Jonas Storm Damage Repairs Estimated At $21M; 880,000 Cubic Yards Of Sand Lost

The beach and ocean at 67th Street is pictured Monday morning. Photo by Willie Frank

OCEAN CITY — With heavy seas and a pending winter storm pounding the coast again on Monday morning, Ocean City officials have issued the initial estimates on the damage to the beach and dunes during Winter Storm Jonas late last month, including roughly $21 million needed in repairs.

In late January, Jonas, now deemed a 50-year storm, pounded the resort beaches for three straight days during what was essentially a classic Nor’easter during a full moon. The storm exacted a heavy toll on the beaches and dunes, the extent of which is just now being known. The federal Army Corps of Engineers late last week released the results of its recently completed initial estimates of the damages and a plan for emergency restoration.

According to the Army Corps’ figures, the volume of sand lost during Jonas is estimated at 880,000 cubic yards. The estimated cost to repair the damage caused by the January storm came in at around $21 million. The Town of Ocean City is currently moving forward with emergency dune repairs through a partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The Army Corps of Engineers will be requesting funding for the full beach restoration. Just last week, the Mayor and Council signed off on a letter to Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) seeking continued funding for the beach replenishment project through the Water Resources Development Act.

The good news is, despite taking heavy losses, the dune system held up and did its job during Jonas. According to the Army Corps’ estimates, the property damages prevented by the dunes during Jonas totaled around $190 million.

The Army Corps of Engineers replenishes the beaches in Ocean City every four years, along with occasional emergency repairs when necessary, such as the repairs now needed in the wake of Jonas. The last regularly scheduled beach replenishment project in Ocean City was conducted in 2014.

Beach replenishment is conducted through a federal, state and local partnership including the Army Corps, the state of Maryland, Worcester County and Ocean City, with the federal government paying the lion’s share of the 50-year agreement. For example, the total current allocation is nearly $268 million, of which the federal government pays $146 million. Roughly $47 million had been allocated through 2013, leaving a balance of $98 million. The life of the project extends to 2044.

 

Berlin Needs To Hold Consultant Accountable

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It was welcome news this week to hear the Town of Berlin is seeking some sort of “fair” compensation from the consultant that unnecessarily cost the municipality about $435,000.

Berlin Mayor Gee Williams reported as much this week and intimated the town would go to court if necessary to recoup some of the money the town will have to spend to right the mistake. While power issues can be complicated, the simplest way to explain what happened is the town contracts with a consultant, Booth and Associates, to manage its power operations. The town meets each December with the Maryland Public Service Commission to review the town-owned electric company’s purchased power cost adjustment.

That review found the town missed a peak power generation period in February that should have been tracked by the consultant. The end result being the town needs to recover $435,876 from property owners. Rather than pass it all on to the consumers, the town opted to use $100,000 of its significant reserves to soften the blow, resulting in property owners seeing their electric bills increase by $2.50, starting this month, to make up the shortage.

We think using some of the reserves as well as the slight increase to consumers is a reasonable approach to addressing this large error so long as whatever compensation the town does receive back from Booth and Associates is divided equally among the property owners in town to return the electric payments to their normal level. After all, the consumers did nothing wrong here.

Along with holding the consultant responsible for the fiscal hit, it’s how the town arrived at that decision that has also attracted concern. Councilman Thom Gulyas is, “aggravated as hell we didn’t know about this until after the fact.” He said, “We had no input on this whatsoever. It appears the town administrator and the mayor made this decision. I’m furious about that.”

Mayor Gee Williams responded to those concerns this week with a letter to the editor. He defended the town’s position on it and the decision regarding how to address the shortfall.

The mayor said it’s his and Town Administrator Laura Allen’s, “job to take care of things as they happen.” He also said the matter would have come up before the entire council at the end of last year but the town cancelled two meetings at the end of the year. In the end, the mayor said after some hindsight retrospection he would not do anything differently in the situation.

