A Week In Business

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Conference Attended

OCEAN CITY — Mann Properties Vice President Igor Conev recently attended the national conference for community managers in Orlando, Fla. from May 14-17.

Conev, only one of two managers from the Delmarva Peninsula, attended 16 hours in advanced classes in governance, legal, insurance and risk management. Conev belongs to the prestigious elite of managers by holding the highest designation, the Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM), from the Community Association Institute (CAI). Less than 3% of the practicing community managers in the county hold the PCAM designation.

Mann Properties belongs to the Top 2% elite club of management firms which have achieved the Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC) designation from CAI.


TownCenter Adds

New Business

OCEAN CITY — The 67th TownCenter Boardwalk Shopping Center in Ocean City recently welcomed The Market to its list of tenants.

Memorial Day weekend marked the soft opening of the TownCenter’s Market, which features “everything fresh,” including brewed coffee, espresso drinks, hot and cold teas and baked bagels at the Point Break Espresso counter. The Martin Fish Company is also open with a refrigerator case packed with “fresh off the docks” fish, soft shells, crabmeat and more. Berlin Organics Juice Shack not only serves fresh organic fruits, vegetables, eggs, baked goods and jams, but you’ll also find a great menu of fresh, healthy juice drinks and smoothies packed with ripe organics from their farm and made to order.

The Market opens at 7 a.m. daily.


Office Leaders Named

OCEAN CITY — Mark and Lora Fritschle and Ed Wehnert of the Mark Fritschle Group – Condominium Realty have announced their listing, sales and settlement leaders for April 2014.

Top Listing by Unit: Wayne Phillips, Sheri E. Smith and Tina Dorsey

Top Listing by Volume: Wayne Phillips, Jim Terrill and Tina Dorsey

Top New Sales: Sheri E. Smith, Joy Snyder and Rusty Molnar

Top Settled by Units: Sheri E. Smith and Joy Snyder

Top Settled by Dollars: Katherine Payne Wright and Sheri E. Smith


Retiree Recognized

OCEAN CITY — Pam Marshall has retired after 15 years with the Town of Ocean City. Marshall, who joined the town’s Finance Department in 1999, has spent her career working as an accountant where she processed invoices, handled checking statements and processed telephone and gas bills.

Marshall also served as a member on the town’s Pension Board as a trustee representing the General Employees. She was responsible for completing pension accounting and sent out monthly reports to trustees, as well as prepared reports for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

“I want to thank the Mayor and City Council and Martha [Bennett] for the opportunity to serve the town,” Marshall said. “I have enjoyed my time with the town and my many friendships with my co-workers in my department as well as through the town.”

A graduate from Salisbury University with a B.S. in Accounting, Marshall has also attended various CPE trainings. Before joining the Town of Ocean City, Marshall worked as an accountant at Sperry Rand Corp, Hacienda and Comfort Inn and Faw, Casson and Company. Along with her professional accolades, Marshall is a member of the Executive Women’s Golf Association, where she has served as a board member since 1999.

During her retirement, Marshall plans to continue her work in the Ocean City community, where she is a member of the Pink Ribbon Committee and has coordinated the committee’s golf tournament.

“I plan on visiting my daughters, who live out of the area, more often,” Marshall said. “I will miss my time here at City Hall and with my friends at the town but I am excited to see my family more, golf more and spend my days reading and relaxing.”


Electric Rate Hike OK’d

NEWARKDelmarva Power customers in Delaware will experience changes to their monthly electric bill effective immediately.

First, the new Standard Offer Service (SOS) Rates will take effect for Delmarva Power Delaware’s residential customers. A typical customer who uses about 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per month will see their overall bill increase around 32 cents.

Customers will also see changes in the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) charge. The RPS charge is incurred to comply with mandatory state laws concerning the use of renewable energy.

In addition, the company has been authorized by the Delaware Public Service Commission to recover costs related to infrastructure investments for Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) assets.

The overall bill impact as a result of these adjustments will change the average residential customer’s bill from $138.04 per month to $138.86, an overall increase of approximately $0.82 per month.


Therapy Program Opens

SALISBURY — Wor-Wic Community College has received provisional accreditation to admit the first 16 students into its new occupational therapy assistant program in the fall of 2014. Student applications will be accepted through July 11.

According to Ellen Siegmund, department head and associate professor of the occupational therapy assistant program, “there is a shortage of certified and licensed occupational therapy assistants on the Eastern Shore, which is why I am so excited to be a part of starting this program at Wor-Wic.”

The job outlook for occupational therapy assistants on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is favorable, with faster than average expected job growth of 46 percent between 2012 and 2022. Certified occupational therapy assistants can work in many different types of settings, such as nursing homes, schools, acute hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient facilities, community centers or home health.

Candidacy status for the start of the new program was granted by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association.


