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Globe Makes Kitchen Changes

BERLIN – The Globe has announced the promotion of James Hollenbach to the position of executive chef.

Hollenbach has been with The Globe for almost all of the three years it has been open under new ownership of Mitchell and Jennifer Dawicki David and Tim and Jamie Jones. Hollenbach has been an integral part of establishing The Globe’s reputation for consistent, quality cuisine in a great atmosphere and will help The Globe continue to evolve, according to Dawicki-David.

Hollenbach is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. An Eastern Shore native, Hollenbach has been awarded two American Culinary Federation Mid-Atlantic gold medals, a Maryland State Commercial Baking Title, and the Delmarva Chef’s and Cooks Association’s first Junior Chef of the year award in 1998. Hollenbach has trained with Wolfgang Puck at Spago in Chicago and Celebrity Chef Mark Miller at Coyote Cafe in Santa Fe, N.M. He also opened his first restaurant Cottonwoods at the age of 21 for Chef Mark Miller in 2002. Later in 2004, he had the honor of cooking at the James Beard House in New York.

Hollenbach, is flanked by Sous Chef Jamie Wolff, a 2000 graduate of Pocomoke High School, after which he attended culinary school of Johnson and Wales in Norfolk, Va. where he received a degree in culinary arts in 2003.

While attending Johnson and Wales, Wolff interned at the Blue Point Bar & Grill in Duck, N.C. Upon graduation Wolff was offered a position with Lighthouse Sound Restaurant in Bishopville and later furthered his culinary skills working under Chef John Duke in Hickory, N.C. at Market on Main. 

“I am thrilled with this transition,” said Dawicki-David. “We are getting ready to put out a spring menu and are always working hard to offer our community a great product. Hollenbach and Wolff helped establish a good system here and are eager to forge ahead. Along with a bright and dedicated front of the house team and excellent bar staff, we are looking forward to The Globe’s future.”

New Services Now Offered

BERLIN – Dr. Christine Neto, a board certified physician with nearly 15 years of experience, has begun providing gynecology services at Ocean Pines Primary Care and Women’s Health.

She will care for the patients of Dr. Sara Haverty, who is leaving the office to practice medicine closer to her home in Salisbury. Neto joins certified registered nurse practitioner Lisa Bayles, who has been with the Atlantic General Health System-affiliated office for six years, and gynecologist Richard Kirby, M.D., a three-year veteran of the health system.

Neto, in addition to caring for Haverty’s existing patients, is also accepting new patients. Appointments can be made by calling 410-641-1082.

Realtor Makes First Sale

BERLIN – Century 21 Newport Bay Realty in West Ocean City announced this month the first home sale by freshman real estate agent Daphne Hurley.

Hurley made her sale in the relatively healthy $300,000 to $400,000 price range for single-family homes.

Excited by her initial closing, Hurley said, “As you can imagine, I’m ready to do it all over again.”

Hurley has a family history of sorts in unusual housing. An Ocean City native, her great grandfather, Lyle Cropper, imported the first “Kit House” on the peninsula in 1925. The house’s architecture was the classic bungalow style fashionable in the 1920s. Bought from Sears & Roebuck, its components arrived in town on a truck. The house stood between the old Lackawanna Restaurant on Baltimore Avenue and Mike’s Bikes at the corner of N. Division Street for over 65 years.

While the national view of the housing market remains gloomy, local sales in the $300,000 to half-a-million dollar homes is “edging up,” according to Realtor David Dypsky, co-owner of Century 21 Newport Bay Realty.

Sewer Project Makes History

MILLVILLE, Del. – The largest privately funded sewer project in the history of Sussex County-owned utilities was completed last year when a group of three developers, working with the Sussex County Engineering Department, designed and constructed $12 million in sewer infrastructure in the Millville.

The work was begun in 2007, and the new system was “turned on” in June, 2008 and the first customers hooked up in December. The system will provide for the wastewater needs of the area for the next 50-years. Sussex County systems are typically paid for with public funds and the sewer customers reimburse costs over the next 20 to 40 years.

The Beaver Dam system was managed by The Millville Group, developers of Millville by the Sea, in cooperation with the Baltimore engineering firm of Whitman Requardt, representing the Sussex County government. The contractor on the project was George & Lynch of Dover, Del. The centerpiece of the project was a $4.5 million pump station that was built on land dedicated to the county by Millville by the Sea, a 3,000 home community on over 700 acres along Route 17.

Top Agent Honored

BERLIN – Hileman Real Estate has named Bethany Drew as top agent for February 2009 for both listings and sales.

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