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Humane society presents ‘Cat Days of Summer’

Posted On: 6/30/16
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(June 30, 2016) The Worcester County Humane Society will be holding adoption events, “The Cat Days of Summer,” at several different locations throughout the summer.   Look for shelter volunteers at the front entrance of Walmart in Berlin from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following Saturdays – July 9, 23, Aug. 6, 20 and Sept. 3.   There will also be adoption booths at Petco in West OC and Ocean Pines Farmers Market on July 16 and Aug. 20. In addition, the shelter will participate in the Worcester County Fair, Aug. 13-14. There will be cats available for adoption at every event along with raffle tickets available for purchase with the chance to win three cash prizes. The Worcester County Humane Society is a no-kill shelter located on Eagle’s Nest Road just off Stephen Decatur Highway (Route 611). There are over 100 cats living at the shelter with the majority of them being adults. Most of them are very affectionate, adoptable cats who have spent a year o...
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Star Charities’ annual Western Night fundraiser

Posted On: 6/30/16
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(June 30, 2016) Time is running out to purchase tickets to Star Charities’ annual Western Night fundraiser on Thursday, July 14 at Ocean Downs Racetrack, located off Route 589 near Ocean Pines. Star Charities Founder Anna Foultz said any remaining tickets would be available at the door, but advance purchases are highly recommended.   This year all monies raised will go to support the 4 Steps Therapeutic Riding Program in Parsonsburg. Founded in 2004 by Sandy Winter, the nonprofit has worked with clients between the ages of 3 and 80 that have been diagnosed with medical challenges including visual and hearing impairments, traumatic brain injuries, post traumatic stress disorder, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, stroke, developmental disabilities, muscular dystrophy and Down syndrome. Foultz said Winter is extremely dedicated to equine rescue and is excited for Star Charities to lend its support. “She takes racehorses and gives them a second life,” Fo...
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Pines directors asked to reevaluate ballot counting

Posted On: 6/30/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 30, 2016) The election is in full swing in Ocean Pines and issues about everything from how ballots are counted to how many words the candidates can use in their written bios have dominated recent public meetings. On Saturday, four of the 12 candidates running for the board of directors spoke during the public comments portion of a regular board meeting, while “new business” included two items for review by the directors that related to the upcoming vote. A motion to eliminate the words “in closed session” from Resolution M-06 got the most attention, as it addressed the growing controversy of whether Ocean Pines can legally count votes during a closed session. Elections Committee Chairman Bill Wentworth spoke during public comments to address the motion. Wentworth said he had no objection to having observers present during ballot counting, but said before that decision was made, “as a courtesy” the board should first talk to his committ...
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Debate over M-06 ballot guidelines

Posted On: 6/30/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 30, 2016) The issue of whether the Ocean Pines Association Elections Committee can count ballots during a closed session has become an annual debate, including this year when 12 candidates are running for three seats on the board of directors. Resolution M-06, section 9., which governs the ballot count in Ocean Pines, reads, “Counting ballots is the responsibility of the [Elections] Committee, in closed session, with the assistance of a computer consultant and Association staff. The committee shall exercise due diligence in obtaining an accurate county of votes cast.” Page three of the resolution shows board approval on April 24, 2013, and includes the signature of attorney Jim Trammel, who at the time was chairman of the by-laws and resolutions advisory committee. One of the arguments against counting ballots during a closed sessions stems from the Maryland Homeowners Association Act, which allows closed meetings only under certain situations. Under a section ...
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Last Safe Boating course scheduled July 12-14 in OP

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(June 30, 2016) The last USCG Auxiliary Safe Boating class of 2016 will be conducted Tuesday through Thursday, July 12-14, at the Ocean Pines Library from 6-9 p.m. The Maryland Safe Boating class and certificate are required for boat operators born after July 1, 1972, but everyone can benefit from it. In 88 percent of recreational boating fatalities, the operator did not have a nationally approved boater education certificate. Safety on the water is every boater’s responsibility and knowing what to do—not only in an emergency but also when docking, anchoring and passing another boat—is key to having fun and developing a culture of safety on the water. Besides Maryland maritime regulations, the course, as taught by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, also focuses on boat handling, safety equipment, knot tying and other practical tidbits from experienced recreational boat enthusiasts. Close to 100 boaters have completed the course and received their Maryland b...
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Outdoor movie nights presented through Aug. 27

