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Cancer benefit at BJ’s on the Water

Posted On: 4/16/15
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(April 16, 2015) BJ’s on the Water’s annual Relay For Life cancer benefit in honor of Donna Clarke will take place Sunday with music, food and drinks. “Everyone come out and celebrate life,” BJ’s owner Madlyn Carder said. “We all know someone who has cancer whether it be your mother, a friend or brother. It’s a fun day to celebrate your best friend who beat cancer or immortalize someone in your memory.” The party starts at 2 p.m. at the 75th Street restaurant with entertainment provided by Teenage Rust and the Fabulous Rustettes. Winners of a $10,000 50/50 raffle and a $20 Electra Bike raffle will be named at 6 p.m. There will be food and drink specials offered and proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Clarke died in a car accident this past November. She would typically be in attendance supporting the Carders with her husband, Marty, Madlyn said. “Our history with the Clarkes go back for years,” Carder said...
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Arbor Day ceremony draws crowd

Posted On: 4/16/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 16, 2015) The Ocean Pines Garden Club greeted close to 100 people during an Arbor Day Ceremony at the community center last Thursday. The ceremony doubled as a memorial service for former club members and their loved ones, and included a performance by the Delmarva Chorus and a poetry reading by Lilly Cordwell. Garden Club President Gail Jankowski noted the ceremony marked the 25th anniversary of the original meeting in 1991, when the group planted a tree in Bainbridge Park. Arbor Day began in 1872 as the brainchild of Nebraska newspaper editor Julius Sterling Morton, according to club member Suzanne Brooke. “He said we need to put back what we use up so it will be there for those who come after us. Today we call that sustainability,” Brooke said. “Morton understood the concept before the current buzzword came into use, and certainly before becoming a committed green society.” Brooke said the benefits of planting a tree include shade, shelter and f...
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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, April 19

Posted On: 4/16/15
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(April 16, 2015) Along with a sea of pink, expect water wings, Hawaiian shirts and snorkels to appear at Ocean City’s fourth annual Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure this Sunday, April 19. “As a resident of West Ocean City, I am proud that we are bringing the Race for the Cure to this community again this year,” said Jill Brady, Eastern Shore Race and Development manager of Komen Maryland. The event supports breast cancer research and raises awareness with a timed 5K, a 5K fun run or walk and a 1-mile family walk, where organizers encourage participants to dress in beach attire for the chance to win a prize. Since the inaugural race in 2012, Ocean City cancer survivors, supporters and race participants have raised more than $1 million for the organization. “What sets Komen apart from many organizations is that a large portion of the funds raised stay in the state of Maryland and are funneled back in to the local community for support progra...
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No sophomore slump for T-Wrecks

Posted On: 4/9/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 9, 2015) For the second consecutive year, the Worcester County youth robotics team Titanium Wrecks took home honors at the Chesapeake Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in College Park, Md. The T-Wrecks took home a Rookie Inspiration Award during their inaugural season last year, and earned awards for team spirit and engineering inspiration during the 2015 competition, held April 2-4. Team members are in grades 8 to 12 and come from the county’s public and private schools and include home-school students as well. T-Wrecks also carries the distinction of being the official Worcester County NASA House Robotics Team. “There were 58 teams from the U.S., Israel, United Arab Emirates and of the 17 awards given out besides the winners and finalists, the kids won two of the awards,” team mentor Paul Suplee said. Suplee said the Chesapeake Regional Team Spirit Award is given to the team that embodies the spirit of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Scie...
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Work underway on fiscal year ‘16 budget in Berlin

Posted On: 4/9/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 9, 2015) The Town of Berlin staff is already several weeks into the fiscal year 2016 budget, with public work sessions set to begin later this month. Last year’s budget saw a 15 percent spending increase and a total operating budget of $15.1 million. “We’re getting ready to get down to the part where each department head states their case for what they want,” Berlin Mayor Gee Williams said. “The department heads have been working with [Town Administrator] Laura [Allen] then, I’ll go over it with Laura and make sure I’m okay with it before we present it to the council.” The Town Council will begin reviewing budget requests during a public work session on April 20. Williams said the first work session would address the general fund.   “That’s everything but the utilities,” he said. The following meeting, on May 4, would tackle enterprise funds, including water, wastewater, electric and stormwater. Town ...
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Volunteers needed for park Clean-Up Day in Berlin, Sat.

