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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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More than two dozen vendors expected for Say ‘I Do’ expo

Posted On: 9/18/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– More than two dozen vendors are expected at the Say “I Do” wedding expo at the Atlantic Hotel     on Friday, Sept. 26. Billed as one-stop shopping for brides to be, the event features photographers, florists, wedding cakes, venues, jewelry, invitations, services, gifts, entertainment, wedding attire and beauty vendors from 5-8 p.m. at the Atlantic Hotel. Dance Moves and Manners bring a “mini-seminar” on how to gain confidence and pull off the ever-tricky first dance. Giveaways include certificates worth $150 in private lessons. Each person who stops by the booth receives a minimum $10 certificate. Call 302-222-3755 or visit www.dancemovesandmanners.com. Origami Owl-Bridal Collection will display their new line of jewelry for the bride and the all the women involved in her big day. Products include the Bow-Quet locket for the brides’ flowers, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Call 443-859-7977. Cowger Entertainment will gi...
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White Lotus Bodyworks offers healing alternatives

Posted On: 9/18/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Opened in early September, White Lotus Bodyworks brings an alternative and holistic health approach to healing. The new business, located at 10815-A Grays Corner Road in Berlin, inside CrossFit, offers Swedish, therapeutic, sports, deep tissue and all-natural facelift massage. Owner and licensed massage therapist Michele L. Eppard was a former co-owner of Baked Desserts Café in Berlin. “I just went to the Harris School of Business Massage School (in Delaware), and here I am,” she said. Eppard, who also holds a kinesiology degree from the University of Maryland College Park, will be working closely with CrossFit. “I’ll be offering the CrossFitters my expertise, as well as the surrounding community,” she said. “I’m more of a sports-minded person, but I’m schooled in all aspects of massage ranging from relaxation to sports. “There are so many benefits to massage,” Eppard continued. “Emotional, sp...
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Fireplace Supply Company warmed up for coming winter

Posted On: 9/11/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– With winter just around the corner and some experts predicting a repeat of last year’s frigid temperatures, the town’s newest business is poised for a breakout year. Fireplace Supply Company, Inc., located on 10452 Old Ocean City Boulevard near Save A Lot, offers dozens of gas, wood and pellet fireplaces providing ambience as well as in-home heating. Owners Glen and Carla Rantz opened the store on Labor Day. “We’ve been in business since 1999,” said Glen. “We kind of evolved – when we first opened we were just doing construction. From ’99 through 2006 of course it was great over here on the beach and we really didn’t need a store.” After opening a small office space in Pocomoke, the couple saw a need for an expanded retail space in Worcester County. “We’re looking for local people who have gas fireplaces and wood fireplaces that need updating,” Glen said. “It’s a harsh enviro...
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Burley Oak Brewing Co. to launch Kickstarter project

Posted On: 9/4/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Burley Oak Brewing Company, a business founded on innovation and risk, is attempting to launch the county’s first successful Kickstarter project in more than two years. Burley Oak will use the popular crowd-sourced funding tool to launch their canning operation on Sept. 9. Owner Bryan Brushmiller said the company came up with the idea while working with the Small Business Development Center at Salisbury University. “They told us some other businesses they had worked with had done it with good results,” Brushmiller said. “We worked hard and saved our money for a new brew house, and then we realized we had to get the beer out and people wanted to get cans at their local stores. We thought it was a great opportunity to put Burley Oak in a can and put ‘made in Berlin, Maryland’ on it and kind of showcase Berlin in another way.” Since Kickstarter launched in 2009 only one other Berlin-based project and three Ocean City projects ...
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