OC Girls Winter Basketball Action Continues

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department’s Girls’ Winter Basketball League continued this week with a full slate of games at Northside Park. The following is a quick glance at some of the recent action:

• OC Rec Boosters 20- Taylor’s Restaurant 16: Nadia Bullock was the leading scorer with 12 points, while Morgan Davis added six.

• Baja Amusements 26- OC Rec Boosters 20: Chloe Ruddo led all scorers with 12 points, while Hailey Merritt scored seven and Carly Hoffman added six.

• Fisher’s Popcorn 12- Carousel Hotel 10: Hannah Short scored six points, while Emily Stitely and Alexandria Russell scored four points each.

• OCRP 17- Seaside Smiles 10: Jemma Hammad and Sofia Gordy each scored six points. Grace Beres scored five points.

• OC FOP 18- OC Parrothead Club 11: Charlotte Edmunds led all scorers with eight points. Yasmeen Sbih also scored six points.

• Delmarva Irish Club 31- OC Elks 18: Hanna Merritt led all scorers with 18 points. Hallie Friedman also scored eight in the contest.

•  OC Optimists 8- OC Boosters 8: The two teams played to an 8-8 tie with Camryn Ehlers scoring six points and Jessica Beck adding four points.

• Carousel Hotel 16- Taylor’s Restaurant 13: In a close game, Alexandria Russell and Jessica Delisi each scored eight points.

• OCRP 17- Baja Amusements 15: Zina Sbih scored 10 points and Ally Matha added seven points in another close game.
• OC Rec Boosters 21- OC FOP 10: Nadia Bullock led all scorers with 12 points. Rachel Ehler scored seven points and Yasmeen Sbih added six points.

• Rec Boosters 12- Delmarva Irish 9: Remy Trader led all scorers with six points while Rachel Rodimak added five.

• Seaside Smiles 18- OC Elks 12: Kayley Belzner scored a game-high eight points while Hannah Johnson added six.

30-Plus Vehicles, Private Properties Hit By Vandals

Around 10 p.m. on Sunday, Berlin Police started receiving reports of vehicles being vandalized with spray paint. Photos by Steve Green

BERLIN — Berlin Police continue to investigate a vandalism spree that occurred in the downtown area that included over 30 vehicles and at least three buildings.

According to Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing, the department received the first phone call about the widespread vandalism in the Broad Street area downtown around 10 p.m. on Sunday and received additional calls on Monday morning. Over 30 vehicles were spray-painted with graffiti including some with racial slurs. Some examples include a white vehicle with red paint slashes down its entire side. The side of one building simply said “cheeseburger.” Another vehicle had “LOL” painted on its driver’s side window. Yet another building was adorned with the message “your mother is a nice lady.” Most of the damage this morning was noticed in the municipal parking lot off Main Street.

Downing said on Monday the Berlin Police Department is currently making an assessment of the total damages and more cases could be located as the investigation continues.

“We would not be surprised if even more cases are brought forward,” he said. “There could be cases where the property owners got up and headed to work and didn’t notice the graffiti painted on the opposite side. We’re urging everyone in the area to carefully check their property so we can get a better grasp on the extent of the damage.”

Downing said the department is currently in the process of gathering evidence and leads although no suspects have been identified. The chief said some of the buildings in the area have surveillance video cameras, which are being reviewed for further evidence. The Berlin Police are urging all property owners in the area to check their vehicles and buildings and report any damage to the department at 410-641-1333.

“We’re calling in some additional resources and we’re urging the public to come forward with any information,” he said. “It’s important for the victims to let us know the last time they saw their property before it was vandalized so we can fill in some of the blanks on the timeline.”

 

 

Things I Like

Cooking out in January

 

Embracing change

 

Waking up to snow

 

The unique sound of an acoustic guitar

 

Using the GoPro on my kids

 

A little girl with pigtails

 

Wave watching at the Inlet

 

Friday afternoons

 

Good news coming from a friend

 

My son’s missing front teeth smile

 

My old pairs of Uggs

 

 

Church Break-In Probed

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NEWARK — The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office this week is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect or suspects who broke into a Newark church last Friday and stole a keyboard and amplifier.

Last Friday, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Williams AME Church in Newark for a reported burglary complaint. Deputies met with the trustees of the church and observed a rear door to the sanctuary ad been forced in.

Once inside, the suspect or suspects stole a roughly eight-year-old Rowlands keyboard and a one-year-old Cherokee 550 amplifier. The Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone who might have seen something suspicious between last Wednesday and Friday in the area of the church to contact the department at 410-632-1112. Any information provided can remain confidential.

