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Posted On: 2/16/17
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Jones joins EXIT EXIT Realty At The Beach in Ocean Pines announces the addition of Karena Jones to its team of real estate professionals. Jones graduated from Fleet Business School in Annapolis in 1994 and she had the advantage of some online courses with Ashworth Career College in Georgia. She also completed the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Realty classes before obtaining her real estate license. EXIT Realty is a by-invitation-only company focused on the business of real estate. A portion of every transaction fee collected by EXIT Realty Corp. International is applied to its charitable fund. To date, $3.5 million has been pledged to Habitat for Humanity.   EXIT Realty At The Beach is located at 11002 Manklin Meadows Lane Suite 3. For more information, call 410-208-3948. Betten welcomed Jeannie Betten recently joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty in Ocean City. Betten has 11 years of real estate experience that focuses on resort properties near the...
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How Patrick Henry gave voice to ‘The Orator’

Posted On: 2/9/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

How Patrick Henry gave voice to ‘The Orator’ (Feb. 9, 2017) Stylistically, Ocean City native Patrick Henry, 64, describes his five-decade career as a journey from the commercial and illustrative side of his youth into the impressionistic, painterly style he embraces today.   “I dance between the two still,” he said during an interview at his studio in Berlin on Tuesday. “I have to embrace that – that’s me.” There is also a deeply spiritual side to Henry and, lately, a certain amount of political subtext that may or may not have to do with the recent Presidential election. Last month Henry received more traffic on his Facebook page – reaching nearly 5,000 people – after he posted a new portrait of former President Barack Obama, titled “The Orator.” One of seven children, Henry grew up on Sinepuxent Road, near the Ocean City airport. He remembers, very early on, having the urge to create. As a child his medium was often crayons and paper.   “I would...
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Mumford’s Landing soft opening called success by GM Hill

Posted On: 2/9/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Feb. 9, 2017) While reviews of the Ocean Pines Yacht Club have been all over the map since the new facility opened in 2014, a stress test of the rebranded Mumford’s Landing last weekend appears to have scored passing grades. Interim General Manager Brett Hill said there were only a few hiccups, which he largely attributed to the expected growing pains of the all-new bar and wait staff, and new computer systems. An invitation-only soft opening was held Friday and Saturday, and the club was open on Sunday during the Super Bowl. The building had shut down, except for weekends, during January in order to train the new staff and renovate the interior of the club, including adding the new Tuffy’s Tavern bar area. The restaurant is now referred to as The Cove at Mumford’s Landing. “Overall, I think it went very well,” Hill said on Tuesday. “We got a lot of positive feedback and we got some constructive criticism, which was good. It really gave us t...
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Therapy dog Rudy goes to school

Posted On: 2/9/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

Therapy dog Rudy goes to school (Feb. 9, 2017) When guidance counselor Jessi Bova made the jump from Delmar Elementary to Pocomoke High this year, she didn’t know the offer included her dog. Rudy, a 7-year-old golden retriever Bova fostered and then adopted from a rescue organization, was already well-known to the students and staff of Delmar Elementary as part of the Pets on Wheels Delmarva program. Through the initiative, volunteer and pet teams are dispatched to assisted-living facilities, schools, nursing homes and other approved services. “He’s been given a temperament test and been judged on a couple of dozen criteria to see how he reacts to stimuli,” Bova said. Golden retrievers are generally docile animals, but strong reactions to certain situations are possible. Rudy, for example, is a little forceful in his desire for attention and thinks nothing of wedging his face into the crook of an elbow, or using his muzzle to deftly flick a reporter’s note-taking hand off a pad of ...
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Pocomoke District 3 to hold election

Posted On: 2/9/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Feb. 9, 2017) Bruce Morrison netted a walk-off victory in seeking his third term as mayor of Pocomoke City, as no other candidates filed to oppose him, while Dale Trotter, District 3 councilman, will face frequent council meeting attendee Monna Van Ess on April 4. In response to the troubles experienced last year during the District 2 election, where a new election was eventually forced because of mechanical error, the council approved a number of changes to elections in November 2016. Included among the changes were a return to paper ballots, removal of unofficial or ad hoc write-in campaigns and the cancelation of elections of fewer than two official candidates have filed. The deadline to file was last Friday by 5 p.m. No one filed to oppose Morrison, so he will continue on as mayor for another three years. Morrison said this term would be his last, as he’s planning to retire. Tuesday, March 7 is the last day to register to vote in the election. According to Pocomoke City ...
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Berlin committee selection will wait until next meeting

