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Pocomoke Council backs land swap with fire company

Posted On: 5/11/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(May 11, 2017) Swapping a few dozen feet of land between the Pocomoke City and the Pocomoke Volunteer Fire Company elicited an extended discussion over procedures during a council meeting last Monday. The fire company recently deeded its storage building and associated property at the site of the former Fifth Street firehouse in exchange for VFW property on Dun Swamp Road owned by the city. Jerry Barbierri, fire company board of directors chairman, said the move would require erecting a new 40-foot by 60-foot storage building on the Dun Swamp Road property at cost of about $50,000. “The transfer was intended to help the city to sell the entire Fifth Street parcel as one property,” he said. After the fire company entered into a contract to design and build a new storage building, which was designated for the south side of the property to allow access to the current driveway, a problem became apparent, Barbierri said. “We had a survey done of the property because...
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PRMC will send new physician to Snow Hill

Posted On: 5/11/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

PRMC will send new physician to Snow Hill (May 11, 2017) Following repeated requests to assign a primary care physician to Snow Hill, last month Mayor Charlie Dorman received a letter from the Peninsula Regional Medical Center confirming the arrival of Dr. Pooja Srikanth this July. Dorman said the town’s pursuit of a new physician traces back roughly two years.     “When Dr. [Clyde] Gibb retired, who was from PMRC, there was no replacement,” he said. “Atlantic General [had] pulled everything … they said there wasn’t enough patients and they couldn’t make any money, so they left us.” Dr. Thomas DeMarco, Peninsula Regional Medical Group vice president, said since Gibb retired Michael Crum, a certified registered nurse practitioner, had been providing service at the Peninsula Regional Family Medicine office in Snow Hill. “He retired and the reason we didn’t replace him is because, frankly, we didn’t have a doctor to replace him with,” he sa...
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Pocomoke melee suspect fined $300 for street brawl

Posted On: 5/11/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(May 11, 2017) Pocomoke resident Robert Robinson, 38, who was facing multiple charges stemming from a street brawl last July in Pocomoke, pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace and was fined $300 in District Court in Snow Hill last Tuesday. Robinson was arrested on July 29 and charged with three felony counts of second-degree assault, as well as misdemeanors counts of disturbing the peace, failure to obey and resisting arrest. The arrest occurred after police said Robinson was involved in an altercation in front of a residence on 405 Laurel Street. Police reported Robinson’s scuffle took place in front of a crowd of more than 100 people, whom they were attempting to disperse, and when he was ordered to leave the area he took an aggressive posture with officers. According to police reports Robinson was eventually subdued with two shots from a Taser, but as officers were placing him under arrest they were confronted by about 40 people from the crowd. In light of the tense sit...
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Berlin introduces FY18 budget draft for first reading

Posted On: 5/11/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 11, 2017) The Berlin Town Council introduced a first reading for a fiscal year 2018 budget on Monday night. Berlin Mayor Gee Williams said the total budget, including capital expenses, is $19.3 million, a 4.4 percent reduction from the current year. Williams said the proposed general fund budget is $7.954 million, an 11.4 percent decrease. The proposed water budget is $1.192 million, up 15 percent. The sewer fund is $480,427, down 2.2 percent, stormwater is $1.499 million, down 29.3 percent, and electric is $5.573 million, up 1.1 percent Councilman Dean Burrell said town services would not suffer, despite the overall reduction in the budget, “Yes, this budget represents a 4 percent [decrease] compared to this current year, but services for the public and the citizenry of Berlin will remain the same in every case and/or will be enhanced,” he said. “Our quality of services will not suffer because of the reduction in this budget, because we have an excellent...
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Pines PD giving free bike helmets

Posted On: 5/11/17
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(May 11, 2017) Head injuries and falls from bicycles are one of the leading causes of emergency room visits among children, especially during the summer months on Delmarva. The Ocean Pines Police Department is pumping the pedals on an initiative intended to increase safety awareness during National Bike Safety Month. Police will distribute new, high-quality helmets to children in need throughout May. Helmets are required by law for anyone under 16, but all bicyclists, regardless of age, should help protect themselves by wearing properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. Bike helmets should be level and snug and should not shift while riding. “Although adults are not required to wear helmets, as a victim of a serious bike accident some years ago I would highly recommend that all adults wear an approved bike helmet,” Ocean Pines Police Chief Dave Massey said. “A helmet saved me from a serious head injury in my accident.” Free children’s bike h...
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Ocean Pines Search Cmte. holds first meeting of year