 

Guilty Plea For Solicitation

SNOW HILL — A Mexican national arrested last August on charges of solicitation of prostitution of a minor pleaded guilty this week and was sentenced to five years, all but six months of which was suspended, and will face deportation upon his release from jail.

Around 10 a.m. on Aug. 12, 2014, the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation (WCBI), with assistance of the Criminal Enforcement Team, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland State Police and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested Carlos O. Mejia, 35, of Seaford, Del., and charged him with solicitation for prostitution and sexual solicitation of a minor. The joint investigation revealed Mejia had traveled from Seaford to an undisclosed location on northern Worcester County in order to engage in sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old juvenile.

The Delaware State Police assisted WCBI in executing a search and seizure warrant on Mejia’s residence in Seaford. During the warrant execution, several items were seized to assist with the investigation. Mejia was charged as part of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office “Operation Worcester Safety Net.”

After pleading guilty on Monday, Mejia was sentenced to five years, all but six months of which were then suspended. When he completes his sentence, deportation proceedings will start for Mejia, who is a citizen of Mexico but was living legally in the U.S. at the time of his arrest last August.

Just last week, the Sheriff’s Office announced “Operation Worcester Safety Net” had resulted in the arrests of 21 individuals who had attempted to engage in sexual contact with minors or used the Internet to share child pornography. Mejia is now one of the 21 defendants whose cases have been adjudicated.

 

Halloween Vandalism Fine

OCEAN CITY — A Laurel, Md. man, arrested last October for a Halloween vandalism spree in Ocean City, pleaded guilty last week to malicious destruction of property and was sentenced to 18 months, all of which was suspended in favor of a fine and restitution.

On Oct. 31, 2014, Ocean City Police observed multiple acts of vandalism to city property in the area of 2nd Street and the Boardwalk. A fire hydrant, dumpsters and a railing had been marked using spray paint. Through the investigation, OCPD officers were able to identify two suspects, William Placek, 23, of Laurel, Md., and Poppy Walker, 25, of Washington, D.C. OCPD officers were also able to determine the two suspects were still in Ocean City.

Placek and Walker were located a short time later in the area of 112th Street and Coastal Highway after officers located a vehicle registered to Placek. The officers located empty spray paint cans in the vehicle and placed Placek and Walker under arrest. Also found in the vehicle was a knife.

In addition, OCPD officers were able to determine the Placek and Walker were responsible for three additional markings throughout Ocean City previously reported to police. While in custody at the Ocean City Public Safety Building, Placek destroyed a sprinkler head in his jail cell.

Placek was charged with six counts of malicious destruction of property, malicious destruction scheme and concealing a deadly weapon. Walker has been charged with one count of malicious destruction of property. Last Friday, Placek pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of property and was sentenced to 18 months, all of which was suspended. He was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $950 in restitution to the victims. Walker is scheduled to appear for trial on March 11.

 

Guilty Plea For Break-Ins

OCEAN CITY — A Churchton, Md. man arrested in November after Ocean City Police were able to connect him to a series of vehicle break-ins in the resort and traced the stolen merchandize to outlet stores in West Ocean City pleaded guilty last week and was sentenced to three years, all of which was suspended in favor of probation and restitution.

Around 8:30 a.m. on Nov, 29, 2014, Ocean City Police were dispatched to the Sand Piper Dunes condominium to investigate a reported breaking and entering and thefts from vehicles that had already occurred. It was soon learned that four vehicles had their windows broken out and property, including recently purchased merchandize, stolen from them.

OCPD detectives met with the first victim, who said he left his truck in the condo parking lot around midnight the night before and went out to find property stolen, including merchandize purchased from Tanger Outlet stores the day before, along with sunglasses and a radar detector. Detective met with a second victim who reported similar circumstances, including vehicle windows broken and recently purchased goods from the outlets in West Ocean City stolen.

OCPD investigators met with two other victims who explained similar circumstances. The rough total of the value of the stolen goods from the four incidents came to around $800, while the property damage to the vehicles totaled well over $1,000.

Ocean City Police then contacted each of the stores from which the victims’ stolen property had been purchased and advised staff to contact the department if anyone attempted to return the items. Around 5:45 p.m. the next day, a Maryland State Police trooper called the OCPD to advise that he had responded to the Bass outlet in West Ocean City in regard to a female and male attempting to return clothing items that had been flagged as stolen.

The trooper advised store staffers did not allow the suspects to return the items and photos were taken by a store employee of the two suspects as they walked away from the business.

The MSP trooper advised the OCPD the female in the photos was known to police through prior encounters with her, but did not recognize the male suspect.

