Open Houses Of The Week



The Gateway Grand

Oceanfront 48th Street

Daily 10-5

Fully Furnished


Condos & Penthouses

The Fritschle Group/

Condominium Realty




The View

57th St. Bayfront

Daily 10-4

New Construction

Direct Bayfront

3BR/2BA Condo

Dan Clayland

Coldwell Banker




Seaside Village

Golf Course Road

Daily 10-6

New Construction


Town Homes

Lennar Homes




Eleven 11 Edgewater

Edgewater Avenue

Daily 10-4

New Construction

Waterfront Condos

Kevin Decker

The Fritschle Group/

Condominium Realty




Seaside Village

Golf Course Road

Mon-Sat 10-5

Sun 12-5


Town Homes

The Fritschle Group/

Condominium Realty





Sunset Island

67th St & The Bay

Sat & Sun 10-3

Condos, Townhomes,

Single Family Homes

Luxury Resort Living

Terry Riley

Vantage Resort Realty




Sunburst Townhouse

1602 Philadelphia Ave

#111 Fri-Sun 10-4

New Construction

3BR/3BA Townhouse

2 car garage

Peck Miller

Coldwell Banker




West Harbor Village

12602 Bay Bouy Ct

Sat & Sun 10-5

New Construction

Single Family Homes

Renae Clark

Harbor Homes




108 Peachtree Rd

Fri 2-6pm


3BR/2BA Home

Montego Bay

Team Tom & Tara

Long & Foster




Bay Cove #4

506 32nd Street

Sun 12-3

Bayfront Townhouse


Ed Wehnert

The Fritschle Group/

Condominium Realty








Broad Marsh

70th Street Bayside

Mon-Sat 10-5

Sun 12-5



The Fritschle Group/

Condominium Realty




Villas at Inlet Isle

Daily 11-3

Waterfront THs


PJ Aldridge

The Fritschle Group/

Condominium Realty




307 5th Street

Sat 10-5/Sun 12-4

New Townhomes


Amazing Bay View

3 Blocks to Beach

Ed Balcerzak

Berkshire Hathaway




13104 Atlantic Blvd

Montego Bay

Sat 3-6


Bonus Room/4BR

Mobile Home

Tim Dozier

Sheppard Realty




Jamaica Daybreak

202 32nd St #201

Sat 10-1


Fully Furnished


Meech Nerud

Sheppard Realty







Atlantis  #1109

103rd Street

Direct Oceanfront

Sat 10-4

2BR/2BA Condo

$55K+ in Upgrades

Josh Morimoto

Berkshire Hathaway


Alternative Investments Deserve A Close Look For Some

Brian Selzer

OCEAN CITY — We expect returns from traditional asset classes to be more moderate going forward, accompanied by greater volatility. This will compel investors to manage portfolio risk more carefully and look for alternative sources of return. While not appropriate for everyone, we believe Alternative Investments (AI) can help.

AI strategies can be used to take advantage of current market opportunities, including higher volatility, and longer term opportunities for enhanced returns. Alternative Investments are not a homogeneous group of assets; rather,

they offer various ways to target particular objectives, depending on investors’ goals. Depending on the strategy, they have the potential to mitigate portfolio volatility, provide uncorrelated sources of return, or access exclusive markets. However, these benefits must be weighed against the relevant risks and limitations.

The stop-and-start global economic recovery and uncertain policy outlook for central banks suggest that the road ahead will be much bumpier than it has been over the last several years, as the markets have been largely devoid of any significant selloffs. The recent rise in volatility in the currency and commodity markets

are examples, and if skillfully managed, they could generate attractive long-term return for investors.

High volatility also creates the potential for more variation in company fundamentals across industries, countries, and asset classes. AI strategies that can skillfully navigate such dispersion, such as equity long/short and relative value credit, are likely to benefit.

We believe various strategies, including private equity, real estate, and distressed debt can offer higher potential returns by committing capital to unique opportunities over longer time horizons.

Academic research has estimated the historical “premium” generated by the illiquidity of such investments at more than 3% annually. Additionally, these strategies are well-positioned in the current environment of tighter lending standards in traditional lending channels and increased demand for funding by private ventures and real estate companies.

