Ocean City Reviewing Hectic Car Rally Weekend; General Behavior Viewed As Disappointing

A burnout session is pictured at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center last weekend prior to city officials closing it on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Alessio Caruso at LosGoonies.com

OCEAN CITY — Tensions ran high over the weekend with thousands of vehicles in the area for an organized car rally overwhelming local roads and stressing law enforcement agencies while also providing an off-season economic boost.

Although it’s not sanctioned by the Town of Ocean City, the 17th Annual H20 International (H20i) event, which is actually held in Whaleyville, markets Ocean City as the destination and most of the participants stay in the resort area while here for the event.

Some videos on You Tube and event-associated Facebook pages document some ruckus scenes, including burnouts and races on Coastal Highway. Others show mobs of people and vehicles in private and city-owned parking lots. In one case, a fight broke out between two men and shoving matches are seen through a sea of people at night in a parking lot. In another video taken at the convention center parking lot, an OCPD vehicle is shown feet away from a car executing a burnout and the police vehicle being unable to move as a result of all the onlookers.

Heading into the event last week, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay O’Neal said OCPD had been in contact with a number of businesses in preparation for the event.

The town had enacted a “Trespass Authorization Enforcement Act” that many businesses have already expressed interest in. This program is a partnership with business owners where they enlist the police’s help to act on their behalf in the event that someone is trespassing on their private property while the business is closed and they are away from the property.

Town officials had also been in contact with H20i organizer, Jay Shoup, in addressing concerns. Shoup stated last week he had been promoting respectful behavior towards event participants via social media. However, he cannot personally be responsible for the way others choose to behave, he stated.

“We have received several complaints from both residents and visitors who were disappointed in the behavior of some of the participants with H20i. There are those who come for the event to enjoy themselves in Ocean City and have a safe weekend here, but it is unfortunate there is another side to those people who are disrespectful not only to the law enforcement but also to the community as a whole, such as leaving trash behind and disrupting properties. It is unfortunate that is the behavior they show while they are in our community,” Ocean City Communication Manager Jessica Waters said this morning.

H20i kept social media outlets ilke Facebook, Instagram and YouTube busy over the weekend posting many negative comments towards Ocean City and videos of rowdy crowds throughout the event paired with derogatory hashtags towards OCPD.

“It is certainly negative, and disappointing to see people coming to town and behaving that way because the majority of our visitors come here to enjoy themselves with their families. The family image that we hold so dear to us is not reflected in a lot of the videos that we saw this weekend. People burning out in our roadways, destroying the roads, and leaving trash in the parking lots is a blatant disrespect for the community,” Waters said. “We make it very clear that we welcome all of our visitors to Ocean City but we welcome them under the understanding that they come here and be respectful to other visitors and those who live here. There is a blatant show of disrespect being shown across social media, and that is one of the things are police department will address moving forward.”

Last Thursday the OCPD posted on Facebook reminding citizens the department has a zero tolerance policy regarding traffic violations and the police will be addressing vehicle equipment and modification violations made that would fail the vehicle during Maryland inspection, and the vehicle would be impounded.

In addition the post stated, “We will not tolerate aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding, spinning tires, and failing to obey traffic control devices. We want all of our residents and visitors to know that their safety, as always, is our top priority and we welcome all of our visitors with the expectation that they will be safe, respectful and abide by our laws and ordinances.”

According to Waters, the amount of inappropriate comments in return to the post caused the town to disable the commenting feature on the police department’s Facebook page.

“It is really disappointing to see a lack of respect for the town and for the town’s police department, especially because these are the men and woman that are working throughout the day and night to keep people safe. The blatant disregard for their authority and disrespect that was witnessed through social media and it’s posting and hashtags is certainly not a reflection of our typical visitor here in Ocean City,” Waters said.

Waters furthered she has been contacted by a couple of condo rental representatives who have questioned the future of H20i in Ocean City because they are looking to warn renters from coming to the resort during that time.

“There is certainly concern about this weekend moving forward and people wanting to discourage future visitors to come during that time, and that is certainly something that we do not want to see happen,” she said. “Every year with every event that we have we learn something new. There is always a way to improve … moving forward we will continue to work with our allied agencies because we certainly need their support on this weekend. With proper planning and strict enforcement we will be able to manage it more effectively better next year…and hopefully the event organizer will be more vocal in regards to the behavior expected when you come here for the event.”

According to OCPD Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay O’Neal, the police department has already started to review all social media outlets to review behavior and locations of where H20i participants congregated to be better prepared for next year’s event.

“We were definitely out in full force. It was an extremely busy weekend for our officers, and throughout the later part of the week. It did prove to be a very taxing and resource intensive event. It was an all hands on deck weekend, but we did maintain public safety throughout the weekend with the help of our allied agencies- Maryland State Police and Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. There were no fatalities or significant injuries, and no officer injuries,” O’Neal reported.

The Roland E. Powell Convention Center’s parking lot was shut down on Saturday afternoon due to rowdy crowds. The lot was not closed prior to H20i hitting the streets because an event has been previously scheduled to take place at the facility.

“We will be considering next year to close that parking lot. This group likes to congregate in any open parking lot they can find,” O’Neal said. “It was a very large crowd that had gathered, and our officers were trying to disperse the crowd. Eventually people started gathering around and vandalizing a police vehicle. A Signal 13 was called out calling for all available OCPD officers, as well as State police to come in and control the situation. When it was under control, the lot was closed.”

O’Neal added OCPD will also be looking to expand allied agency support next year.

As far as the “Trespass Authorization Enforcement Act”, O’Neal reported several businesses jumped on board but the department will be working on growing the program.

On Sunday morning Police Commission Chair and Councilman Doug Cymek drove his car down to 33rd Street and back to inspect what kind of damage had been done the night before, inspecting parking lots, sidewalks and landscaping for trash.

“I was pleasantly surprised. A lot of the work had been done prior to my visit by the businesses cleaning up but I understand there were a lot of lots worse than others,” he said.

