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Fourth Friday continues in dwtn. Pocomoke

Posted On: 7/27/17
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(July 27, 2017) The Pocomoke 4th Friday Street Festival returns this week, with Market Street between Front and Second streets shut down to traffic from 5-8 p.m. for the occasion. Karah Lacey, Pocomoke economic development coordinator, said local artists, craftsmen and vendors would fill the downtown sidewalks to sell their wares, including paintings, photography, jewelry, bath and body products, home decor, fashion and much more. She also noted that numerous local businesses would stay open until 8 p.m. This month’s featured artist is Darren “That Spray Paint Guy” Linton, who began his foray into airbrushing nearly five years ago and in the last few years has increased the scale. “I find that with spray paint, if it doesn’t turn out exactly like I planned I can add more colors, textures, and still make something I’m proud of,” Linton said. Over time Linton has come to appreciate the creative process and has found people enjoy witnessing h...
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National Night Out to unite community and police, Tues.

Posted On: 7/27/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(July 27, 2017) Fostering positive community relations with local police departments is the goal behind National Night Out on Aug. 1. Celebrations are scheduled in Ocean City, Berlin, Pocomoke and Snow Hill as part of a national event held each year on the first Tuesday in August. Ocean City will hold a trio of community events scattered throughout the resort. Police Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay Richard said officers would be on hand at Fiesta Park on 141st Street in the Caine Woods neighborhood, in Montego Bay at the end of Harbour Drive and in Gullway Villas off Bayshore Drive near 28th Street, from 6-8 p.m. “All the neighborhoods have their own block party,” she said. Residents at each location can enjoy a K-9 unit demonstration, Richard said. “We get direct feedback from people who live in the neighborhoods year round,” she said. “It’s a chance to talk with officers and a great opportunity for us to interact with locals.” Berl...
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Inaugural Believe in Tomorrow Block Party

Posted On: 7/27/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(July 27, 2017) A guest bartending event at Sisters on Main Street evolved into a Believe in Tomorrow Block Party in Berlin, with games for adults and children in addition to live music, vendors, activities and food on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 6-9 p.m. “I am hoping it becomes our next big event,” said Wayne Littleton, coordinator for the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Respite Housing Program. “I’ve wanted to do something in Berlin for years.” The inaugural festival will feature a range of free activities taking place on Main, Pitt and Commerce streets. “The goal is to pack this town,” Littleton said. “Bring the kids, grandkids or your spouse to have fun for three hours. There will be stuff going on all over town.” Attendees can enjoy live music and street performers, carnival games and a number of children’s activities including face painting, balloon animals from Kris Krunch the Klown, a bounce house, surprise costum...
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Gull Creek residents, staff design OC mural

Posted On: 7/27/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(July 27, 2017) Last Tuesday and Wednesday, staff and residents of the Gull Creek Senior Living Community in Berlin painted an Ocean City-themed mural on a wall of the Treasure Cove neighborhood, which houses residents with dementia. “Many of our residents have family businesses or lived on the Boardwalk,” said Cassandra Coulbourne, director of Gull Creek’s Valeo program. “Ocean City is the stomping grounds for most and we are bringing it back.” The Valeo program, which means “to thrive” in Latin, is a wellness initiative for those with memory impairments. Activities incorporate components of social, intellectual, spiritual and physical well-being. The mural is approximately 6 feet by 14 feet and is designed to have residents feel like they are walking down memory lane and back to a familiar place. “This population walks and wanders,” said Colleen Koziara, a certified dementia care practitioner and senior programming specialist...
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Anglers Club announces winners

Posted On: 7/27/17
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(July 27, 2017) The Ocean Pines Anglers Club hosted the 21st annual Art Hansen Memorial Youth Fishing Contest last Saturday at the South Gate pond in Ocean Pines. Sixty-seven young anglers participated in three age groups ranging from 4-16. Maryland DNR was on hand to help educate the participants and the Anglers Club provided free bait.  The young anglers managed to pull close to 100 fish from the pond, which were measured and tallied by Anglers Club members. Fish caught included bluegills, catfish and large mouth bass. Trophies and rods and reels were awarded to the top anglers, but every youth that participated received a prize courtesy of event sponsors. First-place winners in each division were: 4-7 age group, Gabriel Vitak, Most Fish (10), Luke Barbato, Largest Fish [8.5-inch bluegill]; 8-11 age group, Chase Rarrich, Largest Fish (16-inch catfish); Jonathan Smith, Most Fish (9); 12-16 age group, Brent Dixon, Largest Fish [12-inch large mouth bass), Trevor Short, Most ...
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Trendic vote delayed with no new date

