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Fazzalaro fired: Pines IT guy lasts one month

Posted On: 1/19/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Jan. 19, 2017) After only about a month on the job, Ocean Pines has parted ways with its network administrator, Paul Fazzalaro. Board President Tom Herrick, last Friday, confirmed Fazzalaro “didn’t work out.” “He didn’t fulfill our needs and it was unfortunate, but it does happen,” he said. The association has struggled to fill that position for several years, often budgeting for, but not hiring an information technology specialist. Herrick, however, was optimistic a replacement could be found and said that could be aided by an IT workgroup formed last fall. “Thank God we have that committee, because that committee is doing a great job assessing what we need and where we need to go in the future,” Herrick said. “We have a lot of people in this community that have a lot of different intelligences in different fields, and it’s nice to be able to tap into that. It’s great to be able to do that, and it’s great...
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OPA anniversary committee tackles ‘elephant’

Posted On: 1/19/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Jan. 19, 2017) The bulk of the second-ever meeting of the Ocean Pines Association 50th Anniversary Committee was devoted to what one member called “the elephant in the room” – an apparent lack of support from association leadership.   According to Executive Assistant Michelle Bennett, the initial rezoning that established Ocean Pines was approved in June 1968, and the marketing campaign for the association kicked off on July 12, 1968. A volunteer committee was formed late last year to plan a series of celebrations in 2018, and that group had apparently asked for assistance from Ocean Pines staff. Interim General Manager Brett Hill, however, denied that request in an email exchange and committee chairs Mike and Cathy Sabine promptly stepped down. Last Wednesday, only days later, both were in attendance during the meeting, when the membership attempted to do damage control. “I gathered from the email we received that once we have a plan and once we hav...
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Dorman forms Property Reuse Cmte.

Posted On: 1/19/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Jan. 19, 2017) In late 2015, Snow Hill began a program where the town would turn over eligible buildings to its occupants once certain renovations and conditions were met. The first takers were Richard and Debbie Seaton, who are in the process of relocating their Berlin shop, Toy Town, to the former Outten Theater at the corner of Washington and Market streets. To complete this process, the Seatons signed a memorandum of understanding with the town after negotiations with Michael Day, the economic development coordinator. Mayor Charlie Dorman has now formed a five-member Property Reuse Committee to take over that negotiation process. Any agreement between the committee and the interested parties would still need to be ratified by the mayor and council, Dorman said. During the council’s regular meeting last week, Dorman named the five members of the committee, whose nominations were accepted by council members Michael Pruitt and Jenny Hall. Councilwoman Alison Cook was absen...
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Wor-Wic announces Worcester grads

Posted On: 1/19/17
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(Jan. 19, 2017) The following students from Worcester County completed their program requirements to graduate with a certificate (CT), associate of applied science (AAS), associate of arts in teaching (AAT), associate of science (AS) or associate of arts (AA) degree from Wor-Wic Community College this past summer. Berlin: Asiya Abdrakhmanova, AA, Business; Zachary Bounds, AA, General Studies; Morgan Brown, CT, Nursing; Lauren Buckman, AA, General Studies; Kelly Renae Clary, AA, Business; Timothy J. Coyle, AAS, Computer Studies; Michelle Lynn Craig, AAS, Occupational Therapy Assistant; Trent Crame, AA, General Studies; Christopher Alan Denny Jr., CT, Criminal Justice; Nathan Alan Denny, CT, Criminal Justice; Logan Brooke Duncan, CT, Nursing; Elizabeth Espinoza Fonseca, AAT, Education; Allyson M. Grinnan, AS, Nursing; the late Jill Jenkins, AAS, Office Technology; Brooke E. Johnson, AAS, Office Technology; Kirsten Elizabeth Jones, CT, Nursing;  Cory Lee King, CT, Nursing; Rachel Ar...
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After prom, SDHS students can go to ‘Under The Big Top’

