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Council’s Lisa Hall hopes her next seat will be mayor’s

Posted On: 6/23/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 23, 2016) District 2 Councilmember Lisa Hall threw her hat into the mayoral election ring on Friday, filling out the paperwork to challenge incumbent Mayor Gee Williams. Hall, 58, was raised on a chicken farm in nearby Parsonsburg. She worked in property management and ran a business with her late husband, and is currently serving her second four-year term on the town council. She has been extremely active with the Maryland Municipal League, where she served on the board and the legislative and communications committees. She also serves on the board of the Rural Maryland Council and is president of the Eastern Shore Association of Municipalities. Along with that experience, which she said enabled her to “get educated in municipal government,” Hall said she has seen some unsettling things occur on the council during the last few years. “I’ve been [serving] two terms on the council, and unfortunately there’s things that have happened that IR...
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OP-OC Kiwanis Club awards scholarships to 17 students

Posted On: 6/23/16
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(June 23, 2016) The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines - Ocean City Scholarship Foundation recently presented 17 scholarships to deserving graduating senior students at Stephen Decatur High School. Kiwanis Selections Committee Chair Roy Foreman presented the awards. This year’s recipients are: Peyton Townsend -  $2,000 -  University of Georgia; Caroline Hammond - $1,500 -  University of Maryland; Zohar Omer - $1,500 - University of Maryland; Zainab Mirza - $1,000 -  American University; Rebekah Nesbit - $1,000 - Washington College; Hyun Soo Chun $1,000 - University of Maryland; Adam Kristick - $1,000 - University of Maryland; Logan Romberger - $1,000 - University of Virginia; Hunter Ulrich - $500 - Widener University; Contessa Hutchins - $500 -  University of Florida; Olivia Kurtz - $500 - Salisbury University; Erin Smith - $500 - Christopher Newport University; Rebecca Evans - $500 - American University; Catherine Withers - $500 - Towson Universit...
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Worcester County solar co-op meeting in Snow Hill tonight

Posted On: 6/23/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(June 23, 2016) The only meeting in southern Worcester for residents interested in forming a solar electric cooperative is scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. at the train station on Belt Street in Snow Hill. Another meeting is scheduled for June 29 in Ocean Pines. The 90-minute session will be hosted by MD Sun, a division of the nonprofit Community Power Network. The idea is for residents to band together and use their collective purchasing power to leverage a discount on installation fees for solar cells on their property, Corey Ramsden, Maryland project manager for the nonprofit, said. “The first part of the meeting will be about solar technology, so we can establish a baseline of what people might know and how the technology works within the home, Ramsden said. Next, the processes of forming a co-op and purchasing will be explained, he said. The final formal topic of discussion, Ramsden said, would be financing options. While those are the discrete subheadings on the a...
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Berlin Chamber celebrated 30th anniversary, Thurs.

Posted On: 6/23/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 23, 2016) The Berlin Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 30th anniversary last Thursday with a well-attended ceremony in the parking lot of its office on Main Street. The crowd was largely made up of local business owners, many of which had been active chamber participants for years, and even decades. Mayor Gee Williams admitted he was “a little embarrassed” to be old enough to remember the founding of the chamber, in 1986. “Five to 10 years before that there were more business, more places downtown – not just Main Street, but the side streets – that were closed than were even open,” he said. “Many of those places that were closed were used for storage.” That all changed about four years ago, Williams said. “It didn’t happen overnight, but it happened by persistence and because [of] many of the people here and many of the people that preceded us,” he said. “I hope we can all take a little time and remem...
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Youngest OPA candidate, Hill looks to fill demo

Posted On: 6/23/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 23, 2016) Brett C. Hill is by far the youngest candidate running for the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors this year. Born in Baltimore, the 37-year-old has owned property in the Pines since 2012 and moved to the area full time last spring. His company, FTS Fiber, provides Internet infrastructure services from its headquarters in West Ocean City. “In the years we’ve been exposed to the community, it appears that there’s a select demographic, or a few people that seem to be pretty vocal and push their intentions, and the direction doesn’t necessarily align with what I feel is in the best interest of my family,” he said. “I think it doesn’t really represent the demographic – which is a fairly large population – of younger families moving into the neighborhood.” His, he suggested, is a “voice that hasn’t been heard by the community” in some time. “We make up a large portion of the hom...
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Trendic hopes third time’s a charm