Last week, OCPD officers responded to a condo unit on 57th Street for a reported 911 call hang-up. The residence was occupied by the female identified in the photos taken at the Bass outlet a week earlier. The female told police she believed her boyfriend, identified as Tony Childs, 27, who also lived in the residence, was stealing. When asked to elaborate, the female said Childs had come home around 5 a.m. on Nov. 29 with bags of clothing with the tags still on them and that the items Childs had seemed strange. For example, there were bags of children’s clothing from Children’s Place and Carter’s.

The female allowed a search of the unit and OCPD officers pulled from beneath a bed bags of clothing with tags still on them consistent with the items reported stolen a week earlier during the car break-ins just a block away. Also located was a radar detector stolen from one of the victims. The female said she believed Childs had attempted to return the items to the stores for cash.

Last week, Childs pleaded guilty to rogue and vagabond and was sentenced to three years in jail, all of which was suspended. He was then placed on probation and ordered to pay $2,170 in restitution to the victims.

 

CFES Awards Salisbury Substance Abuse Community Center, Inc. With $5,000 Community Needs Grant

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The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) awarded a $5,000 Community Needs Grant to the Salisbury Substance Abuse Community Center, Inc. (SSACC) to provide support for the outreach and marketing to local Spanish speaking populations. Pictured, from left, are Beth Ohlsson, executive director, SSACC and Heather Towers, Program Officer, Community Foundation. Submitted Photos

The Resorter … Revisited

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Season of 1973

Volume XIX

Edition 9

 

Issue Highlights

 

Tom Ward’s Designer’s Showcase at 1816 Philadelphia Avenue offered furniture, carpeting, draperies, lighting and accessories.

 

An article reported, “The town council was down in Virginia the other week, watching the construction of an underwater sand fence. The sand fence is constructed of steel and shaped like a triangle. It is made in sections about 20 feet long. The whole thing, when it is assembled, is about 1,000 feet long. It is dropped in place by a helicopter. The guy who invented the device is named John M. Potter. He is trying it out at Virginia Beach. Mayor Kelley thinks it could work here, if it works there.”

 

An article on the 11th anniversary of the March 1962 storm reported, “The cause of the storm seems to have been a matter of dispute among some. One citizen claimed the storm resulted from Col. John Glenn’s trip into outer space, while another declared President Kennedy’s decision to renew nuclear testing in the atmosphere brought on the menace.”

 

John Donaway Furniture had two locations at this time — 130th Street in Ocean City and Main Street in Berlin.

 

 

 

Media Coverage Called ‘Despicable’; Race Not An Issue, School Says

BERLIN – Decatur Strong.

That’s the message on the Stephen Decatur High School marquee following two student fights that led to a local newspaper’s report of racial tension at the Berlin school.

Tom Zimmer, principal at Decatur, says the students, parents and staff are trying to move forward.

“I have students that are embarrassed,” Zimmer said. “I have students that are bothered by the fact that the entire student body’s being painted by the same brush. A couple incidents occurred with small numbers of people and the student body is bothered by that. They feel like their reputation’s being soiled and they feel like the community’s looking at them in a different light.”

On Wednesday, The Daily Times published a story about two student fights that occurred last week and a racial social media post purported to relate to them. The newspaper also shared videos of the fights and a 911 recording of a call.

The school system hosted a press conference at Stephen Decatur Thursday to address the story and the incidents that led up to it.

Barbara Witherow, the Board of Education’s coordinator of public relations and special programs, said officials were aware of the fights, one of which occurred in school and one which did not, last week and had already taken measures to address the violence.

“While we’re telling our kids that they should be acting responsibly and getting help when there’s a situation, The Daily Times chose to post both videos on their website and in addition published photos of students, including a close-up picture of the victim,” Witherow said. “I’ve been in communications 30 years and on a personal level I find this despicable. On a professional level, I’m deeply troubled by it because this is our community. These are our kids. We’re trying to teach them to grow and become responsible, healthy, productive citizens. We do not exploit them for the purpose of sensationalism.”

She said the fights were individual incidents and were not related to race.

“They were not generated by issues around race,” she said.

She said they led to some social media posts that were, however.

“We know there were some hateful postings,” she said, adding that Zimmer had since spoken to students about using social media respectfully.

Zimmer said he talked to the student body about the danger of social media and its misuse. He also addressed the role of the bystander—what an individual who witnessed a fight was supposed to do.

“Back in my day when kids fought they fought and then people talked about it,” he said. “Now when they fight people want to videotape it and quickly send it out.”

He said he let students know that if they were videotaping a fight instead of getting help to stop it, they would be held accountable. Because of the recent fights, he said there would be increased security at the end of the school day, when students tended to loiter.

