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Sixth Blues on the Bay aids Hospice

Posted On: 9/4/14
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OCEAN CITY–Beach lovers may be singing the blues as summer ends, but that doesn’t mean the good times are over. Blues on the Bay is an annual September party on the bay that raises the roof on fun and also raises money for a great cause, Coastal Hospice at the Ocean. Now in its seventh year, Blues on the Bay raised $65,000 in 2013 for the capital campaign to build Coastal Hospice at the Ocean. Blues on the Bay will be held at Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill on 54th Street, bayside, in Ocean City on Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 6-9 p.m. Singer and saxophonist Everett Spells will provide the musical entertainment, and tickets include an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a front-row view of the sunset over the bay. Macky’s owners are, Walter “Macky” Stansell, a member of the Coastal Hospice Board of Directors, and his wife, Pam, a generous advocate of Coastal Hospice for many years. The Stansells were primary contributors to the purchase of the la...
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Special tea to honor lives of five extraordinary county women

Posted On: 9/4/14
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WORCESTER COUNTY - The Worcester County Commission for Women, in conjunction with the Friends of the Worcester County Commission for Women, will be celebrating the lives of five extraordinary Worcester County women at a special Tea on Oct. 19 at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club, from 3-5 p.m. The tea honors local women whose exemplary lives have influenced others to contribute to Worcester County’s history in various ways. Women to be honored this year are: Patricia Dufendach of Berlin, Suzanne Hurley of Ocean City, Laura Morrison of Pocomoke City, Janet Simpson of Snow Hill, and Mary Yenney of Ocean Pines.   These honorees will share their life experiences at the event, resulting in a DVD that captures their interviews conducted by Jack Barnes. This history DVD will be presented to all branches within the Worcester County Library system and may be viewed in the future to serve as an inspiration to other women. For reservations, checks should be made payable to FWCCW and maile...
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Candidate public forum set for Sept. 17 at OP Library

Posted On: 9/4/14
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OCEAN PINES–The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee invites the public to participate in a Worcester County Commissioner Candidate Public Forum on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Library, 11107 Cathell Road, Ocean Pines. All candidates running for Commissioner seats in Worcester County have been invited to answer questions posed from the Ocean Pines Chamber Legislative Committee and the public. Participating candidates will be on hand to address issues affecting the communities.   For more information, contact the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce at  410-641-5306.  
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Parking issues still has town facing gridlock

Posted On: 8/28/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Parking can be a major headache in any small town, especially those that depend on a thriving, historic Main Street that predates modern drivers and automobiles. In Berlin, shoppers and shopkeepers have sounded off recently about the lack of downtown parking and the abuse by some of the town’s relaxed ticketing policy. Resident Dimitra Cousois says the people who live in downtown apartments share the frustration caused by increased traffic and the decreased availability of regular parking spaces. Cousois worked at the Atlantic Hotel from 2002-2004 and said she never had a problem finding parking. When she moved back to the area in May, things were different. “The problem with the parking is really Monday through Friday before 5 p.m.,” she said. “If I leave and come back I can’t find a place to park, so I’m really thankful that the town doesn’t tow.” Last Thursday Cousois counted six cars outside of her Main Street apar...
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Town leaders already missing Paula Lynch

Posted On: 8/28/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– For more than a quarter century Paula Lynch has been a guiding and stabilizing force on the Town Council. When Lynch announced this month that she would not seek reelection, Berlin’s Mayor Gee Williams and several members of the council and staff of the town reflected on her 26-year legacy. “She has always provided a steady hand on the tiller as Berlin has navigated through both good times and bad,” Williams said. “I personally have always relied on her good judgment and natural instincts to consider the long-term implications of anything the town does. She always tried to anticipate not only the things you can foresee, but also unforeseen consequences. I think that she is an outstanding role model for anyone who is contemplating public service because of the way she leads by example. “She doesn’t speak as often as some councilmembers, but when she does she always has something substantive to say,” Williams continued. “...
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Berlin Chamber yet to designate new exec. director

