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Father voices concerns about investigation

Posted On: 9/18/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Almost a year after a fatal car crash involving a Maryland state trooper and two local teenagers, police have concluded their investigation. On Nov. 8 trooper Nicolas Hager struck 16-year-old Tymeir D. Dennis and his then 17-year-old brother Tyheim D. Bowen on Route 113 in Berlin. Dennis died in the accident and Bowen sustained serious injuries, leading to the amputation of one of his legs. The trooper was driving an unmarked police car on a routine patrol when the accident occurred. The mother of the two boys, Tynise Bowen, witnessed the crash. Hager returned to work four days later. Tymeir’s father, Quentin Dennis, read the investigation report. “There are some things that concern me as far as the investigation with the police officer – the way it was handled and who handled it,” he said. “I felt like it should have been another agency handling the investigation since it involved one of their officers.” Dennis said he would pr...
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Sunfest at 40 to attract more than 100,000 to Ocean City

Posted On: 9/18/14
Written By: Clara Vaughn, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

OCEAN CITY—Ocean City’s largest fall festival kicks off today, Thursday, with hundreds of arts and crafts vendors, live music, a variety of food and family activities on tap at the inlet for the 40th annual Sunfest. Recently ranked No. 1 in Sunshine Artist magazine’s annual 200 best shows list for 2014, the downtown Ocean City festival draws more than 100,000 visitors to Ocean City each year. The free festivities continues through Sunday, Sept. 21, under giant tents in the inlet lot. “It’s the 40th year so we have a lot to celebrate,” said Jessica Waters, communications manger for the Town of Ocean City. “Whether you like to come for the food or for the live entertainment, or you like to shop the tents, there’s something for everyone.” The festival kicks off its 40th year today at 9:30 a.m. with a parade down the Boardwalk from 13th Street to the inlet featuring the Stephen Decatur High School marching band, cheerleaders and choi...
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NCPHIF coming to OP for National Preparedness Month

Posted On: 9/18/14
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OCEAN PINES—The National Center for the Prevention of Home Improvement Fraud (NCPHIF) will host a pair of workshops in Ocean Pines aimed at educating homeowners on how to protect themselves from home repair fraud and scams. The workshops are being held in conjunction with National Preparedness Month. The SmartPower workshops — “Protecting Yourself from Home Repair Contractor Fraud and Scams” — will be held on Monday, Sept. 22, in the East Room at 239 Ocean Parkway, Berlin, Md. 21811. One workshop will take place from 1-2:30 p.m., and the second from 6-7:30 p.m. The workshops are free and open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Topics to be discussed include valuable do’s and don’ts around hiring a contractor; typical scams; how to find contractors; what should and should not be in your contract; the building permitting process; insurance issues you may not know about, how to set up payment schedules, how to resolve problems with ...
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Unless write-in candidate surfaces, Gulyas unopposed

Posted On: 9/18/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– How good of a year is “America’s Coolest Small Town” having? The Budget Travel magazine designation boosted business, the Little League teams went to regional and national championships, and public works projects received more than $1 million in grant money. The town is running so smoothly that – when it came time to file for town council – no one wanted to rock the boat. Unless a write-in candidate crashes the party – which has never happened in the town’s history – incumbents Troy Purnell and Dean Burrell will keep their seats, and businessperson Thom Gulyas will quietly take over for retiring At-Large councilmember Paula Lynch after 26 years of service. “Honestly, I do think that everybody kind of recognizes that we’ve done a pretty good job,” Purnell said. “I don’t think anybody really had a major problem with anything we’ve done in the past two years, so I think everybody was kind...
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First season over, Yacht Club gets residents’ approval

Posted On: 9/18/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– With one season in the books, most residents deemed the new Yacht Club a success, albeit still a work in progress. Opened on Memorial Day weekend, the new $4.7 million facility boasts a restaurant, marina, pool and plenty of space for weddings and special events. “I think all in all we’ve had a really good season,” said Yacht Club Manager David McLaughlin. “The July financials came in very strong. The banquets upstairs have been extraordinary. I think we’ve sold out about three months up there next year already.” By January 1, McLaughlin expects every Saturday from May through October 2015 will be booked. Last summer the Yacht Club booked as many as five weddings in a single weekend. On the patio on Friday nights the yacht club features live music, where McLaughlin recently counted 600 people at one time. “It was controlled chaos,” he said. “We’re like ducks – we’re sitting up here looking...
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WOCA invites registered voters to candidate forum

