Compass Regional Hospice hosts Hope & Healing for the Holidays Workshop


Compass Regional Hospice will host the workshop Hope & Healing for the Holidays on Saturday, December 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive in Centreville. Come for conversation and creative activities designed to help those grieving the loss of a loved one during the holiday season. The workshop fee is $10 and is open to anyone 18 and older.

Hope & Healing for the Holidays will be led by staff of the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center. The workshop begins with a light breakfast and will include art projects and opportunities to talk about how to remember loves ones while facing the grief that accompanies their memory.

For more information and to register for Hope & Healing for the Holidays, contact Ann OConnor or Linda Turner, 443-262-4100,  Learn more about the Hope & Healing Center grief support programs at

About the Hope & Healing Center

The Hope & Healing Center is a collection of programs and services available for the family of patients who died under hospice care, as well as members of the community who are grieving the death of a loved one. Services available in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline Counties include, individual and family grief counseling, grief support groups, school‐based grief counseling, a grief retreat Camp New Dawn, and remembrance events and specialized workshops. Since most grief support programs are offered free of charge, Compass Regional Hospice depends on donations to cover the cost of operating the Hope & Healing Center.

Much like a compass, the priorities of the Charting Our Course Together capital campaign points the way toward the future of Compass Regional Hospice. In order to meet the unmet and growing needs of our community, the existing Hope & Healing Center located at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville needs to be renovated so that we can continue to expand our grief support services. The planned renovations will create the additional space needed to accommodate new support services and healing modalities. For more information about the Charting Our Course Together capital campaign or how you can donate, contact Kenda Leager, Development Officer, 443‐262-4106, or visit

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director to Receive William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award


Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive, Director, Sandy Brown, is a 2017 recipient of the William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award from the Maryland Legal Services Corporation. The annual award is presented to a “non-attorney who has demonstrated outstanding service representing the civil legal needs of low-income Marylanders or by expanding access to justice.”

“I am honored and deeply touched to have been selected for this award,” Brown said. “It is a reflection of the progress our staff, volunteer attorney network and community partners are making to improve access to justice for the most vulnerable populations of the Eastern Shore. Mid-Shore Pro Bono is often overlooked simply because we aren’t in the mainstream. I feel the most important part of my job is to be an advocate for residents of this great community.”

Brown has served as the Executive Director of Mid-Shore Pro-Bono since 2008, and has grown the organization and its impact during her tenure. Under her leadership, Mid-Shore Pro Bono was awarded Non-Profit of the Year in 2014 by the Talbot County Chamber Commerce, and in 2015 received the same recognition by the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, she was selected to participate in the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Fellows Program. Brown has been nationally recognized by the American Bar Association and serves as a trainer to assist new Legal Services Pro Bono Program Managers for Rural Areas.

Brown will receive the award on Monday, December 4th at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, Md. For more information about the award and the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, visit 

About Mid-Shore Pro Bono

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Mid-Shore Pro Bono connects low-income individuals and families who need civil legal services with volunteer attorneys and community resources. The organization serves citizens across 2,000 square miles in Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester counties. For more information or to make a donation, call Mid-Shore Pro Bono at 410-690-8128 or visit

Haven Ministries “Beef, Bonfires and Cigars – A ‘Spirited’ Event”


A new event, “Beef, Bonfires and Cigars,” to benefit Haven Ministries, will be held on November 8 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Aspen Institute, Wye River Conference Center, 201 Wye Woods Way in Queenstown. The event will offer men a night out to sample food and spirit tastings from multiple restaurants and caterers in the region. Food tastings will be provided by Capriotti’s, Krave Catering, Range and Reef, Harris Crab House, Tamara’s Desserts, Café Sado, and a fresh oyster vendor. The spirit tastings will be offered by Lyon’s Distillery, The Winery, and Rise Up Coffee Roasters.  There will also be live music and multiple vendors showcasing their goods, including cigars to smoke. BMW of Annapolis, one of the event sponsors, will also be onsite with the newest models of BMWs.

Aspen Institute

Mia Cranford, Director of Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator at Haven Ministries, comments, “We wanted to create a new event that was out of the box – including old world charm and where men could come and just have a good time.”

Women are invited to this event, as well, and there will be wine and food tasting for them with a cost of $20 per person. Haven Ministries is planning a separate “Women’s Weekend Away” on February 23 – 25, 2018, at Aspen Institute, including what many women enjoy – shopping, eating, and spa treatments.

