Tourism Efforts Recognized With Awards At State Summit

Frederick County Tourism Director John Feisler and Prince George’s County Tourism Executive Director Matt Neitzy present Worcester County Tourism Director Lisa Challenger, center, with the Best Destination Guide Award for the Beach and Beyond Visitor’s Guide during the 2015 Maryland Travel and Tourism Summit. Submitted Photo

SNOW HILL — Worcester County Tourism (WCT), along with area partners working together to promote Maryland’s Eastern Shore as a tourism destination, took home five awards at the 35th Annual Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit in late October.

The Best Media & Public Relations Campaign Award went to Tourism, Art and Downtown Development (TADD) for Eat, Drink, Buy Art on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. An alliance of Eastern Shore businesses, Main Street groups, arts organizations, tourism and economic development offices formed TADD to create an “art drive” campaign that promotes the ease and accessibility of visiting eateries, artists and galleries in the historic towns of Berlin, Cambridge, Chestertown, Easton, Elkton, Denton, Ocean City, Princess Anne, Salisbury and Snow Hill. Learn more about the campaign at

The Best Destination Guide Award went to WCT for producing the Beach & Beyond Visitor’s Guide. This high-quality, visually stunning guide includes sections about eateries, lodging and activities that set each town apart, arts and entertainment, museums, destination weddings, parks and camping, golf, miles of white sand beaches in Ocean City, the ponies of Assateague Island, area breweries, and touts national awards bestowed on the towns and beaches.

“The most innovative feature is that we don’t call it a Worcester County Visitor’s Guide,” Tourism Director Lisa Challenger said. “Since most people don’t travel knowing what county they are traveling to, we branded it as Maryland’s Beach and Beyond.” The guide is available in print and is downloadable at

The Cooperative Partnership Award was presented to Eastern Shore Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO) that created the Eastern Shore Visitor’s Guide and website The guide promotes Maryland’s Eastern Shore as a travel destination. DMO partners include Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester Counties, and Ocean City.

The Visionary Impact Award went to Ann Hillyer,, Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, and WCT for This collaborative effort promotes the shore’s expanding craft beer industry. The effort launched successful marketing, overnight hotel packages and events that promote the county and the surrounding region as a craft beer destination and serve to enhance tourism, particularly in the shoulder and off-seasons.

The Maryland Office of Tourism Partnership Award went to the Town of Ocean City and Wicomico and Worcester Counties for their sports marketing partnership, the Mid-Atlantic Amateur Sports Alliance (MAASA). “These are exciting times,” Worcester County Recreation and Parks Director Paige Hurley said. “This sports alliance partnership will allow us to bring in larger events to this area. We are looking forward to offering these “Play-cations,” where teams and families can come and play here, and then extend their time into a vacation.”

“MAASA delivers world-class sporting events designed to spur Maryland’s economy,” said Kristen Goller, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Wicomico County Recreation, Parks and Tourism. “The formal sports-marketing partnership is the first of its kind in the nation. Since its inception, the region has successfully hosted two national girls’ softball tournaments and the ISSA Eastern Shore senior softball championship. These three MAASA events combined for a total of more than 25,000 hotel room nights booked and $40 million in estimated economic impact.”

A Week In Business

Company Promotion

OCEAN CITY — Ocean Point, Ltd., an accredited property management firm, has announced the promotion of Connor J. Braniff, CMCA, AMS®, PCAM® to Executive Vice President.

Connor J. Braniff

Connor J. Braniff

In his new role, Braniff will oversee all operations for Ocean Point, Ltd. including properties currently served in the Ocean City area in addition to properties that range from Chincoteague, Va.  and into Delaware extending through Lewes and as far west as Salisbury. In addition, he joins the company’s Executive Leadership Council, which sets the overall company vision and goals for continued growth and excellence in customer service.

“Connor demonstrates an exceptional level of professionalism, knowledge and experience as well as being a natural leader,” said Stephan M. Kenny, Ocean Point, Ltd. President. “Under his leadership during the last six years, our firm has experienced tremendous growth. Connor is an respected professional well deserving of this promotion.”

