2nd Annual Decatur Way 5K Date Set

BERLIN- The second annual Decatur Way 5K, benefiting Stephen Decatur High School and the Decatur Athletic Boosters, is set for Saturday, September 27 at the Berlin school.

Produced by OC Tri Running, The Decatur Way 5K is a fun run open to runners of all ages and skill levels with the proceeds benefiting the high school and its athletic boosters. The course begins and ends at Decatur High School and the event gets started on the morning of September 27 at 9 a.m.

Runners from the individual classes at Decatur competed against each other along with teachers and staff members, parents and other supporters and running enthusiasts. For the record, Thomas Yinger won the first-ever Decatur Way 5K last year, finishing in 18:17.4. Rounding out the overall top 10 were Parker McIntosh, Zach Elmer, Jake Gaddis, Joseph Stigler, Kevin Herbert, Fiona Halbritter, Justin Zangwill, Sean Rolleston and Jared Massey.

Advanced registration before through September 22 is $25, while late registration after September 3 is $30. Participants can also sign up the day of the race at Decatur High School. For more information or to register, visit octrirunning.com.

Adventures Of Fatherhood

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There’s nothing quite like hearing a curse word come from your 6-year-old child.

Okay, that’s what is called a hook lead in journalism circles and demands an explanation.

While on the beach last weekend, as is usually the case, Beckett, “6-and-a-quarter” by his own estimation, made a friend out in the water. He and the boy hit it off immediately and seemed to be a good fit for each other for several hours. That’s a wonderful thing for parents of little ones on the beach because the kids keep each other entertained.

After a couple hours of playing together, out of nowhere, Beckett squealed on his buddy, indicating his friend had said something inappropriate. With a lot happening around us at that time, we told him not to repeat it and that we would talk about it later.

Later came around the dinner table when Pam remembered we had something to discuss. She asked Beckett to tell her what the boy had said that upset him so much. His nonchalant fashion in telling the story shocked us both and almost caused me to choke on my burger.

Beckett said, “he said what the f@%# and then lied to me and told me it was someone’s name. Now tell me whose name is ‘what the f@%#’. Nobody has the name ‘what the f@%#’ and you know it.”

We were startled by that exchange, and the fact our son had just used the worst curse in existence three times within 10 seconds. Equally disturbing was the umbrage he took with the comment had more to do with the so-called lie than the actual words used by his friend.

I was speechless and waited for Pam to say something. She handled it well and said what every parent is supposed to say in those circumstances about foul language. I actually can’t recall anything specific she said because I was still reeling over how he so casually used the word three times without blinking and how he did it with such calm resolve.

After Beckett walked away and was out of the room, we both started laughing hysterically but not aloud so he wouldn’t hear us.


There are three common phrases used around the pool with our kids — no running, no jumping backwards and keep your mouth closed.

“No running” is the most frequently used because for some reason both our boys have mental blocks when it comes to running around the pool. I can’t recall a day not having to say this at least once and with the summer winding down I’m beginning to think it’s a mind game they are playing. On the positive side, I am quite certain my kids have mastered the five-yard dash, as that’s usually about as much ground as they cover in quick fashion before they hear the “no running” calls.

The “no jumping backwards” thing is targeted solely at Beckett, who is a dare devil despite already having a scar on the bottom of his chin from doing this exact thing two years ago. Rather than simply jumping backwards, he now likes to start with his back to the pool and then do a spin into the pool in the air. The other week I got on him for doing it and not listening. His retort was, “but Daddy I’m not doing a 360, it’s just a 180. See I’m facing away from the edge.”

The attorney-in-waiting then went into a lecture about how it was inconceivable to him how at my age I do not know the difference between a 180 and a 360 and how a 180 is incredibly safe.

Throughout his life, I have learned to not engage him when he goes into one of these rants, which involve all sorts of hand waves, arm gyrations and finger motions. Usually, if I don’t say anything at all, he takes that to mean I am serious. It’s when I take part in a back-and-forth discussion that behaviors are repeated most often.

Finally, the “keep your mouth closed” phrase has to do with Carson, who has been taking swimming lessons once a week this summer.

Carson, 4, loves the water, but he has been struggling with the understanding that he has to hold his breath and that starts with keeping his mouth shut when he goes under water.

During the early part of the summer, he would jump in the pool with his mouth wide open and come up coughing. The same goes for anytime he went for something under water. He was just not getting it.

