Arrest Made In Church Burglary

Social Issues & Government

OCEAN CITY — A local man, already serving a three-year stint for burglarizing a downtown motel, was charged again last week after Ocean City Police were able to connect him to a break-in at an uptown church last June.

Last June 26, Ocean City Police responded to the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on 101st Street for a reported burglary that had already occurred. OCPD officers met with the church’s office manager, who reported entry had been gained through a window on the church’s south side. Officers observed the window had been tampered with and its screen was lying on the ground.

The church manager directed the officers to the parish office and pointed out the door lock had been tampered with and the glass window in the door had been shattered. The church manager told police around $14 had been stolen from a petty cash drawer in the office, but there didn’t appear to be anything else missing. The value of damage to the broken glass door was estimated at $75.

The area where the suspect had gained entry into the church and office was processed by forensic officers for latent fingerprints and the recovered prints were sent to the Maryland State Police lab for analysis. Last Nov. 18, OCPD Forensics were notified by the MSP lab the fingerprints collected at the church belonged to Donovan Smith, 47, of Ocean City.

Smith was already serving time at ECI for the burglary of a downtown Ocean City motel office in November 2013. In December, an OCPD detective interviewed Smith, during which he admitted that is was possible he could have committed the church break-in while he was “blacked out drunk,” but he wasn’t certain because he couldn’t remember. Smith told police he had been to the church on previous occasions for food and drinks they supply on certain days to the needy. Based on the fingerprint evidence and the interview, OCPD Detective last week formally filed for new burglary charges against Smith.

Last April, Smith pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and was sentenced to eight years, all but three of which were suspended.

Around 10 a.m. on Nov. 20, 2013, Ocean City Police responded to the area of Baltimore Ave. and 1st Street for a reported burglary. The victim told police a suspect had entered his room along with a nearby office space and another room and had stolen numerous items.

During the investigation, Ocean City Police Communications broadcast a description of the suspect. Shortly after the broadcast, the suspect, who was later identified Smith was spotted in West Ocean City. Police responded to the area and arrested Smith without incident.

 

Citizen Tip Leads To Drug Arrest

BERLIN — A Pittsville man was arrested on impaired driving and drug possession charges this week after a citizen tip alerted Maryland State Police to his alleged erratic driving on Route 50.

Around 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, a citizen reported to the Maryland State Police Berlin barrack that a vehicle was swerving from lane to lane along Route 50. A short time later, MSP troopers located the vehicle and made contact with the driver, identified as Justin Michael Sauve, 24, of Pittsville.

A background check revealed Sauve’s driver’s license was suspended and revoked. According to police reports, he also exhibited signs of impairment. A subsequent probable cause search revealed several items including trace amounts of heroin and marijuana along with several hypodermic needles. Sauve failed standardized field sobriety tests and was arrested for driving while impaired, driving while suspended and revoked and various CDS charges.

 

DUI Triggers Probation Violation

OCEAN CITY — An Ocean City man was arrested on drunk-driving charges last week, violating the terms of his probation for a manslaughter conviction in 2012 for his role in the death of a West Ocean City bar owner.

Last Tuesday, an OCPD officer on patrol in the area of 120th Street observed a vehicle in convenience store parking lot with an individual later identified as Cyle Walker, 29, of Ocean City, in the driver’s seat. The officer ran a check on the vehicle and learned a prior operator was wanted on an active arrest warrant in Wicomico County. The officer approached Walker and determined he was not the wanted individual.

However, the officer did detect a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on Walker’s breath and person. Walker allegedly admitted consuming alcohol prior to his interaction with the police, but told the officer he was waiting for a cab. According to police reports, the officer told Walker on multiple occasions not to drive.

About a half an hour later, the officer observed Walker pull out of the convenience store parking lot and onto Coastal Highway. Walker was then pulled over and was subjected to a battery of field sobriety tests, which he did not pass to the officer’s satisfaction. Walker was then arrested and charged with driving while impaired.

The rather routine DUI arrest this week triggered a violation of the terms of Walker’s probation following a conviction on manslaughter and other charges for his role in the death of former 707 Sports Bar and Grill owner Carey Flynn in 2011. In October of 2012, Walker was found guilty of manslaughter and was sentenced to three years, all but one year of which was suspended, and he was given credit for 90 days spent in jail awaiting trial. In addition, Walker was placed on supervised probation for three years following his release.

Last week’s DUI arrest reopened the manslaughter case and could result in additional jail time including all or a portion of his original sentence in the manslaughter case. A violation of probation hearing has been set for June 5.

On Oct. 6, 2011, Walker and Flynn got into a verbal argument when the bar owner saw the defendant urinating on the side of his building around closing time. The verbal argument escalated into a deadly physical altercation.

 

Stiff Sentence For Cocaine Dealer

SNOW HILL — An Ocean City woman, arrested on drug distribution charges last October following a raid on a residence, was found guilty this week of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced to six years, all but 18 months of which was then suspended.

During the month of October last year, the Ocean City Narcotics Unit initiated a drug investigation on a residence in the ocean block of 41st Street. The investigation, which was initiated after a citizen tip was received reporting suspected drug activity at the residence, determined both Shakeim Fitzgerald Williams, 38, and Tiffanie Amanda Sunderland, 22, were both living in the residence.

