A Week In Business

With the recent additions, the new Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company Board of Director consists of, front from left, John H. Burbage Jr., Hale Harrison, Raymond Thompson, Joseph Moore and James R. Bergey, Jr.; and, back from left, Tom Coates, Todd Burbage, Louis H. Taylor, Charlotte Cathell, M. Dean Lewis, Reese Cropper III and William H. Mitchell. Submitted Photos

With the recent additions, the new Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company Board of Director consists of, front from left, John H. Burbage Jr., Hale Harrison, Raymond Thompson, Joseph Moore and James R. Bergey, Jr.; and, back from left, Tom Coates, Todd Burbage, Louis H. Taylor, Charlotte Cathell, M. Dean Lewis, Reese Cropper III and William H. Mitchell. Submitted Photos

New Board Members For Bank Announced

BERLIN — Raymond M. Thompson, President and CEO of Calvin B. Taylor Bankshares, Inc. and Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company, has announced that Thomas K. Coates, and M. Dean Lewis have joined the Board of Directors of the holding company and the bank.

Coates, a Berlin native, is a member of Coates, Coates & Coates, P.A. and has practiced law in the Berlin and Ocean City area since 1985. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Maryland, the United State Tax Court and is a retired Certified Public Accountant. In 1994, he was appointed Court Auditor by the Judges of the Circuit Court for Worcester County, Maryland. Coates is a member of the Worcester County and Maryland State Bar Associations. He is past president of the Worcester County Bar Association, a past member of the Worcester County Board of License Commissioners and previously served as chairman of the Board of Directors for Atlantic General Hospital Corporation. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Peninsula Regional Medical Center and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc.

Lewis, also a Berlin native, has been employed by the bank since December 2011 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the bank and treasurer of the company in May 2013. Prior to joining the Bank, Lewis was employed by the public accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 2002 to 2010 and served clients in various industries including banking, and most recently held the position of tax director. From 2010 to 2011, Lewis was the Controller of MaTech Solutions, Inc., a privately held government contract manufacturer. Lewis is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master’s degree in taxation. He currently serves on the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business Career Advisory Board at Salisbury University.

“With their excellent record of professional accomplishments and community involvement, Messrs. Coates and Lewis will bring tremendous value to our company, our stockholders, and the communities we serve,” said Thompson.

The 2014 Peninsula Regional Medical Center Drive-Thru Flu Clinic on Oct. 16 and 17 at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury resulted in 4,273 people being vaccinated against the flu. Above, PRMC Registered Nurse Meylie Salimian, RN administers a flu vaccination to a local resident.

The 2014 Peninsula Regional Medical Center Drive-Thru Flu Clinic on Oct. 16 and 17 at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury resulted in 4,273 people being vaccinated against the flu. Above, PRMC Registered Nurse Meylie Salimian, RN administers a flu vaccination to a local resident.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Completed

SALISBURY Delmarva Veteran Builders, the region’s only commercial construction firm dedicated to bringing employment to U.S. Armed Forces Veterans, announced the completion of an 8,700 square foot tenant fit out for APPI Energy at 2013 Northwood Drive in Salisbury.

The project, completed in 10 weeks, included interior renovations, upgrade of all interior finishes and new floor plan modifications. Phase 1 of the fit out was completed in less than five weeks to meet strict schedule demands. Phase one consisted of demolition of approximately 6,500 square feet, floor plan modifications, and all new interior finishes. Phase 2 consisted of combining two existing spaces into one to meet the needs of the new tenant. The project was delivered in a timely manner to meet the needs of both the landlord and APPI Energy.

“The team from Delmarva Veteran Builders was professional, punctual and delivered a top quality product,” said Walter Moore, President/CEO of APPI Energy. “I was impressed with the quality of the craftsmanship and the crew’s dedication to get the job done within the given timeline.”

“Delmarva Veteran Builders delivers the promise of transparency to all of our customers during the construction process,” said Chris Eccleston, Delmarva Veteran Builders, president. “Our team is dedicated to an integrity matters goal-oriented project delivery method that focuses on schedule, budget, safety, and cleanliness. We realize that every project we complete improves our community and we take great pride to be involved in that process. It is our honor to serve.”

 

Corey Rimel

Corey Rimel

Examination Passed

OCEAN CITY — Frick Accountants Limited has announced that Corey Rimel has passed the Internal Revenue Service Special Enrollment Examination and has been enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service.

Rimel has been employed by Frick Accountants since 1998 and is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Wilmington University with a BS in Accounting.

Enrolled agents are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and also have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS.

“Enrolled” means to be licensed to practice by the federal government, and “agent” means authorized to appear in the place of the taxpayer at the IRS. Only enrolled agents, attorneys, and CPAs have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS. The enrolled agent profession dates back to 1884 when, after questionable claims had been presented for Civil War losses, Congress acted to regulate persons who represented citizens in their dealings with the U.S. Treasury Department.

Enrolled agents are required to abide by the provisions of the Department of Treasury’s Circular 230, which provides the regulations governing the agents practice before the IRS.

 

$800K Grant Secured For Wor-Wic Initiatve

SALISBURY — Wor-Wic Community College is slated to receive $800,000 of the $450 million in job training grants that will soon be awarded to 270 community colleges in 46 states across the nation.

The $800,000 is part of $15 million that is being awarded to a Maryland consortium of 14 community colleges called Cyber-Technology Pathways Across Maryland (CPAM). The purpose of the CPAM initiative is to help the un- and under-employed, veterans and other low-skilled adults obtain the required education and skills they need to fill good-paying cybersecurity and information technology job openings across the state.

