved Monday are rules restricting the kinds of advertising that may appear: nothing profane or anything that promotes questionable social behavior. Although the council did ask Lyons if he could show members an example of the fixture itself before it votes on the ordinance a second time, he said the expense of the carriers — at close to $500 each — made that difficult. He said were he to buy one and should the council change its mind, the ad carrier was not returnable. Council members also were well aware of what this approval means, having been beseeched numerous times over the years by various businesses for the right to sell space on almost any flat surface available. As Mayor Rick Meehan told the council, one petitioner for ad sales approval, Russell Rankin, owner of e-cruzers, will probably be coming forward again with his request. Four years ago, the council turned down his request to sell advertising on portions of the electric shuttles his company uses to carry people from bayside properties to the beach. His business model was based on significant advertising revenue, a council majority rejected the idea because it conflicted with its ban on taxi advertising.
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OCEAN CITY COUNCIL BRIEFS Continued from Page 3 tion, said Play It Safe has seen no major incidents of any kind in more than 10 years. The program itself, which runs from Memorial Day to mid-June, is heading into its 23rd year this spring, she said, and will offer nearly 50 events. Like last year, those activities range from Karaoke to paintball to rides at Splash Mountain Water Park. Altogether, a round-up of last year’s figures shows that 115 volunteers gave more than 978 hours of service. That does not include the time contributed by committee members and local agencies such as the health department, the police and Ocean City Public Works. The total number of participants was 11,645 from 16 states and the District of Columbia.
Boat races return The roar residents and visitors will hear coming off the ocean on Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13, will be from powerboat racers, which are returning to Ocean City after a two-year hiatus. The actual race, sanctioned by the Offshore Powerboat Association, will take place that Sunday on a course that runs from Fourth Street to 35th Street. The operation center will be on the roof of the Commander Hotel on 14th Street. Approximately 40 boats are expected to participate, with race headquarters set up in West Ocean City. In giving the race permission to proceed, the council tipped its collective hat to Phil Houck, whose efforts and sponsorship through Bull on the Beach and Crab Alley restaurants kept the
Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan presents a proclamation, in honor of nationwide Girl Scout Week, to Anna Foultz, left, on March 6, at City Hall. Also on hand for the presentation are Laura Meadows of Troop 608, center, Emily Malinowski of Troop 367 and scout leader Beverly Meadows. opportunity alive. Houck did note that the race in Ocean City would be carried by NBC sports.
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Budget seeks 1.5 percent increase CARMEN AMEDORI ■ Staff Writer (March 9, 2012) Worcester County Commissioners were told an approval for a $1.9 million increase in the Board of Education Fiscal Year 2013 Operating Budget would help stimulate the ailing economy. “For every one dollar you invest into the school system, $1.61 will be generated into the local economy,” Memo Diriker, director of Business, Finance and Community Outreach Network at Salisbury University told the commissioners during their Tuesday meeting in Snow Hill. “Every 2 percent change to the budget has a 1 percent change in the lifetime earning of a Worcester County school graduate.” In an otherwise level-funded budget, the proposal includes a small increase for teachers’ salaries. There have been no salary increases since 2008. The board is requesting $1,500 annually, or about $8 a day, per teacher. Worcester County teachers’ starting salaries range from $41,377 to $51,298 depending on their educational degree. The budget seeks an overall 1.5 percent increase, bringing it from $91.4 million to $93.3 million. “I’m very proud to stand before you and say that we are No. 1,” said Dr. Jon See PAY on Page 9
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Shift of pension funding to local jurisdictions CARMEN AMEDORI ■ Staff Writer (March 9, 2012) What the state is calling a “shift” of pension funding onto the local jurisdictions could be more like a financial earthquake for Worcester County taxpayers. “We’re already starting the 2013 fiscal year with an approximate $11 million deficit,” said Worcester County Commissioner Judy Boggs, referring to the county budget. “And now the state is saying we need to pick up the cost of the (teacher) pensions, which will be putting more pressure on us.” As the pensions escalate every year, more than $2 million will be necessary to fund the Worcester County teacher’s pensions in FY 2013 with anticipated growth of more than $3 million by FY 2017. The legislature’s attempt to move a portion of the pension cost back to the counties is part of its effort to balance an already stretched state budget. “I’m not sure the teachers fully understand,” Boggs said. “I get countless emails a day saying please fund our raise. Please fund the pension. There is no gold mine outback the Government Center. We have no rainy day fund. We were praying there would be no snow this year, because we would have to find the money for clearing roads. There is no surplus. ” In opposition to the state’s maneuver to have counties fund teachers’ pensions, Boggs joined the other county commis-
“I’m not sure the teachers fully understand. There is no gold mine outback the Government Center. We have no rainy day fund. We were praying there would be no snow this year, because we would have to ﬁnd the money for clearing roads. There is no surplus.” COMMISSIONER JUDY BOGGS responding to requests for teachers’ raises, pensions
sioners during an Annapolis meeting with the nine Eastern Shore county delegations. “I am not hopeful,” said Boggs, who also is a Maryland Association of Counties board member. “Mostly they listened. I got the sense something is going to happen (as far as placing the burden onto the counties).” State Delegate Mike McDermott (R38B) said he anticipates the pensions will shift to the counties before the April 9 adjournment of the General Assembly 2012 session. Transfer of the this obligation is contained in HB87/SB152 otherwise known as the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act or 2012 “I just don’t know if it will be a transfer all at once or if we can try to soften it over the years, “he said. “The state has just built the budget around too many taxes
and fees. There is no wiggle room. And this General Assembly just doesn’t seem to want to cut a whole lot.” McDermott said he is hoping to submit an amendment that would cap pensions, as well as put such union bargaining talks into the local arena. Currently, when negotiation talks occur, they are at the state level. “We have no seat at that table,” Boggs said, agreeing if the counties have to pay for it, they should have some say in what amounts will be paid. Likewise, Worcester County Teacher’s Association President Helen Schoffstall said the teachers don’t want to have the pensions shifted onto the counties. “We don’t know what that price ticket on the county will be,” Schoffstall said. “We don’t downplay it because it will change the way the budget is funded. “ Funding the budget is going to be harder since the county is suffering large financial losses because of lower property value assessments, particularly in Ocean City, Boggs said. Taxes are based on assessments and with the decline in property values, there could be less income for the county coffers. That is providing that the tax rate remains unchanged. An estimated $10.3 million is the anticipated loss for FY2013. “The legislature has really put counties between a rock and a hard spot,” the commissioner said. “Annapolis is telling us because we have the lowest property tax rate in the state we will need to raise taxes. Taxes may have to be raised 8 to 9 cents just to get the same revenue as we had last year.”
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Andes, superintendent of Worcester County Schools. “We are the wealthiest county per student (funding) and so we are given less state aid. More than 75 percent of our funding comes from the county because that state does not give us enough money. If we don’t get it from you, we don’t get it. That’s the bottom line.” Andes, who has been superintendent for the past 16 years, attributed the success of the school system to a “simple formula” of success. “We hire the best we can afford, we provide technical tools for our teachers in the way of books and other educational materials, we have small class sizes, we make certain our teachers have the strategies for teaching and we have good leadership,” he said. “Our teachers are doing more with less. Each and every day our teachers walk into the classroom and do a phenomenal job. Our school system deserves a pay increase.”
Commissioner President Bud Church said he is very sympathetic to the teachers, as well as to other county employees, but “we cannot print money.” “I don’t have to tell anyone how tough times are,” Church said. “None of our employees have had a raise. And, I will promise you this — we are going to do the very best we can for everyone. “ Commissioner Judy Boggs agreed, saying the increase “may not be doable.” However, Commissioner Louise Gulyas said she felt her fellow commissioners would have to “bite the bullet.” “When push comes to shove, we need to seriously look at this for education and the county budget,” Gulyas said. The commissioners will hold a work session with the board of education to discuss the budget proposal March 13, at the Government Center and a public hearing is scheduled for May 1, at the Snow Hill High School.
Altered traffic pattern starts Mon. (March 9, 2012) Beginning Monday, March 12, motorists traveling northbound on Coastal Highway at 49th Street will be rerouted to the bus lane as all three northbound lanes will be closed to enable work on the town’s sewer main project. The lane closure is necessary as the contractor working on the sewer main project along Coastal Highway this winter
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Primary election deadlines near (March 9, 2012) Important deadlines for the upcoming 2012 Presidential Primary Election are approaching. The deadline to register to vote or change party affiliation and the deadline for certain voters to request a polling place change for this election is 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13. To vote in the upcoming primary election, Maryland residents who are eligible to vote but are not yet registered â€” including 17year-olds who will be 18 years old or older on or before the Nov. 6 General Election â€” must complete a voter registration application and hand-deliver or mail the application to a local board of elections. A hand-delivered application must be received by a local board of elections by 9 p.m. on March 13, and a mailed application must be postmarked by March 13. This is also the deadline for registered voters who have moved since the last election to provide updated address information to the local board of elections and for registered voters who wish to change their party affiliation. Voter registration applications are available at the following locations: local and state boards of elections, Motor Vehicle Administration offices, state Department of Health offices, local Department of Social Services offices, offices on Aging, Division of Rehabilitation Services, public institutions of higher education, Marriage license bureaus, post offices and public libraries. Applications are also available online at www.elections.state.md.us (click â€œVoter Registration Informationâ€? under Quick Links) or by calling 1-800-222-8683. Most of Marylandâ€™s polling places are ac-
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Judge in Hudson case has harsh words for Coastkeeper
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NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer
(March 9, 2012) The trial of the Ocean City taxi driver accused of child pornography offenses was postponed Tuesday because of pending federal charges. In Circuit Court in Snow Hill, Worcester County Assistant State’s Attorney Diane Cuilhe told Judge Richard Bloxom federal authorities wanted to indict Laurence Bode, 60. “The interests of justice would be served by a postponement,” Bloxom said. David Gaskill, Bode’s defense attorney, objected to the postponement because, he told the court, Cuilhe had indicated she would not prosecute the case. Bode was arrested Dec. 20, following an investigation by Department of Homeland Security officials, who told Ocean City police they believed Bode was distributing child pornography via the Internet. Bode, owner of Casino Express Taxi, was charged with two counts of distributing child pornography, two counts of distributing obscene matter and 21 counts of possession of child pornography. No date has been set.
(March 9, 2012) Although the environmental lawsuit of the Waterkeeper Alliance versus the Hudson farm near Berlin and poultry giant Perdue is on a court docket in Baltimore for April 16, a federal judge wrote on March 1 that the parties could try again to resolve the dispute and not go to trial. The judge also had some unkind words about Assateague Coastkeeper Kathy Phillips, the executive director of Assateague Coastal Trust, one of the parties who instigated the lawsuit. Phillips did not respond to the newspaper’s request for a comment, but Dr. Tom Jones, president of Assateague Coastal Trust, stated in a press release that the organization “remains interested in seeing both sides pursue this course. However, if they are unable to settle the case we are ready to support Waterkeeper Alliance in their preparations for trial.” The case started in 2009 when Phillips, the executive director of Assateague Coastal Trust, saw what she believed to be a pile of chicken manure on the farm of Alan and Kristin Hudson. In 2010, she and the Waterkeeper
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OC police mourn loss of retired K-9, 11-year-old Jester (March 9, 2012) The Ocean City Police Department is mourning the loss of veteran K-9 Jester, who passed away Feb. 18, one day after his 11th birthday. Jester, who retired from the department in 2008, came to the OCPD from Augsburg, Germany, at which time he became the courageous and loyal partner to Pfc. Christine (Plant) Kirkpatrick. Jester, who achieved the highest level of certification (Schutzhund) before joining the OCPD in 2004, spent hundreds of hours in training in Patrol/Narcotics Division. During his career, he completed more than 250 drug searches, including one incident in which he found a halfpound of marijuana concealed amidst engine parts and a handgun on the front seat of the vehicle, which resulted in significant jail time for the suspect. With a skill for tracking, Jester was successful at locating 13 people on tracks and although he was tough on the road, he was also known throughout the community for demonstrations for children and community groups. “I have never seen a dog so loved by all who met him,” said Kirkpatrick, who is no longer with the department. “I never intended to stay in police work very long, Jester is the reason I did. I loved being a K-9 handler from the first moment I got him and I couldn’t have asked for a better first partner.” Since his retirement, Jester lived a very happy life at home with Kirkpatrick. He enjoyed playing ball in the back yard, relaxing on the couch and playing with his buddy, Chance. “His passing has left a hole in my heart that I think will never go away, he was a great work dog, loyal partner and best friend,” Kirkpatrick said.
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Concealed weapons A 51-year-old Ocean City man was charged Feb. 26, with driving while his driverâ€™s license was suspended, driving while impaired, driving while under the influence of alcohol and having concealed dangerous weapons. An Ocean City policeman stopped the vehicle driven by Frederic Raymond Ames Jr. on Robin Drive because Ames had been driving on the wrong side of the street. Ames told another officer he had consumed approximately two beers, but he did not complete any field sobriety tests satisfactorily or as instructed. That officer arrested Ames and charged him with the driving and drinking offenses. The officer who made the original traffic stop had noticed the handle of a knife. The knifeâ€™s blade was hidden under the center console. Two additional knives were also located under the center console and Ames was charged with having a concealed deadly weapon. Ames later said he had the knives for protection and to use as tools. A records check revealed Amesâ€™ driverâ€™s license had been suspended Feb. 24, just two days earlier. He was then charged with driving while his license was suspended.
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Stolen vehicle A 19-year-old Wilmington, Del., man was apprehended Tuesday and charged with felony theft and multiple traffic citations after leading police on a vehicle pursuit. The Worcester County Sheriffâ€™s Office stated a deputy tried to stop a silver Mitsubishi Monday night for a traffic violation on Assateague Road. The driver sped away with the deputy in pursuit, which continued from Route 611 to Sinepuxent Road. The vehicle crashed Continued on Page 15
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POLICE BRIEFS Continued from Page 14 into a ditch near Holly Grove Road. The driver, Alvin Alonzo James, ran from the car into the nearby woods, police said. The passenger, a girl from Wilmington, Del., was taken into custody immediately. A check of vehicle revealed it had been stolen from the North East, Md. area. The girl was charged with theft of the car and detained by the Department of Juvenile Justice. Units from the Sheriffâ€™s Office, the Berlin Police Department, Maryland State Police, Natural Resources Police and the Aviation Division of Maryland State Police participated in the search for James.
