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Fifty years of Grafer art up at Pines library

Posted On: 5/26/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 26, 2016) In “Breakfast in the Bronx,” circa 1962, one can see a small bowl of raw eggs, presumably about to be scrambled, along with a saltshaker, a few cracked eggshells and a single fork laid out against a stark, yellow background. Is this a whimsical image, somewhat playful in it’s simplicity? Or is this a lonesome breakfast of despair? If you asked the artist, one Don W. Grafer, he would probably tell you that’s for the viewer to decide. Dozens of Grafer paintings hang in the Ocean Pines Library. They are a sampling of the works he has produced over more than 50-years as an artist. The works range from the painterly, somewhat Georgia O’Keefe-inspired abstractions of his recent output, to his decade-plus period producing action paintings, to the small, intimate realism he finished while living in New York City in the 1960s. Grafer, 84, said the retrospective came about after a neighbor who volunteers for the library, Mary Doellgast, inquired...
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Fourth Friday jailbirds raise money for cancer

Posted On: 5/26/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(May 26, 2016) Bail has been set at $300 apiece for those charged with aiding and abetting Relay for Life, and the rogue’s gallery will be on display for all to see during tomorrow’s Fourth Friday event from 5-8 p.m. downtown. Sentences will last about 30 minutes, or until such time as bail has been raised. The soon-to-be jailbirds will be requesting the community’s aid in raising bail in advance of the event. Overcrowding is possible, as members from more than one relay team may serve concurrent sentences. According to the most recent release from officials, the following will be serving hard time in the downtown square: • 5-5:30 p.m.: Miss and Little Miss Pocomoke, representing the Pocomoke Junior Women’s Club and Dr. Annette Wallace on the Kids Against Cancer team. • 5:30-6 p.m.: Rob and Grace Godwin from the Shore Bank team. • 6-6:30 p.m.: Melissa Freistat, representing Pocomoke Elementary School and Brandi Castaneda from Kids Agains...
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Two Decatur H.S. students struck by van in school lot

Posted On: 5/26/16
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(May 26, 2016) Stephen Decatur High School students Meg McCready and Carl Echols are recovering from injuries after being run over Monday morning by another student’s van in the school parking lot. “I am doing very well considering the circumstances, in my opinion,” McCready said. “The support, love, and prayers have been so influential for me.” According to reports, another high school student was looking for a parking spot at approximately 7:50 a.m. and attempted to back up. He struck both students, who were airlifted to University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore. McCready suffered the most serious injuries, but by Monday afternoon, she was posting information on Facebook about her condition. “I know there are lots of worried people out there. I personally am doing fine, however, I do have a punctured liver, a few broken bones in various places, and some bruises and scrapes,” she said. “I just want to thank you all for the lov...
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No quorum causes shortened budget and finance meeting

Posted On: 5/26/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 26, 2016) A lack of a quorum abbreviated the May 18 meeting of the Ocean Pines Association Budget and Finance Committee, although virtually all of the items on the agenda were discussed. Only two of the seven members — Pat Supik and Jim Beisler — could attend the morning meeting in the administration building. Board liaison Tom Terry, Controller Art Carmine and former director Marty Clarke also attended.   Carmine said no preliminary report on the April financial performance of the association was available, although he did give a brief, informal presentation on OPA’s investment strategies, which consists primarily of short-term investments. Those who did come to the meeting mulled investing in longer-term CDARS, or Certificate of Deposit Account Registry Service accounts, although no formal vote or recommendation could be made without a quorum. Terry, who was scheduled to give an update on the association’s reserve study, said there was no new ...
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Berlin to spray streets and sidewalks Wednesday, June 1

Posted On: 5/26/16
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(May 26, 2016) Beginning Wednesday, June 1, Berlin town employees will begin the annual spring pesticide application on streets and sidewalks throughout town as part of our annual spring beautification. The spray mixture will have a 10 percent concentration of nonselective (it does not target a specific plant) herbicide and contains 40 percent glyphosate by volume. The target pests are weeds and unwanted grasses. For questions or concerns, contact Sean Cooper, assistant water superintendent at scooper@berlinmd.gov or 443-655-4612.
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Council greenlights year-long exception for handicap ramps