Posted On: 8/28/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The Chamber of Commerce’s search for a new executive director could be heating up, as the current director’s tenure comes to an end this month. Joya Mattie, hired last year, will serve as the Berlin Chamber’s Executive Director until Aug. 29. The Chamber has yet to name a replacement. “We’re in the process,” said Chamber President Tom Sholtis. “We had the executive board meeting, but we’ve not made any decisions yet. We are working to get the vacancy filled. We’re going through some candidates, and we have numerous people to interview and consider for the position.” The Chamber has not imposed a deadline to fill the position, and Sholtis indicated someone could briefly fill the role on an interim basis. Although she is unsure of her next role, Mattie said she would like to continue working with the town in some function. “I’m not 100 percent sure yet,” she said. “I’ve applie...
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Berlin allocates $7,500 to Development Center

Posted On: 8/28/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The Mayor and Council presented a grant for $7,500 to Worcester County Development Center during a meeting on Monday, Aug. 25. Executive Director Jack Ferry spoke about the Newark-based nonprofit, which assists adults with developmental disabilities. “You are the coolest town in America – I’m here to tell you about the coolest and best people in the world,” Ferry said. WCDC, operating for more than 41 years, moved into a new facility in January. The nonprofit offers day programs, vocational training, supported employment, food and residential services and individual support. “It’s all about our quality of life,” Ferry said. “Our mission with our clients is to help them achieve the highest level of economic and social independence. There’s a reason why we have economic first – if you don’t have that dollar you don’t have any independence. You don’t have any choice if you don’t have t...
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Grants totalling $1.9 mill. to go to stormwater upgrades

Posted On: 8/28/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The town won a major stormwater victory on Tuesday as they announced a more than $1.9 million grant proposal was accepted by federal and state agencies. Stormwater has been an important issue in Berlin for more than 20 years. The town established the stormwater utility in 2013 and began improvements on West Street. In May, a public hearing was held during a Mayor and Council meeting regarding the Hudson Branch Stormwater Project, a proposal that included substantial improvements on Flower and Williams streets in two stages, as well as improvements near Graham, Grice and Nelson streets in additional phases. To fund the project Berlin applied for $800,000 in Community Development Block Grant money, as well as $874,048 in Federal Emergency Management Agency grants. On Tuesday the town announced the $1.9 million in grants, coming from three government agencies. Berlin received a $165,000 grant from FEMA, $800,000 in CDBG funds and a $962,000 grant from the Maryland De...
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Delmarva curtain to open soon for ‘Macbeth’

Posted On: 8/28/14
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DELMARVA - Brown Box Theatre Project’s fourth annual Free Shakespeare at the Beach tour will travel throughout Delmarva to bring an outdoor presentation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy “Macbeth” to area schools and local communities free of charge. Shakespeare’s spellbinding vision of ambition, treachery, mystery and magic will be conjured up this September in a three-week tour throughout a dozen locations on the Delmarva Peninsula. In these free outdoor performances, theatre newcomers and Shakespeare devotees alike will witness the rise and fall of Macbeth, the renowned war hero who murders and usurps his rightful king after a fateful encounter with a trio of infernal witches. Kyler Taustin, an Eastern Shore native, founded Brown Box Theatre Project in 2010 with the goal of enlivening the region’s theatre scene by bringing the performing arts to audiences who ordinarily lack access to live theatre. “We are proud to continue our tradition...
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Wings & Wheels Expo scheduled for city’s airport

Posted On: 8/28/14
Written By: Clara Vaughn, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

WEST OCEAN CITY - The Ocean City Aviation Association and Ocean City Municipal Airport are back with their Wings & Wheels Expo, bringing more than 200 privately owned aircraft, custom cars and antique military vehicles to the Ocean City airport tomorrow, Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public will have a chance to talk to the owners of the vehicles and craft who travel from around the region to attend the event now in its second year, said Steve Habeger, a member of the OCAA. “The beauty of Wings & Wheels is you can meet people with their own airplanes who fly them,” Habeger said. “It’s really a neat day.” Around 500 attended the inaugural Wings & Wheels event last year, which featured about 50 cars and more than a dozen aircraft, he said. This year’s event will be even bigger with an estimated 15 aircraft from three classes (modern, antique and experimental) as well as approximately 200 cars in five classes (antique, classic, cu...
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