Posted On: 4/9/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 9, 2015) In anticipation of warmer weather and a busy summer events lineup, Berlin is asking residents to help spruce up local parks as part of Clean-Up Day on April 11. The annual event has been a staple of the town for more than a decade. “Clean-Up Day is traditionally mostly just weeding, trimming bushes and trees, raking the pathways, that kind of thing,” Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen said. “It takes a little bit of the burden off the public works department and gets to the more down-to-the-ground things that they don’t always get to.” The town is asking volunteers to perform general cleanup at John Howard Burbage Park on William Street, general maintenance, weeding and trimming of the playground areas, trees and flowerbeds and entrance to William Henry Park on Flower Street, raking, weeding and trash pickup at Stephen Decatur Park on Tripoli Street and cleanup at the Hudson Branch. Volunteers can sign up for specific activities, ...
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Controversy on OP gun shop moot

Posted On: 4/9/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 9, 2015) The hubbub over a potential firearms business operating in Ocean Pines became a moot point on Wednesday, when homeowner and would-be business owner Jim Kosienski withdrew his request for a county zoning variance that would allow him to establish a home occupation that would involve storing guns in his home. The hearing on the variance was scheduled for Thursday in Snow Hill but was canceled Wednesday morning. According to County Zoning Administrator Jennifer K. Burke, the withdrawal of his request prohibits Kosienski from applying again in Worcester County for 12 months. Kosienski told the Bayside Gazette on Monday there was no business – yet – and added on Tuesday that he had already bought a home in another community and planned to move within 30-45 days. Kosienski was upset by a rumor allegedly spread by a neighbor on an Internet message board that he intended to distribute guns in Ocean Pines. Kosienski had hinted at the withdrawal on Tuesday s...
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Town still on schedule in Tyson buy

Posted On: 4/9/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 9, 2015) Progress is slow but steady, as the town of Berlin continues the exploring the possibility of buying the former Tyson Chicken plant on Old Ocean City Boulevard. The Town Council voted in December to approve a purchase of the facility, contingent upon whether it is feasible to convert the property to a multi-use park. Included in the deal was a $25,000 down payment and a six-month window, with a possible three-month extension, to complete an appraisal, feasibility study and environmental study. If all the town’s questions are satisfied, the town would then purchase the more than 60-acre property for $2.75 million from Berlin Properties North LLC. Mayor Gee Williams said the appraisal was originally due last month, but an illness postponed the assessment by the Trice Group. The Salisbury firm was awarded a $3,400 bid to appraise the property in February, with the town and current property owner splitting the cost. “We thought we would have an apprai...
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Lions Club to honor Wileys with Berlin Award April 23

Posted On: 4/9/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Lions Club to honor Wileys with Berlin Award April 23 (April 9, 2015) Berlin resident Helen Wiley was honored last month as “Volunteer of the Year” by the town’s chamber of commerce. Later this month, Helen and her husband, Mike, will be presented with the 50th annual Berlin Award by the Berlin Lion’s Club. The couple moved to the area a decade ago after spending their summers vacationing near Berlin. “I worked in the school system in Anne Arundel County and Mike was a firefighter, so we would have a lot of time in the summer that we could spend down here and we discovered Berlin,” Helen said. “We liked the small-town atmosphere and the friendliness of the people so my husband said, ‘When I retire this is where I want to land.’” The Wileys figured they would move to the area and “be a little quiet” while enjoying their retirement, Helen said. “And then we started getting involved just because it’s such a wonderful town,” she said. “Peop...
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Mediacom answer questions during Ocean Pines town hall

Posted On: 4/9/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Mediacom answer questions during Ocean Pines town hall (April 9, 2015) Mediacom attempted to answer questions from the community during a brief town hall at the Ocean Pines community center on Tuesday, March 31. Pat Hynes, area director of operations from the Dagsboro office, gave a brief introduction. During the past year, Hynes said, Mediacom “went to a digital platform” system-wide, growing from 68 to 82 channels in the “family TV lineup,” moving from 33 to 56 high definition [HD] channels in the package and adding 20 new “premium HD” channels, including additional HBO, Showtime and Starz offerings. Hynes said Mediacom began carrying the security system “Home Controller” in July, and in September added additional bandwidth as well as the digital video recording service TiVo. Mediacom also added local NBC affiliate WRDE and MeTV. “Everybody, I think, was very happy to see those channels added,” Hynes said. Just over a dozen Ocean Pines residents were in attendance, and...
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