Wor-Wic will use its $800,000 for equipment and personnel. A college and career navigator will be hired to work with the One-Stop Job Market and other local agencies to recruit students into Wor-Wic’s computer security classes, advise and coach these students through the program and reach out to local employers to develop internship and employment opportunities for them.

“The bulk of the grant will be used to invest in brand-new, cutting-edge technology to turn our existing computer studies laboratory into a security and networking lab,” said Curtis Satterfield, assistant professor of computer studies. Satterfield said the new lab will also have video recording capability.

“College courses are increasingly converting to a flipped classroom model,” explained Dr. Trevor H. Jones, dean of occupational education. “Lectures will be recorded and assigned as homework and classroom hours will be used for hands-on skill demonstration and practice.”

“This funding coincides very nicely with the new certificate program option in computer information security that we implemented just last fall,” Satterfield added. “In addition to providing basic hardware, software and Internet knowledge to support computer users, this program covers viruses, social engineering attacks, digital rights management, cryptography and principles of computer forensics.”

Dr. Ray Hoy, president, and Dr. Stephen L. Capelli, vice president for academic and student affairs, went to the White House last month for the press conference where the recipients of the $450 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program were announced. Speakers included Vice President Joe Biden, as well as Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, representing the two agencies that are co-administering the program.

“This is not some gift; it’s an investment,” Duncan said. “Community colleges have become the ‘economic engines’ of many communities, providing job training to develop a skilled workforce that local employers seek. The top-notch training has also served to attract new business and industry.”

“The $15 million in investments in Maryland announced today will help prepare local workers with the skills needed for in-demand careers and advance the role of community colleges as engines of economic growth,” Perez said.

The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce helped Dana Marie Bartholomew open her new Dana Marie Photography LLC studio in the Teal Marsh Plaza Shopping Plaza in West Ocean City on Oct. 15. The studio is a member of the Open Doors Studios in the Teal Marsh Plaza and specializes in newborn, maternity, milestones, family and wedding photography. Helping in the ribbon cutting, from left, are Nick Bartholomew, Ocean Pines Chamber Past President Imad Elali, Brayden, Joe, Dana, Isabella, Jackson and Sandy Barthlomew, Michelle Watts, Angie Principe, Chamber Executive Director Liz Kain-Bolen, Sherrie Lassahn, Caroline Anthony, Amber Fraser and Chamber President Gwen Cordner. Photo by Ted Page

The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce helped Dana Marie Bartholomew open her new Dana Marie Photography LLC studio in the Teal Marsh Plaza Shopping Plaza in West Ocean City on Oct. 15. The studio is a member of the Open Doors Studios in the Teal Marsh Plaza and specializes in newborn, maternity, milestones, family and wedding photography. Helping in the ribbon cutting, from left, are Nick Bartholomew, Ocean Pines Chamber Past President Imad Elali, Brayden, Joe, Dana, Isabella, Jackson and Sandy Barthlomew, Michelle Watts, Angie Principe, Chamber Executive Director Liz Kain-Bolen, Sherrie Lassahn, Caroline Anthony, Amber Fraser and Chamber President Gwen Cordner. Photo by Ted Page

 

We Remember Those We Have Lost

Terry Lange Heemann

BERLIN — Terry Lange Heemann, age 74, died peacefully at his home on Oct. 21, 2014.

Born July 24, 1940 in Baltimore to the late Paul and Loretta Heemann, he graduated high school from Baltimore City College and attended University of Maryland. During his time at College Park, he was a proud member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and shared many fun stories of his time in the fraternity house.

Terry met the love of his life, Barbara Ann Farmer, in Baltimore in 1972 and they got married after dating for just three amazing months. Shortly after marrying in Baltimore on May 27, they moved to Ocean City where Terry was instrumental in developing the English Towers high rise on 100th Street.

After the completion of the English Towers, Terry started his long career in the insurance industry and became the owner of Shore Insurance. While taking care of the commercial insurance needs of Ocean City, you could always find Terry on most days early in the morning having breakfast with Gus at General’s Kitchen or sitting at the counter of Beach Eats enjoying lunch with Gabby. He took immense pride in helping many business owners in Ocean City until his retirement in 2010 as an employee of Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley. In the late 1970s, Terry was also the co-owner of the Dogpatch, which went on to become Trader Lee’s.

Terry will be especially remembered for his attention to detail, which you could clearly see every day as he would always be dressed impeccably and his co-workers will always remember his beautiful penmanship. He took that same attention to detail at his home, where he and his wife took great joy in working together in their yard.

Terry was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ann, in the spring of this year. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Tiffanie and Stevie Adkins, of Ocean City, and his grandson, Jack Adkins. He is also survived by his brother, Warren Heemann of Atlanta.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorial donations be made out to Coastal Hospice at the Ocean, PO Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802. The family would like to thank the amazing team at Coastal Hospice for the wonderful care they provided Terry and Ann over the past several months.

A memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate the wonderful lives of both Terry and Ann Heemann.

 

Kenneth Earle McDonald

Kenneth Earle McDonald

Kenneth Earle “Mac” McDonald

OCEAN PINES — Kenneth Earle “Mac” McDonald, age 86, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.

Born in Maine, he was the son of the late Edwin and Nellie Wood McDonald. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth L. McDonald, and children, Mary Beth Clark and her husband John, Anne Lennox and her husband Pat, Jane Brown and her husband Mickey, Kevin McDonald and his wife Laura and Terri McDonald; 11 grandchildren; and one great granddaughter. He is also survived by his brother Carroll McDonald.

