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Pines offering holiday show

Posted On: 11/20/14
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(Nov. 20, 2014) Ocean Pines  will offer one-stop-shopping for a variety of seasonal needs at the Holiday Vendor Show on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center. More than a dozen different vendors will display a selection of jewelry, toys, cosmetics, handbags, essential oils, food and cooking items. Participating vendors include Origami Owl, Mary Kay, DoTERRA, Avon, Scentsy, Jamberry, The Beez Kneez and Thirty One Gifts. The Ocean Pines Holiday Vendor Show is free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the community center, located at 239 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. For more information, or to inquire about participating as a vendor, contact the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052 or visit www.oceanpines.org.
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DWC gets more than it expected

Posted On: 11/20/14
Written By: Josh Davis, staff writer

(Nov. 20, 2014) Walking into their monthly meeting on Monday at the Ocean Pines Recreation Center, members of the Worcester County Democratic Women’s Club were astonished to see tables overflowing with blankets, basketballs, stuffed animals, robots, board games and Disney storybooks. Although members expected donations for their two signature holiday drives on Sunday and Monday, they did not anticipate just how much support they would receive. Judy Baumgartner, who chaired the drive, said she only noticed a few things on the table when she first arrived at the Recreation Center’s Assateague Room on Monday. “I was a little concerned because there are 40 women,” she said. “Then it just seemed like I turned around and got come coffee, and ‘oh my gosh, what happened?’ It’s kind of like the loaves and fish with Jesus. It was amazing.” Barbara Schmid, who co-chaired the drive, was particularly amazed at the variety of donations. ...
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Coastal Hospice looks for ‘angels’

Posted On: 11/20/14
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(Nov. 20, 2014) Coastal Hospice is urging its Lower Shore neighbors to be angels this year and include Coastal Hospice in their holiday giving. “Spread Your Wings” is the theme of this year’s campaign. The drive provides money the hospice needs to offer care to patients who have no ability to pay. Last year, Coastal Hospice cared for nearly 1,000 patients and families on the Lower Eastern Shore and provided more than $515,000 in charity care. The effect of donations is immediate for patients. For example, a $40 donation pays for one day of medication for an inpatient at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. A $100 donation provides one month of oxygen for a patient at home. A donation of $1,000 pays for an entire week of hospice care at a patient’s home. Donations may be made in honor or memory of a loved one, whose name will be printed on a red angel ornament that will be hung on one of Coastal Hospice’s “angel trees” on display in various locations...
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Big Brothers, Big Sisters set golf tourney

Posted On: 11/20/14
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(Nov. 20, 2014) Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake will present the 22nd annual Santa’s Open Charity Golf Tournament, sponsored by Delmarva Power on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club. Santa’s Open began in 1992, with the goal to provide funds to benefit children and families who are in a need of support and encouragement here on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Local businesses and residents have been involved by sponsoring or golfing for the cause during the season of giving. There are various options available for sponsorships including: Toy Shoppe Tees, Santa’s Cheer Cart, Mrs. Claus’ Breakfast, Golfers Gifs or a North Pole Presenting Sponsor. Sponsorships will include promotion of business or organization depending on the chosen options listed. PNC Bank is sponsoring Rudolph’s Reception.    Golf registration is open to the general public, which is $75 per player. The format is four-man teams. ...
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OP manager ready to take all questions

Posted On: 11/13/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Nov. 13, 2014) Ocean Pines Association General Manager Bob Thompson will hold his first town hall meeting in more than a year. Thompson plans an update on association business today at 6 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center. The meeting is open to the public. “I used to do quite a few of them the first couple years. The yacht club last year kind of tied up any extra time I had,” he said. “Now that the yacht club project is behind us, I’m trying to get back to interacting through town hall meetings with the membership.” Thompson said the meetings provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions and get an overview of current financial standings. “We’re going to talk about some of the things we’re focusing on,” he said. “I’ll do a little bit of a presentation and then I really open the floor for questions. At that point it’s really a true Q and A – it’s an interactive, say whateverR...
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Council gets another park pitch