Posted On: 5/26/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 26, 2016) When two men from a local nonprofit came to ask the Berlin mayor and Town Council to waive the $65 application fee for a wheelchair ramp, the town went one better by waiving the fee for all such ramps for the entire fiscal year. Chesapeake Housing Mission Executive Director Don Taylor and Vice Chairman Rick Nelson came to Town Hall on Monday evening to address what would be their first project in Berlin: building a ramp onto the home of 91-year-old Nadia Shockley. Shockley, who lives on Branch Street, is the aunt of Berlin Councilmember Elroy Brittingham. “We’re a Christian mission who believes that God calls on us to help one another,” Taylor said in an interview before the meeting. “We have no full-time, paid employees – it’s all volunteers, and we enlisted over 1,000 volunteers last year in our projects.” The mission finished 58 projects last year for people living below the poverty line in the four lower counties. Most...
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Candidate Supik brings B&F role to Ocean Pines board race

Posted On: 5/26/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 26, 2016) During the last two budget cycles, Pat Supik has chaired the Ocean Pines Association Budget and Finance Committee. Along with her other duties, she has overseen the annual weeklong meetings the advisory group holds on the financial plan, and helped pen a list of recommendations to the directors. Supik, 71, is now looking to move up a rung on the ladder of Ocean Pines politics, running for one of three positions on the board of directors this August. A Baltimore native with an accounting background, she moved to the area in 2011 and has served on the budget committee for three years, chairing the last two. Last year, she said Director Tom Terry and former Director Pete Gomsak starting encouraging her to run. At the time, she said she “just couldn’t even think about” it. This year, however, Supik felt strongly enough about the issues that she was convinced to enter the contest. “I think that a board’s function, particularly in this set...
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Exit interview: Pines Director Bill Cordwell

Posted On: 5/26/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 26, 2016) After serving on the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors for three years, Bill Cordwell has decided not to run for reelection. The outspoken director said his decision not seek a second term stems from his dislike for some current members, former members of the board and candidates. “I will not run again because I just don’t need to be around people who, in my opinion, are phony, deceitful and just can’t tell the truth,” he said. “Therefore, I have no further desire to be associated with Marty Clarke, Dave Stevens, Jack Collins, Slobodan Trendic and their associates.” During his 23-year career as a police officer, Cordwell worked his way up the ladder as a detective to become a commander.                                 He said he spent extensive time in that role, “...
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National Boat Safety Week held

Posted On: 5/26/16
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(May 26, 2016) Downpours might have dampened planned festivities, but the messaging remained the same at the kickoff of National Boat Safety Week held last Saturday at the Coast Guard Station Ocean City on South Philadelphia Ave. The major focus of this year’s campaign is increased use of life jackets. The annual nationwide push to raise awareness of safe boating practices and reduce on-the-water tragedies was held between May 21 and 27. According to the Coast Guard’s 2015 Recreational Boating Statistics, nationwide fatalities totaled 626, an increase of 2.6 percent over the previous year. Of that number, 85 percent of the victims were not wearing life jackets “The real issue is wear them and the facts are people don’t,” said Barry Cohen, vice flotilla commander for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. In the majority of cases, Cohen said drowning victims had access to life jackets but fate intervened before they could get to them. “It’s so ha...
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Antiques appraisals, skin seminars to be held in OP

Posted On: 5/26/16
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(May 26, 2016) The Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department invites the public to learn about healthy skin and antiques appraisals at two upcoming free seminars held at the Ocean Pines Community Center, located at 235 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. On Thursday, June 2 from 1-2 p.m., Dr. Sara Moghaddam, a dermatologist at Atlantic General Hospital, will discuss how to achieve younger-looking, healthy skin regardless of age.   Then on Thursday, June 9, Todd Peenstra with Peenstra Antiques Appraisals will return with his popular antiques appraisal show. Peenstra, a nationally-known antiques and art appraiser, specializes in appraisals for estate settlements, tax donations, estate planning, downsizing and insurance issues. Participants may bring items for appraisal including jewelry, furniture, glass, porcelain, artwork, silver and coins an hour before the show. Show times are scheduled for 3-4:30 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. Although there is no cost to attend these seminars, spaces a...
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