We Remember Those We Have Lost

Christopher P. Doyle

Christopher P. Doyle

Christopher Patrick Doyle

OCEAN PINES — On July 8, 2014, Christopher Patrick Doyle was involved in a fatal car accident on Route 90 heading home to Ocean Pines.

Chris is survived by his mother, Debbie; brother, Sean; and sister, Courtney. He was preceded in death by the late Eddie Doyle.

Chris had many great qualities about him. He was very generous, honest, loyal, hilarious and his work ethic was outstanding. Chris was a very skilled carpenter and could build anything with his hands. Putting these aside, Chris’s most amazing quality was the love that he had for his family and friends. There is nothing Chris would not do for them and most of the time before you asked him for the favor he had already done it.

Whether you knew Chris for a day or 31 years, once you met him you had a true friend for life. Chris lit up the room with his infectious smile, and when he walked through the door you knew you were in for an awesome time.

Chris Doyle was an amazing man and will be truly be missed by all. We love you.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family in order to help defray funeral expenses at

www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/in-loving-memory-of-chris-doyle/201320

 

 

 

Henry B. Westfall

Henry B. Westfall

Henry Bryan Westfall

OCEAN CITY — Henry Bryan Westfall, 88, of Ocean City, died Thursday, July 10, 2014.

He was born to the late US Army Colonel Lacy Ryder Westfall and Gertrude Weinstock Westfall, May 21, 1926, in Richmond, Va. Henry was married to Evelyn Louise Cropp on July 20, 1946. They were members of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Ocean City, where Henry served on the Church Council.

Henry attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C. as a Mechanical Engineering student. He was employed by C&O Railroad in Richmond, Va; Atomic Energy; USDA; and retired as a Management Analyst for the Department of Labor, in D.C. He and Evelyn relocated to Ocean City after retirement.

Henry served two years active duty in the US Army; 9 1/2 years in the D.C. National Guard; and 8 1/2 years in the Army Reserves, retiring as US Army Captain.

He was a member of SWAB, Board of Zoning Appeals and American Legion Post #166. He served as an Ocean City Councilman; AARP Ocean City Chapter Vice President; President of Little Salisbury Civic Association; and he volunteered at Greater Southeastern Hospital, D.C.

Henry was pre-deceased by parents, Lacy and Gertrude Westfall, and brother, Lt. Lacy Ryder Westfall, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; son, Bryan Westfall of Severna Park, Md.; daughter, Janet Barnes of Wellford, S.C.; daughter, Debra Lantz of La Plata, Md.; grandsons, Ray Westfall and Jeremy Barnes; granddaughters, Jennifer Westfall, Barbara Taron, Melissa Svehla, Stephanie Adkins and Jenna Snyder; great grandsons, Jordan Westfall, Brandon Westfall, Matthew Svehla, and Tyler Svehla; and great granddaughters, Kyrie Drake, Abigail Taron, Isabelle Taron, Kayley Adkins, and Natalie Adkins. Henry is also survived by cousins, Daniel Kellerher, Cecelia Boyle and Dorothy Ginder.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to either of the following: St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, American Legion, VFW, Hospice or any charity you choose.

Services were held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Ocean City, on Monday, July, 14, 2014.

 

Weismiller, Robert Frank

LEESBURG, Va. — Robert Weismiller, 84, born in Washington, D.C. and lived the Washington metropolitan area all of his life, died at his home in Leesburg, Va. at 6 a.m. on July 16, 2014.

Bob, son of Margaret and Frank Weismiller and loving husband of 63 years to Anne Simmons Weismiller, passed away peacefully in his sleep with his wife by his side after a long fought, but uncomplaining battle with Melanoma.

He was predeceased in death by his daughter, Margaret Anne Hedges. He is survived by his two sons, Robert Blaine and Gary Lane Weismiller; seven grandchildren, Kristin Anne Weismiller, David Brpck Hedges (Brooke), Robert Frank Weismiller (Tasia), Michael Brett Hedges (Jenn), Christopher Robert Weismiller (Kelly), Bryan Robert Hedges (Kelly), Thomas Drew Weismiller (Heather); and seven great grandchildren, Trey, Brayden, Cameron, Bryce Hedges and Payton, Piper, and Tristin Weismiller.

