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MSO schedules ‘Holiday Joy’ concert Dec. 7

Posted On: 11/27/14
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(Nov. 27, 2014) The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Julien Benichou, will usher in the holiday season with a program of orchestral and vocal music at the “Holiday Joy” concert performed on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Community Church, Racetrack Road in Ocean Pines. The MSO will also present renowned vocalists, soprano Esther Jane Hardenbergh and baritone Kevin Short. Hardenbergh has sung extensively in the United States and Europe, in opera, oratorio and recital. She made her debut at Carnegie Hall in 1999 as winner of the International Opera Singer Competition and is highly respected as an interpreter of recital repertoire, in particular 19th century German Lieder and 20th century American Art Song. She has appeared with such orchestras as Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Memphis Symphony, Atlanta Baroque Symphony, Miami Bach Society, Handel Choir and Orchestra of Baltimore, Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, and the Naples Philhar...
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Police patch boy passes on kindness

Posted On: 11/27/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Nov. 26, 2014) Hundreds of police officers across the country responded to a local 5-year-old’s calls for help with a class project last month. Now, Mason Hetherington is paying it forward. Mason, a kindergartener at Ocean City Elementary School, decided he would try to collect 100 police patches in 100 days. His mother, Eliza Mason, set up a post office box and took to Facebook to help her son reach his goal. By the following morning, more than 400 people had shared the Facebook post. By the end of the week, Mason reached his goal. The Worcester County Sheriff’s Department surprised the family at their Berlin home in mid-October, pulling into the driveway with six flashing police cars and half a dozen officers carrying patches. The generosity continued to spread across the country. At the beginning of this week, Mason had collected 624 patches from more than 40 states in the U.S. Some came from as far away as Northern Ireland and the Maldives. Eliza said the flurry...
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Gillis Gilkerson begins office for Choptank

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(Nov. 27, 2014) The Salisbury contracting and construction firm Gillis Gilkerson this week announced the official groundbreaking for the new Choptank Electric Cooperative Regional Service Center building at 6520 Walston Switch Road in Salisbury. The facility, being built across from Wor-Wic Community College, will combine the Salisbury and Berlin Choptank district offices and house a redundant systems control room, member service center and additional departments for the company to utilize in preparation for the region’s future growth. “In today’s economy, businesses are continuously looking for ways to efficiently expand services and maintain their competitive edge,” said Dwight Miller, president, Gillis Gilkerson. “Gillis Gilkerson is here to help prepare Choptank Electric and other area businesses for future growth in the regions they serve.”    Gillis Gilkerson has been contracted to build the center with architectural plans design...
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AGH recognized for ‘Key Quality Measures’

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(Nov. 27, 2014) Atlantic General Hospital has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on “Key Quality Measures” by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. “Atlantic General is proud to be named a top performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our physicians and our entire hospital staff,” said Michael Franklin, CEO of Atlantic General Hospital. Atlantic General was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for surgical care and pneumonia. Atlantic General is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 top performer distinction, and is the only hospital on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to do so. The top performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-base...
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DAISY award winner named

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(Nov. 27, 2014) Atlantic General Hospital recently unveiled the Healer’s Touch statue in the hospital’s serenity garden in conjunction with honoring its first DAISY Award recipient, registered nurse Tracey Donalds. Donalds joined Atlantic General Hospital in 2010 as a nurse in the medical surgical department, where she helped with the initial development of the Observation Unit. She now works in the emergency department. According to one of her nominees, Donalds “is the most fiercely compassionate medical professional we have ever encountered.” The DAISY Award, created by The DAISY Foundation in Memory of J. Patrick Barnes, honors the extraordinary work nurses do for patients and families each day. Hospital leadership brought the awards program to Atlantic General to recognize the compassion and high level of care its nurses provide to residents and visitors of the community. Atlantic General Hospital’s medical staff erected the Healer’s Touch ...
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Sandpiper, OPA talks at standstill

