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Berlin goes Pop; Warhol show marks Fri. gallery opening

Posted On: 8/27/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Berlin goes Pop; Warhol show marks Fri. gallery opening (Aug. 27, 2015) Andy Warhol once said, “The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting.” After waiting nearly five months, Warhol’s work will be featured on Friday during the grand opening of Art in the Fields, a new gallery in Berlin. Formerly Mid Atlantic Pain Medicine, New Jersey natives Foster and Lisa Schoch purchased the building on 6 South Main Street in April. The couple has been amassing their own collection of original artwork for more than a decade, and will augment that with additional work from auction houses, including Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Prints from Warhol’s Sunday B. Morning series will be on display during an opening reception on Friday from 2:30-5 p.m., with a ribbon cutting set for 3 p.m. The celebration will continue on the following day with a second reception from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “[Warhol] was a leading figure of pop art, and probably one of the biggest artists of the 20th Century,” Gallery Ma...
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Lost dog ‘Rizzo’ recovered near Pines playground

Posted On: 8/27/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Lost dog ‘Rizzo’ recovered near Pines playground (Aug. 27, 2015) After roaming around Ocean Pines for nearly a month, lost dog Rizzo was finally caught early Wednesday morning and taken to the Worcester County Humane Society in West Ocean City. Delaware resident Emma Maring, an amateur dogcatcher, tracked the German shepherd to the Community Church in Ocean Pines. Maring said she used the “Bolt method” to contain the pup, so named after another dog she helped track down earlier this year. “Basically, it’s just trying to find an area where she frequented, but also that had a fenced-in gated area,” she said. Knowing that Rizzo had been spotted near the church on several occasions, Maring drove by earlier in the week and noticed a playground behind the church – with a small, fenced-in area. Maring and Diane Koppelman, an Ocean Pines resident who runs the “Finding Rizzo” Facebook page, asked the director of the church if they could use the grounds at night to try and catch the dog....
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Attorney Joe Moore reverses opinion in memo to OP board

Posted On: 8/27/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 27, 2015) One day after Joe Moore defended his advice during an Ocean Pines Board meeting on the legality of another meeting – which never actually took place – the Ocean City attorney sent a memo to the board reversing his opinion and apologizing for any confusion he caused. Moore originally said he believed new board members’ terms began after being sworn in during the organizational meeting – not upon their election at the annual meeting. In the memo obtained by the Gazette, dated Aug. 18, Moore said his confusion was based on a section of Maryland code addressing corporations and associations that read, “until successors are elected and qualify, the board of directors consists of the individuals who are on the present board.” Under those guidelines, Moore said “the qualification of a director is twofold; first, their election and second, their ‘qualification.’” Ocean Pines bylaws, however, seem to differ. Moor...
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OPA Director Dave Stevens: Make Moore’s memo public

Posted On: 8/27/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 27, 2015) While attorney Joe Moore declined to comment on a memo written to the Ocean Pines Board of Directors on Aug. 18, former Board President Dave Stevens, who clashed with Moore during the organizational meeting one day prior, said the entire memo should be made public. “I think there’s a strong reason why it should go out as a public release,” Stevens said, adding, “It will be made public.” During the meeting Moore said it was his opinion that board members become board members only after being sworn in during the organization meeting. Stevens argued that the bylaws, and the existing precedent, were that a board members’ term began when the election was announced and certified at the annual meeting. The issue was raised because when two existing directors, Tom Terry and Pat Renaud, attempted to meet with newly elected Tom Herrick and Cheryl Jacobs while excluding at least two other board members, Stevens and Jack Collins. The meeting...
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New vaccine requirements for students now in effect

Posted On: 8/27/15
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(Aug. 27, 2015) New school immunization requirements took effect last fall statewide. The new requirements mandate that all kindergarten and first grade students have two Varicella vaccinations, and students in seventh and eighth grade have one Tdap, or Tetanus-diphtheria-attenuated pertussis and one meningococcal (Menactra or Menomune) vaccination. Students who do not have the required vaccinations can be excluded from school. In addition to the required vaccines for school, seventh and eighth graders are also recommended to receive the HPV vaccine. The vaccine helps prevent several different types of cancer affecting more than 17,600 females and 9,300 males each year. Vaccines are vital to protect children from potentially serious diseases. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s doctor to determine which vaccines are needed and schedule an appointment as needed. For those children who remain at risk for exclusion from s...
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For Pete Gomsak, assistant treasurer familiar position