Cymek also monitored the police channels throughout the weekend.

“With the amount of people we had in town, and the amount of calls for service and traffic violations, I have to commend the police department for the job that they did. No one likes the speed that goes along with this event, but it seemed like every time a call went out for service there was a police car between one to three streets away, so there was very quick responses,” he said. “They did an exemplary job, along with the assistance from the county and the state. Could we use more law enforcement on the street during this event, absolutely, but they did a great job with what they had.”

Waters echoed OCPD’s effort over the weekend.

“Everyone I have spoken to has commended the effort put forward by our emergency services and our neighboring police departments. We certainly know they can’t be everywhere at all times but they did a very good job in keeping people safe this weekend on the roadway from those who were acting recklessly. We were lucky with the number of people in town, with the amount of cars and the amount of people standing on the roadway that no one was hurt, and it was certainly because of their efforts,” she said.

Crime statistics from over the weekend will be released later this week.

From a business perspective, the event’s economic impact is significant for most, particularly those in the lodging industry. For example, Adam Showell, owner of Castle in the Sand and Barefoot Mailman hotels, reported the event and its associated attendees resulted in a busy weekend. He said he was sold out prior to the weekend.

“My staff says we could have sold out twice. It was that busy. I give it real high marks this year, but I am only seeing it from what I see along the highway and what I see at the Castle and Barefoot Mailman and Coconuts. It was great to have them here. They brought us a lot of business and had a lot of fun,” he said.

Showell acknowledged issues in the past from event attendees, but he reported no similar issues this year.

“From our experience, this year was very positive as far as the way people behaved here at the Castle,” said Showell. “I can see how some people might not enjoy certain aspects of it, but as a business person it was very good for us. The clientele were well behaved and fairly respectful. We have had issues in the past where people were not respectful with this group so we were concerned, but this year we didn’t have any problems. They are younger, they are single and they are high energy, but if we didn’t have the event we would be looking at half or less the business for that weekend. The summer is short and if we can stretch it a few weekends it makes a huge difference as far as economic impact.”

One of the most obvious observations from the weekend was the litter left behind. That was a similar complaint heard after the spring Cruisin’ event as well.

“My only criticism of the group, and I don’t understand it, is they leave trash behind. There’s no doubt about it. Property owners have to be vigilant about it. I will grant [the critics] that. They don’t pick up after themselves and I will never understand that because the trash cans are 50 feet away. I don’t know how to change that. As far as how they treated our staff and each other, I found them to be much more respectful than times in the past,” said Showell.

The actual event, which has been held for 17 years at various locations, has been headquartered at Fort Whaley Campground in Whaleyville for the last three years. Although attendees were in town for much of last week, the actual organized event activities were held on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28, and featured a barbeque and live music and a judged participant show with awards.

From the official event perspective only, Fort Whaley Campground owner Mitch Parker said Monday all went smooth at the host venue. He said there were no reports of anything negative at the campground, such as property destruction or fighting that were reported in Ocean City over the weekend.

“It went well. We didn’t have anything out there negative. I think there were significantly more people this year and it went smoothly on our side. The traffic control measures have improved significantly over the last three years,” said Parker. “It’s a big deal for us. It helps us on what is usually a very slow weekend, the weekend after Sunfest. Without something here, it would be quiet here and this is that ‘something’ right now. It’s an event that has a longer impact than it used to be as well from my perspective. I was still seeing lots of vehicles on Sunday night and started seeing the vehicles on Monday the week prior.”

 

 

 

Ocean City Better Prepared This Year For Car Rally; Resort Police, Promoter Working Together On ‘Very Busy Weekend’

Ocean City Better

OCEAN CITY – As the bugs make their way into town for the annual H20i event, the Ocean City Police Department is preparing to control crowds by partnering with private properties and continuing to keep a working relationship with the event organizer.

The 17th Annual H20 International (H20i) event is a two-day VW/Audi rally that will be held this weekend at Fort Whaley Campground off Route 50 where, according to event organizer Jay Shoup, an average 800 to 1,000 cars are registered to be shown. However, the unsanctioned event with Ocean City will draw thousands of spectators to the resort where cars and spectators gather in parking lots and along Coastal Highway.

“We are having very little luck in finding any vacancies this weekend, so it should be a very busy weekend,” Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association Executive Director Susan Jones said. “We have certainly seen an increase in import cars come in for this weekend’s unsanctioned event, and we can just tell from looking out our windows it is increasing day by day.”

Last year, the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) reported a total of 2,207 calls for service between officers and citizens, and between traffic stops, traffic citations, and traffic warnings, there was a total of 1,584 traffic enforcement actions. There were also a total of 14 alcohol citations, 53 total arrests, seven drug arrests, four weapon arrests and seven DUI arrests.

Crime statistics jumped for the 2013 event compared to the 2012 event when there were 1,658 calls for service, 901 total traffic enforcement actions, seven alcohol citations, 78 total arrests, 26 drug arrests, five weapon arrests and nine DUI arrests.

For the 2011 event, crime statistics reported 1,244 calls for service, 541 total traffic enforcement actions, nine alcohol citations, 56 total arrests, 20 drug arrests, one weapon arrest and four DUI arrests.

In 2010, crime statistics reflected 1,195 total calls for service, 438 total traffic enforcement actions, seven alcohol citations, 39 total arrests, 11 drug arrests, zero weapon arrests and five DUI arrests.

Following last year’s event and an increase in associated problems, particularly those requiring law enforcement’s attention, the Police Commission sat down to discuss the impact H20i has on Ocean City. At that time, Mayor Rick Meehan recognized the value in H20i drawing visitors to Ocean City during the shoulder season. However, he recognized it is an unsanctioned event with Ocean City meaning there are no special event permits submitted to the city covering in-kind services, such as police labor and trash pick-up.

Meehan also recognized certain private properties within Ocean City have taken it upon themselves to serve as venues for the event, such as 45th Street Village, that were not being responsible for crowd control or trash collection.