Posted On: 11/27/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Nov. 27, 2014) Negotiations between Ocean Pines and Sandpiper Energy have hit an impasse with no apparent end in sight. The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors voiced its displeasure over the deadlock during a meeting on Saturday, Nov. 22. “We’re not making any progress,” OPA President Dave Stevens said. “We’re still having the same issues we had beforehand.” Stevens prepared a statement to Sandpiper saying he felt the two sides had not made any progress and asked the board for its input. Parliamentarian Tom Terry warned that the board was about to air grievances from previously closed negotiations during an open session. “It’s intentional,” Stevens said. “There is no real negotiation.” Sandpiper is converting propane lines in several communities in Worcester County into natural gas, touting cheaper and cleaner energy. Ocean Pines was due to receive upgrades before talks stalled. Stevens said less than h...
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Berlin wins three top tourism awards

Posted On: 11/27/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Nov. 27, 2014) As if this year were not cool enough, Berlin capped its charmed 2014 with a trio of tourism awards. Designated “America’s Coolest Small Town” winner by Budget Travel magazine, Berlin came up with three top honors during last week’s Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City. The Maryland Tourism Council gave Berlin a nod for “Best Social Media Campaign” for its movement to become the “coolest.” The town also came up in the “Best Product or Event Award” given to the “Horses at the Beach Campaign,” as well as the “Visit Maryland Award” given by the Maryland Office of Tourism to Worcester County Department of Tourism Director Lisa Challenger. “Visit Maryland” highlights individuals and businesses that elevate Maryland’s image as a tourism destination. “It was a great showing for Worcester,” Challenger said. ...
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Plan depicts how Tyson land could be developed

Posted On: 11/27/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Nov. 27, 2014) Showell-based Vista Design Inc. caused a stir in the Berlin community last May when it released a massive conceptual plan for a proposed Tyson’s Park complex. The blueprint, a repurposing of the old Tyson Chicken plant on Old Ocean City Boulevard, includes an indoor and outdoor recreation center as well as festival fairgrounds, an outdoor amphitheater, hiking grounds, fishing and bird watching areas, and even room for Frisbee golf. The design was leaked, presumably, as a way to jumpstart the conversation for a new recreation complex in Berlin. Vista representatives originally declined to comment, but with demand for such a facility reaching a fever pitch in recent weeks, Vista Marketing Director Mike Goldberg agreed to speak with the Bayside Gazette about the merits of the park. “The idea is to hopefully get the town to take interest in it,” he said. “We prepared a conceptual plan to use it as a park, but it’s only a concept plan. Whethe...
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Pines Kiwanis respond to coat drive challenge

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(Nov. 27, 2014) The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines–Ocean City recently received a challenge from the Greater Millsboro Kiwanis Club to collect 100 coats for local agencies who administer the providing of coats to those in need.   All of the Kiwanis Clubs in District 5 received the same challenge, which is meant to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Kiwanis in 2015. The Ocean Pines–Ocean City Club accepted the challenge, but moved it to December, as the cold weather begins earlier than 2015, and designated Worcester G.O.L.D. as the recipient. Kiwanis Club member, Reverend David Herr, is chairing the project and encouraging all members to gather new or gently used, clean coats for children and adults by the Dec. 3 deadline. If the public wants to participate, bring donations to the Kiwanis Club’s meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. in the Ocean Pines Community Center Assateague Room.    For more information, call Pat Winkelmaye...
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OP crime down, safety rating up

Posted On: 11/27/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Nov. 27, 2014) Ocean Pines is among the most-improved cities in Maryland when it comes to crime rates, according to the Safe Choice Security blog. From 2007 to 2012, the community showed a 46.77 decrease in crime. The website compiled crime statistics, including property and violent crimes, of all municipalities in the state with populations of more than 5,000. Ocean Pines ranked fourth in the list. Two other Eastern Shore areas, Easton [10] and Salisbury [13], ranked in the top 20. Safe Choice Security attributed the decrease to residence checks, anonymous tipping, operation drug box and neighborhood watches, as well as a police department that “has done a great job of living up to its slogan of ‘Duty, Honor and Community.’” Ocean Pines Police Chief David Massey took the encouraging statistics with a grain of salt. “Crime is systematic,” he said. “There are going to be years when it goes up and years when it goes down. When you reach ...
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