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Census Effort Plans Hiring

OCEAN CITY – The U.S. Census Bureau is already looking for job applicants to work for the 2010 Census. Peak hiring will be from February 2009 through the end of May 2010 for temporary assignments, most lasting 5 to 10 weeks.

In Ocean City, the bulk of the positions available will be field-related, including crew leader, assistant crew leader, recruiting assistant and enumerator. Most positions require U.S. citizenship, a driver’s license and use of a vehicle, and each applicant will undergo a background check. A short-term job with long-term results, 2010 Census positions offer competitive wages and flexible schedules.

By working on this once-a-decade population headcount, residents have an opportunity to be a part of history. Conducted every decade since 1790, the constitutionally mandated census affects community funding and determines representation in Congress.

"The jobs … allow people to work in their neighborhoods and for their neighborhoods," said Marilia Matos, the Census Bureau’s associate director for field operations. "We hire locally, and an accurate account means a fair distribution of money for schools, roads, neighborhood improvements and elderly care in your community."

In 2009, the Census Bureau will hire about 100,000 people to help update the Census Bureau’s address list. The workers will use GPS-equipped hand-held computers to verify, add and delete addresses, and they will be paid for training.

To apply for a census job, call toll-free 1-866-861-2010. For more information on the 2010 Census, visit www.census.gov/2010census/.

Representatives from the Census Bureau will appear before the Ocean City Mayor and Council during the 6 p.m. February 2 regular meeting at City Hall to present an overview of the bureau’s plans.

Firm Receives Award

BERLIN – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Intern Development Program Advisory Committee (IDPAC) has selected Becker Morgan Group, Inc. as the recipient of the 2008-2011 Intern Development Program (IDP) Outstanding Firm Award for their commitment to continuing education, training opportunities, and professional registration.

Developed by the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB), IDP fills the gap between academic instruction and licensed practice. Becker Morgan Group is fully vested in the education and development of its interns to sustain and improve both the firm and the profession as a whole.

Under Auxiliary Coordinator and mentor, Keith P. Fisher, AIA the in-house Becker Morgan Group Intern Development Forum (IDF) was established in 2007. Becker Morgan Group encourages interns to take advantage of the full array of educational opportunities offered, ultimately providing clients with the resources of broadly experienced professionals.

Medical Center Renovations Eyed

OCEAN CITY – Atlantic General Health System’s Townsend Medical Center, located on 10th Street in Ocean City, will again undergo renovations to better serve the residents and visitors in downtown Ocean City.

Gillis Gilkerson, Inc., General Contractors of Salisbury has been awarded the contract to renovate the facility. The renovations to the building will be primarily in the original portion of the building and includes an enlarged reception area and additional exam rooms.

The original building was enlarged to almost twice its original size by Gillis Gilkerson, Inc. in 1998 to provide updated expanded services for the downtown area. Construction is scheduled to start this month and be completed in May.

New Surgeon Announced

SALISBURYA new face and talent has joined the team of orthopaedists at Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates. Florian G. Huber, M.D., is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon who has expanded Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates’ services to include orthopaedic trauma.

As the newest member of the 10-physician practice on the Eastern Shore, Huber specializes in adult joint reconstruction and is fellowship-trained in orthopaedic trauma surgery. Huber is available to treat patients at both practice locations in Salisbury as well as Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

Huber joins Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates following his fellowship training in orthopaedic trauma surgery at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery. Prior to his fellowship, Dr. Huber completed his residency at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and obtained his medical degree from Technical University Munich in Germany.

Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates is the official orthopaedic provider for the Delmarva Shorebirds, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Salisbury University, and Wicomico County High School.

Habitat Awarded Grant

BERLIN – Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County, Inc. announces the award of $27,000 in Community Investment Tax Credits (CITC) from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

These tax credits are for the year 2009 and will be used for the “Flower Street Affordable Housing Project” in Berlin.

“Businesses that donate to this approved project can earn tax credits equal to fifty percent (50 percent) of the value of the money or goods contributed,” Martha Moskowitz, president of the Worcester County organization, said.

The tax credits are in addition to deductions on both federal and state taxes as a result of the charitable contribution.

“Based on income and tax structures of individual businesses that contribute, the net cost of the donation could be as low as 27 cents for every $1 contributed,” said Moskowitz.

Businesses interested in learning more about this project should contact the organization at 410-641-3438.

D.A. Kozma Names Winners

OCEAN CITY – D.A. Kozma Ltd., located in the Ocean City Factory Outlets, recently announced the winners of its Holiday Jewelry Giveaway.

Taking the first prize of 14-karat white gold diamond earrings was Mary Jane Mason of Pocomoke; second prize of tanzanite and opal, sterling nautilus necklace went to Joyce Arnold of Berlin; and third prize of a $50 gift certificate went to Dee Kerler of West Ocean City.

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