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Snow Hill Council Briefs

Posted On: 4/20/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(April 20, 2017) Show Hill Town Council discussed the following items during a meeting on April 11 at the Train Station on Belt Street. Town mourns with Hall Councilwoman Jenny Hall fought back tears as numerous condolences were offered following the passing of her husband, Jimmy Hall, on April 4. John Holloway, Snow Hill EMS supervisor, said the Pocomoke Volunteer Fire Company was also in mourning. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Hall for the loss of her husband Jimmy, who was a life member of our fire company,” he said. Free bulk trash day Snow Hill residents are invited to spruce up their surroundings as part of Town Cleanup Day on April 24. Trish Goodsell, assistant to the town manager, said all discarded items for the spring cleanup should be placed curbside. “We ask that you have everything out by 6 a.m. that morning for public works to pick up,” she said. “It’s a free service.” The town will pick up regularly discarded ma...
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Ocean Pines Police charge woman with criminal prostitution

Posted On: 4/20/17
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(April 20, 2017) Following a lengthy investigation, Ocean Pines Police have arrested a 30-year-old Ocean Pines woman for prostitution. The suspect, Megan Lynn Tyndall, reportedly advertised massage services over the internet, police said. An undercover police officer answered the ad and was able to develop information that resulted in the arrest. Tyndall faces one count of criminal prostitution. She was taken before a District Court Commissioner and released, pending a trial. The investigation is continuing and additional charges may follow.
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April 22-29 designated as Take Pride in Berlin Week

Posted On: 4/20/17
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(April 20, 2017) The Berlin Mayor and Council passed a proclamation designating the week of April 22-29 as the fourth annual Take Pride in Berlin Week.   There are two new activities added to this year’s event: a photo contest and Take Pride in Berlin Week business specials.   From April 22-29, post a photo to the Take Pride in Berlin Week Facebook page or Instagram using the hash tag “betterinberlin.” Only one photo per person may be entered. Photos must be taken in Berlin and must show one of the following: helping a neighbor, beautifying your neighborhood, picking up trash, cleaning up Main Street, planting flowers, wearing something that says “Berlin” on it, or volunteering. Photos will be entered to win a drawing for a basket filled with items related to the “Better in Berlin” theme. Also new this year, many Berlin merchants and restaurants are showing their Berlin pride by offering specials to anyone sporting the officia...
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Pines Players to serve up ‘Savannah Sipping Society’

Posted On: 4/20/17
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(April 20, 2017) “The Savannah Sipping Society,” the latest offering by the Ocean Pines Players, runs April 21-23 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on 103rd Street in Ocean City.   Although it is hilarious, the humor in this award-winning play comes from the realistic struggles of these women, who have absolutely nothing in common except that they have all lost their footing and could use a friend, whether they want one or not. With the help of some snappy direction, fun music, insightful performances and a cozy and lushly decorated set, the play is a reminder that despite our individual quirks and foibles, we all just want to feel safe, loved and at home in the world, no matter how crazy we feel sometimes. Despite the all-female cast, nationwide reviews of the play assure audiences that this is not just a “chick play.” The struggles faced by these women are universal: illness, divorce, grief, job loss, caregiving, etc. Several reviewers noted that ...
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Gifts Fulfilled receives recognition

Posted On: 4/20/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(April 20, 2017) Gifts Fulfilled, which sells baby, birthday, get well and special occasion gift baskets, was named an American Small Business Champion on March 23 by SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer business experts. “We are super excited,” Gifts Fulfilled owner Kim Shanahan said. Shortly after starting her business in September of 2015, Shanahan teamed up with the Worcester County Developmental Center in Newark, Maryland, to provide employment for the nonprofit’s clients who have disabilities. “My best experiences are going to WCDC and working with clients,” Shanahan said. “Everyone should have a day like I do during production. Everyone is so positive and uplifting. They support each other and love working in teams. They love this job, learning these skills and take pride in their work. I leave feeling amazing.” The Worcester County Developmental Center clients assemble and create gift baskets including student car...
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OP pool change swims in controversy

