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E-Pro Course Completed

OCEAN CITY – Monica McNamara, a sales agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Ocean City 104th Street office, has sucessfully completed the Realtor e-PRO course to become one of a select few real estate professionals to earn the prestigious certification offered through the National Association of Realtors.

The certification course is an educational program unlike any other professional certification or designation course available. It is specifically designed to provide real estate professionals with the technology tools needed to assist consumers in the purchase or sale of a home.

With more than 70% of consumers beginning their real estate research on the Internet, e-PRO certified agents have the experience and expertise to meet the demands of today’s buyer and seller.

“The real estate industry has undergone a fundamental change over the past several years,” said McNamara. “A majority of consumers are taking the time to conduct their own research prior to contacting an agent. In turn, real estate professionals must be knowledgeable of how technology can assist them in serving the needs of the buying and selling public.”

The exclusive certification course is presented entirely online and certifies real estate agents and brokers as Internet professionals. Because of its innovative design, students are able to complete the course at their own pace, when and where they want, via any Internet connection. Once completed, the e-PRO certified real estate professional joins the ranks of a special community of highly skilled and continuously trained professionals who provide high quality and innovative online-based real estate services.

Grand Opening Set

OCEAN CITY – The Gateway Grand, the heralded luxury oceanfront residential complex that brings together relaxed resort living with exclusive uptown amenities, announced its grand opening party this Saturday, Aug. 9 from 3-6 p.m.

The event, held on the property located at 48th Street and the ocean, will feature private tours of the individual residences, attendee events throughout the posh shared spaces and grand lobby with spectacular ocean views, plus cocktails, hors d’oeurves and live entertainment. In addition, Call On Jack, among the most comprehensive residential concierge service ever offered, will mark its area premiere at the event.

Towering 16 stories high and overlooking a 250-foot stretch of private beach, the 196 three- and four-bedroom residences range from 1,925 to 3,785 square feet, and are predominantly oceanfront.  The residences feature detailed craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology, from digital beverage coolers to 42-inch flat-panel televisions that come standard and are pre-wired for home theatre systems.

The Gateway Grand offers a plethora of amenities within its 32,000 square feet of amenity spaces including: a grand two-story lobby with unparalleled ocean views and plenty of inviting seating areas; a oceanfront resort-style fitness center; indoor and outdoor pools; a Kid’s Club equipped with video games; and two exclusive owners’ lounges for large-scale entertaining. Model units have been designed by the renowned décor team at Bethany Resorts Furnishings and shared spaces have been decorated by award-winning luxury hospitality design firm Akseizer Design Group.

Attendees can RSVP for the launch party by visiting http://www.thegatewaygrand.com.

Community Accord Inked

OLNEY, Va. – The Carl M. Freeman Companies (CMF Companies) announced it has entered into an agreement with NVHomes to build and sell upscale residences in the CMF Companies’ Bayside Community of Fenwick Island, Del. Previously, CMF Companies successfully developed the Sea Colony and Village at Bear Trap Dunes communities at the Delaware beaches in addition to other successful residential and retail developments in the mid-Atlantic region.

Bayside is an award winning and best-selling classic resort community of energy-efficient and stunning town homes, elegant single-family homes, and spacious condominiums. The existing 430 homeowners enjoy the community’s open meadows, woodlands and marshes as well as the convenience of shops within walking distance. Bayside is noted for its Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, beautiful waterfront, open spaces and a variety of resort amenities. In addition, the community features the Freeman Stage, host to free performances that have drawn thousands of visitors, and is the future home of the Joshua M. Freeman Center for the Arts.

“We are delighted to form this affiliation with NVHomes, a homebuilder that is tops in its field,” said Tom Halverstadt, Senior Vice President of the Carl M. Freeman Companies. “We have found the home-building company that truly shares our long-term developer commitment to this region with beautiful, energy-efficient design and construction,” he continued.

“The Carl M. Freeman Companies have set the standard for quality resort community development in this area. Combine this with the strength of our company in homebuilding for those with discriminating tastes, and you can see why we are glad to enter this affiliation and eager to begin construction immediately,” said Todd Hickman, Division Manager and Vice President of NVHomes.

The sales office is anticipated to open in mid-August.

New Hospice President

SALISBURY – The non-profit Coastal Hospice has announced that Alane Capen, RN, BS, CHPN, has been appointed president by the Board of Directors. She succeeds Marion Keenan who recently retired.

For the past three years, Capen has been the VP of Clinical Services at Coastal Hospice. She is a Registered Nurse with a BS in Business and Human Relations and specialty certification in Hospice and Palliative Nursing.

Capen has 22 years experience in the hospice industry, working for both small and large organizations. Before coming to Coastal Hospice, she worked for 11 years with the VNA of Texas, as the Clinical Director of a 21-county, five-office program. There she oversaw all clinical operations, managed a pediatric hospice team and successfully increased access to care for patients residing in nursing homes.

“I’m excited, challenged, and privileged to be in a position to serve the Coastal Hospice Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers in leading the agency through the changes of the future as we grow to serve more of our community together,” said Capen.

Wor-Wic Earns Nursing Grant

SALISBURY – Wor-Wic Community College recently received an $112,000 nursing grant through the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC). MACC awarded grants to all 15 Maryland community college nursing programs.

Funding for the 15 grants comes from $2.2 million in federal funds obtained by Sen. Barbara Mikulski to enhance and expand nursing programs.

Four new manikins with advanced simulation capabilities — a maternal/neonatal birthing set of manikins and a chest tube manikin — will be purchased to expand the college’s simulation laboratories. The new maternal/neonatal birthing set of manikins includes an adult female, a nursing baby and a child.

“With the new manikins, we will be able to simulate childbirth for Wor-Wic’s nursing students,” said Dr. Denise D. Marshall, nursing department head. “The students will be able to practice administering care just like they would in a hospital delivery room.”

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