Braniff holds professional designations with the Community Association Institute, Certified Manager of Community Associations, Association Manager Specialist, and the highest designation — Professional Community Association Manager. He obtained his Bachelor of Science from the University of Delaware and currently serves as an officer on the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company’s Board of Directors as their Treasurer.

Ocean Point, Ltd. is a fully accredited property management company, providing financial, administrative and facilities management. The company is licensed, bonded and insured. Ocean Point, Ltd. carries the “Accredited Association Management Company” designation marking the firm as one of the few firms in the area to be nationally recognized by the Community Association Institute.


Medical Director Named

BERLIN Atlantic General Hospital and Health System has announce that board certified anesthesiologist and pain intervention specialist Wadid Zaky, MD, will serve as medical director of the new Atlantic General Pain Center.

Building the center was one of the organization’s strategic plans to address a chronic condition that plagues many residents on the shore. According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. It is a leading cause of disability and accounts for a significant portion of healthcare costs.

“We are very pleased to have Dr. Zaky join us,” said Colleen Wareing, vice president of patient care at Atlantic General Hospital. “He brings advanced techniques to the management of pain with a focus on integrating the right interventions for each individual patient. To have him on the Shore for our community is amazing. Dr. Zaky is one of only four pain experts in the United States that was invited to present at the World Institute of Pain International Conference being held in London this month.”

Atlantic General Pain Center provides a comprehensive approach to treatment of chronic pain, with pain blocks and spinal intervention procedures in addition to medical management. Over the next year, the program will expand to include behavioral health as well as complimentary services, providing a holistic approach to the treatment of pain.

“With the therapies that are now available in the field of pain intervention, there is hope for individuals suffering with chronic pain,” said Zaky. “I look forward to working with patients here on Delmarva to help alleviate the pain they may be struggling with.”

In addition to administering pain blocks and performing minimally-invasive procedures, Zaky is the only physician on the Eastern Shore with expertise in advanced neuro modulation, which involves stimulation of the spine to relieve pain in various parts of the body. With one therapy, high-frequency modulation, the patient cannot detect the stimulation and the therapy can relieve pain for some individuals for whom lower frequency therapy was ineffective. Another modality is selective nerve root modulation.

These therapies are used to alleviate pain caused by a number of conditions, including neuropathy and peripheral nerve damage from diabetes, degenerative disc disease, neck and back pain as well as persistent pain after surgery.

Zaky joined Atlantic General Hospital following a stint as assistant professor at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Zaky completed a fellowship in pain management at the University of Pittsburgh and a fellowship in neuromodulation at King’s College, London, as well as a residency in anesthesia at Brookdale University Medical Center. He has worked with numerous healthcare organizations, including Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute and the Cleveland Clinic Pain Center.


Medicare Help Offered

FRUITLAND – Open enrollment for Medicare Part D (prescription plans) runs from now until Dec. 7. The window of opportunity to change plans doesn’t last long and people tend to panic because they don’t know what their options are. What works best with their plan? What will save them money? The process can be confusing especially with people being inundated with television ads and infomercials with misleading information about Medicare plans. Apple Discount Drugs is trying to help with the process.

“We want to help people understand their options so they can make informed decisions about their Medicare plan,” said Jeff Sherr, president of Apple Discount Drugs. “Each person is unique. Medicare does not come in a one size fits all package. Apple can help patients choose the best plan for them depending on the prescriptions they are taking.”

In many cases, a small medication change from a brand name to a generic or switching from one plan to another can save the patient thousands of dollars. An Apple Discount Drugs Clinical Pharmacist is available to meet with individuals one-on-one to review a medication list and make recommendations to the prescriber for the best plan that fits their needs and can also save the patient thousands of dollars annually.


Gynecologist Announced

BERLINAtlantic General Health System has announced that gynecologist Brandi Musselman, MD, will be joining Atlantic General Women’s Health in Selbyville, Del., at 38394 Dupont Highway in the Strawberry Center.

Musselman joins Atlantic General Health System after serving as an instructor in obstetrics and gynecology and completing a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. She obtained her medical degree at Drexel and completed her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital.