Bob was an officer with the D.C. Police Department and later became claims supervisor with GEICO until his retirement in1977. He and Anne loved to spend their summers in Ocean City where be busied himself doing construction projects, operating the Carousel Bake Shop and playing with his grandchildren on the beach.

Bob and Anne travelled extensively, visiting all 50 states and cruising worldwide visiting 87 countries. Bob will be greatly missed by his many family members and friends.

Services will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home, 256 Halltown Road, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. at noon. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Internment immediately following at Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown, W.Va. Condolences may be expressed at www.eacklesspencerfuneralhome.com

The Resorter …. Revisited

07-18 Color-Resorter WEB

Summer of 1955

Volume 1

Edition 1

Issue Highlights

• This was the first issue ever of The Resorter.

• The covers in the early days of The Resorter were quite different than the later years. At this time, it was published by Wm. A. Dryden and owned by the Eastern Shore Times.

• Miss Ocean City 1955 was Lolita “Teensy” Hall, a 17-year-old high school senior born and raised in Ocean City.

• On page 3 was a box dedicating the first issue of the magazine to locals who passed away over the winter, including Walter F. Squires, Ethel Kelly, George G. Phifer and Frank Sacca.

• Bernie’s, located at 215 South Baltimore Ave., was offering one-day film service. The phone number was 58-215.

• Archie and Thelma Jones were inviting year-round guests to their “fireproof” and “soundproof” Miami Court on 22nd Street.

• The new and beautiful Pad-dock Cocktail Lounge at 18th Street was advertised courtesy of host Gabby Mancini.

• A story on “Ocean City Bus Lines” reported the service “stops in the middle of the block – or anywhere – to pick up fares.” Additionally, one of the interior signs read, “Any person accompanied by more than three watermelons will be charged an extra fare.”

• Serving as Ocean City elected officials at the time were Mayor Daniel Trimper Jr. and Councilmen Wm. H. McCabe, Harry Kel-ley, D. Pasher Bishop and Talbot E. Bunting.

• Ocean City’s new eight-block concrete Boardwalk was unveiled. Due to upkeep costs, the Mayor and Council decided to replace the wood with concrete at a cost of $35,000.

• The back page advertisement was for the Lagoon Restaurant on 24th Street. Reservations could be made by dialing 756-W.

Expanded Swim Ocean City Returns This Weekend

 

OCEAN CITY- The 2nd annual Swim Ocean City event returns to the resort this weekend with a renewed determination and an expanded format including a Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) race and other kid-friendly activities, turning the beach into a mid-summer festival of sorts all for a great cause.

The inaugural Swim Ocean City event last July, which featured a series of open ocean swims including a grueling nine-mile swim for strong, experienced swimmers and shorter three-mile and one-mile courses for novices, was a huge success with nearly 200 racers competing and over $22,000 raised for the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Neuro-Rehabilitation Program (ONRP). The Swim Ocean City event was conceived and organized by Berlin resident Corey Davis, who made a remarkable recovery after suffering a significant motorcycle accident thanks in large part to his own determination and the ONRP at Hopkins.

The success of the inaugural event last July buoyed Davis and his team, including Walk on Water SUP owner Sandy Deeley, to expand the event this year. The event, now deemed Ocean Games 2014, will still feature the nine-mile, three-mile and one-mile ocean swims, but will also include a SUP race for both experienced and novice paddlers in the Inlet area.

The ocean swim portion of the event will remain largely unchanged in year two, according to Davis. Last year, swimmers competed in three different distances, including a nine-mile swim roughly the entire distance of Ocean City, along with a three-mile and one-mile swim for those less experienced. The event attracted around 200 swimmers last year competing in the various distances. The courses again will be laid out just off the coast of the resort.

The major addition this year is the stand-up paddleboard race, already deemed the East Coast SUP Cup. The brainchild of the local Walk on Water SUP company, the race will be held near the Inlet and will include an elite course and an amateur course.

According to Davis, the SUP Cup will include a triangular course laid out near the Inlet. Experienced SUP racers will do two laps around the course, getting out of the ocean after the first lap, running down the beach with their boards and getting back in the water for a second lap. The amateur race will include just a single lap around the course.

