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Town of Berlin comes up big in bathtub races

Posted On: 7/23/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 23, 2015) It says something about a small town when three grown men wearing bathrobes and shower caps can lead a parade of makeshift bathtubs down Main Street on a Friday evening and not one of the hundreds of people in attendance seemed at all fazed. Such was the scene during the 2015 Bathtub Races in Berlin, just minutes before the start of the actual competition, which lasted just over an hour and saw Berlin’s Water Resources Department take home the coveted “Winner Takes All” trophy, narrowly beating out the Bayside Gazette team during the decisive heat. Water Resources nearly took the trophy last year as well, but came up short after blowing a tire.    “We definitely came with extra inner tubes this year,” said Sean Cooper, who drove the town’s “tub” during the last race. Cooper and Ryan Showell, both employees at Water Resources, switched off on steering and pushing duties during several previous heats. Coope...
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Judge rejects Berlin Fire Dept. motion

Posted On: 7/23/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 23, 2015) The Berlin Fire Company’s motion for a partial summary judgment in the Zackary Tyndall case that alleges that he was harassed was denied last Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Lipton Hollander. Hollander’s rejection of the motion came just short of two years after Tyndall, a former fire company employee, filed his harassment complaint in August 2013.  In Lipton’s 63-page opinion, she said the case concerned allegations of employment discrimination and “intentional infliction of emotional distress” against two former coworkers of Tyndall, Bryon Trimble and Derrick Simpson. Tyndall contended that he was fired in retaliation for reporting certain activities at the department, including his contention that the defendants created a hostile work environment that led to his severe depression. An evaluation by a clinical psychologist included in the judge’s memorandum concluded that Tyndall “developed a Major Depressi...
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Vendors brief board, public on Ocean Pines reserve study

Posted On: 7/23/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 23, 2015) Ocean Pines continued to move toward a formal study of how to build and maintain its reserve fund, along with how much that fund should be, as it met last Friday with representatives of three companies that perform that service for homeowners Each company provided a roughly 30-minute presentation on how it handles what are better known as reserve studies. OPA Board President Dave Stevens began the meeting at the Community Center by saying its primary purpose was to familiarize the board and the evaluation team with each company. Board Treasurer Jack Collins and Parliamentarian Tom Terry also attended, as did General Manager Bob Thompson. Douglas Green, president of Richmond-based Design Management Associates spoke first. “Having worked with associations since 1986 ... I have a pretty good idea of how associations work,” Green said, adding that he formed the company to “specifically to do work with homeowners associations.” Green displaye...
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Quips come out during LESMA dinner

Posted On: 7/23/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 23, 2015) Berlin Mayor Gee Williams and Pocomoke Mayor Bruce Morrison relived their recent High Heel Race rivalry, exchanging several playful jibes – and challenging another local leader – during the July meeting of the Lower Eastern Shore Mayor’s Association, held at Leaky Pete’s in Berlin last Thursday. In June, the pair faced off in the streets of Berlin for the annual fundraiser for Women Supporting Women. Williams wore his usual black and pink ensemble, complete with a Monopoly Man-style top hat, while Morrison marked the occasion with a bright orange tutu. Morrison earned early bragging rights, raising more money for the nonprofit before the race, although Williams eventually won the actual footrace. At least, at first glance. “After reviewing all the films … I have filed a complaint with the International Track and Field Association, and I feel that I won the race because it says clearly, ‘you must wear high heels,’&#...
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Two summer art exhibits announced at OP library

Posted On: 7/23/15
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(July 23, 2015) The Friends of the Ocean Pines Library announces two art exhibits for the coming months.   In the main common areas of the library, July artist of the month is watercolorist Marcy Snyder. She discovered her love and passion for the arts in high school. She attended Colorado Women’s College and graduated with a degree in fine arts.   Snyder has continued taking art classes and has studied at the Wicomico Art Institute, Wor-Wic Community College Council and Salisbury University. She is now studying with Kate Cashman at Random Juxtaposition and is a former board member at Worcester Arts Council.   She exhibits on a regular basis as a member of The Art League of Ocean City Center for Arts and as a COOP member at the Worcester County Arts Council in Berlin. Snyder enjoys interpreting what she observes in nature and seeing it come to life in her work. This exhibit is scheduled July. The artist spotlight exhibit will feature photographer John McManus ...
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‘Suspicious’ fires strike Berlin area