Mr. McDonald served as a pilot in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He completed 71 Combat Missions, was a holder of the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Korean Service Medal with two battle stars, and the United Nations Service Ribbon. Ken continued his military service in the United States Air Force Reserves, serving as Training Officer and Search and Rescue Pilot with the Civil Air Patrol, and the Baltimore County Civil Defense Agency’s Officer-In-Charge at the Cockeysville, MD Emergency Operations Center, retiring at the rank of Major in 1975.

Ken received a Masters Degree in Guidance and Psychology from Loyola College in Baltimore, MD, with an additional 60 credit hours Post Graduate education. Ken was an American History Teacher and Counselor with the Baltimore County Schools, and Principal of Baltimore County’s Eastern Vocational-Technical Adult Center.

The family will receive family and friends from 10-11 a.m. preceding a Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 at 11 a.m., at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 11211 Beauchamp Rd, Berlin, Md. 21811, near Ocean Pines. Rev. Joseph MPR Cocucci will officiate. Inurnment will be in Eastern Shore Veteran’s Cemetery in Hurlock at a later date.

Following the service, there will be a reception for family and friends. Location to be determined and directions will be made available at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory may be made to Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Scholarship Fund, PO Box 320910, Alexandria, Va. 22320-4910, or at: http://www.moaa.org/main_secondary.aspx?id=10024.

The MOAA Scholarship Fund was established in 1948 to provide educational assistance for children of military families. It is based on one of the Association’s founding principles that “education is the cornerstone of a strong Democracy”. It is supported by donations and bequests from MOAA members, chapters, corporations, and others. Ken was a lifetime member of the MOAA.

Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com .

 

Council Candidates Address Street Performer Concerns

Spray paint artist and street performer Mark Chase is pictured on the Boardwalk this summer. Photo by Chris Parypa

OCEAN CITY – Candidates running for the Ocean City Council in next week’s election weighed in earlier this month on how the city should handle the delicate balance of respecting the rights of street performers while preserving the charm of the resort’s Boardwalk.

After two successful challenges in federal court to the resort’s ordinance regarding street performers, the latest of which came down last fall, most of the teeth was removed from the town’s stringent laws regarding the omnipresent street performers and buskers on the Boardwalk.

However, Ocean City’s intent on acknowledging the First Amendment rights of buskers was pushed to its limits this past summer, especially with the addition of a pole dancer on the boardwalk.

A few weeks ago, the Ocean City AARP Chapter 1917 hosted an Ocean City Candidates Forum. Council candidates Tony DeLuca, Wayne Hartman, Matthew James, Christopher Rudolf, and former Councilman Joe Hall were present to participate. Candidate Joe Cryer was not present and incumbent Council President Lloyd Martin was absent due to illness. Former candidate Nancy Bolt participated but withdrew from the race last week.

A question posed by moderator Bryan Russo of WAMU 88.5 queried the candidate’s position regarding street performers. In the last of a three-part series leading up to the election on Tuesday, the dialogue was as follow.

Q: As you look at the street performer issue, the issue of First Amendment rights and the nuisance they have become for businesses, if elected what new ideas would you bring to the table that would help the Town of Ocean City come to a better resolution with this issue?

Rudolf: With regard to street performers, I see this as a constitutional issue. I think when you are performing on the Boardwalk those type of activities are protected by the first amendment, and it’s one of those things where if you don’t like it you don’t have to stand there and subject yourself to it. With that said, there have been issues where some of these guys are impeding traffic on the Boardwalk, and that is a public safety issue. I would look at that in regard to being able to allow them to perform on the concrete pad along the Boardwalk, and as I understand that is currently prohibited. I would be able to compromise and meet half way but when you get right down to it those folks have a right to do that.

Hall: Unfortunately, it looks like the genie is out of the bottle on this issue. Over time we had a set of rules with a registration type of system, and then we tried to tighten the rules. As we tightened the rules, we were met with more resistance. When we tightened them too tight, we ended up in court loosing. So unfortunately we have to accept the outcome. One of the ideas before we did that was to let sleeping dogs lie. We didn’t do that and now we are dealing with the repercussions. For the future, we continue to enhance our amenities and offerings alternatively to compare to the street performers and hopefully we out do them. The entertainment for the families that come to town will be from the entertainment that we want and not from what we don’t want but if we continue to fight them we will continue to lose.

DeLuca: There are many different street performers out there. We have spray painters, singers, musicians, costume characters. We have undesirable street performers out there. We aren’t the only city dealing with this issue. It is happening in New York and New Jersey. My first approach would be to reach out to those cities and see if there is anything they are doing that we can use. I just feel that some of our family values are being trampled on, on the Boardwalk right now, and we really need to take some direction.

Hartman: I think we were dealt a bad hand with the judgment, and I really don’t think we should sit back and accept it. We have to do something and think outside of the box. We have done successful campaigns, such as with the pedestrian safety, and we are talking about an advertising campaign about saving lives on the beach. Why can’t we advertise not to support the buskers? It is our freedom of speech. We have to push further. Today we had a meeting, the Boardwalk Development Committee, and one of the ideas that came up was why we don’t have a north and south bound traffic lane on the Boardwalk for the tram. If there is four or five feet for a bench, and two marked lanes on the boardwalk, and there is not enough room for the performers as the tram comes by, people will move on. They won’t make money and therefore they are not going to be there. If we have to, we have talked about our great partner, Ocean City Development Corporation (OCDC) privatizing the Boardwalk. We rent the Boardwalk to OCDC, charge who you want there and control who you want there. If it is a family act, let it go but we can reverse this. We don’t have to accept it.

James: I think Wayne made some great points about being able to regulate who performs on the Boardwalk and who does not perform on the Boardwalk. If that can’t happen, maybe creating an area where street performers can perform will be beneficial to everybody because street performers will still be able to perform and they will not be impeding on anybody else whether they are walking, whether it is the tram or whether they just don’t want to see it. They won’t be bothering anybody else unless they went out of their way to go where the street performers are performing.

