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DHCD loan paves way for major expansion for Twisters

Posted On: 8/27/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

DHCD loan paves way for major expansion for Twisters (Aug. 27, 2015) Berlin gymnastics hub Twisters is planning a major expansion, thanks to a grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. In June of last year, owner Carmella Solito asked the Berlin Town Council to defer or suspend impact fees and properties taxes for the proposed new building, which would be located on Route 346 near the former Tyson’s chicken plant. The council was divided at the time, worrying approval would send the wrong message to other area businesses. Then, on Monday, Solito returned to council to seek town backing for a low-interest loan from DHCD. Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells and Planning Director Dave Engelhart apparently worked with Solito to secure the grant. “Several months ago, I was contacted by Dave Engelhart … to find out if there was any options and opportunities for her because the project she was working on wasn’t working out,” Wells said. “I put together ...
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Free emergency CERT training offered to public in Pocomoke

Posted On: 8/27/15
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(Aug. 27, 2015) Worcester County Emergency Services (WCES) invites the public to participate in a free, eight-session Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course in Pocomoke. The training takes place in the Community Center at the Pocomoke Volunteer Fire Company on Thursdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m., Oct. 8 to Nov. 19, with Cardiopulmonary Response (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) training to take place during class on Oct. 22. CERT is an extremely informative, hands-on, educational program packed with information to equip residents, who have no prior emergency medical training, to support their families and communities during a disaster. Participants will gain the decision-making and practical skills necessary to offer immediate assistance to those in need following an emergency until further help can arrive. “CERT helps you prepare yourself, your family, and your community to face a wide variety of emergencies,” WCES Emergency Planner Tom Kane said. &...
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Backstreet Alliance trying to lure customers off Main St.

Posted On: 8/27/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Backstreet Alliance trying to lure customers off Main St. (Aug. 27, 2015) Early returns for the Berlin Backstreet Alliance, a promotion including several shops located outside of the central Main Street area, are mixed according to participating storeowners. Inca Ruins co-owner Ken Briggs came up with the campaign, which also includes Berlin Coffee House, Bruder Hill, Bungalow Love, Nest, Pitts Street Antiques and Sea La Vie. Flyers distributed at downtown shops promise “further offers from these fine establishments” after making a purchase in a participating store. Briggs said, “no one has ever used” the promotion at Inca Ruins, located on 12 Pitts Street. “Basically it was for the seven or eight stores that are off the beaten path, because no one ever comes down from Main Street – they’re scared or something,” he said. “But the idea was if they buy something at one store they get discounts in all the others, with the flyer.” Overall, Briggs said business has been “bet...
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Habitat to target artists with new program

Posted On: 8/27/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 27, 2015) New affordable housing for artists could be coming to Berlin, following a 5-0 vote by the Town Council on Monday to support a Department of Housing and Community Development funding application by Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County. The compact, mixed-use development, projected at 6,000 total square feet, would include three apartments and three retail spaces. Ideally, artists could live where they work and either operate a gallery or produce artisan goods, according to Executive Director Andrea Bowland. “We envision it as an opportunity for artists in the community to be able to come in and afford to both live and work there,” she said. Vice President Lauren Bunting said it was the first time the nonprofit had attempted a project of this scope. “The big part of why we’re taking this bigger step is Habitat of Worcester County specifically has always really only been able to do one home a year,” she said, adding that the addition o...
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Coastal Assoc. of Realtors appoints exec. VP

Posted On: 8/27/15
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 (Aug. 27, 2015) The Coastal Association of Realtors (CAR) recently announced that Page Browning, CAE, has joined its staff as the new executive vice president to lead the association’s staff and serve its more than 1,000 local Realtor and affiliate members. Browning brings 17 years of experience in strategic planning, membership growth, education programs, events and other association management practices to her new role at CAR. She has a proven record of success expanding the reach of programs for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Home Builders Institute (HBI) in Washington, D.C. A 1991 graduate of the University of Virginia, Browning began her association career in 1998 as HBI’s manager of Academic Services. She later grew into several roles at NAHB/HBI, notably executive director of NAHB Student Chapters and vice president of Academic Services where she oversaw a student membership program of more than 3,000 and worked with partners to expand...
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United Way announces 2015-2016 board