Surely, the council should have been briefed on this matter before a decision was made, even it was simply through an email, but the most critical issue here is how far the town is willing to go to recoup some of the money that was lost because of this mistake by the consultant. It’s a big deal and mistakes like this are inexcusable.

The town needs to see some sort of payment from the consultant because it didn’t do its job. If no “fair” agreement can be reached, it’s worth litigation and certainly worth shopping the free market for another company.

Things To Do Around Town

Thngs to do

Every 1st Friday:

Star Charities Volunteers Meet

10 a.m., Ocean Pines Library. For more information, 410-641-7667.

 

Every Friday: FORGE Youth Ministries

6:30-8 p.m., The Odyssey Church, 2 Discovery Lane, Selbyville. Fellowship, fun and a rewarding learning experience for children. For more information visit www.theodysseychurch.com or call 302-519-3867.

 

Every Saturday: Weekly Farmers Market

8 a.m.-1 p.m., White Horse Park, 239 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines. Year-round featuring locally grown vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, kettle corn, flowers, artisan breads, seafood, meats and more. New vendors welcome. For more information, 410-641-7717.

 

Every Saturday: Morning Worship

Year round, 10 a.m., Bible study; 11 a.m., worship, Ocean City 7th Day Adventist Church, 10301 Coastal Hwy., (St. Peter’s Lutheran Church) O.C. For more information, 443-397-4005.

 

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 information, 410-524-7474.

 

Every Sunday: Divine Liturgy

9:30 a.m., St. Andrew’s Orthodox Church, 33384 MacKenzie Way, Lewes. Visitors always welcome. All services in English. For more information, 302-645-5791 or visit www.orthodoxdelmar.org.

 

Every Monday: 50+ Christian Social Club

6:30 p.m., Bethany United Methodist Church, 8648 Stephen Decatur Hwy., (Rte. 611), Berlin. Get together with 50+ year olds for prayer, encouragement, share joys and concerns, play board games, go for walks, bike rides and more. For more information, 410-641-2186, bethanyinberlin.com or email: bethany21811@gmail.com.

 

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 direction of Carol Ludwig. For more information, 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 information, 410-289-7430.

 

Open Monday-Saturday:

Hospice Thrift Shop

Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Berlin Shopping Center, just off Rte. 50, 10445 Old Ocean City Blvd # 7, Berlin. Proceeds benefit Coastal Hospice at the Ocean Residence. For more info, 410-641-1132.

 

Open Monday-Saturday: Shirley Grace

Pregnancy Center Thrift Shop

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Bank Plaza, 34407 Dupont Blvd., Unit 3. Frankford, Del. All proceeds benefit the Shirley Grace Pregnancy Center. For more information, 443-513-0114.

 

Every Monday: Berlin TOPS Meeting

5-6:30 p.m., Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 1, 733 Healthway Drive. TOPS is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and a healthy life-style. For more information, 410-251-2083.

 

Every 2nd Tuesday: Worcester Co.

Parkinson’s Support Group

2:30-4 p.m., Ocean Pines Library. Speakers, exercises, discussions of current medications and new sources of help. For more info, 410-208-3132.

 

Every Tuesday: TOPS Meeting

5:30-7 p.m., Worcester Co. Health Center, 9730 Healthway Dr., Berlin. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support group promoting weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For information, jeanduck47-@gmail.com.

 

Every Wednesday: Ocean City/Berlin

Rotary Club Meeting

6 p.m., Captain’s Table Restaurant, in the Courtyard by Marriott, 15th St. & the Boardwalk, O.C.

 

Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday: MOPS,

Mothers Of Preschoolers Meeting

9:15 a.m., Community Church, Ocean Pines. Free childcare so enjoy a mommy’s play date. For more information visit, www. facebook.com/groups/MOPSccop.

 

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 information, 410-213-0243.

 

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 household items.

 

Every Thursday: Chair Aerobics

1-2 p.m., St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Community Life Center, 10301 Coastal Hwy., O.C. Sponsored by St. Peter’s Senior Adult Ministry. Free will offering. For more information, 410-524-7474.