At the same time, cash on corporate balance sheets has grown to record levels, given rising sales and profits. Companies have looked to use this cash for deal-making, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and we expect this higher level of activity to continue. Event-driven and merger arbitrage hedge funds, as well as private equity buyouts and venture capital, are examples of strategies that can position investors for such opportunities.

It is important to note that, while there are significant advantages to Alternatives Investments, they are also complex strategies that carry risks above and beyond those associated with traditional assets, and are therefore not suitable for all investors. Certain strategies and techniques used to enhance returns (e.g., short selling, leverage, investing in illiquid assets and securities, etc.)

can also potentially increase investment risks, including the loss of

principal. Before investing in AI, clients should consider their overall financial situation, how much money they have to invest, their need for liquidity, and their tolerance for risk.

(A Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor who can be reached at 410-213-8520.)

Nightly Magic Shows Return To Ocean City’s Holiday Inn; Dickens, Hotel Partner On Summer Magic Shows

Master magician Chris Capehart masterfully worked members of the audience into his show last Wednesday night, the opening night of the two-month series. Photos by Steve Green

OCEAN CITY — Nightly magical experiences and many family-friendly laughs are now being offered in Ocean City.

Beginning last week on June 24 and running through Aug. 25, the Holiday Inn Oceanfront and the acclaimed Dickens Parlor Theater will present Dickens on the Road Magic Shows. This summer the shows will occur nightly at 7 p.m. On rainy beach days, a rainy day matinee will be offered in the afternoon.

Dickens Parlor Theater, based in Millville, Del., is in charge of booking the schedule each summer and this year has once again pulled in some of the country’s best magicians for one-week stints in the resort.

Two years ago, the shows were held on Wednesdays but early success led to the addition of Saturday night shows. Last summer, due to positive feedback and increasing popularity, a seven-night schedule was unveiled.

Last week the season opened with the magic of Chris Capehart, a master magician who has been performing for audiences of all sizes for 40 years. The Dispatch attended his impressive opening night act last Wednesday night along with 100 other individuals from as far away as California and Colorado and as close as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

“I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. My kids were really into it from the beginning and throughout and nothing keeps their attention these days,” said Long Island, N.Y. resident Jay Steinen of his children ages 8 and 5. “I expected to see some cool tricks, which I was like the levitating table, but I didn’t realize how funny he would be. That made it entertaining for the adults as well. He was hilarious and very talented obviously. We own a condo here and will be back in August to see another show. It’s a fun night.”

Throughout the hour-long performance, Capehart interacted with his audience and every child-aged attendee was included in the show in one fashion or another. Some adults were also included. Along with card tricks and his patented skills with three rings, Capehart impressed the audience the most with his magic involving the floating table.

“That was my daughter who was up there holding the table cloth and she has no idea how he did it. I don’t either,” Steinen said.

Holiday Inn General Manager Jason Gulshen said it’s that kind of positive feedback that makes his company — the Harrison Group — so proud to host these nightly shows.

After the featured magician’s show each night, guests are invited to see other magicians as well as the spotlighted individual in a casual, informal setting. Photos by Steve Green

After the featured magician’s show each night, guests are invited to see other magicians as well as the spotlighted individual in a casual, informal setting. Photos by Steve Green

“It is a unique offering here in Ocean City and quality entertainment for the entire family. It really is fun to watch from the time people enter the room and are skeptics at best, just doing it for the kids until the end of the night at the close up performance where the dads are huddled up talking to strangers about what they just saw,” Gulshen said. “It really does bring a group of strangers together.”

Gulshen shared a message he received from a man in attendance at Capehart’s show last week.

“[The man wanted] to tell me how his family had a great time. They are about 50 with two teenage sons. He said he has not seen his wife laugh like she did last night in 15 years, and they went home last night and had a great talk about their life, etc.  He said it was the perfect night in OC not only for his family, but for his marriage,” Gulshen said. “That was a little deep and unexpected, but we will take it. It’s just fun for us to see people on vacation truly make a memory and give them something to talk about, that’s what it’s all about. We also have couples coming for date nights, as it is something different then the ordinary dinner and a movie, or social clubs/work groups come to a show for a little team building.”