Therefore, because we exhausted our teaching abilities, we signed him up for private lessons through Ocean Pines. He and his instructor, Ms. Nancy, have been meeting on Saturday mornings through most of the summer for 30-minute sessions.

Progress has been steady and last week he was jumping in the water and diving under for toys. The big difference was he finally learned about holding his breath and the importance of keeping his mouth closed. Although he is definitely not a swimmer yet, that was a big progression.

Over the last week, he has really enjoyed watching my phone video of himself diving under the water and getting toys.

Now if only he didn’t throw my phone behind the entertainment center all would be good.




Worcester School Survey Records Participation Drop

SNOW HILL — Returns from the Worcester County Board of Education’s 9th Annual Communications Survey show that parents who participated find many aspects of the school to be excellent.

Survey participation saw a significant drop this year. Officials are blaming the dip on a variety of factors but particularly a scheduling and technology change in the survey and hope to see participation start to buoy up next year.

“We were in a transitional year this year and you will see a decrease in participation,” said Barb Witherow, coordinator of public relations and special programs. “I just wanted to say to [the board, upfront, that I’m not concerned about it. I know that we will be back up. We distributed the survey the latest that we ever have because we were transitioning to online and also using new software.”

The survey was made available over the final two weeks in May. This was the first year that parents were able to complete the Communications Survey online and the numbers show that most preferred to stick with the traditional pencil and paper. About 83 percent of participants filled out and mailed the survey by hand, though Witherow anticipated that the more familiar people become with the digital survey the more likely they are to use it.

For those who did choose to participate in the survey, the results were generally strong. Categories such as school communications, school system communications, parent involvement and the school system website each received an overall favorability rating of 95 percent or above. The student handbook and calendar was the most favored communications source, receiving any atypically high 99-percent favorability rating.

There were six survey items that were rated at “excellent,” the highest score, by at least 50 percent of participants including the closings and delayed openings hotline at 57 percent, school’s front office at 55 percent, school messenger notification system at 54 percent, communication with child’s teacher at 53 percent and student handbook and calendar at 52 percent.

Internet availability after school continues to rise with 96 percent of survey takers reporting that the web is available at their home. This is a slight rise from 2013 when 93 percent indicated availability.

The results are encouraging but it is worth noting that participation is down to 1,738 or 26.3 percent of survey recipients. This is a 19-percent drop from last year and a roughly 29-percent drop from the survey’s peak return year of 2010.

As stated, Witherow hopes the numbers will begin to even out in the years ahead. One goal for 2015 will be to make the survey available earlier in the school year to encourage further participation. As people adjust to the idea of being able to fill out the form online, Witherow expects to see ongoing digital gains as well which should eat up the existing participation gap.

Board of Education member Johnathon Cook also expects to see input rise moving forward but reminded the board that even 26.3 percent is a reasonable return when dealing with educational surveys.

“We’ve had such a great response rate in the past … but I still think that this response is great for the survey world,” he said.

Some additional goals moving forward will be to “strengthen social media and the school system website as key communication tools,” while encouraging digital participation with the online survey. Witherow also has made it a priority to increase opportunities for school information to be delivered via text, something which parents rated as number one in regards to alternative tools. A school system mobile app also showed 83-percent favorability.

With the emphasis on technology over the next few years Witherow put to bed any fears that that traditional crowd would be left in the dust. The plan right now is to continue to make the survey available as a hardcopy along with the digital.


Things I Like

A day on the beach with tidal pools


Old Bay on the corn on the cob


A big group of people on a pontoon


Running in the rain


A day with extreme temperature swings


First blooms on a mum


A young person with an old soul


An old salt with a young soul


Overhearing people talk to themselves


Little dogs that don’t bark all the time


Remembering college breakfasts at Baltimore’s Paper Moon Diner

Dog Attack Prompts Berlin Leash Law Questions

BERLIN — A recent incident involving an unleashed dog in Berlin has at least one resident pushing for stricter penalties for unattended animals.

The Town Council has agreed to examine the codes on the books but officials believe any immediate change needs to start with residents taking personal responsibility for their pets.

Earlier this month, resident Pam Hay was walking her own leashed dog on Vine Street when another animal approached them.

“A dog came and just attacked my dog, I saw it running at me and the next thing I know it’s attacking my dog,” said Hay.