What’s Up Media is the media partner for the event and The Aspen Institute is the host of the event and a new business partner. Haven Ministries other business partners to date, which are supporting the event, include Benson and Mangold/Chuck Mangold Jr., Chesapeake Hearing Centers, McCrone, Increte. Bay Times, Miltec, Lundberg Builders, Freestate and Son Insurance, Hemingways, Prospect Bay, Salon Atelier, Maid Healthy, Safe at Home Senior Care, ArtCademy, Construction Services and Supplies, Inc., Bayview Portraits by Cindy Williams Sigmon, Railway Title, The Narrows, Riley Custom Homes, Roof Center, Holiday Inn Express, PENFED Credit Union/, Harris Crab House, Island Furniture Studios, Kate Spade, and Cargo Direct.

According to Krista Pettit, Executive Director of Haven Ministries, the new event benefits Haven Ministries as it continues with its fundraising efforts to help sustain its important programs and to move the ministry forward in purchasing property for a housing assistance program.

Tickets to the “Beef, Bonfires and Cigars – A “Spirited” Event” cost $50 per person and are available at

Love shapes the ministry, love transforms people, and hope prevails at Haven Ministries.  Haven Ministries operates a Resource Center at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Centreville, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with job training, educational programming, and case management services.  The Haven Ministries Food Pantry is held on the third Friday monthly at Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church in Stevensville from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  Our Daily Thread Thrift Store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For further information about Haven Ministries, visit or call 410-739-4363.

From High School Cheerleader to Shock Trauma Patient, Ashley Ricciuti Beats the Odds


One of the students receiving a CHF scholarship is Ashley Ricciuti of Preston, MD.  Ashley is in her second year at Chesapeake College.  Even before she graduates with a degree in nursing, Ashley is the embodiment of a very unique success.

In her senior year at Colonel Richardson High School, Ashley’s Goal, as quoted in her yearbook, was to become a nurse at Shock Trauma.  Ashley graduated on May 25, 2016.  On June 4th, she was in a catastrophic car accident and was flown to Shock Trauma by helicopter.  With multiple life threatening injuries, she had a head concussion, was put in a medically induced coma, and underwent two heart surgeries.Surgery requiring two rods, a steel plate and several pins to reconstruct her pelvis was also necessary. Because of a collapsed lung she was put on a ventilator as well.

When she and two friends were driving that night, a police car passed them.  Minutes later, they were hit by another car and that policeman heard the crash and rushed back to the scene.  He called paramedics to get the other girls on gurneys and to cut Ashley out of the car.  Although the two friends had very serious injuries, only Ashley’s was life threatening.  As fate would have it, a helicopter had just landed in Easton and was able to arrive on the scene shortly after getting the call.

Ashley was at Shock Trauma for a week and then transferred to Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital for an additional two months.  She then returned home and underwent very intensive outpatient rehab for three months.  In spite of extreme obstacles, Ashley entered Chesapeake College in September of 2016.

Although focusing and concentrating were extremely hard during that first semester, Ashley was determined to push through.  She said, “Through this entire ordeal, my mom and grandmother have been my biggest cheerleaders.”

From a near-death experience, to a successful and dedicated college student, CHF considers Ashley Ricciuti a shining star and so deserving of the full scholarship she is currently receiving.

Emphasizing the word huge, Ashley said, “It’s been a HUGE gift that I was able to receive the CHF grant.”Along with the enormous stress and costs related to the accident, Ashley needed to buy another car to get back and forth to college.  She stated again that she and her family are so grateful that her tuition was covered,thus removing the major stress of incurring additional debt.

The Children’s Home Foundation (a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton) is a non-profit, outreach organization that provides scholarships to residents throughout the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Their scholarship recipients include recent high school grads as well as non-traditional students who are seeking a two year technical or career degree.  In the case of a nursing degree, the scholarships may be granted for a three-year program.  In addition, camperships are given to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a camp.

CHF shares this inspirational story as it kicks off its annual Thanksgiving Appeal.

Submitted by Suze Chaffinch
CHF Boardmember

Please go to to contribute.

Bullying of Individuals with Special Needs and Disabilities Workshop October 25


Partners for Success and SECAC (Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee) will host Maureen van Stone, Esq., M.S., Associate Director of MCDD (Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities) at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Founding Director of Project HEAL, who will present “Bullying of Individuals with Special Needs and Disabilities” workshop on Wednesday, October 25, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Queen Anne’s County Library, Centreville Branch.

Maureen van Stone’s presentation will include an overview of the issues of bullying, harassment, and intimidation of students with special needs and disabilities. She will also provide an analysis of evidence-informed prevention strategies, along with an overview of federal guidance, state laws and policies. Additionally, she will share a case law summary and best practices to address the issues of bullying. A question and answer period will immediately follow the presentation. This session is appropriate for parents, caregivers, providers/therapists and educators of children with special needs, disabilities, autism and other disorders.