After the performance, attendees can enjoy even more up close and personal interactions with the magician performing that evening. It’s an opportunity to speak with the magician further and be more of a part of the show in a smaller parlour setting. On most night, at least one other magician will be on hand to impress the crowd.

Capehart will return to the Holiday Inn Oceanfront later this summer, Aug. 19-25 to close out the season.

The schedule of performers moving forward features Francis Menotti, who began his run in Ocean City on July 1 and will stay through July 8; Mark Phillips on July 9-15; Bruce Gold, July 16-21; Peter Samelson, July 22-28; Rich Bloch, July 29-Aug. 3; Eric Buss, Aug. 5-11; and Will Fern, Aug. 12-18.

Tickets for any of the shows are available at the door but seating is limited so it’s recommended to early purchase at For children, the cost is $14 and it’s $18 for adults.

Hotel Window Fall Connected To Alleged Assault

OCEAN CITY — A West Virginia man fell from a fifth-floor window at a downtown Ocean City hotel on Sunday night after an alleged unprovoked attack on female pushing a stroller in a hallway two floors down.

Around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Ocean City Police responded to the Plim Plaza hotel at 2nd Street for a report of an individual who had fallen from a window. Upon arrival, OCPD officers located an individual later identified as Ricky Leon Miller, 18, of Hedgesville, West Va., who had been injured in the fall from the fifth floor to the ground in an alley below.

Miller was treated on the scene by Ocean City Emergency Services and was later flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore via Maryland State Police helicopter Trooper 4. According to a source, Miller suffered facial trauma and was conscious, but in serious condition. By Monday morning, he was still at Shock Trauma but had been upgraded to stable condition.

OCPD detectives investigated the incident throughout Sunday night and into early Monday morning. The investigation revealed prior to the fall from the window, Miller had assaulted a 26-year-old female who was pushing a baby stroller on the third floor of the hotel. According to the OCPD, the attack was unprovoked and the victim had no prior contact with Miller.

Miller then fled to the fifth floor of the hotel and was attempting to exit through a hallway window when he fell five stories to the alley below. Alcohol and drugs are believed to be contributing factors to the assault and Miller’s subsequent fall from the hallway window.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending against Miller.


Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk


Up until this week, the organizer of the Boaters-Aid Family Music Festival, planned for the Isle of Wight Bay this weekend, gave every intention he planned to continue with the event, despite the fact the county said it could not be held because the proper permits were not secured. In fact, word is even if the proper process was followed months ago it most likely would not have received those permits because of health and environmental concerns.

While initially contending the event would go on despite the county’s position on the event, the organizer, Allen Barzak, conceded in a press release Wednesday the event has been officially scrapped. The plan was to have an actual stage on a barge in the bay near the Isle of Wight park off Route 90 with games and activities provided for kids. Approximately 1,000 boats were predicted to attend the water-based festival, which was to feature three bands. Those coming by land were going to reportedly be shuttled from Showell Elementary School’s parking lots, but the school system knew nothing about those plans.

“We wanted to create a truly unique experience that everyone would enjoy,” said Barzak. “It took years of logistical planning, but I wanted to bring some of the industry’s top musical acts, including The Guess Who, Heart By Heart and Jo Dee Messina, to the region in a fun and exciting setting to support St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. I am very disappointed by the turn of the events this week. Not for myself but for the children of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital who were depending on this money to help them further their research and continue their efforts to help fight childhood cancer.”

Although surely there are environmental concerns associated with having so many boats in such a shallow area where habitat and seagrass beds would be compromised, the real non-starter here was the timing. Adding this sort of bay-based event to the usual hectic nature of this holiday weekend equates to a recipe for disaster. Marine and land emergency responders will already be stressed to the max and adding the unknowns associated with this event would have been troublesome.


