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Youngest OPA candidate, Hill looks to fill demo

Posted On: 6/23/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 23, 2016) Brett C. Hill is by far the youngest candidate running for the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors this year. Born in Baltimore, the 37-year-old has owned property in the Pines since 2012 and moved to the area full time last spring. His company, FTS Fiber, provides Internet infrastructure services from its headquarters in West Ocean City. “In the years we’ve been exposed to the community, it appears that there’s a select demographic, or a few people that seem to be pretty vocal and push their intentions, and the direction doesn’t necessarily align with what I feel is in the best interest of my family,” he said. “I think it doesn’t really represent the demographic – which is a fairly large population – of younger families moving into the neighborhood.” His, he suggested, is a “voice that hasn’t been heard by the community” in some time. “We make up a large portion of the hom...
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Trendic hopes third time’s a charm

Posted On: 6/23/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 23, 2016) Slobodon Trendic finished third in the race for Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors last year, coming within less than 300 votes of earning a seat on the board. The 61-year-old Belgrade, Yugoslavia native is running again this year – for the third consecutive time. Trendic spent 30 years working in the information technology industry, and retired three years ago “for health reasons.” He moved to Ocean Pines in 2013. “Over the course of the last three years, it’s been kind of a journey of reality checks as far as the Ocean Pines affairs goes,” he said. “There’s some great aspects of that and some very disturbing aspects – that’s why I became very active in different ways, writing to the newspapers and making public comments at the board meetings, and really walking the streets and talking to the owners.” He joked that he “wanted to set a record” by running again. “It’...
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Two Maryland Public Service Commission hearings slated

Posted On: 6/23/16
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(June 23, 2016) The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold two public hearings for comment in the matter of the application of Delmarva Power to construct a new 138 kilovolt overhead transmission line through Wicomico and Worcester counties to the Maryland/Virginia state line. The hearings are as scheduled: Wednesday, June 29 at 7 p.m., Salisbury Fire Station #1 1100 Beaglin Park Drive Salisbury, Maryland 21804 and Thursday, June 30, at 7 p.m., Snow Hill Fire Company 4718 Snow Hill Road Snow Hill, Maryland 28163. Members of the public who wish to comment on the matter are welcome to attend the proceedings before Chief Public Utility Law Judge Terry Romine. The proposed project would be constructed on existing right-of-way from the Piney Grove substation near Salisbury to the Wattsville substation in Wattsville, Virginia, and includes an upgrade to the existing transmission line crossing of the Pocomoke River near Snow Hill. The application has been docketed by the PSC as...
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Longtime homeowner Ezaoui brings ‘common sense’ to race

Posted On: 6/23/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 23, 2016) Israeli-born Sharona Ezaoui wants to bring a little common sense to the 2016 Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors election. After working in communications for the Israel Defense Forces, Ezaoui, 56, moved to Ocean Pines in 1992 and became a homeowner in 1994. She and her family – a husband and two children – originally moved from Israel to California and then decided to relocate to the East Coast after surviving a pair of serious earthquakes. Since 1992, she has helped supervise operations at Sunsations, a job that gave her decades of experience handling budgets, complex contracts and overseeing a large workforce. She said there is an old Hebrew saying for what she does there, which loosely translates to “everything.” “Everything that needs to be done, I do it,” she said. “Basically I take care of the whole corporation – not only specifically in Ocean City, because we have locations in Virginia and North Carol...
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Pines elections committee preps for forum

Posted On: 6/23/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 23, 2016) Eleven of the 12 candidates for the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors were expected to take part in a forum at the community center on June 22, after press time. One candidate, Larry Perrone, was out of town and asked to play a short video clip in lieu of attending. Running the event were the members of the OPA Elections Committee, who met to develop the questions and forum format last Thursday. Chair Bill Wentworth and committee members Steven Smith and Judy Butler, with help from board liaison Tom Herrick, came up with about 15 questions, whittled that list down to eight, and then grew the list back up to 12. Written questions ranged from the big issues – bridges, the yacht club and the Manklin Meadows racquet sports improvements – to broader topics like top priorities if elected, methods of funding capital improvements and the ever-popular “why are you running?” The plan was to ask each candidate two questions, following ope...
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Cypress Festival to make return next year in Pocomoke