Maureen is the associate director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) and the founding director of Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy, and Law), a MCDD community-based program. Project HEAL is Maryland’s only comprehensive medical-legal partnership, which provides advocacy and legal services to low- and moderate-income families and children with disabilities who receive services at KKI.

Maureen has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in developmental psychology from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Juris Doctor at Whittier Law School, with a concentration on children’s legal issues. Prior to law school, Maureen worked as a clinician on the Neurobehavioral Unit in the Department of Behavioral Psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute for six years.

The program will take place on Wednesday, October 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Queen Anne’s County Library’s Centreville Branch, 121 S. Commerce Street, Centreville, Maryland 21617. The program is free, and includes food and refreshments. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information about this program and to register, please Jennifer Doege, Parent Coordinator – Partners for Success: or 410-758-3693.

The Queen Anne’s County (QAC) Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee (SECAC) is committed to ensuring the provision of quality services to students with disabilities ages birth to 21 by working collaboratively with families, community, school staff and other professionals to provide a forum to discuss issues related to and advocate for positive changes in special education in Queen Anne’s County Public Schools. SECAC hosts a monthly meeting and new members are always welcome. For more information, please email: or visit

2018 Bay to Ocean Writers Conference: Register Now for a Discount!


If you’ve ever been inspired to write a blog or poetry, research non-fiction, get cracking at that next novel or increase your income with other forms of writing, next year’s Bay to Ocean Writers Conference has a wealth of new speakers and session topics to build your enthusiasm.

March 10, 2018 is the date for the 21st annual BTO conference at Chesapeake College, in Wye Mills, Maryland.  With a new committee incorporating prior attendee input, this year’s roster adds diverse topics as well as six in-depth 90-minute workshops in the afternoon to insure hands-on, experiential learning. Some larger rooms will accommodate more attendees. This year’s keynote speaker Christopher Tilghman, author of The Right-Hand Shore and Mason’s Retreat, as well as 18 hour-long sessions start off the morning. A professor of English at the University of Virginia, Tilghman has used Maryland’s Eastern Shore for inspiration in much of his fiction. He will address the crowd and offer a Q&A session that morning.

Laura Reeth, the publicist for best-selling novelist Nora Roberts, returns for an advanced social media workshop, Sue Ellen Thompson for a poetry workshop, and Molly Winans, at the helm of SpinSheet and PropTalk presents innovative help for writers to think like an editor. Local authors Robert Bidinetto, Kenton Kilgore and Loriann Oberlin, will speak with topics ranging from building suspense, technical writing, hand-selling your books, targeting online sales and boosting your bank account through non-fiction. Jeanne Adams and Nancy Northcott are novelists new to Bay to Ocean as is magazine editor and columnist Janet Bodnar, who has spent her career at Kiplinger Personal Finance. A children’s writing panel presents the talent of Jacqueline Jules, Timothy Young, and Syl Sobel. Baltimore lawyer Cynthia Blake Sanders discusses legal concerns for writers; Leslie Walker from the University of Maryland teaches writers about blogging; and Stephanie Fowler along with Tony Russo share information regarding podcasting. Nancy Mitchell and Amber Greene offer two new poetry sessions.

At Bay to Ocean, attendees exchange ideas, hone the writing craft, and participate in specific networking discussions during lunch, if they choose. Author and poetry readings will finish the day in the Cadby Theatre where book sales and signings will occur nearby in the lobby.

Register by December 1, 2017 to obtain an early-bird $95 registration fee. Regular price will be $120 for those not members of the Eastern Shore Writers Association (ESWA), $95 for ESWA members, and $55 for students with valid ID.  Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, attendance at the keynote speaker session and all workshops.

As one of the region’s premier educational seminars, the Bay To Ocean Writers Conference attracts participants from six states as well as the District of Columbia.  To join the email list, visit  Registration is now open.  Alert your writing colleagues by sharing links from

Compass Regional Hospice Now Offers Pet Loss Grief Support


Compass Regional Hospice is expanding the Hope & Healing Center’s grief support services to include counseling and therapeutic workshops for those who are dealing with the loss of a pet.

Join us for the first time offering of a therapeutic pet loss workshop on Saturday, October 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive in Centreville.

This therapeutic workshop will be facilitated by Linda Turner, MS, bereavement counselor for Compass Regional Hospice. This workshop is open to the public.  There is a $10 registration fee. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

“When someone close to us dies, our loss is usually met with sympathy, comfort, and offerings of sincere condolences and yet many pet owners are not met with the same support and are often left to grieve alone,” says bereavement counselor Linda Turner.  “We recognize that pets become a part of our family and the loss of their unconditional love can be very difficult to cope with.”

