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Black History Month celebrated at Berlin school

Posted On: 2/19/15
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(Feb. 19, 2015) Germantown School will host events to celebrate Worcester County and Black History month in February. The organization’s mission statement is to give the community an opportunity to learn, inspire, explain and research the rich history and culture of the county and the local area. Germantown School is located at 10223 Trappe Road in Berlin. •Friday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. – Rev. David Briddell, a native son of Berlin and a retired minister and author, will speak on his recent publication about three local families in the area. He will discuss tracing our genealogy. Rev. Briddell will host a book signing as well. Also that evening, Martin Luther King will come alive when orator Gregory Purnell will deliver one of Dr. King’s famous speeches. •Friday, Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m. – “Looking Back: A Trip Down Memory Lane.” Share in the celebration of the former teachers and students of the Flower Street, Germantown, and Sinepuxent Scho...
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Wor. County institutes new application for nonprofits

Posted On: 2/19/15
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(Feb. 19, 2015) Worcester County government has instituted an updated application to be used by nonprofit organizations that plan to apply for grant funds from the county for fiscal year 2016. The new Nonprofit Grant Application, which is available as a Portable Document Format (PDF), can be accessed on the homepage of the county website at www.co.worcester.md.us under Top Links. The application requires nonprofits to provide greater detail regarding strategies for achieving their program goals and objectives, and how grant funds would be used to help those objectives. Organization types eligible to apply for grant funds include those involved in health, human services, arts and culture, community affairs, environmental affairs or historic preservation. Applications are due no later than Feb. 25. Applications received after this date will not be considered. For more information, contact Kim Moses, public information officer at 410-632-1194.
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Berlin Award celebrates 50th anniversary during banquet

Posted On: 2/19/15
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(Feb. 19, 2015) The annual recognition for outstanding community service known as “The Berlin Award” will be celebrating its 50th anniversary banquet on Thursday, April 23, at the Berlin Fire Hall, located on North Main Street. The banquet, sponsored by the Berlin Lions Club, begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and a program at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25 per person may be purchased by calling Russ Barrett at 410-641-4322. The dinner will feature fried chicken and baked ham with anniversary cake as dessert. The evening promises to be memorable as the program will include projected images and a live narrative that will feature “50 years of memories” of Berlin since the establishment of the Berlin Award in 1965. Nominations are being sought for this special 50th anniversary banquet. An official nomination form is available on the Town of Berlin’s website, www.berlinmd.gov. Nomination forms may also be picked up at Berlin Town Hall and on M...
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Benefit concert in OP raises $4,750 for Coastal Hospice

Posted On: 2/19/15
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(Feb 19, 2015) A benefit concert for Coastal Hospice on Dec. 23 at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club given by former American Idol contestant Jimmy Charles, raised $4,750 for the nonprofit organization. Charles, who currently is a musician in Nashville, chose Coastal Hospice for the benefit because it was the organization that cared for his grandmother. The musician grew up in Ocean City and graduated from Towson University. Several attendees at the concert shared their stories of how Coastal Hospice supported them during their time of need.   “It was healing. It was a time to give back,” Charles said. “We thank Coastal Hospice for all they do and all the care they give.” Many local businesses contributed to the silent auction, including Tony’s Pizza, Park Place Jewelers, A Perfect Face Day Spa, Mio Fratello Italian Steakhouse, Greene Turtle Restaurant, Ocean Pines Farmer’s Market, Avon, Blue Ox Bar and Grill, Backshore Brewing Company, Beach Musi...
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AGH accreditation could lead to early detection of heart disorders

Posted On: 2/19/15
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(Feb. 19, 2015) Atlantic General Hospital has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in adult transthoracic echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of echocardiography procedures performed at hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. While these tests are helpful, many facets contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography testing. The skill of the echocardiography sonographer performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing. Accreditation by the IAC means that Atlantic General Hospital has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing qualit...
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Examining racial progress in Berlin