After a scuffle, Hay said that she was able to separate the dogs but did receive some minor injuries in the process. She had encountered the same unleashed animal before but the owner was nearby to chaperone. But with this recent incident Hay said the dog’s owner was nowhere in sight. It’s not an issue that she believes is restricted to her neighborhood.

“If there are loose dogs, you can’t walk down certain streets, you can’t ride your bike down certain streets,” said Hay, mentioning Cedar, West, Burley, Branch and Washington as streets where she has spotted lose animals.

Much of the problem comes from the lack of penalty for letting a dog run loose, Hay argued. While Berlin does have a leash law, pets aren’t required to be leashed when  on their owner’s property, even if no one is around to supervise the animal. If a dog would leave their property unleashed, the owner is eligible for sanctions but it’s a simple warning for a first offense.

“I think that we need to have stricter rules because I think that if people have to pay money they may not let their dogs loose,” said Hay.

However, the town’s hands may be tied when it comes to any kind of further crackdown.

“We’re going to have to have our attorney do the research and find out what the limits of the law are, because there are limits,” said Mayor Gee Williams.

The mayor agreed with Hay that the expectation that a dog left unattended on a property, without any kind of fence or barrier, will stay on the property is highly unlikely.

There’s always been some resistance in the Berlin community for imposing regulation over private matters, the mayor continued. It stretches back decades to a time when there was no leash law. There was a period when Williams remembers small packs of local dogs being a normal sight.

“When the leash law was first proposed, there were a lot of people in town who thought that it was just ridiculous,” he said.

The attitude eventually changed due to pressure from the rest of the community, which is what Williams feels is the first step in solving any unleashed animal issue that Berlin still experiences. The council instructed Dave Gaskill, town attorney, to look into what room Berlin has in regards to regulation. Williams also asked Hay and other concerned residents to start talking to their neighbors, especially those who leave their animals roam unattended.

Residents should keep an eye peeled for those wandering dogs, added Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing.

“I would go ahead and say to everyone, call the first time. Because the first warning is when you are down Washington Street and see the dog off the property,” he said, noting that regular reports make it easier for police to identify trouble animals.

In Hay’s specific case, Downing reminded her to make a copy of any bills that may be the result of her incident and to take them either to the health department or to him directly. The unleashed dog that went after her pet has been labeled as “dangerous” and is not allowed to leave the owners’ property without leash and muzzle.


Statement Alleges Suspects Acted In Self-Defense; Manslaughter Charges Filed In Weekend Death


SNOW HILL — Less than 24 hours after the arrest of two local men for their alleged role in the death of a Pennsylvania man found unconscious in a downtown hotel parking lot early Sunday morning, one of the suspects had his bond set at $400,000 during a hearing on Wednesday afternoon, and the groundwork for a self-defense approach has already been laid out.

Around 3 a.m. on Sunday, Ocean City police officers responded to the parking lot of a hotel on 2nd Street to assist Ocean City EMS with an assault that had already occurred. Upon arrival, OCPD officers found the victim, later identified as Justin D. Cancelliere, 37, of North Whitehall, Pa., unconscious and unresponsive. First responders from the OCPD and the Ocean City Fire Department initiated emergency lifesaving procedures on the victim and transported him to AGH where he was later pronounced deceased. An autopsy was performed on Monday, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore has ruled the nature of Cancelliere’s injuries as head and neck trauma and the cause of death a homicide.

After an investigation, OCPD detectives determined the assault occurred during an altercation in the area of Talbot Street and Baltimore Ave. The two suspects, identified as Caleb Edwin-Earl Ochse, 27, of Ocean City, and Christopher Blake Kendall, 22, of Ocean City, had entered the Fat Daddy’s restaurant around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday and ordered food.

Cancelliere entered the restaurant a short time later, followed by three other men including his cousin. During the two groups’ time in the restaurant, Cancelliere allegedy stared at Ocshe and Kendall, who did not know the victim and his group. Ochse and Kendall then left the restaurant and Cancelliere and his group followed closely behind. About a block away, a physical altercation occurred between the two suspects and Cancelliere and his group, all of whom were allegedly significantly larger in stature than the suspects.

According to police reports, the physical altercation turned violent with Cancelliere on the ground and the two suspects beating him. What has not been made public, however, is how the two smaller suspects were able to inflict significant injuries on the larger man who was with three other men.

