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The new Coastal Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors include, back from left, Terrance McGowan, Joe Wilson, Joel Maher, Darron Whitehead, Don Bailey, Courtney Wright and Wesley Cox; and, seated from left, Vicki Harmon, Lauren Bunting, Brigit Taylor and Linda Moran. Submitted Photo

The new Coastal Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors include, back from left, Terrance McGowan, Joe Wilson, Joel Maher, Darron Whitehead, Don Bailey, Courtney Wright and Wesley Cox; and, seated from left, Vicki Harmon, Lauren Bunting, Brigit Taylor and Linda Moran. Submitted Photo

New Board Installed

BERLIN – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) installed its 2014-2015 board of directors at a special ceremony on Oct. 1 at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club.

Vicki Harmon, a REALTOR® for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 104th Street in Ocean City and a CAR member since 2007, was installed as president of the association’s board.

“Being president of CAR is a very challenging, yet rewarding experience,” Harmon said. “I have the opportunity to help shape the future direction of our ever changing industry both here at the coast as well as at the state and national levels.”

Harmon was installed by Dean Cottrill, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage NRT and former president of the Anne Arundel Board of REALTORS® board of directors.

Other CAR members installed at the ceremony by Janice Kirkner, president of the Maryland Association of REALTORS® board of directors include President Elect Linda Moran, Prudential PenFed Realty, West Ocean City; Vice President Joel Maher, Coldwell Banker Residential, Salisbury; Secretary Wesley Cox, Sperry Van Ness Miller, Salisbury; Treasurer Donald Bailey, Coldwell Banker Residential, Salisbury; Immediate Past President Susan Megargee, Re/Max Crossroads, Fruitland; Director Lauren Bunting, Bunting Realty, Berlin; Director Terrence McGowan, Prudential PenFed Realty, Ocean City; Director Brigit Taylor, Resort Quest of Delaware, Bethany Beach; Director Joe Wilson, Condominium Realty, LTD, Ocean City; Director Darron Whitehead, Whitehead Real Estate Exec., Salisbury; and Director Courtney Wright, Condominium Realty, LTD, Ocean City.

“A warm congratulations to our new board of directors and a big ‘thank you’ for their service,” said Sheila Dodson, executive director of CAR. “We’re looking forward to another successful year for our membership and organization.”


AGH Hires Veteran

Builders For Project

SALISBURY – Delmarva Veteran Builders (DVB), the region’s only commercial construction firm dedicated to bringing employment to U.S. Armed Forces Veterans, announced it has been hired to build a patient care facility for Atlantic General Health System on Gina Renee Plaza on Route 50.

The 3,700-square-foot project will be home to a primary and specialty patient care center. DVB will demolish the existing structure and build a new floor plan that will include a new HVAC system.

Initial plans are for the Atlantic General Health System location to include a family practice physician, a pediatrician and an internal medicine physician as well as a nurse practitioner to provide same day appointments for AGH patients. In the near future, AGH will add a same day urgent care center, offering similar care as provided in the Atlantic ImmediCare Centers.

Long-term goals will be to expand and provide specialty care which could include, Gynecology, Neurology, Dermatology, Urology and potentially out-patient diagnostic services such an out-patient lab or imaging services in other areas of the building.

“Delmarva Veteran Builders is excited to work with Atlantic General in providing a structure that will support healthcare services to a growing community,” said Chris Eccleston of DVB. “We take pride in working with partners on projects that ultimately help people in the local community. I learned that this is one of the fastest growing communities with limited access to Primary Care services. We are happy to help in any way we can. As Kevin Costner’s character said in Field of Dreams – If you build it, they will come.”

“As a first time contractor at Atlantic General Hospital, I was pleased with Delmarva Veteran Builders performance renovating our Employee Health and Human Resource offices,” said Kim Justice, Vice President of Planning/Operations, Atlantic General Hospital. “The job was done on schedule and within budget. Delmarva Veteran Builders were accommodating to changing environmental conditions and provided flexibility in scheduling around patient care activities. I look forward to the same qualities and workmanship on this project.”


Academy Earns Award

WEST OCEAN CITY — Ocean Aviation Flight Academy has been recognized for its high standard of accomplishment in flight training by The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the world’s largest aviation association.

The flight school has been awarded a spot on the Flight Training Excellence Awards Honor Roll, a title given to high scoring flight schools from AOPA’s annual flight training poll.

The Flight Training Excellence awards were created to highlight the best the flight training industry has to offer.

“We created these awards to recognize those who instill a lifelong passion for aviation among their students and it was clear from the customer reviews that these professionals are providing a quality flight instruction experience.” said Brittney Miculka, director of pilot community development for AOPA.

To select the award winners, AOPA invited those who have taken flight training within the last 24 months to complete the Flight Training Poll. Each individual could nominate up to one flight school and one flight instructor. The online poll was conducted from June 3 to Aug. 23, using a process that contains several safeguards designed to ensure fair competition. AOPA’s poll had more than 3,600 respondents.

