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Chamber Announces

New Board, Officers

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Chamber of Commerce announced this week its 2009-10 slate of officers.

The chamber’s nominating committee recently presented a number of individuals for service on the chamber’s Board of Directors and slate of officers. All nominated individuals will assume their duties on Sept. 1.

Nominated to serve as directors for two-year terms, expiring in August 2011, were Tammy Ditzel, Maryland Institute for Workforce Excellence; Adam Osborne, Carrabbas; and Madlyn Carder, BJ’s on the Water.

Nominated to serve the remainder of their two-year terms, to expire in August 2010, were Liz Gregory, ES Gregory and Associates; Toni Keiser, Atlantic General Hospital; and Patricia Ilczuk-Lavanceau, Comcast Spotlight.

Nominated to serve the remainder of three-year terms, to expire in August 2010, were Jon Westman, Coastal Style Publishing Group; Brett Wolf, Professional Mortgage Services; Joe Kendall, Kendall Home Furnishings; and Gail Foltz, PNC Bank.

Nominated to serve as officers for a term of one year, expiring in August 2010, on the executive committee were President John Gehrig, D3 Corp; President-Elect Ruth Waters, Harrison Group Resort Hotels; Vice President Tom Perlozzo, Mid-Atlantic Marketing; Secretary/Treasurer Buck Mann, Mann Properties; and Past-President Todd Ferrante, Park Place Jewelers.

May Crowds Set Record

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Department of Tourism announced Tuesday that a total of 986,818 weekend tourists visited the resort town during May 2009, marking the most successful month of May since the town began tracking tourism population estimates based on the demoflush formula in 1992.

According to a tourism department press release, the high number of spring visitors indicates that Ocean City is off to a record-breaking start to the peak summer travel season. The town also experienced the most successful month of April on the books and hosted a near-record 270,421 visitors over Memorial Day.

“We expected to see an up tick in visitors leading into peak season but no one anticipated two record setting spring months,” said Mayor Rick Meehan. “Our successful spring season is really creating a sense of optimism and excitement in town for the summer ahead and we look forward to welcoming everyone to Ocean City.”

Last year the May weekend population estimate totaled 847,725.

WCR Chapter Awards Scholarships

OCEAN CITY – The Coastal Delmarva Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors® (WCR) President, Mary Burgess of Prudential Carruthers Realtors presented 10 students with the 2009 Vicki Rinaldi and Betty Chafin Memorial Scholarship Awards. 

The scholarships were awarded to graduating high school seniors and are based of their community service, extra-curricular activities as well as their scholastic achievements.

This years winners were Briana Charlton, Stephen Decatur; Lindsay Chetelat, Stephen Decatur; Kirstin Dennig, Pocomoke; Danielle Jones, Stephen Decatur; Kelsey McCarthy, Stephen Decatur; Jacob Mitrecic, Stephen Decatur; Shakiyla Shockley, Stephen Decatur; Kelsey Straka, Stephen Decatur; Samantha Taraila, Worcester Prep; and Jennifer (Bunting) Villani, University of Maryland, PhD.

Company Owners Earns Degree

BERLIN – Amy Wood, principal of MidFin Multimedia, a graphic and web design studio in West Ocean City, received her Master of Arts in graphic design from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Georgia this week. Wood entered SCAD’s e-learning program in September of 2006 on academic fellowship to hone her skills in typography, fine art and communication design.

Since 2004, MidFin Multimedia has worked with area nonprofit organizations and small businesses in creating branding and identity, designing and developing websites, and providing marketing consulting services. Recently, MidFin won the bid to design a logo for Berlin’s Main Street program.

Ribbon Cutting Planned

BERLIN – Atlantic General’s newly expanded Townsend Medical Center and Atlantic ImmediCare located on 10th Street in Ocean City will officially re-open on June 16 with a ribbon cutting ceremony set for 4 p.m.

Renovations of the Townsend Medical Center included updating exam rooms, expanding occupational medicine facilities and allocating space for diagnostic services such as blood work and x-rays.

The facility houses the family practices of Dr. Stephen Waters and Dr. Jason Clem as well as the services of Dr. Roy Cragway and the Atlantic ImmediCare urgent care center.

Construction began in early February and the project has resulted in improved convenience, comfort and timely services for center patients.

The public is invited for refreshments and a tour of the facility.

Habitat Building In Berlin

BERLIN – Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County, Inc. has announced it has received a building permit from the Town of Berlin, have selected a contractor and are ready to build on the first of the three lots located on Flower Street in Berlin.

Habitat pro-bono attorney Will Esham conducted the closing of the property in March between Worcester Habitat President Martha Moskowitz and co-owner of the property, Berlin Councilman Elroy Brittingham.

An integrated “green” plan was designed by local architect and Habitat board member David Quillin. Among the energy efficient features included in the home design are a tight building envelope, a sealed and conditioned crawl space, use of 2×6’s for maximum insulation, environmentally compatible building materials, high efficiency mechanicals and energy efficient appliances and lighting.

A “groundbreaking” is scheduled for June 20 for the family of four, selected for the first home.

Tax credits of $27,000 from the State of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development were awarded to Worcester County Habitat for the Flower Street project. Maryland businesses interested in donating cash or goods to the Habitat project may earn tax credits equal to 50% of the value of the contribution. Businesses interested in donating to this project and earning tax credits should contact Moskowitz at 410-641-3438.

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