After the physical confrontation, Cancilliere’s cousin and friends were able to get him into a taxi, which took them to the Plim Plaza Hotel a few blocks away where they were staying. Inexplicably, the group did not call 911 until getting back to the hotel parking lot. In fact, it is not certain if Cancilliere’s group called 911 or if the call for Emergency Services came from an unattached third party or witness.

There are unconfirmed reports that EMS was called first and then first responders called the OCPD. Ocean City Police and EMS arrived on the scene and after initiating emergency lifesaving measures transported Cancelliere to AGH where he was pronounced dead shortly before 7 a.m.

On Tuesday, Ocean City police arrested Ochse and Kendall, charging them with manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and affray. Ochse was arrested at the West Ocean City seafood restaurant where he works, while Kendall turned himself in at the Public Safety Building a few hours later. Both had hearings before a District Court Commissioner late Tuesday. Ochse had his initial bond set at $400,000, while Kendall was released on his own recognizance.

Ochse had a formal bond review hearing in District Court in Snow Hill on Wednesday in front of Judge Gerald Purnell. His attorney, Frank Benvenuto, argued for a reduction in the bond, citing his client’s local roots and family history in the resort area.

“We’re going to ask for the bond to be lowered,” he said. “He’s 27 years old, a Stephen Decatur graduate, and a resident of Worcester County. His grandfather owns the Kite Loft and his father owns Atlantic Bikes. He is not a flight risk because he has high ties to the community.”

However, Purnell admonished Benvenuto somewhat for only pointing out flight risk out of a list of at least eight factors in determining a bond amount.

“Out of eight things, you only cited on thing,” he said. “There is more to a bond review than flight risk. A lot of this has to do with the nature of the crime. I just want to make sure we’re all on the same page.”

Worcester County Executive Assistant State’s Attorney William McDermott represented the state at Ochse’s bond review hearing on Wednesday, just as he did for the preliminary hearing with the District Court Commissioner on Tuesday night when the bond was initially set at $400,000. McDermott said some overnight research into Ochse’s past revealed reasons for not reducing the bond amount but instead increasing it.

“I was at the District Court Commissioner hearing last night and new information has come to light since,” he said. “The state is asking for an increase in the bond.”

McDermott aired a laundry list of Ochse’s arrest record, including multiple assault and disorderly conduct arrests. He pointed to a 2012 disorderly conduct arrest during which Ochse got into a fight with out-of-towners in Ocean City and another particular incident during which the defendant came upon an OCPD officer affecting a DUI arrest and threw a concrete brick through the officer’s patrol car window. In another incident when Ochse was a juvenile, he stole a hat from a woman’s head on the Boardwalk and when she attempted to get it back, he allegedly punched her in the face.

Most recently, in February, he was arrested in Orlando, Fla. when he was discovered attempting to board a Greyhound bus with 60 grams of methamphetamines, or “bath salts,” on his person. According to Orlando police, Ochse had been visiting a friend in Miami and planned to take the bus from South Florida to Panama City Beach.

While McDermott pointed out Ochse’s various adult arrests and convictions, he also said the defendant had an extensive record with the Department of Juvenile Services.

“His juvenile record looks more like a yearbook because there are so many mug shots in there,” he said. “It’s true he has strong ties to the community, but most of those ties have been with law enforcement.”

It’s important to note the victim has his own prior criminal history dating back several years, although the nature of the charges and the outcomes of the cases are not fully known at this time.

McDermott said despite Ochse’s prior record, flight risk alone could be considered as a determining factor in setting the bond. He pointed to the February arrest in Florida, for which Ochse may or may not have a warrant, and an earlier case in District Court during which Ochse sent a letter to the court with a P.O. Box in Puerto Rico as the return address.

“The OCPD knows him on sight because of his past run-ins with them,” he said. “He beat a man on the ground unconscious and that man is now no longer with us because of his actions. For that reason, I’m asking the bond to be increased from $400,000 to $1 million.”

Benvenuto said video surveillance captured from Fat Daddy’s clearly shows the victim and three others including his cousin as the aggressors in the altercation. He again pointed to Ochse’s ties to the community as a reason for lowering the bond.

“Four gentlemen went out of Fat Daddy’s and confronted him,” he said. “The video shows that.”

For his part, Purnell acknowledged Ochse’s family history in the area, but was not inclined to reduce the bond, nor raise it as the state requested.

