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Economic dev. director introduced

Posted On: 10/16/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The town officially named its new economic and community development director on Tuesday, replacing Michael Day, who is retiring. When Day announced his retirement last spring, many Berlin residents wondered how the town would replace one of its most universally liked public officials. Enter Ivy Wells, the current economic development director of Sykesville, Md. and longtime collaborator with Day. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Wells moved to Maryland at a young age, attended school in Laurel and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland College of Journalism with a concentration in marketing, advertising and public Relations. Wells later worked for Post-Newsweek Media in Montgomery County with Bayside Gazette Publisher Elaine Brady. “I wanted to be a writer for as long as I could remember,” she said. “Once I started taking classes at the University of Maryland, I learned more about the business environment and promotion, and even e...
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Investigation finds no fault with trooper

Posted On: 10/16/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– A police investigation into a fatal car crash on Route 113 on Nov. 8 blamed dark clothing, poor visibility and failure to yield to the right of way to vehicles for the death of teenager Tymeir Deonta Montece Dennis. Dennis and his 18-year-old brother, Tyheym Demargo-Montel Bowen, were walking from Uncle Willie’s convenience store on 111 Flower Street at approximately 8:02 p.m. when they were struck by 22-year-old Maryland State Trooper Nicholas Richard Hager who was driving an unmarked 2009 Ford Crown Victoria, according to the report. The Bayside Gazette obtained the full investigation report by filing a state Public Information Act request with the Maryland State Police. Bowen sustained a broken leg, dislocated right knee, fractured pelvis, a cut on his right lower leg and abrasions on his right arm. He was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center and then to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Dennis was pronounced dead at Atlantic General Hosp...
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All patched up by police

Posted On: 10/16/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The Worcester County Sheriff’s Department went beyond the call of duty last week to help a 5-year-old with a class project. Mason Hetherington, a kindergartener at Ocean City Elementary, received a surprise at his Berlin home on Saturday when six police officers showed up on his doorstep bearing gifts. It started with a playroom brainstorming session on Wednesday night with his mom, Eliza Mason, a teacher at Pocomoke Elementary School. “I was looking up some stuff on the Internet about hundred-day projects, just kind of looking ahead,” his mother said. “I explained to him that some of the kindergarten teachers will do projects like 100 jelly beans on a poster board, because 100 is a big number for a kindergartener. They would talk about what they would be when they’re 100 years old, or what they would spend $100 on. So we started talking about the different projects.” In one post, a kindergartener collected 100 firefighter patches...
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Bertino, Wilson debate future, fixes for Rt. 589

Posted On: 10/16/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– The hottest issue in the race for District 5 Worcester County Commissioner continues to be Rt. 589 expansion, with Republican Chip Bertino and Democrat Tom Wilson continuing to exchange rhetoric this week. Wilson’s campaign insists the current Commissioners have not done enough, citing a letter written by Commissioners to Md. Department of Transportation Office of Planning and Capital Programming Director Donald A. Halligan in March expressing their support for three state highway projects “in no particular order.” Bertino, for his part, insisted the money is just not there, citing a Commissioners meeting on September 16 involving state transportation officials. “The Secretary of Transportation briefed the County Commissioners on state priorities for highway improvement and expansion in the state,” he said. “He brought his staff down – there must have been seven or eight people from his department – and he said the...
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It did rain, but not on Little League’s parade

Posted On: 10/16/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– It was an unusual sight. A daylong rainstorm emptied the normally bustling Main Street, and one of the most resurgent small towns in America lay still and empty – dormant – during the evening of its signature 2nd Friday art stroll. It looked like a rare misfire – a throwaway Friday in Berlin – when, just after 6 p.m., a police car slowly sauntered up Main Street, followed by a small army clad head-to-toe in blue strolling through the streets. The rain began to temper, and more than 100 Little Leaguers wearing matching uniforms, hats and cleats pushed open a street barricade, Moses-like, and strode towards a makeshift stage near Town Hall. Worcester County Commissioner President Bud Church and Berlin Little League President Norman “Nornie” Bunting led the parade, and coaches and parents were suddenly joined by scores of well-wishers, merchants, men, women and children all marching through the streets of Berlin together to champion ...
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Ocean Pines Chamber issues annual awards