Musselman is a member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She specializes in treating women with pelvic pain, menstrual disorders, post-menopausal bleeding and pelvic masses such as fibroids, and offers the option of office-based procedures for some treatments.


Director Appointed

SALISBURY — Linda Hurley, director of the Peninsula Sleep Waves Sleep Center at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, was recently appointed to the position of treasurer with the Maryland Sleep Society’s (MDSS) Board of Directors. Hurley’s term is for a two-year period.

Linda Hurley

Linda Hurley

MDSS has as its mission to promote education and training among sleep professionals, advance technological standards and increase public awareness about sleep disorders. The Society also works in the interest of patients and the sleep field legislatively and with insurance carriers to ensure the highest standards of care.

An estimated 30 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, which include sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, insomnia and narcolepsy. The majority who suffer are not diagnosed. A simple and painless sleep study can easily diagnose a variety of sleep disorders.

On average, 2,500 sleep studies are performed annually at the center located on the Peninsula Regional campus.


Architectural Designer Added

SALISBURY – Fisher Architecture LLC, a local architectural firm providing functional design and construction solutions to clients, announced the addition of Jason A. Watson Sr. to its team of architectural designers.

Jason Watson

Jason Watson

Watson graduated from Airco Technical Institute and Delaware Technical Community College and has 25 years of work experience in architectural design. He comes to the Fisher team after time spent working for Labinal Power Systems and other local architectural firms. Watson has experience as an architectural/structural designer, CADD Technician and a construction quality control representative.

Watson’s responsibilities at Fisher Architecture include CADD drafting, the development of RFP responses and project manager support. He looks forward to being a part of a forward looking architectural firm.


Leasing Agent Selected

MILLSBORO – John McClellan and Henry Hanna, both Senior Advisors with Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate, have been selected by Harim Millsboro, LLC to lease over 400,000 square feet of their Millsboro facility.

The facility features ceilings up to 27 feet clear, ample loading docks, refrigerated and dry storage, as well as three rail loading doors located on a private rail spur. The facility is located only minutes from Route 113 offering regional access to all of Delaware, Baltimore/Washington, Philadelphia, and Tidewater Virginia.

“This is great economic development news for Sussex County,” said John McClellan. “The configuration offers many possibilities for warehousing, distribution, assembly, light manufacturing and others, and it’s located in business-friendly Delaware.”

Headquartered in Seaford, Del., Allen Harim operates chicken processing facilities in Delaware and Maryland; breeding operations in North Carolina; and hatcheries in Delaware and Maryland.


Things I Like

A hard workout on Thanksgiving morning


Our new solar panels at our office


The new Beach Bounce in WOC


Modern Family re-runs


Reading local history books


Sitting back and observing at a public place


People with great memories


When a new restaurant impresses




Freshly sharpened pencil’s smell


Cold night fires

Kiwanis Club Of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City Donate $500 To Five Local Schools

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The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City donated $500 to five local schools to supplement the schools’ budget. Check presentations were made recently by Immediate Past-President Carolyn Dryzga. Above, Dryzga is pictured with Buckingham Elementary Principal Karen T. Marx. The other schools were Berlin Intermediate, Ocean City Elementary, Stephen Decatur Middle and Showell Elementary.

Voices From The Readers


Valuable Discourse Heard In Fenwick


I write this letter to the community of Fenwick Island and the council that represents it. In the last year, there has been increasing volume coming from residents of our beautiful town on the border of Maryland and Delaware. Issues have risen that are causing the voices of many of the town’s homeowners to become vocal in what was historically a laid back, residential enclave. Are we at risk of losing the moniker of the “Quiet Resort” both literally and figuratively?

The issues fueling this discussion are related to the recent FEMA recommendation on free-boarding and a request to modify current town hotel room density at the request of the new owner of the Sands Motel. There have been very strong positions raised on both sides of these issues.

The good news is that people are communicating, making their feelings known regardless of their position.  It’s a new situation for the current town council who say they have historically not received a lot of input from the property owners. Some would say that this was viewed as approval of past decisions and direction of the town, others apathy and still others simple unawareness of the impact of decisions.

