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Board will consider motion to remove Trendic

Posted On: 7/20/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

UPDATE: Ocean Pines Association Board President Tom Herrick sent the following email on Wednesday afternoon: “At the request and out of respect for Director Trendic, who has advised the Board that he will not be available on Friday morning, the special meeting has been cancelled. The item will be put on the agenda for our Regular Board Meeting scheduled for July 28, 2017.”      (July 20, 2017) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors will tentatively meet Friday at 9 a.m. in the Assateague Room in the community center on 235 Ocean Parkway with one item on the agenda: a motion to remove Director Slobodan Trendic from the board. The session was originally scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m., but was changed because a director had a scheduling conflict.  Trendic was elected last August, receiving 1,520 votes and coming in second in a pool of 11. Only Brett Hill received more votes with 1,900. Both have two years remaining on their respe...
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Ballots mailed, voting begins in Ocean Pines

Posted On: 7/20/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 20, 2017) A second and final Ocean Pines Association candidate’s forum will be held this Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Assateague Room of the community center on 235 Ocean Parkway. The Ocean Pines Elections Committee will present the forum and the four remaining Ocean Pines Board of Directors candidates, Dr. Colette Horn, Nicole Schafer Crosariol, current Director Doug Parks and former Director Marty Clarke, are expected to attend. Elections Committee Chairman Steve Tuttle said the candidates were allowed to submit three questions for the forum, which they will ask of their fellow candidates. In addition, Tuttle said the committee received several questions from association members. Eight candidates originally filed and seven applications were accepted. Three candidates, Paula Robertson Gray, Arie Klapholz and Brenda Lynn Wascak, dropped out of the race early. Unlike the first forum, held on Wednesday, June 21, Tuttle said this time candidates woul...
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Jesse’s Paddle raises record $26K

Posted On: 7/20/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(July 20, 2017) Abundant sunshine highlighted another record-setting Jesse’s Paddle fundraiser last Saturday in Snow Hill. Now in its ninth year, the event was organized by Friends of the Jess Klump Memorial Fund and launched from the Pocomoke River Canoe Company on River Street. Kim Klump created the Jesse Klump Memorial Scholarship in 2009, and two years later founded the Jesse Klump Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program to honor the memory of her son and encourage others battling feelings of hopelessness. Fund Manager Ron Pilling said this year the goal was to meet or exceed the more than $23,000 raised at the event in 2016, which was the previous record. “We beat our financial goal,” he said. “Right now we’ve taken in about $26,500.” Even better, Pilling said the final money tally has yet to be calculated. “We’ll probably end up at $28-$29,000 by the time it’s all said and done,” he added. Although last year̵...
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Pocomoke City to borrow $259,000 for water quality

Posted On: 7/20/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

 (July 20, 2017) In an effort to remedy water quality issues that have plagued Pocomoke for decades, the City Council approved borrowing $259,000 for repairs at the water treatment plant during its meeting on Monday. City Clerk Carol Sullivan said the city received bids from two local contractors to replace filtering media, butterfly valves and water meters, with Somerset Well Drilling, in Westover, selected for the project. In May, former City Manager Ernie Crofoot said Pocomoke commissioned a report by water treatment contractor Hungerford & Terry, who identified problems with the filtering media and water flow control valves at the treatment plant.    “Over the years the backwashing apparently has been at an inappropriate pressure, which has caused a significant amount of the filtering material to go down the drain,” Crofoot said during a budget work session on May 12. “There were also valves … not opening and closing at the right time.&...
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Snow Hill officials support regs for short-term rentals

Posted On: 7/20/17
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(July 20, 2017) Snow Hill’s recently approved short-term rental ordinance was slightly amended during the town council meeting last Tuesday. Town Manager Kelly Pruitt read the proposed addition of a definition for a short-term rental resident agent: “A person or a property-management company located within 20 miles of the Town of Snow Hill, Maryland, who accepts full responsibility for contact and administration of management for a registered short-term rental.” Pruitt explained that use of a resident agent would permit absentee owners to rent either a room, or an entire home, regardless of their personal proximity to Snow Hill. “The resident agent will be named by the owner as 24-hour emergency contact,” she said. “Failure to respond to tenant issues and emergency situations will result in revocation of the short-term rental permit.” Melisa Weidner, representing Olde Town Candy Company owner Mark Schramek, questioned the logic behind the ...
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Golf event needs donors, sponsors