Disorderly conduct Deputies of the Worcester County Sheriffâ€™s Office arrested John Vincent Walton, 48, of Exton, Pa., on Feb. 22, on a Pennsylvania District Court arrest warrant for loitering/prowling at night time, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness issued Jan. 4. Walton was taken before a District Court Commissioner and later held at the Worcester County Jail without bond.
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Act]â€? against a chicken farm under contract to a major poultry company, he wrote. â€œWhen Phillips discovered a large pile on the Hudson Farm that she believed to be chicken litter, she concluded that she had found her â€˜BAD APPLE.â€™ After the pile proved to be something other than chicken litter, Phillips continued to represent, apparently without any evidence, that the pile was tainted with chicken manure. Plaintiffâ€™s case has now gone from a large pile of uncovered chicken manure to small amounts of airborne litter from the exhaust fumes, trace amounts brought out on shoes and tires, and a dustpan of litter left on the heavy use pads.â€? Furthermore, laying blame on cow manure for pollutants in the water in the ditches is inconsistent with Phillipsâ€™ and the Waterkeepersâ€™ goal of making Perdue liable, Nickerson wrote. Also, it would be counter to the Notice of Intent filed by Phillips and the Waterkeepers that was limited to poultry waste and did not include cow manure. In the Assateague Coastal Trust press release, Jones stood by Phillips, stating, â€œWe support our Coastkeeper and appreciate her hard work in addressing the problems facing our waterways.â€? Perdue officials did not want to comment on the latest developments in the case, but Julie DeYoung, the companyâ€™s spokeswoman, stated in a press release, â€œWe appreciate the Courtâ€™s thoughtful and nuanced analysis of the case in explaining his ruling and we look forward to presenting all of our evidence in court. We remain confident in the merits of our case.â€?
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Government stepping in on the fire code opt-out Typical of how the legislative process often works is the narrow focus demonstrated by supporters of House Bill 366 in the General Assembly. Presently, counties can opt out of a state fire code requirement that calls for fire sprinklers in single-family residences, but HB 366, sponsored by Delegate James E. Malone Jr. (D-12A), would strip counties of that authority. It’s understandable that Malone, a retired firefighter, would see the benefits of home sprinklers. But that understanding apparently leaves no room for other considerations, including this addition of one more thing to the cost of housing. People will argue that sprinklers would not add much to the price of a home. That’s fine, except that many people can’t afford the cost of a decent home as it is, and that’s whether they’re buying or renting. A broader view of the home safety issue would first recognize the need for reasonable shelter. It would then ask whether a person is safer in a decent home without sprinklers or something even more substandard and less expensive, with whatever problems that might entail. The greater difficulty isn’t this push for sprinklers specifically, but that it’s one more thing piled on a population that’s being “coded” to death, ostensibly for its own good. Sure, we want homes that can save our lives, are situated exactly just so, reflect our sense of aesthetics and conform to whatever the latest studies tell us about matters related to health, safety and environmental circumstances. But the one subject that has not been addressed is how people are supposed to pay the cumulative cost of all these things. And that’s the question: are people better off with an otherwise acceptable home they can afford or with a code-compliant home they can’t have? At the same time, if governments themselves don’t have any money these days for certain vital needs, it’s naïve at best for office holders and code developers to assume that the rest of us do.
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Editor, I had the fun fortune to attend a gathering of old friends celebrating a continued life of surfing, fathering, husbanding, constructing, coaching, mentoring and being one of the good ’ole guys of the Ocean City area. Nearly 400 connected friends held a “happy hour with Steve (Falck)” at the Bonfire last Saturday evening. As a relative newcomer to OC, I was struck with the true friendships, some stretching three generations, that were part of this benefit for Steve and his fight with a debilitating physical condition. Old-time Ocean City stories were filtering around a crowded room, a room with guys like myself that might not ever had met a necktie they ever liked. To say the least, it was refreshing. An old friend of Steve’s, seen constantly around town, mentioned that it was a room full of the “good guys,” not always the gatherings he must attend. No politics, no naysaying, certainly no backstabbing — just genuine love for one another and the ability to enjoy life in the old OC way. Those who have been able to interact with Steve know that’s the way he likes it. Nearly 400 liked it that way, and I’m sure plenty others want it to be that way every day here at the shore. Put a little Steve in your life, and every day will feel good. Special shout out thanks to the Leiners at the Bonfire for packin’ us in for such a great celebration. Bob Buckler Ocean City
Editor, Based on recent debates, I believe we have a problem with our present selection process that’s used to determine a candidate for an elected office. The final candidate generally is determined by his wealth and special interest groups. This process overlooks a major factor — their core values and beliefs. It’s this factor that allows the public insight into the persons true character. We have to find a way to determine these factors. Maybe if we look into what they’re presently involved in, who they hold close as friends and associates, what organizations they belong to, their education and sometimes their own words, we might gain some insight to the person. Also, we have to know and consider their beliefs in this nation’s guiding principle: our Constitution. Presently, we have a man in the presidency for whom the media completely overlooked the organizations to which he belonged, the people he considered friends and associates, the work in which he had been involved and his own words, which were clear indicators of his core beliefs. He’s been a member of a church whose core teaching grew out of the Civil Rights movement of the ’60s. It’s based on Karl Marx’s concepts of large government, class oppression and massive wealth redistribution. How can Mr. Obama swear to uphold and protect our Constitution if his core beliefs are
opposed to the concept? Mr. Obama’s not a bad person; he’s just the wrong person to lead our country. Now we have people vying for the position of president from the Republican party. The selection process is going forward and it seems to be based mostly on their money, contacts and government service — not their core beliefs. This could be the reason people are having such a difficult time deciding on a specific person. Maybe if we made changes in the financial benefits and long term retirement payments of the position we might have fewer people running for the position but a better selection of candidates who truly care about this country. It also might break the cycle of lobbyist and special interest groups that presently seem to control the overall process. This year’s election is critical as to the direction this country will take in the future. If we elect Mr. Obama again, I think it’s obvious in which direction we’ll go. Now is the time to make the needed changes that will put this nation back on the right track correcting the mistakes of the past. It’s either that, or we end up with a European-type socialism. The choice is ours. I hope and pray for the sake of our children, grandchildren and the world at large we make the right decision. It’s an election year. Get out and vote. Stand up for America. Paul St. Andre Ocean City
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Towns,OceanPinesseek county funds while realizing hard times NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (March 9, 2012) A property tax increase is a possibility for the coming fiscal year because of the poor economy, Bud Church, president of the Worcester County Commissioners, said Tuesday when the county’s four mayors and the president of one homeowners association made their appeal for funds. The increase could be needed to ensure the county has ample funds for its work, and the government leaders said they realized times are financially difficult. Instead of holding out their hands for funds, they thanked the Worcester County Commissioners for past financial assistance and said they would appreciate whatever the county could do for them in the coming fiscal year. Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan asked for the same level of funds as last year, or $3.86 million. Of that, $1.1 million is for ambulance operation, $270,000 wisas for tourism, $99,000 is for the volunteer fire company, $90,000 is for the Ocean City Development Corporation and $2.16 million is undesignated. Berlin Mayor Gee Williams’ request of $400,000, the same as the current fiscal year, would be used for economic development and infrastructure, as it has been used in the past. Some of that money would be used to continue the town’s
work of rehabilitating its sidewalks, and in some areas, constructing new sidewalks where none had been. The town is benefiting from tourism and economic development and the number of businesses continues to grow, Williams said. Snow Hill Mayor Stephen Mathews said everyone knew what hard times they were going through. His written request asked for $400,000, the same as last year. Pocomoke Mayor Bruce Morrison’s written request also asked for $400,000, and additional support for ambulance service, the fire department and marketing and promotional assistance. The town’s new police station is slated to be open by April 15, and he expects a lease to be signed for the restaurant at the Delmarva Discovery Center very soon. In his first-ever appearance before the commissioners to seek funds, Tom Terry, president of the Ocean Pines Association, did not ask for anything directly, although the letter, like the letters of the others, asked for funds. The Ocean Pines letter asked for $520,000 for the police department and financial assistance for flooding problems and needed work on roads and bridges. The letter also asks for $35,000 for recreational programs. Terry said Ocean Pines invests nearly $700,000 in its Parks and Recreation programs that are open to all county residents.
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Church: state exerting too much authority NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (March 9, 2012) The president of the Worcester County Commissioners is a bit miffed that the state is telling the county that it must require fire sprinklers in one and two-family dwellings. “It’s another case of the state taking away the rights of the county,” Bud Church said Tuesday about House bill 366, a bill that would take away local jurisdiction’s ability to “opt out” of the fire sprinkler requirement. “I don’t think they have any business exerting their authority over us.” As of Jan. 1, the Maryland Building Performance Standards were amended to adopt the 2012 version of the various building codes. They require each local jurisdiction to adopt and enforce these regulations no later than July 1, 2012. Included is a provision requiring all one and two-family dwellings to have an automatic fire sprinkler system. A bill, introduced by James E. Malone Jr. (D-Dist.12A) would prohibit local jurisdictions from adopting a local amendment to the Maryland Building Performance Standards if that amendment would weaken fire and life safety provisions of those standards. For now, said Ed Tudor, director of the Department of Development Review and Permitting, the county could still “opt out” of the requirement because Malone’s bill has not become law. The period of being “opted out” would be short if the bill passes because the effective date of the legislation is Oct. 1, 2012, three months after the effective ate of the new codes. So even if the county “opts out” of the sprinkler requirement before July 1, 2012, it would be required to start enforcing the mandatory sprinkler requirement Oct. 1, 2012 if the bill passes. Current state law requires sprinkler systems to be installed in every dormitory, hotel, lodging or rooming house or multifamily residential dwelling if it received a permit or was constructed after July 1, 1990, in addition to every townhouse that either had a permit or was built after July 1, 1992. If the bill passes, builders could have increased costs because of the requirement to install sprinkler systems. Those higher costs could be passed on to the homebuyer. That concerns the Coastal Association of Realtors, whose president, Chris Jett, wrote to the commissioners. “Our primary concern is the issue of housing affordability and the negative impact the new code will have on home builders-increasing their costs which are ultimately passed through to consumers,” Jett wrote in the Feb. 10 letter. “We believe any additional cost to building a new home will only add to declining home sales, thereby limiting local government revenue from taxes-of which real estate taxes contribute approximately 45 percent. Since Worcester County opted out of requiring sprinklers in all new construction in 2011, the Coastal Association of Realtors and the Eastern Shore Building Industry Association requests that Worcester County opt out of requiring sprinklers in all new construction in 2012.”
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ment on any possible charges related to that,” Hale said. The search for Townsend, conducted by the United States Coast Guard, with assistance from the Millsboro Fire Department, spanned three days, starting at 11:06 a.m. on Friday. Hale this week confirmed that the search had been unsuccessful and had been officially called off. Van der Slice, however, said the search included Delaware State Police, Maryland State Police and the Maryland Natural Resources Police. He said a state police helicopter might have been searching Tuesday, as well, as a friend who was searching in a privately-owned helicopter, donated for the search, reported seeing the helicopter flying overhead. Several friends offered time in their boats and more friends have been searching the Ocean City bayside shoreline since Townsend’s disappearance. The search started at Montego Bay and is working its way to the Route 90 bridge at 62nd Street. “People are on foot walking through marshy areas,” Van der Slice said Thursday. “We’re really very, very lucky to have a lot of wonderful friends.” Townsend’s older brother, Tony, and his sister, Brittaney, who flew in from her home in Wisconsin, have been searching while their mother, Cheryl Van der Slice, has been “holding the homefront down,” Van der Slice said. Townsend’s younger brother, who lives in Kansas, has been unable to join the family in the search. Van der Slice said he and the other family members want the public to know “what a wonderful kid Nick was. He cared about everybody. People have said how he would continually brighten their day. His friends love him dearly, as we do. Almost
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A Delaware State Police helicopter searches from overhead while other volunteers search the Assawoman Bay on Saturday for Nick Townsend, 23, who went missing early last Friday morning.
everyone who has gotten to know him loves him.” The family welcomes any assistance people may provide to help with the investigation. “Anyone who wants to help, can,” Van der Slice said. Detectives said this week that they had learned that the canoe the two men had been boating in had been stolen from a residence on Monroe Avenue in Fenwick Island, and there has been subsequent speculation that there could be a link between one or both of the men and the robberies of residences along the water in north Ocean City this winter. Bullen was charged early this week with second-degree burglary, possession of
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(March 9, 2012) The town of Ocean City is offering mini-grants for the Bayscape Planting Program. The program offers native plant material to homeowners to build a “bayscape garden” on their property. The gardens save time and money when it comes to landscaping, while also improving water quality and habitat for wildlife. A bayscape garden is a landscape that is planted and maintained to benefit the local environment and the
Maryland Coastal Bays. The garden uses native plants to provide habitat for local and migratory animals, improve water quality and reduce the need for chemical pesticides and herbicides. Bayscaping is also valuable for the gardener or landowner because it offers greater visual interest than lawn, reduces the time and expense of mowing, watering, fertilizing and treating lawn and garden areas, and can address See TWENTY on Page 21
burglary tools, criminal mischief and theft, and was committed to the Delaware Department of Corrections. Fenwick Island Police Chief William Boyden said that, while Fenwick Island has not had any burglaries over the winter months, surrounding areas have. “In the surrounding Route 54 corridor, there has been some,” he said. “I know Ocean City, over the winter, they’ve had some residential burglaries on the north end, along the water.” A spokesman for the Ocean City Police Department said that the number of burglaries in Ocean City has actually been down over the winter months, but they could not provide additional information before presstime. “I’m sure that’s being looked into, but we don’t know for sure right now,” said Hale of any possible link between the burglaries and the two canoeists. Hale declined to comment as to whether foul play could be a factor in Townsend’s disappearance. “We won’t know until a body is recovered, the determination of death. But right now we’re treating it as a missing person, that’s it,” he said. Anyone with any information should contact Delaware State Police Troop 4 at 302-856-5850. The public may also provide a tip by texting keyword “DSP” plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES) or through lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or via www.tipsubmit.com.