 

Every Thursday:

Beach Singles 45+ Happy Hour

4-7 p.m., Clarion Hotel, 10100 Coastal Hwy., O.C. For more information, 302-436-9577 or 410-524-0649.

 

Every 3rd Thursday:

Pine’eer Craft Club Meeting

9:45 a.m., refreshments followed by business meeting and a craft of the month; Ocean Pines Community Center, 239 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines.

 

Feb. 5: Knights Of Columbus Bingo

Doors open 5 p.m.; games begin 6:30 p.m.; Columbus Hall, 9901 Coastal Hwy., behind St. Luke’s Church. Refreshments on sale. For more information, 410-524-7994.

 

Feb. 6: Indoor Yard Sale

7 a.m.-noon, Bishopville Volunteer Fire Department. Sponsored by the Auxiliary. Tables are $!5 each or 2 for $25. Breakfast sandwiches available. To reserve your space, 443-235-2926.

 

Feb. 6: AYCE Fried Chicken Buffet

11 a.m., Mt. Pleasant U.M. Church, Willards. All-you-can-eat chicken, vegetables, beverages and desserts. Cost: $12, adults; $6, children. Bake table and carry-outs available. For information, 443-614-9898.

 

Feb. 6: Wicomico Co. Humane Society

Dance For Animals

Doors open 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m. with dancing to follow until 11 p.m.; Green Hill Country Club, 5741 Whitehaven Rd., Quantico. Dinner, silent auction and dancing. Cost: $38, per person or $75 per couple. Cash bar. Ticket deadline is Monday, Jan. 25. Get your tickets by calling 410-749-7603 or coming to the shelter located 5130 Citation Dr., Salisbury.

 

Feb. 9: Worcester Co. Parkinson’s

Support Group

2:30-4 p.m., Ocean Pines Library. Agenda changes monthly with speakers, discussions, safe exercises, treatment updates and more. For more information, 410-208-3132.

 

Feb. 9: Pancake & Sausage Dinner

Youth Fundraiser

4-7 p.m., Stevenson United Methodist Church, 123 N. Main St., Berlin. Cost: $6.50 adults; $5, ages 6-12, 5 and under free. Eat-in or carry-out available. For more information, 443-235-6761.

 

Feb. 10: Bingo

5:30 p.m., doors open; 6:30 p.m., games begin; 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.

Feb. 10: Delmarva Hand Dancing

5:30-9 p.m., Peaky’s (formerly Jordan’s Roof-top), 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. For more information, 302-200-3262.

 

Feb. 11: AUMC Soup & Sandwich Sale

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Atlantic United Methodist Church, 105 4th Street, O.C. Soups, chicken salad sandwiches, homemade heart-shaped biscuits and homemade desserts. Dine-in or carry-outs available. Pre-orders encouraged. Fax 410-289-8175 or 410-289-7430, email atlanticumc@atlanticumc.org.

 

Feb. 12: Knights Of Columbus Bingo

Doors open 5 p.m.; games begin 6:30 p.m.; Columbus Hall, 9901 Coastal Hwy., behind St. Luke’s Church. Refreshments on sale. For more information, 410-524-7994.

 

Feb. 13: Kiwanis Winter

Pancake Breakfast

8-11 a.m., Ocean Pines Community Center. To benefit the youth of the community. Menu includes pancakes, sausage, fruit cup, orange juice, coffee or tea. Cost: $5, adults; $3 kids under 12; free for kids under 5. Carry-out available.

 

Feb. 14: Family And Friends Day

3:30 p.m., New Bethel United Methodist Church, 10203 Germantown Rd., Berlin. Guest pastor Minister Frank W. Gibbs II of New Dimensions, Salisbury. Fellowship following service. Host pastor Rev. Helen B. Lockwood. For more information, 410-641-2058 or 410-251-6424.

