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Posted On: 10/23/14
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Kotra-Loos joins Wor-Wic Wor-Wic Community College recently welcomed Dr. Tiffany Kotra-Loos of Hebron as clinical coordinator and assistant professor of the physical therapist assistant program. Before coming to Wor-Wic, she worked as a physical therapist at HealthSouth Chesapeake Rehabilitation Hospital in Salisbury for the past 10 years. She has also been a clinical instructor for five of the 10 years. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees in physical therapy from the University of Maryland Baltimore. She and her husband, Kevin, have a son, Jeffrey, 8, and a daughter, Emme, 6.   Grand opening Damokee Vapor will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. “This is an exciting time for us,” said owner Jason Budler. “The goal is to help our customers quit smoking.” Not only does “vaping” reduce carcinogens and tar that is associated with smoking cigarettes, it can also save th...
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Nonprofits set Salis. seminar on health care

Posted On: 10/23/14
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SALISBURY–Four local nonprofits have joined together to offer a seminar on the topic of advanced care planning. “Expressing Healthcare Wishes Before a Crisis” seminar will take place on Friday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at the MAC Center on Progress Circle in Salisbury. The nonprofit partners hosting the seminar are MAC Inc., Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care, Peninsula Regional Medical Center and The 50+ Network for Creative Engagement. Advance directives clearly communicate a person’s healthcare wishes to their family and doctors. Yet only 23 percent of the population have advance directives, even though most people say making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is extremely important to them. All medical records should include advance directives. Advance directives are critical for people of all ages, because a healthcare crisis can occur at any time: during a serious illness, after an automobile accident or head injury, or during a...
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Bungalow Love celebrates early

Posted On: 10/16/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Local, vintage and fair trade shop Bungalow Love is celebrating its fifth anniversary a few months early. The shop, described by owner Heather Layton as “an eclectic mix of wonderfulness,” sells handmade and vintage items, tucked just off Main Street near Berlin Town Hall on 12 William Street.   “I grew up on Williams Street literally three blocks away,” Layton said. “My parents still live there and I still live in Berlin. It’s nice to see how much this town has changed, but there’s still a core group of locals.” Layton, who had been a stay-at-home mom for eight years, opened in December 2009 with a handful of items, including her own handmade jewelry, a dozen purses made by her sister and a few vintage pieces. “Even though I knew I had to step up my game on inventory, I was eager to open before Christmas simply to let people know I was there and what Bungalow Love was about,” she said. “We had j...
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Tastes good, good for you, it’s many-flavored olive oil

Posted On: 10/9/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Tastes good, good for you, it’s many-flavored olive oil BERLIN– Built to resemble a small Italian villa, Una Bella Salute is stocked with enough craft olive oil and vinegar to appease even the most discerning Mediterranean palate. The new shop, run by mother and daughter duo Charlene McQuillen and Deborah Nicole, opened during the last weekend of September. The name means “beautiful health.” “I was in South Carolina and went to a store that sold olive oil and vinegar and the product was wonderful,” Nicole said. “I knew some of the backgrounds of the health benefits of olive oil and vinegar. The ambience, the atmosphere and just the whole experience was amazing and it was something that I was really interested in pursuing for ourselves.” A Worcester County resident – by way of Long Island – since 1998, Nicole said Berlin provided the perfect location for her own endeavor. “Berlin is becoming more of a foodie town,” she said. “Being that the shop is very quaint ...
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Gazette, OCT announce new staff members

Posted On: 10/9/14
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­­OCEAN CITY – In an effort to provide more complete coverage and a broader depth of stories for northern Worcester County readers, Ocean City Today and the Bayside Gazette have added to their reporting staff for both papers. Two new reporters, Brian Gilliland and Kara Hallissey, joined the news team this week, and will work with Editor/Publisher Stewart Dobson, Managing Editor Lisa Capitelli, and fellow reporters Zack Hoopes, Josh Davis and Clara Vaughn as well as intern Taylor Sloan. Gilliland is a veteran reporter and editor, having worked locally at Oceana Magazine, the Maryland Times Press, Worcester County Times, Ocean Pines Independent, Beachcomber, and Salisbury Daily Times and was the previous editor of DelmarvaNow.com. He has had many columns and articles featured on different web sites and magazines, from restaurant reviews to Search Engine Optimization strategies. He lives in Snow Hill with his wife, Lora Bottinelli, and sons Julian, 5, and Grady, 2. Hal...
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Damokee Vapor targeting those who want alternative