In addition, the Ocean Games event will include kid- and family-friendly events, face-painting, food and live music and other activities aimed at creating a festival atmosphere along the beach on the day of the event. Davis said this week the changes are part of a larger effort to grow the event into a highlight of the summer season in the resort.

The event gets started tonight with a pre-race dinner at the Ocean Pines Beach Club in Ocean City and mandatory safety meetings with the participants and the Ocean City Beach Patrol. The actual races are set to begin around 10 a.m. on Saturday. The event will conclude with a post-race party at Seacrets on Saturday night.

Board Cautions Restaurant Over Addition Violation

SNOW HILL — At this month’s Board of License Commissioners (BLC) meeting, two new alcoholic beverage licenses were approved and an increase in entertainment request was granted.

The commissioners also heard two hearings, one for a noise violation and the other for an unauthorized alteration to a licensed premise.

Beverage license violations this month were uncharacteristically light with the only two hearings held by the BLC, both only generating warnings. The first case concerned Guido’s Burritos, located at 3303 Coastal Highway in Ocean City. The business, which had just received a license in May, was called to the board to defend an unauthorized addition to the property that was not on the original plans presented.

The owners acknowledged that they should have contacted the board before any construction, said Mark Cropper, attorney for the restaurant. However, he argued the alteration was made in good faith and was done with the belief that the commission would look favorably upon it. Back in May, the biggest concern the BLC raised about granting Guido’s a license was over outdoor seating on the east side. The alteration that is currently underway would enclose a lot of that seating area near Coastal Highway.

“I know it’s my personal opinion but I actually think the improvements that have been made, the modifications, are incredibly attractive and enhance the overall appearance of the building,” Cropper said.

The owners should have gotten prior approval from the board, Cropper continued, but during their initial May meeting the decision to alter that part of the facility wasn’t made. Instead of waiting to go back for the board’s approval, Guido’s made the decision to start the addition without approval so as not to lose too much of the summer before it was completed.

“In the middle of the summer season losing five to six weeks is huge. They’re already about two weeks behind on this project. He was hoping to be open by now, he’s not,” said Cropper, referring to Guido’s owner Rocco DiFilippo.

The board didn’t debate whether the additions were an improvement. BLC member Marc Scher told Cropper that his clients should have at least contacted the board’s staff prior to beginning construction even if they didn’t want to wait for the next BLC meeting.

“Even though we only meet once a month, these guys work all the time and that’s what they’re here for,” Scher said.

Cropper didn’t dispute that mistakes were made.

The board voted to approve the ongoing alteration and did not issue a fine. BLC Acting Chair Charles Nichols did offer a word of caution, however.

“This is a very stern warning that we’re not going to keep going through all of these gyrations on this stuff. Having a liquor license in Worcester County is a privilege and it’s not something that comes easily. We don’t want to go through all of these gyrations every month,” Nichols said.

The next hearing was for a noise violation from Cowboy Coast Country Saloon, located at 17th Street and Philadelphia Avenue in Ocean City. Formerly the site of the Party Block, Cowboy Coast received a noise complaint on June 16. It’s not a regular issue, promised owner Mark Bogosh. When asked if everything has been straightened out, Bogosh replied in the affirmative.

“I believe that we have. I believe it’s a continual issue that we’re going to address daily,” he told the board. “But I believe that we’ve resolved it and we know where we need to be.”

Bogosh was questioned on an incident when music was played through speakers at his bar that were not approved under his beverage license. He explained that it was a fluke involving none of the “normal clientele or crowd.”

Instead, Bogosh had allowed a traditional event that the Party Block ran annually to continue this year despite the location changing over to his ownership. At the party, a DJ hooked up their own speakers, which were not allowed under the license regulations.

“I knew that the parties were going to take place. I wasn’t aware that they were going to have any additional speakers,” Bogosh said.

The board voted to only log a letter of reprimand for the incident.

Besides the hearings, two businesses in Worcester were granted alcoholic beverage licenses during Wednesday’s meeting. The first was for Winter Quarters Golf Course, located at 355 Winter Quarters Drive, Pocomoke City. Representing the golf course was Mayor Bruce Morrison.