Around 12:20 a.m. on Halloween, the Ocean City Police Quick Response Team executed a search-and-seizure warrant at the residence and located Williams and Sunderland inside. Detectives also located around one ounce of cocaine with a street value of about $1,000, one ounce of heroin with a street value of $5,000 and a felony amount of marijuana.

Also located was around $500 in cash and hundreds of items commonly used to package and sell controlled dangerous substances (CDS). Williams and Sunderland were arrested at the residence without incident. They have each been charged with three counts of possession with intent to distribute CDS and possession of CDS.

This week, Sunderland entered an Alford plea to possession with intent to distribute cocaine. In an Alford plea, a suspect does not admit guilt, but acknowledges the state has enough evidence to prosecute the case. Sunderland was sentenced to six year, all but 18 months of which were suspended. She was also placed on probation for three years and fined $500.

 

Who’s Playing When And Where

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28th Street Pit and Pub

410-289-2020

28th St. & Coastal Hwy.

Every Thursday:

Locals’ Night With DJ BK

 

Adolfo’s

410-289-4001

13th St. & The Boardwalk,

In The Beach Plaza Hotel

Friday, April 24: Apple & Britt

Saturday, April 25: Dave Britt

Sunday, April 26 & Wednesday, April 29: Jake On Piano

 

Atlantic Hotel

410-641-3589

2 North Main St., Berlin

Friday, April 24: Joey Saah, 5 p.m.

Every Monday: Earl Beardsley

Every Tuesday:

Bob Miller On The Piano

 

Bourbon street

on the beach

443-664-2896

116th St. & Coastal Hwy.

Behind The Fountainhead

Towers Condominiums

Friday, April 24:

Dave Sherman, 7 p.m.

Every Saturday:

Baltimore Boyz, 4 p.m.

Every Wednesday:

Open Jam, 8 p.m.

Thursday, April 30:

Brant Quick, 6 p.m.

 

Buxy’s Salty Dog

410-289-0973

28th St. & Coastal Hwy.

Friday, April 24: DJ Teddy V

 

Captain’s table

410-289-7192

Courtyard by

Marriott Hotel,

15th St. & Baltimore Ave.

Every Friday & Saturday Night:

Phil Perdue on Piano

 

Clarion Hotel

410-524-3535

10100 Coastal Hwy.

Ocean Club:

Friday, April 24 & Saturday, April 25: Power Play

Every Friday & Saturday: DJ Dusty

 

Fager’s Island

410-524-5500

60th St. in the Bay

On The Deck:

Friday, April 24: Kevin Poole, 5:30 p.m.; DJ Hook, 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 25: Opposite Directions, 5:30 p.m.; DJ Groove, 9 p.m.

Inside:

Friday, April 24:

The New Romance, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 25:

Scott’s New Band, 9:30 p.m.

Every Sunday: Brunch with

Everett Spells, 11 a.m.

 

Full moon saloon

443-664-5317

12702 Old Bridge Road,

West OC

Friday, April 24: Simple Truth, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 25:

Great Train Robbery Duo, 4-6 p.m.

Sunday, April 26:

Great Train Robbery Duo, 3-7 p.m.

 

Globe, The

410-641-0784

12 Broad St., Berlin

Friday, April 24: DJ BK Dance Party

Saturday, April 25: Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys

 

Greene Turtle North

410-723-2120

11601 Coastal Hwy.

Every Friday:

JJ the DJ, 10 p.m.

Every Saturday:

DJ Wood, 10 p.m.

Every Tuesday: Trivia with

Adam Ask, 7 p.m.

 

Greene Turtle West

410-213-1500

Rte. 611, West OC

Every Friday: DJ Wood, 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 25: Tree Fiddy

Every Wednesday:

Bingo With Blake Haley

 

Hooters

410-213-1841

12513 Ocean Gateway,

West OC

Friday, April 24: Joey Saah

Saturday, April 25: DJ BK

Sunday, April 26: Kaleb Brown

 

johnny’s pizza & pub

410-723-5600

56th St. & Coastal Hwy.,

Bayside

Friday, April 24 & Saturday, April 25: Coman Sproles & The 69 Band

Every Wednesday: Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys

 

KY West

443-664-2836

54th St. & Coastal Hwy.

Every Friday: Baltimore Boyz

Every Saturday: DJ Rhoadie

 

la Hacienda

410-208-1383

11033 Nicholas Lane,

Ocean Pines

Tuesday, May 5:

Full Circle Trio, 5-9 p.m.

 

M.R. Ducks

410-289-9125

311 Talbot Street

Friday, April 24: DJ Batman, 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 25: Tranzfusion

 

Ocean Pines Yacht Club

410-641-7501

1 Mumford’s Landing Road,

Ocean Pines

Friday, April 24:

Pat O’Brennan, 6-10 p.m.

 

Pour House, The

410-289-POUR

501 S. Baltimore Ave., O.C.

Friday, April 24: Haleytown

 

Seacrets

410-524-4900

49th St. & Coastal Hwy.

