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BFC president says Berlin official told him to skip mtg.

Posted On: 5/25/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 25, 2017) Berlin Fire Company President David Fitzgerald addressed the Town Council on Monday night regarding a recent article in this paper. “The board of directors met last night. They were very shocked at the article that we read in the Bayside Gazette,” Fitzgerald said. “All the council members and the mayor met with the board of directors … and one of the things we did discuss was about making comments about each other in the press. “We’ve done a good job of that and you’ve done a good job of that up until Friday’s article. And we were very shocked,” Fitzgerald said. In the article, published May 18, Mayor Gee Williams said the town was budgeting $250,000 for the Berlin Fire Company, plus an additional $150,000 if the fire company agrees to third-party funding study that would help determine future needs. Williams said fire company officials did not show up for town budget hearings this year, despite being invited t...
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Behavioral health coach introduced

Posted On: 5/25/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(May 25, 2017) As the early childhood behavior health coach, a new position at Worcester County Schools, Anna Simulis, is responsible for promoting social emotional health at Pocomoke and Buckingham elementary schools as well as providing services to infants, toddlers and their families in the area. In elementary schools, 22 percent of instruction time is spent dealing with behavioral issues that stem from a range of causes including drugs, domestic abuse, homelessness, hunger, incarceration, trauma and poverty. “Young children’s mental health has significant implications for functioning across home, school and community settings,” Simulis said. Simulis works with students and teachers to identify where the behavior originates and why it is occurring. Then, she helps build a resiliency and promotes protective factors to guard children from negative circumstances. Social, emotional and behavioral challenges such as attention problems or aggression can compromise ...
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Berlin Briefs

Posted On: 5/25/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 25, 2017) The Berlin Mayor and Council discussed the following items during a meeting at Town Hall on Monday. Oceans East The council unanimously approved three EDUs for the new Ocean East apartment complex on Seahawk Road. The EDUs were part of an earlier agreement and would be allocated for a community center there. Mayor Gee Williams said EDUs had already been approved and paid for, for the first building in the development. Fence finished Water Resources/Public Works Director Jane Kreiter said the town had finished installing a fourth side to the fence around the offland wetlands on Flower Street, behind the multipurpose building. Several councilmen expressed concerns about the wetlands only being partially enclosed during previous meetings. Construction/demolition Planning Director Dave Engelhart said the building on 21 Jefferson Street had been demolished. Habitat for Humanity purchased the property with plans to redevelop it into a mixed-use building with artist ...
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Candidate Crosariol brings new perspective

Posted On: 5/25/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Candidate Crosariol brings new perspective (May 25, 2017) Nicole Schafer Crosariol, 31, would be the youngest member of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors, if she is elected. Crosariol moved to the community when she was five and grew up there. She graduated from Salisbury University and currently owns and operates the mobile boutique LuLaRoe. She said her background, which includes formerly managing the sales and marketing for Powerhouse Gym, would be a benefit to the board. “Growing up here and living here and soon starting a family here, I really want to be able to make this community something for everybody,” she said. “Knowing finances and knowing how to market, I think, would be an asset to the team.” She has been a homeowner in the Pines for six years and said she’s done her best to keep up with current events. “Obviously, the budget is always going to be an issue, and the new improvements that are being made or are in the works,” she said. “I’m ju...
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Grand opening for eight new Ocean Pines pickleball courts

Posted On: 5/25/17
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(May 25, 2017) The Ocean Pines Pickleball Club is partnering with the Ocean Pines Association to host a grand opening ceremony for the community’s eight new outdoor pickleball courts on Saturday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex, at 11443 Manklin Creek Road. Club members will conduct free clinics for beginner pickleball players that day from 10 a.m. to noon; open play will also be available during this time. To register for the clinic, contact John Hanberry at   jhanberry@comcast.net or 703-598-6119. A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at noon, followed by music, drinks and light refreshments. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on Sunday, May 28. In conjunction with the grand opening, a free week of pickleball at the new courts will be offered to the public from May 27 – June 2. The Ocean Pines Association’s Board-approved pickleball project converted two existing tennis courts...
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Author releases poetry collection