Posted On: 2/12/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Feb. 12, 2015) Gregory Purnell and Gee Williams both grew up in Berlin, crossing paths occasionally, and watching the slow march of progress in a segregated, southern town from opposite sides of the street. Both served in the United States Army and both left town for in-state colleges and then returned. Williams, 66, is now the mayor of the reigning “Coolest Small Town in America.” Purnell, 65, retired as the arborist for the Town of Ocean City. One graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in the class of ’66, the other, from Worcester High School in the class of ’67. Recently, after a pair of incidents at Stephen Decatur High School and a racially offensive post on social media, outside sources began to imply that race had become an issue in Berlin. Then, two weeks ago during a public meeting on Flower Street, Joyce Ayers, Purnell’s aunt, stood up and praised Williams for all he had done for the black community in Berlin. It was a powerful mome...
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Out-of-towners charged in Berlin vandalism case

Posted On: 2/12/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Feb. 12, 2015) Berlin Police charged three suspects Wednesday, two juveniles and one adult, in connection with the nighttime vandalism of more than 30 cars and three businesses in the downtown area on Jan. 25. Ocean City resident Jordan Alexandria Denton, 18, and two Ocean Pines juveniles 16 and 18, were charged with 39 counts of malicious destruction with the damage total estimate at more than $11,000, and one count of theft valued at less than $100,000.   One of the juveniles was 17 at the time of the incident and thus was charged as a juvenile. According to a Berlin Police Department press release issued Wednesday, the investigation revealed 36 separate victims, including the Town of Berlin, which had one vehicle, 10 electric meters and four trashcans damaged.   Three buildings and 33 additional cars were spray painted during the incident that spanned a dozen streets: Ann Court, Ann Drive, Branch Street, Buttercup Court, Harrison Ave, Henry’s Mill, Littleworth...
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Dramatic exit marks Pines budget meeting

Posted On: 2/12/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Feb. 12, 2015) Down two directors at the beginning of the meeting and three at the end, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors on Saturday soldiered on during an impassioned budget session that saw one director walk out in frustration. Still, progress was made as the board met for the first time to suggest specific changes to General Manager Bob Thompson’s proposed $10.9 million fiscal year 2016 budget. Treasurer Jack Collins and Director Bill Cordwell were out of town during the meeting, and the remaining five directors reviewed dozens of alterations. “The most rationales to go down were [Vice President] Marty’s [Clarke], along with some of mine and some of [Parliamentarian] Tom’s [Terry]” Board President Dave Stevens said. “We’re still at, I wouldn’t say in impasse, but we’re still considering some things.” Terry did say that the board “got a lot of things settled.” “I think we stayed focused...
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Officers installed during December Pineā€™eer meeting

Posted On: 2/12/15
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(Feb. 12, 2015) During its December holiday luncheon, the Pine’eer Craft Club installed officers for 2015.   The officers are: President, Sharon Puser; First Vice President, Janet Rosensteel; Second Vice President, Lois Schultz; Recording Secretary, Linda Brindley; Corresponding Secretary, Louise Lassiter; Treasurer, Jane Wolnik; Assistant Treasurer, Grace McCormac; Shop Manager, Jacki Kollar; Shop Treasurer, Luz Castillo and Assistant Shop Treasurer, Barbara Stilwell. The club will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Ocean Pines Community Center. Refreshments will be served at 9:45 a.m. followed by a business meeting at 10 a.m. Following the meeting, the group will work on beaded bracelets. Each month a different craft or activity is planned. The Pine’eer Craft Club also operates the Pine’eer Gift Shop located between the Ocean Pines Community Center and White Horse Park. The shop will re-open in March with handmade and hand-crafted items. ...
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Federal regs. threaten operations at WCDC

Posted On: 2/12/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Feb. 12, 2015) Worcester County Developmental Center in Newark is fighting new federal regulations that threaten to compromise the ability of the center, and similar ones statewide, to assist people with disabilities with vocational training. While the state is developing a plan to comply with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ rule on Home and Community Based Services [CMS], the developmental center is requesting letters of support during the public comment period that ends Feb. 15. “CMS provides approximately half of the funding for services to people with disabilities across the country,” Jack Ferry, the center’s executive director said in a statement. “States do not want to take any chances with this large amount of money. CMS wants people with disabilities to be more integrated into the community and so do we. However, all people with a disability are being painted with a broad stroke, which could jeopardize individual choice.”...
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