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Café To Offer State Dessert

WEST OCEAN CITY The Original Smith Island Cake Company announces the opening of its West Ocean City gourmet dessert and coffee café in early spring.

Located in the Ocean City Factory Outlets, the Original Smith Island Cake Company café will offer slices of cake, whole cakes and gourmet designer cupcakes. Specializing in the nine-layer Smith Island Cake, this café will feature specialty flavors such as pumpkin, raspberry, chocolate cheesecake and “American as apple pie” cake. This café will feature fair trade organic coffee with their own “Smith Island” blend and offer a variety of coffees, lattes, cappuccinos and espressos as well as specialty iced coffee drinks. The café will also specialize in wedding and birthday cakes.

Pastry chef Abby Wulff, born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and her staff are hard at work developing scrumptious flavors and innovative variations of the famous multi-layer Smith Island Cake. Many of Wulff’s recipes have been passed down from her grandmother and great-grandmother.

The Original Smith Island Cake Company will debut its cakes at the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association Trade Show next month at the Ocean City Convention Center. Check out the website at www.originalsmithislandco.com.

Grand Opening Planned

SELBYVILLE, Del. – NVHomes will showcase its first model home built in the waterfront resort golf community of Bayside with a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 14. 

The public is invited to stop by NVHomes’ spacious Bornquist model from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. to tour the home, enjoy food and beverages and sign up for door prizes.

The Bornquist model is a 3-bedroom, 2-bath home that offers the best in first floor living, including an open kitchen that overlooks the great room and dinette, a luxurious owner’s suite, formal dining room and two-car garage.

PRMC Earns Top Rating

SA:ISBURY – Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury has been recognized among the nation’s top five percent of hospitals, according to an independent study of mortality and complication rates for nearly 5,000 hospitals by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading healthcare ratings company.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center has achieved HealthGrades’ 2009 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical ExcellenceTM based on its clinical quality performance. It is the only hospital on the Delmarva Peninsula to achieve this distinction.

According to the HealthGrades study, patients admitted to a hospital receiving this award are, on average, 27 percent less likely to die and 8 percent less likely to suffer from a major complication. This year, only 270 of the nation’s nearly 5,000 non-federal hospitals will receive this distinction.

The HealthGrades study also found that Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence are improving their patient outcomes at a greater rate in more procedures and diagnoses than all other hospitals, lowering risk-adjusted mortality rates over the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 by an average of 18 percent.

“At Peninsula Regional Medical Center we have an extremely experienced, skillful and dedicated team of clinicians, volunteers and employees,” said Peggy Naleppa, President of Peninsula Regional Medical Center. “It is because of their hard work and commitment that our patients and their families receive exceptional service and quality health care that is among the best in the nation.”

New General Manager Named

OCEAN CITY – Jack Gillen, resident of Maryland Star Broadcasting, has announced that Ed Fennessy has been named general manager of Talk Radio WQMR 101.1FM in Ocean City.

Fennessy brings over 22 years of sales management experience in the Salisbury/Ocean City area with Clear Channel Radio and Musicradio of Maryland. Prior to that, he worked on-air in Baltimore for many years.

Advisor Attends Conference

SALISBURY – Henry Hanna, III, CCIM, SIOR, a Senior Advisor for Sperry Van Ness-Miller Commercial Real Estate in Salisbury, recently attended a Baltimore conference sponsored by the Baltimore Business Journal and SIOR chapter.

A panel of leading lenders, commercial builders and developers discussed the mid-Atlantic office and industrial market conditions. The overall outlook was that Maryland is well positioned and does not have an oversupply of industrial office or retail properties. They expect that by the end of 2009, any oversupply will be absorbed by new business or expanding businesses to bring the vacancy level back to the healthy norm.

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