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Resident artist to paint Assateague Island wild horses

Posted On: 9/3/15
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(Sept. 3, 2015) Assateague Island Alliance (AIA), the friends group of Assateague Island National Seashore, announces the first Resident Artist Program, Oct. 26 through Nov. 8.   Based in Arizona, Karen McLain’s extensive body of work captures the wild horses of the west on canvas. She will bring her expertise painting en plein air to a coastal landscape for two weeks, painting the wild horses at Assateague Island National Seashore.   Visitors may encounter her painting in the field during this and are encouraged to mingle with the resident artist. “Painting wild horses from life is the foundation for the work I do in the studio. I want to express the power, beauty and bonds that I see manifest in wild horses,” she said. “The freedom, risk and challenge that are inherent in living wild in nature are reflected in my process of working from life. They are not solely paintings of horses, but reflected communication of their experience and our journey.&...
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Pines Players seek young talent for ‘Beauty’ musical

Posted On: 9/3/15
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(Sept. 3, 2015) The Ocean Pines Players Youth Theater is seeking 7- to 18-year-olds to audition for the Broadway musical, “Beauty and the Beast.” Tryouts will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11 from 4:30-8:15 p.m., at the Ocean Pines Community Center, Assateague Room. Singers are asked to be prepared with 16 bars of any Broadway song. All will be taught a short dance combo that will be performed in small groups. Those who seek speaking roles, will be asked to read a short passage from the show. Parents must accompany children.  For more information, call Em Hench at 410-208-9544.
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Delmarva Veteran Builders complete retrofit of AGPC ctr.

Posted On: 9/3/15
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(Sept. 3, 2015) Delmarva Veteran Builders, the region’s only commercial construction firm dedicated to bringing employment to U.S. Armed Forces Veterans, announced the completion of the retrofit and renovation of Atlantic General Pediatric Care in Gina Renee Plaza on Route 50 in West Ocean City. The 2,350-square-foot project was completed for the relocation of a local AGH pediatrician and allows for the addition of a new pediatrician under the AGH umbrella.   “Delmarva Veteran Builders is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Atlantic General again,” said Chris Eccleston, Delmarva Veteran Builders. “We look forward to growing the relationship we have with Atlantic General and will continue to support them in meeting the healthcare needs of the community.” The original tenant in the space was an Urgent Care Center. AGH used the existing exam rooms for the practice and has hired DVB to reconfigure the rest of the space to be more pediatric f...
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Fall indoor/outdoor flea market to be held in Pines

Posted On: 9/3/15
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(Sept. 3, 2015) Treasure seekers are encouraged to hunt for bargains during Ocean Pines’ semi-annual Indoor/Outdoor Flea Market on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Ocean Pines Community Center. Gently used clothing, children’s items, household items, collectibles and other merchandise will be for sale. Flea market vendor spaces are still available. An indoor space is $15 for Ocean Pines residents and $20 for non-residents and includes an 8-foot table and a chair.   Outdoor spaces, which will be located in the parking lot in front of the Ocean Pines administration building, are $10 for all vendors. Outdoor vendors will need to provide their own tables and chairs.   Admission is free and open to the public.  Free parking is also available at the community center, located at 235 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. Shoppers may also stop by the Ocean Pines Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods, meats and gourmet pantry and artisan-crafted ite...
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Berlin goes Pop; Warhol show marks Fri. gallery opening

Posted On: 8/27/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Berlin goes Pop; Warhol show marks Fri. gallery opening (Aug. 27, 2015) Andy Warhol once said, “The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting.” After waiting nearly five months, Warhol’s work will be featured on Friday during the grand opening of Art in the Fields, a new gallery in Berlin. Formerly Mid Atlantic Pain Medicine, New Jersey natives Foster and Lisa Schoch purchased the building on 6 South Main Street in April. The couple has been amassing their own collection of original artwork for more than a decade, and will augment that with additional work from auction houses, including Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Prints from Warhol’s Sunday B. Morning series will be on display during an opening reception on Friday from 2:30-5 p.m., with a ribbon cutting set for 3 p.m. The celebration will continue on the following day with a second reception from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “[Warhol] was a leading figure of pop art, and probably one of the biggest artists of the 20th Century,” Gallery Ma...
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Lost dog ‘Rizzo’ recovered near Pines playground

