Voices From The Readers


No To Common Core

(The following was sent to the Worcester County Commissioners and the county’s Board of Education members.)

Common Core is a nationwide initiative designed to herd states into national K-12 standards and national tests, which ultimately will lead to a national curriculum and silence curriculum input from local parents, taxpayers and educators.

Do we want to do this on top of handing over control of our real estate, as proposed in "Plan Maryland", to Annapolis and the federal government? It will all end when we all have no control of the activities that we have always controlled through the ballot box. Please understand and see these mandates for what they are. They are attacks on our freedoms.

When the "Affordable Healthcare Act", or Obamcare, grows into full implementation, personal freedom loss will become alarmingly evident. "Plan Maryland" and "Common Core" will add to that. There is a national agenda under foot here. States and counties need to say "stop" Please, please do so and take back control of Worcester County.

Dennis W Evans

Good Samaritans Thanked

On Tuesday, April 2, as I was preparing dinner, I heard a voice at the front door. As I went to answer, I saw two men holding up my husband, Earl, who had fallen in the driveway.

Being Good Samaritans, they stopped and helped him into the house. You are Guardian Angels. I thank you. I took Earl to the Emergency Room and he received five sutures over his right eye. I didn’t thank you at the time, but I thank you very much. You are both very special.

Edna M. Smith

Support Appreciated

On behalf of Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) board, I would like to thank members of the community for their amazing support of our organization and, in turn, those we help. Simply put, our 2nd annual BunnyPalooza! was epic.

On Saturday, March 30, 800 runners, and hundreds more spectators, party-goers and volunteers gathered in downtown Bethany Beach for our 5k/10k in support of QRCF’s scholarship and grant programs. I am thrilled to report that thousands of dollars were raised.

First and foremost, I must thank the BunnyPalooza! committee members: Eunice Carpitella, Faith Denault, Maura Dribben, Jackie Inman, Marian Parrott, and Karen Taylor. They devoted hundreds of hours to ensure the success of the event. Thanks also to Race Director Rick Hundley, together with the members of the committee, their efforts were herculean.

We received amazing financial support from our sponsors: 3rd Wave Brewing Co., Baja Beach House Grill, Beach Break Bakrie & Café, Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Blues, The Birch Tree Café, Bluecoast, Boyden Design, Coastal Point, The Cottage Café, Denise Beam at State Farm, Dickens Parlour Theatre, DiFebo’s, Giant Food, Harris Teeter, Jeff Baxter from Prosperity Mortgage, Law Offices of Scott & Shuman, Leslie Kopp, Loftus Wealth Strategies, Maureen’s Ice Cream, Ocean View Animal Hospital, Off the Hook, One Coastal, Mango’s, The Parkway, Pohanka Auto Group, Rehoboth Beach Sports, Sedona Restaurant, Steve Alexander at Resort Quest, Transformative Dynamics, UPS Store-Bethany, Wilgus Insurance, World Gym-Bethany and Yuppy Puppy.

We are also grateful to the hundreds of local and visiting runners, raffle tickets purchasers, spectators, and volunteers. The 2nd annual BunnyPalooza! was a true partnership of businesses and individuals.

We were humbled by the amazing support from so many members of our community. Thanks to all who supported the event and who so generously join us in carrying out our mission.

We invite everyone to learn about our programs, including how to apply for scholarships and grants at www.qrcf.org

Michael Loftus
(The writer was the BunnyPalooza! race chair.)