Friday, April 24: Full Circle, Melodime, Gypsy Wisdom & DJs

Saturday, April 25: Melodime, Element K Steal The Sky & DJs

Thursday, April 30:

Full Circle Duo & DJs

Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk

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Worcester County has apparently been working on an informal strategic plan and a draft of it was released this week. The top five priorities listed were the following:

  1. Replace Showell Elementary School with a cost-effective and affordable structure.
  2. Review design guidelines and standards for commercial uses and U.S. Route 50 transportation corridor plan (tie for second)
  3. Develop exit strategy for Liquor Control (tie for second)
  4. Develop efficient plan for solid waste operation (tie for fourth)
  5. Pocomoke Area Industrial Park (tie for fourth)

There’s a lot of valuable information included in the draft and it provides some insight into the group’s thinking, but one that doesn’t get a lot of attention from the general public is the one involving trash, and the fact solid waste operations are having a huge negative impact on the county’s bottom line.

It’s been this way for a long time but it became a major problem five years ago when Ocean City, the biggest trash provider on the shore, stopped bringing its trash to the county’s central landfill. With that decision came major financial losses from reduced tipping fees, and the county is still reeling from the loss of business.

The decision to outsource trash hauling was a smart one for the Town of Ocean City, although controversial at the time because it meant the end of curbside recycling. At the heart of that process was Dick Malone, the retired deputy public works director who attended a town hall meeting in Ocean Pines this week as a property owner. Malone told Commissioners Jim Bunting and Chip Bertino there is “no money in trash” and he advised the county to follow Ocean City’s footsteps by paying a company to haul the trash accumulated in the county to a “mega-landfill” elsewhere or an incinerator, which is what Ocean City agreed to do.

This will not be an overnight fix to the county’s budget woes, but it would be a long-term solution to a long-time headache of the county, particularly considering a new landfill cell will soon need to be funded at a huge price tag.

 

For $15,000, the Worcester County Commissioners would be silly not to chip in funds for a feasibility study for a north-end sports arena.

This concept of a 6,000-seat arena seems too big for our rural and seasonal area in my opinion, but apparently Hat Trick Consulting doesn’t think so. The firm’s opinion should matter since it has experience in the venue market and the fact it has already invested about $25,000 in the early evaluation of a project like this in northern Worcester County. The key to making a facility such as the one in Allen, Texas that was referred to this week is it would need two sports franchises to make the arena its home, according to Hat Trick. Ice hockey has already been tapped as one such possibility. Lacrosse, basketball and soccer are also considered other sports to consider.

If the Maryland Stadium Authority, a key player in this process because of its vested interest in the Roland E. Powell Convention, is willing to fund 40 percent of the feasibility study, the county should commit its share of $15,000 to at least see the process through based on its mere potential.

Personally, I’m skeptical the residential and visiting population numbers will support this type of venue, but I also give the consulting firm enough credit that it would not have dumped $25,000 on this effort if it were a loser.

 

As discussed last month when the official date for the event was announced for the first weekend in October, H2O International founder Jay Shoup continues to do his part to clean up the weekend after last year’s disaster. He deserves credit for his efforts because he’s getting ridiculed along the way by social media morons.

Shoup took again this week to social media, specifically the event’s Facebook page, to address the bad seeds who ruined the time of many others last year and cast a dark cloud over his event.

“I’m not some ‘elitist *&^hole’, as I’ve been so rudely called. You don’t know me and you don’t know what I do/have done for others. I don’t need to tell you of all the $$$ that’s been donated to local schools or charities because I do it without seeking a pat on the back but just in the last four years H2Oi has documented donations of over $10,000, If I need to start showing all the good that comes from H2Oi, I will … so before you throw stones, step back and look at yourself and if you can say that you’re perfect by all means cast the first stone but be prepared for karma …,” Shoup wrote. “Be kind to each other and if you don’t have something nice to say or constructive words to make things better, go away. Some have said, H2Oi doesn’t even take place in OCMD so it shouldn’t ruin H2Oi – as true as that statement is, what you fail to realize is that it all trickles down, as I have sat in several meetings that involved everything OC and surrounding areas. We are all affected. All attendees who come this weekend are there for one reason and that reason is H2Oi. Do you think it’s coincidence that we all converge on that peninsula because of a fishing convention? Come on people. The VW/Audi community as a whole needs to take a stand and take back OUR week. Take back H2Oi. And no, I will not ‘just accept the fact’ that H2Oi has become something different. It’s still H2Oi, the original laid back VW/Audi event. PERIOD.”

 

 

 

 

Seahawks Win Two Big Games, Remain Unbeaten

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity lacrosse team enjoyed a big week, edging four-time defending Bayside Conference champion Queen Anne’s, 11-10, in overtime last Friday before routing Delaware power Cape Henlopen on Monday.

Despite unprecedented success in recent years, standing in the Seahawks’ way has almost always been Queen Anne’s. Decatur lost in the Bayside title game last year to the Lions, who collected their fourth straight conference title. Last Friday, the two teams met again in a game that had a playoff feel and this time it was the Seahawks exacting a little revenge with a thrilling 11-10 overtime victory.

Decatur jumped out to an early 4-1 lead and led most of the first half before a Queen Anne’s rally tied the game at 5-5 at the intermission. The Seahawks then scored three straight goals to start the second half and pushed its lead back to three goals at 8-5.