“Our whole team is so proud to have been recognized among the leaders of professional flight training in the world,” said Michael Freed, president of Ocean Aviation.

Information about flight training at Ocean Aviation Flight Academy, is available at 410-213-8400 or at www.flyoceanaviation.com.


Health Care Designation

BALTIMORE – The Health Facilities Association of Maryland (HFAM) recently presented Maryland State Senator James “Jim” Mathias (District 38) with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Health Care. The award was presented at HFAM’s Annual Convention in Ocean City, which was attended by more than 600 Maryland health care leaders.

“As a longtime trailblazer in government and in business, Senator Mathias understands that health care drives job creation and serves as an economic engine in his district and throughout Maryland,” said Joseph DeMattos Jr., President and CEO of HFAM. “Senator Mathias’ district includes six HFAM member centers, which employ nearly 700 workers who provide hundreds of thousands of days of quality care to Eastern Shore residents in need.”

“I am humbled that members of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland recognized my dedication and efforts to long term care and those to whom these services are provided. I am proud as Senator to be part of the dedicated team that diligently works to improve these services to those that need them the most. I remain dedicated, ever grateful, and look forward to successfully serving the needs of our long term care community together,” said Mathias.

DeMattos added, “Senator Mathias championed the Senior Prescription Drug Relief Act, which created both the Maryland Pharmacy Discount Program and the Maryland MEDBANK Program, making affordable prescription drugs more accessible to Maryland’s more than one million seniors. HFAM members, who provide more than six million days of quality care to Marylanders in need each year, are committed to recognizing leaders for their contribution to ensuring quality care in Maryland.”


Large Land Auction Set

SALISBURY — Ben Alder, Senior Advisor of the Alder Land Group at Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate in Salisbury, in collaboration with Tim Dudley, of SVN Motley’s in Richmond, Va., are auctioning over 1,800 acres of land. The 12 properties are located throughout Maryland and offer 400 tillable acres, 1,228 wooded acres and 250 marsh acres. The auction is online and on-site at Black Diamond Lodge in Fruitland on Nov. 13 at 2 p.m.

“This land event is about finding your place to get away and get outdoors on the Eastern Shore. Each property has its own potential for deer, turkey or waterfowl hunting and many of them also offer opportunities for residential use,” said Alder. “It is our belief that this is a great way to sell land and give buyers an opportunity to focus on a select group of properties that share similar characteristics.”

For more information about the hunting and farmland properties for auction or to pre-register, visit www.alderlandgroup.com


Nursing Program Honored

SALISBURY — Salisbury University has been ranked the 16th “Best Affordable RN-BSN Degree Program” in the nation, based on cost and quality.

The complete list of only 30 schools was narrowed down from hundreds of fully accredited nursing degree programs in the United States. All have a net price less than $22,000.

Institutions then were scored based on graduation and freshmen retention rates, student-to-faculty ratio, percentage of classes taught by graduate assistants, minimum grade point average admission requirements, type of classes available and three-year average NCLEX pass rates.

“The SU Nursing Department and its faculty, staff and students are committed to excellence in their work and in their profession,” said Dr. Lisa Seldomridge, department chair. “We are grateful this is being recognized.”


Salisbury Property Sold

SALISBURY– Three properties on a high traffic corner of Route 13 South in Salisbury have been sold to a Chinese investment firm.

Chris Davis and Rick Tilghman, both Senior Advisors with Sperry Van Ness-Miller Commercial Real Estate, facilitated the sale of Court Plaza shopping center. Court Plaza, formerly owned by a Bethesda-based company, sold for $4.2 million. Tilghman represented the seller and Davis represented the buyer.

Located directly adjacent to Court Plaza, the Temple Hill Motel sold for $2.15 million. Davis represented the buyer and seller in this transaction. Finally, a smaller property on Kay Avenue completed the 12 acre site sale, and Brent Miller, Managing Director of SVN-Miller, represented the seller. Don Bailey, agent with Coldwell Banker, co-represented the buyer with Chris Davis in all three transactions.

Preliminary plans for the site include a retail center, a hotel, and multi-family housing for Salisbury University students.

“This is a new and exciting redevelopment project that will have a positive impact on the City of Salisbury, especially the South end of town,” said Davis. “The strategic location of these three properties close to Salisbury University is what attracted these investors to our market.”


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Housing Market Update BERLIN – The local housing market is slowly gaining momentum, as single-family home settlements appear to be increasing in comparison to this time last year. According to the latest figures from the Coastal Association of REALTORS®, single-family home settlements in August 2014, compared to August 2013, increased moderately in Wicomico and Somerset counties as well as Ocean … Continue reading

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City Employees Retire OCEAN CITY — Charles Bunting and Frank Marshall have retired after almost 70 years of combined employment with the Town of Ocean City. Marshall, who joined the town full-time in September of 1974, retires as the Construction Supervisor for the Public Works Department. Also leaving the department, Bunting will be finishing his last day in the maintenance … Continue reading

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