What’s Your Sign?

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19): You could be caught in a torrent of advice from well-meaning friends and colleagues this week. But remember, Lamb, you are at your best when you are your own inimitable self.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20): Expect strong efforts to get you to accept things as they are and not question them. But ignore all that and continue your inquiries until you’re sure you have all the answers you need.

GEMINI (May 21 to June 20): Heavier than usual family and workplace duties compete for your time this week. Try to strike a balance so that you’re not overwhelmed by either. Pressures ease by week’s end.

CANCER (June 21 to July 22): It’s a good time for the Moon Child to show off your uniquely inspired approach to the culinary skills — especially if they’re directed toward impressing someone special.

LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22): You might be happy about the re-emergence of a long-deferred deal. But don’t pounce on it quite yet. Time can change things. Be sure the values you looked for before are still there.

VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22): Try to rein in your super-critical attitude, even if things aren’t being done quite as you would prefer. Remember: What you say now could create an awkward situation later on.

LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22): Although you can expect on-the-job cooperation from most of your colleagues this week, some people might insist on knowing more about your plans before they can accept them.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21): Creating another way to do things is commendable. But you could find some resistance this week from folks who would rather stick with the tried-and-true than try something new.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21): You usually can keep your aim focused on your goal. But you might need to make adjustments to cope with unsteadiness factors that could arise over the course of the week.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19): News arrives about a projected move. Be prepared to deal with a series of possible shifts, including starting and finishing times, and how much the budget will actually cover.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18): A new relationship needs time to develop. Let things flow naturally. It could be a different story with a workplace situation, which might require faster and more focused attention.

PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20): Accept a compliment without trying to troll for any hidden reason beyond what was said. After all, don’t you deserve to be praised every now and then? Of course you do.

BORN THIS WEEK: You like to weigh all possibilities before making a decision. You would be a fine judge, or even be a star in a jury room.

(c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

Seahawks Rally To Win Bayside South

Decatur’s Payton VanKirk battles for the ball with Parkside defenders during the second half of the Bayside South clinching win over the Rams on Tuesday.

Photo by Shawn Soper

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity soccer team capped an unbeaten regular season with a dramatic come-from-behind win over Parkside on Tuesday to claim the Bayside South championship.

The Seahawks entered Tuesday’s showdown with a chance to clinch the Bayside South and advance to the conference championship game next week. Decatur entered Tuesday’s game with an 11-0-1 record, the only non-win on their schedule a 1-1 tie with Parkside back on October 2. Parkside, meanwhile, was also unbeaten, but had two ties on its record including the tie with Decatur and another tie in its next game with Bennett.

Something had to give when the two powerhouses met at Decatur on Tuesday and for a long time the suspense built. The two teams played to a 0-0 tie in the first half although both had opportunities. Parkside broke through just over six minutes into the second half on a fast-break goal to take a 1-0 lead.

Decatur continued to apply pressure in the Parkside defensive end and had opportunities. At one point, the Parkside goalie charged out of the net to stop a Decatur fast-break and made a great diving stop, but had come out of the box and the Seahawks were awarded an indirect penalty kick. In another opportunity, a Seahawk forward fired a successful shot on a lofted pass, but was ruled offside and the goal was nullified.

Finally, with just over 23 minutes remaining, Decatur got the equalizer on a goal by senior captain Payton VanKirk. VanKirk got behind the defense and had a one-on-one with the Parkside goalie. The Parkside keeper came out, but VanKirk was able to fire a shot past her to tie the game at 1-1.

For the next 14 minutes or so, both teams had opportunities, but the score remained tied as the tension built. With just over nine minutes left in the game, Decatur was awarded a corner kick. Lexi McDonough launched a high shot at the near post and Mallory Vara was able to head it in for the go-ahead goal. The dramatic goal touched off a brief celebration, but there was still much work to be done.

Decatur dug in on defense and repelled several late scoring chances for the Rams until the final horn sounded. The 2-1 win clinched the Bayside South title for Decatur and touched off a celebration including hugs and a few tears, and a cooler dumping on new coach Maggie Berke. With the win, Decatur earned a spot in the Bayside Conference championship game next Tuesday at Wicomico County Stadium against the Bayside North champion.

