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Berlin Temple Bat Yam helps to facilitate kidney transplant

Posted On: 8/10/17
Written By: Morgan Pilz, Intern

(Aug. 10, 2017) Few people would be willing to donate a kidney to a stranger, but that was the case for Salisbury resident Rachel White, who donated one of her kidneys through Paired Exchange, a national kidney registry, in June. When members of Temple Bat Yam congregation in Berlin received an email written by Ilene Silverman and forwarded by Rabbi Susan Warshaw in January asking if anyone was willing to donate a kidney to her, White knew she needed to help. “For those who’ve known me for a long time, you may or may not remember that I’ve lived my entire life with one kidney,” Silverman said in her letter. “And that one kidney has served me well. In 2005, I was extremely ill with an abdominal blockage, so ill and so much time wasted before a proper diagnosis, my organs (primarily the kidney) had started to shut down! Luckily for me, I was saved in time, surgically repaired and have lived to tell about that experience! However, I do think my strong kidne...
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Helmuth to open new Berlin gallery, Friday

Posted On: 8/10/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 10, 2017) Berlin resident Dana Helmuth hopes to provide a home for overlooked and otherwise under-the-radar artists when he opens the doors of his new gallery, Clearlight Studio, for the first time tomorrow, Friday, during the monthly 2nd Friday art stroll in Berlin. The space, on 16 South Main Street next to the Berlin Visitor’s Center, was formerly home to the Brooklyn Baking Barons. Helmuth, a painter and illustrator, earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore in 1993. He has worked and traveled extensively in the United States and abroad during the last two decades. His work has been published in more than 100 art magazines and he has displayed art in solo and group shows in Baltimore, New York City, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Tokyo and Kathmandu. He also has 20 years of experience as a tattoo artist, working primarily in Baltimore and Manhattan. “Clearlight Studio is my private painting studio as well as...
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Believe in Tomorrow’s Block Party to debut in Berlin, Sat.

Posted On: 8/10/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(Aug. 10, 2017) Live music, vendors, food and games for adults and children are a few of the featured offerings during the inaugural Believe in Tomorrow Block Party, this Saturday from 6-9 p.m., on the streets of Berlin. “This is an opportunity for the Berlin business community and citizens to support a nonprofit organization that provides a service that truly touches the heart,” Berlin Mayor Gee Williams said. “I believe I join many other Berlin area residents in anticipating a strong turnout for what sounds like a delightful evening of family fun.” A guest bartending event at Sisters on Main Street evolved into a Believe in Tomorrow Block Party. “I am hoping it becomes our next big event,” said Wayne Littleton, coordinator for the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Respite Housing Program. “I’ve wanted to do something in Berlin for years.” The inaugural festival will include a range of free activities taking place on Main,...
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Cheers, boos and applause in OPA

Posted On: 8/3/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 3, 2017) Most of the time, meetings of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors are sparsely attended affairs without much in the way of cheering, heckling and rounds of applause. That, however, was not the case last Friday, when all the above occurred. A standing-room-only audience of perhaps several hundred broke into applause at least three-dozen times during the nearly four-hour session, which included a standing ovation for embattled Director Slobodan Trendic. Interim General Manager Brett Hill, on the other hand, was a frequent target of derision by the audience, as was new Board President Dave Stevens. Much of the audience appeared to support Trendic and clubs and aquatics committee member Gary Miller, both of whom have been targeted for removal. A motion to relieve Miller of his committee assignments was on Friday’s agenda, while a plan by Hill to call for a vote to oust Trendic was delayed once again. Meetings to vote on whether to expel Trendic have bee...
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John Bailey named new Ocean Pines general manager

Posted On: 8/3/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 3, 2017) Nearly a year after firing the previous general manager, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors announced last Thursday the selection of his replacement. New hire John Bailey is general manager of the Skyline Plaza condominium association, a community of “two 26-story residential towers surrounded by over 10 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds” in Falls Church, Virginia, according to the official website. He was the general manager of the Brandermill, Virginia development in Richmond, Virginia from 2013-2016, and general manager of the Lake of the Woods homeowner’s association in Locust Grove, Virginia from 2001 to 2009. Ocean Pines released the following statement last Thursday. “After a nationwide search and review of approximately one hundred candidates, the Ocean Pines Association’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of John Bailey for the role of General Manager. “John comes to the Association...
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Pocomoke goes on trash offensive