“We just built a brand new club house on our golf course and we would just like to have a seven-day beer and wine license to be served during golf club hours,” he said. “We won’t be selling at nighttime or having people hanging around, we’re not a bar or anything.”

The second request was from Tai Ji Sushi, located at 106 S. Baltimore Avenue in Ocean City, for a beer and wine license.

Both license applications were approved with little discussion.

The final application was for Taylor’s Neighborhood Restaurant near Ocean Pines. Taylor’s requested the privilege of outside entertainment, non-amplified, from noon-8 p.m. as well as outside speakers for background music. The application was also approved.

 

 

 

Smokehouse Puts Focus On Homemade Grub Alternatives

Among the favorite dishes at the 28th Street Pit-N-Pub are the chicken pot pie, left, and barbeque ribs. Photos by Travis Brown

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City area is perhaps best known for its seafood restaurants, but in a crowded field the 28th Street Pit-N-Pub wants to offer a heartier alternative with its made-from-scratch smokehouse style grub.

Having recently passed the four-year mark, co-owners Steve Hoffman and Mike Horsey feel that they are finally becoming established and have put down roots that can keep the barbeque joint fresh for the next few decades.

Offering classics like ribs and chili, Pit-N-Pub approaches their menu with a real charcoal philosophy.

“If you’re looking for something different, everybody has a crab cake for the most part but there are really no other smokehouses,” said Hoffman. “Nobody is doing the brisket, pork, barbeque chicken. We do a smoked meatloaf, smoked turkey, smoked chicken. Our wings are smoked, so everything is just a little bit different than your run-of-the-mill.”

The menu hasn’t changed much since the pub opened in May of 2010. There’s never been much reason to fix what isn’t broken, according to Horsey. There is some rotation to the food, though, and additions are made whenever a demand is noticed. This year Pit and Pub has added some traditional Italian dishes to the list.

“A little tweak here and there to the menu adding different things like pizzas and Stromboli we started this year, some cheesesteaks, nothing too crazy,” said Horsey.

Pit-N-Pub puts its own spin on the food, creating their own pizza sauce which, like most of their menu, is smoked to add a distinct flavor. While barbeque is the pub’s bread and butter, seafood, like clam strips, shrimp and crab cakes, is also feature. There’s a little something of everything including a few surprises. Chicken pot pies, for example, aren’t often associated with Ocean City. But the dish has been popular enough at the pub that Hoffman and Horsey decided not only to sell it during the winter but to include it on the summer menu, where it has proven a popular alternative to the usual surf and turf.

Everything comes down to maintaining a high level of quality across the board.

“Everything that we do is pretty much homemade and made from scratch, nothing frozen,” said Hoffman. “We keep the menu small so that we can do it all by hand. We’re just not opening cans or pulling stuff out of the freezer.”

It seems to be paying off as both owners feel that the pub is on track to get past the standard three- to five-year, sink-or-swim period that all new restaurants go through. It hasn’t hurt that Hoffman and Horsey have made their spot a home for Baltimore sports fans.

“We’re both Baltimore boys so this is our home away from home. We tried to make it a Baltimore bar. It works out good with a Pittsburgh bar across the street,” said Horsey, alluding to nearby Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon, which is Ocean City’s unofficial Steelers bar.

Both the Ravens and the Orioles have had some strong seasons since Pit-N- Pub opened up in 2010, added Hoffman. The solid play on baseball and football fields has drummed up interest that has helped provide the bar with some extra business during the lean Ocean City offseason. Pit-N-Pub even plays host to Ravens’ Roost 58 and has more than a little purple pride.

Pit-N-Pub is “turning the corner” on its starting years and is looking forward to many more. Expansion isn’t out of the question, but neither Hoffman nor Horsey said there are any plans in the works right now. The focus is on continuing to grow at the rate that has held for their first four years, said Hoffman.

To learn more about the smokehouse, visit www.pitandpub.com or like them on Facebook at 28th St. Pit-n-Pub.

 

 

Wicomico Council Discusses Tier Maps, Comp Plan

SALISBURY — Wicomico County’s Comprehensive Plan is well down the road to development and ready to be adopted in the near future.

Prior to that, some on the County Council this week questioned whether tier maps needed to be in place before the plan was locked in.

