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Berlin spray paint suspects face trial Friday

Posted On: 6/18/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(June 18, 2015) Nearly six months after a nighttime spray painting spree shocked Berlin residents, two suspects will go to trial in Worcester County District Court on Friday morning on 40 vandalism-related charges that resulted in $11,276 in damages. The defendants, Nick Bonser, 18, of Berlin, and Jordan Denton, 18, of Ocean City, face 39 charges of malicious destruction of property and one count of theft less than $100. The theft charge is believed to be in conjunction with the spray paint itself, taken from a nearby Wal-Mart shortly before the incident occurred on the evening of Jan. 25. According to the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s office, an unnamed juvenile suspect entered into a plea bargain and submitted a plea of “involved” to all 40 charges. The state’s attorney may only discuss outcomes when dealing with juvenile cases, so sentencing recommendations and details are unavailable. In February, Berlin Police reported 36 separate victims, ...
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OPA candidate Trendic using ads to insert levity

Posted On: 6/18/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(June 18, 2015) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors isn’t exactly known for its energetic sense of humor, so it’s worth noting when a candidate for office attempts to bring a lighter touch during a political campaign. That’s exactly what Belgrade, Yugoslavia native Slobodan Trendic, 59, is attempting to do with a series of colorful, cartoony signs posted around the community. “I’m trying to maintain a little sense of humor because all too often the board members and others really take things too seriously, which really causes friction and confrontation,” he said. “I’m trying to do my best to avoid that, and I think as the community members drive around and notice my signs, they will speak for themselves what is so different about me. “Like President Lincoln’s old motto said, use your humor to entertain your friends and disarm your adversaries,” Trendic added. “That’s going to be my style.”...
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Candidate Jacobs brings impressive resume to OPA race

Posted On: 6/18/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(June 18, 2015) Newcomer Cheryl Jacobs is painting herself as a fresh face in this year’s race for the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors, but the current special council to Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has no shortage of experience in both the public and private sector. Born and raised in Hagerstown, Jacobs, 67, is the former assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore City and boasts additional experience working for several Fortune 500 companies, including Verizon and AT&T. Jacobs was part of a legal delegation that traveled to China in 2002 and previously served as president of the Maryland State Women’s Bar Association, commissioner of the 2011 Worcester County Commission for Women, president of the Friends of the Worcester County Commission for Women, and director on several HOA boards in Ocean City and Baltimore. She also earned the rank of major in the Maryland Defense Force, which Jacobs called “the modern equivalent of the Marylan...
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OP lifeguards exempt from OT pay

Posted On: 6/18/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

 (June 18, 2015) Ocean Pines, using a loophole in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) established by the U.S. Department of Labor, plans to exempt a portion of its staff from overtime pay. Specifically, the community will use the FLSA Exemption for Seasonal Amusement or Recreational Establishments to exclude lifeguards from receiving time and a half wages. Ocean Pines General Manager Bob Thompson confirmed the news on Tuesday. “We’re going to extend the opportunity for our lifeguards at our pools, if they’d like to work more than 40 hours, we’re going to extend that opportunity to them,” Thompson said. “We typically wouldn’t pay overtime so we’d limit them to 40 hours, but when we found out the exemption is there, for those that want to work the additional hours to pick up some more pay, this gives them the opportunity to do so.” The alternative, Thompson said, was hiring additional staff to cover the needed hours. R...
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Bruder Hill in Berlin moves closer to $100,000 grant goal

Posted On: 6/18/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(June 18, 2015) Bruder Hill breezed through the first phase of Chase Bank’s Mission Main Street Grants program this week, racking up enough votes to move on to phase two and remain in the running for the $100,000 prize. The Berlin shop needed 250 social media votes by Friday in order to advance. By Tuesday morning, Bruder Hill had amassed 278 votes. Under the contest, 20 winning grant recipients each receive the top cash prize, along with a trip to LinkedIn headquarters, a premier sponsor of the program. Berlin Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells, who also runs the Berlin Main Street program, said she discovered the grant opportunity in her email inbox. “I get a lot of emails because we’re a Main Street, and then I saw that and I sent it out to the businesses hoping at least one of them would want to go for it and Bruder Hill did,” she said. Shelly Bruder, owner of the Berlin boutique, said the opportunity was a no-brainer. “I...
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This Father’s Day, teach a Kid to Fish in Ocean Pines