Again, Queen Anne’s battled back and took a 9-8 lead with the clock winding down. With just over a minute remaining in regulation, Decatur’s Blair Yesko tied the game at 9-9 with a goal on an assist from Payton VanKirk. In the first three-minute overtime period, Yesko scored with just 17 seconds left to put Decatur ahead, 10-9. Overtime in girls’ lacrosse is not sudden death, however, and the two teams moved on to a second overtime period.

Queen Anne’s tied the game at 10-10 in the second overtime period, setting up the dramatic conclusion. With less than a minute remaining in the second overtime period, Decatur’s Elle Bargar scored a free position goal to put the Seahawks ahead 11-10. Queen Anne’s wasn’t quite done yet and appeared to score a tying goal with time running down, but the goal was waved off by a crease violation.

The Seahawks were able to hold onto the ball for the remaining 30 seconds to clinch the victory over their old nemesis, touching off a wild celebration. Yesko led the Decatur attack with four goals and an assist, while Payton VanKirk scored three goals and dished out three assists. Jillian Petito was outstanding in goal with 16 saves including two huge ones in overtime.

Decatur was back in action at home on Monday against Cape and took care of business to improve to 7-0 on the season. The game was close for much of the first half, which ended with the Seahawks leading 8-5. Decatur pulled steadily away from Cape in the second half and prevailed, 15-9. Yesko led the way with five goals and three assists, while Payton VanKirk scored four goals. Victoria Kerkovich scored three goals, all in the second half, while Claire Porter scored a goal and dished out an assist. Petito turned in another strong performance with 10 saves.

 

Things To Do Around Town

Thngs to do

Every 1st Friday:

Star Charities Volunteers Meet

10 a.m., Ocean Pines Library. For more information, 410-641-7667.

 

Every Saturday:

Weekly Farmers Market

8 a.m.-1 p.m., White Horse Park, 239 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines. Year-round featuring locally grown vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, kettle corn, flowers, artisan breads, seafood, meats and more. New vendors welcome. For more information, 410-641-7717.

 

Every Saturday: Habitat For

Humanity Warehouse Sale

8 a.m.-noon, 7033 Worcester Hwy., Newark. Currently accepting donations in the form of gently used furniture, appliances and building supplies. For more information, 410-208-4440.

 

Every Saturday: Morning Worship

10 a.m., Bible study; 11 a.m., worship, Beatitudes by the Beach (Seventh-day Adventist Ocean City Company), 10301 Coastal Hwy., (St. Peter’s Lutheran Church), O.C. For more information, 443-397-4005.

 

Every Saturday & Sunday

Through April 26: OCAA Pancake

Breakfast Fundraiser

9 a.m.-noon, Ocean City Municipal Airport, terminal building. To benefit the Huey Veteran’s Memorial Display. Menu to include pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage and coffee. Cost: $7 suggested donation. For more information, 410-213-2471 or 410-726-7207.

 

Every Sunday: Morning Worship

8:30 a.m., contemporary; 10 a.m., traditional, Atlantic United Methodist Church, 105 4th St., O.C. For more information, 410-289-7430.

 

Every Sunday: Morning Worship

8 a.m. & 11 a.m., Traditional Worship; 9:30 a.m., Contemporary Worship; St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A, 10301 Coastal Hwy., O.C. For more information, 410-524-7474.

 

Every Sunday: Divine Liturgy

9:30 a.m., St. Andrew’s Orthodox Church, 33384 MacKenzie Way, Lewes. Visitors always welcome. All services in English. For more information, 302-645-5791 or visit www.orthodoxdelmar.org.

 

Every Monday: Delmarva Chorus,

Sweet Adelines Meet

7-9 p.m., Ocean Pines Community Center. Women are invited to learn the craft of a capella singing under the direction of Carol Ludwig. For more information, 410-641-6876.

 

Open Monday-Saturday: Atlantic

United Methodist Church Thrift Shop

10 a.m.-2 p.m., AUMC, 105 4th Street, O.C. For more info, 410-289-7430.

 

Open Monday-Saturday: Shirley

Grace Pregnancy Center Thrift Shop

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Bank Plaza, 34407 Dupont Blvd., Unit 3. Frankford, Del. All proceeds benefit the Shirley Grace Pregnancy Center. For more information, 443-513-0114.

 

Every Monday: Berlin TOPS Meeting

5-6:30 p.m., Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 1, 733 Healthway Drive. TOPS is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. For more information, 410-251-2083.

 

Every 2nd Tuesday: Worcester Co.

Parkinson’s Support Group

2:30-4 p.m., Ocean Pines Library. Speakers, exercises, discussions of current medications and new sources of help. For more information, 410-208-3132.

 

Every Tuesday: TOPS Meeting

5:30-7 p.m., Worcester Co. Health Center, 9730 Healthway Dr., Berlin. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support group promoting weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For information, email jeanduck47@gmail.com.

 

Open Wednesday-Saturday:

‘Used To Be Mine’ Thrift Shop

Supporting Diakonia

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Located at the intersection of Rte. 611 and Sunset Ave. For more information, 410-213-0243.

 

Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday,

September-May: MOPS Meeting

9:15 a.m., The Community Church, Ocean Pines. MOPS is focused on building a community of moms that meet to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. Free childcare so come and enjoy a mommy’s play date. For more info visit, www. facebook.com/groups-/MOPSccop.

