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Foundation donates $250K to Berlin hospice

Posted On: 1/15/15
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(Jan. 15, 2015) Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care this week announced that the Homer & Martha Gudelsky Foundation has given $250,000 to support the campaign to build Coastal Hospice at the Ocean. This is the foundation’s second gift to the campaign. In 2013, it made a grant of $50,000 to Coastal Hospice at the Ocean. The Gudelsky gift will be commemorated in the naming of the Family Room at the new facility. The Family Room will be part of the care offered as a warm and inviting place where the family and friends of residents can gather and relax. The projected cost to build Coastal Hospice at the Ocean is $5 million, and with the Gudelsky gift, the total raised toward the project to date is $2.8 million, exceeding the halfway mark. “This generous gift to our capital campaign takes us one step closer to breaking ground on this much-needed care facility that will serve the entire Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland,” said Alane Capen, president of Coastal Hospi...
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Wor. commission seeking noms for Women of Tomorrow

Posted On: 1/15/15
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(Jan. 15, 2015) The Women of Tomorrow Awards honor young women who have made significant and outstanding contributions to their communities.   The awards are based on community service, demonstrated leadership, commitment to and pursuit of academic and future goal achievements. The Worcester County Commission for Women seeks nominations for young women who will be recognized as Women of Tomorrow at the Women’s History Month Luncheon to be held on March 18, at the Clarion Hotel on 101st Street in Ocean City. The women will be honored in three groups: Grades 7-8, Grades 9-10 and Grades 11-12. Two awards are given for each grade level, first place and honorable mention. Nomination forms may be obtained by calling L. Eloise Henry-Gordy at 443-235-3214. Nominations are due no later than Jan. 31. 
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Copy Central collecting Valentines to honor veterans

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(Jan. 15, 2015) Start the year off by thanking a veteran for his or her service with a Valentine card.   For the 15th year, cards will be sent to four veteran rehab medical centers to thank them for their sacrifices and to let them know they are loved, appreciated and not forgotten.  All area schools, clubs, businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to participate with purchased cards (no youth cards), but homemade cards are particularly appreciated.  No postage is necessary, and the card is addressed to “A Veteran.” Through the generosity of Linda Dearing and the Copy Central staff, the cards, plus some candy, will be delivered to Charlotte Hall Veterans Hospital, Baltimore Rehab Center, Baltimore VA Medical Center and Perry Point Hospital.    Drop off locations are: Re/Max Office, 11049 Racetrack Road, Ocean Pines; Copy Central, Cathell Road, Ocean Pines; the Ocean Pines Library, the Ocean Pines Community Center and Recreation and P...
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MSP Berlin barrack last to join MD FiRST system

Posted On: 1/15/15
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(Jan. 15, 2015) Maryland has launched efforts to build a statewide radio system and a computer-aided dispatch/records management system to replace obsolete or nonexistent systems for the state’s public safety agencies. The system also will provide a statewide infrastructure available for local governments. On Jan. 7, the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack became the last barrack on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to become active on the system. The state is continuing to build MD FiRST, Maryland’s first statewide interoperable radio system. Even though the terrorist attack on Sept. 11 2001 showed the need for interoperable communications for first responders, only now does Maryland have a statewide radio system despite decades of efforts. The system covers the entire Eastern Shore and parts of central Maryland. The network is wired to allow first responders to connect in counties covering 55 percent of the state’s population. The first phase provided coverage t...
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‘I think the people should know’

Posted On: 1/8/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan. 8, 2015) “I really don’t like to talk about this part of the invasion, because it’s awful gruesome,” John Sauer said. Sauer, 90, sat calmly in his easy chair in a modest apartment at the Gull Creek Retirement Community in Berlin. His voice was grave, but clear, with a hint of a Baltimore accent. “I’ve never told anybody about it,” he said. “I’ve told them about different things, but I never told them the gruesome part of the invasion – how bad it was. I think the people should know.” Sauer was one of the 24,000 American, British and Canadian troops who landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day. Born in Baltimore City, Sauer originally received an exemption from the draft due to his duties at the Glenn L. Martin Company. “I worked there building airplanes,” he said. “All my friends were leaving and I was the only one there, so I asked the supervisor, ‘What do I do that I c...
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Pines infighting continues ahead of golf showdown

