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Ravens coming home to ‘Roost’

Posted On: 5/28/15
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

Ravens coming home to ‘Roost’ (May 28, 2015) Baltimore Avenue will turn into Ravenstown this Saturday as fans donning their purple and black will converge to watch the 51st annual Council of Baltimore Ravens Roost Parade. Ocean City’s Ravens Roost 44 joins 75 roosts from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania to put on the annual event, which will proceed up Baltimore Avenue from 19th to 26th Street starting at 10 a.m.   It’s all about the football fans this year with an “Awesome Fan Commitment” theme. “The first letters in ‘Awesome Fan Commitment’ are AFC, the league the Ravens play in,” said Sue Draper, Ravens Convention chairperson, recording secretary for the Council and member of Pasadena’s Roost 65. The Council of Baltimore Ravens Roosts and its member roosts have donated more than $2.6 million to local and national charities since 2007 and put in countless hours of volunteering. The theme was chosen to honor the dedication and support the...
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Worcester Prep’s 43rd annual commencement graduates 47

Posted On: 5/28/15
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

Worcester Prep’s 43rd annual commencement graduates 47 (May 28, 2015) Forty-seven seniors graduated from Worcester Preparatory during the school’s 43rd annual commencement ceremony last Friday in Berlin. The Worcester Prep students are on their way to 29 colleges in 15 states and have received 197 scholarships totaling more than $6 million, Headmaster Barry Tull said. Tull named Erik Zorn salutatorian for his GPA of 98.47 and Natalie Twilley valedictorian for her 99.34 GPA. “I’ve enjoyed spending time with all of you, and on behalf of everyone, I wish you success and happiness,” Tull added. The Upper School chorus, which included about 18 graduates, performed “Man in the Mirror” during the ceremony. Commencement speaker Steven Salvatore, a Worcester Prep alumni and assistant director at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, began his speech by praising the teachers of Worcester Prep and said how they will leave a lasting impact on the graduates. He encouraged graduates to enjoy every step of their fut...
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OPA GM Thompson hosts town hall

Posted On: 5/28/15
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(May 28, 2015) Ocean Pines Association General Manager Bob Thompson will hold a town hall meeting on Wednesday, June 3 at 6 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center.  The meeting is open to the public. Thompson will share project and community updates as well as address comments and questions posed by Ocean Pines residents and property owners, who are encouraged to participate and share feedback.   Questions may be submitted in advance via email to info@oceanpines.org.   Those unable to attend the meeting may view it live at OceanPines.org or on Mediacom channel 78. It also will be posted on the Ocean Pines website, www.oceanpines.org, and will air on channel 78 afterward. For more information, contact Teresa Travatello, director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at 410-641-7717 ext. 3006 or  ttravatello@oceanpines.org. 
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Garden Club annual tour June 11

Posted On: 5/28/15
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(May 28, 2015) The Ocean Pines Garden Club will hold its annual garden tour and luncheon on Thursday, June 11, rain or shine.   The tour of nine Ocean Pines gardens begins at 9 a.m. and will conclude at noon. This year’s tour will feature local artists as well as garden vendors. Registration will begin on the day of the tour at 9 a.m. at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club.   For those interested in attending the luncheon following the tour, lunch will be served at the Yacht Club at 12:30 p.m. Deadline for luncheon reservations is June 4. There is a choice of one of the following entrees: grilled chicken, mozzarella and pesto panini with a side salad, strawberry spinach salad with marinated chicken topped with goat cheese and almonds or vegetable lasagna with a side Caesar salad. A chef’s choice dessert and coffee, hot or iced tea is also included. Cash bar.   Tickets for the tour cost $10. Tickets for the tour and luncheon cost $30. For more information or to m...
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Events honor veterans, memorial

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

(May 21, 2015) The Worcester County Veterans Memorial in Ocean Pines will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Memorial Day and the community has big plans to mark the milestone. Located on the South Gate at Ocean Pines, the large circular memorial with sections representing each branch of the United States Armed Forces, is open seven days a week, and is lighted at night for evening viewing. According to Sharyn O’Hare, a founding member of the nonprofit foundation that established the memorial, the site was little more than “a hole in the ground” 10 years ago. Today, it is a major educational component in the county, with fifth graders in every school in the district making annual field trips. Scores of area veterans also visit the grounds on a regular basis.   “We raised the first flag never knowing we would be doing the educational program or knowing we would have 3,000 people attend these events each Memorial Day and 600-800 on Veteran’s Day,R...
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Berlin appeals board says ‘no’ to Dollar Gen.