Posted On: 4/13/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

OP pool change swims in controversy (April 13, 2017) A seemingly small change to the aquatics schedule in Ocean Pines set off a firestorm last week and the directors have called a special meeting today, Thursday, to discuss the controversy. Resident Gary Miller, a member of both the clubs and aquatics advisory committees, noticed the change in the spring/summer issue of the Ocean Pines Activity Guide released on April 4 and brought it to the attention of others in the community, including several board members.    On page 26 of the Activity Guide, the Oasis pool, formerly called the yacht club pool, was listed as the “Adults-only pool (except for Sundays June 4-Sept. 3, 2-6 p.m.)” Page 27 included a blurb for the new “Sunday Family Funday” at the Oasis pool, as well as a corresponding adults-only event at the Swim and Racquet Club pool from 1-8 p.m., Sundays from June 4-Sept. 3. This was a shock to some members of the community because the Oasis pool had long been an adults-only fac...
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Berlin Youth Club members receive taste of Wor. Tech

Posted On: 4/13/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 13, 2017) The Berlin Youth Club took a two-hour field trip to Worcester Technical High School in Newark on Monday to learn about the free vocational programs available to them, as soon as next year. Nineteen students, boys and girls, all 12-15 years old from Stephen Decatur Middle School, started in the culinary arts wing and toured classrooms devoted to cosmetology, nursing, masonry, HVAC, early childhood education and criminal justice programs, among others. The children arrived just after 3 p.m. and were treated to a snack of chicken fingers, French fries and fruit punch by chef/instructor Phil Cropper. What he didn’t tell them – at least at first – is the fries were made of cauliflower and the fruit punch was made with green tea, ginger ale, fresh fruits and beet juice. Cropper started working with the Berlin Youth Club, a program of Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services in Berlin, during the summer. He was recruited, he said, by local busine...
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Berlin approves funding to start Baker St. repairs

Posted On: 4/13/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 13, 2017) The Berlin Town Council on Monday approved the first phase of an estimated $120,000 project to restore Baker Street, the last oyster shell road in the town. The town will pay $20,000 for design work, to be done by Salisbury engineering firm Davis, Bowen & Friedel Inc., to start the project. Several residents of Baker Street spoke about the poor state of the road during the meeting. Resident Suzanne Parks, who approached the Historic District Commission last Wednesday to ask the town to do something about the street, reiterated on Monday that it was in a state of disrepair. She said the street was once a dirt road, and that the remaining concrete and oyster shell center strip represented its original width. As vehicles got wider, the street was broadened with blacktop. “We’ve lived on the street for 40 years. There has not been any maintenance done on that street since then,” she said.   Resident Todd DeHart thanked the council for b...
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New development concepts subject of Snow Hill mtg.

Posted On: 4/13/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(April 13, 2017) The potential for a new housing development, or other projects in Snow Hill, will be discussed during a meeting at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18 at the Train Station on Belt Street. Leading the meeting will be Michael Glass, founder and managing partner with the Waterfall Group, a multi-platform real estate and financial services enterprise founded last October. Snow Hill Mayor Charlie Dorman said Glass would review potential development concepts for a 400-acre parcel, which was part of the 1,000-acre plot proposed for the Summerfield housing and retail development that was stalled after the 2008 economic downturn. “They’re trying to see if we can build apartment houses or housing,” Dorman said. The site could see approximately 300 homes built in the future, although no concrete plans have been formed, Dorman said. “This is more for people to hear some of the ideas and to see what’s out here,” he said. “They’re going...
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Pocomoke ponders pluses, minuses of staying golf course

Posted On: 4/13/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(April 13, 2017) Addressing continued financial losses at the Winter Quarters Golf Course drew a large contingency of fairway lovers to the Pocomoke City Council meeting on Monday. Will Stevenson provided historical background on the course, along with its continuing financial struggles. The current Pocomoke budget anticipates the course will lose approximately $143,000, while it experienced actual loses of more than $114,000 during fiscal year 2016. “I’ve been asked by a number of folks to give a factual analysis of the value of the course to Pocomoke,” he said. “My family has lived in Pocomoke for over 200 years and promised to give the land for the golf course to the town in 1937.” As part of the arrangement, Stevenson said the city was limited to using the 45-acre parcel as either a municipal golf course or park facility for a period of 30 years. “It also specified that it could not be used for any commercial purposes after the 30 years for a...
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