Posted On: 7/20/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 20, 2017) The sixth annual Mary McMullen Memorial Golf Tournament set for Aug. 4, has sold out for the fourth consecutive year. Organizer Tim McMullen said the tournament is still seeking hole sponsors and donations, including gift cards, from area businesses for use in a silent auction. His late wife, Mary McMullen, who passed away in 2012, was a special education teacher at Severna Park High School and Ruth Eason School. She was a founder of the Ocean Pines Youth Program, an administrator at the Maryland School for the Deaf and president of the Old Mill Booster’s Club. Proceeds from the tournament, held each year at the Ocean Pines Country Club, will be awarded to organizations, including the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, Our Brother’s Keeper, Seton Keough High School, Holy Angels Catholic School and Camp St. Vincent De Paul.   The nonprofit Mary Mac Foundation also sponsors two scholarships for special education students established in Mary McMulle...
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Pines candidates speak out on controversial pool topic

Posted On: 7/20/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

 (July 20, 2017) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors announced last Monday it would end the decades-old policy of restricting the use of the Oasis pool, adjacent to the community yacht club to adults only. A vote, held in a closed session following an open session on Sunday, July 9, was unanimous. Interim General Manager Brett Hill issued a statement last week that the decision was made “after exhaustive research by [Ocean Pines’] legal firm, Lerch, Early, and Brewer.” He said the former adults-only policy violated state and federal laws in part because of Ocean Pines’ tax-exempt status. “There was not a strong demand for change, but there has been significant dialogue regarding the legality of the operation, which prompted OPA attorney involvement,” Hill wrote. “The decision agreed to … was the recommendation of counsel, which was approved unanimously by the board. “As far as a time, the board took prompt acti...
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Volunteers share their experiences at OC’s Diakonia

Posted On: 7/20/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 20, 2017) Diakonia has operated for decades under the slogan, “Help for Today and Hope for Tomorrow,” providing emergency and transitional housing – along with a number of other services – for men, women and families on the Lower Eastern Shore. The West Ocean City nonprofit is run by a small, paid staff, but it’s largely the more than 100 volunteers who each day work with people in need and keep the operation going. Ocean City resident Jackie Disharoon has been with Diakonia since 1980, after reading a newspaper article stating the shelter needed nonperishable food. “I said, ‘I understand you’re asking for nonperishable food, but don’t you feed people there every night? Would you like a couple homemade loaves of bread for tomorrow night?’” she said. “They said they would love it, so I decided I would do that on the 25th of every month to celebrate Christmas.” Today, Disharoon bakes three dozen coo...
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Berlin Historic District expansion?

Posted On: 7/20/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 20, 2017) Berlin Historic District Chairwoman Carol Rose wants to see the district expanded, albeit only slightly, to include homes built in the 1800s and early 1900s. She said if that was done, it would be with input from the homeowners and with the goal of preserving historic homes — not imposing a series of prohibitive rules. Commission Vice Chairman Robert Poli said during a meeting on July 5 that he wanted to include more than a dozen streets and to expand the district proportionally as the town expands, including homes built as recently as the 1960s. Rose recently discussed that and several other issues with Town Administrator Laura Allen, in what she called a productive meeting. “What I would like to see is the homes on down North Main Street, and there are a few on Vine Street and Bay Street that are really, really old [included in the Historic District],” Rose said. “I’d like to see anything that was built in the 1800s to the early 1...
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Senior volunteers wanted for SHORE UP! youth program

Posted On: 7/20/17
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 (July 20, 2017) SHORE UP! Inc.’s Foster Grandparent Program is recruiting low- to moderate-income senior citizens ages 55 and older to volunteer with children/youth in Berlin, Crisfield, Easton and Eden. Foster grandparents are also needed in the Beaver Run School District in Salisbury. Serving as mentors, role models and friends, the foster grandparents often work with children/youth in pre-school or elementary schools. Qualified applicants receive a tax-free stipend.  Call 410-749-1142, ext. 354 for more information. At SHORE UP! (Self-Help On Rural Economics & Urban Problems) Inc., no person shall on the grounds of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of or otherwise be subject to discrimination in the provision of any care, service or admission. For more information, contact Joyce Farrare, Foster Grandparent Program project director at 410-749-1142, ext. 354.
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