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Four fundraisers produce four different results

Posted On: 5/21/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 21, 2015) A flood of fundraisers descended upon the northwest part of the county last weekend, raising money for a local child advocacy group, an organization protecting area waterways, a nonprofit providing affordable housing for struggling families, and an arts council looking to raise awareness for its programs. While each event had an entirely different tone, and consequently different outcomes, the common theme appeared to be that all four are likely to happen again next year, if not much sooner. Last Friday at 5 p.m. the seventh annual Pirate Party set sail at Sunset Grille in West Ocean City. By now, this event, which raises money for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, is a well-oiled machine and the turnout proved that once again. CASA Volunteer Coordinator Maria Cusimano said the weather helped boost the large turnout for the event. “It was a great night and a perfect temperature, so I think that really brought some people out,” she s...
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Sign up for ambitious Berlin basketball league, Saturday

Posted On: 5/21/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 21, 2015) One man and an idea can be a powerful thing. For Berlin resident William Johnson, a principal at the alternative school in Pocomoke, that idea is a massive basketball league based on Flower Street, with more than 200 kids participating during a month-long summer season. Johnson pitched the idea during a Town Council meeting earlier this month, receiving unanimous approval from the council as well as pledges of financial support from two elected officials and the Berlin Police Department. B.J. Johnson, who runs the basketball program at Stephen Decatur High School, is also involved in the league, and Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services is onboard as a nonprofit partner. The idea, Johnson said, came from his upbringing in Wilmington, Del. I grew up with this model,” he said. “In the summer that was what we lived for. We went to school all year, some of us got summer jobs, but at six o’clock it was game time. We all a went to this one p...
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MCBP seeks volunteers for terp research

Posted On: 5/21/15
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(May 21, 2015) Maryland Coastal Bays Program, partnering with the Maryland Terrapin Working Group, a group composed of terrapin researchers and managers, is looking for volunteers to help with the fourth annual terrapin head count survey, May 26-30. The Diamondback Terrapin may be Maryland’s state reptile and the mascot for the University of Maryland, but its current population status in the coastal bays, as well as in the state, is poorly understood.    The annual terrapin head count survey is held in the Chesapeake Bay and the coastal bays to better understand its status in the state. Counting terrapin heads in the water as they congregate for breeding (or other purposes) is considered to be an effective way of monitoring population numbers.  The turtles are not to be captured or disturbed, just observed and counted. Continuing these observations over a period of time allows researchers to observe terrapin behavior patterns. Departures from average numbers c...
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Third annual High Heel Race in downtown Berlin

Posted On: 5/21/15
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(May 21, 2015) For the third year, Women Supporting Women will present its “High Heel Race” in downtown Berlin where men and women run the streets wearing heels. The event will take place on Friday, June 5 starting at 5:30 p.m. The race is made up of a 50-yard dash and participants are encouraged to form teams of four. Registration is $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. Multiple awards will be given out, including People’s Choice. Register online at www.womensupportingwomen.org. Participants must be 18 years old to race. Women Supporting Women is a local organization which helps men and women diagnosed with breast cancer. Call the Salisbury office for more information at 410-548-7880.
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New Berlin-based export biz boasts international appeal

Posted On: 5/21/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 21, 2015) A new Berlin-based business is providing access to prescription drugs worldwide. FRX International Drugs (FRXID), housed inside the visitor’s center on Main Street, opened operations in January and provides access to FDA-approved prescription drugs and health care products to consumers in more than 100 countries. For Americans living overseas, including military families and diplomatic representatives of the U.S. State Department, that means easy access to the same quality pharmaceutical products available in the United States virtually anywhere in the world. CEO Halima Yusuf used her upbringing in Guyana, where she said, “medicine was treated as contraband,” as inspiration to create the company. “The scarcity of proper pharmacy care and knowing the facts relating to the medication and its usability drove us to create a company where people around the world can have access to the same standards of products we have in the United States, wit...
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Ocean Pines receives Md. Clean Marina certification