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a new one at 64th Street that is going to cost $815,000. Ocean City really benefits from this.” The bill proposes registration for a boat measuring fewer than 16 feet would increase to $50 every two years by 2016. Registering a boat measuring between 16 feet and 32 feet would cost $125; 32 feet to less than 45 feet would cost $250; and 45 feet to 65 feet would cost $500. Any vessels that are documented with the U.S. Coast Guard as commercial are exempt. The basic need for capital projects in Maryland is $21 million, Gaudette said, noting that Corps of Engineering annual $6 million federal funding is going to decrease. Additionally, $14 million is used for operating services and the WIF needs to be maintained at $35 million. “These are real numbers,” he said. “No one wants to be out on a channel and have to worry they may run aground. Boaters want safe waterways; that when we are in a marked channel, there is adequate safety. The DNR does not like raising these fees. We are between a rock and a hard spot. You need water to float your boat.” However, House Minority Leader Anthony J. O’Donnell (R-29C) says there are
no guarantees that such money will not be raided to pay debts from the state’s General Fund. “These fee increases, in many instances, will greatly harm Maryland’s recreational boating activity,” said O’Donnell, who sits on the Environmental Matters Committee. “In some instances, they are a 1,000 percent increase. It puts us significantly out of line with bordering states and is being proposed at a time when our tourism industry and maritime trade is struggling. It’s a horribly bad idea with impeccably bad timing.” Likewise, it’s a hard sell to local boater owners. Ocean City resident Paul Chambers said he feels the increase is just another tax that will eventually go into the state’s General Fund. “Our motor vehicle fees have risen dramatically in the last few years, but I understand that a lot of the funds intended for highway maintenance have gone to the state’s General Fund,” said Chambers, who owns a sailboat and an outboard. “I hope the increase in boat registrations doesn’t go the same route. Besides, shouldn’t such a ‘dramatic decrease in new boat sales’ be a wake-up call to the fact that boats are already not so affordable? Maybe we’re taxed enough already.”
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areas with problems such as erosion, poor soils or poor drainage. Installing a bayscapes garden on properties in the Maryland Coastal Bays watershed helps improve the waterways and provides habitat. The 2012 Bayscape Planting Program is available to all homeowners or condominium associations. Project sites must be located within the corporate limits of the town of Ocean City. The first 20 applicants to submit a com-
plete grant application will be offered the plants. Deadline for applications is April 13. There will be 20 $200 grants to pay for the plant material. The town will then order the requested plant and have them delivered at a predetermined date and location. Purchasers will be responsible for the pick-up, installation and maintenance of plants. For information, call Gail Blazer at 410-2898825 or e-mail her at gblazer@ ococean.com.
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NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (March 9, 2012) The Worcester County Planning Commission approved the site plan March 1 for the proposed construction of a 15,755-square-foot retail building north of Wal-Mart in Berlin. The building, which will be located on the south side of the Route 50 service road, is proposed as a spec facility. For that reason, planters would be placed in the front of the building so they could be moved if a client wants to locate doors in those positions. The new building, which will have 62 parking spaces, will face west and its sides will face Route 50 and the new Wal-Mart, currently under construction. Planning Commission member Wayne Hartman said he wanted “to break up the look of blank walls,” especially the blank wall facing Wal-Mart. “We will go back and articulate the two sides,” said Tunnie Ping, the director of engineering for the Cordish Company, which is developing the site. It is large enough to house up to eight businesses and the commissioners granted a waiver for the requirement of providing public access in the rear of the building because that area will be for stock rooms and the public would have no need to enter. “The building was designed to be compatible with Wal-Mart,” said Mark Cropper, the attorney representing the developer. The look of Ocean Landings II, a 140,000-square-foot shopping center to be built west of Home Depot, had already been changed to resemble the new WalMart. “All have a compatible and very similar esthetic appeal,” Cropper said. The new building is part of Ocean Landings I, which calls for three additional new buildings. The appearance of Ocean Landings I and Ocean Landings II will complement the new Super Wal-Mart, which will have muted colors and the appearance of several stores. The Planning Commission approved the site plan for Ocean Landings II in 2008. The commission approved a revised site plan in July 2011. During talks for that site plan approval, the developer, Allen and Connie LLC and Cambr, agreed to label parking lot aisles and to place benches outside. A water treatment facility and a wastewater treatment plant will be built to handle the needs of Ocean Landings, Home Depot and the proposed new Wal-Mart. Usually such facilities become part of the county system but these facilities for WalMart and Home Depot will remain private. The county commissioners approved a minor amendment to the county’s water and sewer plan in December 2009 to reflect the change of the Ocean Landings II water and wastewater treatment facilities for Wal-Mart and Home Depot from public ownership to private ownership. The plant’s treated effluent will be used for spray irrigation 0n-site.
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SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF REAL PROPERTY AND ANY IMPROVEMENTS THEREON 4341 JONES RD. POCOMOKE CITY, MD 21851 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust from Robert S. Boyce and Tammy P. Boyce dated April 20, 2007 and recorded in Liber 4917, Folio 736 among the Land Records of Worcester Co., MD, with an original principal balance of $304,000.00 and an original interest rate of 4.000% default having occurred under the terms thereof, the Sub. Trustees will sell at public auction at the Circuit Court for Worcester Co., at the Court House Door, Snow Hill, on MARCH 28, 2012 AT 2:00 PM ALL THAT FEE-SIMPLE LOT OF GROUND, together with any buildings or improvements thereon situated in Worcester Co., MD and more fully described in the aforesaid Deed of Trust. The property, and any improvements thereon, will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions and agreements of record affecting the same, if any, and with no warranty of any kind. Terms of Sale: A deposit of $33,000 in cash, cashiers check or certified check is required at time of sale. Balance of the purchase price, together with interest on the unpaid purchase money at the current rate contained in the Deed of Trust Note from the date of sale to the date funds are received by the Sub. Trustees, payable in cash within ten days of final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court. There will be no abatement of interest due from the purchaser in the event additional funds are tendered before settlement or if settlement is delayed for any reason. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE FOR THE PURCHASER. Adjustment of current year real property taxes will be made as of the date of sale and thereafter assumed by the purchaser. All past due property taxes paid by the purchaser. All other public and/or private charges or assessments, including water/sewer charges, ground rent, whether incurred prior to or after the sale, and all other costs incidental to settlement to be paid by the purchaser. All transfer taxes and settlement expenses shall be paid by the Purchaser. Purchaser shall pay all applicable agricultural tax, if any. Purchaser is responsible for obtaining physical possession of the property, and assumes risk of loss or damage to the property from the date of sale. If ratification or settlement is delayed for any reason there shall be no abatement of interest. The sale is subject to post-sale audit of the status of the loan with the loan servicer including, but not limited to, determination of whether the borrower entered into any repayment agreement, reinstated or paid off the loan prior to the sale. In any such event, this sale shall be null and void, and the Purchaser’s sole remedy, in law or equity, shall be the return of the deposit without interest. If
purchaser fails to settle within 10 days of ratification, the Sub. Trustees may file a motion to resell the property. Purchaser waives personal service of any paper filed in connection with such a motion on himself and/or any principal or corporate designee, and expressly agrees to accept service of any such paper by regular mail directed to the address provided by said bidder at the time of the sale. If Purchaser defaults under these terms, deposit shall be forfeited. The Sub. Trustees may then resell the property at the risk and cost of the defaulting purchaser. The defaulted purchaser shall not be entitled to any surplus proceeds resulting from said resale even if such surplus results from improvements to the property by said defaulted purchaser. If Sub. Trustees are unable to convey either insurable or marketable title, or if ratification of the sale is denied by the Circuit Court for any reason, the Purchaser’s sole remedy, at law or equity, is the return of the deposit without interest. Howard N. Bierman, Jacob Geesing, Carrie M. Ward, David W. Simpson, Jr., Substitute Trustees OCD-3/8/3t ___________________________________ BWW Law Group, LLC 4520 East West Highway, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 961-6555
SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF REAL PROPERTY AND ANY IMPROVEMENTS THEREON 10300 COASTAL HWY., UNIT #1909 OCEAN CITY, MD 21842 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust from Floyd Milton Elliott, II dated July 10, 2003 and recorded in Liber 3790, Folio 38 among the Land Records of Worcester Co., MD, with an original principal balance of $200,200.00 and an original interest rate of 5.25000% default having occurred under the terms thereof, the Sub. Trustees will sell at public auction at the Circuit Court for Worcester Co., at the Court House Door, Snow Hill, on MARCH 14, 2012 AT 2:00 PM ALL THAT FEE-SIMPLE LOT OF GROUND, together with any buildings or improvements thereon situated in Worcester Co., MD and described as Unit No. 1909 in the Atlantis Condominium and more fully described in the aforesaid Deed of Trust. The property, and any improvements thereon, will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions and agreements of record affecting the same, if any, and with no warranty of any kind. Terms of Sale: A deposit of $20,000 in cash, cashiers check or certified check is required at time of sale. Balance of the purchase price, together with interest on the unpaid purchase money at the current rate contained in the Deed of Trust Note from the date of sale to the date funds are received by the Sub. Trustees, payable in cash within ten days of final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court. There will be no abatement of interest due from the purchaser in the event additional funds are tendered before settlement or if settlement is delayed for any
reason. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE FOR THE PURCHASER. Adjustment of current year real property taxes will be made as of the date of sale and thereafter assumed by the purchaser. All past due property taxes paid by the purchaser. All other public and/or private charges or assessments, including water/sewer charges, ground rent, whether incurred prior to or after the sale, and all other costs incidental to settlement to be paid by the purchaser. All transfer taxes and settlement expenses shall be paid by the Purchaser. Purchaser shall pay all applicable agricultural tax, if any. Purchaser is responsible for obtaining physical possession of the property, and assumes risk of loss or damage to the property from the date of sale. If ratification or settlement is delayed for any reason there shall be no abatement of interest. The sale is subject to post-sale audit of the status of the loan with the loan servicer including, but not limited to, determination of whether the borrower entered into any repayment agreement, reinstated or paid off the loan prior to the sale. In any such event, this sale shall be null and void, and the Purchaser’s sole remedy, in law or equity, shall be the return of the deposit without interest. If purchaser fails to settle within 10 days of ratification, the Sub. Trustees may file a motion to resell the property. Purchaser waives personal service of any paper filed in connection with such a motion on himself and/or any principal or corporate designee, and expressly agrees to accept service of any such paper by regular mail directed to the address provided by said bidder at the time of the sale. If Purchaser defaults under these terms, deposit shall be forfeited. The Sub. Trustees may then resell the property at the risk and cost of the defaulting purchaser. The defaulted purchaser shall not be entitled to any surplus proceeds resulting from said resale even if such surplus results from improvements to the property by said defaulted purchaser. If Sub. Trustees are unable to convey either insurable or marketable title, or if ratification of the sale is denied by the Circuit Court for any reason, the Purchaser’s sole remedy, at law or equity, is the return of the deposit without interest. Howard N. Bierman, Jacob Geesing, Carrie M. Ward, David W. Simpson, Jr., Substitute Trustees OCD-2/23/3t ___________________________________ Law Offices of Jeffrey Nadel 4041 Powder Mill Road, Suite 415 Calverton, Maryland 20705 240-473-5000
SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEES’ SALE OF REAL PROPERTY 11400 Coastal Highway, #15 Ocean City, MD 21842 Under a power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust from Debra A. Huffman and Phillip M. Huffman a/k/a Phillip Huffman, Sr., dated June 20, 2007, and recorded in Liber 4955, Folio 499 among the Land Records of Worcester County, MD, default having occurred under the terms thereof, the Substitute Trustee will sell at public auction at Circuit Court for Worcester County, Courthouse Door for Worcester
County, Snow Hill, MD on March 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM ALL THAT FEE SIMPLE LOT OF GROUND KNOWN AS Unit 15, High Point North Condominium, situated in Worcester County, MD and more fully described in the aforesaid Deed of Trust, carrying Tax ID No. 10-139325. The property will be sold in an “as is” condition and subject to conditions, restrictions, agreements, easements, covenants and rights of way of record affecting the same, if any, and with no warranty of any kind. Terms of Sale: A deposit of $20,000.00 will be required at the time of sale in the form of cash, certified check, or other form as the Substitute Trustees determine acceptable. No deposit shall be required of the noteholder where the noteholder bids in the property at auction. Balance of the purchase price to be paid in cash within ten days of final ratification of sale by the Circuit Court for Worcester County, time being of the essence for purchaser. In the event that settlement does not occur within the said ten days, the purchaser shall be in default. Upon such default the Trustees may file a Motion and Order to Resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser, and purchaser(s) hereby consent to entry of such resale order without further notice, in which case the deposit shall be forfeited and all expenses of this sale (including attorney’s fees and the full commission on the gross sale price of this sale) shall be charged against and paid out of the forfeited deposit. The Trustees may then readvertise and resell the property at the risk and cost of the defaulting purchaser; or, without reselling the property, the Trustees may avail themselves of any legal or equitable remedies against the defaulting purchaser. In the event of a resale, the defaulting purchaser shall not be entitled to receive the surplus, if any, even if such surplus results from improvements to the property by said defaulting purchaser. Interest to be paid on the purchase money less the stated deposit called for herein, at the rate pursuant to the Deed of Trust Note from the date of auction to the date funds are received in the office of the Substitute Trustee. There shall be no abatement of interest due from the purchaser in the event additional funds are tendered before settlement or if settlement is delayed for any reason, including but not limited to exceptions to sale, bankruptcy filings by interested parties, Court administration of the foreclosure or unknown title defects. There shall be no adjustment of taxes, ground rent, water rent, condominium fees and/or homeowner association dues, all public charges/ assessments payable on an annual basis, including sanitary and/or metropolitan district charges, if applicable, and same are to be assumed by the purchaser. Cost of all documentary stamps, transfer taxes, agricultural transfer tax, if any and settlement expenses shall be borne by the purchaser. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining physical possession of the property. Purchaser assumes the risk of damage to the property from the date of auction forward. If the Substitute Trustee does not convey title for any reason, including but not limited to the Secured Party executing a forbearance agreement with the bor-