Posted On: 6/18/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(June 18, 2015) The Ocean Pines Angler’s Club will join the community’s recreation and parks department for Teach a Kid to Fish Day this Saturday at the South Gate Pond, beginning at 9.m. Last year’s event went well, according to organizer Walt Boge, and this year’s event, held the day before Father’s Day, could provide participants with the perfect Norman Rockwell moment in scenic Ocean Pines. “A dad teaching his kid to fish is probably the best way to build a family relationship, but, believe it or not, sometimes the parents and the grandparents learn in addition to what the kids learn,” Boge said. “We had a pretty good turnout last year and the weather held up, so everything went off without a hitch.” Boge estimated the event has been running in Ocean Pines for 10-12 years. “The whole idea of our club is oriented towards fishing and one of our tenets is to try to get kids to enjoy the concept of fishing and join in fi...
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Thompson ready for Sandpiper talks

Posted On: 6/18/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(June 18, 2015) Nearly a week after the Bayside Gazette originally reported that Ocean Pines Association General Manager Bob Thompson was tapped by the board of directors to take over negotiations with Sandpiper Energy, the association officially confirmed the news. A release on Monday stated, “Pursuant to the motion introduced by Director Bill Cordwell, the board went into closed session on June 3, 2015 to discuss a contractual matter pertaining to Sandpiper Energy. As a result of the closed meeting, the Ocean Pines Board of Directors directed the general manager to reopen contract discussions with Sandpiper Energy.” Thompson, on Tuesday, said he was “excited about the opportunity to take over the lead role in an important endeavor for the Ocean Pines Association and its members.” Previously, Thompson said, the board oversaw negotiations.  
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Star Charities’ Western Night returns July 9 at Ocean Downs

Posted On: 6/18/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(June 18, 2015) Ocean Pines-based Star Charities will hold its annual Western Night fundraiser for Parkinson’s research on Thursday, July 9 at the Racetrack Clubhouse at Ocean Downs. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will include a buffet, live harness and simulcast races, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Irv Bromley will emcee and the Frontier Town Dancers will perform. Tickets are $26. “Star Charities is a nonprofit and we’re all volunteers and our purpose is to help the people who suffer,” organizer Anna Foultz said. According to the National Parkinson Foundation, 50,000-60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s are diagnosed each year in the United States, making it the 14th leading cause of death in the nation. Foultz said the disease is prevalent in Ocean Pines. “We’re trying to get money to support research to try and stop it, because there’s no cure,” she said. “It’s a horrible disease, and the money we raise is ...
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OP aquatics hosts ‘World’s Largest Swim Lesson,’ today

Posted On: 6/18/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(June 18, 2015) Ocean Pines Aquatics help set the world record for “World’s Largest Swim Lesson” last year and from 10-10:30 today (Thursday), it will attempt to top its own Guinness record at the Sports Core Pool at 11143 Cathell Road. “This is our second year doing it,” Aquatics Director Colby Phillips said. “You have to register your pool and it’s all the people that are registered around the United States and the world – they all get in the pool at the same time.” Ocean Pines Swim Academy instructor Michelle Hitchens will lead the lesson. “At 10 o’clock sharp, Michelle will get into the water with the kids and their parents, and she just teaches them the basis of swimming and what we would normally do in a 30-minute swimming lesson. It’s a lot of little kids that come for this and the nice thing for us is people see [the facility] and want to do more.” Phillips said last year’s event was well a...
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Dancing Under the Stars, June 20

Posted On: 6/18/15
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(June 18, 2015) Snow Hill’s Arts on the River is returning “Dancing Under the Stars” to Sturgis Park in celebration of the Summer Solstice. On Saturday, June 20 from 8-11 p.m. live music will be provided by 33 1/3 from Lewes, Del. With classic rock, soft rock and a bit of country, this talented group will once again bring music back to the banks of the Pocomoke River.   Tickets cost $10 which includes one free drink ticket. The gates and the full bar will open at 7:30 p.m. Sturgis Park is located on River Street at the Port of Snow Hill. If there is heavy rain the dance will move to the old firehouse on Green Street. Arts on the River is Snow Hill’s Arts & Entertainment District which is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council and sponsors events such as Dancing under the Stars, First Fridays, Shakespeare at the Beach and Blues Jam to provide entertainment to residents and visitors.   For more information, call 410-632-3555.
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