OCPD Captain Kevin Kirstein reported the department had been keeping a record of private properties where the vehicles gather and were going to be in contact with those property owners following last year’s event.

OCPD Lt. Scott Harner reported to the commission that he had met and planned to keep in contact with Shoup to keep a working relationship between the town and the event even though the town has nothing to do with it.

As the vehicles are making their way into Ocean City, OCPD Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay O’Neal said this week, OCPD has been in contact with a number of businesses in preparation for this event.

“We are very lucky to have such a great partnership with many members of the local business community and many property owners in town and that has been evident during this fall event season,” O’Neal said.

According to O’Neal, the Town had enacted a “Trespass Authorization Enforcement Act” that many businesses have already expressed interest in. This program is a partnership with business owners where they enlist the police’s help to act on their behalf in the event that someone is trespassing on their private property while the business is closed and they are away from the property.

“We have also been contacted by many of the businesses that host their own events and have been requested to assist them in keeping their property and their event safe and successful,” O’Neal furthered. “Also, as is the case with any event that brings a large number of people to our town, sponsored by the city or not, we have been in close contact with event organizers and will remain in contact with them throughout the event.”

Meehan confirmed the town has remained in contact with Shoup, who has agreed to schedule the event around other Town of Ocean City events and private sanctioned events to avoid chaos.

“The event organizer is trying to work with the police department and the town to minimize some of the impact of this event on other events that take place in the fall season,” said the mayor, adding there has not been discussion with Shoup over making H20i a sanctioned event in Ocean City. “We just want them to obey the same rules that we ask everybody else to obey. Like some of the other events, as they have grown, what we have seen is some of the problems are with the spectators not just the cars themselves. Spectators encourage cars to speed by or to burn out … They [OCPD] are very aware of it, and they will be out in full force this weekend to make sure that they can do their best to ensure that everybody adheres to the laws, and that we keep everybody here safe. We are certainly hoping that those that do come for the event make an effort to minimize the impact that they have on the communities and on others while they are here in Ocean City.”

Shoup confirmed on Wednesday that he has no plans to make H20i a sanctioned event in Ocean City.

“There is no reason for me to sanction the event in Ocean City because the event is not held in Ocean City. My event has always been outside of the city. The people that choose to come, whether it is a spectator or a participant, they have the choice where to stay,” he said. “As far as my putting forth efforts to control crowds, that is near impossible. The event as a whole is not the problem. As we have discussed in these meetings [with town officials], the event at Fort Whaley campground has never had an issue, so unfortunately whatever issues Ocean City is incurring is based off of the individuals that are staying in Ocean City.”

Shoup has made an effort to continuously release Public Safety Announcements (PSAs) and information provided by the OCPD though social media and the event’s website.

“I don’t support, promote or produce an event in Ocean City, but I work closely with the police department and city officials to try to improve participants’ behavior but again these are individuals. I can’t control everybody,” he said. “We need to focus on the positive. This event produces good business for Ocean City on this weekend. The thing that we need to remember that there is a bad apple in every bunch and unfortunately we can’t control them all but focusing on the positive will help alleviate some problems.”

 

Martin To Seek Fourth Council Term; Ashley Uncertain

Lloyd Martin

OCEAN CITY – With the filing deadline of Oct. 6 to run for council in November’s municipal election nearing, Ocean City Council President Lloyd Martin confirmed this week he will seek another, while Councilman Brent Ashley remains unsure.

To date, four men have filed to run for the City Council in this year’s municipal election — Anthony “Tony” DeLuca, Christopher Rudolf, Joseph “Joe” Brian Cryer and Philip Ufholz.

Last week Councilwoman Margaret Pillas announced she will not be seeking another council term, and Councilman Joe Mitrecic, who is in the middle of his four-year term, is running unopposed for the Worcester County Commission and has said previously his intention was to resign from his council seat whether he faced competition for the county post or not.

With Pillas and Mitrecic leaving their positions behind and the terms of incumbents Martin and Ashley up this year, there will be four open council seats in the election on Nov. 4.

Lloyd Martin

Lloyd Martin

Martin confirmed on Wednesday that he will be filing to run for council as an incumbent in this year’s election prior to the deadline. Martin will be running for his fourth term on the council.

“We [council] have a lot going on, and we need to continue on the route we are on,” Martin said.

Since he was elected to serve as council president after the 2012 municipal election, Martin feels the council has made significant progress in checking off major priorities.

With four council seats open, the make-up of the majority-minority lines is up for grabs. Prior to 2012’s municipal election, former Council President Jim Hall, former Councilman Joe Hall, and council members Brent Ashley and Margaret Pillas dominated the council’s direction and decisions, including removing then-City Manager Dennis Dare from his role as the city’s chief executive officer. With Jim Hall and Joe Hall losing their seats, coming in fifth and seventh places, respectively, the majority power swung to Council members Dennis Dare, Mary Knight, Joe Mitrecic and Doug Cymek. It’s an alliance that routinely has the support of Mayor Rick Meehan.

“I am sick of it,” Martin said of the minority-majority situation of City Council. “It is worse than Washington D.C. I don’t want to be like Washington D.C. We can all work together to get something done and move in the right direction. I have been on both sides, but I don’t like to be pulled to one side or the other. I am just trying to do the right thing.”

As of Wednesday, Ashley had not decided if he would be filing for a second term on the council, but most believe he will eventually file before the Oct. 6 deadline.

“I have served our community for 35 years in one capacity or another, and my initial thought was maybe that is enough but I have had calls from some of my council colleagues and other people in the community asking me to keep my seat, and I told them as a courtesy I would consider it, think it over, and make my decision shortly,” Ashley said.

It has always been wanting to keep Ocean City as a family-friendly-resort, keeping generations of vacationers returning to Ocean City, and in all making Ocean City a better place that has kept Ashley servicing the community.

