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May Day Play Day features music, games, beer garden

Posted On: 5/7/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 7, 2015) Four bands, one beer garden and a handful of carnival games geared toward families highlight this year’s May Day Play Day in Berlin on Friday. This year’s event, the fifth annual, also coincides with the town’s 2nd Friday art stroll, and will feature a live radio broadcast from host Ocean 98. “That’s how it started,” organizer Brendan Kashuba (“DJ BK”), said. “We started it on year one as a Friday event. Last year we did a Saturday afternoon event and the town and the radio station and everyone agreed to go back to the Friday night this year.” Part of the decision, Kashuba said, was made because the town saw a bigger potential boost to the local economy on Friday evening. “The town has a very unique relationship with the radio station, and the radio station likes to support the people who support us,” Kashuba said. “Really, the whole idea behind it is to deliver a free family-friendly...
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Ocean City’s 25th annual Springfest kicks off May 7

Posted On: 5/7/15
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(May 7, 2015) Springfest, a four-day festival featuring food, live musical entertainment and arts and crafts, kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday in the inlet parking lot in downtown Ocean City. “Springfest celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, which makes it a part of Ocean City history and it is fitting that it resides over Mother’s Day weekend,” said Frank Miller, Special Events superintendent for the Town of Ocean City. “There’s no better place to pull the family together and bring mom out for the day to enjoy her family with shopping, music, food and the fun of Ocean City’s Boardwalk and beach.” The first 500 moms to enter Springfest will receive a button pin with the 25th anniversary logo and a carnation. “We hope to see lots of moms coming down this year,” Miller said. Admission is free to Springfest, although headlining musical acts required tickets, but they are already sold out. The festival is in full swi...
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Berlin plans ribbon cutting for 113 crosswalk

Posted On: 5/7/15
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(May 7, 2015) The Town of Berlin has scheduled a ribbon-cutting for the new countdown crosswalk signal recently installed at the intersection of Bay Street extended and Route 113 for 11 a.m. Friday. The public is invited to join the event. “We are gathering at Henry Park on Flower Street and walking over to the intersection for a brief ceremony to mark the completion of the project,” said Mayor Gee Williams. “This is an example of something good that will permanently benefit the community coming out of a terrible tragedy,” he said, referring to the Nov. 8, 2013 fatal crash involving a state police cruiser and pedestrian Tymeir Dennis. Dennis’s brother Tyheym Bowen was also injured during the incident. Patricia Dufendach, chairperson of the Berlin Pedestrian Safety Committee, led the community effort to get the countdown crosswalk in place.   “This really was a communitywide effort,” she said. “We had over 1,000 signatures on our...
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OP rec dept. invites children to mountain bike

Posted On: 5/7/15
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(May 7, 2015) Ocean Pines may be flat, but local children can still get a taste of mountain biking during the community’s “Take a Kid Mountain Biking” day on Saturday, May 9 from noon to 2 p.m. in Bainbridge Park. This free event will offer children ages 8 and up and their parents the opportunity to ride bikes off-road in a fun, non-competitive environment. It is presented by the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department and the Eastern Shore International Mountain Biking Association. Participants will learn the ABCs – air, breaks and chain – of bike riding. They will also get to try a basic skills course and then ride the bike trails that weave through Bainbridge Park in Ocean Pines. Tres Denk and other members of the Eastern Shore International Mountain Biking Association will be on hand to offer helmet checks and instruction. Snacks will also be provided. Children and parents riding should bring helmets, bikes, gloves and closed-toe shoes. A limi...
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Assateague Coastal Trust 16th annual festival, May 9

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(May 7, 2015) For the 16th year, Assateague Coastal Trust will offer a selection of native flowering perennials, heirloom tomatoes, herbs and local crafts at its annual festival. This year, the event will again take place next to ACT’s office, steps from the corner of Old Ocean City Boulevard and North Main Street in Berlin on Saturday, May 9, the day before Mother’s Day. The festival, which also features nature-inspired crafts, runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. “It is always a good idea, however, to place plant orders in advance,” said ACT President Ken Wolf. “That guarantees that gardeners (and moms) will get the best of the plants that come from our growers.” Advance order forms are available at www.actforbays.org or by calling 410-629-1538. Orders may be placed directly through the website. All plants are chosen because of their drought resistance and their natural ability to adapt to local gardening conditions. Native plant gardens require less ...
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DG heading to zoning appeals board

