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The Arby’s in Salisbury on Route 13 across from Salisbury University was recently presented with a “Triple Ace Award,” the highest award a restaurant can receive in the Arby’s system. Less than 1% of the 3,400 Arby’s restaurants achieve that status. Pictured, from left, are Franchise Operations East Coast Director Stephen Crouch, Supervisor Brittany Mason, Delmarby, Inc. President Todd Hershey and Delmarby, Inc. Vice President Regina Trader. “Delmarby, Inc. has been working very hard to improve customer service and recently completed the Arby’s national training program ‘Red Dawn Brand Camp’ with all of our employees. We have seen a huge improvement in service and quality,” Hershey said.

 

Real Estate Market Update

BERLIN – Although the latest figures from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) reflects increased contracts and settlements compared to the same time last year, area home values dipped slightly in January, as is custom across the country during the coldest time of the year.

CAR’s January local housing statistics – which represent the activity of CAR’s more than 1,000 REALTOR® members in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties – reflect a 17.2-percent increase in contracts, or pending sales, and a 13.7-percent increase in settlements, or completed sales. However, the figures also reflect a 12.6-percent increase in the average number of days that homes stay on the market, a 21.9-percent decrease in list prices, and a 22-percent decrease in sales prices.

“It’s not uncommon that real estate sales are not at their best during the cold month of January. Also, a lot of people are strapped for cash after the holiday season,” said Joel Maher, vice president of the CAR board of directors and a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Residential of Salisbury. “But as the weather gets warmer and tax returns start coming in, we’ll definitely see a boost in foot traffic and settlements.”

The local statistics reflect a strong inventory of homes available for sale, with a very slight – 0.6 percent – increase in listings. Prospective buyers are encouraged to take advantage of the still historically low mortgage interest rates and see these homes during a time of year which tests their durability.

“What a better time to see what a house can stand up to than during the wettest, coldest time of year?” said Sheila Dodson, executive director of CAR. “This is an ideal time to see how well-insulated the house is, how accessible the property is in bad weather, etc. This is the time that buyers should get out there and see the high-quality properties we have available on the Lower Shore.”

 

Accreditation Received

BERLIN  Atlantic General Hospital has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The American Heart Association estimates that the direct and indirect cost for cardiovascular disease in the U.S. for 2010 was $503.2 billion.

Early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of Echocardiography procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on Echocardiography testing. The skill of the Echocardiography sonographer performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing.

Accreditation by the IAC means that Atlantic General Hospital has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

 

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Real Estate Issues Discussed At Session ANNAPOLIS – Nine members of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) traveled to Annapolis this week to meet with local legislators to discuss real estate priorities in the 2015 legislative session of the General Assembly. The Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) hosted a Legislative Breakfast on Jan. 27 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel. Members … Continue reading

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Owner Recognized BERLIN — Joni Waldych, president and owner of Innovative Benefit Solutions, has been named in Insurance Business America magazine’s Hot 100 list for 2015. This annual list recognizes 100 people who have made an impact on the insurance industry over the past year and is considered one of the industry’s highest distinctions. “The Hot 100 represents the best … Continue reading

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Contracts Trend Up BERLIN – The local real estate market rounded out the end of 2014 with increasing contract – or pending sales – numbers, continuing a trend that held steady throughout the year. According to the latest figures from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR), single family home contract signings across the Tri-County area saw a 44.3-percent jump in … Continue reading

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New Doctor Announced BERLIN – Atlantic General Hospital and Health System has announced that Liezl Irisari, MD, has joined Atlantic General Women’s Health in Ocean Pines. Irisari’s experience includes a minimally invasive gynecologic surgery fellowship at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Utica, N.Y., and a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She is … Continue reading

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New Location Announced BERLIN – Atlantic General Health System announced this week that Dr. Munna Garg and Dr. Danielle Orr will relocate their practices to the new Atlantic General Medical Center opening in West Ocean City on Route on Jan. 12. The physicians will be moving to the new space in an effort to better accommodate the growing patient population. … Continue reading

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Peninsula Regional Medical Center recently celebrated the 42-year career of Dr. Donald M. Wood, a cardiologist who was responsible for a great amount of growth and progress in cardiology on the Eastern Shore. Wood was presented with a plaque and portrait that will hang in PRMC’s Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute in his honor. He earned proclamations from the City … Continue reading

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Hospital’s Gets $850K For Achieving Status BERLIN –Atlantic General Hospital achieved Meaningful Use Stage 2 status this month and received funds for patient portal engagement in the amount of nearly $850,000 from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). AGH is one of only 164 hospitals in the country to achieve Stage 2. Meaningful use, by federal definition, is … Continue reading

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Apple Discount Drugs owner, Jeff Sherr was joined by his staff and members of the Salisbury and Fruitland Chambers of Commerce and members of the Salisbury City and Wicomico County Council, at a ribbon cutting ceremony this month to celebrate the opening of the new Apple store in the Pecan Square Shopping Center. Submitted Photo         New Analyst Announced WILLARDS … Continue reading

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First Shore Federal (FSF) representatives held a ribbon cutting for the new ATM machine installed by Gillis Gilkerson on the corner of the First Shore Federal downtown Salisbury branch location. Interior lobby renovations were also completed. Pictured, from left, are Terri Hargis, assistant vice president/assistant savings manager, FSF; Kenisha Warner, downtown teller, FSF; Erika Milbauer, customer  service representative, FSF; Lois … Continue reading