Posted On: 8/27/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Lost dog ‘Rizzo’ recovered near Pines playground (Aug. 27, 2015) After roaming around Ocean Pines for nearly a month, lost dog Rizzo was finally caught early Wednesday morning and taken to the Worcester County Humane Society in West Ocean City. Delaware resident Emma Maring, an amateur dogcatcher, tracked the German shepherd to the Community Church in Ocean Pines. Maring said she used the “Bolt method” to contain the pup, so named after another dog she helped track down earlier this year. “Basically, it’s just trying to find an area where she frequented, but also that had a fenced-in gated area,” she said. Knowing that Rizzo had been spotted near the church on several occasions, Maring drove by earlier in the week and noticed a playground behind the church – with a small, fenced-in area. Maring and Diane Koppelman, an Ocean Pines resident who runs the “Finding Rizzo” Facebook page, asked the director of the church if they could use the grounds at night to try and catch the dog....
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Attorney Joe Moore reverses opinion in memo to OP board

Posted On: 8/27/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 27, 2015) One day after Joe Moore defended his advice during an Ocean Pines Board meeting on the legality of another meeting – which never actually took place – the Ocean City attorney sent a memo to the board reversing his opinion and apologizing for any confusion he caused. Moore originally said he believed new board members’ terms began after being sworn in during the organizational meeting – not upon their election at the annual meeting. In the memo obtained by the Gazette, dated Aug. 18, Moore said his confusion was based on a section of Maryland code addressing corporations and associations that read, “until successors are elected and qualify, the board of directors consists of the individuals who are on the present board.” Under those guidelines, Moore said “the qualification of a director is twofold; first, their election and second, their ‘qualification.’” Ocean Pines bylaws, however, seem to differ. Moor...
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OPA Director Dave Stevens: Make Moore’s memo public

Posted On: 8/27/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 27, 2015) While attorney Joe Moore declined to comment on a memo written to the Ocean Pines Board of Directors on Aug. 18, former Board President Dave Stevens, who clashed with Moore during the organizational meeting one day prior, said the entire memo should be made public. “I think there’s a strong reason why it should go out as a public release,” Stevens said, adding, “It will be made public.” During the meeting Moore said it was his opinion that board members become board members only after being sworn in during the organization meeting. Stevens argued that the bylaws, and the existing precedent, were that a board members’ term began when the election was announced and certified at the annual meeting. The issue was raised because when two existing directors, Tom Terry and Pat Renaud, attempted to meet with newly elected Tom Herrick and Cheryl Jacobs while excluding at least two other board members, Stevens and Jack Collins. The meeting...
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New vaccine requirements for students now in effect

Posted On: 8/27/15
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(Aug. 27, 2015) New school immunization requirements took effect last fall statewide. The new requirements mandate that all kindergarten and first grade students have two Varicella vaccinations, and students in seventh and eighth grade have one Tdap, or Tetanus-diphtheria-attenuated pertussis and one meningococcal (Menactra or Menomune) vaccination. Students who do not have the required vaccinations can be excluded from school. In addition to the required vaccines for school, seventh and eighth graders are also recommended to receive the HPV vaccine. The vaccine helps prevent several different types of cancer affecting more than 17,600 females and 9,300 males each year. Vaccines are vital to protect children from potentially serious diseases. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s doctor to determine which vaccines are needed and schedule an appointment as needed. For those children who remain at risk for exclusion from s...
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For Pete Gomsak, assistant treasurer familiar position

Posted On: 8/27/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

For Pete Gomsak, assistant treasurer familiar position (Aug. 27, 2015) Although it may have raised a few eyebrows when the board of directors voted 4-3 to select Pete Gomsak as the assistant treasurer – the second, along with General Manager Bob Thompson – it’s a role the former director has held before. Gomsak, 73, served on the board from 2010-2012, then served as assistant treasurer, under then board president Tom Terry, in 2013 and 2014. He also has nearly a decade of experience in and around Ocean Pines finance. A self-described “Baltimorean,” Gomsak graduated from Loyola in 1964 and almost immediately landed a job at a major CPA firm. “I told people I graduated on Sunday [and] started working Monday morning,” Gomsak said. Gomsak quickly climbed the corporate ladder, becoming the firm’s youngest partner, at 31, in the U.S. He later moved with the company to Hartford, Conn. and Cincinnati, Ohio, before retiring to Ocean Pines in 2001. “Obviously, Cincinnati was not home, an...
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