Wor-Wic Foundation

Adds New Members

SALISBURY — The Wor-Wic Community College Foundation recently welcomed Marilyn L. Bassford and Joseph Phillips Wright III of Salisbury, Dr. Brian Desaulniers of Princess Anne, Maureen L. Howarth of Ocean City and Patrick O’Malley of Berlin as new members of the board of directors.

Bassford is a retired international marketing specialist for the Maryland Department of Agriculture in Annapolis and Salisbury. She is a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and serves on the board of directors of the Schooner Ridge Community Association in Duck, N.C.

Desaulniers is a physician with Emergency Service Associates in Salisbury. He is a member of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians. Desaulniers received his bachelor’s degree from Washington College and his medical degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore. He completed his residency training in emergency medicine at the University of South Carolina, and is board certified in emergency medicine. He and his wife, Bridget, live in Princess Anne.

Howarth is the deputy county attorney for Wicomico County. She is a member of the Maryland Bar Association, Wicomico County Bar Association, Maryland Association of Counties and St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Ocean City. Howarth received her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., and her juris doctorate from the University of Baltimore. She lives in Ocean City with her husband, Justin.

O’Malley is president of Long Life Treated Wood in Hebron. He is a member of the Glen Riddle Golf Club and the Baltimore Country Club. He is president of the 13 on the Beach Condo Association and past president of the Salisbury Wicomico Lions Club. He and his wife, Lori, have two daughters, Madison and Kathryn.

Wright is president of the Vernon Powell Shoe Co. in Salisbury. He is a former board member of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce. He volunteers as a youth lacrosse and soccer coach. Wright received his bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. He lives in Salisbury with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children, J.P., Caroline and Grant.



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Bank Joins Marketplace BERLIN — Calvin B. Taylor Bankshares, Inc., holding company for Taylor Bank, has been approved to trade on OTCQX, the top financial marketplace operated by OTC Markets Group. Calvin B. Taylor Bankshares, Inc. is among eight publicly-traded banks and bank holding companies nationwide that were admitted to the marketplace under new streamlined qualifications for community and regional … Continue reading

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Barn 34 owners Mike, Michael and Mary Ann Lawson celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting by the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce last Thursday. Additionally, the family accepted a ceremonial check representing the $265,000 VOLT loan it secured through the county. The owners are pictured with Senator Jim Mathias, Economic Development Director Bill Badger and supporters. Photo … Continue reading

Investors Seek Strong Economic Recovery Indicators

OCEAN CITY — Since declining in January, U.S. Treasury yields have been volatile and range bound. The causes of this performance include difficulties investors have experienced interpreting the timing and speed of the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) future interest rate hikes and uncertainty about the strength of the economic recovery. Recent readings on the economy, from the stronger than expected April … Continue reading

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Employees Recognized SALISBURY — Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s 2014 Employees of the Year, Debbie Grant, of the Endoscopy Department, middle left and Paulette Purnell, of Outpatient Chemotherapy, middle right, are congratulated by Dr. Peggy Naleppa, President/CEO and PRMC Chairman of the Board of Trustees William McCain at PRMC’s recent Employee Recognition Banquet with signs that will mark their designated parking … Continue reading

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Wicomico To Host National Series SALISBURY — – At a press conference held on Thursday, April 24, Wicomico County and the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) unveiled details on a national sports marketing event coming to Delmarva this May. USSSA Vice President of Fast Pitch Bill Dowell and Wicomico County Director of Administration Wayne Strausburg announced that the National … Continue reading

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Officers Installed OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association held its annual Installation of Officers Dinner on April 24 at Harrison’s Harbor Watch. New officers installed include, pictured back from left, Doug Buxbaum, Buxy’s Salty Dog; Mark Elman, Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel; G. Hale Harrison, Harrison Group; Austin Purnell, OC Motels; and Bob Torrey, Happy Jack Pancake House; and, front, … Continue reading

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New Liquor Store Opens OCEAN CITY — Earlier this month, Worcester County held a dedication ceremony for its Department of Liquor Control Shore Spirits retail store on 16th Street in Ocean City. Above, from left, are Commissioners Jim Bunting and Louise Gulyas, DLC Director Bobby Cowger, Commissioners Bud Church and Judy Boggs and landlord Tony Christ. Adjoining the new retail … Continue reading

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Service Achieves Rating SALISBURY – Peninsula Home Care, a licensed and certified home health service provider headquartered on the Lower Eastern Shore, announced its Salisbury and Ocean Pines branch offices have achieved deficiency-free ratings upon completion of a major State of Maryland performance survey. “A deficiency-free rating is a stamp of approval from the state for Peninsula Home Care,” said … Continue reading

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Aquatics Director Named OCEAN PINES — The Ocean Pines Association has announced the appointment of Colby Phillips as its new Aquatics Director. As director, she will oversee operations of the Association’s five swimming pools, including four pools open in the summer and one year-round facility. Phillips brings to the position 20 years of experience with the Ocean City Beach Patrol, … Continue reading