 

Open Wednesday-Saturday:

Shepherd’s Nook Thrift Shop

9 a.m.-1 p.m., Community Church at Ocean Pines, Rte. 589 & Racetrack Rd., Berlin. Accepting donations of gently worn clothes and household items.

 

Every Thursday:

Beach Singles 45+ Happy Hour

4 p.m., Harpoon Hanna’s. For more information, 302-436-9577, 410-524-0649 or 302-541-4642.

 

April 24: Bunk Mann Signing

“Vanishing Ocean City”

4-6 p.m., Dazzle Gift Shop, 11312 Man-klin Creek Rd., Ocean Pines. Bunk Mann will be signing his  book “Vanishing Ocean City” and refreshments will be served.

 

April 24: KC Bingo

5 p.m., doors open; games begin 6:30 p.m.; Knights of Columbus, 9901 Coastal Hwy., (rear of St. Luke’s Church) O.C. Refreshments on sale. For more information, 410-524-7994.

 

April 25: Berlin Heritage Festival

11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Main Street Berlin. The town of Berlin teams up with the Ocean Pines Platers to offer a day of fun, historic street teather and music, as well as historical displays, vehicles and artisans. Free of charge.

 

April 25: Spring Festival

9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 3 Church St., Berlin. Silent auction, white elephant table, crafts, homemade baked goods and book sale. For more information, 410-641-4066.

 

April 26: KC Breakfast Special

8-11:30 a.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, Council 9053, 9901 Coastal Hwy., behind St. Lukes. Menu includes scrambled eggs, western omelet, bacon, sausage, home fries, chip beef, french toast, regular toast, pancakes, orange juice and coffee. Cost: $9, adults; $4 children under age 8. For more info, 410-524-7994.

 

April 28: Germantown Community

Watch Group Meeting

6:30 p.m., Germantown School Community Heritage Center, 10223 Trappe Rd., Berlin. The meeting will be monitored by Corporal Dale Trotter of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. For more information, 410-641-0638.

 

April 28: Atlantic Coast Chapter

Of The MD Saltwater Sportfishing

Association Meeting

Doors open at 7 p.m.; meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.; Lions Club, off Airport Rd., West O.C. Guest speaker will be Don Webster from Md. Coop Wye Research who will speak on aquaculture and Eric Zlokovitz from DNR who will talk about artificial wrecks and reefs. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, 410-255-5535 or email fish@mssa.net.

 

April 29: Bingo

5:30, doors open; 6:30, early bird games; 7 p.m., regular games; Ocean City Elks Lodge #2645, 138th St., across from the Fenwick Inn. $1,000 jackpot available, food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. No one under 18 allowed in bingo hall during bingo.

 

April 29: Delmarva Hand Dancing

5:30-9 p.m., Peaky’s, at the Fenwick Inn, 138th St., O.C. Jitterbug, swing, cha-cha to the sounds of the 50’s & 60’s. Beginner and intermediate dance lessons 5:30-6:30 p.m. Followed by dancing until 9 p.m. For more information, 302-200-3262.

 

April 29: KC Simple Supper

5-7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Council #9035 Hall, 9901 Coastal Hwy., (behind St. Lukes Church) O.C. Cost: $5, person; children under 12, $2. For reservations, 410-524-7994.

 

April 30: Legion Bingo

Doors open 5 p.m., games begin 6:30 p.m.; American Legion Post 166, 24th St. & Philadelphia Ave., O.C. Food and drink available. For more information, 410-289-3166.

 

May 1-2: Big Yard Sale & Bake Sale

8 a.m.-2 p.m., Henlopen Grange Parking Lot, 1528 Savannach Rd., Lewes. All proceeds to benefit St. Andrew’s Orthodox Church, 33384 Mackenzie Way, Lewes. Rain dates May 8-9.

 

May 1: KC Bingo

5 p.m., doors open; games begin 6:30 p.m.; Knights of Columbus, 9901 Coastal Hwy., (rear of St. Luke’s Church) O.C. Refreshments on sale. For more information, 410-524-7994.

 

May 2: Outdoor Flea Market

8 a.m.-1 p.m., Bethany United Methodist Church, Rte. 611 & Snug Harbor Rd. (near Frontiertown). Breakfast and lunch will be served. Great soups and baked goods. For more information or to rent a table, 410-629-0926.

 

May 2: Worcester Co. Garden Club

Plant Auction And Sale

10 a.m., Calvin B. Taylor Museum, 208 N. Main St., Berlin. Annuals, perennials, shrubs, herbs and other garden related items. Rain date, May 3, 1 p.m. For more information, 410-632-2504.

 

May 2: Gospel Fundraiser Event

11 a.m.-3 p.m., Berlin Intermediate School. Soulful Gospel Events to host benefit for Dikesha Johnson, who lost her home due to a house fire and also her two next door neighbors, Maria Briddell, London Bailey, Bryauna Menafee whose homes suffered water and smoke damage.

 

May 3: Beef & Dumplings Dinner

Noon-3 p.m., Girdletree Volunteer Fire Dept., Girdletree. Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary. Beef and dumpling dinner with dessert and beverage. Cost: $15, adults; $8, for children 8 and under. Carry-out and dine-in available.