“It has always been about Ocean City, community service and making our community better,” he said.

On the other side of it, Ashley explained he has other interests he would like to pursue.

Brent Ashley

Brent Ashley

“I have only missed two council meetings in four years and that was due to illness when I just could not make it. When I take a job, or a job is given to me, I do it to the best of my ability. I feel fully committed,” Ashley said. “You have to be here. My phone rings constantly. I am always out talking to people and walk the Boardwalk every day to talk to the merchants, and stop vacationers to talk to them. I want to know what we can do to maintain our family image, or if we are coming up short somewhere and what people are feeling about Ocean City. I enjoy doing that.”

As far as where the council majority will fall after the election, Ashley stated he can get along with anybody.

“On any political body there is going to be differences of opinion, and that’s ok because that is what makes a democracy, and that is what our country was founded on. When there is a difference in opinion, you have to leave it in the council chambers. Everybody is dually elected by the citizens, so everybody has a voice,” Ashley said. “It is good that we have people interested in filing for office. It shows there is interest in the community to serve, and that is never a bad thing.”

In Ocean City, the mayor’s term is only two years as opposed to the council members’ four-year terms. In 2012, Meehan easily defeated challenger Nick Campagnoli. Meehan has indicated he will be seeking another term and as of Thursday he has no challengers.

 

 

The Resorter … Revisited

resorter 9-26

Season of 1959

Volume V

Edition 7

 

Issue Highlights

 

Manager Bob Harman welcomed guests to the Sea Scape Motel, “The Finest Ocean City has to offer,” according to its advertisement. The ad copy read, “Long a favorite of discriminating vacationers, The Seascape Motel this year brings to Ocean City a newer, bigger, more modern motel where the accent is on luxury.”

 

In a story headlined, “Convention Center Seen Here By 1960,” it was reported, “Even when the state agrees to finance a center here, the biggest obstacle will still be awaiting the planners. That is the local bickering on where the hall should be located. Some will want it on the Boardwalk in the downtown section. Other will want it on the Boardwalk in the north section. Still others will want it on the bay, and whether guided by selfish or civic-minded motives, the various groups will fight most vigorously for their selection.”

 

Robert Mitchum, a native of the Eastern Shore who at this time had just bought a ranch in the area, was featured in “The Angry Hills,” which was to open at Showell Theatre this month.

 

Open noon to midnight, Phillips’ Crab House Seafood Restaurant was located mid-block between 20th and 21st streets at this time.

 

An ad for the Stowaway Motel boasted, “52 bright modern units are contained in this new beautiful luxury motel. All rooms are tastefully decorated, air-conditioned for hot weather and efficiently heated for the few cool off-season days.

 

 

City Okays Bond Moves For Fire Station Project

SALISBURY – The Salisbury City Council voted 4-0, with Councilwoman Shanie Shields absent, to approve a resolution authorizing the city to issue and sell two bonds for up to $4,009,000 to fund the Fire Station #2 project and up to $2,800,000 to refund 2004 bonds.

City Administrator Tom Stevenson explained the resolution authorizes the issuance and sale by the City of Salisbury of its General Obligation Bonds pursuant to the City Charter of Salisbury, and Ordinance 2299 and Ordinance 2300 both approved by council on Aug. 25 and became effective on Aug. 28. The bonds will be designated as “The City of Salisbury Public Improvement Bonds, Series 2014A” that shall not exceed $4,009,000 and the “City of Salisbury Public Improvements Refunding Bond, Series 2014B” that shall not exceed $2,800,000. Collectively, both bonds will be used to rebuild Fire Station #2, and to refund the 2004 Bonds.

The resolution describes the terms and conditions of the 2014 bonds and the details regarding their issuance and sale as well as authorizes the mayor to determine the final principal amounts and amortization schedule.

A couple of weeks, the council approved Fire Chief Richard Hoppes request of the City Council to consider waiving the fees and liens for the land acquisition for 413 Naylor Street where a new fire station will be built.

Hoppes submitted the council has already heard the request and voted to agree to waive the fees. However, at that time no resolution was offered to officially recognize this action, and the Internal Services Department had requested that a resolution be completed for accounting and audit purposes for this transaction. Specifically, waiving of fees has an associated accounting transaction that must be duly approved in order for it to be legally carried out.

“The resolution is being provided as of a request of Internal Services. The council met during a previous legislative session and decided that you would write off the fees of $29,951.12 for the purpose of the Salisbury Volunteer Fire Department acquiring property at 413 Naylor Street, so we are simply asking you to approve it by resolution,” City Administrator Tom Stevenson said at that time.

Stevenson explained the costs derive from the city’s order to have the abandoned and neglected building that previously stood at 413 Naylor Street demolished followed by clean-up, on top of nuisance, grass and rubbage violations and the administrative costs associated with them.

 

Seahawk Golfers Set School Record

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity golf team remained unbeaten at 6-0 this week after outpacing the field at Great Hope on Tuesday and setting a new school record in the process.

The Seahawks shot a team score of 149 on Tuesday at Great Hope, setting a new school team record for nine holes. Matt Kristick led the way with a one-under par 35 and earned medalist honors for the day. All of the Decatur golfers broke 40 at Great Hope on Tuesday including Brooks Holloway with a 37, Delaney Iacona with a 38 and Danny Parker and Matt Kinsey each with a 39.

The Seahawks outshot runner-up Parkside by 26 strokes. The Rams finished with a team score of 175. Bennett was second with a team score of 179 and Washington finished with a 180. With its 6-0 record, Decatur sits comfortably atop the standings with six team points. Bennett and Parkside are tied for second with 15 points each. The Seahawks have four golfers in the Top 10 in the south standings, including Kristick, who leads with an average of 39.5 through six matches. Other Decatur golfers in the Top 10 include Holloway, Kinsey and Iacona.