Posted On: 5/11/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 11, 2017) The reconstituted Ocean Pines Search Committee met for the first time last week and discussed some last-minute ideas for recruiting candidates before the May 10 filing deadline. The board of directors confirmed five members to the committee – the required minimum – at its April 29 meeting. The committee recruits and certifies candidates for the annual board election. Because of the late start – the committee is usually set by February of each year – committee member Catherine Gallagher said the group was thinking of taking different approaches this year. “We contacted a number of clubs and we’re continuing to contact a number of clubs and agencies in [Ocean Pines] and we’re hoping that we can have some people consider running for the board,” Gallagher said. “Our idea of going with the clubs and the organizations is the fact that these are people already caring about the association and they’re volunteering, ...
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Berlin adopts public spaces naming and renaming policy

Posted On: 5/11/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 11, 2017) The Berlin Town Council unanimously adopted a naming and renaming policy for town property on Monday. The policy was developed over several months by the Berlin Naming Parks and Public Spaces Committee, which was formed in January. Town Councilman and committee Chairman Zack Tyndall said the group worked well together, drafting a three-page policy based on a similar document used by a town in Florida. The policy applies to town structures and real property including open spaces, parks and memorials. Not included are government offices or maintenance and utility buildings, historically registered properties, public art installations that “have been commissioned with a title,” town, county, state or federal roads and highways, and private property. Individuals or organizations can request names for existing items by submitting a written request to the town administrator. The policy says the mayor and council “may direct the town administrator to pu...
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AGH Foundation to host 24th anniversary soirée, May 18

Posted On: 5/11/17
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(May 11, 2017) To celebrate the hospital’s growth and the community support that has made it possible, the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation will present its 24th anniversary celebration on Thursday, May 18, from 6:30-10 p.m. Hosted at Raymond C. Nichols’ property, “Mirador,” in Berlin, the evening presents an allusion of Victorian elegance “aboard” a luxury ocean liner with guests donning “First Class Fashion” attire. Kelly Foods Corporation is the title sponsor for the 13th consecutive year. Event sponsorships and admissions can be purchased by texting MIRADOR to 41444 or by visiting www.atlanticgeneral.org/tickets. Special thanks to anniversary celebration committee Co-chairs Kim Ruark Mihaly and Emily W. Tunis for their tremendous leadership and unwavering commitment to coordinating the event. Proceeds will benefit the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation. For more information, contact Joy Stokes at jstokes@atlanticgeneral.org...
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Pines pump track proposal again growing some traction

Posted On: 5/11/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 11, 2017) Two members of the Ocean Pines Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee are hoping to gain support for a proposed “pump track,” a small, circular track that can accommodate both bicycling and skateboarding. “It promotes bicycling that’s more about the momentum and the finesse of riding. Another good analogy is like a skate park with a hole cut out in the middle – people have to go in order. You can’t just go anywhere you want,” Tres Denk said. Committee members Skip Schlesinger and Denk are promoting the track, which Denk said could go either next to the existing skateboard ramp near White Horse Park or at Bainbridge Park. The idea stemmed from a recent committee discussion. Denk, a six-year member of the committee and a member of the Eastern Shore chapter of the International Mountain Biking Association, has been pushing the notion since 2012. He said pump tracks appeared in Ocean Pines budget drafts twice, most recently ...
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SU students present green projects to Berlin Council

Posted On: 5/11/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

SU students present green projects to Berlin Council (May 11, 2017) Five political science and environmental studies students from Dr. Sarah Surak’s senior seminar class at Salisbury University presented their findings to the Berlin Town Council on Monday. The students had been working with town officials, business owners, citizens and local organizations on a semester-spanning final project since February. Laura Baasland proposed the town adopt an annual Green Festival to celebrate environmental successes, spread awareness about ongoing initiatives, recruit volunteers and put likeminded community members in touch with one another. “We envision the Green Festival as a day filled with fun, food, music, crafts, games and local vendors – things all you guys are used to,” she said, adding the day could double as a collection for hazardous materials that could then be recycled. “We believe that the Green Fest would be a great way to not only bring the community together and have a great time, but for comm...
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