Posted On: 10/16/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

WEST OCEAN CITY– The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce honored the spirit of volunteerism and community involvement during its Annual Awards Banquet at the Marlin Club on Thursday, Oct. 9. Maryland District 38 Sen. Jim Mathias, House of Delegates District 38B Delegate Mike McDermott and District 5 Worcester County Commissioner Judy Boggs were on hand to present commendations to honorees. “Tonight we honor some wonderful people and wonderful organizations who have contributed greatly to our community,” said Chamber Executive Director Elizabeth Kain-Bolen. The chamber opened in 1975 and since that time,” Kain-Bolen said, “Our mission has been … to sustain our local economic development by promoting and referring our members to the local residential communities of Ocean Pines, Berlin, Ocean City and surrounding areas. We pride ourselves on being the local’s chamber.” Incoming President Anna Giles said the core principals of the Chamber we...
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Tourism, arts to be promoted by app

Posted On: 10/16/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Tourism directors and representatives from Main Streets and Arts and Entertainment districts from more than a dozen different municipalities in two states gathered at The Globe in Berlin last Wednesday, to discuss an innovative new way to promote arts and entertainment in their areas. The Tourism, Arts and Downtown Development collective are developing a mobile app that will list festivals, restaurants and art galleries in a dozen towns in Maryland and five in Delaware, along with connecting buyers with local artists.  “We have 17 communities who have pitched in to pay for that – Delaware and Maryland towns,” said Berlin Economic and Community Development Director Michael Day. “We’ve found we can afford things like this as a group whereas individual towns would have trouble.” Three Worcester County towns – Berlin, Snow Hill and Ocean City – are members of TADD. Day estimated the app, based on the Eat, Drink and Buy...
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Murder mystery dinner set for next Wed. in OP

Posted On: 10/16/14
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OCEAN PINES–The Ocean Pines Yacht Club will be the scene for an evening of murder, mayhem and marinara at “Mafia Murders Mystery,” a murder mystery dinner theatre to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. This interactive performance by Ovation Dinner Theatre of Ocean View, Del. will have audience members trying to solve the murder of the Godfather of the Clamato crime family–possibly becoming suspects themselves–while enjoying an Italian dinner. “Mafia Murders Mystery” begins as the Clamato family gathers to celebrate the 75th birthday of the Godfather, Don. As family members and friends scheme to take over the Clamato family empire, local “law enforcement” will question likely suspects, all with audience participation. The evening’s menu will include a soup and salad bar featuring Italian wedding soup and garden or Caesar salad and an entrée buffet with chicken marsala, vegetable lasagna, pasta Bolognese, garlic br...
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Elks to present banners

Posted On: 10/16/14
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OCEAN CITY–The Ocean City Elks Lodge #2645 announces the culmination of the 2014 Ocean City Elks Hometown Heroes Military Banner Program. Local active duty military service personnel from Worcester County were honored by having their banners on display along the Ocean City Boardwalk from the amusement pier along the beach to Fourth Street since early May. They were taken down in early October.   The banners will be presented to the honorees, or their family members, at a ceremony at the Ocean City Elks Lodge on 138th Street, Saturday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. This ceremony is open to the public and all are welcome. For information, call Pat Riordan, 443-623-6162.  
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Debate continues over Yacht Club biz model

Posted On: 10/9/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– Is it a business? Is it a community center? Why didn’t this group or that group book its event here? A week after the direction of the new Yacht Club became an issue during an OPA Board meeting, the questions have continued and three leading members gave varying takes on the exact direction of the $5 million facility opened this year. Board Vice President Marty Clarke insisted the Yacht Club has always been and will continue to be a business. “I have never ever, ever called that into question,” he said. “It is a business and there is not a majority of this board to make it a new community center. There are people that think that’s a wonderful idea – lets suck the marrow off the bone of the people that don’t live here that pay for this as much as we do, but we’ll use it to play cards on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday. There’s not any consensus on the board for that, I’m sure...
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