Posted On: 6/23/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 23, 2016) Slobodon Trendic finished third in the race for Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors last year, coming within less than 300 votes of earning a seat on the board. The 61-year-old Belgrade, Yugoslavia native is running again this year – for the third consecutive time. Trendic spent 30 years working in the information technology industry, and retired three years ago “for health reasons.” He moved to Ocean Pines in 2013. “Over the course of the last three years, it’s been kind of a journey of reality checks as far as the Ocean Pines affairs goes,” he said. “There’s some great aspects of that and some very disturbing aspects – that’s why I became very active in different ways, writing to the newspapers and making public comments at the board meetings, and really walking the streets and talking to the owners.” He joked that he “wanted to set a record” by running again. “It’...
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Two Maryland Public Service Commission hearings slated

Posted On: 6/23/16
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(June 23, 2016) The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold two public hearings for comment in the matter of the application of Delmarva Power to construct a new 138 kilovolt overhead transmission line through Wicomico and Worcester counties to the Maryland/Virginia state line. The hearings are as scheduled: Wednesday, June 29 at 7 p.m., Salisbury Fire Station #1 1100 Beaglin Park Drive Salisbury, Maryland 21804 and Thursday, June 30, at 7 p.m., Snow Hill Fire Company 4718 Snow Hill Road Snow Hill, Maryland 28163. Members of the public who wish to comment on the matter are welcome to attend the proceedings before Chief Public Utility Law Judge Terry Romine. The proposed project would be constructed on existing right-of-way from the Piney Grove substation near Salisbury to the Wattsville substation in Wattsville, Virginia, and includes an upgrade to the existing transmission line crossing of the Pocomoke River near Snow Hill. The application has been docketed by the PSC as...
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Longtime homeowner Ezaoui brings ‘common sense’ to race

Posted On: 6/23/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 23, 2016) Israeli-born Sharona Ezaoui wants to bring a little common sense to the 2016 Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors election. After working in communications for the Israel Defense Forces, Ezaoui, 56, moved to Ocean Pines in 1992 and became a homeowner in 1994. She and her family – a husband and two children – originally moved from Israel to California and then decided to relocate to the East Coast after surviving a pair of serious earthquakes. Since 1992, she has helped supervise operations at Sunsations, a job that gave her decades of experience handling budgets, complex contracts and overseeing a large workforce. She said there is an old Hebrew saying for what she does there, which loosely translates to “everything.” “Everything that needs to be done, I do it,” she said. “Basically I take care of the whole corporation – not only specifically in Ocean City, because we have locations in Virginia and North Carol...
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Pines elections committee preps for forum

Posted On: 6/23/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 23, 2016) Eleven of the 12 candidates for the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors were expected to take part in a forum at the community center on June 22, after press time. One candidate, Larry Perrone, was out of town and asked to play a short video clip in lieu of attending. Running the event were the members of the OPA Elections Committee, who met to develop the questions and forum format last Thursday. Chair Bill Wentworth and committee members Steven Smith and Judy Butler, with help from board liaison Tom Herrick, came up with about 15 questions, whittled that list down to eight, and then grew the list back up to 12. Written questions ranged from the big issues – bridges, the yacht club and the Manklin Meadows racquet sports improvements – to broader topics like top priorities if elected, methods of funding capital improvements and the ever-popular “why are you running?” The plan was to ask each candidate two questions, following ope...
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Cypress Festival to make return next year in Pocomoke

Posted On: 6/23/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(June 23, 2016) Organizers didn’t feel right calling this past weekend’s event the Cypress Festival, because a large part of that experience — carnival rides — were absent, but next year the Cypress Festival is to return and will incorporate some of the lessons learned from the Summer Kickoff. “Everything went off without a hitch. We had nice weather all around — it was perfect, really,” Michelle Hickman, director of the Pocomoke Chamber of Commerce, said. “I’d say it went pretty well.” Only a couple of months before the event, Hickman said, the company the chamber has used in the past to supply carnival rides folded without notifying the town, which caused a bit of a scramble. However, a company from Chincoteague brought in inflatable amusements: a bounce house, obstacle course and climbing wall in addition to the vendor tables, food, face painting, music and other highlights of the event. “Everyone I talked to s...
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