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NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Estate No. 14578 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF PEGGY FRANCES PIXLEY Notice is given that Marc Pixley, 204 10th Street, Pocomoke City, MD 21851, was on February 16, 2012 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Peggy Frances Pixley who died on February 6, 2012, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 18th day of August, 2012. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent’s death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent’s death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before that date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Marc Pixley Personal Representative True Test Copy Charlotte K. Cathell Register of Wills Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 Name of newspaper designated by personal representative:
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David H. Cole, Esq. Coon and Cole LLC 401 Washington Ave., Suite 501 Towson, MD 21204 CURTIS C. COON, SUCC. TRUSTEE DAVID H. COLE, SUCC. TRUSTEE Trustees v. WEST END CONDOMINIUM, LLC Defendant. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF MARYLAND FOR WORCESTER COUNTY Case No. 23-C-11001726
NOTICE NOTICE is hereby issued by the Circuit Court for Worcester County this 14th day of February, 2012, that the sale of the property consisting of approximately 3.44+/- acres of land on Golf Course Road, Worcester County, Maryland, and bearing Tax Account number 10-425859 and as further described in these proceedings, made and reported in the Report of Sale filed on behalf of Curtis C. Coon and David H. Cole, Substitute Trustees, be RATIFIED AND CONFIRMED, unless cause to the contrary thereof be shown on or before the 19th day of March, 2012, provided a copy of this Notice be inserted in some newspaper published in said county once in each of three successive weeks, before the 12th day of March, 2012. The Report of Sale states the sale price of the property to be $500,000.00. Stephen V. Hales Clerk - Circuit Court for Worcester County True Copy Test: Stephen V. Hales Clerk of the Circuit Court Worcester County, Md. OCD-2/23/3t ___________________________________
NOTICE OF PASSAGE OF BILL 12-1 WORCESTER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Take Notice that Bill 12-1 (Public Safety - Height of Habitable Structures) was passed by the County Commissioners on February 21, 2012. A fair summary of the bill is as follows: § PS 1-201. (Repeals this section of the Public Safety Article in its entirety; this section previously established a maximum height of forty-five feet for any structure intended for human occupancy which is no longer necessary due to developments in both the County Building and Fire Codes and current capabilities of local fire companies.) §§ PS 1-202 through PS 1-205. (Renumbers Sections PS 1-202 through PS 1-205 as Sections PS 1-201 through PS 1-204 respectively.) This bill becomes effective forty-five (45) days from the date of its passage. This is only a fair summary of the bill. A full copy of the bill is posted on the Legislative Bulletin Board in the main hall of the Worcester County Government Center outside Room 1103, is available for public inspection in Room 1103 of the Worcester County Government Center and is available on the County Website at
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For further information concerning this public hearing, please contact the Department of Planning and Community Development, Room 242, City Hall, 301 Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City, MD 21842. Phone 410-289-8855. PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION PAM GREER BUCKLEY, CHAIRPERSON WILLIAM E. ESHAM, III, ATTORNEY OCD-3/1/2t ___________________________________
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 110, Zoning, of the Code of the Town of Ocean City, Maryland, notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be conducted by the Planning and Zoning Commission in the Council Chambers of City Hall located at 301 Baltimore Avenue in the Town of Ocean City, Maryland on: TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012 At 7:00 pm Pursuant to the provisions of Article II, Division 5, Section 110-121, et. seq., Conditional Uses, a request has been filed under the provisions of Section 110-514(20), Uses permitted by Conditional Use in the LC-1, Local Commercial, District, to permit expansion of existing fuel service facilities. The site of the request is described as located on Parcels 6812 & 6813, Sinepuxent Plat, 1891 (Bayside); further described as located on the northwest corner of 52nd Street and Coastal Highway, and locally known as 5201 Coastal Highway, in the Town of Ocean City, Maryland. APPLICANT: CATO, INC. (FILE #12-12100003) At 7:15 pm Pursuant to the provisions of Article II, Division 5, Section 110-121, et. seq., Conditional Uses, a request has been filed under the provisions of Section 110-304(2), Uses permitted by Conditional Use in the R-2A, Low Density Multiple-Family Residential, District, to permit expansion of existing electrical substation. The site of the request is described as Lots 1A and 1B as shown on a Plat entitled “Resubdivision Lot 1, Block 110, Fenwick Plat No. 4,” recorded in Plat Book R.H.O. No. 153, page 75; and Lots 2A and 2B as shown on a Plat entitled “Resubdivision Lot 2, Block 150, Fenwick Plat” and recorded among the Plat Records in Plat Book 190, Page 60; Parcels 2623A and 2624A, Map 118, further described as located on Sinepuxent and Derrickson Avenues between 137th and 138th Street, in the Town of Ocean City, Maryland. APPLICANT: DELMARVA POWER & LIGHT COMPANY – A CORPORATION OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE AND THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA (FILE #1212100002) No oral or written testimony will be accepted after the close of the public hearing. Public hearings that are not completed at one meeting may be continued without additional advertised notice provided the Commission Chairman announces that the hearing will be continued and gives persons in attendance an opportunity to sign up for written notice of the additional hearing dates.
BID NOTICE TOWN OF OCEAN CITY Three (3) Honda Four Trax TRX420FM ATVs: Sealed bids must be in the Purchasing Department, 204 65th Street, Ocean City, Maryland no later than 11:00 A.M. Friday, March 23rd, 2012. Mailed bids must be received by this time as postmarks will not be considered. The bids will be opened and reviewed by the Purchasing Director and Beach Patrol Representative on that same day at 1:00 P.M. Copies of these bid packages are available at the Town of Ocean City Purchasing Department, 204 65th Street, Ocean City, Maryland or by calling (410) 723-6643. OCD-3/8/1t ___________________________________
NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Estate No. 14595 TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF LESLIE RAYMOND LEWIS AKA: LESLIE RAYMOND LEWIS JR Notice is given that Barbara Marie Hively, 8837 N. Mountain Dr., Mercersburg, PA 17236, was on February 29, 2012 appointed Personal Representative of the estate of Leslie Raymond Lewis who died on February 14, 2012, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 29th day of August, 2012. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent’s death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent’s death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROGRESS OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAMS WORCESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND The County Commissioners of Worcester County, Maryland will conduct a Public Hearing to inform the public on progress made in the implementation of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program to construct a restaurant at the Delmarva Discovery Center in downtown Pocomoke City, Worcester County, Maryland. The public hearing will be held on: TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012 AT 10:10 A.M. IN THE COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING ROOM ROOM 1101 GOVERNMENT CENTER ONE WEST MARKET STREET SNOW HILL, MARYLAND 21863 Efforts will be made to accommodate the disabled and non-English speaking residents with three business days advance notice to Kelly Shannahan, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer at (410) 632-1194. The County Commissioners of Worcester County, Maryland OCD-3/8/2t ___________________________________
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Application has been made by the Undersigned for a Request to Modify and Expand the Licensed Premises, Class “D” BEER-WINE-LIQUOR License, 7 Day, By K. Shawn Harmon, 2107 Herring Way, Ocean City, Maryland 21842; Mitchell S. Harmon, 2107 Herring Way, Ocean City, Maryland 21842. For: Bahia Marina, Inc. For the premises known as and located at: T/A: Bahia Marina and Fish Tales 2107 Herring Way Ocean City, Maryland 21842 There will be a public hearing on
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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Application has been made by the Undersigned for the Transfer of the location of the restaurant, Class “B” BEER-WINE-LIQUOR License, 7 Day, By Kimberly Ann Griffin, 12526 West Torquay Raod, Ocean City, Maryland 21842. For: Aloha Casa, Inc. For the premises known as and located at: T/A: Aldolfo’s Italian Restaurant 1301 Atlantic Avenue Ocean City, Maryland 21842 From: 806 South Baltimore Avenue to 1301 Atlantic Avenue There will be a public hearing on the application in the Board Room, Room 1102 in the Government Center, Snow Hill, Maryland, on: March 21, 2012 @ 1:25 P.M. The Board welcomes written or oral comment at said public hearing from any interested party. WORCESTER COUNTY BOARD OF LICENSE COMMISSIONERS OCD-3/8/2t ___________________________________
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Application has been made by the Undersigned for a Class “B” BEERWINE-LIQUOR License, 7 Day, By Heath Kerkovich, 10170 Rabbit Ridge Road, Bishopville, Maryland 21813; Dominick A. Pulieri, 41 Holly Road, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971; Hilary Prouse, 7 Archer’s Way, Milford, Delaware 19963; Jeffrey C. Gosnear, 149 Glade Circle West, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. For: GPP Holdings, LLC For the premises known as and located at: T/A: Grotto Pizza 12407 Coastal Highway Ocean City, Maryland 21842 There will be a public hearing on the application in the Board Room, Room 1102 in the Government Center, Snow Hill, Maryland, on: March 21, 2012 @ 1:10 P.M. The Board welcomes written or oral comment at said public hearing from any interested party. WORCESTER COUNTY BOARD OF LICENSE COMMISSIONERS OCD-3/8/2t ___________________________________
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Application has been made by the Undersigned for a Class “D” BEERWINE-LIQUOR License, 7 Day, By Lawrence Bell Steele, IV, 12917 Lake Place, Ocean City, Maryland 21842; Lisa D’Aquila Jones, 9316 Ten Point Road, Berlin, Maryland 21811. For: Davey Jones Locker Room, Inc.
OBITUARIES For the premises known as and located at: T/A: Davey Jones Locker Room 709 South Boardwalk Ocean City, Maryland 21842 There will be a public hearing on the application in the Board Room, Room 1102 in the Government Center, Snow Hill, Maryland, on: March 21, 2012 @ 1:00 P.M. The Board welcomes written or oral comment at said public hearing from any interested party. WORCESTER COUNTY BOARD OF LICENSE COMMISSIONERS OCD-3/8/2t ___________________________________
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE Application has been made by the Undersigned for a Class “D” BEERWINE License, 7 Day, By Donna Sue Compher, 756 Ocean Parkway, Berlin, Maryland 21811; Michael Ann Phillips, 3799 Bradley Road, Federalsburg, Maryland 21632. For: Sisters, LLC For the premises known as and located at: T/A: Sisters 113 North Main Street Berlin, Maryland 21811 There will be a public hearing on the application in the Board Room, Room 1102 in the Government Center, Snow Hill, Maryland, on: March 21, 2012 @ 2:20 P.M. The Board welcomes written or oral comment at said public hearing from any interested party. WORCESTER COUNTY BOARD OF LICENSE COMMISSIONERS OCD-3/8/2t ___________________________________
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Strategic Plan for Worcester County Library Worcester County, Maryland The Worcester County Library Board of Trustees is currently accepting proposals from library and planning consultants to design and carry out a strategic planning process for the library that will set the course for the organization from 2013-2018. Proposal packages are available from the Worcester County Library, 307 N. Washington St., Snow Hill, MD 21863, obtained online at www.worcesterlibrary.org, or by calling the Library Administration office at 410-632-2600. E-mailed proposals will be accepted until 9:00 a.m., Monday, March 19, 2012 and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org . Proposals will be reviewed by library administrative staff and a recommendation will be made to the Library Board of Trustees for their consideration. In awarding the proposal, the Board of Trustees reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, waive formalities, informalities and technicalities therein, and to take whatever proposal it determines to be in the best interest of the Library. All inquiries shall be directed to Mark Thomas, Library Director, at 410-632-2600, email@example.com. OCD-3/8/1t ___________________________________
Joyce L. Kinion BISHOPVILLE — Joyce L. Kinion, beloved wife of Les Kinion, peacefully passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at her home in Bishopville. She was the beloved mother of Kathy, Dina and Cheryl Kinion; loving sister to Carol Jacobs; and loving friend to Tina Parlaman and Justine Keefe. For most of her life, Mrs. Kinion worked alongside her husband and family as an assistant race director. She was pivotal in creating and organizing hundreds of Maryland running races, including the Maryland Marathon. There will be a celebration of her life from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Columbus Gardens, 4301 Klosterman Ave., in Baltimore. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802 or Planned Parenthood, 434 W. 33rd St., NY, N.Y. 10001. Mary V. Waldron ONLEY, Md. — Mary V. Waldron, 94, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney, Md. Born in Providence, R.I., she was the daughter of the late Pietro Valfredo and Jenoveffa Valfredo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles M. Waldron R. Waldron Sr. in 2004; her son, Charles R. Waldron Jr. in 2000; and her brother and sister-in-law, Angelo and Molly Valfredo. Mrs. Waldron is survived by her daughters, Diane Waldron of Flint Hill, Va., and Pat Waldron and her husband, Marc Wing, of Finksburg, Md. She is also remembered by her good friend and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Nagle of Springfield, Mass. Mrs. Waldron worked during WWII for Westinghouse Corporation in Springfield, Mass., as a comptometer operator, and after the war, in sales at Woodward and Lothrop in Maryland. She was a loving mother and homemaker for her family. She was deeply loved and she will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Community Church at Ocean Pines. The Rev. Robert Harris will officiate. Interment will follow in the Garden of the Pines Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave., 7th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10001, or in remembrance of her son, Chuck Waldron, to the American Cancer Society, 1138 Parsons Road, Salisbury, Md. 21801. Arrangements are being handled by Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Shirley L. Diamantoni OCEAN CITY — Shirley L. Diamantoni, 76, went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Born in Lancaster, Pa.,
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OBITUARIES she was the daughter of the late Abram W. Brubaker and Mary Frances Crill Brubaker. She is survived by her husband of more than 50 years, Tony S. Diamantoni; a daughter, Cherie Robin Messner of Ocean City; and a son Timothy Alan Diamantoni of Acushnet, Mass. Also surviving is a grandson, Cody Ryan Rompalo of Ocean City. One of 16 children, she is survived by her sisters, Margaret Queen of Scottsdale, Ariz., Mildred Dyer of Lancaster, Pa., Ruth Prime of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Dorothy Imler of Apple Valley, Calif., and Grace Nolt, of Narvon, Pa.; and brothers, Charles Brubaker of Lancaster, Pa., and Abe Brubaker and Clyde Brubaker, both of New Holland, Pa. There are numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Diamantoni had been a manager at Engle-Hambright and Davies Insurance Company in Lancaster for
Ocean City Today many years. She was a member of the Hellenica Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Lancaster. She was an avid tennis player, gardening and travel enthusiast. In lieu of flowers, a donation in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, Va. 23060-9979. Arrangements were handled by Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Mary Catherine West Hearn LAUREL, Del. — Mary Catherine West Hearn, 90, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. Born June 3, 1921, in Laurel, Del., she was the daughter of the late Harlan and Mary Elizabeth Hearn. Her first husband, John Emory West, died in 1989. She was preceded in death by two of her children, David West and Keith West, and one grandchild, Mark West. Mrs. Hearn is survived by her second husband, Martin Thomas Hearn, of Laurel, Del.; three sons, John Lamont