Posted On: 6/23/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(June 23, 2016) Organizers didn’t feel right calling this past weekend’s event the Cypress Festival, because a large part of that experience — carnival rides — were absent, but next year the Cypress Festival is to return and will incorporate some of the lessons learned from the Summer Kickoff. “Everything went off without a hitch. We had nice weather all around — it was perfect, really,” Michelle Hickman, director of the Pocomoke Chamber of Commerce, said. “I’d say it went pretty well.” Only a couple of months before the event, Hickman said, the company the chamber has used in the past to supply carnival rides folded without notifying the town, which caused a bit of a scramble. However, a company from Chincoteague brought in inflatable amusements: a bounce house, obstacle course and climbing wall in addition to the vendor tables, food, face painting, music and other highlights of the event. “Everyone I talked to s...
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Pocomoke City Briefs

Posted On: 6/23/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

Pocomoke passes budget The Pocomoke City council unanimously adopted an unaltered fiscal 2017 budget on Tuesday, after the same document passed first reading two weeks ago. General fund revenue is about $5 million, about half of which is tax revenue from various sources and fees as well as about $207,000 in surplus funds from previous years. The ambulance service is expected to bring in about $1 million next fiscal year in county support funds, insurance claims and a transfer from the general fund. The water/sewer fund totals about $2 million with user fees contributing the largest share. General fund expenses are largely in the domains of public safety and maintenance, including about $1.6 million total for fire and police services and training. City employee benefits cost about $900,000 annually. Ambulance personnel salaries, benefits and general expenses make up the lion’s share of its nearly $1 million in expenditures next year. Water and sewer services make up the bul...
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Early Head Start, Head Start Programs available locally

Posted On: 6/23/16
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(June 23, 2016) SHORE UP! Inc. is taking applications for its Early Head Start and Head Start Programs.   Pregnant women and children ages birth to 3 are eligible for Early Head Start services. Head Start services are offered to children ages 3-5. Both programs work with parents and children to promote the child’s development, prepare children for kindergarten and help the family function successfully. Head Start offers center-based services at 15 facilities throughout the Eastern Shore. Early Head Start offers services through center-based and home-based options. Children who attend Head Start/Early Head Start centers are fed nutritious meals and snacks through the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Transportation may be available. Call 410-749-1142, ext. 341. At SHORE UP! Inc., no person shall on the grounds of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of or otherwise be subject ...
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Pines Comprehensive Plan Committee readies survey

Posted On: 6/23/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 23, 2016) The Ocean Pines Association Comprehensive Planning Committee appears to be close to completing questions for a community wide survey, and could be ready to make a presentation to the board of directors as soon as next month. The question is, will the board be ready? After the committee met on June 15, Chair Frank Daly said queries about amenities and capital planning and assessments had essentially been finalized. “With what we’ve done yesterday and the week before, I would guess that we have probably the two-toughest sections done,” he said. “I think it’s going to move a lot faster and go a lot easier [next month].” The committee will meet again on July 14 and July 28, and could present a package – including an outline for a new comprehensive plan and a questionnaire that would gather data to help flesh it out – during the July 28 board meeting. “We could very much still be on target [to meet with the board]...
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Community Briefs

Posted On: 6/23/16
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Graduate Robert “Joe” Dimaio Jr., of Ocean City, earns a 3.9 cumulative GPA and graduates from Stevenson University with a B.S. in Film & Moving Image. Dimaio discovered a passion for film and video production as a student of Stephen Decatur High School and continued to pursue knowledge and experience with plans to work in the video industry. An internship with Vectorworks resulted in “full-time” employment and a trip to Lisbon Portugal, to film a company documentary about its product and support of the 2016 “Rock-In-Rio” festival. Dimaio was not able to attend his May 19 graduation commencement, but sent his parents a picture, in cap and gown, from the festival venue. He recently moved to Baltimore’s Federal Hill and will work from the Vectoworks Columbia location but will often find himself part of the crowd heading back to Ocean City for the pleasing vista and childhood memories. Singer McDaniel College freshman Matthew Scott, o...
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