 

Feb. 14: Sons Of The American Legion

Valentine’s Day Steak Dinner

4-8 p.m., American Legion Post #166, 2308 Philadelphia Ave., O.C. Dinner includes salad, steak, baked potato, veggie, dessert. Cost: $15, per ticket in advance; $20 at the door. For tickets see bartender and for more information, 410-289-3166.

 

Feb. 15: 50+ Christian

Social Club Meeting

5:30 p.m., Bethany United Methodist Church, corner of Snug Harbor Rd. & Rte. 611, Berlin, MD. Socialization, games, friendship, activies, and prayer. For more information, 410-629-9986.

 

Feb. 17: Bingo

5:30 p.m., doors open; 6:30 p.m., games begin; 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.

 

Feb. 17: 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. For more information, 302-200-3262.

Seahawks Show No Signs Of Letdown

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity basketball team showed no signs of letting up after the big win over Pocomoke last week, beating two Bayside South opponents this week to run its winning streak to eight games.

The Seahawks took care of business this week, beating Crisfield, 70-45, last Thursday, followed by a 61-49 win over Washington on the road on Tuesday. Decatur stomped Pocomoke last Tuesday, 67-48, in front of a huge crowd at home to avenge a loss to the Warriors back on December 21. The two teams are tied atop the Bayside South standings with the regular season now winding down. The Seahawks will face Bennett on the road next Tuesday, followed by a home game against Mardela next Thursday.

28th St. Pat’s Soccer Tourney Set To Return

OCEAN CITY- The  Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department’s 28th annual St. Patrick’s Soccer Tournament returns next weekend with roughly 150 teams and hundreds of players from all over the mid-Atlantic region expected to converge on the resort for the four-weekend event.

From modest beginnings 28 years ago, the annual St. Patrick’s Tournament has grown by leaps and bounds over the years and is now one of the largest events of its kind. The 2015 tournament will host over 150 teams competing in 12 divisions. The tournament will be held on four consecutive weekends starting February 26-28, when the under 18 boys’ and girls’ tournaments will be held along with the new Adult Co-Rec Division.

The tournament will be held each weekend thereafter with different boys’ and girls’ age divisions competing, turning Northside Park into ground zero for indoor soccer competition throughout February and into March. The month-long event will culminate with the adult men’s and women’s tournaments on March 13-15. The format will be pool play followed by a single elimination tournament to determine the champions in each division.

 

Relay For Life Of North Worcester County Honored With The 2015 Nationwide Top 10 Per Capita Award

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Relay For Life of North Worcester Chairwomen Dawn Hodge, left, and Jill Elliott, center, were recently honored by American Cancer Society Community Manager Debbie White for the 2015 nationwide Top 10 Per Capita Award at the Relay For Life Kickoff at the Ocean Pines library on Jan. 13.  Relay For Life of North Worcester County raised $173,000 last year, more per capita than comparable communities in the South Atlantic Division. This year’s Relay For Life event will be held Friday, May 6 at Frontier Town off Route 611 in West Ocean City.  Submitted Photos

The Resorter … Revisited

10-16 Color-Resorter WEB

Summer of 1972

Volume XVIII

Edition No. 4

Issue Highlights

• This week’s “Resorter Girl” was Gretchen Plate, who was photographed by Dale Timmons.

• High Point North on112th Street and the beach was being marketed with one- and two-bedroom apartments starting under $40,000.

• 2nd National Building & Loan Inc. on 73rd Street was offering 5.5-percent current annual rate from day of deposit to day of withdrawal compounded daily, added quarterly.

• The Golden Bull on 70th Street was offering all you can drink from 5-6:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, for only $2.

• Among those captured in the double truck spread, “Many Faces of Ocean City,” were John Fager, Purple Moose; Martha Bunting, Angler Restaurant; Wally Wallace, Schertle Galleries; John Rolfe, Resort Realty; Goose Kaiser, Wishing Well; Joan Hess, Hess Apparel; Bob Craig, OC Beach Patrol; Dick Earle, Hurricane; and Ed Higgins, Crab Claw.