“I’m very familiar with Caleb since I had him in drug court,” he said. “I have known his family for years and it’s an outstanding family. I’m not going to go along with the state and increase the bond, but I am going to set it at $400,000.

While the state relied heavily on Ochse’s prior record during the bond hearing, it remains to be seen how much of his criminal history will be able to be used during the eventual trial. Generally speaking, prior arrests and convictions are not admissible in court proceedings unless there is a nexus between the past crimes and the case at hand. For example, if a particular feature in a prior case was apparent in a current case, that might be admissible. An attorney familiar with this case has said “that those types of charges will not be evidence at any trial.”

Meanwhile, the Ochse family, through their attorneys, on Wednesday issued a statement expressing their sympathies to the victim’s family while outlining one version of the facts of the case, supported by video surveillance tape captured at Fat Daddy’s.

“As lifelong residents and business owners in Worcester County, the family of Caleb Ochse would like to thank the community for their support,” the statement reads. “We also extend our sympathy to the family of Justin Cancelliere.”

The statement suggests there might be a rush to judgment and lays the groundwork for a likely defense strategy based on self-defense.

“We are disappointed that the State’s Attorney has arrested Caleb before a complete investigation,” the statement reads. “Our family attorney has been in contact with the police and the State’s Attorney since Sunday morning. The State’s Attorney is aware that a video camera at Fat Daddy’s captured important evidence of Caleb’s innocence.”

According to the Ochse family statement, the video shows Ochse and his friend, Kendall, eating at the restaurant after 2:30 a.m. Cancelliere then enters Fat Daddy’s alone. For some unknown reason, Cancelliere looks at Ochse and his friend intently. Three men then entered Fat Daddy’s and joined Cancelliere. According to the statement, the four men order food and sit in a booth with Cancelliere sitting awkwardly on the corner of the both so he can continue to stare at Ochse and Kendall, all the while gesturing to his friends. According to the statement, the four men waited for Ochse and Kendall to leave and followed them.

“The last frames of the video show Caleb and his friend walking north with the four men close behind,” the statement reads. “One of the men, who identified himself to police as a cousin of Mr. Cancelliere, told police that they followed Caleb and his friend and got into a fight a block away from Fat Daddy’s on Talbot Street. The cousin reported to police that after the fight, he saw Mr. Cancelliere on the ground. The cousin put him in a cab to take him to Plim Plaza where they were staying, without calling the police or ambulance. Police report that Mr. Cancelliere was found with injuries to his face and head including a bloody nose and a bruise on his forehead.”

The statement goes on to say Ochse and his friend left the scene and walked home, “also without contacting police or ambulance with no knowledge that anyone was hurt.”

The Ochse family statement essentially says the surveillance video will paint a picture of the true account of the incident and show the victim and his associates as the aggressors.

“We sincerely hope that the State’s Attorney’s Office will carefully review all of the evidence as we believe Caleb and his friend clearly acted in self-defense,” the statement reads.

On a Go Fund Me page set up to help Cancelliere’s family with memorial services, more about the deceased was learned. He is a husband and father of two.

“His life, while too short, was impactful and should be celebrated. His smile will forever be missed by all who knew him and memories made during his life will endure,” the page reads.

According to his obituary, published in The Morning Call, Cancelliere was a project manager at Clear Channel Airports in Allentown, Pa. for the last seven years. Services were schedule to take place on Friday.

The online fundraising effort has brought in more than $5,500 as of yesterday.


Untied Way Receives $62,680 Contribution

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United Way Executive Board members Pete Bugas of Interstate Container, Jim Hartstein of The Insurance Market, Cathie Thomas of the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and United Way Executive Director, Kathleen Mommé proudly display the $62,680.00 contribution to United Way. The contribution was a result of current and past board member and staff member pledges to kick-off the 2014-2015 United Way Campaign.

Ex-Wicomico Employees Seek $3M In Civil Suit

SALISBURY — Two former Wicomico County Board of Education administrators last week filed a civil suit in U.S. District Court seeking $3 million in damages and injunctive relief against their former employer, citing a long pattern of gender and age discrimination and harassment.

Former Wicomico County School Board administrators Stacy Messick and Stephanie Moses were terminated in January 2012 after filing a complaint alleging a pattern of  sex and age discrimination and harassment. The suit filed against the Wicomico County Board of Education and Superintendent John Fredericksen is seeking $3 million in compensatory and punitive damages along with back pay and benefits and injunctive relief.

