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Golf event needs donors, sponsors

Posted On: 7/20/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 20, 2017) The sixth annual Mary McMullen Memorial Golf Tournament set for Aug. 4, has sold out for the fourth consecutive year. Organizer Tim McMullen said the tournament is still seeking hole sponsors and donations, including gift cards, from area businesses for use in a silent auction. His late wife, Mary McMullen, who passed away in 2012, was a special education teacher at Severna Park High School and Ruth Eason School. She was a founder of the Ocean Pines Youth Program, an administrator at the Maryland School for the Deaf and president of the Old Mill Booster’s Club. Proceeds from the tournament, held each year at the Ocean Pines Country Club, will be awarded to organizations, including the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, Our Brother’s Keeper, Seton Keough High School, Holy Angels Catholic School and Camp St. Vincent De Paul.   The nonprofit Mary Mac Foundation also sponsors two scholarships for special education students established in Mary McMulle...
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Pines candidates speak out on controversial pool topic

Posted On: 7/20/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

 (July 20, 2017) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors announced last Monday it would end the decades-old policy of restricting the use of the Oasis pool, adjacent to the community yacht club to adults only. A vote, held in a closed session following an open session on Sunday, July 9, was unanimous. Interim General Manager Brett Hill issued a statement last week that the decision was made “after exhaustive research by [Ocean Pines’] legal firm, Lerch, Early, and Brewer.” He said the former adults-only policy violated state and federal laws in part because of Ocean Pines’ tax-exempt status. “There was not a strong demand for change, but there has been significant dialogue regarding the legality of the operation, which prompted OPA attorney involvement,” Hill wrote. “The decision agreed to … was the recommendation of counsel, which was approved unanimously by the board. “As far as a time, the board took prompt acti...
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Volunteers share their experiences at OC’s Diakonia

Posted On: 7/20/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 20, 2017) Diakonia has operated for decades under the slogan, “Help for Today and Hope for Tomorrow,” providing emergency and transitional housing – along with a number of other services – for men, women and families on the Lower Eastern Shore. The West Ocean City nonprofit is run by a small, paid staff, but it’s largely the more than 100 volunteers who each day work with people in need and keep the operation going. Ocean City resident Jackie Disharoon has been with Diakonia since 1980, after reading a newspaper article stating the shelter needed nonperishable food. “I said, ‘I understand you’re asking for nonperishable food, but don’t you feed people there every night? Would you like a couple homemade loaves of bread for tomorrow night?’” she said. “They said they would love it, so I decided I would do that on the 25th of every month to celebrate Christmas.” Today, Disharoon bakes three dozen coo...
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Berlin Historic District expansion?

Posted On: 7/20/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 20, 2017) Berlin Historic District Chairwoman Carol Rose wants to see the district expanded, albeit only slightly, to include homes built in the 1800s and early 1900s. She said if that was done, it would be with input from the homeowners and with the goal of preserving historic homes — not imposing a series of prohibitive rules. Commission Vice Chairman Robert Poli said during a meeting on July 5 that he wanted to include more than a dozen streets and to expand the district proportionally as the town expands, including homes built as recently as the 1960s. Rose recently discussed that and several other issues with Town Administrator Laura Allen, in what she called a productive meeting. “What I would like to see is the homes on down North Main Street, and there are a few on Vine Street and Bay Street that are really, really old [included in the Historic District],” Rose said. “I’d like to see anything that was built in the 1800s to the early 1...
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Senior volunteers wanted for SHORE UP! youth program

Posted On: 7/20/17
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 (July 20, 2017) SHORE UP! Inc.’s Foster Grandparent Program is recruiting low- to moderate-income senior citizens ages 55 and older to volunteer with children/youth in Berlin, Crisfield, Easton and Eden. Foster grandparents are also needed in the Beaver Run School District in Salisbury. Serving as mentors, role models and friends, the foster grandparents often work with children/youth in pre-school or elementary schools. Qualified applicants receive a tax-free stipend.  Call 410-749-1142, ext. 354 for more information. At SHORE UP! (Self-Help On Rural Economics & Urban Problems) Inc., no person shall on the grounds of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of or otherwise be subject to discrimination in the provision of any care, service or admission. For more information, contact Joyce Farrare, Foster Grandparent Program project director at 410-749-1142, ext. 354.
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Second OPA candidate forum this Saturday