 

 

 

 

Candidate’s Email Creates Stir Week Before Election; Authorities Contacted Cryer Over Threats

OCEAN CITY – Only days after making an public apology to the Mayor and City Council for making anti-Semitic comments over social media, Ocean City Council candidate Joe Cryer sent out a threatening email to fellow candidates, sitting officials and a member of a local constituent group.

Cryer first ran for City Council in 2006 but didn’t make the cut. His claims of serving as a Navy SEAL in the Gulf of Sidra in 1986 aboard the USS Caron, where he was then deployed into Libya and killed 77 Libyans from which he was diagnosed with PTSD was proven false in 2011 by the media outlet, Stolen Valor.

Cryer did serve in the Navy for three years during the mid-80s. In an interview with The Dispatch last week, Cryer stated he moved to Ocean City from Annapolis in 2003 where he gave up working for “corporate America” and began Delmarva Veterans Services USA, Inc. to assist veterans in receiving their benefit.

Cryer attended the Citizens For Ocean City Candidate Meet and Greet event held at Seacrets last Wednesday. On Saturday, Cryer directed an email to Mayor Rick Meehan that was sent to most city officials and local newspapers plus a few others regarding his feeling following the event.

“From my understanding it was a meet and greet for all of the candidates. Not just the spineless/uneducated who conceded to the demands of the Police and Firefighters,” the email begins. “Why were the other candidates not allowed to speak? Was this meet the Republican/loser candidates, if that were the case I would have not attended.”

According to Joe Groves of Citizens For Ocean City, none of the seven City Council candidates took the stage during the event to speak. Mayor Rick Meehan, who is running unopposed, delivered a short message, followed by Groves who introduced the candidates to the crowd and directed guests to take the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the candidates.

A video released by Citizens For Ocean City the morning after the event showed the same account. However, the video gives four candidates — Tony DeLuca, Wayne Hartman, Lloyd Martin and Chris Rudolf — individual time to speak but it was filmed privately outside of Morley Hall at Seacrets. The video did not show the remaining council candidates, who at that time were Nancy Bolt, Joe Cryer, Joe Hall and Matt James.

Bolt withdrew from the race the next morning. The same morning Citizens For Ocean City filed a Freedom For Information Act stating, “The request is for information of any inaction/payment, nonpayment or any other business between Ocean Minded Construction/Nancy Bolt and the Town of Ocean City.” Shortly after Bolt withdrew from the election, the request was formally withdrawn.

Cryer’s email targeted several individuals, including Groves. Cryer asserted Groves spoke to him at the event as if it was a burden, and went on to threaten Groves by stating, “meet me in your parking lot any time.”

The email furthers treatment toward Bolt during the meet and greet was unacceptable and that she was isolated for being independent and a woman. Bolt was the only female candidate running for council.

Cryer explained on Thursday that he is under the impression that Meehan threatened Bolt with a lawsuit during the event.

“The mayor threatened to sue her over business she had done with the city. That is my intel. Can I quantify it? No, but I heard from more than one individual that she was threatened over a lawsuit if she kept her name on the ballot,” Cryer said. “I want to see more women on the council. I would have supported Nancy Bolt until I was blue in the face because I thought she stepped up at the right time. She would have been good for the City. I supported [Council Secretary] Mary Knight when she was elected in 2006. If I would have walked away, she would have never been elected, and she knows that.”

Bolt denied the mayor threated to sue her.

“Not a bit of that is true,” she said. “Everyone was fine at the meet and greet. I didn’t have any odd conversations with anybody.”

Cryer’s email also targeted candidate Wayne Hartman.

“If our eyes meet in the public, I will personally track you down no different than hunting a man in combat … you are another parasite riding the Ocean City Development Corporation scam monkey,” Cryer said.

Cryer explained on Wednesday that Hartman is taking down Cryer’s campaign signs.

“He drove by me down by Sunsations at the Route 90 Bridge and he waved his finger at me. It is like a sign war. It is so trivial, but the bottom line is I have to progress at this level to achieve our objective … I want to serve the public,” he said.

According to Cryer, the FBI and Ocean City Police Department contacted him on Monday regarding the email he had sent out over the weekend.

“The result was, ‘stay away from the people you threatened, chill out, relax, take your medication and spend time with your wife,’” Cryer said.

Cryer is still running for council.

“We are in a city where apparently when you run for office it is non-partisan. I am a Democrat. If I said I was Republican, I might be elected but I don’t want to sell my soul to the devil. This is a non-partisan election. They had no right to isolate this young lady [Bolt] and drive her out of the election,” he said. “I don’t want a bunch of fat red neck white boys in City Hall sitting down and running the business. We need to change the direction of the city. All these guys running for election are on the nipple. I am done with these clowns.”

In response, Groves said he is not surprised by Cryer’s actions.

“It is sad that a man who is running for City Council would act so disturbed and threatens people, not just myself but others in town. It is uncalled for and he needs serious help,” Groves said.

According to Groves, OCPD came to him regarding the email.

“They had him at the police station discussing the incident because it was the second occurrence in a week and half, and that he was being told to stay away from me and my properties or he would face being arrested. I was told in a very polite way to be familiar with my surroundings just in case,” he said.

 

Mother-Daughter Partner On New Specialty Shop In Berlin

Una Bella Salute co-owners Charlene McQuillen and Deborah Nicole are pictured inside their new Berlin business. Photo by Charlene Sharpe

BERLIN – Pomegranate. Cranberry pear. Black truffle.

Exotic flavors in a candy shop? Quite the opposite.