Posted On: 1/19/17
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(Jan. 19, 2017) Stephen Decatur High School’s After-Prom event will be held on May 13, from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. This free event for juniors and seniors of SDHS and their dates will be held at the Berlin high school and take place in the cafeteria, gyms and numerous hallways. This year’s theme is “Under The Big Top.” After-Prom keeps teens safe on prom night. Junior and senior students do not have to attend prom to come to the After-Prom event, which will feature huge inflatables, tons of games, a simulated casino, fake-tattoo artist, money grab machine, music, photo ops and trivia. Feeding more than 500 hungry teenagers for five hours takes an enormous amount of food, so there will be a buffet open all night. It will include an array of food donated by area restaurants including pizza, sandwiches, chips, veggies and dip, along with an ice cream sundae bar, donuts and coffee. Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) will provide frozen “mocktails....
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Business Briefs

Posted On: 1/19/17
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McNeill named CFRE Coastal Hospice announces Maureen McNeill, director of development for the nonprofit organization, has been named a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) by CFRE International. McNeill has been with Coastal Hospice since 2007, where she directs fundraising activities, including the capital campaign to build Coastal Hospice at the Ocean. A graduate of Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., she currently resides in Salisbury. Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards that include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment of service to nonprofit organizations. They have also passed a rigorous written examination and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights. Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit health care organization that cares for individuals facing life-limiting conditions but who want to remain as active and engaged as possib...
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Teachers encouraged to participate in competition

Posted On: 1/19/17
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(Jan. 19, 2017) The Coastal Association of Realtors (CAR) is encouraging local teachers to participate in the annual Fair Housing Calendar Contest, which sends the winning student to Annapolis for a meeting with the governor or other state official. Sponsored by the Maryland Association of Realtors (MAR), the contest is a means for Realtors across the state to help increase awareness of this important issue. “Fair housing” pertains to the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in the sale and rental of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap. The contest aims to teach children that discrimination is not only wrong, but illegal. Artwork submitted by students must illustrate this year’s calendar theme, “I ♥ Fair Housing.” CAR will choose a local winner from each of three counties: Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester. These winners will receive Visa gift cards, courtesy of CAR. Their entries w...
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CFES awards nearly $60K in education grants

Posted On: 1/19/17
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CFES awards nearly $60K in education grants (Jan. 19, 2017) The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) honored Maryland Lower Shore schools and educators with $59,919 in grants through the organization’s 2016 Education Award Grants Program. Education awards are made annually in conjunction with National Education Week through a competitive process to public and private schools on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. Grants are made to those schools that have developed innovative programs to be particularly beneficial to their students and communities. “This awards program is the Community Foundation’s principle vehicle for recognizing and rewarding those schools that are engaged in making a particularly creative contribution to the education of our children,” said Erica Joseph, CFES president. “These awards highlight truly remarkable things our dedicated teachers and school administrators are accomplishing.” The following Worcester County schools received Education Award Grants fo...
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First winter storm of ‘17 brings foot of snow to county

Posted On: 1/12/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Jan. 12, 2017) Schoolchildren across the county had their prayers answered last weekend as the first snowfall of the New Year also brought about the first batch of school closings on Monday and Tuesday. Worcester County announced on Facebook that its offices would be open during normal hours on Monday, although the liberal leave policy was in effective for nonessential employees. Worcester County Public Information Officer Kim Moses said road crews started working on Saturday morning at 5 a.m. and worked to salt and plow the roads until late into the evening. “Sunday, they worked from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and spent all day pushing back windblown snowdrifts to make the roads passable,” she said on Tuesday. “Currently, icy road conditions continue, but all county roads are passable. Roads crews are looking forward to the warmer temperatures today to speed up the clearing of ice and snow.” County Emergency Services Director Fred Webster said snowfall totals var...
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‘Berlin Falls’ renaming effort causes clash

Posted On: 1/12/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Jan. 12, 2017) “Raucous” wouldn’t quite cover the tone of a Berlin Mayor and Council meeting Monday that seemed, at times, as if it were dangerously close to breaking out into a hockey game. After breezing through the meat of the meeting, which included approval of more than 30 town events and a summary of Berlin Youth Club activities, resident Bill Todd approached the council during public comments to pitch his petition, apparently signed by 300 people, to rename Berlin Falls park in honor of former local mailman James Tingle. An unusually large crowd in Town Hall had come in support of Todd and the renaming effort. He had previously talked about the idea extensively on social media, in at least two newspapers – including this one – and on the radio, where he has a regular role on Ocean 98. He did not, however, run the idea by Mayor Gee Williams before approaching the council, and Williams was quick to show his displeasure. Todd said he wanted to ...
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