New Director Named

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BERLIN — Tara Frankel Becker, a 1991 graduate of Worcester Preparatory School, has been appointed Director of Admissions for her alma mater. Besides her work with admissions, she will work with Worcester alumni.

Becker spent her early career in state government as a Policy Analyst for State Treasurer Jack Markell, now governor. In that position, she was instrumental in developing the Delaware Money School and Delaware Financial Literacy Institute, which promotes financial education. Recently Becker worked as Development Officer at Beebe Medical Foundation where one of her main projects was launching the Nursing Education Campaign.

Becker earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, with a minor in Political Science, from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, where she was selected for the Academic Honor Society.

With her husband, Jay, she lives in Rehoboth Beach. Their children, Chipper and Lebby, have attended Worcester Preparatory School since preschool and will be entering third grade and kindergarten this fall.

AGH Installs Water System

BERLIN – In May, Atlantic General Hospital installed two 1,000-gallon water reservoirs and a seven-stage water purification system that will produce clean water usable for drinking, bathing and medical treatments in the event that the facility’s municipal water supply is interrupted.

The strategic water reserve and disaster recovery potable water system was made possible largely through a Hospital Preparedness Program grant from the Department of Homeland Security that was administered through the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Atlantic General worked with Peninsula Water Conditioning, Inc. and Condor Technologies, Inc., to install the system, which uses reverse osmosis, carbon filtration and ultraviolet light disinfection, among other processes to make the water safe for consumption.

If necessary, the water system can produce up to 5,500 gallon per day of usable water for drinking, bathing, and food and medicine preparation, enough to sustain care and hydration of more than 1,000 individuals according to disaster preparedness standards. This is a sizeable achievement for the hospital, which houses less than 300 people on any normal day.

Water from the normal municipal supply rendered non-potable during a catastrophic event as well as water that has been trucked in or siphoned off nearby bodies of water can be filtered through the system if necessary.

The 2,000 gallons currently held in the hospital’s reservoirs is more than an emergency backup water supply; the system was designed to allow for a side benefit: greener routine operation. The reserve of water continuously feeds the hospital’s boiler system.

“Disaster planning is a vital undertaking for any community as well its critical service providers. Often times, not enough thought is given to the potential threats to a water supply,” said Glenn Lebedz, director of support services at Atlantic General Hospital. “Atlantic General chose to be proactive by installing this strategic water reserve system.”

Leading Agents Announced

BERLIN — Shamrock Realty Group has named Marilyn Bushnell as top listing agent and Linda Westerside as top sales agent for the month of May.

Bushnell joined Shamrock Realty Group in 2009 and is the current president of the Women’s Council of Realtors Coastal Delmarva chapter.

Westerside joined Shamrock Realty in 2009 and continues to be a top performer.

Peer Review Completed


BERLIN — Howard Wimbrow, CPA announced this week that he has successfully completed a rigorous peer review of his accounting practice.

The reviewer concluded that his engagements submitted for review for the year ended Dec. 31, 2010, were performed and reported on in conformity with applicable professional standards in all material respects.

Wimbrow participates in the Peer Review Program, a practice monitoring program approved by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the national professional organization of CPAs. A firm participating in the Peer Review Program must have an independent review of its accounting practice every three years. The review was conducted under the auspices of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants following standards issued by the AICPA.

Company Department Addition

WILLARDS — Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley recently welcomed Brandon Green to its Commercial Lines Department.

Green, a client service agent, has been in the insurance industry for five years with experience as a transportation underwriter.

He is a graduate of Parkside High School and attended the University of Maryland.

Kiwanis Club Of OC-OP Purchase $100 Raffle Ticket

The Kiwanis Club of Ocean City-Ocean Pines recently purchased a $100 tickets in the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department’s House Raffle. If Kiwanis would happen to win, the value of the house could translate into a lot of funds for the Kiwanis Foundation Scholarship Fund.  Pictured is OPVFD President Steve Rosen accepts the entry from Kiwanis President Roy Foreman. 

Ladies Ancient Order Of Hibernians Present Scholarships

The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians recently presented two $1,000 scholarships to Susanne Marie Kelley and Taylor Michelle Tobak, 2011 graduates of Stephen Decatur High School. In the fall, Kelley will attend Wor-Wic Community College and Tobak will be attending York College. Pictured, from left, are Club President Mary Wheeler, Kelley, Tobak and Scholarship Committee members Joanne Kirby and Betty … Continue reading

Things I Like

The Borgias on Showtime Holding both my kids at the same time When the O’s were contenders The Mann in Philly Quiet Sunday nights That football is near Smell of a laundry room Bob Dylan’s Quinn the Eskimo Steak and salad for dinner Old appliances that still work A thunderstorm to end a hot day                                                                                                                                                   

What’s Your Sign

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Salisbury Council Puts Off Housing Board Decisions

SALISBURY – The City Council decided it was not time yet to make any final decisions on the Housing Board of Adjustment and Appeals (HBAA) role in the city’s government as proposed amendments were sent back to discussion this week. The Housing Board of Adjustments and Appeals (HBAA) was created to hear the appeals of property owners’ who have been … Continue reading

Salisbury Doctor Found Guilty Of Health Care Fraud

SALISBURY — A Salisbury cardiologist faces as many as 35 years in prison after a federal jury this week found him guilty of six counts of health care fraud. A federal jury in Baltimore on Tuesday convicted John R. McLean, 59, of Salisbury, on six healthcare fraud offenses in connection with a scheme during which he submitted insurance claims for … Continue reading