$2,000 Target Early Childhood Reading Grant Given To United Way

Community A

United Way Community Impact Manager Pam Gregory and Salisbury Target employees display examples of the free, high-quality books that local children receive through United Way’s Imagination Library Program. The $2,000 Target Early Childhood Reading Grant will provide over 924 booksto be distributed this year among the homes of 77 children. Pictured, back from left, are Bill B., Salisbury Target Store Manager Cindy Elder, Monty Montasser, Justin G. and Michael Brittingham; and, front from left, are United Way Community Impact Manager Pam Gregory and Alan Brittingham. Submitted Photos

Things To Do Around Town

Thngs to do

Every Sunday: Morning Worship

8:30 a.m., contemporary; 10 a.m., traditional, Atlantic United Methodist Church, 105 4th St., O.C. For more info, 410-289-7430.

 

Every Sunday: Morning Worship

8 a.m. & 11 a.m., Traditional Worship; 9:30 a.m., Contemporary Worship; St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A, 10301 Coastal Hwy., O.C. For more info, 410-524-7474.

 

Every Monday Through October:

Historic St. Martin’s Church

Museum Open

1-4 p.m., 11413 Worcester Hwy., Showell. For more info, 410-251-2849.

 

Every Monday: Delmarva Chorus,

Sweet Adelines Meet

7-9 p.m., Ocean Pines Community Center. Women are invited to learn the craft of a capella singing under the directions of Carol Ludwig. For more info, 410-641-6876.

 

Open Monday-Saturday:

Atlantic United Methodist

Church Thrift Shop

10 a.m.-2 p.m., AUMC, 105 4th Street, O.C.  For more info, 410-289-7430.

 

Open Wednesday-Saturday:

‘Used To Be Mine’ Thrift Shop

Supporting Diakonia

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Located at the intersection of Rte. 611 and Sunset Ave. For more info, 410-213-0243.

 

Every Wednesday: TOPS Meeting

3:30-4:30 p.m., Ocean City Library. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support group promoting weight loss and healthy lifestyles. For more info, 302-436-3682.

 

Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday,

September-May: MOPS Meeting

9:15 a.m., The Community Church, Ocean Pines. MOPS is focused on building a community of moms that meet toagher to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. Free childcare so come and enjoy a mommy’s play date. For more information visit, www.facebook.com/groups-/MOPSccop.

 

Open Wednesday-Saturday:

Shepherd’s Nook Thrift Shop

9 a.m.-1 p.m., Community Church at Ocean Pines, Rte. 589 & Racetrack Rd., Berlin. Accepting donations of gently worn clothes and small household items.

 

Beginning Now Through Oct. 31:

Delmarva Needle Art Show

& Competition

Julia A. Purnell Museum, Snow Hill. View works by needle artist from the region. Needle art of all types including quilting, embroidery, counted cross-stitch, crochet, doll making, lace, ap-plique, weaving, textile collage and fashion design. For more information, 410-632-0515 or email purnellmuseum@ymail.com

 

Now Through Nov. 23,

Saturdays & Sundays:

Airport Breakfast Fundraiser

9 a.m.-1 p.m., OC Municipal Airport. To benefit the Huey Veterans Memorial. Eggs, bacon, sausage, scrapple and coffee. $7, suggested donation. For more information, 410-726-7207.

 

Sept. 26-28: Treasures Of The Earth Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show

Friday: Noon-6 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Ocean City Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Hwy., O.C. Sterling silver, 14K gold, classic and handmade jewelry. Stones, beads, pearls, minerals specimens, crystals and more. Jewelers and wire wrappers who can design, remount and set stones and make repairs. Admis-sion: $5, adults; ages 16 and under free when accompanied by an adult. For more information visit www.treasuresoftheearth.com or email jane@treasuresoftheearth.com.

 

Sept. 26: KC Bingo

5 p.m., doors open; games begin 6:30 p.m.; Knights of Columbus, 9901 Coastal Hwy., (rear of St. Luke’s Church) O.C. Refreshments on sale. For more information, 410-524-7994.

 

Sept. 27: Yard Sale

7 a.m.-noon, Church of the Holy Spirit, 100th St. & Coastal Hwy., O.C. For more information, 410-723-1973.

 

Sept. 27: Rummage Sale

7 a.m.-1 p.m., Ocean City Presbyterian Church, 1301 Philadelphia Ave., O.C.

 

Sept. 27: 2nd Annual Fall Festival

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Holly Center, 926 Snow Hill Rd., Salisbury. Sponsored by the Holly Center Auxiliary.

 

Sept. 27: Smithsonian Magazine

Museum Day Live!

10 a.m.-6 p.m., Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum. Visit www.Smithson-ian.com/museumdaylive to download a free ticket for admission. For more information, 410-289-4991.

 

Sept. 27: Friends Of The National

Ataxia Foundation Vera Bradley

& Longaberger Bingo Fundraiser

5:30 p.m., doors open; 6:30 p.m., games begin; Berlin Fire Company, 214 N. Main St., Berlin. All proceeds benefit the National Ataxia Foundation’s re-search to find a cure for this rare progressive neurological condition. Cost: $20, ticket and can be purchased in advance. Chinese auction, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and Coach handbag and wallet raffle. Food and beverages available for purchase. For more information or tickets, 410-251-2777. Please leave your name, phone number and the number of tickets.

 

Sept. 27: The Good, The Sad

& The Ugly Western Take-Off

Library Fundraiser

6 p.m., Delmar Fire Hall. To benefit the Delmar Public Library Building Cam-paign. “The Good, The Bad And The Ugly” is a western mystery take-off of the TV series Gunsmoke, The Big Val-ley and Dr. Quinn. Cost: $35, includes dinner buffet. Tickets available at the Delmar Public Library, 101 N. Bi State Blvd., Delmar, Del or visit delmarpubliclibrary.org.

Sept. 28: KC Breakfast

8:30-11:30 a.m., Knights Of Columbus, 9901 Coastal Hwy., O.C. Served with coffee and juice. Cost: $9, adults; children 8 and under, $4.