Posted On: 7/23/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 23, 2015) Although the investigation continued at the beginning of the week, arson has not been ruled in a series of small fires on the outskirts of Berlin last Thursday morning. According to a press released issued last Friday by the Worcester County Fire Marshal’s office, the incident centered on a single-family home on Pony Island Lane in Berlin, but included other fires that occurred at the same time in the area. The Ocean City Fire Department responded, with assistance from the county fire marshal and county sheriff’s office. Worcester County Fire Marshal Jeff McMann said there were four points of origin in the fires and all were categorized as “suspicious.” McMann said the fires erupted along a private lane, roughly three quarters of a mile long, near the Mystic Harbor development. “From the beginning of the first [fire] to the house is three quarters of a mile and there were three brush fires between the entrance to Pony [Island Lane] an...
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Diakonia to benefit from award

Posted On: 7/23/15
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Staff Writer

(July 23, 2015) When Jack Burbage, owner of Blue Water Construction, was named the recipient of the 2015 Hal Glick award, he wasted no time in naming Diakonia, a nonprofit emergency housing shelter and service provider, the beneficiary of his share of the prize money. The Hal Glick award is a five-year-old program to reward philanthropy in Ocean City and it is named for a pioneering area Realtor. The award’s prize component, given in November, is a one-third share in the fundraiser dinner where the award is formally announced. The other two thirds go to Atlantic General Hospital and Temple Bat Yam. The dinners, in previous years, have brought in as much as $75,000 total. Diakonia, one of two shelters in Worcester County, is the closest, geographically, to the resort. Its mission is to “address the root causes of homelessness.” “It’s always a challenge to keep your name in front of the community,” Director Claudia Nagle said. “We deliver m...
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Md. business group gives Del. Carozza perfect rating

Posted On: 7/23/15
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(July 23, 2015) Delegate Mary Beth Carozza (District 38C) has received a 100 percent rating from Maryland Business for Responsive Government (MBRG) for her pro-business voting record during the 2015 session of the Maryland General Assembly. Carozza was one of 34 State Delegates to receive a perfect score this year. Carozza’s rating was reported in the 30th edition of MBRG’s Roll Call publication, which rates all 188 members of the Maryland General Assembly based on their votes on bills that have practical or philosophical importance to the widest possible range of Maryland businesses, trade associations and chambers of commerce.
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Berlin all stars stopped in state tournament

Posted On: 7/23/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 23, 2015) Despite another deep run into the postseason, the 9-10 Berlin Little League All Stars came up just short in the state tournament, losing 11-5 on Tuesday to close out the season. The District 8 team, which took home the state title in 2014, kicked off the tournament with an 11-2 win over Conoccheague on Saturday. Berlin fell 18-7 on Sunday to Thurmont, and then rebounded on Monday with a 16-8 victory over Northwest Washington, D.C. “We got an early lead [on Monday] and scored eight runs in the first inning,” Coach Craig Lynch said. “We didn’t play as well as we wanted defensively, but ended up holding on for the win.” Zach Powers and Owen Knerr both hit homeruns during the decisive win. Lynch said pitching had been a strong point overall, and that Sunday’s score was not a great indication of how the game ultimately unfolded. “We got down early and we conceded the game basically by putting in some sacrificial lambs for pitc...
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Worried about quality of water along watershed?

Posted On: 7/23/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 23, 2015) People planning a trip to the beach or preparing to take part in water sports in the area can check the water quality, if they so desire, with a new app offered by the Assateague Coastal Trust. Created by the Lake Ontario Waterkeepers, the “Swim Guide” app offers current information – from Memorial Day through Labor Day – on beaches and waterways across North America. While Worcester County receives federal funding to monitor ocean beaches and public landings for EPA safe standards, ACT Executive Director Kathy Phillips said that information can be difficult to locate. Swim Guide, she said, allows users to easily receive that data. “When you open the app, the GPS picks up where you are and puts out a whole list of all the beaches and gives you a green or a red as to whether it’s safe to go in or not,” she said. “It picks up all the county-monitored beaches, so we have all the beaches down in Ocean City and all the bea...
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