Posted On: 4/30/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 30, 2015) The clash over a potential Dollar General store on Old Ocean City Road near Healthway Drive in Berlin is headed back to the town’s board of zoning appeals after a Worcester County Circuit Court judge decided on behalf of the developer last Thursday. According to court documents, Attorney B. Randall Coates, representing Oxford Chase Development Inc., argued that the site plan rejection by Berlin’s planning commission in March was without merit, and that the town’s board of appeals should hear the matter. Oxford Chase on Dec. 12 formally requested a building permit from the town for the construction of retail store in a commercial zone. The Berlin planning commission on March 11 unanimously recommended that Planning Director Dave Engelhart deny the zoning certificate because of traffic problems its members argued would be caused by granting the property access to Route 346. Engelhart did just that, citing a town code section involving highway corrid...
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Dir. Sharyn O’Hare opts against OPA board reelection bid

Posted On: 4/30/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 30, 2015) After three years in office that featured significant changes in the community’s political landscape, Ocean Pines Association Director Sharyn O’Hare will not be running for reelection to the board of directors. At least partially responsible for her decision is what she sees as an increasingly confrontational board of directors bent on trying to run the community on a day-to-day basis. O’Hare, 67, moved to Ocean Pines in 1975 and began practicing real estate four years later. Both of her children were born in the community. Her inadvertent journey into politics began with her involvement in the community’s 35th anniversary celebration in 2003. After organizers raised more money than they needed, the excess dollars were put toward the Worcester County Veteran’s Memorial, established in 2005. O’Hare co-chaired the effort, along with the late Roseanne Bridgman. “I did that for the community and it was just a labor of love,&...
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April Child Abuse Awareness Month

Posted On: 4/30/15
Written By: Josh Davis Staff Writer

(April 30, 2015) As part of its efforts during Child Abuse Awareness Month, the Life Crisis Center in Salisbury is driving home the message to residents in Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties that silence is never the right answer when it comes to potential instances of child abuse. Executive Director Michele Hughes said there are plenty of tools to assist victims of child abuse, starting with child advocacy centers such as Cricket Center in Berlin, which serves all of Worcester County. “A child advocacy center is sort of an agreement among a very specific group of people who come to together to make a decision that they’re going to treat child abuse in a way that means that children are heard, they’re believed and they’re treated,” Hughes said. “That’s what they do at the Cricket Center. The law enforcement and the child protective services do the investigations, and they do it in a way which is very sensitive to how children react ...
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Cedar Chapel, WCDC await regs.

Posted On: 4/30/15
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Staff Writer

(April 30, 2015) New philosophies in the way disabled adults enter into and maintain employment could force major changes in the way students at the Cedar Chapel Special School are taught and adults at the Worcester County Developmental Center gain employment. Of course, it first boils down to funding. “The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services contributes 50 percent of the funding for disabled adults,” Jack Ferry, executive director of the developmenalt center, said, “and since they contribute so much money they have decided to start making rules.” The Affordable Care Act mandates this change and Maryland has until 2019 to develop an implementation plan. Both the WCDC and Cedar Chapel school, as well as the Eastern Shore delegation in the Maryland Assembly, have written letters in support of the existing system. Currently, students at the school follow a needs-based curriculum designed to prepare them to enter the workforce or continue development at WC...
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Nonprofits make pitches in Berlin

Posted On: 4/30/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 30, 2015) A week after Berlin officials released a budget draft showing a potential $15,000 increase in appropriations for nonprofits, the mayor and Town Council fielded pitches by three such groups during their Monday night meeting. All told, the draft includes $35,000 set aside for appropriations to nonprofits. “I have to say that we’re very selective,” Mayor Gee Williams said during the meeting. “The council tries to do our best to choose nonprofits that specifically … do things much more efficiently, much better, [and are] much more qualified to fill these needs than government.” Cricket Center Program Manager Wendy Myers spoke first for the Berlin-based child advocacy foundation. The center, which covers all of Worcester County, has served more than 600 area children since opening its doors in 2009. “Child sexual abuse is a crime of secrecy,” Myers said. “Immediate psychological affects of child sexual abuse [inc...
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