 

Sept. 28: Democratic Women’s Club

Capture The Flag

1 p.m., Ocean Pines Country Club. To benefit the future endeavors of the Democratic Women’s Club of Worces-ter County. Socializing, games, fun and light fare food. Prizes awarded to all who play. For reservations, 302-988-1268 or 410-600-0468.

 

Sept. 28: Pet Blessing

3:30 p.m., Bethany United Methodist Church, Rte 611 & Snug Harbor Rd., near Frontier Town, West O.C. This blessing conducted in the remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. Pets should be leashed, crated or otherwise under their owners’ control. For more info, 410-641-2186.

 

Sept. 30: Free “Ask A Master

Gardener Clinic”

1-4 p.m., Ocean Pines Library, 11107 Cathell Rd., Ocean Pines. Offered by the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service. Master gardeners will be available to help you with your gardening questions. Please put your plant damage sample in a plastic bag and label the bag with your name and phone number. If your questions cannot be answered at the time of submittal, it will be reserved and someone will get back to you at a later date.

 

Oct. 1: Bingo

5:30, doors open; 6:30, early bird games; 7 p.m., regular games; Ocean City Elks Lodge #2645, 138th St., across from the Fenwick Inn. $1,000 jackpot available, food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. No one under 18 allowed in bingo hall during bingo.

 

Oct. 1: Delmarva Hand Dancing

5:30-9 p.m., Peaky’s (formerly Jordan’s Rooftop), at the Fenwick Inn, 138th St., O.C. Jitterbug, swing, cha-cha to the sounds of the 50’s & 60’s. Beginner and intermediate dance lessons 5:30-6:30 p.m. Followed by dancing until 9 p.m. For more information, 302-200-3262.

 

Oct. 2: OP Women’s Club Meeting

10 a.m., Ocean Pines Community Cen-ter, Assateague Room, 235 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines. Mary Hender-son, the Worcester Co. Coordinator for Women Supporting Women will be the featured speaker. Light refreshments, 50/50 raffle. For more information, 410-208-9326.

 

Oct. 2: Legion Bingo

Doors open 5:30 p.m., games begin 7 p.m.; American Legion Post 166, 24th St. & Philadelphia Ave., O.C. Food and drink available. For more information, 410-289-3166.

Oct. 3: AARP “55 Alive”

Safe Driving Program

Sponsored by the Ocean Pines Chapter of the AARP. Several auto insurance companies offer a 3-year discount for taking the course. Fee is $15 for members, $20 for non-members. To sign-up for this class or future classes, 410-641-6278. Location and additional details will be disclosed when you call.

 

Oct. 3: KC Bingo

5 p.m., doors open; games begin 6:30 p.m.; Knights of Columbus, 9901 Coastal Hwy., (rear of St. Luke’s Church) O.C. Refreshments on sale. For more information, 410-524-7994.

 

Oct. 3: Annual Family Fall Festival

3:30-6:30 p.m., Most Blessed Sacra-ment Catholic School, Racetrack Rd.,  Berlin. Hosted by the Home School Association. Kid friendly items, crafts, clothes and games with free admission. No silly string please. Kid friendly vendors being sought. Rent 10’x10’ spaces during the festival for a $50 tax de-ductible donation. Donate two or more new packaged items to the kids Chin-ese auction and the rental fee is only $25. For more information on how to become a vendor, 410-208-1600 or visit www.mostblessedsacramentschool.com.

 

Oct. 3: Yom Kippur Service

8 p.m., Temple Bat Yam, 11036 Wor-cester Hwy., Berlin. Guest tickets available by calling 410-641-4311. For more information, www.templebatyamoc.org.

 

Oct. 4: Yom Kippur Service

10 a.m., Temple Bat Yam, 11036 Wor-cester Hwy., Berlin. Guest tickets available by calling 410-641-4311. For more information,www.templebatyamoc.org.

 

Oct. 4: Judy Boggs’ Town Meeting

10 a.m., Ocean Pines Library. Updates on the construction and potential construction on Rte. 589. Guest speakers, Fawn and Ryan Mete, of the Worcester County Summer Internship Program, “Step Up”. “Step Up” provides internships for county students who intend to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering or math fields.

 

Oct. 4: Blessing Of The Animals

1 p.m., Church of the Holy Spirit, Coastal Hwy. & 100th St., O.C. Pets should be on leashes or otherwise under their owners control. Any size, shap or type of pet welcome. For more information, 410-723-1973.

 

Oct. 7: LAOH 8th Annual Card Party

Doors open, 10:30 a.m., St. Andrew’s Catholic Center, 14401 Sinepuxent Ave., O.C. Sponsored by the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians with all proceeds benefitting LAOH charities. Parties of 4 should bring thier own card tables by 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 6. Tables will be available for larger parties. For non-card players, tables will be available for lunch only. Doors prizes, Chinese auction, baskets of cheer and raffles. Cost: $22, ticket includes full buffet lunch, desserts and beverages (coffee, tea, soda). For tickets, 443-614-5221 or 302-988-1498.

 

Oct. 8: District 38 MD Senatorial

Candidates Forum

5-7 p.m., MAC Senior Center, 41st St., adjacent to the Convention Center. OC AARP will hot a discussion with Jim Mathias and Mike McDermott. Seating is limited to District 38 registered voters.

 

Oct. 8: Bingo

5:30, doors open; 6:30, early bird games; 7 p.m., regular games; Ocean City Elks Lodge #2645, 138th St., across from the Fenwick Inn. $1,000 jackpot available, food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. No one under 18 allowed in bingo hall during bingo.

 

Oct. 8: Delmarva Hand Dancing

5:30-9 p.m., Peaky’s (formerly Jordan’s Rooftop), at the Fenwick Inn, 138th St., O.C. Jitterbug, swing, cha-cha to the sounds of the 50’s & 60’s. Beginner and intermediate dance lessons 5:30-6:30 p.m. Followed by dancing until 9 p.m. For more information, 302-200-3262.