I am personally against changing current ordinances relating to the Sands Hotel for the benefit of a few, but also see the point that it may be time for the hotel to get a new lease on life. It’s not an all or none discussion, and most importantly we must fully consider the impact of any change on the town as a whole in the future.

I look forward to the public hearing being held by the town council (as is required by charter) on Dec 4 on the hotel room ordinance change. Let’s hope that the focus is on what is best for the town, not just today, but in the years to come.

How timely it is that Fenwick Island is facing this new situation in the midst of an upcoming election year? Democracy is the opportunity to be heard both through elections and through public opinion and neither should be construed as the exclusive channel.

Kevin Carouge

Fenwick Island


Council Needs To Slow Motel Process


A letter to your paper last week supported the idea of a new motel in Fenwick Island. Almost no one opposes a new motel on the existing Sands Motel site. What many, if not most, are opposing is a proposal for a 40% increase in allowable motel room density and the accompanying possibility that the increase would apply to the entire commercial district.

But a larger question is why is the town in such a rush to approve an increase in density because of the wishes of one developer? Why has the town not asked for any plans or commitments on the part of this developer?

It amazes me that many individual homeowner requests for a council review of town policies have not even made it to the council agenda. A developer, who just bought the property in March, walks in asks for an increase in zoning density because he wants to make more money and it is on the agenda two months later. The developer has not even submitted a plan. Nor has he even tried to assuage the fears of the property owners of adjoining lots. Now the council wants to approve a new regulation that is fraught with legal risk.

The Town Council initially voted to increase density for the entire commercial zone. When they realized the level of opposition, they retreated and offered a new proposal that theoretically would only apply to the existing motels. The problem is that it does not comply with Delaware Code. If successfully challenged, it could allow other properties to be developed at the new higher density. I hired a well-respected local zoning attorney to review the town’s current proposal and his opinion is that it is not legally sound. I have brought this to the attention of the mayor but not received a response to my letter.

Does the majority of the Town Council really want higher motel density for all commercial property?

The Town Council needs to take a step back, address the neighbors’ concerns about noise and traffic and make sure that the new regulation is compliant with Delaware law. Then it can proceed with confidence that it can achieve what the entire community wishes.

Richard Benn

Fenwick Island


Thanksgiving Food Drive A Success


I would like to thank those members of the Worcester County Bar Association who contributed to the Bar’s Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. I also thank Scott Fornwalt and the Fenwick Crabhouse, Save-A-Lot and Perdue-Eastern Shore Poultry for facilitating delivery of our food.

This year, we were able to provide approximately 370 less fortunate families with a complete Thanksgiving dinner, which they could prepare in their own homes. We united once again with Worcester County Gold and Pocomoke, Snow Hill, Buckingham and Showell elementary schools to identify those families with children to attempt to reach our goal that no one in our county should go hungry on Thanksgiving.

I acknowledge that our goal is a lofty one that perhaps will never be completely met. We are proud, however, that as our Thanksgiving Food Drive has grown over the past 15 years, we are getting closer.

Thank you for being our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper and attempting to take care of our own.

David C. Gaskill

Ocean City

(The writer serves on the Committee On Charitable Endeavors for the Worcester County Bar Association.)


Annual Glick Gala Supporters Recognized


On Saturday, Nov. 21, the greater Ocean City area gathered to honor John H. “Jack” Burbage, as he was presented with the 5th Annual Hal Glick Distinguished Service Award. Over 350 people came out to honor Jack at the Clarion Fontainebleau Resort, for his many years of leadership and generosity to the community. The award, originally established to recognize the contributions made to the area by Hal Glick, has become an annual event to celebrate quiet philanthropy and outstanding community service.

Diakonia, Atlantic General Hospital and Temple Bat Yam are the beneficiaries of the event. Almost $70,000 will be distributed to the charitable organizations involved.

We would like to thank the committee of Hal and Chris Glick, Dr Leonard and Kari Berger, Bill and Madelyn Carder, Mayor Rick Meehan, Councilwoman Mary Knight, Reese Cropper III, Leighton and Rebecca Moore, Buck Mann, Steve Cohen and Rina Thaler. Thank you to Dr. Berger and the excellent staff at the Clarion for hosting a beautiful event. To our talented emcee Joe Moore, thank you for making the entire evening so enjoyable.