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(June 30, 2016) For the second summer, the Berlin Parks Commission and Arts & Entertainment Committee join together to host a series of outdoor movie nights continuing until Aug. 27.   Movies will be screened on alternating Saturdays downtown and in Stephen Decatur and Dr. William Henry Parks. “Last year we had four showings – two downtown and one at each of the parks. We’re excited to be able to have six showings this year, with dates that cover the whole summer,” said Robin Tomaselli, proprietor of Baked Dessert Café and member of the Arts & Entertainment Committee. “We hope that we can do this every summer.” Earlier this year, the Town of Berlin posted a survey on Facebook to decide which movies to show. The lineup will be: July 2 - Stephen Decatur Park: “Wizard of Oz” July 16 - Dr. William Henry Park: “Finding Nemo” July 30 - Stephen Decatur Park: “Princess Bride” Aug. 13 - D...
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Ocean Pines Association Briefs

Posted On: 6/30/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 30, 2016) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors discussed the following items during a public meeting on Saturday. Two absences Two directors did not attend the meeting. Dave Stevens was on vacation, while President Pat Renaud was in New York to attend the “very happy occasion” of a film premier, according to Vice President Cheryl Jacobs. Renaud’s son is the director of “The Secret Life of Pets.” Filling in for Renaud during the meeting, Jacobs opened by praising the elections committee for running a successful candidate forum last Wednesday, and she urged the public to watch a video of the event, which can be viewed on the association’s official YouTube channel or by using the direct link www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IWl8lAt7Go Change in agenda Director Tom Herrick pulled two items under “old business.” They were updates on platform tennis and capital improvements to the county club, which had been discussed during a pre...
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Third ‘Warriors’ meeting turns focus on Christian recovery

Posted On: 6/30/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Third ‘Warriors’ meeting turns focus on Christian recovery (June 30, 2016) The third meeting of the Worcester County Warriors Against Opiate Addiction last Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in Ocean City focused on faith-based recovery and featured guest speakers from Teen Challenge in Seaford and Stand Fast Recovery in Snow Hill. Teen Challenge Executive Director Bob Carey claimed an 86 percent success rate with the program, which boasts more than 1,000 locations in 106 different counties around the world. Rehabilitation at Teen Challenge lasts one year and focuses on solving addiction issues “through a relationship with Jesus Christ.” The average age of people in the program is 28-32, but Carey said the name is still used because of its brand visibility. In Seaford, Teen Challenge is working on adding two new dormitories for women, including one for women with young children. The nonprofit is largely supported by donations and grants, and Carey said Teen Challenge rarely turns anyone away for inability to pay. “We...
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Events planned for July 4 throughout county

Posted On: 6/30/16
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(June 30, 2016) From patriotic concerts and fireworks to a hot dog-eating contest and 5K race, Ocean City, Ocean Pines, Berlin and Snow Hill have numerous ways to celebrate Independence Day. Here are a few activities taking place this weekend. Ocean Pines: • Freedom 5K: Ocean Pines kicks off its Independence Day celebration on Monday with the fifth annual Freedom 5K run. Families are encouraged to participate in the timed race, which starts at 8 a.m. at the South Gate Pond on the corner of Ocean Gateway and Racetrack Road where participants will go around the park, head into the woods and come back out onto the road. Attendees are encouraged to wear red, white and blue to support the military. The event benefits Athletes Serving Athletes, a nonprofit organization empowering athletes living with disabilities to train and compete in more than 60 running and triathlon events each year. At the finish line, flags from each of the military branches will be on display in ...
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Berlin mural panel unveiled at WYFCS

Posted On: 6/30/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Berlin mural panel unveiled at WYFCS (June 30, 2016) Children who worked on the second panel of Berlin’s new community mural got a first glimpse at the finished product last Tuesday evening at Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services. Also attending the event were Berlin Mayor Gee Williams, Economic Development Director Ivy Wells, District Court Judge Gerald Purnell, muralist John Donato, WYFCS Youth Program Coordinator Amanda Chaffee and Berlin Arts and Entertainment Committee member Robin Tomaselli. “We didn’t want to unveil the project to anybody else prior to the kids that worked on it seeing it first. That’s why we’re here tonight,” Tomaselli said. “I can tell you that it’s been my personal pleasure, and I speak for everybody on our committee, to have partnered with Worcester Youth and Family. We know that this is a valuable service for our community, but until you actually are witnessing it firsthand … you have no idea how priceless it is,” she a...
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