They are just a few of many varieties of olive oil and balsamic vinegar offered in Berlin’s newest specialty shop, Una Bella Salute.

“We’ve got an entire list of combinations you can mix,” said Deborah Nicolle, who opened the shop with her mother, Charlene McQuillen.

Una Bella Salute, which means “beautiful health” in Italian, offers customers an extensive array of flavored and unflavored olive oil as well as balsamic vinegar in several varieties. Nicole said she decided to open the shop after visiting a similar one in South Carolina.

“I fell in love with the concept and the product,” she said.

She and McQuillen underwent training in California before the distributor they chose would agree to service their shop. There they learned the chemistry of the products, the history of the flavors and where each came from. They learned which flavors paired well together, ideas for recipes using the products and the differences between fused and infused flavors.

“Fused is when they crush the fruit with the olives at the same time,” Nicolle said, pointing to a blood orange olive oil in the shop’s tasting room. “Infused is when the flavoring is added after.”

She and McQuillen are prepared to answer customers’ questions as they step past the gift section of Una Bella Salute, filled with pasta, cruets and gift baskets, and into its tasting room.

Steel tanks — called “fusti” in Italian — line the walls on both sides of the room and cover a center counter. The tanks store the olive oils and vinegars, which range in flavor from mild to robust. Each tank is labeled with a description of the product inside and advice on how to use it. Once customers decide which product they want, Nicolle or McQuillen fill a bottle with it. Small (200 milliliter) bottles are $8.95 no matter the contents, while large (750 milliliter) bottles are $19.95.

Nicolle said the “Tuscan Herb” flavored olive oil had been popular so far as had the “Cranberry Pear” balsamic vinegar.

Customers are given the opportunity to taste the products before they buy them. Nicolle even invites them to take the “taste challenge” by trying one of the shop’s olive oils after tasting the store brand oil she has on hand. She says the brands commonly sold in grocery stores are not necessarily pure or fresh and often use artificial coloring. The oil filling the tanks at Una Bella Salute, on the other hand, was just produced this spring.

“Our distributor requires that there’s no more than two hours between harvest and crush,” Nicole said. “It’s the freshest olive oil.”

Nicolle says what many people are unaware of are the health benefits of olive oil. Next month, she’ll be speaking at two Women Supporting Women events to share how olive oil can be beneficial to those suffering from cancer.

Nicolle explained that olive oil like the “Coratina Extra Virgin Olive Oil” was full of antioxidants that were good for the body.

“It gives it that peppery sensation,” she said, “but that’s a good thing.”

Because the shop features traditional olive oils as well as flavored ones, people are able to use olive oil in even more ways. Nicolle makes an effort to post recipes featuring the products she sells on the store’s Facebook page.

She encourages anyone who hasn’t been to an olive oil shop to stop by Una Bella Salute.

“A lot of people stop in just for the experience,” she said. “So many people have said it’s just so fun. It’s different.”

SHA Plans To Add Median Lighting In Ocean City; Road Diet Design Meeting On Tap

OCEAN CITY – During Tuesday afternoon’s Mayor and City Council work session, State Highway Administration (SHA) District Engineer Donnie Drewer and Assistant District Engineer Dallas Baker presented a bi-annual update of ongoing efforts to enhance pedestrian safety as well where the concept of a “road diet” on Coastal Highway stands.

During the last spring’s update, Baker announced a new pedestrian crossing signal was installed at 54th Street in front of Macky’s Bayside Bar and Grill similar to the pedestrian signal on 49th Street in front of Seacrets that became active on March 21.

This week Baker added median pedestrian lighting was added to 54th Street, and the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) has asked SHA to consider adding the same median lighting to the signal on 49th Street.

“We put that design in place and it was approved. Construction is scheduled to begin in August of 2015, but we are pushing to have it installed before the tourism season,” Baker said. “It was very well received and it certainly makes the pedestrians in the median pop at night to be more visible.”

During the spring update, the council asked if additional landscaping or fencing during the median modification project would better deter pedestrians from crossing mid-block.

“I have been in touch with our landscaping department, and they have been out to take a look. I think that is going to move forward. It will probably be at a snail’s pace but maybe within the next couple of years they will start doing several blocks at a time from 26th Street to the Delaware line,” Drewer said.

Baker furthered currently there are 13 intersections between 45th Street and 130th Street planned to receive ADA upgrades to the ramps as well as have pedestrian signal upgrades.

One of those intersections will be 101st Street where the council has stressed SHA to have a study conducted to install a pedestrian signal due to the high foot traffic in that area.

“We did a pedestrian signal analysis at 101st Street and it did meet the requirements for a pedestrian signal, so we will be placing a pedestrian signal there,” Drewer said. “We have a sign request in, and right now the schedule is to have the signal in by Oct. 1, 2015 but we are trying to push that forward to have it in before the tourism season.”

SHA is continuing pedestrian safety measures in the downtown areas as well on Baltimore Ave. by constructing sidewalk “bump outs” on 3rd Street and between 9th and 15th streets.

Baker explained a “bump out” is where the end of a sidewalk will be extended out into the parking lane granting the pedestrian better sight to see on oncoming cars as well as giving drivers better visibility of pedestrians trying to cross the road.

“The plans are in their final review stage. They are at 90 percent. The goal is to have them constructed before the start of the 2015 tourist season. We will be doing that over the winter months,” Drewer said.

As far as West Ocean City, SHA is conducting a conceptual study to construct a bike path on the south side of Route 50 from Route 611 to the Route 50 Drawbridge, as well as include additional sidewalks on the north side of Route 50 in this area.

