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Crush n Crab sets sights on grand opening July 1 in Berlin

Posted On: 6/25/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(June 25, 2015) It may have been delayed slightly, but Berlin resident John Cookro insists his new restaurant, Crush n Crab, will be open for business by July 1. The restaurant, specializing in fresh, local seafood, will fill a long-dormant spot on the corner of Route 113 and South Main Street in Berlin. Signs have been ordered and shipped, Cookro said, and the liquor board and health department have signed off on his operation. The interior of the restaurant is entirely refurbished, complete with new tables, booths, a lounge area and decorative crab curtains over the windows, casting a decidedly Eastern Shore atmosphere over the former Boomers space. “That was a big part of our philosophy,” Cookro said of the coastal-area ambiance. Outside, the 2006 Ann Ashton Scanlon mural, commissioned by Marge Coyman and the Calvin B. Taylor Museum and depicting turn-of-the-last-century Berlin, remains intact. The menu, Cookro said, will cover breakfast, lunch and dinner. &#...
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Berlin Organics to offer local produce on Main St.

Posted On: 6/25/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(June 25, 2015) Another dimension to Sunday strolls through downtown Berlin is about to be added, as the Visitor’s Center on Main Street will soon offer fresh, local produce. Berlin Organics, a family farm specializing in hydroponic tomatoes grown with organic seeds, will provide the products. “I have heard several suggestions from residents how wonderful it would be to walk downtown on the weekend to pick up fresh, local produce,” Berlin Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells said. “So, I thought, why not? The Berlin Organic Grocer here on Main Street is re-organizing to a food co-op and will open soon, but until then I’d like to be able to offer this service to our community as well.” Paul Carlotta, a Berlin native with a background in nutrition, founded the Berlin Organics farm three years ago. “We couldn’t find anywhere around to basically buy organic, local produce, so we started growing, starting with 900 heirloo...
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Wor. Arts Council seeking artists

Posted On: 6/25/15
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(June 25, 2015) The Worcester County Arts Council invites all interested artists to participate in a juried art exhibit themed, “Home,” to be featured during the month of July at the WCAC Gallery located at 6 Jefferson Street in Berlin. The exhibition is open to all artists, professional or amateur with work in all media. The subject is open to artist’s individual interpretation. All work must be original and completed within the last three years and not previously exhibited at the Arts Council. Work must be delivered to the Arts Council’s Gallery between June 25 and 26, to be accepted. Artwork will be juried in and judged in this competition by Tamara Mills, Worcester County Board of Education Coordinator of Art Instruction. Detailed entry guidelines are available on the Arts Council website: www.worcestercountyartscouncil.org. Monetary prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place during the Second Friday Arts Stroll reception on July 10 from ...
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Cash to bring ‘The River & the Thread’ to Freeman Stage

Posted On: 6/25/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(June 25, 2015) In February, singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash took home three Grammy awards for her highly acclaimed 2014 album “The River & the Thread.” On Saturday, June 27, Cash will perform the record, in its entirety, at the Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville.   The inspiration of the “The River & the Thread,” she said, came during a trip to the American Southwest that began with a fundraising stop at Arkansas State University, which had recently purchased the boyhood home of her father, the late Johnny Cash. “I was going down south to do that and I was going to visit a friend of mine in Alabama, and it just seemed that there were a lot of events that conspired to really rattle us emotionally,” she said. “And we started to write songs.” “The Sunken Ranch” and “Etta’s Tune,” Cash said, both stemmed from those early writing sessions during the trip. “We started to say, ‘we ...
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Art’s Alive at Northside Park this weekend

Posted On: 6/25/15
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(June 25, 2015) Art’s Alive is back for its 15th year with more than 75 artists selling their wares and a range of activities for the entire family to enjoy at Northside Park on 125th Street this weekend. The fine arts event will include food, music, beer, wine and children’s activities in addition to providing a serene setting with 58 acres surrounding a lagoon at the north Ocean City park on Saturday and Sunday. “Art’s Alive has grown in several ways. We added additional live music, changed the caterer to offer new menu selections and there will be several new vendors in attendance,” said Frank Miller, special events director for the Town of Ocean City. “Enjoy free activities all around the park and our newest addition is the Art League of Ocean City will be selling wine and craft beer on site.” From drawings and sculptures to jewelry, mixed media, ceramics, fine wood and photography, the show brings a variety of works by artists from 10 ...
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NASA Wallops to host open house