Zimmer also wrote a letter to parents informing them of the situation and what had been done to address it.

“Because we’re in a partnership with them we need their help,” he said. “We’ll do our end on the school side but we need their help on the home side.”

Jerry Wilson, Worcester County’s superintendent of schools, said officials were “absolutely concerned” about the incidents that had taken place and that they would work to ensure schools remained a safe environment for students.

“Any school must be a safe place for all the students,” he said. “We have to make sure whatever we can do to provide a safe environment no matter what the circumstance.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Your Sign?

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19): You need to be certain that all the right conditions are in place before you take that first step. It can’t hurt to listen to good advice from those who have your best interests at heart.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20): Be careful not to get involved in other people’s disputes unless you know the facts behind the disagreements. That’s the best way to be assured of making wise and honest decisions.

GEMINI (May 21 to June 20): You still need to be careful about how you’re going to spend those energy reserves you finally got around to restoring. Best advice: Avoid overdoing it. Let things take their course.

CANCER (June 21 to July 22): Your aspect continues to favor travel — alone or with that special person. So if you’ve been putting off making those getaway plans, it’s still a good time to get started on them.

LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22): Those so-called golden opportunities that continue to dazzle the Lion still need to be carefully checked out. Be suspicious about anything that looks like the “perfect” prospect.

VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22): Changes at the workplace could make it more difficult to do things the way you prefer. But the wise Virgo who shows some flexibility could find it paying off in a big way.

LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22): You might want to check out the explanation you were given for a sudden shift in your duties. There’s a possibility that you haven’t been told all the facts that you deserve to know.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21): Having confidence in your abilities is important, especially when you could be facing a new challenge, whether it’s in the workplace or in a personal relationship. Good luck.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21): A new work-related opportunity might not be all that it seems. Before making any decisions, you might want to check with others who have had some experience in that area.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19): A situation involving someone close could benefit from your timely intervention. Avoid being judgmental. There’ll be plenty of time later for those “little talks” you like to have.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18): Travel could be a surprise element in that new project. Be prepared for other previously undisclosed aspects that also might come to light as you proceed with the work.

PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20): Try to balance your work-related responsibilities with the time you’re spending on your recently revived social life. An old friend might be planning to return after a long absence.

BORN THIS WEEK: Your sensitivity makes you aware of the needs of others. Have you considered a career as a counselor?

(c) 2015 King Features Synd., Inc.

Dew Tour Stayed Longer Than Expected

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There was nothing nefarious about the Dew Tour’s decision to not return to Ocean City in 2015 for a fifth year. It was simply a business decision — a wise one at that — by organizers aimed at continuing to evolve the brand, and the sponsors that make it possible, across the country.

In fact, a mutual love fest exists between Ocean City and the Dew Tour by all accounts. Aside from the public comments confirming the point, the statistics do not lie. Attendance at the beach events in Ocean City shattered previous records each year, Dew Tour officials cited. Additionally, rarely in its history has the Dew Tour — emphasis on the “Tour” word here — stayed in one locale for an extended period of time.

The fact Ocean City hosted the Dew Tour as long as it did — from 2011 to 2014 — is a testament to the solid relationship between the two entities as well as Ocean City’s ability and willingness to successfully be the site.

The Dew Tour, to keep its brand fresh and growing, was wise to seek another site. It gets stale staying in the same place for too long and targeting new growth areas is a must under its business model, which relies heavily on sponsorship dollars.

That doesn’t mean Ocean City businesses, residents and visitors should not be disappointed. The Dew Tour was a spectacle unlike any other Ocean City has ever seen. The village that was built on the sand each of the last four summers was a sight to behold and its tremendous and unique appeal to the young will probably never be matched by future events.

For Ocean City, the true reward from the Dew Tour was the national exposure. During its four-year run, tens of millions of dollars of marketing and advertising were provided on national television. That impact is difficult to quantify in terms of direct spending in Ocean City over the long term, but ask Boardwalk businesses and hotels about the short-term sales impact of hosting the event and they will tell you it was huge.

The reaction this week about the Dew Tour leaving Ocean City was equally predictable and confusing. It’s understandable for there to be “bummer” feelings, but there’s no reason for people to seek out scapegoats. Ocean City did not lose this event through malfeasance, greed or poor communication.

It was never intended for the Dew Tour to be an event like the White Marlin Open or the Air Show, summer staples that people plan their vacations around each year. Those with knowledge about the event and its history understand this well. It was not going to be here forever. Those who thought that would be the case were simply naïve and unaware of how these sorts of branded events operate.

Ocean City should be grateful it was here as long as it was. Two years was all we expected and we got four. It was a great run.