“We are pursuing funding to do the rest of preliminary engineering, and we hope to have that engineering done by Fall of 2015, and have construction begin shortly thereafter,” Baker said.

For years, the SHA and the town have been deliberating a “Road Diet” on Coastal Hwy. During the spring update, SHA had just received a report on its preliminary investigation of the concept.

Currently Coastal Highway is eight lanes wide with three mixed-use lanes and a bus/bike lane on each rightmost side. The road diet concept proposes to change to three lanes with the third lane being mixed-use for buses and cars and use the 14-foot existing bus lane to become a general purpose lane for bus stops, a right-turn lane and bicycle lane, as well as widening sidewalks from 5 feet to 8-10 feet.

On Tuesday, Drewer stated SHA had recently held a meeting with stakeholders, such as Ocean City Department of Public Works and OCPD, to discuss the design, and Drewer asked for the same meeting to take place with the Mayor and City Council.

“We would like to do that sometime between now and the first of the year … to show you how traffic will operate,” Drewer said.

The council agreed and looked forward to the sit down, Council President Lloyd Martin said.

 

Public Landing Weed Bust

Social Issues & Government

SNOW HILL — A Virginia man was arrested on marijuana possession charges last week after a Worcester County Sheriff’s deputy found him and others in a vehicle at the boat ramp in Public Landing after dark.

Around 9:15 p.m. last Tuesday, a Worcester County Sheriff’s deputy was conducting a premise check at the public boat ramp in Public Landing and observed an occupied vehicle at the facility long after it had closed. The deputy made contact with the occupants to advise the boat ramp was closed after dark and detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

The deputy searched the vehicle and found over 32 grams of marijuana in the possession of the rear seat passenger, identified as Kyle Satterfield, 26, of Horntown, Va. The deputy also seized a glass smoking pipe, a metal grinder and rolling papers. Satterfield was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was released on recognizance pending trial.

 

Wal-Mart Thefts

BERLIN — Three individuals were arrested on theft and theft scheme charges last week after getting caught with merchandise stolen from the Wal-Mart in Berlin.

Around 3:20 p.m. last Tuesday, Worcester County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Wal-Mart on Route 50 for a reported theft. When deputies arrived, they learned the three suspects had fled the area in a vehicle. A description of the vehicle was broadcast and the vehicle with the suspects inside was stopped by Ocean Pines Police.

All of the stolen merchandize was recovered and returned to Wal-Mart. After reading the suspects their Miranda rights, each submitted written confessions. Jeffrey Moulds, 44, of Selbyville, was charged with theft less than $1,000 and theft scheme less than $1,000 and was released on a $5,000 bond. Jessica Curtis, 25, of Stockton, received the same charges and was held on a $3,000 bond. Kelly Brenan, 22, of Dagsboro, was charged with theft and theft scheme and also possession of CDS and paraphernalia and was held on a $5,000 bond.

 

Whaleyville Fire

WHALEYVILLE — Multiple companies from all over northern Worcester County and southern Sussex responded to a significant structure fire in Whaleyville last Friday.

Around 12:40 p.m. last Friday, the Showell, Bishopville and Selbyville Volunteer Fire Companies were alerted for a reported structure fire on Whaleyville Rd. First arrivers observed a single-story detached garage with fire extending from the north end of the structure.

Due to the quantity of fire, additional resources were requested from Ocean Pines, Berlin, Pittsville and Willards. The fire was extinguished and contained to the building of origin. The property owners were home at the time of the fire but no injuries were reported. The building and its contents were deemed a total loss. The cause of the fire has been listed as undetermined and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Chief Deputy Matt Owens at 410-632-5666.

 

Five-Year Sentence

For Jail Assault

SALISBURY — A Wicomico County jury this week found a Salisbury man guilty of assaulting a corrections officer stemming from an incident in the jail early this year, resulting in five years added to his current sentence.

On Monday, a Wicomico County jury found Nicholas Stuetz, 25, of Salisbury, guilty of assaulting a County Detention Center officer during an incident back on February 10. Stuetz was serving the unsuspended 18-month portion of his 10-year sentence for conspiring to commit robbery in a separate case.

During the incident last February, Stuetz was asked to surrender a plastic storage tub from his jail cell. The plastic containers were determined to be a threat to corrections officers and other inmates because they were being broken apart and the pieces sharpened into weapons. Stuetz became angry and threw his plastic tub at the correctional officer’s face and struck the officer in the chin and chest, causing injuries.

On Monday, a jury found Stuetz guilty of assaulting a correctional officer and he was sentenced to an additional five years in jail. The sentence is to be served consecutively to any and all other sentences against Stuetz. Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matt Maciarello praised correctional officers for performind a difficult and dangerous job each day.

“We cannot tolerate assaults upon correctional officers,” he said. “If inmates cannot follow the laws of our state and the rules of our detention center, we will advocate that they be sent to the Division of Corrections. This is a policy that aims to keep our local detention center orderly and safe.”

 

Salisbury Police Begin

Taser Pilot Program

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Police Department last week announced it is beginning a pilot program for the use of Tasers by its officers.

Salisbury Police announced they have begun the pilot program to evaluate the use of Tasers by their officers. The deployment of Tasers comes after extensive research, training and support from the Mayor and City Council. The Salisbury Police Department now joins the group of other law enforcement agencies across the Eastern Shore that utilize Tasers, including Ocean City.

Studies have shown the use of Tasers may deter violent behavior and reduce injuries to both officers and suspects. Officers are required to complete a certified training course prior to receiving a Taser. SPD officers will be issued a Taser that includes video and audio recording equipment whenever the Taser is used. The SPD will monitor the use of Tasers for one year during the pilot program and report back to the Mayor and Council on whether the tool is a good fit for the officers and community members.

