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OP committee: reassess goose control measures

Posted On: 1/28/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan. 28, 2016) A report by the OPA Environmental and Natural Assets Committee showed mixed results in the community’s efforts to control its Canada goose population in the last two years. According to the October 2015 document, tests conducted by Horn Point Laboratory in 2014 showed poor water quality at the South Gate Pond. The Worcester County Health Department posted warnings there, “banning human contact” with the pond, and a committee investigation showed “a direct link between large resident Canada goose population and [harmful] algae blooms.” Originally, the committee advised Ocean Pines to hire a contractor to remove the geese, which the report said was recommended by the U.S. Department of Natural Resources and permitted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The document added that removal had been “implemented by many golf courses and communities,” and that the geese could be used to feed area homeless. “This solution, t...
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New Berlin library still seeking funds

Posted On: 1/28/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan. 28, 2016) The Worcester County Library Foundation has raised more than $235,000 for amenities at the new Berlin library branch county government is planning to build, although the nonprofit still has a long way to go before construction can begin. Funds raised so far include a $150,000 grant from the Humphries Foundation and a $75,000 matching grant from the town of Berlin. The foundation is hoping to raise an additional $600,000, which would go towards an early learning space, a local history section, gallery area, expanded gardens and community meeting spaces, and a 15 percent increase in overall circulation. The new 11,000 square-foot building is expected to carry a price tag of $4 million. More than three times larger than the current Berlin library, the building would house more computers and Wi-Fi ports and an expanded area focusing on child and teen reading. First, however, the library needs to close the fundraising gap. “We are making progress with our fundra...
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Writing contest focuses on Md. middle school students

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(Jan. 28, 2016) All Maryland middle school students are invited to enter a statewide writing contest focusing on the themes of peace and social justice. The contest, which is sponsored by Anne Arundel Peace Action, the Maryland Peace Action Education Fund, the Benjamin Peace Foundation and the Peace and Justice Center of Annapolis Friends Meeting, is open to all seventh and eighth grade students enrolled in public or private schools in Maryland and to home-schooled students corresponding to the same grade levels. This is the 20th consecutive year the contest has been conducted. Four cash prizes will be awarded: $350 for first place, $250 for second, $150 for third and $100 for fourth. The winners will be honored during a special ceremony, although attendance is not required to receive an award. To enter, students must submit an entry of up to 1,200  words on this topic: “The United States is considering resettling as many as 10,000 refugees this year from the Syrian civ...
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Chef Toby Gilbert bringing culinary treasures to Berlin

Posted On: 1/28/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Chef Toby Gilbert bringing culinary treasures to Berlin (Jan. 28, 2016) Chef Toby Gilbert is the latest area resident to open a new business in downtown Berlin. The 27-year-old will set up “Gilbert’s Provisions” inside the back room of Bruder Hill, on 25 Commerce Street, selling various culinary treasures. Gilbert, currently the sous chef at a(muse.) in Rehoboth, started cooking “as a little kid, growing up” at a number of restaurants in the Ocean City area. After graduating from Stephen Decatur High School, he earned a liberal arts degree from Flagler College in Florida, then moved to Puerto Rico, where he met a chef who would affect his future. “After a few drunken nights talking about food, he invited me up to New York, on Fire Island, and I trained under him for seven months. It was basic stuff – I didn’t know how to make a Béchamel sauce, (a white sauce,)” he said. “I like to think of it as the Thomas Keller way,” Gilbert continued. “Thomas Keller worke...
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BERLIN BRIEFS

Posted On: 1/28/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan. 28, 2016) The Berlin Mayor and Council discussed the following items during its public meeting at Town Hall on Monday. Events The council approved special event exceptions for Spring Celebration, hosted by the Berlin Chamber of Commerce on April 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Berlin, and the “5K for the Arts” membership drive hosted by the Worcester County Arts Council on May 21, from 8-10 a.m. Larnet St. Amant, executive director of the Berlin Chamber, said Spring Celebration would feature activities and events geared towards families. Record retention The council unanimously approved a policy for record retention and disposal. Administrative Services Director Mary Bohlen said the policy simply established consistency across all departments. No previous formal policy had been in place. Legal council A revised agreement with Betts and Holt was approved by the council. The firm represents the town in legal matters pertaining to its electric utility. T...
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State announces Dec. gaming revenue

