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Wor-Wic Foundation’s New Members

BERLIN – The Wor-Wic Community College Foundation recently welcomed Annemarie Dickerson and Anita Ferguson Todd of Berlin and Edwin Lashley and Matthew Maciarello of Salisbury as new members of the board of directors.

Dickerson owns and operates the Francis Scott Key Family Resort in Ocean City. She received her bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College in Salem, Va. Dickerson is a member of the board of directors of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce.

Lashley is chief of police at Salisbury University. In 2005, he retired as a lieutenant colonel and commander of field operations for the Maryland State Police in Pikesville, Md. Lashley is a member of the Maryland Troopers Association and the board of directors of the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore. He received his associate degree from Wor-Wic, and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wilmington University.

Maciarello is a lawyer with Hearne & Bailey in Salisbury. He received his associate degree from Wor-Wic, his bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University and his juris doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law. Maciarello is a member of the bar in Maryland and Delaware. He is president of the Wicomico Bar Association and a member of the Sussex County Bar Association.

Todd is the public outreach coordinator for the Maryland Coastal Bays Program in Ocean City. She received her bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University. Todd is president-elect of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the advisory board for Grow Berlin Green, a program designed to make Berlin a model town for conservation.

New Designation Earned

OCEAN PINES – Debbie Bennington and Sandy Galloway in the Ocean Pines office of Re/Max Premier Properties have earned the prestigious Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance and short sales. This is invaluable expertise to offer at a time when the area is ravaged by “distressed” homes in the foreclosure process.

Short sales allow the cash-strapped seller to repay the mortgage at the price that the home sells for, even though it is lower than what is owed on the property. With plummeting property values, this can save many people from foreclosure and even bankruptcy. More and more lenders are willing to consider short sales because they are much less costly than foreclosures.

In the Ocean City, Ocean Pines, Berlin and Salisbury areas, there are a surprising number of homes in danger of foreclosing. It is happening in all price ranges, even high-priced homes are not immune.

“This CDPE designation has been invaluable as we work with sellers and lenders on complicated short sales,” said Bennington. Galloway adds, “It is so rewarding to be able to help sellers save their homes from foreclosure.”

Dedication Planned In Millville

MILLVILLE, Del. – On Thursday, May 14 at 9 a.m., the Millville Group, LLC, developers of Millville By The Sea in Millville, Del., will dedicate the new Mill House entry feature to Millville Mayor Don Minyon, literally putting the Mill back in Millville.

Millville By The Sea is rapidly fulfilling upon its promise to become Delaware’s next great beach town with Sand Dollar Village (Phase I) well under way and ground recently broken on Phase II.

The town’s heritage will be honored by the community entry monument, a replica of the Town of Millville’s historic Townsend Mill.

Millville grew up and around a steam powered sawmill operated by Capt. Peter Townsend in the late 19th Century. The sawmill was the center of commerce putting many of the local men to work cutting timber and turning it into lumber.

Located next to Bethany Beach, Millville By The Sea offers home prices starting at $199,900 and is expected to become the epicenter of lower Sussex County seashore with over 3,000 planned residences, a state-of-the-art medical facility, town center and amenities unrivalled in the region.

AGH Center Marks First Year

BERLIN – It has been a year since the Atlantic General Hospital Endoscopy Center’s Grand Opening, and the facility has seen results far better than originally planned. With the shift to its new location within the Barrett Medical Office Building, the endoscopy program’s outpatient volumes increased from 2,900 in 2007 to 3,200 in 2008.

The new environment in which Atlantic General’s GI procedures are performed has yielded nothing but positive response from patients. According to NRC Picker, an international healthcare quality measurement agency, Atlantic Endoscopy Center ranks in the top one percent of hospitals in patient satisfaction, with 97 percent of patients giving a top score for their experience.

Atlantic Endoscopy Center continues to successfully provide screening colonoscopies and EGDs (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) to diagnose disorders of the GI tract. Within a few months of opening, the center added an additional procedure called capsule endoscopy, which is performed by having the patient swallow a camera contained in a pill and numerous pictures are taken as the pill travels through the small intestine. This allows the physicians to diagnose disorders specific to the small bowel.

Cancer Institute Earns Award

SALISBURY – The Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center was recently granted the 2008 CoC Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons.

The Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute is one of only 95 cancer programs nationwide, one of four in Maryland and the only program on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to receive this prestigious recognition.

“To be placed among the nation’s best cancer programs by an organization as respected as the Commission on Cancer is extremely gratifying for the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute. It reinforces for us and our patients alike that we have assembled the finest team of physicians, staff and volunteers in the region who are committed to nothing short of outstanding cancer care,” said Peggy Naleppa, President of Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

Only 19 percent of programs nationwide (representing 23 states) received this award as a result of surveys performed in 2008.

“We are extremely proud to have received the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award,” added Thomas DeMarco, MD, Chairman of the Cancer Committee at Peninsula Regional. “This is a collective award recognizing the commitment of everyone here who is involved in cancer care – our surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, nurses, technicians and personnel.”

Main Street Program Accredited

BERLIN – The Berlin Main Street Program has been designated an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center.

Each year, the National Trust and its coordinating program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs that have built strong revitalization organizations that have demonstrated their ability to follow the Main Street methodology.

"We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for meeting our established performance standards," said Doug Loescher, director of the National Trust Main Street Center. "Rebuilding a district’s economic health and maintaining that success requires broad-based community involvement and support, in addition to establishing a solid organization with sound management that is committed to long-term success."

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