 

Suspended Sentence

In Handgun Case

BERLIN — A Salisbury man, arrested on handgun and marijuana possession charges in March after a Maryland State Police trooper assisting him and others on westbound Route 90 found a revolver in the vehicle, pleaded guilty last week and was sentenced to six months, all of which was suspended in favor of probation and a fine.

Around 4:15 a.m. on March 16, a Maryland State Police trooper was on patrol when she observed three individuals standing partially in the roadway attempting to put gas in a mini-van. The trooper stopped to assist the individuals with their disabled vehicle and instructed them to return to their vehicle for safety.

The trooper then observed a revolver-like cylinder in the vehicle later identified as a marijuana grinder. The individuals were ordered out of the vehicle and a probable cause search was conducted. During the search, the trooper located a loaded .38 caliber Rossi revolver that was concealed in a small black bag behind the driver’s seat.

The trooper questioned the individuals, including Tavern Parker, 27, of Salisbury, who advised the gun belonged to his mother. A criminal history check on Parker revealed he was prohibited from possessing a regulated firearm. Parker was arrested and charged with knowing possessing a regulated firearm after being convicted of a disqualifying crime, possessing ammunition after being disqualified, knowingly wearing, carrying or transporting a firearm in a vehicle, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Last week in Circuit Court, Parker pleaded guilty to wearing or carrying a handgun in a vehicle on a public road and possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana. He was sentenced to six months in jail, all of which was suspended. He was then placed on probation for 18 months and fined $500.

 

Sentence In Fed Drug Case

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man was sentenced this week in federal court to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine after a joint local and federal investigation connected him and others to the distribution ring.

U.S. District Court Judge George Hazel on Tuesday sentenced David Wayne Nelson, 32, of Salisbury, to 11 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for his role in a cocaine distribution ring uncovered during the summer of 2013. A second suspect, Royce Levi Brown, 31, of Mardela Springs, previously pleaded guilty for his role in the conspiracy and awaiting sentencing.

According to their plea agreements, from July to August 2013, Nelson and Brown conspired with others to distribute cocaine throughout the Lower Shore. During the investigation, the DEA and the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force initiated wire taps on cell phones belonging to Brown and executed search warrants at multiple locations including residences associated with Nelson and Brown. Law enforcement officers overheard and observed Nelson engage in drug transactions with Brown.

For example, on July 30, 2013, law enforcement overheard conversations during which Nelson agreed to buy one kilogram of cocaine from Brown. Brown delivered the cocaine to Nelson at his residence. On August 13, 2013, law enforcement overheard Nelson arrange to purchase a half a kilogram of cocaine from Brown for $21,000.

On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod Rosenstein announced Nelson’s plea agreement and sentence. Rosenstein thanked the Wicomico County Task Force, which includes the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, the Salisbury Police Department, the Fruitland Police Department and the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office.

 

Resort Auxiliary

Officers Retire

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Police Department last week announced the retirement of a husband and wife duo who are resigning from the OCPD Auxiliary Unit after a combined 11 years of service.

OCPD Auxiliary Unit Officers Donald and Wanda Olson served as volunteers for 11 years and contributed a combined total of over 5,000 hours to the department and the citizens of Ocean City. Over the years, the Olsons were often seen conducting traffic details or assisting at many other special events along with other contributions throughout the year. The Olsons will be greatly missed by the department and the entire community as they retire to be closer to their family in western Maryland, according to a statement from the OCPD.

 

 

 

 

 

Ocean Pines Boat Ramp Project In Limbo

BERLIN – Plans to replace the White Horse Park boat ramp are on hold as Ocean Pines Association officials investigate the lack of contractor interest in the project.

The majority of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors voted not to award the $255,000 contract for the boat ramp to the lone company submitting a bid for the project.

“It behooves us to find out if the RFP [Request For Proposals] was reasonable,” said Dave Stevens, president of the board of directors. “I’m a little bit troubled by this.”

According to Bob Thompson, general manager of the association, five contractors attended a pre-bid meeting for the project. Only one, Fisher Marine, submitted a proposal.

Several board members were concerned with the fact that the association only received one bid.

“It’s not a bid. It’s a sole source contract,” director Marty Clarke said.

Director Jack Collins agreed.

“We have a fiduciary responsibility to the folks out there in that audience,” he said at the Oct. 23 board meeting. “It may be the best bid but I don’t understand why only one came forward.”

Stevens said the board needed to find out if the RFP was “slanted to one contractor.”

Director Sharyn O’Hare said calling the process, which was handled by Thompson, “slanted” was completely inappropriate.

“If four people chose not to bid, that was their business decision,” she said.

Stevens responded that a RFP could be written with the best of intentions and still favor one contractor.

Clarke said that with one just bid board members had no way of comparing costs.

“We do have an oversight duty,” he said.

Director Tom Terry said he didn’t think contacting other contractors was fair to the one that had submitted a bid. He said if this bid wasn’t selected the association would have to redo the RFP.

The motion to approve the contract with Fisher Marine failed by a 3-4 vote, and Stevens directed staff to contact the other contractors who’d attended the pre-bid meeting to find out why they hadn’t pursued the project. He said if it seemed a change in schedule would produce more bids a new RFP would be issued. Otherwise, the board would reconsider the bid it had.

The decision drew criticism from Cirector Bill Cordwell.

“If you keep putting projects off we’ll never get anything done,” he said. “Are we supposed to ride people for bids?”

Resident Dennis Hudson, a member of the budget advisory committee, also spoke against the decision.

“You do not do what you’re about to do,” he said. “You destroy your credibility with vendors.”

