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Margaret Mudron of Taylor Bank and Nancy Bradford of the Bank of Ocean City are pictured receiving an award from the Maryland Bankers Association Financial Education Awards Program. Submitted Photo

Margaret Mudron of Taylor Bank and Nancy Bradford of the Bank of Ocean City are pictured receiving an award from the Maryland Bankers Association Financial Education Awards Program. Submitted Photo

Banks Awarded

BERLIN — The Bank of Ocean City and Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company recently received an award from the Maryland Bankers Association (MBA) Financial Education Awards Program, which recognizes member institutions that have excelled in spreading financial education in the communities they service.

The Bank of Ocean City and Calvin B. Taylor Bank were awarded second place in the category of adult and seniors for their “Elder Financial Abuse Program“. This was the first time in the history of MBA Financial Education Program that two banks have collaborated on their education efforts in the community.

Financial education classes are available to any local group, class or organization by contacting either the Bank of Ocean City or Calvin B. Taylor Bank. Accepting the award were Margaret Mudron, left, assistant vice president and financial education coordinator for Taylor Bank, and Nancy Bradford, assistant vice president at the Bank of Ocean City.



Text-To-Win Contest Launched

BERLIN — South Moon Under and Mexico Grand Hotels announced on Monday the launch of a nationwide text-to-win mobile SMS contest to “Win a Stylish Getaway.”

South Moon Under’s fans and customers can enter for a chance to win a five-night, all-inclusive stay for two guests at Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and $1,000 to spend at any South Moon Under location.  Customers can enter by texting ‘TAKEMETHERE’ to 33233 or through a simple entry form on www.southmoonunder.com.Contest ends Jan. 4, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern standard time and is open to the residents of the United States only.

South Moon Under is running this sweepstakes through mobile SMS and across all of their social media platforms, online and in all 22 brick and mortar locations in order to engage visitors with the brand as well as offer a unique opportunity to invite followers to visit and explore the destination resort & spa.  For more details about the giveaway, prize and official contest rules visit http://bit.ly/1sKTUy9.

“We are thrilled to partner with a well-known brand such as South Moon Under on the ‘Win a Stylish Getaway’ contest,” said Gabriel Ibarra, Sales & Marketing Director of Mexico Grand Hotels. “We are excited to offer our loyal guests and fans the opportunity to win a very stylish getaway.”

This is the first giveaway of its kind for South Moon Under.


Company Wraps First Year

OCEAN CITY – Live Wire Media, a full service entertainment production and marketing agency, is celebrating a successful first year in business.

The Eastern Shore-based company was formed last November by two Ocean City locals — developer Todd Burbage and event producer Brad Hoffman.

Live Wire Media produced four events this year ranging from a hot rod enthusiast event in Hampton, Va. to Ocean City Jeep Week this past August. The company also successfully launched several corporate activations.

This past week, members of the Live Wire Media team attended the SEMA Show in Las Vegas to promote the company’s 2015 events. Hoffman believes the company has grown successfully over the past year.

“We have worked very hard in 2014, from working out of a backpack and a cellphone this time last year to now having a team of talented professionals and an office in West Ocean City,” said Hoffman.

The company’s first event, The Virginia Hot Rod and Custom Car Show, drew an impressive 10,000 spectators to the Hampton Coliseum in March 2014. Live Wire Media’s most recent event, OC Jeep Week, saw a record number of 1,000 Jeeps and over 3,000 spectators.

“The future is now in our hands,” Hoffman said. “We will be producing a hot rod show in Virginia the OC Car and Truck Show, Ocean City Jeep Week and a festival in 2015. Locally, we will be working closely with Susan G. Komen’s spring event and the Dew Tour. We are also open to new ventures on a local, regional and national level. Our success and drive is fueled by every enthusiast that registers for our events or walks through our gate. They keep our passion for putting on first class events alive.”

The company will be holding an open house on Friday, Nov. 21, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information on the 2015 event schedule or how to partner with the Live Wire team, visit live-wire-media.com.


Sarah Rayne

Sarah Rayne

Commission Appointment

SALISBURY – Sarah Rayne, government and public affairs director for the Coastal Association of REALTORS®, was appointed to the Salisbury Zoo Commission this month by a unanimous vote of the Salisbury City Council.

Rayne, a Salisbury resident since 2006, has in the past completed Salisbury Zoo Docent Training. This experience, along with her work in writing about the zoo as a former newspaper reporter, led to her pursuit of a seat on the Zoo Commission.