Students From Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Participate In Annual Walkathon

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Students from Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School recently participated in their annual Walkathon fundraiser. This event, sponsored by Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School’s Home and School Association, promotes health and fitness school-wide for students ranging in grades from Pre-K 3 through Eighth grade. Over $18,000 was raised this year to benefit the school. Top fundraisers were MaryAnn and MadaLynne Rutzler.

Neil Beahan Accepts Delaware State Middle Level Principal Of The Year Award

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Neil Beahan, principal of the Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville, Del., is shown accepting his Delaware State Middle Level Principal of the Year Award from NASSP Director JoAnne Bartoletti and President G.A. Buie at the Principal of the Year Institute in Washington Sept. 9. Beahan is a 33-year veteran educator for the Indian River School District and is starting his sixth year as principal at SDSA.

Annual Darkness Walk In Ocean City Raises $40K

Some of the more than 500 participants in last month’s 3rd Annual Out of the Darkness Walk are pictured heading south on the Boardwalk. Submitted Photo

OCEAN CITY — The sun shone last month on over 500 participants on the Ocean City Boardwalk for the 3rd Annual Out of the Darkness Walk, a fundraising event facilitated by the Worcester County Health Department, to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund. The event raised over $40,000.

Opening the event, State Senator Jim Mathias encouraged everyone to “walk out of the darkness into the light,” a fitting message for those walkers, many of whom were there to remember loved ones who lost their lives to suicide, and to proclaim through their presence a determination to prevent other families from suffering as they had.

“The outpouring of support and participation is amazing,” said walk chair Brittany Hines of the Worcester County Health Department. “It shows there is a need for more suicide prevention, education, and awareness. This event is a big step in the right direction for accomplishing this.”

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a national organization that is engaged in researching the causes of suicide and the preventive measures that anyone can do to keep those at risk safe. Local organizations, like the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, work with the AFSP to provide training and workshops addressing suicide risks and prevention. Trainings are available for both professional heath care providers and laypeople who share its passion for suicide prevention.

“With the help of the AFSP and many local donors, we are able to offer Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Mental Health First Aid, and a variety of other programs to the general public on the lower Eastern Shore,” said Kim Klump, president of the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund. “Suicide rates are historically very high in rural areas like ours, and many either are not aware of the risk or unwilling to seek help for the mental challenges that often end in suicide.  Our fund, through the Worcester County Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program, is devoted to reducing suicides in our seaside communities.”

Many local partners worked together to promote the walks, including Atlantic General Hospital, Wicomico County Health Department, Life Crisis Center, Salisbury University and cadets from the Stephen Decatur High School NJROTC.



County Satisfied With Rural Legacy Grant Awards

SNOW HILL — While only receiving about half of the total funding requested, the Worcester County Commission is chalking up Rural Legacy Area (RLA) grant awards as a win this year, as the $1.6 million received should be more than enough to purchase several easements in the county.

Considering how thin total RLA funding was spread in Maryland, the $1.6 million does represent a strong showing for the county.

RLA funding for FY15 is broken into two separate awards, $1,060,000 for the Coastal Bays RLA and $600,000 for the Dividing Creek RLA.

“The Coastal Bays RLA is the largest award on the shore this year. This is a wonderful achievement for the local program,” Bob Mitchell, director of Environmental Programs, told the commission last week, “and Mrs. [Katherine] Munson, in collaboration with her state and local partners, has made this award a reality. We received $1,660,000 in local funding from our original request of $3,920,000, while competing against the rest of the state for grants from this program.”

Munson works as a planner for the county and also expressed enthusiasm at the level of RLA grants coming in for this year.

“Both of these grants are going to support the county’s Comprehensive Plan and land preservation plan which have identified some of these areas as key to our agricultural and natural resource-based economy,” she remarked.

RLA funding for FY15 will be used to purchase conservation easements, between one and two for Dividing Creek and two to four for the Coastal Bays. Worcester was the independent applicant for the Coastal Bays funding but partnered with Somerset County and The Nature Conservancy as a joint sponsor for Dividing Creek.

While the county fell short of the $3.9 million requested, the commission was satisfied with the $1.6 million received. Across the state of Maryland only $16.03 million was available for RLA grants for FY15. That money was divided up across 18 individual qualified areas.

The overall goal of RLA is to protect areas such as agriculture, forestry as well as improving natural resources. Participation in the program is volunteer-based with willing sellers, of which there is a waiting list, working with the county to preserve their land with easements.