It’s probably not going to be there long, as either Mother Nature or the authorities will probably destroy it, but it was fun this week to observe the flag flying on an island in the Isle of Wight Bay.

It was even better to read the account of how the whole thing came about. It all started with an idea from Captain Glen Smith of Selbyville. He noticed Dog and Bitch Island had grown significantly in recent months as a result of dredging spoils being pumped on it from ongoing projects in the area. He said during the Air Show last month he noticed the island had a grade to it that hit its peak in the center. He thought a flag would be a great addition to the island.

That idea came to fruition last Sunday when Smith brought a flag, a pole and the required tools to the island intent on making it happen. Apparently, two couples who were boating recreationally in the area happened upon the island and offered to help. After hours of working on the project, all involved seemed surprised by the response from onlookers.

“The American dream is still alive and well,” Smith said. “People got together for a common cause and you could see attitudes start to change. Other groups joined in and when the flag went up, there were rounds of applause and cheers of God Bless America went up. It was a wonderful experience.”

One of the fellow boaters who helped out, Bryan James of West Virginia, agreed.

“As we raised the flag, a loud applause sounded from all over the island and nearby boats. People gathered and expressed their gratitude to Glen for what he had done and shook his hand. I sure hope it’s still standing. I’m glad we stumbled onto Dog and Bitch Island that day. It was truly a moving experience.”

That’s a great story for this weekend. Happy Fourth of July weekend to everyone.

Boaters Warned Of Increased Patrols Over Holiday Weekend

Natural Resources Police will have a heightened profile in the bays around Ocean City this weekend. Photo by Chris Parypa

OCEAN CITY — With thousands of vessels of all shapes and sizes expected to be out on the water this weekend in and around the resort area and all over the state, the Maryland Natural Resources Police this week announced stepped up enforcement on the waterways including the Ocean City area.

According to NRP Superintendent Col. George Johnson IV, the game plan is simple and direct. NRP officers will be out in force from Ocean City to Deep Creek Lake and everywhere in between.

“Maryland has seen eight boating fatalities so far this season and that’s eight too many,” he said. “Our officers will be aggressively targeting reckless and negligent boaters, and those whose judgment is impaired by alcohol or drugs.”

Historically, over half of Maryland’s annual total of boating accidents occurs in July and August, which should come as no surprise considering those are the busy months on the state’s waterways. Last year, Maryland recorded 130 boating accidents that resulted in 12 fatalities and injured 96. With the fatality figure already at eight this year with July and August yet to come, the NRP is planning to be proactive and aggressive.

Last weekend, the NRP conducted its annual Operation Dry Water initiative as kind of a dress rehearsal for what will likely be a bigger weekend on the water around the state this Fourth of July weekend. NRP officers arrested six people for operating under the influence of alcohol and three more for operating under the influence of drugs.

In addition, the NRP issued 87 tickets for other violations and conducted 727 vessel safety checks. Despite the ramped up enforcement efforts, last weekend was one of the deadliest in recent memory on the state’s waterways with four boating accidents resulting in three fatalities. As a result, Johnson promised even stronger enforcement effort this holiday weekend.

“Protecting the public goes to the heart of our mission,” he said. “Alcohol and drugs can have a profound effect on a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time. Operation Dry Water makes it clear that Maryland has no tolerance for alcohol or drug-impaired boaters.”

Last year, NRP arrests for operating while impaired spiked to 206 from 124 in the prior year. Statistics show alcohol was a factor in 12 percent of the 127 boating accidents recorded in the prior year. The maximum penalty in Maryland for operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol is a $1,000 fine and a year in jail for a first-offense. Even more important than the potential penalty, however, is the potential to seriously injure or kill others on the water while operating a vessel under the influence.

“Sadly, one boater’s poor decisions can have a ripple effect, harming passengers and people in the water,” said Johnson this week.

With the arrival of the Fourth of July this weekend, the NRP is encouraging Marylanders to enjoy the state’s waterways and offered a few safety tips some of which are specific to the holiday. For example, designate a sober skipper to stay at the helm all evening and be responsible for returning the boat and its passengers safety to shore after fireworks displays are over.