In a letter of support to the Mayor’s Office, Zoo Commission Chair Ron Alessi wote, “the commission has reviewed [Rayne’s] resume and feel, that with her background and interest in the zoo, she will make an excellent Zoo Commission member.”

According to the city’s website, the Zoo Commission acts as an advisory board to assure a balanced program of education, conservation, and recreation for the Delmarva Peninsula.

“The Salisbury Zoo is an invaluable asset for the entire Lower Shore and we’re thrilled that Sarah has taken an interest in serving on this commission,” said Sheila Dodson, executive director of CAR. “Our association is dedicated to the service of our communities, in which local REALTORS® not only work, but also live and play.”


Certification Obtained

SALISBURY — Peninsula Regional Medical Center announced last week that it has become a certified Philips Lifeline GoSafe provider. GoSafe is a leading mobile medical alert service that is designed to help provide peace of mind to seniors at home or on the go.

Peninsula Regional Medical Center achieved certification through completing a comprehensive training curriculum and program offered by Philips Lifeline, the nation’s first medical alert service. Throughout the certification process, Peninsula Regional Medical Center demonstrated its knowledge of GoSafe and expertise in how the technology can help active, independent seniors live life to the fullest.

Featuring the power of up to six location technologies, GoSafe gives seniors the assurance to get up and go while being protected by Philips Lifeline’s 24/7, U.S.-based emergency call response center. GoSafe is the only mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS) to use this “hybrid” locating approach, which allows response center associates to locate seniors in need of assistance in areas where GPS may not be available. Additionally, GoSafe’s built-in AutoAlert fall detection technology can automatically call for help if it detects a fall, providing protection even if the senior is unable to call on their own.

“We’re proud to offer a service that empowers seniors to age safely and independently while providing their families with peace of mind,” said Bevereley Stoakley, Lifeline Manager for Peninsula Regional Medical Center. “By offering GoSafe, we can give seniors the confidence to stay active and on-the-go while keeping them connected to help if they need it. Peninsula Regional Medical Center considers senior health and wellbeing to be our first priority and we’re delighted that Philips Lifeline shares that mission.”



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New Sales Associate OCEAN CITY — Bud Church Realty, broker for Coldwell Banker, has welcomed Char Wederbrand as its newest sales associate. Wederbrand, a member of the Coastal Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors and the Maryland Association of Realtors, will be specializing in first-time home buying and second home purchases in the Berlin, Ocean City and Ocean … Continue reading

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Commercial Property Part of Online Auction OCEAN PINES — Brent Miller, Managing Director and Senior Advisor with Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate, reports 11022 Nicholas Lane in Ocean Pines will be available for online auction on Nov. 12. The property is part of the SVN Q4 National Auction, which includes over 40 properties throughout the country. The … Continue reading

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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 & … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Furious Fitness owners Sharon and Craig Collins held a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony last Saturday to mark their transformation of the facility. Pictured, from left, are County Commissioner Bud Church, Mayor Gee Williams, Sharon and Craig Collins, Commissioner Louise Gulyas and Mayor’s Assistant JoAnn Unger. Submitted Photo     Report Finds Homes On Market Less Time BERLIN … Continue reading

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The Harrison Group held its 28th Annual Employee Prize Drawing last month with $15,000 in cash and other prizes awarded. Group employees were asked to save their paycheck stubs for a three-month period and turn them in for the random prize drawing. This year’s $5,000 winner was Teresa Juarez of the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites. Second prize of $3,000 … Continue reading

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Studio Ceremony Planned WEST OCEAN CITY — The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce will hold the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony for Dana Marie Photography Studio on Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. The Dana Marie Photography Studio is located in the Teal Marsh Shopping Center as part of the Open Door Studio (upstairs next to the FOP lodge). The public … Continue reading

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Wesley Cox, a member of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) and a REALTOR® for Sperry Van Ness-Miller Commercial Real Estate in Salisbury, was honored this month for his community service during the annual Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) Conference & Expo in Ocean City. The award honors individual members who give unselfishly of their time to assist the communities … Continue reading

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Health Pavilion Planned OCEAN PINES — Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC), in cooperation with Gillis Gilkerson, a Delmarva development firm, announced this week it will continue to expand and advance regional healthcare services in the Ocean Pines area. Gillis Gilkerson will break ground for a new medical complex, the Delmarva Health Pavilion Ocean Pines, on Route 589 near the North … Continue reading