Posted On: 5/25/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Author releases poetry collection (May 25, 2017) Berlin native Ashley Cuffee, also known as “Ash’iz ‘Tha Rebirth,” recently released a new collection of poetry through Salt Water Media. “A Piece of Me Brings Peace to Me” was released on May 12. The 31-year-old Cuffee is pursuing an associate’s degree in general studies from Wor-Wic, with the goal of earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an eventual certification as a bibliotherapist (a therapy that involves reading certain texts for healing purposes). She began writing poetry in high school and has been performing regularly as a spoken word poet for about three years. She hosts a regular open mic night at Zenna Wellness Studio in Berlin during the monthly 2nd Friday art stroll. “The transition to print is all new for me, but I wanted to give people the opportunity to see the words, feel the words for themselves and then the next time they come to a performance we are that much more connected,” s...
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Purnell Museum intends to reprint 85-year-old book

Posted On: 5/25/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

Purnell Museum intends to reprint 85-year-old book (May 25, 2017) The Julia A. Purnell Museum is hoping to publish a recently uncovered handmade children’s book produced by its first archivist, Julia Hartman Shockley, for her daughter, Rebecca Mae Shockley, in 1932. Purnell Museum Executive Director Dr. Cindy Byrd said the 85-year-old manuscript, “In Make-Believe Land,” was donated in April after a resident at Shockley’s former home, the circa-1840 Hartman-Shockley House at 209 West Market Street, discovered it.   “This is one copy of this custom-made book,” she said. “She tried to see if there was a family member to talk to and she didn’t find anybody, so she brought it to the museum.” Julia Hartman Shockley (1896-1962) was inspired to create the small, hand-illustrated volume after being entertained by her daughter’s tales involving three imaginary friends, Dodo, Lala and Gink. “She turned her daughter’s stories into poems and pictures and made a little ...
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Groundbreaking for Berlin library slated for June 6

Posted On: 5/25/17
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(May 25, 2017) The Worcester County Commissioners invite the public and members of the press to join them and the Library Board of Trustees to the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Berlin Branch Library. County and state officials will break ground at the site, on Harrison Avenue in Berlin, on Tuesday, June 6 at 1:30 p.m. The 12,000-square-foot library will be a two-story structure, designed to complement the historic architecture of the Town of Berlin. It will have expanded children and teen reading areas, community meeting space, an art gallery, and a local history room. Additional space will be provided for public computers and laptops. A children’s porch and second-floor deck will allow visitors to take advantage of the natural setting. The site will allow for the expansion of community gardens. The Worcester County Commissioners, Worcester County Library Foundation and the County Library Capital Grant Program, Maryland State Department of Education, and Division of Libr...
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Women’s charity donates $3,400 to CRICKET Center

Posted On: 5/25/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

Women’s charity donates $3,400 to CRICKET Center (May 25, 2017) Members of the 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore charity have donated $3,400 to the CRICKET Center, a child advocacy center in Berlin. “We are fully accredited by the National Children’s Alliance and are mandated to provide a multi-disciplinary team response for each case of child abuse in Worcester County,” said CRICKET Center Executive Director Wendy Myers. “As a nonprofit organization, we depend on our community for support. The donation from 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore will help us to continue to provide direct services to our clients.” The 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore organization held its second meeting on May 16 where 30 members heard presentations about Coastal Hospice, the Ocean City Art League and the CRICKET Center. “All three charities nominated were awesome organizations,” said Janelle Mulholland, co-founder of 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore along with Susanna Eisenman and Anna Newton. “It was real...
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Community Briefs

Posted On: 5/25/17
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Contest winner Kayden Boecker, the Ocean City-Berlin Optimist Club’s gold medal winner, was the overall winner of the 2017 Maryland/ Southern Delaware District competition, held April 29-30 in Ocean City. He will receive a $2,500 scholarship for his accomplishment. He was also selected by the total judges scores to represent the Maryland District at the national Optimist International Oratorical competition, to be held in St. Louis in June. Sale benefits GOLD Dazzle will extend its store-wide liquidation sale through Saturday, May 27. Purchase gifts and furniture at unbelievably low prices while benefiting Worcester GOLD (Giving Other Lives Dignity), a nonprofit that has provided financial aid to families in crisis, vulnerable adults and children in foster care since 1996. Dazzle, located in Manklin Station Shopping Center, in Ocean Pines, is donating a percentage of sales to the organization.   Furniture, store displays, racks and spinners drastically reduced for imm...
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