Posted On: 8/3/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(Aug. 3, 2017) Sprucing up Pocomoke to rid the town of trash and debris is the aim of a new effort initiated by Mayor Bruce Morrison earlier this month. “It doesn’t look very good and the town is really getting in bad shape,” he said. “Even the residents of Pocomoke have come to me and they want me to do something. They’re saying. ‘Bruce it’s time we get this town cleaned up.’” Morrison said a small committee was formed after strategizing with city department heads. They have been tasked with improving the town’s unkempt appearance and instilling a renewed sense of pride in Pocomoke. “Let’s get this town cleaned up and do whatever option we can,” he said. “Let’s start with the downtown and work our way through it.” Last week the new campaign got underway, Morrison said. “We power washed all the sidewalks downtown and we pulled weeds,” he said. The State Highway Administr...
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Snow Hill to host 19th Blessing of the Combines, Sat.

Posted On: 8/3/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(Aug. 3, 2017) Snow Hill’s 19th annual Blessing of the Combines will honor another seasonal planting cycle this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Parade of Combines is scheduled for 11 a.m. and includes antique fire trucks, tractors, lawn mowers and floats. After traversing the bridge the procession will stop on Green Street, at which point the crowd will be treated to an ear-shattering thrust as the engines are disengaged. Organizer Becky Payne said a conversation with a trio of cohorts nearly two decades ago helped birth the agricultural-themed event. “We thought the farmers needed to be honored, so we came up with the combine,” she said. Payne, whose father was a longtime proprietor of Western Auto in Snow Hill, as well as a farmer, said the suggestion was initially met with skepticism. “The farmers looked at me and said, ‘Becky we though you lost your mind,’” she said. “Who is going to come out to honor us?” In sharp c...
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Great Pocomoke Fair starts today, runs through Saturday

Posted On: 8/3/17
Written By: Greg, Ellison, Staff Writer

(Aug. 3, 2017) The Great Pocomoke Fair, which opens to the public at 5 p.m. today, Thursday, will offer a wide array of activities through the weekend at the Pocomoke City Fairgrounds on 2003 Broad Street. Gloria Smith, fair treasurer, said the event is free to attend and would feature two activities that were new last year. “Friday night is our second annual Hobby Horse race at 6:30 p.m.,” she said. “About 10 participants are expected.” Smith also noted on Friday at 7:30 p.m. the infield track would be used for ATV drag races, which is returning for a second year of gear-grinding excitement. Being tasked with treasury duties, Smith said there would be one past highlight eliminated from the 2017 fair. “We will not be having the fireworks this year,” she said. “It just got to be too costly.” The itinerary for Thursday includes poultry and rabbit judging beginning at 6 p.m., as well as the Little Miss and Jr. Miss Great Pocomoke Fair...
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Dr. Horn confronts ‘Dutch’ on threats she said he made

Posted On: 8/3/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 3, 2017) Dr. Colette Horn, one of four candidates running for election to the Ocean Pines Association, said during a July 22 forum that she had been threatened by a resident while having dinner at South Gate Grill. She said her husband had to intervene during the incident, which apparently happened during the previous evening. During a board meeting last Friday, Roelof Oostveen, better known locally as “Dutch,” admitted he was the one who confronted Horn. Oostveen is a regular at board meetings and is known for speaking his mind. He was an outspoken critic of former General Manager Bob Thompson and, several times, became animated enough during his criticisms that he was called for being out of order. That happened again on Friday during the public comments portion of a regular board meeting. “This week [there] was a story in the paper and it was me, the person, who made that statement to one of the people [running] for the board,” Oostveen said. ...
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Employee unrest continues to be issue in Ocean Pines

Posted On: 8/3/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug 3, 2017) Ocean Pines Chief Financial Officer Mary Bosack, Controller Art Carmine, Beach Club Manager Lynda Huettner, Golf Course Superintendent Rusty McLendon, Facilities Manager Jerry Aveta, Recreation and Parks Director Sonya Bounds, Marketing and Public Relations Director Teresa Travatello, Yacht Club Manager Jerry Lewis, Office Coordinator Linda Martin and information technology specialist Paul Fazzalaro. These are the names of the high-level employees who resigned or were fired since interim General Manager Brett Hill took over last August. Soon to be added to that list, apparently, is Payroll Coordinator Beverly Bromley Meadows, who last week posted on Facebook that she, too, had had enough. “After 33 years of being a part of the Ocean Pines Community – I think I’ve hit my breaking point,” she wrote last Wednesday. “I’m ready to blow this Popsicle stand.” She added, “What you’re reading in the papers [is] completely...
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