 

Oct. 9: OC AARP Meeting

9:30 a.m., MAC Senior Center, 41st St., adjacent to the Convention Center. Featured speaker will be Bunk Mann discussing and signing his new book “Vanishing Ocean City.” Travel opportunities for 2015 will be highlighted. All persons age 50 and over are welcome. For more information visit aarp1917.org or call 410-352-5748.

 

Oct. 9: OP Garden Club Meeting

10 a.m., Assateague Room, Ocean Pines Community Center. There will be a plant and recipe swap. For more information, 410-208-3470.

 

Oct. 9: Parish At The Beach

Golf Open

Registration at noon, shotgun start at 1 p.m.; Bayside Resort Golf Club. Ban-quet, awards and auction will follow. Cost: $100, golfers; youth 18 and under, $50. Includes goodie bag, range balls, 18 holes of golf, cart, banquet and awards. For more information or a registration form, 410-250-0300.

 

Oct. 9: Legion Bingo

Doors open 5:30 p.m., games begin 7 p.m.; American Legion Post 166, 24th St. & Philadelphia Ave., O.C. Food and drink available. For more information, 410-289-3166.

 

Oct. 10: Crab Cake Dinner

4-7 p.m., Stevenson United Methodist Church, 123 N. Main St., Berlin. Crab cake sandwich with two sides and a drink. Cost: $10. Carry-outs and bake sale table also available. This will be the final crab cake dinner of 2014. For more information, 410-641-1137.

 

Oct. 10: KC Bingo

5 p.m., doors open; games begin 6:30 p.m.; Knights of Columbus, 9901 Coastal Hwy., (rear of St. Luke’s Church) O.C. Refreshments on sale. For more information, 410-524-7994.

 

Oct. 11: Crab & Chicken Feast

2:30-5:30 p.m., Church of the Holy Spirit, 100th St. & Coastal Hwy., O.C. Feast includes crabs, fried chicken, corn on the cob, hush puppies, cole slaw, iced tea, lemonade and coffee. Bring your own wine or beer, no liquor please. And bring your own mallets. Cost: $30, person (over 8 years old ) and $15, for those younger. Tickets are limited. For more info, 410-723-1973.

 

Oct. 11: Longaberger, Vera Bradley

& Cash Bingo

5:30 p.m., doors open; games begin at 7 p.m., Willards Lions Club, Main St., Willards. To benefit the Ladies Auxiliary. Baskets and handbags will be filled. Cost: 20 games for $20, in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets available online at www.willards-fire.com or by calling 410-726-1583 or 410-835-2285.

 

Oct. 11-12: OP 50+ Mixed “The Shore Place To Be” Tennis Tournament

8 a.m., Manklin Meadows Racquet Complex, 11443 Manklin Creek Rd., Ocean Pines. Max of 24 teams. Eligibility APTA Members or $20 temporary membership. Rules are regular APTA rules apply. Fee is $50 per person, includes welcome breakfast, lunch, buffet dinner, Gatorade, water favors, balls and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. To register, email dave@davemarshalltennis.com.

We Remember Those We Have Lost

Elizabeth Solter

Elizabeth Solter

Elizabeth Monell Solter

BERLIN — Local horsewoman Elizabeth Monell Solter, owner of Amberley Farm, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 12, 2014 at the age of 47.

Born in Fredericksburg, Va., Elizabeth was the daughter of the late Beverly Brooks Solter and John Ritchie Solter.

She is survived by her husband, Aaron Brent McMullen; sons, Rodney Allen Bross, Jr. and Michael Eden McMullen of Berlin; a sister, Kristin Edmunds; two brothers, Tom and John Solter; and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service for Elizabeth Solter will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 3738 Butler Rd., Reisterstown, Md.

A reception will be held immediately after the service at Amberley Farm, 3220 Benson Mill Rd, Upperco, Md. 21155.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Elizabeth M. Solter Revocable Trust, for her boys, at 101 E. Chesapeake Ave., 5th Floor, Towson, Md. 21286.

 

Mary Ann Simpson

Mary Ann Simpson

Mary Ann Simpson

BERLIN — A celebration of the life of Mary Ann Simpson will be held on Oct. 11, 2014 from 1-3 p.m. at the Ocean City Marlin at 9659 Golf Course Road in West Ocean City.

Simpson, born on May 12, 1929, passed away on July 5, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Val Jean Slowinski

Val Jean Slowinski

Val Jean Slowinski

BERLIN — Val Jean Slowinski, a retired Towson University professor who was active for more than two decades with the Cockpit in Court Theater in Essex, died Aug. 27 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin of a stroke. She was 78.

The former Val Jean Sytko was born in Newark, N.J. and raised in Irvington, N.J. where she graduated in 1953 from Irvington High School.

In 1957, she graduated from Kean University, formerly Newark State Teachers College, and later earned a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology at what is now Loyola University Maryland.

From 1973 to 1976, she was an adjunct professor in speech and public speaking at what is now the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex. In 1976, she joined the faculty of Towson University, where she taught communications until retiring in 1996.

Mrs. Slowinski was a founding board member and served as vice chairman in addition to other roles with the Cockpit in Court Theater for more than two decades. The theater is on the campus of Community College of Baltimore County-Essex.

A longtime resident of Towson’s Campus Hills neighborhood, Mrs. Slowinski was a communicant for 51 years of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson, where she was a cantor, lector, Eucharistic minister, parish council member and choir singer.

She was also active with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore, where she served on the school board committee and mentored in the Transformational Leadership Program.

Mrs. Slowinski was a Lady Commander of the Star of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

When here children were growing up in Campus Hills, she was an active PTA member.

For the last 30 years, Mrs. Slowinski enjoyed vacationing in Ocean City, where she was a parishioner, cantor and lector at St. Luke Roman Catholic Church. She also was a member of the church’s Loving Hands, where she knitted items for premature babies and cancer patients.