Councilman Bob Culver raised his concerns over whether it makes sense to move forward with the plan before resolving Wicomico’s longstanding questions over septic tier mapping.

“I’d really rather see us get a tier map done and then adopt this here along with it … I just feel like if we adopt this and then end up with a tier map then we’re going to have to re-do all of this, to a certain extent,” he said.

Tier mapping would divide Wicomico into four different zones. Some of the zones would be required to develop property only when connected to public sewer while other zones could still build on septic systems. There has been significant controversy over the tiers on the Eastern Shore, and Culver wants all issues laid to rest on that front before adopting the comprehensive plan.

“Let’s get [tiers] back on the table and get it done before we keep wasting our time with this because that would alleviate some of the stuff with [the comp plan],” he said.

Culver added that between the tiers and the plan his primary goal is the protection of people’s property rights and keeping land “in the control of our people.”

Keith Cordrey, director of internal services for the county, said that he recognized the controversy with the tier maps but didn’t believe that there was too much of a conflict between the comprehensive plan and the tiers in moving both forward.

“Ideally, the state would like to see [tiers] within the plan as an appendix item,” Cordrey said.

Considerable man hours have already been devoted by staff to ironing out a plan that works. Comparing the tiers to the comp plan, the two end up being parts of a total whole, Cordrey said.

There has also been significant public comment on both items with the comp plan especially going through a long vetting process.

“Another major component of that is coming up with a public participation plan. The last thing that you want to do in the planning world is go out to the public with a plan in your back pocket, that they don’t feel like they are invested in, that they do not feel like it reflects their goals, their visions and their objectives of how they see Wicomico County,” said Cordrey.

No one should be surprised with anything that is going on with tiers or the plan, he added, as transparency has been the key word as the plan has been formulated.

Councilwoman Stevie Prettyman asked if public comment on the plan was wide ranging or if a few special interest groups have been dominating the discussion. Cordrey assured her that comments have come in from a lot of varied sources. The discussion has been going on so long and covered so much that Cordrey believes there aren’t any surprises as the county moves forward with setting a plan in place.

“We’ve been receiving less and less comments as time goes on. I’d like to think that we’ve heard everything that anybody can possibly say at this point,” he said. “We’ve encouraged people to have any level of involvement with the document that they want.”

The council decided to focus on some more work sessions this summer to iron out any remaining kinks so that the comp plan will be poised for adoption this fall or winter. Further discussion on the plan and tier maps is expected at the council’s next meeting.

 

Berlin Fire Company Probing Fire Siren Relocation; Alarms Still Needed Despite Technology

Berlin Fire

BERLIN — A malfunctioning fire siren in Berlin earlier this month reignited some frustration among residents and seems to have prompted a few to question the alarm’s necessity.

This week the Berlin Fire Company (BFC) defended the need for the decades old siren, but leaders confirmed they will be conducting their own evaluation as to whether the alarms should be re-located or remain as they are.

Right around dawn on the morning of July 4, the siren that sits behind town hall experienced a malfunction, subjecting residents to roughly 30 minutes of alarm. The sound was subdued compared to normal alerts, but still produced significant noise. While inarguably disorienting, BFC President David Fitzgerald said that this was probably only the second malfunction of the siren in his 26 years with the company.

Though infrequent, the malfunction has caused some frustration among residents who were concerned particularly about the siren because Hurricane Arthur was churning off the coast. It’s fair to note that even when working perfectly the siren behind town hall, as well as the one on Franklin Avenue, grabs a lot of attention whenever it fires off during emergencies.

A signature gathering effort seems to be underway in Berlin with the intent of asking the BFC to re-locate the alarm. Although its origin is unclear, The Dispatch obtained a copy of the informal petition this week from social media. It has been seen at the Berlin Coffee House in recent weeks, but there are no current plans to present it to the BFC and the signature gathering effort has since been abandoned, according to Berlin Coffee House owner Peggy Hagy, who said she supports the BFC wholeheartedly.

