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Pitts put back in prison after Berlin break-in

Posted On: 2/26/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Feb. 26, 2015) Terrill Pitts, 45, is back in jail after police picked up the Salisbury resident last Wednesday evening for allegedly breaking into several cars in Berlin. Berlin Police responded to a call at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 near the 300 block of Ann Drive. According to a press release, the complainants saw Pitts enter an unlocked car on the property and apparently scared him off using a remote key lock. Pitts was later arrested near the 300 block of Powell Circle and charged with six counts of rogue and vagabond and four counts of fourth-degree burglary. Police said Pitts’ path through Berlin also included Main Street, Broad Street, West Street and the Henry’s Mill subdivision. Law enforcement used footprints in the snow to “back-track” Pitts’ activity throughout the area, finding at least four additional properties where the suspect attempted to break into vehicles. Pitts was found in possession of several items police said R...
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Pines resident Tyre suspect in home improvement scam

Posted On: 2/26/15
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(Feb. 26, 2015) A 62-year-old Ocean Pines man was arrested for a home improvement scam in Ocean Pines.   The suspect, Larry Burton Tyre, would stop at various locations in Ocean Pines and ask if the homeowner needed various yard and home repair services.  These services were not delivered and the victim(s) had already paid for the service(s), in advance.   Ocean Pines Police are requesting that anyone who may have been the victim of a similar scam involving this suspect to contact Cpl. Tish Ottey at 410-641-7747 during business hours. Police charged Tyre with two counts of obtaining property of a vulnerable adult of $500, one count of theft scheme over $10,000 to Under $100,000 and one count of theft over $10,000 to under $100,000. Tyre was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was released on $25,000 unsecured bond, pending trial.
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Saltwater Media one-stop shop for writers

Posted On: 2/26/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Feb. 26, 2015) At Saltwater Media in Berlin, one young author’s struggle in the often-unwelcoming publishing industry led her to establish a virtual one-stop shop for aspiring local writers. A decade ago, Salisbury native Stephanie Fowler was attending Washington College in Chestertown when she won the prestigious Sophie Kerr Prize, the largest undergraduate literary award in the country. “I won with a series of short stories called ‘Crossings’ that I wrote about the Delmarva Peninsula, stories I had heard growing up,” Fowler said. “It was a kind of creative nonfiction.” During the previous year, classmate Christine Lincoln won the prize, taking in $54,000 and catapulting her into the limelight. “When she won, she was on Oprah and she had a major national book deal, the whole nine yards,” Fowler said. “Everyone in our class thought, ‘Oh, Christine has broken through. Oprah knows about us. Big publishers know abou...
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Pines posts management position at new yacht club

Posted On: 2/26/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Feb. 26, 2015) The formal call for a permanent food and beverage manager for the Ocean Pines Yacht Club went out earlier this month to fill the position that had been handled on an interim basis by Beach Club Manager Lynda Huettner. The job, described as “a hands-on position with an emphasis on direct guest service,” includes day-to-day staff supervision, oversight of the banquet facilities and events and quality control in all aspects of dining room activity. Ocean Pines General Manager Bob Thompson called the position “a critical element for the association.” “It’s important that we find someone with the experience, the attitude and the energy to move us to the next level,” he said. Huettner stepped in after then-manager Dave McLaughlin left in November following a number of complaints. One of those came during a Thompson town hall meeting on Nov. 13, when a resident asked why his email complaint about McLaughlin was not addressed. A...
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Leaky Pete’s bringing oyster and wine bar to downtown

Posted On: 2/26/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Feb. 26, 2015) Cambridge oyster and wine bar Leaky Pete’s is opening a second location, this time in Worcester County. The restaurant will replace Tex Mex and Country Cook’n on 119 Main Street in downtown Berlin. “We have our lease deal signed and we’re waiting on the liquor license approval, which should happen March 18,” owner Terry Feehley said. “I believe I’m going to take possession of the building on the 20th and we’re going to open sometime in mid-April.” While the original Cambridge location has a lively pub feel and stays open until 2 a.m., Feehley said the Berlin branch would feature a more casual atmosphere. “It’s going to be more of a restaurant feel with a 10 or 11 o’clock close with casual dining,” he said. “It’ll be an oyster bar and chop house. We’re going to have steaks and different seafood, a fresh fish program with rib eyes, pork chops and lamb chops. That kind of ...
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Art scholarships available for Wor. County students