Plan and chart a safe course. For many boaters, the Fourth of July is often the first and only time they venture out on the water after dark. Visible navigation markers relied on during the day might not be as visible at night. Finally, don’t be in a rush to get home after the fireworks are over. Good advice is to let some of the boat traffic clear before raising anchor.

“When it comes to safety, you are the first line of defense,” said Johnson. “By using common sense and following a few simple boating safety rules, you can help NRP make this a safe and happy holiday.”

New West OC Store A Chalk Paint Provider And Much More

The Green Doors recently relocated from Snow Hill to the Ocean Creek Plaza on Route 50 in West Ocean City. Photo by Charlene Sharpe

BERLIN –It’s not just a paint store.

That’s what shop owner Ronna Pishtey says when people ask about her business, The Green Doors. Though it’s known for being the only Annie Sloan Chalk Paint retailer in the area, that’s not all The Green Doors has to offer. The shop, which recently moved to West Ocean City from Snow Hill, features gifts, accessories, furniture and of course, paint.

“The challenge is getting people to know we’re here,” Pishtey said.

Pishtey opened The Green Doors in Ocean Creek Plaza on Route 50 in May. After two years in Snow Hill, she decided to make the move to the north end of Worcester County.

“There’s more traffic and I have a lot of customers up this way,” she said.

Pishtey said it was her experience with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that originally prompted her to open The Green Doors. She grew up helping her grandfather work on furniture and has for years enjoyed repurposing old pieces. While working on one of her projects, she discovered Chalk Paint, which does not require sanding or priming.

“You can finish a project in a day,” she said.

When she realized it wasn’t being sold anywhere nearby, she made the decision to go into business.

In addition to chalk paint, Pishtey sells Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint. What makes it unique, she explained, is that it comes in powder form so customers can mix only as much as they need. When added to wood, the milk paint creates a matte-type finish.

“It’s good if you want something more primitive,” Pishtey said.

Because many people haven’t used milk or chalk paint before, Pishtey offers monthly how-to workshops. Chalk Paint 101 will be held in her shop July 11.

“It’s easy for people to learn,” she said.

Pishtey is also inviting customers to her shop for “paint therapy” nights and “bring your own piece” sessions. At the paint therapy event July 9, attendees will have the chance to paint a decorative wooden buoy with Pishtey’s guidance.

“For $40, you can come in for an evening with some girlfriends and make something,” she said.

While Pishtey spends much of her time leading workshops and doing custom work for clients, she also stocks The Green Doors with a wide range of gifts and accessories. Customers can browse a selection of handbags, jewelry, candles and home décor. Pishtey says she’s selected each line of products very carefully.

“These are not commercial products,” she said. “They’re high quality.”

For more information visit or call 410-251-1119. The store is open by appointment on Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.


Bottom Fishing Ban Moves Ahead

OCEAN CITY — Federal fisheries authorities last month voted to prohibit destructive trawling, dredging and long-line fishing off the mid-Atlantic coast to protect undersea canyons where rare, deep sea corals have been located and identified.

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council late last week approved an amendment to protect deep sea corals from the impacts of bottom-tending fish gear in the mid-Atlantic in a vast 38,000 square mile area from Virginia to New York, including some of the canyons off the coast of Ocean City. The council’s approval of the amendment now sends the measure to the Secretary of Commerce for final approval.

The amendment creates “deep sea coral zones” in areas off the mid-Atlantic coast where corals have been observed or where they are likely to occur. Within the identified zones, fishermen will not be allowed to use any type of bottom-tending fish gear such as trawls, dredges, bottom long-lines and traps. In total, the areas proposed for deep sea coral zone designation encompass over 38,000 square miles, or an area roughly the size of the state of Virginia.

“This historic action by the Council was made possible by the cooperation of  a broad group of fishermen, advisors, coral researchers, conservation groups, Council members and staff,” said Council Chairman Rick Robins. “Many people deserve credit for the collaborative efforts to refine the coral protection areas in a way that protects deep sea corals in our region while accommodating current fishing practices.”