Under the title, “Petition To Do Away With The Fire Siren Above Town Hall,” it reads, “Fourth of July, at 6:10, the fire siren went off and stayed on for a good 27 minutes. The guest at the [Atlantic] Hotel were irate and confused because Hurricane Arthur was scheduled for the 4th. … The siren is redundant to the one just 1 ½ miles up the road. Firemen “in the fields” should hear that siren. There can’t possibly be the need for another one so close by. Cell phones  and pagers are used by all volunteer firemen and two sirens within eye view of each other is ridiculous. For the sake of our visitors and guests, and the sanity of our residents, we are placing this petition before the Vol. Fire Company to remove the offending siren from atop Town Hall. It took a lot to be the coolest small town, but it won’t take much to topple that if enough guests and visitors complain about the siren.”

Fitzgerald confirmed that the company has heard the rumors of a petition this week but were already been examining the possibility of re-locating the siren even before the malfunction.

“The location is something that the fire company has recently discussed. The town had asked us about 30 days ago,” he said. “They want to re-locate that siren from behind town hall to a taller pole to get it above the businesses and above the homes about a block away.”

Following initial discussion with the town and now the recent malfunction, Fitzgerald revealed that the BFC plans on having its officers review the current placement of its alert sirens in Berlin over the next month.

“The fire company’s decision last night was let our officers review the location of the sirens and come back in 30 days with a recommendation to our members,” he said. “But it was strongly recommended to keep all of the sirens activated for 24 hours a day but to review the locations of the sirens.”

Whether or not the company finds that the sirens would serve the community better if re-located, Fitzgerald was adamant that traditional alarms still play a necessary role in protecting the town even in this age of technology and instant communication. There are three reasons that the sirens are vital, according to Fitzgerald, including functioning as a safety net and raising public awareness.

First and foremost, Fitzgerald pointed out that even though the BFC alerts members to emergency calls via both text and pager, the text network has failed in the past.

“While technology has evolved and we do have technology such as text pages, the county has experienced severe difficulty, especially over the last three to four months, with receiving our text pages,” Fitzgerald said.

There are rare times when firefighters won’t be within earshot of their pagers. Supplying enough radios and pagers could also be tough in the future, according to Fitzgerald.

“With the town cutting us over $1 million in our budget over the last three years, we may not be able to continue to provide those pagers to firemen,” he said.

Sirens are also in place for more than just firefighters and paramedics.

“We also want to let the public know that there is an emergency going on so that they’re on the lookout for two things,” Fitzgerald said.

When a siren goes off, residents know that there is an emergency situation underway. At these times, Fitzgerald hopes that people will be on watch for personal vehicles with BFC tags and their lights on as they are most likely members rushing to stations or to calls.

On top of keeping an eye peeled for private BFC vehicles, the sirens alert residents to look out for emergency responders who might be in fast moving fire trucks or ambulances. The final job of the sirens relates to storms and other, wide-impact emergencies that aren’t just located to a house fire or localized incident.

“Thirdly, it is used as part of the civil defense/emergency management for notifications for severe weather to notify you to tune to your local media for further information. So the siren still has a purpose, three purposes,” Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald reiterated that a re-location of alarms could happen depending on the findings of the company’s investigation. While the siren located next to town hall can be a distraction for downtown residents, it does serve as a safety net for when the BFC’s station alarm runs into issues. The station siren has actually had trouble for the past 30 days, according to Fitzgerald.

“So it’s nice to have those sirens close for a backup, an immediate backup. They also have speakers that point different directions,” he said.

 

Marina Deck Gets Reinvented, Adding Rooftop Dining, Massive Kids Area

New dining options and the Wild Pony Bar are now available on the Marina Deck’s rooftop in downtown Ocean City. Staff Photos

OCEAN CITY – The Marina Deck is amid its first full summer season with the new addition of the rooftop Wild Pony Bar that captures scenic views of Assateague Island and West Ocean City and all of the activity in between.

Marina Deck’s long history in Ocean City began when the property was acquired by Frank Parsons in the 1930s and was operated as a bakery. In the center of Marina Deck’s current kitchen still stands a portion of the home where the bakery operated out of and the restaurant still carries out its baking operations there today.

According to Marina Deck owner Dennis Kalchthaler, Parsons sold the property in the 1940s to Orlando Bunting, who leased the space out to a family that operated the Marina Deck restaurant for 17 years. In 1967, Bunting changed it over to Bunting’s Marina Deck.