Posted On: 7/27/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 27, 2017) An Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors vote on whether to expel Director Slobodan Trendic just a year into his three-year term has been postponed for a third time. A motion proposed by director and interim General Manager Brett Hill to remove Trendic for alleged breaches of confidentiality had been scheduled for the board meeting tomorrow (Friday), but was taken off the agenda Tuesday after Director Doug Parks reported another scheduling conflict. If that weren’t enough to confuse Friday’s agenda, Director Tom Herrick, who has served as the board president for the past year, resigned that post Wednesday and will be replaced by Vice President Dave Stevens. Initially, the board was to meet in special session last Thursday night to consider ousting Trendic, but that meeting was postponed until the following day after Parks said he was unable to attend. That meeting was pushed back to this Friday because of Trendic’s unavailability. With regard ...
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Clubs committee, financial reports hammer OPA clubs

Posted On: 7/27/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

 (July 27, 2017) The current operations of Ocean Pines clubs were condemned last Thursday, as a Clubs Advisory Committee meeting turned into a forum of complaints from frustrated members who detailed their recent bad experiences. The meeting was held just days before the association released its June financial report, which appeared to back up those sentiments. The report revealed a $34,988 net operating loss for the month and $63,977 year-to-date net operating loss at the beach club. A profit of $30,196 was budgeted for the month. The yacht club had a net operating loss of $115,537 in June and a year-to-date net operating loss of $147,618. The budget listed a $1,311 profit for the month. Last year for the same period, the beach club posted a $16,919 profit, a difference of $87,164, while the yacht club showed a $5,010 loss as of June 2016, a difference of $179,197. “We’ve all been hearing horror stories about service and food at all of the clubs,” commi...
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Prgm. Open Space funds trickle in

Posted On: 7/27/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 27, 2017) For the first time in several years, the Town of Berlin will receive funding from Program Open Space, a state program administered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. During a Town Council meeting Monday Night, Administrative Services Director Mary Bohlen said the town would receive $20,000 – about 7 percent of the $279,270 it requested, but still something. Program Open Space funds are given to the counties, which can then decide to allocate or hold the money. Bohlen said the funding would be used to improve the tennis courts at Stephen Decatur Park. “It’s obviously fortunate that they’ve allocated those $20,000. Unfortunately, $20,000, when it comes to park projects, is not a lot of money,” Bohlen said. “However, it will help us in the completion of the tennis courts project, which already has funding allocated, $215,000, from the Community Parks and Playgrounds program.” The Community Parks and Playgroun...
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Police investigating skimming operation in OC and Pocomoke

Posted On: 7/27/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(July 27, 2017) The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to stay alert after a pair of illegal credit card skimmers were recently discovered attached to gas station pumps in Ocean City and Pocomoke. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Ed Schreier said the Worcester County Bureau of Investigations is looking into both cases. “They have reason to believe that they are related,” he said. While scant details are available about the ongoing investigations, Schreier said avoiding becoming a victim of data thieves is relatively easy in most instances.   “If you don’t feel comfortable paying at the pump, go inside,” he said. The Pocomoke incident was more problematic for consumers, Schreier said. “This gas station didn’t have that option – it’s an unattended pump,” he said. “Anybody can use it at any time of the day. There’s really no one maintaining it.” Unlike many card skimmer...
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Pocomoke Discovery Center nabs ‘hat trick’

Posted On: 7/27/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(July 27, 2017) Call it a hat trick. For the third year in a row the Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum has received project grant funding through the Maryland Heritage Area Authority. Stacey Weisner, museum president and CEO, said the center was awarded a state grant of more than $40,000 for a project to improve the guest experience, which could also impact numerous nonprofits in the area. “That’s for an interpretation and signage project,” she said. “There are many signs in the museum that some people don’t ever look at and we think it’s an opportunity to get better.” Education is a key component behind the presentation upgrades, which will involve a weeklong training seminar for nonprofits and other area agencies, Weisner said. Potential partners would include the Sturgis One-Room School & Heritage House, the Costen House Museum and the Mar-Va Theater, Weisner said. “Anybody that can benefit from doing better interpretati...
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