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(Feb. 26, 2015) Worcester County Arts Council’s Student Scholarship award program is under way.  The Arts Councila is offering multiple $1,000 each art scholarships to graduating high school seniors, who are Worcester County residents interested in pursuing academic careers in the arts. Scholarships are also available to college art majors wishing to continue their education in the arts. Last year, six local students were each awarded $1,000 art scholarships from the Worcester County Arts Council in support of their artistic goals. This is a merit scholarship and award decisions are based on evaluation of talent, dedication and potential, not financial need. The winners will be awarded at their respective high school’s senior awards ceremonies. Applications must be received by March 13 at the Worcester County Arts Council, located at 6 Jefferson Street in Berlin. Applicants are judged on their visual, dramatic, creative writing or musical presentations in the form of...
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Wor-Wic offering driver’s education classes in March

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(Feb. 26, 2015) The continuing education division at Wor-Wic Community College is offering driver education classes Monday through Friday, March 16-27, from 5:30-8:45 p.m., at the college campus on the corner of Route 50 and Walston Switch Road in Salisbury. Classroom size is limited to 30 students. Behind-the-wheel training is one-on-one with an instructor. Students must have a valid Maryland learner’s permit before starting class. Students under 18 years old at the time of registration must have an adult attend the first class session as part of the course orientation process. Driver education training at Wor-Wic has been made possible, in part, by a donation from the Pohanka Automotive Group of Salisbury to help local residents who can’t afford the cost of the driver education course that is required by the Motor Vehicle Administration. Financial aid is offered to those who qualify. Students seeking financial aid must apply by March 2. For more information, visit the...
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Students invited to submit essays

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(Feb. 26, 2015) Fourth graders throughout Maryland are invited to take part in the Maryland Municipal League’s annual “If I Were Mayor” essay contest. The contest challenges fourth graders to share their thoughts on how they would engage with citizens to make their local municipality a better place to live and work if they were mayor. Students must submit their essays to MML no later than March 31. Since 2001, MML’s “If I Were Mayor” essay contest has given fourth graders the opportunity to learn about municipal government through sharing their thoughts on how they would be as mayor. Each 275-word essay must open with the line: “If I Were Mayor, I Would…” and answer three questions that address the 2015 theme, “Respect.” Maryland students enrolled in the fourth grade during the 2014-2015 school year may participate in the contest. Entries must be submitted by the student’s teacher. The 11 regional winners will...
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Servefest one-day outreach event March 14

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(Feb. 26, 2015) Servefest is a one day, yearly outreach event by the Ocean City Worship Center designed to serve the Berlin community in the following five areas: widows, orphans/fatherless, poor/needy, oppressed/sick and imprisoned.   Organizers are currently accepting requests from residents of Berlin and those within a 10-mile radius who are in need to be considered as part of the Servefest outreach. Join the Worship Center on Saturday, March 14 at 8 a.m. for volunteer distribution. Organizers will be stationed throughout the community showering others with God’s love in a tangible way.   In its first two years, Servefest volunteers visited with those in the Berlin Nursing Home, distributed hot meals to approximately 280 people at Sunset Park in Ocean City, and provided home repair, yard cleanup, and even oil changes for those in the community.   Last year, 90 volunteers participated in helping the Berlin/Ocean City community. Servefest’s aim is to un...
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DAR announces annual contest winners

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(Feb. 26, 2015) The General Levin Winder Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsors Junior American Citizens contests at area schools each year. The objective of the JAC Committee is to instill good citizenship in the youth of all races, creeds and economic backgrounds, by teaching loyalty to the United States of America and giving practical ideas for service to home, community, school and country.   The theme for the competition was “Focusing on the Future” and students could enter a poem, short story, poster, stamp design or photographic essay. Individuals or groups could enter a community service project, and groups of at least three could design a banner. Winners were chosen by grade level in each category. Students from Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School participated in the contests and Chapter winners are as follows: Poem – Jessica Delisi, grade 6; Abigail Neely, grade 7; Grace Engle, grade 8 Short Story –  Thomas Ka...
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