This therapeutic workshop is designed to provide a supportive environment for individuals to find hope and healing after losing their furry loved ones with others dealing with similar experiences. With facilitation from the group leader, participants may share memories of their pet, discuss new ways to cope with their grief and complete a special remembrance activity.

For more information about the grief support services offered through the Hope & Healing Center, contact Compass Regional Hospice,

About the Hope & Healing Center

The Hope & Healing Center is a collection of programs and services available for the family of patients who died under Compass Regional Hospice’s care and members of the community who are grieving the death of a loved one. The menu of services offered through the Hope & Healing Center have a common focus‐ rekindling hope and facilitating healing following a significant loss. Services include individual and family grief counseling, specialized grief support groups, school‐based grief counseling, non‐ denominations spiritual counseling, remembrance events and therapeutic workshops. One of the popular grief support programs is Camp New Dawn, an annual summer camp for children, teens and families. Since most grief support programs are offered free of charge, Compass Regional Hospice depends on donations to cover the cost of operating the Hope & Healing Center.

Tidewater Physical Therapy Welcomes New Clinical Director and Physical Therapist


Tidewater Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Associates P.A. announces that they have hired Anthony Gipe, DPT, as the new clinical director and senior physical therapist for their Chester location.

Gipe received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland College Park in 2013. Immediately after receiving his undergraduate degree, he was accepted into the Physical Therapy Doctorial program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He received his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in September 2016.

“We are thrilled to welcome someone with such a fresh perspective and glowing outlook. Being a recent graduate, Gipe possess cutting-edge knowledge in the physical therapy field, that we are enthusiastic about him implementing in his practices. Anthony’s one-on-one philosophy matches that of Tidewater; and we are thrilled he will be providing that level of care to patients,” says Jennifer Walter, COO of Tidewater Physical Therapy.

Gipe will provide quality, comprehensive rehabilitation services. His interests include sports and orthopedic therapy, spinal cord injury and multi-trauma therapies, pelvic and sacroiliac dysfunction, therapeutic interventions, and lower extremity dysfunction.

About Tidewater Physical Therapy

Tidewater Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Associates, PA was founded in 1984 under the guidance of Dr. W. James Downs, Jr., PT, DSc, ECS. Downs founded the firm in response to local physicians seeking progressive physical therapy services for patients on the Delmarva Peninsula. Since its foundation, Tidewater Physical Therapy has expanded to 16 locally managed offices. Therapists have continued to increase their certifications and knowledge in many specialty areas to provide for their ever-growing patient population. Tidewater Physical Therapy is now the most widely recognized, highly accredited physical therapy firm on Delmarva, setting the standard for exceptional care in a comfortable, friendly and community-oriented setting. In addition, Tidewater Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Associates is a certified Medicare Rehabilitation Agency, meaning our organization willingly accepts a stringent set of guidelines in which to operate, including annual inspections. For more information about Tidewater Physical Therapy, visit or call 410.822.3891.

Kent Island Flower Show Highlights ’50s and ’60s


Flowers, retro “cars”, awards, and visitors celebrated the flower show sponsored by the Kent Island Garden Club on Thursday, September 21 at the Kent Island VFD. Guests were treated to 300+ specimens of horticulture and 60 floral designs created by members of the 11 clubs that are part of the Maryland Federated Garden Clubs.

Winners walked away with awards for overall design, use of color, petit designs, wit and whimsical designs, and table artistry.  In keeping with the theme, A “Blast From the Past” that focused on the trends and music from the ‘50’s and ‘60’s, designs on display  interpreted “A Whole LottaShakin’ Going On,” “Cha ChaCha”, the “Stroll”, the “Prom”, and “Splish Splash” among others.

​President of KI Garden Club and Chair of the flower show Linda Elias congratulating Sally Boden on her winning horticulture entry.

“We were so excited to see so many entries and so many visitors to the show,” said Linda Elias, president of the Kent Island Garden Club. “The music, the cars, and especially the flowers made the day so entertaining and fun for everyone.”

Judging took place in the morning and over 200 guests viewed the show in the afternoon. The Kent Island Cruisers displayed 2 retro fitted carts at the entrance of the fire hall and the Maryland Historical Society contributed a display of the history of Kent Island that focused on Senator Samuel Kirwan, an earlier advocate and protector of Kent Island.

The Kent Island Garden Club is a member of District I of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc.  The main mission of federated garden clubs is to care for historic and public properties in their locales, promote care of the environment, and to teach gardening and love of nature to children and others in their communities. For further information go to