Posted On: 5/21/15
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(May 21, 2015) The Ocean Pines Marina has been awarded Maryland’s Clean Marina certification. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Clean Marina Initiative recognizes and promotes marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs of any size that meet legal requirements and voluntarily adopt pollution prevention practices. DNR has certified nearly 25 percent of Maryland’s estimated 600 marinas as Clean Marinas or Clean Marina Partners, and they aim to continue increasing this number moving forward. Boaters are encouraged to patronize certified Clean Marinas and to adopt clean boating habits. The collective effort of individuals and businesses will improve the quality of Maryland’s waters from Deep Creek Lake, to the Chesapeake Bay, to the coastal bays. This certification is presented to Maryland Marina facilities that demonstrate a high level of clean environmental achievement through knowledge, practice and active participation of the marina’...
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Capital Ringers go to ‘Hollywood’ Sunday, May 31

Posted On: 5/21/15
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(May 21, 2015) Capital Ringers, community handbell ensemble, presents its spring concert tour with the “Broadway to Hollywood” free show on Sunday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at the Community Church at Ocean Pines. The spring 2015 concert season, which runs April through June, will include arrangements from favorite movies and shows including “The Lion King,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Star Wars,” “Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Miserables.” Capital Ringers, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) community English handbell ensemble that entertains and educates concert audiences with an extensive repertoire of rock n’ roll, patriotic, sacred and current top 40 tunes. Founded in 2004 by Artistic Director Linda Simms, Capital Ringers’ mission is to provide performances to their audiences that demonstrate the artistic diversity of English handbells.   In addition to their handbell concerts,...
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Rackliffe House opens for season

Posted On: 5/21/15
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(May 21, 2015) Rackliffe House, a beautifully restored 1740s merchant-planter’s Georgian home overlooking Assateague Island and Sinepuxent Bay, outside of Berlin, opened for the season on Monday, May 18, International Museums Day. This season, a new visitor experience includes an eight-minute introductory film about the Rackliffe family, the history of the house, and those who lived on the land as well as an illustrated timeline. Docents will interpret life on the 18th-century coastal plantation through artifacts on display in the kitchen, spinning room and children’s room in the main house as well as in the original milk house. Also on display is the exhibition, “Native Americans: First Contact on Lower Delmarva,” on loan from Salisbury University’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture. The exhibition examines – through images and first-hand accounts — how Native Americans lived and worked at the time of first co...
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‘Beyond the Beach Trolley’ opens

Posted On: 5/21/15
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(May 21, 2015) The “Beyond the Beach Trolley” began operating May 1 to connect residents and visitors of West Ocean City, Berlin and Ocean Pines to shopping, dining, work and recreation.   This 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. trolley-style vehicle operated by Shore Transit Division of the Tri-County Council last year for the first time and was well received by the community. This year the Casino at Ocean Downs and the Town of Berlin are sponsoring this route which allows a special reduced fare of $1 for each boarding.   Assisting in planning this service to the community was the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and Worcester County Tourism Department. The group developed a name this year for the service, “The Beyond the Beach Trolley.” Later in May, a second trolley will be added to the route running opposite to reduce travel time. This will also allow the addition of stops to better serve the community. For more information, call 443-260-2300 or visit ww...
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Berlin officer reflects on Baltimore

Posted On: 5/7/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 7, 2015) Six officers from the Berlin Police Department got a closer view of the unrest and its aftermath Baltimore after being called on to relieve the exhausted police force there. Lt. Jeffrey Lawson, who led the members of the Berlin SWAT team during the trip, said he got the call at approximately 7:30 p.m. on April 30. “The first call was kind of a resource list to see what’s available,” Lawson said. “Initially the resources they were asking for, pretty much no one on the shore had that capability.” After conferring with Worcester County Emergency Services Director Fred Webster, Lawson paged all seven members of the team. “I got one person out on sick leave and six who said they could go, so I called Fred Webster and said that’s what I had available,” Lawson said. “It’s a tactical team – it’s not the civil disturbance team they were asking for initially.” Roughly an hour later, Baltimore City ...
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