Posted On: 11/13/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Nov. 13, 2014) Berlin residents continued their plea for a recreation facility on Monday, taking over a town meeting to discuss the subject for the third time in three weeks. Outcry began during a Mayor and Council meeting on Oct. 27, continued during a Parks Commission meeting on Nov. 4, and lasted for more than 40 minutes during the most recent Mayor and Council meeting on Nov. 10. This time Patrick Truitt, Tres Denk and Beth Gourley approached the council, asking for updates on a possible skate park. Mayor Gee Williams said the takeaway from the parks meeting was that a temporary location might be more realistic than larger proposals, like the massive Tyson’s Park suggested as a possibility for the former Tyson’s poultry plant property. “It might take some time and money whereas at least a good, decent but temporary skateboard park would be something that would be feasible and would be able to happen on a much faster track,” he said. “A temporar...
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Parks panel hears from skateboarders too

Posted On: 11/13/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Nov. 13, 2014) For the second time in two weeks, a Berlin town meeting was overtaken by talks of a skateboard park. First, it was the mayor and council meeting on Oct. 27, when Beth Gourley kick-started the discussion of a recreation center large enough to hold skaters, bikers and a host of other indoor and outdoor community activities. Then, at a parks commission meeting on Nov. 4, Berlin resident Benjamin Smith pitched a smaller scale skateboard facility that could be ready in as little as nine months. Accompanied by a cadre of young people and their skateboards in the Town Hall meeting chambers, Smith dismissed commission member Patricia Dufendach’s assertion that the commission has spent two years working hard to find a solution.  “Not hard enough,” Smith said. “Here’s what I want to know … what is on the table as far as a skateboard park is involved, as far as the Berlin youth is involved? Does anyone here know that informati...
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Tyson plant as park may require major clean-up

Posted On: 11/13/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Nov. 13, 2014) Berlin could be required to clean up the grounds of the former Tyson’s poultry plant should it buy the property for a recreation facility, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment. The department approved the chicken processing plant as a “Voluntary Cleanup Program” site in 2005. Established by the state legislature in 1997, the Voluntary Cleanup Program provides a streamlined cleanup process as well as liability protection for prospective owners of eligible properties, in effect making property transfers easier and redevelopment more likely. Under the plan, the state would provide oversight for properties contaminated with hazardous substances. The evaluation process requires property owners to submit an application, undergo two phases of environmental site assessment and pay a $6,000 application fee. The department reserves the right to require additional information in order to determine eligibility. A fact sheet provided by the ...
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Cannery Village pact gets OK from Berlin council

Posted On: 11/13/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Nov. 13, 2014) The Berlin Mayor and Council approved a pilot agreement for the new affordable housing complex, Cannery Village, on Monday, Nov. 10. The town had eyed the development, located on Cannery Way at Flower Street, for more than a decade before finally moving towards the design phase last October. Berlin Mayor Gee Williams praised property owner Frank Gunion for his “vision” on the project. “He has for years been trying to find a feasible way that would be beneficial to the community to provide some affordable housing to the town,” Williams said. Cannery includes 45 lots that will be developed into 36 four-bedroom rancher style homes, eight two-bedroom ranchers and one community center. Two bedroom homes will rent for $400-$750 and four bedroom homes rent for $500-$850 per month. What makes Cannery unique, however, is renters have the option to rent-to-own after leasing for 15 years. “Not everybody right out of the box … can com...
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Holiday vendor show set in OP

Posted On: 11/13/14
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(Nov. 13, 2014) The Ocean Pines Holiday Vendor Show will take place, Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center where more than a dozen vendors will be offering a selection of jewelry, toys, food and cooking items, cosmetics, handbags and essential oils. Participating vendors include Origami Owl, Mary Kay, DoTERRA, Avon, Scentsy, Jamberry, The Beez Kneez and Thirty One Gifts. Admission is free and open to the public. Free parking is also available at the community center, located at 239 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. For more information about this event, or to inquire about participating as a vendor, contact the Ocean Pines Recreation & Parks Department at 410-641-7052.  
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