West and his wife, Catherine, of Salem, Texas, Doug West of Laurel and Daniel West and his wife, Sandy, of Berlin; grandchildren, Ricky West, Dana Felton, John West, Becky White, Thomas N. Thomas, Kim Caulder, who was like a daughter to Mary Catherine, Shawn Messick, Stacy West, Alex, Ryan, Katie and Harley West; several great grandchildren; and her faithful dog, Snoopy. Mrs. Hearn had a career in hotel/motel management in Ocean City, but most recently at Arby’s in Seaford, Del. She was a former winner of the Jefferson Award for Public Service. She was a faithful member of the Laurel Wesleyan Church in Laurel and she also attended the Calvary Baptist in Georgetown, Del. Mrs. Hearn made the most of every minute of every day. She loved people and they loved to hear her many stories over the years. She will be missed by many and the void of her passing will never be filled. A funeral service was
held Monday, March 5, at the Laurel Wesleyan Church. The Rev. Ken Deusa officiated. Interment was at the Laurel Hill Cemetery. Donations in her memory will be made to Laurel Wesleyan Church, 30186 Seaford Road, Laurel, Del. 19956 or Lower Shore Special Olympics, care of Katie West, 11551 Quillen Way, Berlin, Md. 21811. Terry C. Diaz PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Terry Clinton Diaz, 49, died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. Born in Tucson, Ariz, he was the son of the late Lauro Benetiz Diaz. He is survived by his mother, Betty Ethel Travis Pusey and stepfather, Alvin Pusey of Hebron; his wife, Mary Benson, stepson, Daniel Cutlip and stepdaughters, Christina Graves and Brandi Cutlip all of Princess Anne; three grandchildren, Joshua Wootten, Jessie Wootten and Samantha Wilson; brothers, Larry Diaz of Georgetown, Del., TimoContinued on Page 28
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thy Diaz of Princess Anne and Kevin Diaz of Hebron; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Diaz had been a concrete worker, but was disabled due to an automobile accident. A funeral service was held Thursday, March 8, at Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. The Rev. Olin Shockley officiated. Interment followed in Pittsville Cemetery in Pittsville. Humberto Jose Martinez SALISBURY — Humberto Jose Martinez, 61, departed this world peacefully on Thursday, March 1, 2012, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, with his stepdaughter and niece by his side. Born March 8, 1950, in San Pedro Ve Las Colonias Coahuila, Mexico, he was the son H. Martinez of Esperanza Hernandez Salinas and the late Francisco Martinez Puente. He traveled to the United States in the early 1970s and proudly became a U.S. citizen on Aug. 13, 1996. He worked for William E. Esham Sr. and the Admiral HotelMotel for more than 40 years. On Dec. 30, 1988, he married the
Ocean City Today love of his life, Shirley Amelia Martinez, who preceded him in death on July 11, 2009. Also preceding him in death were his sister, Alicia Martinez, and his stepson, Douglas Williams. He is survived by his daughter, Martha Leticia Martinez, his stepdaughter and her husband, Donna and Freddy Scott; a stepson, Eddie Williams; siblings, Socorro Martinez, Mayella Martinez, Gillermo Martinez, San Juana Martinez, Felipa Netty Martinez, Rosaisela Martinez, Arthuro Martinez, Jose Franciso Martinez, Alejandro Martinez and Gerardo Martinez; and several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held Monday, March 5, at Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Interment was at the Evergreen Cemetery in Berlin. Donations can be made to Coastal Hospice at the Lake, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21804. Verna Isabelle Disney Brenner OCEAN CITY —Verna Isabelle Disney Brenner, 94, was taken to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Born in Harborton, Va., she is preceded in Heaven by her mother and father, Herbert and Florence Disney and her husband, John Brenner. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She leaves behind a son, John H. Bren-
ner and his wife, Leslye, of Salisbury; a daughter, Nancy B. Fortney, of Ocean City; two grandchildren, Dale C. Fortney of California and Gretchen L. York and her husband, Joseph, of Pennsylvania; and five great-grandchildren, Brittany R. Fortney of Texas, Jenna P., Caroline E. and Cole J. York of Pennsylvania and Ashton Cope of Salisbury. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Mrs. Brenner was employed as a bookkeeper of Delmarva Power for 32 years and was a member of Allen Memorial Baptist Church, where she worked with children for many years. Later, she transferred church membership to Fenwick Island Baptist Church, where she attended until her health failed. She loved both churches and found great peace in attending them. A celebration of her life was held Monday, March 5, at Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Interment followed at Perryhawkin Christina Church Cemetery in Princess Anne. Donations may be made to the Fenwick Island Baptist Church, 36806 Lighthouse Road, Selbyville, Del. 19975 or to Coastal Hospice at the Lake, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21804. Goolie E. Dennis WILLARDS — Goolie Edward Dennis, 70, died Saturday, March 3, 2012,
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P&Z recommends scooter regulations to City Council CARMEN AMEDORI ■ Staff Writer (March 9, 2012) The Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to send recommendations to the mayor and City Council, which will outline its amendments to the Code for the licensing of scooters within the town. Included in those recommendations will be requirements that the vehicles be stored inside, fueled outside and the business must have at least a $1 million insurance policy for liability. The recommendations will be for a conditional use permit only. Additionally, the commission voted to amortize current scooter business license holders through the end of May 2013. Amortization is different than grandfathering. Grandfathering means all current license holders could carry on business as usual even after the amendments to the Code. Amortization is only a courtesy extended to the businesses that already have paid for their licenses and may have rented space for the upcoming tourist season. “If they don’t comply or make an effort to comply with the guidelines, once established, then there will be no renewal of a license,” said commission member Peck Miller. “If we’re going to amortize they must comply with the upmost.” Under Maryland state law, scooters
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LAUREN BUNTING ■ Contributing Writer (March 9, 2012) The presidential primaries are in full swing around our country, and it’s important that homeownership remain at the top of the political conversation. But it’s also important here on a local level. Homeowners, REALTORS® and other real estate industry professionals took their message to the state capital in Annapolis on Wednesday, Feb. 29, to show how important homeownership is to them and our local economy. The Maryland Association of Realtors organized the Save Maryland MID Rally, with more than 15 buses full of hundreds of REALTORS® and industry professionals organizing to express their concern over the governor’s proposed budget that would greatly affect the tax benefit of Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID) and other tax deductions for homeowners in the state of Maryland. The swarm of industry professionals and homeowners that attended last week’s rally braved the rainy weather to express their opposition to the change included in Gov. O’Malley’s proposed Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2012 (BRFA, HB 87/SB 152). Under the proposal, if a Maryland taxpayer’s federal adjusted gross income exceeds $100,000, single taxpayers’ itemized deductions would decrease by 10 percent when calculating Maryland taxable income. Taxpayers with adjusted gross income over $200,000 would see their deductions decrease by 20 percent. Maryland already has one of the most aggressive real estate tax structures in the country, ranking 11th among all states in terms of total real estate tax burden. According to information supplied by the Maryland Association of Realtors, housing and real estate account for nearly one-fifth of See TERRILL on Page 35
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Bungalow Seven, located on Route 50 near the Ocean City Park & Ride, is scheduled to open for business on Saturday.
BUNGALOW SEVEN TO OPEN SAT. Owner Dani Pogge calls WOC store a ‘lifestyle boutique’ LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (March 9, 2012) Dani Pogge was bursting with excitement on Tuesday as she talked about Bungalow Seven “Urban, Surf & Style” store she owns with her husband, Ryan. The shop, located on Route 50 near the Ocean City Park & Ride, is scheduled to open Saturday. “We’re so excited to open our doors and meet everyone. It was fun getting everything set up, but I’m ready [to open],” she said. When an opportunity came along, Pogge said, they
jumped at the chance to start their own business. The couple took over the former Boog’s BBQ & Drive-Thru building and tore it down in May 2011. Construction of a new building began in June. Pogge said they received their occupancy permits in the beginning of February. She said they wanted to do everything right from the start, so they wrote a business plan and did a tremendous amount of research. “It was something we were both very passionate about,” Pogge said. They came up with the name of the store, Bungalow
Seven, during their honeymoon in Antigua about three years ago. They rented bungalow No. 7 during their vacation. The pair also knew they wanted to offer different merchandise not sold at other shops in the area. They wanted to infuse art, urban and city life with surfer/ skater subculture. “I’m passionate about clothing and art and [Ryan’s] a surfer and skateboarder,” she said. “We felt this area needed a new spin on a typical surf shop. We’re not a surf store or skate shop, we’re a
The Resorts Division of Legum & Norman, Inc., an Associa company, has announced that Kristi Clarke, Pam Conti, Vanessa Hall-Robertson, Angela Howell, Chris Sites and Jami Vlachos recently received their Certified Manager of Community Association Manager certification through Community Associations Institute. The CMCA certification, administered by the CAI affiliated organization, National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers, is recommended for all community association managers. “These team members have obtained a critical piece to in the community management industry puzzle,” said Patti DuBuque, senior vice president of L&N Resorts. “I know this certification will help them to better manage the communities we serve.”
Farmers’ Market to open April 4 The Berlin Farmers’ Market will officially open for the season on Wednesday, April 4. More than 15 vendors, selling fresh produce, eggs, homemade jams and organic honey, organic milk products (including ice cream), garden plants, fresh cut flowers, seafood, meat, breads and various baked goods, will be on hand each week. This year, the market will be on Wednesdays from 2-6 p.m. and on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is located on the corner of West and Main streets in downtown Berlin. For more information, visit www.BerlinChamber.org/event-farmers-market or call the Berlin Chamber of Commerce at 410-641-4775.
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Couple offers at-home care,services for aging residents LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor
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(March 9, 2012) Leslie Lewis said it was a blessing to have her grandmother live with their family for 19 years as she was growing up, but she witnessed first-hand the struggles they had caring for her. She recognized that families need support, especially outside assistance, to help seniors who wish to remain in their homes as they age. That is one of the reasons Lewis and her husband, Claude, wanted to join Home Instead Senior
Care, an independently owned and operated company that is part of an international franchise network. The couple has been in the homecare field for 12 years. They opened their first business in Bel Air in 2000 and sold it two years ago. In 2004, the Lewises opened a second location in Easton, which their daughter manages. When they moved to Ocean Pines two years ago, Lewis said, they wanted to bring Home Instead Senior Care to this area. In January, the Lewises opened an office in
Berlin, on Old Ocean City Boulevard. They provide inhome care and services for seniors in Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties. Home Instead Senior Care provides services to elderly adults wherever they might call home — private or rental residences, assisted-living facilities and care centers. Services are available from just a few hours a day up to 24 hours, seven days a week, including weekends and holidays. “We find that most seniors See COUPLE on Page 35
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lifestyle boutique.” The store’s interior design fits in with the theme, Pogge said, and features wooden beams, wood flooring, exposed brick and metal. “We love the beach, but we love the city and art and it’s all blended together. I think the store has a lofty-type of look,” she said. The store will provide customers with unique brands and merchandise. Pogge traveled all over the country looking for clothing, accessories and other products to sell in Bungalow Seven. The store carries staple brands, she said, such as LRG and Sanuk, but also newer lines including East Coast Original Surfers, Love Nail Tree and Urban Octopus. Pogge said she will continue to travel to find the latest products and to keep the store’s inventory new and fresh.
“We always want to be different. That’s our goal,” she said. Women’s, men’s and junior’s fashions will be available as well as sandals, jewelry, sunglasses, purses, wallets, belts, home goods, artwork, skate boards and boogie boards. Pogge said she wants her store to not only be a place for people to shop, but a gathering spot for them to hang out. A room is dedicated to building skateboards. Customers can pick out their own decks and wheels and learn how to put a skateboard together. On Saturday, opening day, and on Sunday, store hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The more “likes” the Bungalow Seven receives on Facebook by March 10, the more prizes will be given away this weekend. Pogge said she and her husband plan to have a grand-opening celebration May 26, with vendors, music and giveaways.
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Dani Pogge is anxiously anticipating the opening of Bungalow Seven, the store she owns with her husband, Ryan. The shop is scheduled to open for business on Saturday.
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Maryland’s gross state product and accounts for 49 percent, almost half, of revenues to our local governments. In attendance at the rally were many local REALTORS® from the Coastal Association of Realtors (CAR), including this year’s president of the Maryland As-
sociation of Realtors, Pat Terrill. She said the foul weather did little to curtail the spirit of the rally. “It was a great day for the Maryland homeowner,” she said. “Our voices were loud and clear. Don’t touch the mortgage interest deduction — not now, not ever.” Terrill said nurturing a recovering real estate industry, not curtailing it with increased deductions and tax limitations,
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MARCH 9, 2012
Hardy places fifth at state tournament
LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (March 9, 2012) The Stephen Decatur wrestling season came to a close last weekend, with the 4A/3A state championship at the University of Maryland’s Cole Field House. Four SeaAlford Hardy hawks — sophomore Nate Rosenblatt (106), junior Ryan Kail (285) and seniors Alford Hardy (126) and Dakota Roderick (132) — competed in the state competition, held March 2-3. Hardy was the only Decatur grappler to finish top six in his weight class. The senior team co-captain shut out BethesdaChevy Chase’s Will Witkop 6-0 to place fifth in the 126-pound division. He earned a spot on the podium and took home a medal. “I thought I did well. It was one of the better tournaments for me this year,” Hardy said. “I was happy with the way I went out my senior year. It was definitely the best season. I improved a lot since last year.” Hardy finished the season with a 37-6 record. Kail, who will return as a senior next year, placed among the top eight in the heavyweight division. “Ryan Kail was one match away from placing. He’s a junior and all the kids who placed (top six) in his weight class are seniors,” said Decatur Coach Todd Martinek. “I think he’ll be one of the favorites next year if he works hard.” Martinek said he was pleased with Rosenblatt’s and Roderick’s performances. They were both battling colds during the tournament. “The competition was strong as usual, but I thought they all wrestled well,” Martinek said. The Seahawks finished the 2011-12 season with a 14-2 record. Decatur traditionally dominates its Bayside competition, during both the regular season and the conference championship meet, but after See MARTINEK’S on Page 39
Mike Hill PHOTO COURTESY JAY BURKE
Members of the Ocean City Running Club gather for a photo before a recent run.