“It’s really impressive the way the map looks. These are really areas that we wanted to work,” said Commissioner Judy Boggs after reviewing some of the properties in the Coastal Bays and Dividing Creek locations that the county is evaluating as a target for this year’s RLA funds.



September Police Activity Jumps, But Year-To-Date Crime Down 2%

OCEAN CITY – While the month of September reflected numerous increases in categories of crime, the overall crime rate in Ocean City remains down from 2013.

According to the report, September’s total calls for service, including traffic stops, business checks and assistance to citizens, totaled 9,140, which is a 1-percent decrease from September 2013 when there were 9,232 calls for service.
Out of that total, 6,869 were officer initiated, which is a 3.6-percent decrease from September 2013, and 2,271 were citizen initiated, which is a 7.8-percent increase from September 2013.

The total number of calls for service, excluding traffic stops, business checks and assisting citizens, totaled 4,856, which is a 6.4-percent increase from September 2013 when there were 4,566 calls for service. Out of the total, 2,723 were officer initiated, which is a 5.9-percent increase from September 2013, and 2,133 were citizen initiated, which is a 6.9-percent increase from September 2013.
Out of the top 25 calls for service, the majority of the categories increased starting with disorderly conduct with 480 calls in September this year compared to 415 last year; 911 hang up calls increased to 343 compared to 273 last year; assist to OC EMS increased to 215 this year compared to 165 last year; suspicious person or activity increased to 196 from 187 last year; collisions increased to 171 from 159 last year; parking complaints/violations increased to 141 from 86 last year; theft already occurred increased to 115 from 110 last year; alcohol violations increased to 105 from 95 last year; domestic assault/dispute increased to 83 from 75 last year; assist to the Fire Company increased to 62 from 57 last year; trespassing increased to 61 from 42 last year; malicious destruction of property increased to 42 from 34 last year; tow impound by the police increased to 23 from 14 last year; and sex offense and indecent exposure increased to 11 from 10 last year.

The categories decreasing in the month of September start with assist to citizens declining from 381 in September of 2013 to 379 this year; assist to motorists decreased from 176 last year to 150 this year; city ordinance violations decreased from 277 last year to 146 this year; civil dispute decreased from 57 last year to 54 this year; CDS violations decreased from 73 last year to 52 this year; noise complaint/violation decreased from 90 last year to 48 this year; warrant attempt or arrest decreased from 52 last year to 42 this year; DWI investigate and/or arrest decreased from 53 last year to 32 this year; assault already occurred decreased from 36 last year to 27 this year; breaking and entering decreased from 21 last year to 11 this year; and report of a fight decreased from 12 last year to 6 this year.

There were 226 arrests made in September and 46 criminal citations issued. There were 34 drug arrests made and 35 drug citations. There were 37 DUI arrests made and 13 weapon arrests, according to OCPD data.

Increases in crime during the month of September can be related to a large event that takes place in the Ocean City area at the end of September, H20 International (H20i), which is a VW/Audi rally that attracts thousands of vehicles to the town each year.

According to OCPD data, there were a total of 2,148 calls for service during the four-day period related to the event, compared to 2,003 calls for service during that time period last year. Those calls for service do not include business checks, residential checks, and city-owned property checks.

There were a total of 495 calls for service regarding public and disorderly and criminal actions. The category topping the chart is 253 calls for disorderly conduct, followed by 61 alcohol citations and 61 collisions.

Throughout the four-day stretch, there was a total of 51 arrests made that include three drug arrests, five DUI arrests and three weapon arrests.

Nine months into the year, a weekly breakdown reflects a 2-percent decrease in total crime this year compared to last year.
Under Part 1 Crimes, there has been one homicide compared to one this time last year; no shootings compared to one this time last year; 22 forcible rapes in 2013 compared to 20 this year; 18 robberies in 2013 compared to 17 this year; 38 aggravated assaults in 2013 compared to 53 this year; 203 burglaries in 2013 compared to 272 this year; 919 larcenies in 2013 compared to 848 this year; 29 auto thefts in 2013 compared to 35 this year; and there were no cases of arson in both 2013 and so far this year.

There have been 653 common assaults so far this year compared to 716 this time last year and 58 minor sex offenses so far this year compared to 55 last year, resulting in an overall total of 1,959 crimes at the end of September this year compared to 1,999 at the end of September in 2013.

For comparison, the daily average population estimates in Ocean City in September produced by Demoflush was 163,365 this year compared to 167,640 last September, which is a 2.5-percent decrease.