Business Briefs 07/17/2020

New director

Worcester County GOLD, Inc. (Giving Other Lives Dignity), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing emergency assistance for Worcester County residents in times of crisis, announces the Board of Directors and Executive Committee have selected Nicholas Cranford as its new executive director.

Since arriving in November, Cranford has trained closely with outgoing Executive Director Sandy Sipes.

With a background in education, technology and private business, Cranford hopes to use his skills to serve Worcester County residents in need.

He lives in Newark, with his wife, daughter, and two little dogs.

“I am beyond excited to continue my work with GOLD in this new role. I feel honored to be a part of GOLD’s rich history of service,” he said. “With issues like unemployment, food-insecurity, and poverty currently on the rise, we need to rely on our strong partnerships more than ever to continue to meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable among us. As a small organization, we could never hope to address the growing level of need, but together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish.”

GOLD continues to provide emergency financial aid for housing, utilities, transportation, medical need, and employment. Visit for additional information and updates.

New therapist

Worcester Youth and Family Counseling in Berlin announces the addition of a new therapist to its clinical team.

Madi O’Malley is a licensed graduate professional counselor, who has experience working with diverse populations. She has also worked as a school counselor.

She earned her Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University with a dual concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling.

She uses, primarily, a person-centered approach while incorporating cognitive behavioral techniques, trauma processing techniques, and dialectical behavioral interventions.

She is passionate about multicultural and LGBTQ + counseling.

She works with most populations having experience in play therapy, adolescents and teens, adults, and couples. The agency has been conducting teletherapy throughout the Covid-19 crisis and is currently accepting clients.

Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, Inc. is a nonprofit organization located in Berlin, that has been serving the community since 1975.

For more information about the organization’s youth programs, CASA, community resources, or counseling services, call the office at 410641-4598, or visit


Fisher Architecture LLC, a locally owned, architectural firm providing functional design and construction solutions to clients, announced it has been awarded the New Construction Award for the Cambria Hotel at Cropper’s Landing on the site of the former Cropper concrete plant just north of the Route 50 Bridge.

When the Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission approved the site plan for the reconfigured hotel, it allowed for the development to be moved from a north-south alignment to the center of the property.

This helped expand the number of rooms, reduced the impacts on neighboring properties and on the downtown view. It also significantly minimized the square footage of lot coverage.

This is Fisher Architecture’s fourth Ocean City Development Corporation award.

In 2015, it earned the “New Residential” award for Island View Townhomes on Fifth Street in Ocean City, and in 2014, the “Facade Project” for the Marina Deck at 306 Dorchester Street; as well as “Business Assistance Project” for DeLazy Lizard Brew Pub on 25 Philadelphia Avenue.

For more information on Fisher Architecture LLC, visit or call 410/742-0238.


The Atlantic General Hospital Foundation announces the Leslie Kopp Group has donated $10,000 to support programs that help fulfill Atlantic General Hospital and Health System’s ongoing mission to provide access to quality care, personalized service and education to create a healthy community.

“As these heroes battle covid-19 and provide exceptional care to patients with all types of illness, we want to help and also send our most sincere thanks,” said Leslie Kopp.

“We are very grateful to the Leslie Kopp Group. Their support, and that of all our donors, helps us ensure we meet our mission to the community,” said AGH President and CEO Michael Franklin.

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