RUNNING CLUB INVITES ALL Group gets together three times a week for training LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (March 9, 2012) Several times a week, a group of 15 to 20 runners meets at a different location then heads off to walk, jog or run anywhere from two to 11 miles. “The courses we choose will incorporate all of these distances,” said Colleen Denston, who was one of five people to start the Ocean City Running Club. “We invite everyone and anyone to attend one of our weekly runs.” The mission of the Ocean City Running Club is to provide walkers and runners of all ability levels
with a club that promotes training and learning opportunities and connects members through weekly events and other social gatherings. “We encourage individuals to join us and grow with our club, our members and the surrounding communities as we plan new events and spread our enthusiasm promoting a healthy, attractive and fun lifestyle,” according to the mission statement. The club was formed in 2010 when Denston and several other members of Live Long Fitness in West Ocean City wanted to start
running for health reasons, she said. Live Long Fitness co-owner Lisa Long helped them get training plans together and set up times and locations that would be convenient. “We found that with the support and motivation we received from each other we could all achieve beyond our original goals,” Denston said. Denston and Michelle Burke, who joined shortly after the club was formed, took over as its organizers in November 2011. “Before 2010, neither Michelle or I had ever run
Hill successful at powerlifting event Gold’s Gym is proud to recognize National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT) personal trainer Mike Hill’s accomplishment at the 2012 Southern Powerlifter Federation Powerlifting Classic. On Feb. 19 in Virginia Beach, he placed first in the Mens’ Masters age 45-49, 259-pound class in the raw division. He had a bench of 355 pounds and a deadlift of 550 pounds. He is now qualified to compete at nationals in the spring. Hill is a nationally ranked powerlifter (Masters Division) with the SPF and United States of America Powerlifting Associations. Gold’s Gym, located inside the Gold Coast Mall on 115th Street in Ocean City, offers free weights, cardio equipment, a variety of group fitness classes, personal training, tanning and child care. For more information, call Gold’s Gym at 410-723-4653.
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St. Patty’sDay 5k race kicks off March 17 festivities LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (March 9, 2012) Before the 31st annual St. Patrick’s Day parade rolls down Coastal Highway on Saturday, March 17, residents and visitors can squeeze in a workout by participating in the second annual St. Patty’s Day Boardwalk 5k run. “This event just adds to the day’s festivities,” said run co-organizer Chris Klebe of OC Tri-Running Sports Inc. “After the race, people will have plenty of time to head over to the parade.” The inaugural event last year drew approximately 530 runners. Klebe said about 250 athletes pre-registered, while the remainder signed up the day before at Shenanigan’s Irish Pub, located on the Boardwalk at Fourth Street or on the morning of the race. “The first year went off great,” Klebe said. “We had a great turnout.” The race will be capped off at 950 run-
ners this year. As of March 6, Klebe said, the competition field was about 85 percent full. Online registration will close at midnight on Tuesday, March 13. If the race maximum is not met, people may sign up the day before, from 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday, March 16, at Shenanigan’s or on race day from 7:15-8:30 a.m. The cost to participate is $38. All athletes will receive a commemorative T-shirt. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit Diakonia, a crisis shelter in West Ocean City. Last year, OC Tri-Running donated approximately $1,200 to the organization as well as the leftovers from the race after-party. The 5k run is scheduled to begin in front of the Shenanigan’s at 9 a.m. on March 17. The race will also end near the Boardwalk restaurant, where there will be a party and an awards ceremony. Medals will be presented to the first- and second-place overall male and female winners. The top three
A leprechaun welcomes runners to OC Tr-Running Sports’ inaugural St. Patty’s Day 5K on the Boardwalk last year.
male and female finishers in each age group will also receive awards. For more information about the event, visit www.octrirunning.com.
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a quarter of a mile let alone a 5K or a half marathon, which we have both now accomplished,” Denston said. “Since [taking over the club] Michelle and I have been able to take it to levels never experienced before with socials, training meetings, and an increased membership of 300 percent.” The club has approximately 30 members and it continues to grow each week, Denston said. Runners do not have to be a member of the club to join the group for a run. However, members do receive benefits. The cost of membership is $35, which includes an Ocean City Running Club T-shirt, email updates with news about upcoming events, seasonal socials, seminars on running and nutrition and discounts for OC Tri-Running Sports races, at local gyms and regional running stores. One runner who has benefited from the club is Rebecca Carbaugh, manager of Smith Island Cake Co. in the Ocean City Factory Outlets. She has been running with the group for a few weeks. “What I like best is it gets me out there to train and I’ve made a lot of great friends from it too... I feel the group is very friendly [and runners] made me feel right at home when I joined,” she said. “Last year’s St. Pat’s Day race was my first 5K ever. I ran it alone but I knew a lot of the local runners in the race and now I see they are part of this group. It’s so great to be
running the (St. Patty’s Day) race this year with a great group of friends and a team. It makes the run so much fun because you all cheer on each other and it keeps you running.” The club is training for several races including OC Tri-Running’s St. Patty’s Day Boardwalk 5K (March 17) and the organization’s half marathon on April 28 as well as an April Fool’s Day run in Lewes, Del. The group meets Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of A Bagel And… near the South Gate of Ocean Pines. The club will run on the parkway.
Once all runners have returned to the bagel shop, they will gather for coffee and a nutritional chat. The Sunday runs begins at 11 a.m. at the Berlin Coffee House. Again, a course is set up for varying distances depending on the desire of the participant. After the run, participants will converge in the coffee house for beverages and snacks. During the off-season, Wednesday runs start at 5:30 p.m. and the group meets on the Boardwalk near Harrison’s Harbor Watch. Participants will run on the Boardwalk and sprints are
incorporated into the workout. During the peak season (April through September) the club will meet at the Assateague Welcome Center and run over the bridge through the park. “We hold monthly training meetings in lieu of one Wednesday night run for members and guests to discuss training plans, nutrition and other issues that are of concern to those attending. We have in attendance at this meeting an elite runner who provides expertise for the members,” Denston said. For more information about the club, visit www.oceancityrunningclub.com.
Seacrets’ annual free-throw contest set for Sunday LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (March 9, 2012) It’s not as intense as three-on-three, but it’s far more competitive than “H-O-R-S-E.” It’s Seacrets’ annual free-throw shooting contest, and it’s going down this weekend. “It’s a chance for everyone in town to get together and have a good time before the season starts,” said Brian McDermott, who organized the event with fellow Seacrets staffer Steve Coley. “It’s slowly growing every year. People are really into it.” Participation in the tournament was by invitation only, but this year’s roster
is nearly double the size of the 2011 line-up. Twenty-one businesses, including Galaxy 66 Bar & Grille, Burley Oak Brewery, Bull on the Beach, Greene Turtle West, Pickles Pub, The Globe, Kirby’s Pub and Seacrets, of course, will be represented. Both males and females will compete. The bracket will separate downtown (49th Street and below) and uptown establishments. West Ocean City and Berlin bars/restaurants will be placed with the uptown businesses on the bracket in the single elimination tournament. Pairs will go head-to-head, each shooting 10 free throws. The winner will advance to the next round.
The competition will coincide with “Selection Sunday,” during which NCAA mens’ Division I basketball teams are chosen to enter the March Madness tournament, and where they will be seeded and placed in the bracket. The winner of the Seacrets’ competition will take home the tournament trophy to display in his or her restaurant. The first-place participant will also receive a basket of cheer and prizes. Pit & Pub, on 28th Street, won last year’s contest. Pickles Pub swept the inaugural event in 2010. The contest is free to attend and See THIRD on Page 39
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(March 9, 2012) The Ocean City Recreation and Parks’ St. Patrick’s Indoor Soccer Tournament series will enter its third round of competition this weekend. Twenty-nine U12 and 19 U16 girls’ and boys’ teams will battle it out in a series of matches that will kick off tonight at the Northside Park Complex on 125th Street and continue through Sunday. The 24th annual tournament began Feb. 17, with 11 boys’ and 17 girls’ U18 teams competing over three days. Last weekend, 16 U10 and 34 U14 boys’ and girls’ teams took the field. During the fourth and final weekend of competition, March 16-18, 38 mens’ and 12 womens’ teams will participate in the adult open (18 and older) divisions.
Tournament matches are six-on-six (including a goalie). Each half is 17 minutes long. Teams are guaranteed two pool play games before they are seeded in a single elimination playoff tournament. Champions and runners-up in each division receive a team trophy and T-shirts for all players. Many teams return to compete annually in the tournament, which this year features 173 club/travel and recreational squads from the mid-Atlantic region. The series has grown so much since its inception nearly a quarter of a decade ago that, in 2009, the three-weekend event was extended to four to accommodate the overwhelming number of athletes. For more information about the tournament or other Ocean City Recreation and Parks programs, leagues and camps, call 410-250-0125 or visit www.oceancitymd.gov.
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10 years and 120 consecutive Bayside Conference victories, the teamâ€™s undefeated run came to an end Feb. 1, courtesy of the Parkside Rams. Both teams were 12-0 going into the meet, but Parkside came out on top 39-29. â€œThere were four matches that I thought could go either way, and Parkside won all four of those,â€? Martinek said after the competition. â€œParkside was the better team and they deserve the credit.â€? During the Bayside Conference championship, held Feb. 17-18, in Cambridge, the Seahawks fought for their 11th consecutive title, but came up 14 points short, as the Rams captured the coveted trophy. â€œEveryone wrestled very well. We won every match we could have won,â€? Martinek said after the tournament. â€œThe kids were somewhat disappointed they didnâ€™t win the championship, but they were pleased that they wrestled well. Parkside was the team to beat this year and they earned it.â€? Hardy, Roderick and Kail won their divisions to become Bayside champions. Decaturâ€™s other loss this year was to River Hill, 39-27, during the 4A/3A East Regional Duals finals. Martinek enjoyed his first season and said he â€œhad a blastâ€? as head coach of the Seahawks, although there were some â€œbumps in the road,â€? referring to the teamâ€™s plaguing injuries. â€œIt seemed like every dual meet we werenâ€™t at full strength and we didnâ€™t have much depth this year,â€? he said. â€œBut Iâ€™m proud of the group. They learned a lot and we grew as a team. Overall, it was a successful year.â€? Martinek was an assistant coach at Decatur under Kevin Gilligan from 2002-08. He took over this season for Gilligan, who led the Seahawks for 11 seasons. He is the co-director of Decaturâ€™s annual War on the Shore tournament and has taught U.S history at the high school for 10 years.
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open to the public. Raffles and door prizes, including Seacretsâ€™ gold cards, will be given away. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the third annual contest will get under way around 6 p.m. in Morley Hall. Drink specials in the club during the event include $1.50 drafts, $2.50 Natural Light 24-ounce cans, $3.50 Captain Morgan drinks and $4.50 Ciroc vodka cocktails. Sunday food specials from 4-7 p.m. include half-price jerk chicken, steamed shrimp, fries and rings. From 5-10 p.m. all dinner entrees are half-price. For more information, call Seacrets at 410-524-4900.
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NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (March 9, 2012) Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices are hoping to gather more than 1,000 pounds of healthy food for the needy this week. As part of Healthy Harvest for the Hungry, employees in each office are participating in the food drive and encouraging the public to drop off nonperishable items. Jennifer “This year, Coldwell Cropper-Rines Banker Residential Brokerage is partnering with the United Way and the Maryland Food Bank of the Eastern Shore to provide access to healthy foods to those in need,” said Jennifer Cropper-Rines, manager of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 120th Street, and coordinator of the food drive. Cropper-Rines became involved, she said, “because food drives happen so frequently at holidays, and the need for food happens all year long. We can help when food is not as readily available as at holidays.” A flier distributed by the realtors, in association with the United Way, states that, according to the 2011 Census, more than 530,000 Marylanders live below the federal poverty level and more than 178,000 Maryland children do not know where their next meal is coming from. Donations of food will be accepted through Saturday, March 10, at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices on 120th Street, 104th Street, at 11001 Manklin Creek Road in Ocean Pines, at Sunrise Court in Bethany, Del., and 1131 S. Salisbury Blvd. Barrels are in each office, waiting to be filled with food, preferably healthy food. Donors may also leave food by mailboxes or at cluster boxes, as the U.S. Postal Service is assisting in the drive. Recommended donations include canned vegetables, dried or canned fruit, applesauce, canned chicken, tuna or other seafood in water, peanut butter, nuts and seeds, powdered milk, pudding cups, oatmeal, grits, granola bars, pasta, brown or wild rice, quinoa, fig bars, rice cakes, pasta sauces, broth, 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice, olive, canola or sesame oil and other foods that have whole grains and are low in sodium, have low or reduced fats and are sugar-free. For additional information, contact Cropper-Rines at 410-524-1203.
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Approximately 200 exhibitors, supplying all the basic necessities for any residence or outdoor area, will display their products during this weekend’s 28th annual Home, Condo and Outdoor Show at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street.
REJUVENATE Annual spring show is one-stop shopping for home and condo products, services LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (March 9, 2012) Fulland part-time resort residents, as well as Ocean City visitors, can find everything they need for their residences — no matter the location — all under one roof this weekend during the 28th annual Home, Condo and Outdoor Show at the Ocean City convention center. Formerly known as the “Home, Condo and Garden Show,” the three-day event will showcase approximately 200 exhibitors who will have available all the basic necessities for any house, home, condo or outdoor area. “We felt changing it to ‘Outdoor’ was a better fit for what we’re offering at the show,” said Mike Wicklein of Ocean Promotions, the company presenting the event. “We had a lot of vendors that offered things related to the outdoors and there
The town of Ocean City is planning a tree planting activity at the Ocean City Airport on Route 611 in observance of Earth Day on Saturday, April 21 (rain date April 22). Volunteers are being sought to help plant trees. The activity will be supported with mitigation funds collected through the Critical Area program. To be placed on a mailing list and receive information regarding the details of this project, contact Gail Blazer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-289-8825. Groups and individuals are encouraged to participate. Service learning credit will also be available to students who participate.