Posted On: 2/9/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Feb. 9, 2017) Following a busy few months, Berlin’s Historic District Commission enjoyed a quiet – and brief – meeting last Wednesday with only one property on the agenda. “We didn’t have anyone in the audience – it was really weird,” Chairwoman Carol Rose said. “But we did have a really good meeting.” The dais was also short, with only three of the five members of the commission present. Because of that, Rose said selections of a chair and vice chair were postponed until the next meeting, March 1. Rose, who also serves on the board of directors for the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum, Diakonia, the Worcester County Library Foundation and the Worcester County Veteran’s Memorial Foundation – where she is also the vice president – is expected to be reelected as chair. She also teaches Sunday school every week. “If they want me to do it, I will,” Rose said of the chairmanship. “The other four...
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Grease fire culprit in Snow Hill Road house fire, Tuesday

Posted On: 2/9/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

Grease fire culprit in Snow Hill Road house fire, Tuesday (Feb. 9, 2017) The Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Company responded to 4741 Snow Hill Road — a few hundred feet from the station — around 7 p.m. on Tuesday for a house fire. Girdletree and Newark Fire companies also provided assistance, according to Trey Heiser, Snow Hill fire chief. The house was occupied at the time of the fire, Heiser said, but no injuries of residents or firefighters were reported, he said. Though the cause is still under investigation, Heiser said he believed the fire began as a result of cooking. The house is unable to be occupied at this time, Heiser said.
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Pines police crack down on school bus stop parking

Posted On: 2/9/17
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 (Feb. 9, 2017) Ocean Pines police officers are on the lookout for parents who park illegally at school bus stops in the community. An officer recently observed an individual parking dangerously close to an intersection while waiting for a school bus to arrive. Contributing to the safety problem are limited visibility and a tight turning radius which are created by illegally parked vehicles, police said. These hazards could cause a problem for vehicles that are approaching stop signs and/or intersections. To help keep the bus stops in Ocean Pines as safe as possible, the police department is releasing a reminder for parents to keep a safe distance from intersections while parked at school bus stops. According to Maryland vehicle law, a person may not stand or park a vehicle within 30 feet on the approach to any flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign, or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway. Violators face a $60 citation. Ocean Pines officers will continue to...
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Beach club parking pass cost to increase

Posted On: 2/9/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Feb. 9, 2017) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors, in three separate votes on Monday, approved fee changes related to beach club parking, aquatics and associate memberships. In a 6-0 vote, with Director Slobodan Trendic absent during the meeting, the directors agreed to increase the rate for an annual beach club parking-pass from $175 to $200. Interim General Manager Brett Hill said the additional $25 would support aquatics, increasing the overall subsidy from the beach club to that amenity to $53 per permit sold. He said the practice of “open passes” would be discontinued. Current parking memberships come with four passes to the beach club pool, good for the season, which were unassigned to any specific person. Under the new rules, an annual pass would come with a family membership to the beach club pool. “For all of our owners that want to buy a beach club parking permit, they would have a membership for their household … to the beach club ...
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Bonser violates probation, gets jail

Posted On: 2/9/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

Bonser violates probation, gets jail (Feb. 9, 2017) A Feb. 1 re-enrollment into a drug treatment program was not enough to sway Judge Gerald Purnell into giving Nicholas Bonser, 20, of Berlin, a more lenient sentence than was delivered to his co-defendant, Jordan Denton, two weeks ago for violating his parole for the second time. Denton and Bonser were granted probation before judgment and two years of supervised probation, along with certain conditions, in June 2015. Both have now returned twice to the court for violating those terms. Two weeks ago Denton was ordered to serve five days in jail. A paperwork snafu delayed Bonser’s hearing until last Friday, when it was revealed he had returned to required treatment after being dismissed in October 2016 for noncompliance. Bonser will serve five days in jail, and is scheduled to begin today. “This started as a trivial event,” Purnell said of the spray-painting spree that caused about $11,000 in damages to cars and public property in January 2015. ...
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