In 1977, Frank Hanna purchased the property, transferring the name to Hanna’s Marina Deck. In 1980, a large deck over the bay was added to the one-story restaurant providing a much larger seating area.

In 2001, Kalchthaler made the switch over from manager to owner when he purchased the restaurant returning its name to Marina Deck.

Last year Kalchthaler made the latest addition to the restaurant by building a roof top deck with a bar and seating as well as putting in an indoor kids play

A new kids playground is featured in the recently renovated Marina Deck and can accessed from the first and second floors.

A new kids playground is featured in the recently renovated Marina Deck and can accessed from the first and second floors.

area.

“Coming up here after a really busy night sitting on the rooftop having a beer and looking around, I always thought it would be nice to have a bar and dining area up here,” said Kalchthaler as he sat in the finished product last Friday. “I knew it would be a good experience.”

When Superstorm Sandy hit three years ago, the one-story Marina Deck was left under two feet of water. Facing reconstruction of the building’s structure, Kalchthaler saw it as the perfect opportunity to make the additions.

“I am all in,” he said. “Either it is going to work or not going to work.”

The Wild Pony Bar and dining opened on Aug. 2, 2013. Originally, the restaurant had 300 seats but the addition of the rooftop deck adds close to another 200 seats.

The Marina Deck lives up to its name as most of the first and second floor sit over the bay by deck, and with the new addition of seating an opportunity arrived to change up the original dining room on land to something different.

At that time of reconstruction, Kalchthaler’s family suggested also adding a kids play area. Going with it, Kalchthaler chose to go with an indoor play area

to bring a unique aspect to an on-island Ocean City destination.

The three-story indoor play area has an entrance/exit on both the first and second floor of the Marina Deck and holds 70 kids with 12 different activities, such as obstacle courses, pogo sticks and two slides.

“I want this to be another destination in Ocean City. That was my focus,” Kalchthaler said. “I am trying to keep people on island instead of heading over to West Ocean City more.”

Kalchthaler has carried on some of Marina Deck’s traditions but throughout the years he has added twists of his own.

Baked traditions are carried on, especially the popular coconut and blueberry muffins, but Marina Deck’s award winning cream of crab soup was added to the menu by Kalchthaler, among other recipes.

Even Charles Blake, who started out as a bread boy at Marina Deck, remains as kitchen manager, working at the restaurant for 31 years now,

The menu is sprawled across a wide variety of appetizers to salads, deli and hot sandwiches, entrees, including fresh seafood platters, and even all-you-can-eat shrimp, blue crab and snow crab feasts.

Located on Dorchester Street just past the Route 50 Bridge, Marina Deck opens daily at 11 a.m. offering happy hour daily from 3-6 p.m.

Kalchthaler pointed out the restaurant is easy to access coming from north Ocean City by taking a right onto 17th Street and driving south down St. Louis Ave. to miss congestion and traffic lights, or if entering town from the Route 50 Bridge take the second right onto Dorchester Street and Marina Deck is straight ahead with ample parking.

“Once people come up and experience it, they will be coming back again, and again, and make a tradition out of it,” Kalchthaler said of the rooftop. “Pictures just don’t give it the full effect.”

 

 

 

 

Who’s Playing When And Where

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28th Street Pit and Pub

410-289-2020

28th St. & Coastal Hwy.

Friday, July 18: CK The DJ, 10 p.m.

Saturday, July 19:

Guilty As Charged, 10 p.m.

Sunday, July 20: Treehouse

Every Wednesday: DJ Soulfinger, 10 p.m.

Every Thursday:

Local’s Dance Party with BK, 10 p.m.

 

45th Street Taphouse

Bar & Grille

443-664-2201 • 45th St., On The Bay, In The 45th St. Village

Friday, July 18: Pompous Pie, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 19: Robert Blair, 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 20: 2 Much Stuff, 8 p.m.

Monday, July 21: OC Honu, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 22:

Randy Lee Ashcraft, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 23: Scott Gloroiso & The Animal, 8 p.m.

Thursday, July 24:

One Night Stand, 8 p.m.

Shallow Waters:

Friday, July 18:

Karl Stoll Power Trio, 9 p.m.