“This is an employment discrimination case brought by former county employees alleging a continuing series of discriminatory conduct against them because of their sex and age,” the complaint reads.

The allegations include but are not limited to female employees being subjected to unwarranted criticism and disparagement of their work without cause; being subjected to threats and harassment at work; being subjected to humiliation, embarrassment and invasion of their privacy; being subjected to harsher discipline than male employees for the same or comparable alleged conduct; and being subjected to criticism due to their youth and the impact that has on the creditability and efficacy.

In September 2011, the plaintiffs were issued disciplinary memos citing a series of random and sporadic offenses including alleged same offenses for which their male counterparts in the office were guilty, although none of the male employees in the department received similar memos. The plaintiffs Messick and Moses then submitted a detailed rebuttal and a request to have the disciplinary memo removed from their employment files.

In October 2011, after the requests to have the memos removed from the plaintiffs’ files were not granted and no further action was taken by the board, the plaintiffs filed an appeal and a discrimination complaint with the Board of Education. Once the plaintiffs filed a discrimination complaint, the alleged harassment and discrimination only intensified.

For example, the plaintiffs discovered Frederickson directed the technology services department at the school board to carefully examine the plaintiffs’ internet usage. When asked why they were singled out for the Internet usage audit, Messick and Moses were told the reason for the directive was “concerns with productivity,” according to the complaint.

“The defendant Fredericksen has yet to state a sufficient legal reason or cause for ever searching and copying the computers as this act has never occurred with other executive employees,” the complaint reads. “The disparate treatment and temporal proximity of the plaintiffs’ filing of an appeal and discrimination complaint is glaring.”

By November 2011, it became apparent the Board of Education was not taking the plaintiffs’ filing of a discrimination complaint and appeal seriously. According to the complaint, the Board did not understand its own anti-discrimination policy and had to have it explained to them by the plaintiffs, who were the Board’s Title VII and Title IX coordinators and whose jobs were related to handling such complaints. Creating a further conundrum, Messick and Moses were administrators charged with handling discrimination complaints and the only higher-up they could go to was Fredericksen, who was one of the subjects of the complaint in the first place.

In December 2011, Fredericksen allegedly notified the plaintiffs he was aware they had been in contact with the president of the local teacher’s union, which was of “great concern” to him. Fredericksen at that point told the plaintiffs adverse employment action could be taken against them.


City, Chamber Ink Two-Year Visitor Guide Accord

OCEAN CITY – The Town of Ocean City and the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce will continue their agreement in publishing and distributing the Visitor Guide for another two years.

Tourism and Marketing Director Donna Abbott came before the Mayor and City Council on Tuesday afternoon to request the approval of a letter of agreement between the Town of Ocean City Tourism Department and the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce regarding the Visitor Guide.

Abbott submitted, the letter of agreement with the Chamber of Commerce for the vacation guide distribution is expiring, and a new agreement is needed for the 2015 guidebook. The new agreement is proposed to cover a two-year period.

According to Abbott, in 2010 the Department of Tourism and the Chamber of Commerce entered into an agreement to merge their respective vacation guides into a single publication.

In the original agreement, the town was responsible for design and layout of the publication, while the chamber sold and received ad revenue. When that agreement expired, a subsequent agreement gave the chamber sole responsibility for design, content and distribution of the guide, while the town paid a portion of the postage costs and four pages of ad space.

“The proposed agreement is essentially the same agreement,” Abbott said. “We did clarify the postage costs. A couple of years ago, the chamber asked us to provide 25 percent of that amount, not to exceed $20,000, so we included that specifically in the letter of agreement, and the same for the four ads that we purchase. The chamber has raised their advertising rates, which will be an additional $160 for the town to pay. We did spend just under $20,000 in the last fiscal year for the mailing of the guide. Right now, we have been holding at the $20,000 amount.”

In the proposed agreement, all terms in the current agreement would remain the same with the town paying a portion of the cost of mailing the publication at a rate of 25 percent of the chamber’s annual cost, not to exceed $20,000. The town would continue to purchase four pages of advertising, though the ad rates have slightly increased.

Currently, the town budgets $20,000 to pay for vacation guide mail requests annually, plus $16,460 for ads. Based upon the 2014 distribution costs incurred by the chamber, the town would pay the chamber approximately $20,000. The new ad rate will cost an additional $160.