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(Jan. 28, 2016) Maryland Lottery and Gaming announced December revenue numbers for the state’s five casinos – Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City, Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County, and Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County. December’s combined statewide revenue totaled $95,177,696. Casino at Ocean Downs generated $3,879,361 from slot machines in December, and its gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $156.14. Casino at Ocean Downs’ December 2015 revenue increased by $506,451, or 15 percent, from December 2014. The Casino at Ocean Downs operates 800 slot machines and does not have table games. Hollywood Casino Perryville generated $6,339,824 from both slot machines and table games in December. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $203.88 for slot machines, $2,336.96 for banking table games and $314.38 for non-banking table games.   H...
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‘Light up the Pines’ winners named

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(Jan. 28, 2016) The winners of the 2015 “Light up the Pines” outdoor display contest, sponsored by the Ocean Pines Association and Choptank Electric Cooperative, have been announced. Twenty-one homes, which were decked out with lights and other decorations, participated. Guest judges from Choptank chose the winners in three of the contest’s four categories, including “Top-Notch All-Around,” “Most Creative” and “Most Lights.”  The “People’s Choice” winner was decided by popular vote via email and the Ocean Pines Facebook page. The home of Caryn and Justin Horn, located at 29 Liberty Street, was the winner in the “Top-Notch All-Around” category.  The home of Robert and Shirley Douglas, located at 10 Leigh Drive, won in the “Most Creative” category and the home of Lee and Barb Phillips, located at 76 Ocean Parkway, won in the “Most Lights” category. The “People&...
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Initiative introduces ‘empowering’ grants for women’s groups

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(Jan. 28, 2016) The Worcester County Commission for Women has kicked off a new initiative called  “Empowering Women Scholarship.” This scholarship will be awarded in May to two Worcester County women to further their education.   In an effort to raise funds to support this scholarship program, the Friends of the Women’s Commission are selling 100 raffle tickets at $25 for a chance to win cash and gas cards.   Every month between January and June, two tickets will be drawn. The first-prize winner will receive $50 in cash and the second prize will be a $25 gas card. Both winning tickets will be placed back in the hat for another chance to win. Participants can win as many times as their ticket is drawn.   On June 21 during the Worcester County Commission for Women meeting, the final two tickets will be drawn. The first prize will be $300 in cash and second prize a $50 gas card. To purchase raffle tickets, contact Nancy Fortney at 410-726-0169...
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Pine’eer Club gives donations

Posted On: 1/28/16
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(Jan. 28, 2016) The Pine’eer Craft Club of Ocean Pines recently made donations of $3,850 to groups within Ocean Pines. The proceeds of the annual August and November Artisan & Craft Shows provided the funds to make these donations possible. Donations made were as follows: Ocean Pines Police Department, $350; Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department, $1,200; Ocean Pines Recreation & Parks, $1,400; Ocean Pines Public Works, $400; Worcester County Veteran’s Memorial, $200; Friends of Ocean Pines Branch-Worcester County Library, $200 and Ocean Pines Neighborhood Watch, $100. The Pine’eer Craft Club is looking forward to another productive and creative year in 2016. The group meets the third Thursday of each month at 9:45 a.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center and guests/new members are always welcome. Visit the Craft & Gift Shop located in White Horse Park across from the Community Center. The Pine’eer Craft & Gift Shop is open Saturdays from 9 ...
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EXIT Realty celebrates new West OC location

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(Jan. 28, 2016) EXIT Realty At The Beach celebrated its grand opening on Jan. 19 at 11002 Manklin Meadows Lane #3 in Ocean Pines, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and refreshments provided by Broker/Owner, Bernie Flax and husband, Don. EXIT Realty opened its doors on Oct. 1, 2015 as a local boutique-style independent franchise focusing on the person, lifestyle and total experience of its clients. “The boutique difference is fundamental and focuses on a strong relationship, encompassing the experience of buying or selling real estate with professional, educated, full-time Realtors that have the professionalism and confidence that sell, negotiate and build relationships within the community,” Flax said. “Our clients are special to us and we strive to insure their experience is always one-of-a-kind. A strong focus of ours is the importance of the ‘Broker/Owner-to-Realtor Associate’ relationship which is critical to brokerage, agent success and retentio...
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