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Long and Foster Announces Sales Leaders

WEST OCEAN CITY- Long and Foster congratulates Linda Moran and The Moran Team, for having been named the Top Producing Team for February in sales volume and units.  Having been a multiple monthly top producer in 2007 and January 2008, Linda is on her way to breaking new records in 2008. 

Moran is licensed in Maryland and Delaware. She has received the National Sales Award in recognition for being in the top five percent of all Real Estate Sales Professionals in America.  She holds the CRS, RRS, SRES and GRI designations. Linda celebrated 26 years with Long and Foster in May 2007.   Her web site is www.LindaMoran.com and she can be reached locally at 443-614-2261, or thru the office at 800-693-4031×8507.

The Top Indvidual Pruducer for the month, Phyllis Fennesy, is an Eastern Shore native. She has made Ocean Pines her home for the past 20 years. No one knows this area better. Phyllis promises friendly, professional service with all your real estate needs. Let Phyllis guide you through the process with ease. Phyllis can be reached at 410-213-8505 or 800-693-4031×8505. 

The Top Lister for the month was Mary Burgess. 

Lois Saraceni Joins Prudential Carruthers Realtors

OCEAN CITY- Lois Saraceni, SRES, has recently joined Prudential Carruthers REALTORS® as a sales associate. The announcement was made by Tom Carruthers III President of Prudential Carruthers Realtors.

Ms. Saraceni will concentrate on residential real estate sales in both Maryland and Delaware. She is an active member of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce where she serves as an Ambassador.  Before becoming a Realtor, Saraceni was vice president of a national healthcare consulting firm.  She parlayed her consulting experience into a successful real estate career with Long and Foster, Bethany Beach.

Lois shares Prudential Carruthers Realtors’ commitment to quality and customer service,” said Tom Carruthers III broker/owner, Prudential Carruthers Realtors. She is exactly the type of sales professional we are seeking, as we continue to grow the company, and increase our presence in the local community.”

“Prudential Carruthers Realtors’ focus on the customer and the its goal to provide the best products and services for its sales professionals are what make affiliating with Prudential Carruthers Realtors the best choice possible,” said Saraceni.

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Wastewater treatment plant bid awarded

ASSATEAGUE- Superintendent Scott J. Bentley announced today that the N-Powell Company, Inc. of Weirton, West Virginia, has been awarded the contract to design and upgrade the waste water treatment plant for Assateague Island National Seashore.

“Declining water quality trends in the coastal bays is the number one resource management concern facing Assateague Island National Seashore

and the surrounding coastal bays,” said Bentley. “We invest a significant amount of time and resources into strategies to improve and protect the water quality of the coastal bays”.

The upgrades and modifications remove the point source discharge from the Sinepuxent Bay and reduce the effluent nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations through the application of a new membrane filtration system.  Reducing nitrogen loading from point source discharges is a crucial step in achieving water quality improvements, and is a shared goal of the National Park Service, the State of Maryland, the Maryland Coastal Bay Program and the EPA.

The proposed discharge location will be into an existing wetland located on adjacent state of Maryland-owned property managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). Wetland discharge provides the opportunity for plant uptake, soil adsorption, transformation, and sequestration of nutrients, thereby reducing the potential that shallow aquifers will become enriched and contribute nutrients indirectly through groundwater discharge.

Successful completion of the proposed project will make a significant contribution towards regional efforts to reduce nutrient loads entering the

Coastal Bays.   The National Park Service provided over $1 million dollars in funding for this project to ensure Assateague Island National Seashore remains an environmental leader in the stewardship of the Maryland and Virginia coastal bays.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Names February Top producers

0CEAN CITY- Ed Wehnert, branch vice president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s 52nd Street office is pleased to announce that for February, Jeri Justis was the top individual listing associate and Rick Meehan and Katy Durham were the top listing sales team.

Peck Miller was the top individual sales associate and Jenny Cropper-Rines and JoAnn Cropper were the top selling sales team. Peck Miller was the top individual settlement associate and Rick Meehan and Katy Durham were the top settlement team. Scott Murrell, Peck Miller and Rick Meehan and Katy Durham did over a million dollars in sales or listing production for the month. February was another great month for all the sales associates of 52nd Street.

New MSSA Associate Executive Director

 OCEAN CITY- The Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen’s Association (MSSA) is pleased to announce Dave Smith as the new Associate Executive Director.

Smith hails from Montana where he received his B.A. in Political Science from The University of Montana and has been involved in state and federal politics for several years.

 In 2005, Smith worked as a legislative intern for the law firm of Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry and Hoven during the Montana Legislative Session where he fell in love with politics. Following his dream he decided to load up the car and head to Washington, I know what you are thinking, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

 While he didn’t arrive as a Senator, he quickly worked his way through the trenches of Capitol Hill starting as a legislative intern for Senator Burns, moving onto staff assistant for the Senate Chief Counsel for Employment and most recently with U.S. Senator Jon Tester as Executive Aide to the Chief of Staff. While his career in D.C. was wonderful, he and his wife decided it was time to start a family and look for a career closer to home in Towson.

 “I am very excited to start working with Steve, Rich and the rest of the board in continuing MSSA’s history of hard work and passion for Maryland’s sport fishermen,” he said “I believe we are a valuable asset not only to the recreational boaters, sport fishermen, but to the state of Maryland and the environment.” 

Smith brings with him a great background and personality to the MSSA that will expand and enhance MSSA’s mission.

Insurance Firm Announces Top Producer

BERLIN- Atlantic/Smith, Cropper and Deeley is proud to announce Nicole “Nikki” Strickler as top producer for January.  Nikki, who joined the agency in 2006, is a key account executive, licensed in property, casualty, life and health. She received her bachelor’s degree from York College of Pennsylvania.

Nikki is a Public Relations Chair for Eastside Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Networking Committee for Young Professionals organization, an active member of Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce, Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, and Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America. She and her husband, Ron, reside in Parsonsburg, Maryland.

Nicole Matheu-Brushmiller, an Account Executive, received special recognition for January production, as well.

Chamber to Close WOC Postal Service 

OCEAN CITY- After much careful consideration and analysis, the Ocean City Chamber Board of Director’s has had to make the difficult decision to close the contract postal unit, located in the Chamber Visitor’s Center.

The Board has evaluated the figures for several months and the cost to operate this unit is not being covered by the revenue, primarily due to staffing. Chamber officials said this is a wonderful service to the community, which is why the decision was so difficult. However, the U.S. Post Office is soliciting bids for a new contract located in West Ocean City. This would be an ideal situation for a retail or service business to help bring in additional customers. 

The hope is that there will be no break in service to West Ocean City- by the time the Chamber closes on May 1, 2008, the new CPU will be functioning at another West O.C. location.

As it winds down, the Chamber Post Office will be open from Monday through Friday only until May 1, 2008

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