Without discussion, Councilman Joe Mitrecic made a motion to approve the agreement with the Chamber of Commerce, and the council voted unanimously to approve.



Things To Do Around Town

Thngs to do

Every Sunday: Morning Worship

7:30 a.m., early morning service, 4th St. & the Boardwalk; 8:30 a.m., contemporary; 10 a.m., traditional, Atlantic United Methodist Church, 105 4th St., O.C. For more info, 410-289-7430.


Every Sunday: Morning Worship

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


Every Monday Through October:

Historic St. Martin’s Church

Museum Open

1-4 p.m., 11413 Worcester Hwy., Showell. For more info, 410-251-2849.


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 directions of Carol Ludwig. For more info, 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 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 info, 410-213-0243.


Every Wednesday: TOPS Meeting

3:30-4:30 p.m., Ocean City Library. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support group promoting weight loss and healthy lifestyles. For more info, 302-436-3682.


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 small household items.


Through Labor Day:

Books By The Bag Sale

Ocean City Library, 10003 Coastal Hwy. Available during regular Library hours. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ocean City Library. Gently used books for $5 a bag.


Beginning Sept. 2-Oct. 31:

Delmarva Needle Art Show

& Competition

Julia A. Purnell Museum, Snow Hill. View works by needle artist from the region. Needle art of all types including quilting, embroidery, counted cross-stitch, crochet, doll making, lace, applique, weaving, textile collage and fashion design. For more information, 410-632-0515 or email purnellmuseum@ymail.com


Beginning Sept. 13- Nov. 23,

Saturdays & Sundays:

Airport Breakfast Fundraiser

9 a.m.-1 p.m., OC Municipal Airport. To benefit the Huey Veterans Memorial. Eggs, bacon, sausage, scrapple and coffee. $7, suggested donation. For more information, 410-726-7207.


Aug 29: 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.


Aug. 30-31: Certification Courses

CPR Delaware offering certification for the following courses, CPR/AED, BLS, First Aid as well as ACLS on Aug. 30 & 31. American Heart Association trained instructors are efficient, fun and effective. Classes are held weekly. For more information, 302-462-5594.


Sept. 2: Free “Ask A Master

Gardener Clinic”

1-4 p.m., Ocean Pines Library, 11107 Cathell Rd., Ocean Pines. Offered by the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service. Master gardeners will be available to help you with your gardening questions. Please put your plant damage sample in a plastic bag and label the bag with your name and phone number.


Sept. 2: KC Crab Night

5-7 p.m., Council Hall, 9901 Coastal Hwy., O.C. Menu choices include steamed crabs (market price, if available), crab cakes, flounder and fried calamari. Corn on the cob, fries, cole slaw, macaroni salad, devilled eggs, hot dogs and pizza also available. Platters come with fries, cole slaw and pickle. Cash bar. Steamed crab and steamed shrimp orders must be made in advance, Monday and Tuesday between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. by calling 410-524-7994.


Sept. 4-6: Camp Meeting

6:30 p.m., Potters House Charge, New Bethel United Methodist Chruch, 10203 Germantown Rd., Berlin. Presenting Apostle Hughes from Grand Prairie, Texas. Praise and worship with special guest each night. Food, fun, games and fellowship. Prayer bands welcome, vendors are needed. For more information, 410-641-2058, 410-641-5890 or 410-632-1087.


Sept. 5: 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.


Sept. 6: Outdoor Flea Market

8 a.m.-1 p.m., Bethany United Metho-dist Church, Rte. 611 & Snug Harbor Rd., near Frontiertown, Berlin. Serving breakfast and lunc with great soups and baked goods. For more information or table rental, 410-629-0926.


Sept. 9: Free “Ask A Master

Gardener Clinic”

1-4 p.m., Ocean Pines Library, 11107 Cathell Rd., Ocean Pines. Offered by the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service. Master gardeners will be available to help you with your gardening questions. Please put your plant damage sample in a plastic bag and label the bag with your name and phone number. If your questions cannot be answered at the time of submittal, it will be reserved and someone will get back to you at a later date.


Sept. 10: 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.


Sept. 10: Delmarva Hand Dancing

5:30-9 p.m., Peaky’s (formerly Jor-dan’s Rooftop), 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.


Sept. 11: OP Garden Club Meeting

10 a.m., Assateague Room, Ocean Pines Community Center. Speaker will present information on mythical herbs. For more information, 410-208-3470.


