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International Workforce Conference Planned

OCEAN CITY – Business owners and managers are invited to attend the International Student Workforce Conference for Employers sponsored by Congressman Wayne T. Gilchrest, Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association (OCHMRA) and the Ocean City Quality of Life Task Force for Seasonal Employees on Monday, Nov. 5 at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Continental breakfast is included.

Speakers for the event include Ocean City Quality of Life Task Force for Seasonal Employees Chairman Virginia Biafore, Educational & Cultural Exchange Specialist Ida Abell, Social Insurance Program Specialist Carla White, Denise Parrington from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation, Division of Labor & Industry, Herbert “Ley” Mills and Kyle Roberts of Internal Revenue Service, Small Business/Self Employed Communications and Joseph Beahn from U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement.

Attendees will learn about the J-1 visa program that enables international students to work in the U.S., will have questions answered about wages, taxes, and Social Security numbers for seasonal employees and will find out about “free” resources available to assist with staffing needs.

There will be a question and answer period, panel discussion with speakers and a breakout to visit sponsor and speaker booths.

Admission is free. RSVP to OCHMRA at 410-289-6733 or inquire@ocvisitor.com.

Toy Drive Begins

BERLIN – Long & Foster’s Ocean City offices have announced the launch of their annual toy drive to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves’ annual Toys for Tots program. 

Long & Foster asks that donated toys be new and unwrapped. Toys may be dropped off seven days a week at either Long & Foster’s Ocean City offices located at 12216 Ocean Gateway, Route 50 in West Ocean City or 11700 Coastal Highway across from the Carousel Hotel prior to Dec. 21.

Once the toys are collected and presented to area Marines, they are distributed to local churches, social welfare agencies and to needy children throughout the Delmarva region.

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program began with a single campaign in 1947. This year, local campaigns will be conducted in 481 communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Last year’s National Toys for Tots campaign was one of the most successful in its 58-year history, with the distribution of 19 million toys benefiting 716 million needy children throughout the United States. Last year, Long & Foster collected thousands of new toys throughout its service area thanks to the generous community we serve.

Bank Board Addition

BERLIN – Robert L. “Bob” Stickels of Georgetown has been elected to the Board of Directors of First Shore Federal Savings & Loan Association, according to an announcement made by Catherine A. Tyson, chairwoman of the board.

First Shore Federal is a federally-chartered savings institution with more than $280 million in assets and eight branch offices in communities across the Lower Shore. Its headquarters is in Salisbury.

Stickels was county administrator of Sussex County for more than 18 years, retiring in October 2006. He is presently Director of External Affairs at George, Miles & Buhr, LLC, a leading engineer and architectural firm, also headquartered in Salisbury. Prior to the nearly two decades of service to Sussex County, he was town manager of Georgetown and also served as a project coordinator for 49 Construction Management in Sussex County.

Top Producer Announced

BERLIN – Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley Insurance Brokers has announced Don Fentress as the top producer for September.

With more than 25 years of insurance experience, Fentress has been with the agency since 1980 and specializes in writing property and casualty insurance for local and regional business customers. He holds the Accredited Advisor of Insurance designation.

Additionally, Nikki Strickler, a Key Account Executive of the Benefits Division of A/SCD, received special recognition for her production in September, as well.

Employee Recognized

SALISBURY – Wendy Duncan, a four-year employee with Perdue Farms in Salisbury, was presented with the American Lung Association of Maryland’s Community Service Award, which is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution towards raising the visibility of the American Lung Association.

“Wendy has been an active supporter of the annual Eastern Shore Asthma Walk, and has recruited co-workers, friends and family to make Perdue’s Health Improvement Program (H.I.P.) team the walk’s largest and top fundraising team the last two years in a row,” said American Lung Association of Maryland Eastern Shore Regional Director Jim Phillips.

Duncan will again be co-captain of the team in the Eastern Shore Asthma Walk to be held on Nov. 3 at the Salisbury City Park and Zoo. Funds raised at the walk support asthma research and education programs for the more than 500,000 Marylanders that have asthma.

The award was presented at the ALAM Annual Donor Recognition & Service Award Reception last month.

SU Appointment

SALISBURY – Salisbury University’s Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) has announced the appointment of Ginie Lynch as its new managing director.

Lynch is already known to the local and regional community through her efforts on SU’s Town-Gown Council, with Women Supporting Women, her past involvement with the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council, and her work as a public relations consultant.

Prior to coming to Salisbury, Lynch had extensive government experience, most notably in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Public Affairs, where she did speech writing for former Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros.

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