 

 

Response Time Questioned After August Boat Fire

On the afternoon of Aug. 31, a boat docked in Ocean Pines caught fire and injured five individuals. Submitted Photo

BERLIN – In spite of concerns raised following the Labor Day weekend boat explosion in Ocean Pines, fire department officials say the community has adequate fire protection.

Although a neighbor expressed dissatisfaction with the fire department’s response time and procedures following the Aug. 31 boat explosion, Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department (OPVFD) Chief Richard Angelo said this week residents have nothing to be worried about.

“When you’re in a situation like that, it feels like a lifetime when you’re waiting for somebody,” Angelo said. “I understand the concern, but we’re here to protect and serve the community.”

Resident Margaret Yates approached the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors with her concerns last week. Yates said the boat exploded as her neighbor, Neil Edwards, started it in the canal behind Boatswain Drive. Five people were ejected from the boat and taken to the hospital.

Yates told the board that although the fire company’s rescue squad arrived quickly, the fire engine took 15 minutes to arrive.

“This was a frightening event,” she said. “There were black plumes [of smoke] shooting up.”

Yates said the fire wasn’t extinguished until 25 minutes after the first call to 911.

“It was such a poor response,” she said.

Angelo was not one of the responders on the day of the explosion but investigated the incident after speaking to Yates and said he found the OPVFD response acceptable. He said the victims were the priority in that situation, as the boat was in the water and the fire wasn’t in immediate danger of spreading.

“The response time was reasonable,” he said, adding that the scene had been chaotic. “Everybody was panicking.”

Yates said she had been told by fire department officials that whenever there was a fire in Ocean Pines, the fire engine responded from the South Gate station, even though there was a brand new station in the north end of the community near White Horse Park.

“We’re living under this false sense of security,” she said.

Angelo denied that fire engines only responded from the South Gate station.

“Engines come out of the north and south,” he said.

He said the station near White Horse Park was also fully staffed with EMTs and paramedics Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. After that, emergency response is handled by the South Gate station.

“The South is the center point of Ocean Pines,” he said. “You can get anywhere pretty quick.”

Angelo stressed that aside from 11 paid employees, the OPVFD was staffed by volunteers who were often at home or at work when they received a fire call.

“It’s volunteer,” he said. “It’s a hefty bill if you want to have a paid fire department.”

Bob Thompson, general manager of the Ocean Pines Association, said he was pleased with the level of fire protection the OPVFD provided the community.

“I believe the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department does a fantastic job in keeping our community safe,” Thompson said. “Anytime you deal with volunteer staffing it means the department doesn’t have people on site when the call comes in. There is some time that passes but between the north and south stations they do a good job. We’re fortunate to have them.”

 

 

Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk

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Finally, the General Election is almost here. As is usually the case, there have been lots of political machinations over the last week or so and here are a couple that I reflected on this week.

•The Citizens For Ocean City group has only been around three years but there’s no question it has become an involved player on the micro-political front in Ocean City.

What’s debated by many is whether that’s a good or bad thing. My feeling is the group serves a valuable role, as I will almost always support concerned citizens coming together to affect change, as was the case in 2012 when this group advocated extensively for certain candidates to dethrone the former council majority that ruled with an all-too heavy and misdirected hand. Clearly, that group’s efforts helped to result in the clean sweep of its endorsed candidates and the resounding defeat of two other incumbents.

The Citizens group’s role in this election has been aggressive as well and some have been maintaining that it’s been essentially a bully on some fronts, particularly in light of last week’s Freedom of Information Act request for city documents involving a construction company owned by candidate Nancy Bolt, who had a decent shot of getting elected. The FOIA was filed about 30 minutes before Bolt decided to terminate her campaign. Once Bolt dropped out, the FOIA request was dropped. Mission accomplished it would seem. Bolt seemed unaware of the documentation request last week when reached by a reporter. Additionally, the Citizens group took the lead on challenging the residents of two candidates.

Over the summer, I didn’t think the Citizens group would be as active in this election as it was in 2012. But in some ways it has played more of a role than in did during that “take back the town” campaign, which was rooted in the council majority at the time dismissing City Manager Dennis Dare over philosophical differences.

The Citizens group is an example of grassroots politics at its finest in my opinion, but several times over the last couple weeks the group has been cast in a negative public light, prompting group member Patti Miller to purchase ad space this week to make it clear exactly what the focus of the group is today and respond to a competing newspaper’s opinion that it is a “political machine that will do whatever it takes”.

Miller wrote, “Citizens for Ocean City is not a “machine”, it is a well-respected organization and has grown in numbers because it is made up of Ocean City residents who just want common sense, transparency and responsible government. Many residents have no desire to return to the days when a negative, radical, secret agenda for “change” disrupted our city council meetings.  … Citizens for Ocean City believes that ‘Informed citizens, make good decisions.’ Research the candidates’  knowledge, experience, integrity and vote on Nov. 4th!”

 

•State’s Attorney’s races were not always this way. However, dating back to the earlier showdowns between former State’s Attorney Joel Todd and current State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby, the matchups have been quite heated.

Oglesby is apparently a lightning rod on the political front and two anti-Oglesby ads were purchased in this paper this week, excluding challenger Mike Farlow’s own ad. Oglesby did have ads of support from the Ocean City Fraternal Order of Police and the Ocean City Firefighter/Paramedics Association.

In Farlow’s own ad, former State’s Attorneys Joe Moore and Randy Coates express their support for him over the incumbent. Both men were opposed to Oglesby previously as well.

It’s been interesting to me to observe how polarizing of a figure Oglesby is around here. It’s as if he is either loved or hated and that’s confirmed by the narrow losses to Todd previously and the slim victory in 2010. This is a race I will be watching closely on election night.