Posted On: 8/27/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

For Pete Gomsak, assistant treasurer familiar position (Aug. 27, 2015) Although it may have raised a few eyebrows when the board of directors voted 4-3 to select Pete Gomsak as the assistant treasurer – the second, along with General Manager Bob Thompson – it’s a role the former director has held before. Gomsak, 73, served on the board from 2010-2012, then served as assistant treasurer, under then board president Tom Terry, in 2013 and 2014. He also has nearly a decade of experience in and around Ocean Pines finance. A self-described “Baltimorean,” Gomsak graduated from Loyola in 1964 and almost immediately landed a job at a major CPA firm. “I told people I graduated on Sunday [and] started working Monday morning,” Gomsak said. Gomsak quickly climbed the corporate ladder, becoming the firm’s youngest partner, at 31, in the U.S. He later moved with the company to Hartford, Conn. and Cincinnati, Ohio, before retiring to Ocean Pines in 2001. “Obviously, Cincinnati was not home, an...
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Berlin Housing Board back in business after decade

Posted On: 8/27/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Berlin Housing Board back in business after decade (Aug. 27, 2015) Berlin’s Housing Board of Review met for the first time in at least nine years last week, electing Tara Downes to the post of chairperson and briefing the members on a number of goals the town hopes to achieve. Board members Lyn Kelly, Mary Moore and Leslie Gephardt were also present, as were Planning Director Dave Engelhart and Permit Coordinator Carolyn Duffy. Only board member Jeff Rick, out of town for a family matter, was absent during the Aug. 19 meeting. In an email to the board sent a week prior, Engelhart, the staff liaison, said he wanted to elect officers and review duties and responsibilities, including a addressing a number of delinquent properties in Berlin. Engelhart said he believed the board would help, “decide the direction and outcome of the enforcement efforts necessary to bring them into compliance,” adding that Berlin’s recently completed strategic planning sessions included public support for “maintaining the i...
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Back-to-school giveaway helped by police in Berlin

Posted On: 8/27/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Back-to-school giveaway helped by police in Berlin (Aug. 27, 2015) The Berlin Police Department had a busy weekend – in the best way possible. On Friday, police took part in the 22nd Annual Crime Prevention Golf Tournament at Eagle’s Landing. The department uses proceeds from the event to promote community activities and assist community organizations in the Berlin area. On the following day, Berlin police also participated in a back-to-school drive in Henry Park. Although Police Chief Arnold Downing said turnout was slightly below the 300-plus organizers had planned for, it was still a “nice crowd.” “Because of the social calendar, we had folks that were going to football games and all kinds of things going on, but we had a great time and great support,” he said. During the event, organizers gave out close to 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to children in kindergarten through eighth grade. On the following day, many of the remaining bags were donated to West Ocean City nonprofit D...
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Trial date set in Dollar General drama

Posted On: 8/27/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 27, 2015) A trial date has been set for Dec. 15 in the case of Oxford Chase Development Inc. versus the town of Berlin’s Board of Zoning Appeals over a prospective Dollar General Store near the intersection of Old Ocean City Boulevard and Healthway Drive. That means the next likely development in the battle between town and company will occur more than a year after it began. Attorney Randy Coates filed the case on June 3, but the rift between Berlin and the developer dates back to Dec. 12 of last year, when Oxford Chase originally requested a building permit. In March, the Berlin Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend that Planning Director Dave Engelhart veto the site plan because of traffic concerns. Engelhard agreed with the commission and based his veto on town code highway corridor guidelines, on March 25. Hoping to have the matter heard by the Berlin Board of Appeals, the developer took the matter to Circuit Court for the first time, on April 23. The ...
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OC Power Squadron to host new boating course, Sept. 15

Posted On: 8/27/15
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(Aug. 27, 2015) The Ocean City Power Squadron (OCPS) will present the all new America’s Boating Course at the Worcester County library, Ocean Pines Branch, 11107 Cathell Road, on Tuesday, Sept. 15.   Registration is at 6:30 p.m. followed by the first class at 7 p.m. the same evening. This is an eight-hour course, 7-9 p.m. each evening. Anyone born after July 1, 1972 must satisfactorily complete a safe boating class to operate a recreational vessel or personal watercraft (PWC) in Maryland. This course covers basic boat handling, navigation, federal and state regulations, rules of the road, aids to navigation, required equipment and more. Students successfully completing this course may be eligible for six months free membership in the Ocean City Power Squadron. Many courses pertaining to safe boating and navigation are available to Squadron members such as: piloting, weather, electronics, marine engine maintenance, GPS/VHF radio seminars as well as interesting boating...
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