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  1. Hoping for closure, family of missing woman continues search
    Wednesday, 05 September 2012 11:50
    Caruso vanished from Eastpoint Mall in 1986
    Possible Conspiracy:
    America’s Most Missing Persons
    Bernadette Caruso disappeared after leaving her shift at Shaw’s Jewelers in Eastpoint Mall in 1986.
    At 23, Bernadette Stevenson Caruso was getting her life back together after separating from her husband when she disappeared on Sept. 27, 1986.
    Caruso was last seen leaving her job at Shaw’s Jewelers in Eastpoint Mall at around 5:05 p.m. that day.
    Along with her car, a gray/green 1982 Chevrolet Cavalier with Maryland license tags numbered FYW-097, Caruso disappeared and was never seen or heard from again.
    According to coworkers, Caruso mentioned that she had received a call from her estranged husband, Paul Michael Caruso. She made plans to go speak with him briefly before later meeting up with a friend.
    Caruso would never make it to that friend’s house.
    According to Jill Kelley, Caruso’s friend and coworker, the two had made plans to go out, but Caruso never showed up.
    It was not until the next day that her family began to realize something was wrong. When Caruso’s husband showed up at her house to drop off their 3-year-old daughter, Nicole, she did not answer the door.
    After calling the police, family and friends began searching for signs of Caruso or her car.
    She was never found.
    Caruso’s case bears some similarities to the September 1989 murder of Holabird Avenue resident Teresa “Terry” Ann Schmansky.
    Also the victim of alleged domestic abuse, she was found murdered in her apartment on Sept. 23, 1989. Her murder remains unsolved.
    Since the day of Caruso’s disappearance nearly 26 years ago, her family has not given up the hope of finding out what happened that night.
    “We will never give up hope,” Susan Bowerman, Caruso’s sister, told The Eagle last September, noting, “I only pray that our mother gets some kind of closure one day soon.”
    In the more than two decades since Caruso’s disappearance, her daughter has had to grow up without a mother, never knowing what happened to her.
    Caruso’s sister, Bowerman, has become an advocate for the missing, working with the Maryland Task Force for Missing and Unidentified Adults and Children.
    For her entire family, the search for clues in Caruso’s disappearance continues, though leads are few.
    For Tracey Reitterer, a volunteer advocate with the Maryland Missing Persons Network, helping the Caruso family find closure has been a labor of love.
    For months, Reitterer has been working to raise money for a new type of sonar device that could help searchers find Caruso’s car.
    According to Reitterer, a 2008 tip mentioned that Caruso’s car may have been dumped in a body of water in eastern Baltimore County.
    Though the site was searched by police divers at the time of Caruso’s disappearance, her car was never recovered.
    Based on the new information, and advances in technology, Caruso’s family believes the case bears reexamination.
    To that end, they are raising money to purchase a state-of-the-art side-scanning sonar.
    With this special type of sonar, acoustic signals create a panoramic picture by bouncing off objects underwater.
    This new technology is not only better at finding things underwater, it is safer for the divers as well. It has been used successfully for years.
    In 2006, divers in Danville, Ill., were practicing with the sonar when they recovered a car containing the body of 19-year-old missing student Ryan Katcher.
    The equipment detected the car after other traditional methods failed to uncover the vehicle.
    Though Baltimore County police have indicated that they cannot afford the $26,000 piece of equipment, Reitterer, on behalf of the Caruso family, has spent months trying to raise the necessary funds to purchase the sonar.
    Speaking of her dedication to the cause, Reitterer noted, “I cannot comprehend the pain this family has endured for the past two-plus decades, but I believe we are all in this world to make a difference to one another …. I will do everything in my power to help this family find answers and resolution to Bernadette’s case.”
    Unfortunately, since Reitterer’s campaign began in June, she has only raised a few hundred dollars toward the $26,000 goal.
    To donate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/Bring-Bernadette-Home?pc=fb_cr.
    Donations may also be sent, via check or mail order, to Tracey Reitterer, c/o Northwest Savings Bank, 1101 Maiden Choice Lane, Balto., MD 21229. “Bernadette Caruso Fundraising Effort” should be mentioned in the memo section.
    Tracey Reitterer can be contacted directly at
    For those interested in learning more about the case, visit the website maintained by Caruso’s family at http://www.bernadettestevensoncaruso.org/index.html.
    Though another year has passed since Bernadette Caruso vanished from the parking lot at Eastpoint Mall, her family and friends hold out hope that, someday, they will be able to learn the truth and find some measure of closure.
    This sentiment is echoed in a poem posted on the Caruso’s family website.
    It reads, “To some you may be forgotten/To others, a part of the past/But to those who love you and lost you/Your memory will always last.”

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