• Ocean Downs was offering rain-or-shine harness racing from Tuesday through Saturday during the summer and ending on Sept. 2.

• The Broadway version of Jesus Christ Super Star was booked for the Ocean City Convention Center on Sept. 2, followed by The Beach Boys on Sept. 3.

• New at Trimper’s Rides this year was the go cart track, Flying Carpet, The Rotor and Rock ‘n’ Roll.

 

We Remember Those We Have Lost

Adam Daniel Jolles

BERLIN — Adam Daniel Jolles died suddenly Jan. 29, 2016 at Atlantic General Hospital.

Adam Jolles

Adam Jolles

He was born April 29, 1981, in Washington, DC.  He lived with his Aunt Brina in Ocean Pines. Adam always lit up a room and brought joy to all who knew him. He was a Special Olympics Athlete and was selected to participate in the first ever Special Olympics National Games in Ames, Iowa. He came home as a celebrity, interviewed by the local papers and proudly wearing his gold, silver and bronze medals for swimming events. He was also an avid bowler and enjoyed sailing. He loved to sing Beatles songs and could often be heard throughout the halls of the Worcester County Developmental Center where he worked.

He is survived by sister, Lauren; his guardian and beloved Aunt Brina; and  his grandmother, Joan Savage Jolles,  He will be dearly missed by his Uncles Steven (Bernadette),Brian (Lisa) and Joel (Kay); his eight cousins,  Sara, Benjamin, Jeremy Matt, Phil, Jason, Jackie and Zachary; and his Special Olympics Family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joyce and Marty Jolles, and his grandfather, Mike Jolles.

Contributions in memory of Adam may be made to Lower Shore Special Olympics (www.somd.org; designate donation to Lower Shore) or Worcester County Developmental Center, 8545 Newark Road, Newark, Md. 21841

A  Celebration of Adam’s Life will be held at a further date at the Worcester County Developmental Center.

For further details and to post a memory, please visit: www.sagelbloomfiel.com

Romano Wins Regional Title In High Jump

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity indoor track teams turned in solid performances at the state 3A-East Regional Meet this week, including a regional championship in the high jump for Christina Romano.

The Seahawks competed in the 3A-East Region meet over two days this week on Monday and Tuesday. The highlight for Decatur was a first-place finish and regional championship in the high jump for Christina Romano. Bethany Williams finished tied for fourth in the high jump, while Malea Saunders finished 14th.

The Decatur girls also continued their outstanding performance in the pole vault, with Katie Hofman finishing in third and Jillian Mitrecic coming in fifth. In other events on the girls’ side, Adriana Serpe finished 13th in the 55-meter hurdles, while Emily Cook was 18th. Alison Alvarado finished 19th in the 1,600 and 13th in the 3,200, while Peyton Dunham was 15th in the 3,200.

Claire Billings was 20th in the 500 and Rachel Savage was 22nd in the 800. Michelina Sanders was 20th in the shot put. In the relays, the Decatur girls finished 12th in the 4×200 and ninth in the 4×400. The Decatur girls finished 11th overall among the dozens of teams competing in the 3A-East Region Meet.

On the boys’ side, Decatur’s top finishes came in the pole vault, where they have been extremely strong over the years. The trend continued this week in the regional meet with Evan Haas finishing second, Ben Jolley finishing in fourth and Hyunsoo Chun coming in fifth.

In other boys’ events at the regional meet, Tyrese Milbourne finished 17th in the 500 and Cameron James finished 19th in both the 800 and 1,600. Patrick Miller was 19th in the shot put. In the relays, Decatur finished 14th in the 4×200 and 10th in both the 4×400 and 4×800. Overall, the Decatur boys finished 12th as a team in the 3A-East region meet.

For the record, Oxon Hill won the men’s 3A-East Region championship, with Mt. Hebron second and Reservoir third. Northern won the girls’ 3A-East Region championship, followed by Wilde Lake and Atholton.