Our appreciation to the Diamond, Platinum and Gold Sponsors: Blue Water Development, The Rogers family, Taylor Bank, Dr Leonard and Kari Berger, Insurance Management Group, Oxford Research Group, Leighton and Rebecca Moore, BSC America/Nichols family, Mr. and Mrs. William Esham Jr, Ben amd Alma Seidel and Sysco Eastern Maryland. In addition, there were many other sponsors, patrons and donors who helped make this evening a success.

A highlight of the evening was the touching presentation by Jack’s son, Todd Burbage. Presentations from elected officials included Ocean City Council members Mary Knight and Dennis Dare, Berlin Mayor Gee Williams, Worcester County Commissioner Bud Church, State Delegate Marybeth Carozza, and Maryland State Senator Jim Mathias. The invocation for the evening was given by Bishop Ronald Soulsman. Thank you to all the attendees who came out to recognize and support Jack Burbage. He is truly deserving of this award. We are looking forward to next year’s event, and the search for future recipients.

Jeff Thaler

Warren Rosenfeld

(The writers are the co-chairmen of the Hal Glick Distinguished Service Award Committee.)


Festival Turnout Solid


The Downtown Association would like to thank all those who came out on Saturday, Nov. 21 and made our Light Up Downtown Festival on the Boardwalk such a huge success.

A special thank you to our sponsors and donors — Trimper’s Rides, Dough Roller, OCDC, Casino at Ocean Downs, Harrison Harbor Watch, Special Events Productions and Edible Arrangements — and to our many volunteers.

Thank you also to the Ocean City Special Events and Public Work departments for helping us put it all together at this busy time of year and to the Maryland Coast Dispatch for helping publicize the event. Profits from the event will be contributed to Donate to Decorate, our program to bring the holiday spirit back to the downtown area.

We are looking forward to an even bigger, better festival next year and with your continued support, more holiday lights downtown.

Mary Ann Manganello

Ocean City

(The writer is the administrator for the Ocean City Downtown Association.)


Senator Urged To Support Defunding


Animal issues have been in Ocean City area news for a while now. Some are controversial, like our feral cat situation, and some are more lighthearted, like the American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life earlier this month.

One issue I am shocked has not gotten more attention is the impending return of horse slaughter plants to US soil. Senator Mikulski is one of the 80 percent of Americans who oppose this grisly industry, and co-sponsored the SAFE Act (S.1214) in an attempt to protect horses from a slow and inhumane death, communities from an environmental nightmare and all consumers from tainted, unsafe meat.

That Act has not passed yet, and in the next few weeks if we do not include language defunding horse slaughter plant inspection (which keeps them opening), we will suffer the consequences next year. Please urge Senator Mikulski to fight for defund language in the next few weeks.

Rodney Moon

Ocean City


Benefit Event Thanks


The Ocean City Museum Society would like to thank all those who participated in our second annual Storm Warriors 5K run/walk on Saturday, Nov. 14. It turned out to be a beautiful day and the 130 runners/walkers seemed to have a good time.

We are indebted to our sponsors: Bank of Ocean City, Calvin B Taylor Bank, Ocean City Elks, American Legion Post 166, Ocean City Lions Club, Seacrets, the Ocean City Development Corporation, the Greene Turtle and Walmart. We appreciate that they recognize the work of the Socitty in preserving the history of our town. OC Tri-running officiated the event. Chris Klebe and his team are a delight to work with. We are grateful for the City’s appreciation of what we do.

The Museum has been at its current location since 1978 providing a glimpse into the history of Ocean City and Worcester County. Each year thousands of visitors and residents alike discover what it took for Ocean City to become the attraction it is. It is a repository of memories of those who have contributed to our history.
We would like to remind the readers that the Museum Society is participating in the national event Giving Tuesday on December 1. Please visit to participate.

The third annual Storm Warriors event will take place next November. We will keep you posted on details.
Nancy L. Howard

(The writer is the president of the OC Museum Society, Inc.)