Posted On: 6/25/15
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(June 25, 2015) NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility launched its first rocket June 27, 1945.  In commemoration of this event and its 70 years of supporting science and aerospace research, the facility is opening its doors to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 27. “The facility has an outstanding history in supporting the aerospace and science goals of NASA and its predecessor agency, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics or NACA,” said Bill Wrobel, director of Wallops. “During these 70 years, the community has been very supportive of our work, and we want to open our doors to give the public a first-hand look at the incredible, diverse mission set we have here at Wallops.” On Saturday, Wallops will open facilities such as the aircraft hangar, the scientific balloon lab, the sounding rocket payload facility and the range control center. In addition, organizations that support Wallops’ research efforts will have displays in...
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WCAC gives $10K in grants to eight projects and events

Posted On: 6/25/15
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(June 25, 2015) The Worcester County Arts Council has awarded $10,000 in Community Arts Development Grants program to eight art projects and events to be presented by local nonprofit arts organizations during the granting cycle beginning July 1. Funding will support a wide variety of creative and innovative projects that are of outstanding artistic quality and demonstrate community benefit enhancing the lives of everyone living and visiting the Worcester County. Grant projects are evaluated based on overall quality of cultural excellence, community outreach and public impact, and financial/administrative merit. The following is a list of organizations and their projects that are being awarded a Community Arts Development Grant for the current granting period: Art League of Ocean City - various art exhibits Berlin Heritage Foundation – Berlin Peach Festival Brown Box Theatre Project – Free Shakespeare Performances: “The Taming of the Shrew” Mid-Atlantic Sy...
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Worcester Co. rec offers day camps

Posted On: 6/25/15
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(June 25, 2015) New to the summer camp line-up, Worcester County Recreation & Parks is now offering two day camps, one at Shad Landing State Park and a second at Frontier Town Water Park. These camps will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are open to youth in grades 4–8.     Shad Landing Day Camp will take place Monday, June 29. The day will be packed with fun in the pool, followed by the Parks’ Wings & Things exhibit. The afternoon will be spent on their many nature trails, exploring the outdoors. Frontier Town Day Camp will take place Tuesday, June 30. Children will have the chance to cool off on water slides, lounge on the lazy river, splash in the pool or just relax playing some mini golf under the summer sun. For these camps, drop-off and pick-up will take place at each camp location. No transportation will be provided. Campers should bring a change of clothing, sun screen and a packed lunch. The cost is $25 per participant, per camp. Pre-regist...
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Library Director Thomas to retire; acting director named

Posted On: 6/25/15
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(June 25, 2015) The Board of Trustees of the Worcester County Library has announced that Library Director Mark Thomas will retire on June 19.   The Board has appointed Jennifer Ranck as acting director for the library system, beginning June 20. Ranck, the library’s deputy director since August 2013, also manages the Ocean City Branch library, a role she will give up with the onset of her new position.   She directed the Somerset County Library System from 2009 to 2013 and before that was the training coordinator for the Eastern Shore Regional Library, based in Salisbury.   A graduate of Stephen Decatur High School, Ranck earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Elmira College and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Thomas has served as library director since 2004. He is a resident of Berlin, where he and his wife will remain after he retires.
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OPA candidates ready for forum

Posted On: 6/18/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(June 18, 2015) Former OPA Board Director Terri Mohr won the 2015 candidate draw on Thursday, June 11. Six of the seven candidates for office attended the meeting, held in the OPA Board Room in the Administration Office. Thanks to the draw, Mohr, who served one three-year term before losing a reelection bid last year, will have her name come up first on this year’s ballots. “The first time I ran, I was first [in the candidate draw] too,” Mohr said. “It can be a good thing and it can be a not-so-good thing, especially when we’re doing candidates questions and forums – you first! But I like the number one.” Newcomer Cheryl Jacobs came in second in the draw, followed by Ray Unger, Thomas Herrick, Bill Zawacki, Carol Ludwig and Slobodan Trendic. Mohr will indeed speak first when the seven candidates, vying for two spots on the board, face off during a candidate forum on Wednesday, June 24 at 6 p.m. at the Assateague Room in the Ocean Pines Com...
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