 

May 3: Kiwanis Italian Dinner

Two seatings, 5 & 6 p.m.; DeNovo’s Trattoria, Manklin Station Shopping Center, Ocean Pines South Gate. To benefit the youth of the community. Tickets will be sold on a first come-first serve basis and limited to only 100 people per seating. Cost: $10 for adults; $3, children under 12. If room permits walk-ins will be taken. Carry-out is also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, 410-208-6719.

 

May 3: OP Boat Club

Spring Fling Dinner & Dance

6-7 p.m. cocktails and appetizers (cash bar); 7-10 p.m., buffet dinner and dancing; Golden Sands Condominiums, 10900 Coastal Hwy., O.C. Cost: $35, member; $38, non-members. Two drink tickets included. Music by Bob Hughes. For more information or to make reservations by April 28, 410-641-6139.

 

May 5: OC Community Health Fair

8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Roland E. Powell Convention Center, 40th St., & Coastal Hwy. Sponsored by Atlantic General Hospital, the Town of Ocean City and the OC AARP Chapter. Free and open to the public. Blood drive by Blood Bank of Delmarva. Free screenings and a special visit by Sherman the Shorebird.

 

May 6: Bingo

5:30, doors open; 6:30, early bird games; 7 p.m., regular games; Ocean City Elks Lodge #2645, 138th St., across from the Fenwick Inn. $1,000 jackpot available, food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. No one under 18 allowed in bingo hall during bingo.

 

May 6: Delmarva Hand Dancing

5:30-9 p.m., Peaky’s, at the Fenwick Inn, 138th St., O.C. Jitterbug, swing, cha-cha to the sounds of the 50’s & 60’s. Beginner and intermediate dance lessons 5:30-6:30 p.m. Followed by dancing until 9 p.m. For more information, 302-200-3262.

 

May 7: Women’s Club Of Ocean Pines

Meeting

10 a.m., Ocean Pines Community Center, 239 Ocean Parkway. Scholarships and community donations for membership year 2014-2015 will be awarded. Refreshments will be served. For more information, 410-208-9326.

 

May 7: Legion Bingo

Doors open 5 p.m., games begin 6:30 p.m.; American Legion Post 166, 24th St. & Philadelphia Ave., O.C. Food and drink available. For more information, 410-289-3166.

 

May 8: KC Bingo

5 p.m., doors open; games begin 6:30 p.m.; Knights of Columbus, 9901 Coastal Hwy., (rear of St. Luke’s Church) O.C. Refreshments on sale. For more information, 410-524-7994.

 

May 9: Fenwick Barefoot Gardeners

Club Annual Plant Sale

8 a.m.-1 p.m., Coastal Hwy. & James St., Fenwick Island. For more information, 443-206-0567 or 302-539-7793.

 

May 10:  KC Breakfast Special

8-11:30 a.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, Council 9053, 9901 Coastal Hwy., behind St. Lukes. Menu includes scrambled eggs, western omelet, bacon, sausage, home fries, chip beef, french toast, regular toast, plain and blueberry pancakes, orange juice and coffee. Cost: $9, adults; $4 children under age 8. For more information, 410-524-7994.

 

May 13: Bingo

5:30, doors open; 6:30, early bird games; 7 p.m., regular games; Ocean City Elks Lodge #2645, 138th St., across from the Fenwick Inn. $1,000 jackpot available, food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. No one under 18 allowed in bingo hall during bingo.

 

May 13: Delmarva Hand Dancing

5:30-9 p.m., Peaky’s, at the Fenwick Inn, 138th St., O.C. Jitterbug, swing, cha-cha to the sounds of the 50’s & 60’s. Beginner and intermediate dance lessons 5:30-6:30 p.m. Followed by dancing until 9 p.m. For more information, 302-200-3262.

 

May 14: Legion Bingo

Doors open 5 p.m., games begin 6:30 p.m.; American Legion Post 166, 24th St. & Philadelphia Ave., O.C. Food and drink available. For more information, 410-

Berlin Mayor Outlines Goals With Budget Process Underway

BERLIN – Mayor Gee Williams urged Berlin officials to consider the town’s key goals, ranging from buying the former Tyson property to increasing parking, as they developed the coming year’s budget.

At a budget work session Monday, Williams stressed the importance of continuing the town’s success with the projects identified during Berlin’s strategic planning process. Though the overall budget remains relatively flat as the coming fiscal year approaches, Williams outlined the major projects facing the town — buying the Tyson property, designing a new police station, increasing parking and supporting construction of a new library.

“It’s exciting,” he said. “Let’s not think of it as a burden. We’re all committed to see it gets done one way or the other.”

The purchase of the former Tyson facility, which the town has been moving toward since late 2014, is expected to cost $2.5 million. The town is currently in the process of getting the property appraised and having an environmental study done.

Williams said putting $1 million toward the design and start of construction of the new police headquarters proposed for the corner of Bay Street and Route 113 would get that project, which has been discussed for years, underway.

In addition, he suggested budgeting $500,000 to increasing parking options in the downtown area. Williams said that since being elected mayor he has always heard that there weren’t enough parking options in Berlin but that he had found it to be true in recent years.

“We’re maxed out not all the time but a lot of the time,” he said.

While a shuttle does provide effective transport downtown during special events, Williams said the fact that the town’s lots were full when no events were scheduled meant the town needed to address the problem.

“I don’t think it’s all going to go away,” he said.