Posted On: 1/8/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan. 8, 2015) Contention continued among the members of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors this week, as a new set of internal memos suggests unrest between several members. Director Sharyn O’Hare came under fire from board President Dave Stevens after sending an email stating she had heard about support for current course manager Billy Casper Golf, but had not seen any actual letters. “We need the golfers to send those emails to the directors in the next two weeks,” O’Hare wrote. O’Hare added that a special meeting was set for Jan. 9 and that she hoped “we can get the golfers out in force for that meeting … I think this meeting will be informative and important for all the golfers.” Board President Dave Stevens accused O’Hare of “rallying the troops.” “This is not a new thing for Sharon [sic] whether it be golfers or the clubs committee, or any other group, who given the right amount of misinf...
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Sharp switch saves Ocean Pines pool thousands on gas

Posted On: 1/8/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan 8, 2015) The Ocean Pines Association signed a new deal to heat the Sports Core pool in December, switching propane carriers from Sandpiper Energy to Sharp Energy. In the deal, the community stands to save several thousands of dollars on utility costs each month. Both companies are subsidiaries of parent company Chesapeake Utilities. The notion to switch first came up during a public meeting in November, when General Manager Bob Thompson reported on the high utility costs at the pool. “In late November, it came to our attention that we were paying $2.96 cents a gallon, commercial rate, to Sandpiper,” OPA Vice President Marty Clarke said. “A couple of phone calls later I discovered we were paying twice as much as everybody else in town was asking.” Clarke said the board directed Thompson to investigate. “He came back with some really great rates,” Clarke said. Thompson declined to give specific numbers, citing fluid fuel costs, but sai...
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Pines Anglers Club awards cash prizes in contest

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(Jan. 8, 2015) The Ocean Pines Anglers Club announced the 2014 fishing contest winners during its final meeting of the year. Winners were presented a cash prize and certificate. Winners were: Eric Bruder, 20-inch large mouth bass; Larry Eberly, 27 1/4-inch flounder; John Jewer, 19-inch bluefish (tie); Bill Bundy, 15-inch fresh water trout, 19-inch bluefish (tie); Kevin Welkner, 19-inch tautog, 19 1/4-inch Weakfish; Greg Donahue, 44-inch striped bass and Clifford Moore, 18-inch black sea bass.
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Berlin defends purchase of Tyson plant

Posted On: 1/8/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan. 8, 2015) While many people cheered the town’s purchase of the former Tyson Chicken plant in Berlin, with intention to transform the former “eyesore” into a massive public park, some in the community criticized the $2.75 million buy as extravagant and superfluous. The property, on Old Ocean City Road across from Burley Oak Brewing Company, has been dormant for more than a decade after functioning as a chicken processing plant. Berlin Mayor Gee Williams said the town has always endured criticism, during periods of growth, when pursuing ambitious public projects. “It might as well be 1975,” he said. “These are the same things I’ve heard forever. There are people who believe in the town and believe the town should invest in itself, and there are people who do not. And that will never change. “The majority of the people in the town have to decide, after working so hard to get where we are, is now the time to stop? Now that opport...
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Growth, traffic woes loom over annexation

Posted On: 1/8/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan. 8, 2015) When the Berlin Mayor and Council voted to begin the annexation process of a 120-acre parcel of land at 9828 Seahawk Road in December, the town officially entered a lengthy process that could add as many as 900 new apartments and thousands of new residents over a 15-20 year period. Developer Rinnier Properties, the current landowner, plans to build a series of “market rate” apartments in four phases, beginning with a 144-unit complex next year. Before construction can begin, however, the town is required to advertise the move and hold a public hearing. District 1 Councilmember Troy Purnell came out in favor of the annexation, saying, “I’ve been looking forward to some growth [in Berlin] for some time now.” Purnell served on the county planning commission when annexation and development, rumored for at least a decade, was originally discussed. “The previous developer, he just couldn’t get the traction going to get the job do...
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