Relay for Life meeting March 13 The next Relay For Life meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, at the Ocean Pines library. This year’s Relay theme, “Make Cancer a Fairy Tale,” will incorporate the “Legend of St. Patrick” during the March meeting. Those who wear green or bring a shamrock are eligible for a prize. Members will review the organizations progress to date, and those who are currently on a Relay team or who are interested in starting a team are welcome to attend. Relay For Life of North Worcester County is scheduled for Friday, May 11, at Frontier Town Campground. For more information or to register a team, contact Dawn Hodge at email@example.com or Jill Elliot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berlin events need crafters and artists weren’t that many garden vendors.” Wicklein said guests can spend hours walking through the aisles and browsing at the different products, in a casual, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, with no pressure to buy. Those who attend the event, which drew a crowd of approximately 10,000 last year, will notice several new exhibitors and products alongside familiar vendors from the past. Vendors scheduled to participate include real-
tors, security advisors, landscapers, contractors, builders, boat dock and lift representatives, lawn companies, pest control officers, plumbers, spa and pool dealers, furniture suppliers, painters, window designers and flooring, carpeting, roofing and siding installation companies. Exhibitors will also provide ideas on decorating, remodeling, accessorizing, renovating and building a new home. Some vendors will offer special show prices, proSee THREE-DAY on Page 43
The Berlin Chamber of Commerce is seeking experienced artists and crafters to participate in upcoming events this season in downtown Berlin, a designated Arts & Entertainment District. The events are the 18th Annual Berlin Spring Celebration, set for Saturday, April 7; the Fifth Annual Berlin Jazz & Blues Bash on Saturday, May 5; and the 20th Annual Fiddlers Convention on Saturday, Sept. 22. Each event is open to 20-25 experienced artists/crafters. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age. Only original art and handmade crafts will be accepted. For more information, call Olive Mawyer at 410-641-4775.
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DAR names JAC contest winners (March 9, 2012) Students from Most Blessed Sacrament School and Stephen Decatur High School participated this school year in the Junior American Citizens contests sponsored annually by the General Levin Winder Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Thirteen winners at the chapter level won first place at the state competition. They will advance to the Eastern Division, comprised of Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Division winners will advance to the National competition. Chapter winners from Most Blessed Sacrament School are: Poster: Ariana Holland-Seda, grade 3; Caroline Engle, 6; Alexandra Santa Barbara, 7. Stamp Design: Jacob Shoup, 3; Carissa Gabbard, 6; Alexander Abbott, 7. Banner: Holly Adelhardt, Allie Burton and Angela Aleman, 7. Poem: Riley Rayne, 3; Caroline Pasquariello, 6; William Sass, 7; Amy Jackson, 8. Short Story: Bridget Kemp, 3; Holly Adelhardt, 7; Nicholas Curtis, 8. SDHS chapter winners: Stamp Design: Ariel DePaul, 12. Short Story: Abigail Scheirer, 12 The DAR is a women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education.
Handbell ringers gather in OC for spring festival LISA CAPITELLI ■ Assistant Editor (March 9, 2012) Hundreds of handbell ringers will converge at the Ocean City convention center this weekend for the annual Handbell Musicians of America, Area III spring festival. Event coordinator Debbie Henning said, as of last Friday, 470 ringers and 32 faculty/staff had registered for the festival — 436 for the Massed Choir and 34 in the Genesis (beginner) ringing. The Bronze Festival Choir, an auditioned group of 36 ringers, will perform one piece during the final concert, Henning said. Most ringers participate with their regular handbell choirs, though the festival is open to individual ringers, as well. There are 51 groups registered, six of which will participate in the Genesis choir, Henning said. Registration is still open. The cost is $100 per ringer. The festivals are designed for full or partial handbell choirs and/or individual ringers from middleschool age and older. “Choirs will be coming from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia,”Henning said. “Ringers will arrive Friday afternoon and begin rehearing en masse Friday night. Saturday morning and early afternoon will include massed ringing or educational classes.” The Genesis concert, featuring beginner-level ringers, is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The concert, which is not open to the public, will feature guest
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motions and discounts. “While we have about the same amount of vendors, the quality continues to go up. There’s something for everyone,” Wicklein said. “The vendors realize thousands of people go past their booth, so they are putting their best foot forward.” Designing Windows, located on 82nd Street in Ocean City, has been participating in the show since 1998. The company’s consultants walk clients through every step of the window fashion and decorating process. “[The show] gives Designing Windows great exposure to customers that may not have already heard about us through our other forms of advertising,” said owner Debbie Priestley. “It is a great opportunity to introduce home owners to our company and we love seeing past customers and old friends. We look forward to seeing a lot of the same people year after year.” Priestley plans to offer special deals to those attending the show and said Designing Windows typically partners with different manufacturers to offer promotions during this time of year. Celtic Nations Contracting, based in West Ocean City, is a first-time home show exhibitor, but co-owner Damian McAlister said he has visited the event for six or seven years. “It’s good to go in there and meet the vendors. I like to see what new products are out there,” he said.
The home improvement specialists at Celtic Nations provide a variety of services, including carpentry, drywall, painting, electric, plumbing, heating and air conditioning. The newest division of the company provides a complete line of granite and marble products. McAlister said he wanted to be an exhibitor this year to gain exposure for Celtic Nations. “It’s a great opportunity to meet new perspective clients,” he said. “We definitely are looking forward to the show.” McAlister said he also plans to offer show specials. In addition to the main exhibit, there will be a Health Craft Cooking Show presented each day, as well as an Art and Craft Fair with many one-of-a-kind and handmade wares, ceramics, wall hangings, copper art, photography and prints, jewelry, wood carvings, furniture, lamps, leather goods, nautical and wildlife items, candles, clothing and glassware. “There’s a variety of great, interesting items,” Wicklein said. Admission for the Home, Condo and Outdoor Show costs $5 for adults. Children ages 13 and younger will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Military personnel admitted free with ID. Show hours are Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Door prizes will be up for grabs during the three-day show. For more information, call 410-2138090 or visit www.oceanpromotions.info.
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HOROSCOPE ARIES (March 21 to April 19) This is a good time to reassess important relationships, both personal and professional, to see where problems might exist and how they can be overcome. Keep communication lines open. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) It’s not easy to bring order to a chaotic situation, whether it’s in the workplace or at home. But if anyone can do it, you can. A pleasant surprise awaits you by week’s end. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Be careful that you don’t make an upcoming decision solely on the word of those who might have their own reasons for wanting you to act as they suggest. Check things out for yourself. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A personal relationship that seems to be going nowhere could be restarted once you know why it stalled. An honest discussion could result in some surprising revelations. LEO (July 23 to August 22) That unexpected attack of self-doubt could be a way of warning yourself to go slow before making a career-changing decision. Take more time to do a closer study of the facts. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A workplace problem needs your attention, now, before it deteriorates to a point beyond repair. A trusted third party could be helpful in closing the gaps that have opened. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A recent family situation could give rise to a new problem. Keep an open mind and avoid making judgments about anyone’s motives until all the facts are in. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Rely on your always-sharp intuition to alert you to potential problems with someone’s attempt to explain away the circumstances behind a puzzling incident. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Although you still need to do some snipping off of those lingering loose ends from a past project, you can begin moving on to something else. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) With your self-confidence levels rising, you should feel quite comfortable with agreeing to take on a possibly troublesome, but potentially well-rewarded, situation. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Travel is favored, both for business and for fun. The end of the week brings news about an upcoming project that could lead toward that promised career change. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You might feel suddenly overwhelmed by a flood of responsibilities. But if you deal with each one in its turn, you’ll soon be able to hold your head above water and move on. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a wonderful way of offering comfort as well as guidance. You would do well in the healing arts.
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It’s March and time for town tradition: wearin’green SENIOR SLANT
St.Patrick’s Day paradeand festival just around corner IRISH KEMP ■ Contributing Writer (March 9, 2012) By the time thine eyes behold these words, the greening of Delmarva will be in full swing. The odds of March? If in the midst of Lent you see folks sporting corsages made of fresh broccoli or spinach, not to worry — waste not, want not! Wise wives toss them in the Irish stew. The wearin’ o’the green in March is a town tradition. Rumors abound around town that this tradition was started in 16 Crossword answers from page 48
BC when the leprechauns first took up residency under the Fenwick Bridge. O’course they loved to party. Leprechauns were also the originators of the town’s decree, that any auspicious, audicious and at times, suspicious occasion must be celebrated for a full 30 days. Locals adhere strictly to these traditions. Be sure to thank parade organizer, Buck Mann for Ocean City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, which will start promptly at noon on Saturday, March 17, at 62nd Street. Participants will walk, ride or whatever floats their boat down Coastal Highway to the newly renovated 45th Street shopping plaza. Curbside seating is absolutely free. Take your own bun warmers. Thanks to local volunteers, a bodaciously humongous amount of refreshments, music and entertainment at this body and soul-saving event awaits you and yours. Bring the family and friends and c’mon down and enjoy. Out celebrating March birthdays, Dr. Castaneda, Marge Rozanowski, El Barrett, Paul O’Brien, Maureen O’Brien, Dick Scott, Rosemary MacAleer, Ed Holson, Carlee Archer, Angela Rossetti, Joe Mulholland, Rita Hightower, Charlie Close, Anita Louize, Patti Burns, Duke Pantos. Jim Salembene and Tony Sapia. And on that great day for the Irish, St. Patrick’s Day, fun folks the likes of John Vitteck,
Dawn McGee, Jim Halsey and my redheaded grandson, Patrick O’Kemp were born. Congratulations to March anniversary celebrators Dan and Mary McLaughlin, Joe and Marge Cain and Dennis and Carol Roarty. If you cross paths with any of these kids, give ’em a hug from me. Definitely a no no at my age, but I’m going out on a limb with this one: I think the Roartys are celebrating their 19th year of wedlockery. OK Dennis, DIAC members have given you time to figure out how many years the Irish have been parading down Ocean Highway. I’m still clueless. If you count the two-person parade, would it be the 31st or 33rd? Thank God leap year day, Feb. 29, only bops in every 13 years. It was a Friday the 13th, weekend for the Kemps. We ended the month with two flat tires, a double kitchen sink bloc-kup, a missed mini reunion and, after driving to Annapolis, we had to pass up the rare opportunity to see a Georgetown versus Notre Dame game at Verizon. Checking out the recently renovated Ford Theater was not an option, due to unexpected problems. We probably weren’t the first to find a flat tire on a car sitting in the garage … but two! Thanks to the quick response from Geico and Berlin’s Racetrack Auto, the Kemps had wheels and were ready to roll the next day. The blocked sink problem was solved by the quick response by Ocean Pines’ Hartley, plumbing experts. Thanks, also, to the Annapolis Residence Inn folks for See UPCOMING on Page 49
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APPEARING LIVE 19TH HOLE BAR & GRILL 9636 Stephen Decatur Highway West Ocean City 410-2139204 March 9: Walt Farozic, Walt Farozic 6-10 p.m. March 10: Melissa Alesia, 6-10 p.m. March 11: Louis Wright, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 14: Melissa Alesia, 6-10 p.m.
GALAXY 66 66th Street, bayside 410-723-6762 Every Friday: Philly George Project, 8-11 p.m. THE ORIGINAL GREENE TURTLE 116th Street 410-723-2120 March 9: DJ Wax, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. March 10: DJ Wood, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. March 12: Big Sexy Bingo, 7-9 p.m.
COTTAGE CAFÉ Route 1, Bethany Beach, Del. 302-539-8710 Every Tuesday: Pub Party Trivia w/DJ Bump, 6-9 p.m. March 9: DJ Bump, 5-8:30 p.m. March 14: Guest Bartending benefit for Mark Wright
HARBORSIDE BAR & GRILL 12841 S. Harbor Road West Ocean City 410-213-1846 March 9: DJ Billy, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. March 10: Simple Truth and Friends, 2-6 p.m.; DJ Jeremy, 10 p.m. to Dj Bigler 2 a.m. March 11: Opposite Directions, 2-6 p.m.; DJ Bigler, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 15: Opposite Directions, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
FAGER’S ISLAND 60th Street and the bay 410-524-5500 March 9: DJ Rob Cee, 9 p.m. March 10: DJ Rob Cee, 6 p.m.; The Loop, 10 p.m.; DJ Groove, 10 p.m. March 11: Jazz Brunch w/Everett Spells, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 12: Bryan Clark, 5-8 p.m.
HARPOON HANNA’S Route 54, Fenwick Island, Del. 302-539-3095 Every Tuesday: Team Trivia, 7 p.m. Every Wednesday: Senior Deck Party w/Bobby Burns, 3-6 p.m.. Every Thursday: Texas Holdem’ poker tournament, 7 p.m. Every Friday: Dave Hawkins, 7-11 p.m. Every Saturday: Dave
BJ’S ON THE WATER 75th Street and the bay 410-524-7575 March 9: Chest Pains, 9 p.m. March 10: Ginger, 9 p.m. March 14: Happy Hour party w/Old School, 5-8 p.m.
Sherman, 7-11 p.m. HIGH STAKES Route 54, Fenwick Island, Del. 302-537-6971 Every Saturday: Bobby Burns, 4 p.m.; DJ Rupe, 9 p.m. Every Sunday: Bobby Burns, 3-6 p.m. March 9: Lower Case Blues, 9 p.m. HOUSE OF WELSH 1106 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, Del. 888-666-0728 302-541-0728 Every Monday: DJ Norm, 6-9 p.m. Every Wednesday: Bob Hughes, 6-9 p.m. Every Friday: DJ Norm, 3-6 p.m.; Tony Vega, 6-10 p.m. Every Saturday: Tony Vega, 6-10 p.m. JOHNNY’S PIZZA & PUB 56th Street, bayside 410-524-7499 Every Wednesday: Team Trivia w/Kristen, 6:30 p.m. March 9: Aaron Howell, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. March 10: Randy Lee Ashcraft, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. OCEAN CLUB NIGHTCLUB In the Horizons Restaurant In the Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel 101st Street and the ocean 410-524-3535 March 9-10: Power Play OCEAN PINES YACHT CLUB Mumford’s Landing Road, Ocean Pines 410-641-7501 March 9: Acoustic Ginger, 6 p.m.
FULL CIRCLE Seacrets: Saturday, March 10, 5-9 p.m. SEACRETS 49th Street and the bay 410-524-4900 March 9: Total Whiteout, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. March 10: Full Circle, 5-9 p.m.; Lost In Paris, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. SMITTY MCGEE’S Route 54, West Fenwick Island, Del. 302-436-4716 Every Tuesday: Let’s Do Trivia, 7 p.m. Every Thursday: Randy Lee Ashcraft, 8 p.m. Every Friday: Randy Lee Ashcraft and the Saltwater Cowboys, 8 p.m.
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Fager’s Island bartenders, from left, Travis Mansfield, Ron Springer and Donny Jackson cater to customers last Friday at the 60th Street bar. (Right) DJ Hook plays some tunes at Fager’s Island last Friday.
RANDY LEE ASHCRAFT Smitty McGee’s: Every Thursday and Friday Johnny’s Pizza & Pub: Saturday, March 10, 8:30 p.m.