Posted On: 7/20/17
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(July 20, 2017) The Ocean Pines Elections Committee has modified the format of the second Ocean Pines Candidates’ Forum, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 22 at 10 a.m. in the Assateague Room of the Ocean Pines Community Center, to provide more interaction among the Board of Directors candidates.   Unlike the first forum this election season, the four candidates – Colette Horn, Nicole Schafer Crosariol, Doug Parks and Marty Clarke – will submit questions they would like to ask candidates to discuss. Candidates will have two minutes to answer each question.  After all four candidates have given their two-minute response, each candidate will be given one minute for a rebuttal/comment. This is a modification from the candidates’ forum that took place on June 21. The format for the question-and-answer session will be similar to previous forums in that the candidates will be asked questions in a rotating order. Each candidate will also have an opportu...
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Snow Hill making progress with Main Street program

Posted On: 7/20/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(July 20, 2017) Snow Hill’s Main Street Committee held an organizational meeting to last Tuesday at the Old Firehouse on Green Street, hoping to kick start downtown revitalization. Michael Day, economic development consultant, announced last fall that Snow Hill was accepted to the recently created Main Street Maryland Affiliate Program sponsored through the Department of Housing and Community Development. According to its website, the state program provides “funding and technical support for towns seeking to revitalize traditional business districts.” The affiliate status was created for communities interested in, but not yet prepared to become full members. Day said based on early indicators the state would like to see Snow Hill move beyond affiliate membership. “They would like us to become a full fledged Main Street member,” he said. From his past experience participating in the Main Street program during his tenure as economic development coordin...
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OPA anniversary committee preps fundraising plans

Posted On: 7/20/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 20, 2017) Dates and details for four events celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ocean Pines became clearer on Monday, as a committee organizing the observances also worked toward firming ideas for soliciting sponsorships. A sign ceremony using designs from recent contest winner Lisa Perez will be held on Jan. 6. The plan, for now, is to unveil the new 50th anniversary logo at the north and south gate, followed by a cocktail reception at the Ocean Pines Country Club.   Perez was announced as the contest winner in June and attended the meeting on Monday. She said she thought the contemporary design of the logo was “a bit of a risk” and revealed her submission was sent in at literally the next to the last minute before the official deadline. “It was fresh, it was different, and we appreciated it,” committee member Sharyn O’Hare said. “We had a lot of good entries.” “I’m very, very excited, so thank you very much,R...
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Heritage arts programs for kids provide creative lessons

Posted On: 7/20/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(July 20, 2017) Creating hands-on crafts, while instilling an appreciation for the past, is the goal of the Heritage Arts for Kids program at the Julia A. Purnell Museum in Snow Hill. Dr. Cindy Byrd, the museum’s executive director, said the summertime program, which kicked off on July 12, runs for five consecutive Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. The cost is free for children ages 12 and under, but all youngsters must be accompanied by an adult, paying regular $3 admission. Museum members participate at no additional cost. Byrd, who noted the Berlin-Ocean City Optimist Club reimburses the museum for the children’s admission fee, said a different activity is offered each week, albeit with a recurring theme. “Each craft is trying to make a connection to the museum … something that connects to the history in the museum,” she said. On July 26 children will have the opportunity to make stained glass candles. The museum building at 208 West Market Street, which ...
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Popular weekly summer events return to OP

Posted On: 7/20/17
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(July 20, 2017) As summer heats up in Ocean Pines, three popular weekly events offered by the Recreation and Parks Department return for the season, and all are open to the public. Movies in the Park are presented every Monday at 8 p.m. in White Horse Park, located at 235 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines.  A different free family-friendly movie will be shown every week through Aug. 22. Concessions will be for sale.   This year’s movie line-up includes “The Secret Life of Pets” on July 24, “The Jungle Book” (1967) on July 31, “Trolls” on Aug. 7 and “The Lion King” on Aug. 14. The final summer movie will be held on Aug. 21 with a showing of “Moana.” The Oasis Pool (formerly known as the Yacht Club Pool), located at 1 Mumford’s Landing Road in Ocean Pines, will once again open up for families Wednesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. through Aug. 23. Games, contests and music will be part of the fun, and food and b...
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