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Wild multi-state, multi-car chase

Posted On: 3/23/17
Written By: Katie Tabeling, Staff Writer

Wild multi-state, multi-car chase (March 23, 2017) A Dorchester County man is in critical condition in Christiana Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware after being shot by police following a break-in at a local Realtor’s home and a subsequent car chase that ended in Ocean View, Delaware last Saturday. Although the identity of the shooter has not been released pending an investigation, Ocean View Police and Worcester County Sheriffs shot at Troy Lee Short, 31, of Hurlock, Maryland after he tried to ram on-foot officers with the stolen Infiniti SUV. Bethany Drew with Hileman Real Estate in Ocean Pines said that the black SUV was stolen from her driveway at her Bishopville area home. She said a man entered her house while she, her husband, Chris Squires, and guests were inside. “We always keep the door locked, but a guest went out to his car to get something. He came back and went to play pool with my husband upstairs, and I guess he didn’t lock the door,” Drew said. “I can’t even believe...
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Decatur students help go on ‘Long Walk to Water’

Posted On: 3/23/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

Decatur students help go on ‘Long Walk to Water’ (March 23, 2017) After being inspired by the novel, “A Long Walk to Water,” by Linda Sue Park, seventh grade students at Stephen Decatur Middle School decided raising funds to help build clean water wells in South Sudan was the right thing to do. From 7:45 a.m. until school came to a close on Monday, 320 teenagers walked in shifts carrying the flag of South Sudan, awareness signs and large jugs of water to bring awareness and show empathy for the struggles people face in South Sudan every day. “The kids cared after reading the book because they have huge hearts,” Michelle Hammond, a seventh grade teacher at Stephen Decatur Middle School, said. “Mainly girls in the South Sudan walk eight hours a day to bring back dirty and disgusting water with waterborne diseases. These kids are great. They wanted to do something.” Charlotte Vit, 13, said it felt good to be participating in the walk and was surprised to learn residents in South Sudan fight over wa...
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Directors think little of ThinkBig after sales pitch

Posted On: 3/23/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(March 23, 2017) Board members shot down an apparent attempted sales pitch from ThinkBig Networks during an Ocean Pines Association work session on Monday. Director Doug Parks introduced the agenda topic “considerations for fiber optic in Ocean Pines,” when Sales Director Judy Morgan from ThinkBig, a Brooklandville internet service provider, asked to comment. She made it about halfway through her first sentence before several directors labeled it a sales pitch and asked her to stop. “This is a working session of the board of directors,” Board Vice President Dave Stevens said. “It’s for the directors and for the members of the association.” “Why I’m here is to provide information on viable options to provide services and choices for the community members,” Morgan said. “In my opinion, ma’am, that information is not relevant at this point in time to this meeting,” Stevens said. Information packets fr...
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Snow Hill council seat may change as deadline nears

Posted On: 3/23/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(March 23, 2017) Two seats on the Snow Hill Council are up for election this year, and at this point it appears at least one spot will change, although it remains to be seen if an actual election will be required. The deadline to apply for either the central or western district open seats is March 31 at 4:30 p.m. Candidates must reside in the district and be at least 18 years of age. From the Central District, Jenny Hall has applied for reelection, and as of press time she is running unopposed. In the western district, incumbent Michael Pruitt has decided not to seek reelection based on a previous pledge. “I’ve been asking for about a year if a person of color wants to run [and] I’ll step aside and support them,” he said. After Pruitt reached out to Worcester County Commissioners Vice President Diana Purnell for assistance, a new candidate surfaced when LaToya Purnell threw her hat in the ring. Since beginning his efforts to improve minority representatio...
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Newcomers Meet and Greet, Wed.

Posted On: 3/23/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

 (March 23, 2017) Joe Kane, who purchased a pair of properties in Snow Hill last year, wants other new residents to discover the same sense of community that has brought him to embrace life on the river. To that end Kane is organizing the first “Newcomers Meet and Greet” on March 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the Harvest Moon Tavern on Greene Street. Kane said he got the idea for the event during a recent lunch at Harvest Moon, when he overheard a fellow patron explain they had purchased property in town, but lacked knowledge of local resources. Curious to learn how many other recent Snow Hill transplants existed, he enlisted the assistance of Gary Weber of Newport Bay Realty in West Ocean City, who found approximately 40 people had purchased homes during 2016.   “It’s a good idea to get people involved in the community,” Weber said. “It’s kind of a welcome, but also an open house. It was Joe’s idea because he’s a new guy too.&#...
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Snow Hill establishing new short-term rental regulations