SD High School Math Teacher Brenda Hommel Honored By WMDT

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Stephen Decatur High School math teacher Brenda Hommel was pleasantly surprised last week when her class was briefly interrupted by representatives from WMDT who honored her as this month’s Teacher Who Makes a Difference. Hommel was nominated by her Salisbury University intern Sylviya Gallo and was featured on WMDT that evening. A former Worcester County Teacher of the Year, Hommel has been teaching for over 20 years in the Worcester County Public Schools system. Pictured, from left, are WMDT news reporter Lili Zheng, Gallo, Hommel, WCPS Coordinator of Instruction for Math Rosemary Heher and SDHS Principal Tom Zimmer. Submitted Photos

Adventures Of Fatherhood

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For a non-verbal child, making a verbal presentation obviously has its challenges.

However, Carson, our 6-year-old kindergartener, pulled it off last week at school during American Education Week with the help of a tablet device that served as his voice and some newfound confidence.

One year ago, a similar presentation was to be made just down the hall in pre-kindergarten, but he was too shy and embarrassed to do it. Instead, he hid behind his mom while she used his device to say the “Humpty Dumpty” fairy tale. That presentation included legs attached to cardboard that she and Carson made to resemble a brick wall. It was genius craft work, but his introverted nature got the best of him.

Fast forward one year, and he was a different kid last week. This year there were no nerves. In fact, after a couple of his classmates made their descriptive presentations, Carson raised his hand and was anxious to give his thoughts on his trip to Disney World earlier this year as well as show off the objects he brought with him as part of the assignment.

As he got out of his seat, his Dynavox tablet did what it had been doing lately — malfunctioned. Since we worried that might happen, we programmed his presentation the night before into the school’s iPad, which uses the same software and provides similar voice resources.

If Carson was frustrated by his personal device malfunctioning, he didn’t show it and rolled with the technological glitch. I, on the other hand, wanted to toss it across the room. Carson was much cooler about it, moving on to the next device and not skipping a beat with his presentation.

It was a good thing I was videotaping him because I never would have been able to watch him in front of a room of strangers without getting emotional. He was a little shy at first and it was far from perfect, but with the encouragement of his wonderful teacher he got better and more comfortable as the presentation went forward.

In the days before the presentation, I kept wondering how I was going to manage to get out of the office to watch him on deadline day. On more than a few occasions, I didn’t think I was going to be able to get away long enough.

Whenever I think like this and feel pressured by a work conflict with a kid function, I always remind myself 10 years from now I’m not going to remember the specifics of a deadline day in November of 2015.

What I will never forget is how much Carson impressed us during his first public speech in his kindergarten room at OCES that day. He may not be able to speak yet, but with our promise to help, some technological assistance and a supportive partnership with everyone involved at his school and Easter Seals, we can be damn sure he has a voice.

Hopefully this will be the first of many times he gets to demonstrate his incredible will to overcome his disability. He’s a special boy who made us incredibly proud.

Not that I’m biased, of course.


The oldest kid in the house is a music lover.

He likes dance parties so much that Pam bought a small disco ball that now has a permanent home in the living room. There was no reason to put it away because it goes on whenever music is playing, whether it’s day or night.

We encourage this love of music among our kids, as one of their parents’ favorite things to do before they were born was to catch some live music. A couple times a year we still indulge, but kids change everything.

The dance parties at the house are interesting. They are sometimes hilarious and oftentimes overwhelming due to the heightened energy levels in a confined space.

Beckett’s affinity for music led us to create his own playlist on our phones full of his favorite songs, which include several songs from his favorite band Maroon 5 as well as current kid song favorites, Honey I’m Good, Uptown Funk and Bad Blood.

One thing that does drive me crazy with Beckett’s passion for music is his inability to listen to an entire song. He grows bored of the song after a couple minutes and wants to hear something different.

With this penchant for jumping songs, Beckett seems to be trying to squeeze in as many songs in a short period of time. For example, the other night on the way to karate in West Ocean City, he managed to play portions of 10 songs over the course of the less than 10-mile drive.

It bothers me tremendously, but I just bite my tongue usually and just let him play the crazy disc jockey role. There are other battles that are more worth the effort.