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

(May 21, 2015) Oxford Chase Development Inc., engaged in a lengthy battle to build a new Dollar General store in Berlin, has exhausted all administrative options following a 3-1 “no” vote by the Berlin Board of Appeals on Wednesday night. The next step would be Worcester County Circuit Court, if the company chooses to continue the fight. Oxford Chase hoped to build a new Dollar General Store on a parcel of land on Old Ocean City Boulevard near Healthway Drive, and formally requested a building permit from the town on Dec. 12 of last year. The Berlin Planning Commission unanimously recommended that Planning Director Dave Engelhart deny the zoning certificate on March 11, suggesting that giving the property access to Route 346 would cause severe traffic issues. Engelhart upheld the recommendation, citing a town code section involving highway corridor guidelines in a letter to the developer on March 25. On the same day that Engelhart issued his denial, however, Attorn...
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Church service honors veterans

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

(May 21, 2015) Duncan Showell Post #231 of the American Legion of Berlin will hold its annual memorial service for fallen veterans at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Sunday at 10 a.m. The service will honor the more than 200 deceased members of the post. “We’d like to invite all veterans and their families to join in the service,” organizer Gregory Purnell said. “This has been done for at least five decades at various churches of the membership, and fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, uncles, aunts and grandparents of the local communities are to be honored.” Purnell, who will also emcee the Memorial Day Parade on Flower Street, is a 39-year member of the American Legion, as well as the son and grandson of charter members. He currently holds the office of post-historian, and was a bugler for a quarter century before, he claimed, he lost the touch. This year, Purnell is calling on the community to celebrate Memorial Day “to honor...
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GM Thompson town hall June 3

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

(May 21, 2015) Ocean Pines Association General Manager Bob Thompson will hold a town hall meeting on Wednesday, June 3 at 6 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center.  The meeting is open to the public. Thompson will share project and community updates as well as address comments and questions posed by Ocean Pines residents and property owners, who are encouraged to participate and share feedback.   Questions may be submitted in advance via email to info@oceanpines.org.   Those unable to attend the meeting may view it live at OceanPines.org or on Mediacom channel 78. It also will be posted on the Ocean Pines website, www.oceanpines.org, and will air on channel 78 afterward. For more information call 410-641-7717 or visit www.oceanpines.org.
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Berlin’s Memorial Day bash ‘homecoming’ for residents

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

(May 21, 2015) In a throwback to the out-in-the-street, let-your-hair-down neighborhood celebrations of decades past, Berlin is set to hold its annual Old Fashioned Memorial Day parade on Monday. This year’s event promises scores of church groups, marching, music and dance troupes, military demonstrations, and classic cars and motorcycles, beginning at Stephen Decatur Middle School at 11 a.m. and extending down Flower Street to Bay Street. The parade was once a staple of the town, dating back to the days before Flower Street cut the area in half. Gregory Purnell, who will emcee this year’s event, compared the old parades to “Mardi Gras in Berlin,” drawing as many as 10,000 people in a communitywide homecoming. “It was Baltimore, Philly, the entire lower shore,” Purnell said. “Four-to-five big stepping bands from D.C., Baltimore and Wilmington were regular attendees. We used to march all through Berlin. It was a different time.” Eve...
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Coastal Bays Dir. Dave Wilson steps down

Posted On: 5/21/15
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(May 21, 2015) Dave Wilson, Maryland Coastal Bays Program executive director, announced last Friday that he is stepping down from the post after nearly 18 years working with the group. “It’s time to hand the reigns to some fresh blood,” Wilson said. “I think we accomplished a lot and I am proud of that, but it’s time to pass the baton.” Wilson started with the program in November 1997 as the public outreach coordinator. The former Ocean City Today reporter recalls sitting on the beach one afternoon reading the Baltimore Sun and seeing the job posting. “I had finished graduate school at Boston College and was bent on going back to school for my PhD after earning a few bucks,” he said. “I saw this posting and thought, ‘I love this program. I’m versed in these issues. I want to do this.’” For a decade, Wilson would help sway public opinion about conservation in the coastal bays before being tapped for the ex...
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