Posted On: 8/27/15
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(Aug. 27, 2015) The United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore welcomes a new Board of Directors.  The board has a one-year term, ending on June, 30 2016. With 34 active members from organizations across the Lower Shore counties, United Way is poised to begin the 2015-2016 campaign season with new leadership.     Along with new board members, United Way has appointed a new board President, Cathie Thomas, membership director for the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce. A Salisbury resident since 1984 with a background in small business services, Thomas has spent a great deal of time supporting local non-profits over the past 30 years. She has been involved with PRMC Junior Auxiliary Board, Jaycee Women, Trinity United Methodist Church Altar Guild, Junior Achievement, Salisbury Junior Service League and Hope with Support, having served as president of four of these organizations.    “I believe that in supporting your community, you are building a better ...
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Worcester County Humane Society selling raffle tickets

Posted On: 8/27/15
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(Aug. 27, 2015) The Worcester County Humane Society is currently selling raffle tickets for three cash prizes. Drawing for the raffle will be held Nov. 12 at Captain’s Galley in West Ocean City. The winner need not be present. Tickets cost $5 each, or get five tickets for $20 with all proceeds benefiting the animals at the no-kill shelter. First-place prize is $3,000, second is $1,500 and third is $500. Those interested in purchasing raffle tickets can visit the shelter located at 12330 Eagles Nest Road, Berlin, between the hours of 11a.m. and 5 p.m. every day except Wednesdays and Sundays. Raffle tickets will also be sold by the Worcester County Humane Society at the front entrance of the Berlin Walmart Sept. 12 and 19, and Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Worcester County Humane Society is a private, nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter. For more information on upcoming events or pets available for adoption follow the shelter on Facebook and Instagram, or visit www.worc...
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OP Players holding auditions for new comedy, Sept. 7-8

Posted On: 8/27/15
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(Aug. 27, 2015) The Ocean Pines Players are holding auditions, Sept. 7-8 for “Revenge of the Red Feather Ladies,” a farcical comedy mystery featuring six unforgettable members of the Red Feather Ladies Investment Club and possibly the worst waitress in the world. Auditions are scheduled by appointment only and will be held at 41 Gloucester Rd. in Ocean Pines.   No experience necessary. Actors need not prepare anything in advance. Headshots and resumés are welcome but not necessary. The audition will be informal, including some cold reads from the script. Organizers will develop a rehearsal schedule based on actor availability. Rehearsals will begin in mid-September. The show will run Nov. 20-22 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Ocean City. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 410-600-0462 or email oceanpinesplayers@ gmail.com.
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OPA Board elects Renaud new pres.

Posted On: 8/20/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 20, 2015) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors shook things up on Monday, electing sophomore director Pat Renaud as president by a 4-3 vote, while selecting freshman director Cheryl Jacobs as vice president. Jacobs came to the meeting early with a cake in hand for Director Bill Cordwell, who turned 60 on Monday. More than 40 minutes after the start of the meeting and following accusations that a clandestine meeting had been set up to preselect several officers, the nomination process officially began. Former President Dave Stevens nominated Jack Collins for the presidency, while Tom Terry, who served as president before Stevens, nominated Renaud. “I feel the tension in this room, and I think that that is not in the best interest of this community and this board in general,” Collins said in a brief statement. “If I’m elected I would like to work toward removing the tension in this room and see if we can all come together in a much more colleg...
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Clean report paves way for final phase of studies on Tyson

Posted On: 8/20/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 20, 2015) The 611-page environmental report on the former Tyson’s Chicken plant in Berlin conducted by EA Engineering Science & Tech shows a mostly clean bill of health, although there were a few hiccups along the way in the property’s 100-year-plus history. Released by the town last week and conducted from March to June, the study began with the obvious: the southwestern portion was used as a poultry processing plant beginning in the 1940s, while the remaining portion consisted of mostly agricultural land until the 1960s, when several waste treatment lagoons were built. Three parcels of land totaling 56.72 acres make up the property the town voted in December to buy from Berlin Properties North LLC. Parcel 0052 consists of 43.36 acres of land, containing no structures, and listed as industrial use. Parcel 0057 contains 3.98 acres and a 70,103-square-foot manufacturing structure. Parcel 0410 has 9.38 acres, a 5,796-square-foot service garage. The study was do...
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