The final budget consideration the mayor brought up was the new library proposed for Berlin. He said the Worcester County Library Foundation had asked for $75,000 over the next three years to help support the project.

Aside from the projects Williams talked about, the town’s proposed budget varies little from the current year’s budget, according to staff. Revenues in FY 2016 are projected to be 16 percent — about $715,000 — higher than they were in FY 2015. Much of that comes from an expected increase in residential impact fees — town staff budgeted $284,000 for FY 2016 — as well as a smaller contribution to the town’s stormwater fund than in years past, as the utility begins to stand on its own.

The town expects to receive about $230,000 in casino revenue in the coming year and $450,000 from Worcester County. In all, revenues are budgeted at $5.5 million for the coming year.

“We’ve been talking about growth for a while,” Williams said. “It looks like from a budgetary standpoint it’s here. We’ve gone through the recession and we’re back where we were.”

Capital expenditures budgeted for FY 2016 include a new vehicle for town hall as well as two new police vehicles. The town has planned for $170,500 in street and sidewalk improvements. The proposed budget earmarks $30,000 for a new HVAC system at the town visitor center as well as $25,000 toward the development of architectural design standards.

 

Worcester Plans No Changes For Route 50 EDU Fees

SNOW HILL – Though they’re eager to see commercial development near Samuel Bowen Boulevard along Route 50 increase, local officials have agreed not to tweak area sewer costs.

The Worcester County Commissioners, following a recommendation from the county’s water and sewer committee, voted this week not to adjust EDU (Equivalent Dwelling Unit) costs in the Riddle Farm sanitary service area. The decision came after a report from a consultant earlier this month outlining various tax scenarios that might make EDUs more affordable for commercial developers interested in the available properties near Walmart in Berlin.

“My intent was to present options to accelerate development in the area of Walmart,” said Bill Badger, the county’s economic development director.

Badger said he’d suggested hiring the consultant Municap Inc. to present ways the county could lessen EDU costs after hearing from developers that the $23,535 price set for Riddle Farm EDUs was prohibitive.

“What that means is some developers may not come to this area,” he said.

Municap presented county officials earlier this month with two ways to cut costs, reducing the county’s $4,926 portion of the fee or creating a special tax that would enable developers to pay the county portion of the fee over time. At that point, the commissioners put forth the possibility that Goody Taylor, the county’s private partner on the sewer project, look at cutting the $18,609 portion of the EDU fee he was to receive. When the county’s water and sewer committee met to discuss the report, however, Mark Cropper, the attorney for Goody Taylor, made it clear that his client was not interested in adjusting his piece of the EDU fee.

“Under no circumstances did anyone ever say to me Mr. Taylor’s got to give up something,” Cropper said. “My client’s paying the cost to increase the sewer capacity of what is a county-owned plant. The only way my client gets reimbursed is through the sale of these EDUs.”

Cropper said there were developers not willing to commit to purchasing EDUs because of the county’s earlier indications that officials would be working to reduce costs.

“The mere consideration of a different means by which to finance these EDUs, as long as that possibility  is looming around there are certain developers not willing to commit because they think there’s a possibility if they wait long enough they can get them cheaper down the road,” Cropper said.

Nevertheless, he said the Cordish Company was ready to buy a large portion of the available EDUs at the previously set price whenever they became available.

“They’ve been waiting,” he said. “They’re the one developer that has consistently indicated a desire to purchase these EDUs.”

Kelly Shanahan, the county’s assistant chief administrative officer, said the money the county received from the sale of EDUs could be used to fund the expansion of water service to the Route 50 service road.

“If we left out there the option to finance, that’d stall progress,” he said.

The commissioners agreed to follow the water and sewer committee’s recommendation to make no adjustments and to leave the EDU price at $23,535.

Ward Museum Brings Wildfowl Carving, Art Fest To OC

OCEAN CITY — Each year the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, plays host to the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival, bringing talented artists from across the globe to Ocean City, allowing them to showcase their carving talent.

This year’s event at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center is slated for this weekend, April 24-26. The wildfowl carvings are highly meticulous decorative works of art that can be used as functional hunting decoys. These spectacular sculptures, coveted by celebrities and avid collectors alike, mimic wildfowl species such as red tail hawks, bald eagles, saw whet owls, wood ducks and thousands of other species from around the world.

On display will be more than 1,400 wildfowl carvings by artists representing all levels of experience – from youth to world champions each competing for a share of nearly $60,000 in cash and prizes Since the first competition, more than four decades ago, the World Championship has awarded carvers with over $2.5 million in prize money. It is a great opportunity for anyone attending to learn about eclectic bird species through the carvers’ interpretation of nature.

“You will have a chance to enjoy the beauty of many of the more than 600 bird species in the United States, in addition to species from around the globe,” said Lora Bottinelli, executive director of the Ward Museum. “For anyone who adores nature, enjoys birds and has an appreciation for fine art, the World Championship is the place to be to experience the best wildfowl art the world has to offer.”

“Rodney Stotts Falconry”, a demonstration of the ancient art of falconry, will be hosting a demonstration on Sunday, April 26. Stotts will present an educational lecture with live birds on display, followed by free flight demonstrations with a variety of raptors. Audience members have the opportunity to witness a hawk and falcon sharpen their hunting skills while experiencing the silent flight of an owl. Attendees will also learn about the raptors’ many adaptations for survival, and the vital role they play at the top of the food chain in their environment.