The council voted to prohibit all bottom-fishing gear in 15 canyons off the mid-Atlantic coast, some of which are thousands of feet deep. The measure, if approved, would also protect all other areas of the sea floor more than 450 meters, or roughly 1,500 feet deep from southern Virginia to New York. \

“Beneath the ocean’s surface there still lie worlds that are abundant with life and rare biodiversity that we have barely explored, but that are increasingly in jeopardy from commercial fishing boats that could scrape and dredge it all into a desert wasteland,” he said. “The Mid-Atlantic Council took a great stride toward protecting the critical ecosystems formed by rare and ancient cold water corals found deep on the ocean floor and canyon walls that provide habitat to a wealth of deep sea ocean creatures, some of which we are just discovering for the first time.”

The Resorter … Revisited

resorter 2-28

Summer of 1970

Volume XVI

Edition 6


Issue Highlights


This week’s “Resorter Girl” was Diana Holmes, who was also featured in the Hess Apparel full-page ad.


Hosts Mr. and Mrs. R. Marbury Stamp invited guests to the North Winds Motel on 55th Street and the bay.


Guests at the Dixie Room, inside the Colonial Motel on 1st Street, were being offered a “Famous Char-Co Broiled Steak Dinner” for $2.29 and that included a baked potato, salad and rolls.


The Hastings-Miramar Restaurant, located on the Boardwalk near 3rd Street, encouraged diners to come early because it stopped serving dinners at 8 p.m. nightly.


Among those featured in Dick Lohmeyer’s After Dark column were Kathleen and Bill Harmon, Ships Café; Chuck and Jackie Berry, Diplomat Motel; Nadine and Paul Baker, Penguin Shoppe; George Conner Jr. and Annie Harvin, Hastings-Miramar Restaurant; Casher and Myrtle Hickman and Lucille and Allen Bunting, English Diner; Pat and Ken Riley, Satellite Coffee Shop; Ann Bradford, Beverly Pilchard and Neva Savage, Tides Inn Restaurant; Jack Leonard, Irish House; and Daisey Repsch, Golden Anchor Bar.


The Sazarac Sea Pub was located inside the Shoreham Hotel at this time on 4th Street and the Boardwalk.




State Police Barrack Supervisor Honored With State Award

BERLIN — A Maryland State Police civilian employee at the Berlin barrack last week was named the 2014 Police Communications Supervisor of the Year.

MSP Berlin Barrack Police Communications Supervisor Brenda Kelly was one of two sworn officers and two civilian employees across the state recognized for contributions to law enforcement by Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel William Palozzi last Friday. Kelly has served as the MSP Berlin barrack’s Police Communications Supervisor for the last 17 years.

“These troopers and police communications operators represent the very best of more than 2,100 sworn and civilian employees who provide outstanding public safety services to the people of Maryland every day,” said Palozzi. “I commend them for their commitment to public service and am proud to serve with them as we work together to protect our citizens.”

According to Palozzi, Kelly has continually demonstrated diligence and dedication during her 17-year career as Police Communications Supervisor at the MSP Berlin barrack. She leads by example as she supervises five police communications operators including one who is in training.

It is difficult to fulfill the roles of both supervisor and communications operator, a task Kelly reportedly handles with aplomb. According to the MSP, Kelly executes each role with great professionalism and maintains calm under pressure while being able to multi-task effectively.

In 2014, the Maryland State Police completed the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA) and gained national recognition. The MSP Berlin barrack was consulted extensively during the process. Kelly was essential to the process and its successes by providing her knowledge of police communications topics to CALEA.

“When the need arises, PCS Kelly possesses the ability to work through difficult decisions that affect her team and she is quick to make adjustments that benefit the PCOs as well as the troopers,” said Palozzi. “She was commended for the outstanding example she sets as a motivator, leader, problem solver and employee of the Maryland State Police.”

Also honored was Trooper First-Class Scott Bell of the McHenry barrack, 2014 Trooper of the Year; Corporal Gregg Harrington of the Employees Services Section and the department’s military liaison, Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year; and PCO Gary Swanner of the Centreville barrack, 2014 Police Communications Operator of the Year.