She was a member of the Dunes Club in Ocean City.

A theater-goer, Mrs. Slowinski regularly attended performances at Center Stage and on Broadway.

In 1957, she married Donald J. Slowinski, her high school sweetheart, who was president of the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex until retiring in 1996.

In addition to being an accomplished pianist, Mrs. Slowinski enjoyed reading and was a nature lover. She and her husband were also inveterate world travelers.

Services were held.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Slowinski is survived by three sons, Donald J. Slowinski of Norcross, Ga., James B. Slowinski of Greenville, N.C. and Christopher G. Slowinski of Vero Beach, Fla.; three daughters, Donna Jean Pamfilis of Parkersburg, W.Va., Mary E. Dorsey of Richmond, Va. and Patricia A. Curran of Hanover, Pa.; and 13 grandchildren.

 

John Adam Nehmsmann

John Adam Nehmsmann

John Adam Nehmsmann

OCEAN PINES — John Adam Nehmsmann, Sr., 90, of Ocean Pines, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at Atlantic General Hospital.

Born Aug. 25, 1924 in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Elizabeth (Vogel) Nehmsmann and John W. Nehmsmann. He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret E. (Bette) Nehmsmann of 67 years. In addition to Margaret, John is also survived by three sons, Jack A. Jr. and his late wife, Ellen Nehmsmann (nee Fotia) and loving partner Bonnie, Robert Jeffrey and his wife Susan Nehmsmann, and Jay William and his wife Chris Nehmsmann; and loving grandfather to Christine Benham and her husband Michael. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Carolyn Lawrence, Mary Tatro, and Dorothy Beierlein.

John worked for Western Electric Company for 40 years after returning from England serving as a sergeant in the US Army during WWII. After retiring from Western Electric, John enjoyed volunteering for his church, starting with the Knights of Columbus, the Sunshine Boys and ushering at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Baltimore.

After moving to Ocean Pines, he continued his volunteering with Knights of Columbus, ushering, maintenance committee and many other needs of Saint John Neumann Church. John was happiest when his family was gathered, but enjoyed dancing, playing cards especially Pitch and Pinochle, Lionel model trains, coin collecting and socializing with his friends.

Local services were held, but a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 at 11 a.m.. Burial will follow at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. John Neumann Church or Knight of Columbus Council 9053 in Ocean City. Online Condolences may be shared with the family atwww.burbagefuneralhome.com

 

Evelyn Savannah Jarvis Krainatz

OCEAN CITY — Mrs. Evelyn Savannah Jarvis Krainatz, 85, of 212 Wicomico Street, Ocean City, passed Sept. 20, 2014.

Born Feb. 4, 1929, she was one of the three ladies born in Ocean City that still resided in Ocean City. She was a homemaker for many years.

Interment was held on Thursday, September 24, 2014 at Sunset Memorial Park in Berlin.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.burbagefuneralhome.com

 

Jane Mulholland

Jane Mulholland

Jane Mulholland

OCEAN CITY — Mrs. Jane Mulholland, 85, of Ocean City, passed away on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 at her home.

Born Jan. 12, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Myrtle (Parks) Luci and Saverio Luci. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Mr. Lawrence (Joe) Mulholland; daughter, Kelly Hatzipanagiotis; and grandson, Joseph Hatzipanagiotis. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by one brother, Ronald Sharp.

She was a longtime member of the Sons of Italy, Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians in Ocean City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 9903 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Md. 21842 at 11:30 AM on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Father William J. Porter will officiate.

Inurnment will follow at Gates of Heaven Columbarium in Dagsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Online Condolences may be shared with the family at www.burbagefuneralhome.com

 

Shirley Elain Bunting

OCEAN CITY — Shirley Elain Bunting, age 91, died Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at the Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Dummerston, VT., she was the daughter of the late Hazel Newton Morin and Tommy Owl.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 61 years, John “Captain Jack” Bunting, Sr. in 2002. Surviving are her children: Shirley Moran and her husband Danny of Ocean City, Hazel Freeman and her husband Ken of Bishopville, John Bunting, Jr. and his wife Karen of Ocean City, Victor Bunting and his wife Barbara of Whaleyville, and William Bunting and his wife Pam of Powellville.

She was an adored grandmother to 11 grandchildren, Dr. Matthew Moran and his wife Dr. Jennifer Penner, Marilyn Heath and her husband Ryan, Jill Freeman and her fiancé Travis Martin, John Bunting, III, and his wife Melissa, Laura Bunting and her fiancé Andy Hales, Victor Bunting, Jr., Lesley Bunting Gurgo and her husband Dale, April Hagmeyer and her husband Justin, Dr. Jason Bunting and his wife Marissa, Savanna Tandski, and Ashley Streebig and her husband Danny,  and six great-grandchildren, Evyn Heath, Jack and Peyton Hagmeyer, Sloan and Beckett Bunting and Colt Streebig.

She leaves several nieces and nephews and a cousin, Bobby Morin. Also preceding her in death were her brothers, Willie, Bernie and Kenny Morin.

Mrs. Bunting and her husband were owner/operators of Capt. Jack’s Restaurant on 1st St. and the Bay in Ocean City. For the years she and her husband had the restaurant, it was a favorite for the “coffee drinkers,” a group of local men who met every morning to “solve the local and world problems.” The group was presided over by Captain Jack who sat at the head of the long table.

During her life with Captain Jack, Shirley enjoyed traveling, especially to New England, Florida and Arkansas, playing golf, and going to horse races along the east coast with the late Harry and Connie Kelley. She loved nature, especially birds and deer. She was very proud of her Native American heritage.

A visitation will be held on Monday, Sept. 29, from 6-8 P.M. at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. A service will be held at a later date and will be private for the family. She will be buried along with Captain Jack next to her mother in her beloved Vermont.

A donation in her memory may be made to Worcester County Humane Society P.O. Box 48, Berlin, Md, 21811 or Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway Suite 1509, New York, N.Y. 10018.

Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com