Educational classes, seminars and demonstrations by master carvers gives visitors the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of wildfowl carving from those responsible helping the art evolve to the level it is at today. Activities for children are plentiful at the Kids Corner, where children can create soap carvings, carve feathers using power tools and receive instruction from a world champion carver and decoy painter. For those wishing to partake in nature’s local bounty, outdoor activities will include an early morning bird-watching excursion to Assateague Island and a sunset cruise on Sinepuxent Bay.

Saturday’s live auction provides a chance to bid on original works of art by distinguished artists from around the world. A silent auction for the two winning carvings from the Champagne Waterfowl and Champagne Waterfowl Champion divisions is also scheduled.

Visitors of the event have the opportunity to shop from a wide variety of vendors to purchase paintings, photography, carvings, bronze sculptures, jewelry, folk art, home decorating items and carving supplies. Buyers may purchase carvings directly from the artists at the Carvers’ Art Shop.

A list of hotels offering special rates to visitors attending the show is available on the museum’s website. Show hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 24, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m.. The awards ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. On Sunday, April 26, show hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

 

Baby Ava Civil Suit Settled For $5 Million

SNOW HILL — A $5 million settlement was reached this week in the civil suit filed by the family of “Baby Ava” against an Ocean Pines man who crashed his truck into them in Ocean City in December 2011.

In October 2012, Andre Kaczynski, now 51, of Ocean Pines was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to causing life-threatening injuries by motor vehicle while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance. Kaczynski was admittedly high on PCP when he sped through north Ocean City at speeds reaching over 90 mph before plowing into the rear of a vehicle stopped at a traffic signal at 142nd Street.

Around mid-day on Dec. 16, 2011, Kaczynski seriously injured Annemarie DelRicco and her then 18-month old daughter, Ava. The child had to be extricated from the totaled vehicle and was flown to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

Kaczynski’s own vehicle burst into flames and a later search of the truck revealed a bottle of PCP. Kaczynski later admitted smoking PCP while crossing the Route 90 bridge into Ocean City and barreling up Coastal Highway at speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour before the fateful collision during which he never slowed or attempted to brake.

In August 2012, Kaczynski pleaded guilty to all 11 counts against him, including causing life-threatening injuries while impaired by PCP and was later sentenced to a total of 15 years, all but 10 years of which was then suspended. Following the criminal trial, the DelRicco family last March filed a civil suit in Worcester County Circuit Court against Kaczynski and the two businesses he owned and operated.

On Tuesday, the case was settled with a total of $5 million awarded to Baby Ava’s parents, George and Annemarie DelRicco, in three separate judgments. The largest is a judgment against Kazcynski in favor of Annemarie DelRicco totaling $4,050,000 and a second judgment in favor of Annemarie DelRicco totaling $800,000. A third judgment against Kaczynski in favor of George DelRicco totals $150,000.

The civil suit settlement likely brings a measure of closure to the DelRicco family at least in terms of the legal aspects of the incident, but they will continue to live with it for the rest of their lives. In the days and weeks following the brutal collision, the entire resort community embraced “Baby Ava” with a series of fundraisers and candlelight vigils for the once vibrant and active 18-month-old girl so full of promise.

Ava suffered severe head injuries, among other injuries and required immediate surgery to relieve the swelling of her brain. She remained in a coma following the initial surgery as her family and the entire resort community prayed for her survival. Four years and several surgeries later, Ava is blind and has severe brain damage, limiting her quality of life. She requires around-the-clock care and likely will for the rest of her life. At Kaczynski’s sentencing hearing, Annemarie DelRicco described a life now full of doctor’s visits and constant care.

“We miss our baby Ava as we knew her,” she said. “Everything she does now will be a miracle. We have entered a new world, and we can only pray for the best for Ava. I know Ava’s life will never be normal. She will not see a sunset or a rainbow. She’ll be trapped in her own world for the rest of her life.”

Meanwhile, Kaczynski remains behind bars serving a 10-year sentence and it is uncertain how he will begin to pay the $5 million settlement.

In a videotaped interview following the crash, Kaczynski told the investigating officers he had been out at a local bar the night before and got up around 7 a.m. on the morning of the collision. He said he used PCP that morning and ran some errands before returning to his house in Ocean Pines. He later got a call from an individual in Delaware about a contracting job and hit the road for a meeting with the potential client.

When asked about the last thing he remembered that morning, Kaczynski said he was driving for some reason and that he wanted to get there in a hurry. When asked how fast he was going, the suspect said he didn’t remember. Kaczynski said he didn’t remember the crash. He said he remembered making a left turn when he reached Ocean City, but he didn’t remember anything after that. When asked about the last time he smoked PCP, Kaczynski told the investigating officers he smoked the drug while crossing the bridge into Ocean City.

At the outset of the sentencing hearing in October 2012, Worcester County State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby asked Judge Thomas C. Groton to consider a sentence of 21 years, the maximum allowed when enhanced penalties for repeat offenders were taken into consideration. Kaczynski had a laundry list of prior convictions for drugs, drinking and driving, drugging and driving and crashes, including one case the judge called “eerily similar” to the case at hand in 2008 when he plowed into the back of a tractor trailer while high on marijuana.