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Manning the Relay for Life-North Worcester County booth during the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association’s spring trade expo are, from left, Kathy Decker, Jill Elliott, Jeff Claypool, Dawn Hodge and Debbie White. The 2012 North Worcester Relay for Life will take place May 11-12, at Frontier Town Campground, off Route 611 in West Ocean City. (Left) Representing resort-based radio station Ocean 98.1 during the expo, held March 4-5, at the convention center on 40th Street are, from left, DJ Batman, Sales Manager Jon Joines, General Manager David “Bulldog” Rothner and Bill Bruce.
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Welcoming trade show guests to the Bank of Ocean City booth on Sunday are, from left, Jason Parker, Laurie Isaacs and Earl Conley.
Lisa Jasinski and Mark Thomas stroll around the Ocean City convention center Sunday during the Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association’s 38th annual spring trade expo. (Right) Jim Parkinson is flanked by HMRA Event Manager Amy Tingle, left, and Executive Director Susan Jones on Sunday at the expo.
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OUT&ABOUT MARCH 9, 2012
FRIDAY, MARCH 9 HOME, CONDO & GARDEN SHOW/ART & CRAFT FAIR — Ocean City convention center, 4001 Coastal Highway, noon to 6 p.m. Ideas on decorating, remodeling, accessorizing, renovating and building a home. Artists showcasing unique craft and gift items, decor and accessories. Free drawings, Health Craft Cooking Show and door prizes. Admission cost $5 for adults, seniors and students, free for ages 13 and younger and military with ID. Info: 410-2138090, www.oceanpromotions.info or email@example.com.
www.oceancitytoday.net adults, seniors and students, free for ages 13 and younger and military with ID. Info: 410-2138090, www.oceanpromotions.info or firstname.lastname@example.org. HANDBELL FESTIVAL — Ocean City convention center Ballroom, second floor, 4001 Coastal Highway, 4:45 p.m. Final concert of the Handbell Musicians of America, Area III Ocean City Festival. More than 450 handbell ringers will play en masse under the guest conductor, Deborah Rice. Free and open to the public. Info: Debbie Henning, email@example.com, 800626-2326 or www.areaiii.org.
EASTERN SHORE IMBA EVENT — Group will have a table in front of the Berlin Coffee House during Art Stroll, 5-8 p.m. Info: www.esimba.org; Facebook page Eastern Shore IMBA; or Tres Denk, 410-430-4992, firstname.lastname@example.org.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST — VFW, Post 8296, 104 66th St., bayside in Ocean City, 9 a.m. to noon. All-you-can-eat pancakes for $5 or two pancakes, two eggs and two bacon slices for $5. Coffee included. Bloody Marys and mimosas cost $3. Info: 410-524-8196.
BOOK OF THE MONTH: A BIG READ EVENT — Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, 1 p.m. “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination and the redemptive power of storytelling. Copies available at the Berlin and Ocean Pines branches. Info: 410-208-4014.
ZUMBATHON — Stephen Decatur High School, 9913 Seahawk Road, Berlin, 2-4 p.m. Two hours of dancing with two instructors to raise money to fight ALS. Raffle drawn for local business giveaways. Donations accepted. Cost is $10 per person. Info: Theresa McDuffie, 240338-0720, email@example.com.
DINNER AND A MOVIE — Stevenson United Methodist Church, 123 N. Main St., Berlin, 6 p.m. Held the second Friday of each month. March’s movie is Academy Award nominee “Hugo” (PG), a family-friendly adventure drama. Take a covered dish to share prior to movie. Event is free, everyone welcome. Info: 410-6411137.
ANGLERS CLUB MEETING — Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, 9:30 a.m. Mike Parker, host and executive producer of “Outdoors Delmarva,” will talk about some of his amazing adventures — fishing, hunting, trapping and exploring the exotic natural resources in the Delmarva area. Public is invited.
BINGO — Knights of Columbus, 9901 Coastal Highway (rear of St. Luke’s Church) in Ocean City. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games begin at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments for sale. Info: 410-5247994.
SATURDAY, MARCH 10 HOME, CONDO & GARDEN SHOW/ART & CRAFT FAIR — Ocean City convention center, 4001 Coastal Highway, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ideas on decorating, remodeling, accessorizing, renovating and building a home. Artists showcasing unique craft and gift items, decor and accessories. Free drawings, Health Craft Cooking Show and door prizes. Admission cost $5 for
SUNDAY, MARCH 11 HOME, CONDO & GARDEN SHOW/ART & CRAFT FAIR — Ocean City convention center, 4001 Coastal Highway, 10:30 to 3:30 p.m. Ideas on decorating, remodeling, accessorizing, renovating and building a home. Artists showcasing unique craft and gift items, decor and accessories. Free drawings, Health Craft Cooking Show and door prizes. Admission cost $5 for adults, seniors and students, free for ages 13 and younger and military with ID. Info: 410213-8090, www.oceanpromotions.info or firstname.lastname@example.org. EASTERN SHORE IMBA FUN RACE — Lower Shore YMCA, 1900 Worcester Highway,
Pocomoke City, noon to 4 p.m. Eastern Shore IMBA event begins at noon with a children’s race. Adults will compete seperately. Suggested donation is $5 per bike and includes use of the indoor pool and locker room at the YMCA after the race. Children 11 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Tres Denk prior to race if you need a bike or helmet. Take water and pack a lunch. Info: www.esimba.org; Facebook page Eastern Shore IMBA; or Tres Denk, 410-430-4992, email@example.com. ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST BUFFET — Knights of Columbus, 9901 Coastal Highway (rear of St. Luke’s Church) in Ocean City, 8 a.m. to noon. With coffee and juice. Cost is $8 for adults, children 11 years and younger eat at half price. Info: 410-524-7994. EAST COAST TOUR CONCERT CHOIR — St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 10301 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, 4 p.m. University of Minnesota Morris as heard on “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor. Open to the public. Free will offering received. Info: 888-866-3382 or morris.umn.edu. FRIED CHICKEN, HAM BUFFET — Bishopville Vol. Fire Department, 10709 Bishopville Road, 1-6 p.m. Buffet style and carry-outs available. Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children 6 and younger. Info: 410-352-5757.
MONDAY, MARCH 12 GENEALOGY WORKSHOP 2012 — Snow Hill library, 307 N. Washington St., 1-3 p.m. Explore family history at this genealogy and family history workshop for beginners. Register at the library or call 410-632-3495. TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY MEETING — Berlin group No. 169, Atlantic General Hospital, conference room 1, 9733 Healthway Drive in Berlin, 5-6:30 p.m. TOPS is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy lifestyle. It meets weekly. Info: Edna Berkey, 410-629-1006. DELMARVA SWEET ADELINE CHORUS — The Delmarva Sweet Adeline Chorus, under the direction of Carol Ludwig, meets each Monday from 7-9 p.m., at the Ocean Pines Community Center, 239 Ocean Parkway, White Horse Park. Women interested in learning and singing in a
barbershop format are welcome. Info: 410-2084171. HAND DANCING — House of Welsh, 1106 Coastal Highway, Fenwick, Del. Free lessons from 6-7 p.m., open dancing 7-10 p.m. No cover charge. Info: DC Hand Dance Club, 302-5410728. MARCH MADNESS MINI GOLF TOURNAMENT Old Pro Golf, 13603 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, 7 p.m. Four players per team. Plus “Beat the Pro.” Registration costs $15 per person. Benefits Play It Safe. Sponsors needed, $24 per hole. Info: Donna Greenwood or Al “Hondo” Handy, 410-289-7060, 410-250-0125 or www.playitsafeoceancity.com. OCEAN PINES CAMERA CLUB MEETING — Ocean Pines Community Center, 239 Ocean Parkway, 7 p.m. Featuring Lynne Browne, owner of HSWT Photography in Cambridge. FRIENDS OF THE OCEAN PINES LIBRARY MEETING — Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, 10 a.m. Coffee and refreshments at 9:30 a.m. Jim Rapp will discuss the history and restoration of Rackliffe House, a property that is part of an old colonial plantation located near Assateague. Public is welcome. Info: 410-2084269.
TUESDAY, MARCH 13 DANCE WITH ME: INTRODUCTION TO SALSA Ocean City library, 10003 Coastal Highway, 1 p.m., and at Snow Hill library, 307 N. Washington St., 5 p.m. Learn Salsa dance in this sixweek course. Wear leather soled shoes. Register: Ocean City branch at 410-524-1818 or Snow Hill branch at 410-632-3495. RELAY FOR LIFE MEETING — Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, 7 p.m. This year’s theme, “Make Cancer a Fairy Tale,” will incorporate the “Legend of St. Patrick” during the March meeting. Those who wear green or bring a shamrock are eligible for a prize. Members will review the organizations progress to date and those who are currently on a Relay team or who are interested in starting a team are welcome. Info: Dawn Hodge, firstname.lastname@example.org or Jill Elliot, email@example.com. Continued on Page 48
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 FOREIGN POLICY KEY ISSUES: DISCUSSION GROUP — Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, 10 a.m. to noon. Reading and discussion of major foreign policy issues. Reserve study guides and register by calling 410-208-4014. GREAT READS — Ocean Pines library, 11107 Cathell Road, 2 p.m. Informal exchange of recommended titles and authors. Info: 410-2084014. DELMARVA HAND DANCING CLUB — Meets every Wednesday at Skyline Bar & Grille at The Fenwick Inn, 138th Street and Coastal Highway in Ocean City. Beginner and intermediate lessons, 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by dancing until 9 p.m. Jitterbug, swing, cha-cha to the sounds of the ’50s, ’60s and Carolina beach music. All are welcome. Discounted food and drink prices.
BINGO — Every Wednesday at Ocean City Elks Lodge 2645, 138th Street across from Fenwick Inn. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., games start 6:30 p.m. A $1,000 jackpot available, food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. No one under 18 years allowed in the hall during bingo. Info: 410250-2645.
THURSDAY, MARCH 15 WRITING WITH RUTH — Ocean City library, 10003 Coastal Highway, 1-3 p.m. Monthly gathering of local writers share independent work (poems, essays, memoirs, prose) and receive encouraging feedback from fellow participants. All writers welcome. Info: 410-524-1818. PROJECT LEAD THE WAY: GREEN TECHNOLOGIES — Ocean City library, 10003 Coastal Highway, 6 p.m. Prepares students for further education and careers in engineering and engi-
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neering technology at Worcester Technical High School. Students in grades 7 and 8 and their families are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments and door prizes. Info: 410-524-1818. BEACH SINGLES — Every Thursday, Beach Singles 45-Plus meets for happy hour at Clarion Hotel, 10100 Coastal Highway in Ocean City, 47 p.m. Info: Arlene, 302-436-9577; Kate, 410524-0649; or www.beachsingles.org.
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nation at door for happy hour prices all night. Sponsored by the Eastern Shore Police Emerald Society. Special hotel prices offered at the Grand Hotel and Spa, 2100 Baltimore Ave., 410-289-6191, room block code: PES. Info: PFC Vance J. Row #8240, 410-520-5348.
PINE’EER CRAFT CLUB OF OCEAN PINES MEETING — Ocean Pines Community Center, 239 Ocean Parkway, 9:45 a.m. Project will be a memory coil bracelet for the cost of $5. Reserve kit: Nancy, 410-208-1979. All residents of Ocean Pines invited.
ST. PATRICK’S INDOOR SOCCER TOURNEY — Northside Park, 200 125th St., in Ocean City. More than 150 teams compete over series of weekends. Remaining dates: March 2-4 (U10 & U14), March 9-11 (U12 & U16), March 16-18 (Adult). Info: Kim Kinsey, 410-250-0125 or www.oceancitymd.gov.
KICKOFF TO ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY — Shenanigan’s Irish Pub, 309 Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, 7-11 p.m. Entertainment by James Gallagher and Off the Boat. Special appearances by Camden County, N.J. Emerald Society Pipes and Drums. Guinness “perfect pour” contest for bartenders and door prizes. A $10 do-
PINE’EER CRAFT AND GIFT SHOP OPEN — Pine’eer Craft and Gift Shop, White Horse Park, 239 Ocean Parkway. Shop will be open March 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop features handcrafted home decor, jewelry and fashion accessories created by members of the Pine’eer Craft Club.
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Seemingly simple scrambled egg recipe has much under surface FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Frozen butter is one secret to perfectly creamy omelet DEBORAH LEE WALKER â– Contributing Writer (March 9, 2012) A chefâ€™s diary is personal and helps gather oneâ€™s thoughts. It is a chance to privately express options without public scrutiny. Even though the words are silent, the individual chapters speak volume. It is late and all I hear is the ticking of the clock. The time has come to be one with my book of thoughts. I scratch my head in indecision and at the same time trust my pen is guiding me to path of interest. The next subject in my trusty journal is the perfect scrambled egg. The creamy yolk and clear albumin are small in nature and intricate in theory. Perfection is governed by many variable degrees. Eggs are a protein and governed by the laws of physical science. Frozen but-
ter is one secret to a creamy omelet. The proteins in raw eggs are coiled up in a ball. As heat is applied, the proteins start to unravel. Frozen butter melts and coats the individual proteins. Room temperature or cold butter starts to separate before it has a chance to protect the proteins. This extra step helps ensure a tender omelet. Half-and-half adds richness and at the same time contains enough water to generate steam, which is necessary to puff up the eggs. A blender is a must when scrambling eggs. Frothing forces air bubbles into the egg mixture, which produces a light, airy texture that cannot be obtained by whipping with a fork or whisk. Believe it or not, but the size of the pan makes a difference when cooking eggs. Use a small skillet, which traps more steam and produces heartier curds. One of the most common mistakes is to overcook the eggs. Pour them into a pan
that has been heating over a medium heat. When the spatula leaves a trail through the eggs, turn down the heat to low and finish cooking the eggs. Following is a basic, scrambled egg recipe. Cheese or other ingredients can be added according to personal preference. Scrambled eggs 8 large eggs 1/4 cup half-and-half 1 tablespoon frozen butter kosher salt and fresh ground pepper 1. Whip eggs and half-and-half in a blender. 2. Add egg mixture and frozen butter to a hot pan that has a light coating of cooking spray. 3. As the eggs start to harden, turn down the heat to avoid overcooking. 4. Add salt and pepper and serve immediately. Secret Ingredient: Nourishment. â€œSeeds of faith are always within us; it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage growthâ€? â€Ś Susan Taylor.
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