Posted On: 10/2/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– Locally owned and operated, Damokee Vapor is the latest area shop to offer modern alternatives to traditional tobacco products. Opened in September, the Ocean Pines shop sells e-liquids, mods (the modules that hold the other elements) batteries and tanks. Owner Jason Budler said he was initially skeptical about vapor products. “About two years ago a friend of mine came into work with an electronic cigarette and at first I made fun of him for the way it looked and I didn’t think it was going to work for me,” he said. “I tried the patch and gum and everything they had out and it just wasn’t working for me. Then I tried exactly what he had and it worked great. Two years later I decided to put my money into something good that I hope is going to help a lot of people around here.” Budler said he prefers vapor to e-cigarettes. “I tried those little blue cigarettes when I was trying to quit and it just didn’t work for m...
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Atlantic Physical Therapy continues to grow

Posted On: 9/25/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

SELBYVILLE– Atlantic Physical Therapy continues to expand its reach opening its sixth location in the area in March. Robert Hammond opened the original branch of APT and his son, Bobby Hammond III, operates the newest branch at 37031 Old Mill Bridge Road in Selbyville. “I’ve been doing this since I was 10,” Bobby Hammond said. “I’ve been around the physical therapy profession since my dad first opened it up.” As a 10-year-old, Hammond, who recently earned a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, said his father let him do laundry and light cleaning chores. He also took note of the work his father and the staff were doing. “The best thing in life is helping people,” Hammond said. “I always watched people come in and saw a lot of people that weren’t in the best shape. They were hurt or recovering from an injury and in this profession you’re able to help nurse them back to whe...
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Raceway Citgo owners denied license upgrade

Posted On: 9/25/14
Written By: Nancy Powell, Staff Writer, Ocean City Today

BERLIN–The Raceway Citgo is currently a gas station, seafood market, and furniture outlet – but it won’t be a bar, at least for now. Traffic issues and lack of public need led the Worcester County Board of License Commissioners last week to deny a request from brothers Mark and John Wittmyer, Raceway Citgo’s owners, for an upgrade in their alcoholic beverage license for the store, located at the intersection of Route 50 and Route 589. “You guys do a great job,” board member Charles Nichols told the brothers during the Sept. 17 public hearing in Snow Hill. “But we’re here to look after public safety.” Nichols also noted that Rita O’Neill, owner of Rita’s World of Wine, Beer and Spirits in Pennington Commons across from Ocean Pines, had testified that business at her store has declined 8 percent since the county’s Shore Spirits liquor store moved from Berlin to Route 50. If Raceway Citgo started selling liquor, h...
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Ocean Pines Chamber Board announces award recipients

Posted On: 9/25/14
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OCEAN PINES–The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and staff have announced the 2014 award recipients that will be recognized during the 15th annual awards and installation banquet on Oct. 9 at the Ocean City Marlin Club. The 2014 Ocean Pines Citizen of the Year is Terri Mahoney of WMDT ABC/47, the Ocean Pines Business of the Year is Taylor Bank and the Ocean Pines Non-Profit Organization of the Year, sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, is the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines–Ocean City. Join in the celebration as these local award winners are honored for their accomplishments and contributions to the local community during the “black tie optional” annual banquet. This years’ theme is “The Captain’s Dinner” capturing the ambiance of the semi-formal dinner night on a cruise ship. Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner of prime rib, carved turkey breast, ahi tuna, various side dishes, homemade dessert...
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‘Say I Do’ wedding expo in Berlin planned for Friday

Posted On: 9/25/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The town is throwing “an elegant wedding block party” on Friday for Eastern Shore brides to be. The 2014 “Say ‘I Do’” in Berlin expo features more than two dozen vendors at the Atlantic Hotel and Courtyard from 5-8 p.m. Billed as one-stop shopping for brides, the event will feature photographers, florists, wedding cakes, venues, jewelers, invitations, services, gifts, entertainment, wedding attire and beauty vendors. Kathy Macaboy-Walsh, organizer of “Say ‘I Do’” and owner of the bridal boutique Bustle, spent six months planning the event with a committee of local business owners. This year the committee decided to branch away from traditional bridal showcases and throw a block party. “It’s going to be very exciting,” Macaboy-Walsh said. “We wanted a different deal for this show so it’s going to be ‘Say ‘I Do with a Cocktail or Two.’ We’ll be at the beauti...
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