Posted On: 3/23/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(March 23, 2017) Snow Hill, which is in the midst of establishing regulations for short-term rental units, held public readings of two related ordinances during a town council meeting last Tuesday. The first ordinance, which took effect after being introduced as emergency legislation during a council work session on Jan. 31, establishes a temporary moratorium for approval of short-term lodging units within the town for a period of up to six months. The second ordinance, which had its first reading last Tuesday, would amend the town code to add definitions and provisions for the registering short-term rental housing. Jon Hill, Snow Hill code enforcement officer, provided background on the effort to assure short-term rentals are regulated for safety and tax purposes. “The existing code did not allow for a short-term rental use within town limits,” he said. “It did, however, have a definition in the zoning code that was adopted last year.” Despite the morator...
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Plenty of chatter from board, homeowners on new forum

Posted On: 3/23/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(March 23, 2017) What makes anything more “real” than any other thing? And what, exactly, is the purpose of any forum? All of that and more were discussed during and Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors work session Monday, when Vice President Dave Stevens broached the subject of the Real Ocean Pines Forum, launched last week.   The forum was apparently discussed – and ultimately vetoed – about a year ago by the communications committee. Former General Manager Bob Thompson and former Marketing Director Teresa Travatello, it was insinuated, also had a hand in its inception at the time. Stevens said he had a running debate with Board President Tom Herrick over the point of the forum. Herrick, he said, wanted to get factual information out to the public, while Stevens argued that, by definition, a forum was merely an exchange of opinions. When interim General Manager Brett Hill said Denise Sawyer and Julie Malinowski, the current heads of the marke...
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Berlin committee already closing in on town standards

Posted On: 3/23/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(March 23, 2017) Berlin’s Naming Parks and Public Spaces Committee continued to work briskly toward a set of standards for the town at its meeting last Thursday, the second one to be one on the matter. Members of the committee worked from naming criteria used by Baltimore and Bowie in Maryland, as well as Wake County in North Carolina and the state of Florida. So far, the committee has preferred policies that omit the renaming of streets and municipal buildings, and those that give an edge to names of historical significance. Committee members have also favored public involvement in submitting names for consideration. One of the things the committee has wrestled with is how to factor in major financial donors. Bill Todd, who grew up in the area, said he was tired of seeing the same names pop up on buildings from Berlin to Ocean City. “Everything is named after the same people – the same families are the only ones that are able to afford it. I’d hate to s...
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Record number honored during Berlin ceremony

Posted On: 3/23/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Record number honored during Berlin ceremony (March 23, 2017) A ceremony at Berlin Town Hall Monday honored honored 22 town employees for their combined 255 years of service. The awards are based on the time of service as of Dec. 31 each year. This year was the third event of its kind and saw a record number of employees recognized. “Basically, it’s an opportunity to recognize the dedication and the service that they genuinely provide as town employees,” Mayor Gee Williams said. Williams spoke to the staff about what it means to be “an outstanding public servant.” “It’s not doing just the things that you are asked, but the things you do without being asked. It’s not just doing the things that are required, but are necessary to do things right,” he said. “We recognize these employees for all the things they do for which they are not compensated – not in the traditional term. “All the councilmembers, myself and the town administrator are all very proud ...
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Church Mouse keeps giving, Lori’s Angels keep on walking

Posted On: 3/23/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Church Mouse keeps giving, Lori’s Angels keep on walking (March 23, 2017) The Church Mouse of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Berlin continues to be active during the spring, donating to a half dozen other groups and nonprofits. That includes the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, foodforthepoor.org, the Greater Berlin Minority Scholarship Committee, the Worcester County GOLD Easter basket program, the senior citizen scholarship at Berlin Area Ministries United and the Lori’s Angels Walk MS team. “The Church Mouse tries to search out for things that are going on locally,” organizer Helen Wiley said of the outreach programs. “We like to find out what’s happening in the lives of our citizens give them support to let them know that we’re here for them.” Wiley also runs the Church Mouse Thrift Shop on 101 North Main Street in Berlin and accepts donations of new and gently used clothing and other items. “Once we get those products in, then we can take that profit and help lo...
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