Sept. 11: Legion Bingo

Doors open 5:30 p.m., games begin 7 p.m.; American Legion Post 166, 24th St. & Philadelphia Ave., O.C. Food and drink available. For more information, 410-289-3166.


Sept. 12: 6th Annual

(Save The…) BreastFest

Pickles Pub, 8th St., O.C. Sponsored by Pickles Pub and Grey Dog Entertainment. All of the proceeds benefit the DE Breast Cancer Coalition. T-shirts, contests, 50/50, raffles, vendors and entertainment. For more information visit www.facebook.com/savethebreastfest.


Sept. 13: Yard Sale

7 a.m.-until, Willards Fire Hall, 7370 Main St., Willards. Benefits the Ladies Auxiliary. Breakfast sandwiches and lunch, including baked goods, oyster sandwiches and homemade ice cream. Tables available. To rent a table or for more information, 410-726-1583 or 410-835-2285.


Sept. 13: 2nd Annual Bishopville

Christian Music Festival

1-7 p.m., Wilson United Methodist Church, 10722 Bishopville Rd., Bishop-ville. Music featuring Reliance, Re-union, Sacred Sound, Gus Glaros and the Zionaires. Fun for the whole family with games, bounce house, face painting and more. No charge for event. Food, desserts and drinks will be available for purchase. Johnson Family Restaurant will be selling meals. For more information, 410-352-3626.


Sept. 13: Fall Festival

& Gospel Music

3:30-7:30 p.m., Powellville UM Church, Mt. Hermon Rd., Powellville. The Homeland Singers will be in concert at 6 p.m. Antique cars on display. Oyster fritters, chicken salad, fried chicken and more on sale. Silent auction table, cookbooks and Powellville t-shirts. For more information, 410-835-3388.


Sept. 13: Star Charities

VIP Social Fundraiser

5 p.m., Ocean Pines Community Center. To benefit Wounded Soliders. There will be a barbecue pork dinner, Monte Jones of Lazy River Saloon, entertainment, door prizes and live band. Cost: $10, ticket. For tickets, 410-641-7667 or 410-208-0430.


Sept. 14: Democratic Women’s Club Sharing Sunday

1-3 p.m., South Fire Station, Ocean Parkway, South Gate. Collecting non-perishable food, toiletries and paper products to be shared with a local food ministry. For more information, 410-641-8553.


Sept. 16: Free “Ask A Master

Gardener Clinic”

1-4 p.m., Ocean Pines Library, 11107 Cathell Rd., Ocean Pines. Offered by the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service. Master gardeners will be available to help you with your gardening questions. Please put your plant damage sample in a plastic bag and label the bag with your name and phone number. If your questions cannot be answered at the time of submittal, it will be reserved and someone will get back to you at a later date.


Sept. 17: 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.


Sept. 17: Delmarva Hand Dancing

5:30-9 p.m., Peaky’s (formerly Jordan’s Rooftop), 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.


Sept. 18: Legion Bingo

Doors open 5:30 p.m., games begin 7 p.m.; American Legion Post 166, 24th St. & Philadelphia Ave., O.C. Food and drink available. For more information, 410-289-3166.


Sept. 19: Fish Fry

4:30-6:30 p.m., Bowen United Metho-dist Church, Newark. Platters are $10 wil saltwater trout fillets, macaroni and cheese, green beans, corn bread, beverage and dessert.


Sept. 21: KC Bull & Oyster Roast

Knights of Columbus Hall, 9901 Coas-tal Hwy., O.C. To benefit the Special Olympics of Maryland. Steam-ship round of beef, oysters on the half shell, fried oysters, fried chicken, oyster stew, corn on the cob, potato salad, cole slaw, pasta salad, rolls and dessert. Cost: $30, in advance; $35, at the door. For tickets, 410-524-9974.


Sept. 22: Believe In Tomorrow

Beach Bash

5-10 p.m., Seacrets Bar & Grill, 117 West, 49th St. O.C. To benefit the Believe In Tomorrow House By The Sea. Silent auction, dine around buffet and chance to win $10,000 with a purchase of a $100 raffle ticket, which include admission. Only 225 raffle tickets will be available. Admission is $50, in advance and $55, at the door. Tickets and be purchased at the Believe in Tomorrow House By The Sea on 66th Street or by calling 410-723-2842.