Posted On: 9/18/14
Written By: Nancy Powell, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

WEST OCEAN CITY - The West Ocean City Association invites all registered voters in District 3 to attend its Third District Commissioner Candidate Forum next week. The forum will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, in the Lions Club on Airport Road in West Ocean City. District 3, which includes West Ocean City, the Route 611 corridor, South Point and part of Berlin, has been the fastest growing of the county’s seven voting districts during the past decade. Several businesses, from retail stores to restaurants and pharmacies, as well as residential dwellings, have been built. Worcester County Commissioners President James “Bud” Church, owner of Coldwell Banker Bud Church Realty, and his challenger, firefighter/paramedic Mike Maykrantz, will answer questions about issues concerning the voting district. Carolyn Cummins, a West Ocean City Association member, will moderate the forum. Attendees at WOCA social events this year were informally surveyed about their conce...
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Macky’s hosts Blues on the Bay fundraiser for hospice

Posted On: 9/18/14
Written By: Clara Vaughn, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

OCEAN CITY–Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill is bringing back one of Ocean City’s favorite cocktail parties Wednesday night, Sept. 24, during Blues on the Bay. It’s the seventh year owners Pam and Walter “Macky” Stansell are presenting the fundraiser for Coastal Hospice at the Ocean at the 54th Street restaurant. Tickets include three hours of live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a front-row view of the sunset over the bay. “It’s a cocktail party with wonderful food and an open bar,” said Pam. But it’s also “an awareness-type of get-together to let the community know about the progress that we’ve made with the Coastal Hospice by the Ocean building.” Blues on the Bay is one of the project’s major fundraiser each year and, after raising $65,000 through the 2013 event, the capital campaign surpassed its halfway mark of $2.5 million, said Elaine Bean, community relations manager for Coastal Hospice....
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Commissioner Judy Boggs to host final town meeting

Posted On: 9/18/14
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OCEAN PINES–County Commissioner Judy Boggs has announced that the date of her 36th and final Town Meeting prior to her retirement will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. at the Ocean Pines Library. As in all her prior Town Meetings, Commissioner Boggs will discuss current county issues that impact on Ocean Pines and northern Worcester County. Topics to be discussed include current and future construction projects in the area, the progress of natural gas availability in the county, the latest news regarding the Ocean Downs Casino and Racetrack, and a comprehensive wrap-up of happenings of interest in our area this past summer and anticipated within the next few months. There will be a presentation by guests Fawn and Ryan Mete, who conducted this summer’s internship program for Worcester County students who will be pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math. All are invited to attend and participate in the discussions. For more information, call 410...
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WYFCS, an advocate for abused, neglected children

Posted On: 9/18/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, Inc. has been a staple of the community for nearly 40 years, providing mental and social health care to people of all ages. Last year WYFCS served more than 1,100 people in Worcester County with specialized programs including Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Strengthening Adolescent Girls with Education and Support (SAGES), Berlin Youth Club and Family Connections. Brigitte Southworth is the director of the CASA program. “We screen and train volunteers to advocate for children that have been abused and neglected in Worcester County,” she said. “And we’re always looking for volunteers. “My goal (with CASA) is to serve all of the children in Worcester County who are in the court system, which actually we have met that goal right now,” Southworth continued. “We’re serving 100 percent of the kids in the foster care system as of this summer, which has been my goal sinc...
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OP needs vendors for fall flea market

Posted On: 9/18/14
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OCEAN PINES–Vendors are needed for the Ocean Pines annual Fall Indoor/Outdoor Flea Market, to be held, Saturday, Sept. 27, from 8 a.m. to noon, to sell items including gently used clothing, household items and collectibles. Indoor spaces will be inside the Community Center gymnasium and include an 8-foot table and a chair. Outdoor spaces will be the parking spaces in front of the Administration Building (bring your own table). Concession items such as coffee and baked goods will be available for sale. Spaces for Ocean Pines residents are $15 for indoor and $10 for outdoor. Spaces for nonresidents are $20 for indoor and $10 for outdoor. The Ocean Pines Farmers Market will also be open in the park from 8 a.m. to 1p.m. and offering a yoga class in the Pavilion starting at 10 a.m.   Register for the flea market by either using the registration form in the fall activity guide or by visiting the Recreation and Parks Department in the Ocean Pines Community Center or visit ...
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