Thursday, July 24: Nake Nation, 9 p.m.

 

Adolfo’s

410-289-4001

13th St. & The Boardwalk,

In The Beach Plaza Hotel

Every Friday & Saturday:

Rhonda Apple & Dale Britt

Every Sunday & Wednesday: Jake Welsh

Every Thursday: Billie Carlins Blues Band

 

Angler, The

410-289-7424 • Talbot Street & The Bay

Friday, July 18: Larry Thomas, 4 p.m.; No Byscuyts, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 19: Scott Glorioso, 4 p.m.; Panic For The Vibe, 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 20: Lenny Burridge, 5 p.m.;

Local’s Dock Party with DJ Jeremy, 10 p.m.

Thursday, July 24: Aaron Howell, 5 p.m.

 

Atlantic Hotel

410-641-3589 • 2 North Main St., Berlin

Friday, July 18: Joey & Angeline, 6-9 p.m.

Every Monday: Earl Beardsley

 

Buxy’s Salty Dog

410-289-0973 • 28th St. & Coastal Hwy.

Friday, July 18: Eastern Electric

Sunday, July 19: Aaron Howell

Sunday, July 20: DJ Bobby-O

Thursday, July 24: Scott & The Animal

 

Captain’s table

410-289-7192

Courtyard by Marriott Hotel,

15th St. & Baltimore Ave.

Every Friday & Saturday:

Phil Perdue on Piano

 

Carousel Oceanfront

hotel & Condos

410-524-1000

On The Beach At 118th St.

Daily, 2-6 p.m.

Every Friday: Rick & Lennon LaRicci

Every Saturday: Tim Landers Duo

Every Sunday: Dave Sherman

Every Monday: Tim Landers

Every Tuesday: Kaleb Brown

Every Wednesday: Tommy Edward

Every Thursday: DJ Jeremy

 

Coconuts Beach Bar & Grill

410-289-6846

Oceanfront at the Castle In The Sand Hotel, 37th-38th Streets

Friday, July 18: Darin Engh, Noon-4 p.m.; John LaMere, 5-9 p.m.

Saturday, July 19: Joe Smooth & John Remy, Noon-4 p.m.; Copper Sky, 5-9 p.m.

Sunday, July 20: Aaron Howell Duo, Noon-3 p.m.; Lauren Glick & The Moodswingers, 4-8 p.m.

Monday, July 21: Nate Clendenen,

Noon-3 p.m.; Bob Wilkerson & Joe Smooth, 4-8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 22: 2 Much Stuff, 2-6 p.m.; Let’s Do Trivia DJ, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 23: Michael Smith, Noon-3 p.m.; Chris Button & Joe Mama, 5-9 p.m.

Thursday, July 24: John LaMere, Noon-3 p.m.; The Poole Brothers, 4-8 p.m.

 

Clarion Hotel

410-524-3535 • 10100 Coastal Hwy.

Ocean Club:

Friday, July 18-Sunday, July 20: Arizona

Nightly: DJ Dusty

Monday, July 21-Thursday, July 24: Power Play

Lenny’s Deck Bar:

Friday, July 18-Sunday, July 20:

On The Edge

Monday, July 21-Thursday, July 24:

Arizona

 

de lazy Lizard

410-289-1122 • 1st Street In De Bay

Friday, July 18: Great Train Robbery Band, 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 19: 3 Sheets, 2-6 p.m.

Sunday, July 20: Kerri K-Glo, 2-6 p.m.; Ryan Jackson, 6 p.m.

Monday, July 21: Wes Davis, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, July 22: Blake Haley, 2-6 p.m.; Chris Button, 6-10 p.m.

Wednesday, July 23:

DJ Jeremy, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Thursday, July 24: Great Train Robbery Duo, 6-10 p.m.

 

Fager’s Island

410-524-5500 • 60th St. in the Bay

Outside, Enclosed Deck:

Friday, July 18: Steve Ports Duo, 5 p.m.; DJ Hook, 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 19: Opposite Directions, 5 p.m.; DJ Groove, 9 p.m.

Sunday, July 20: Colossal Fossil Sauce, 5 p.m.; DJ Wood, 9 p.m.

Monday, July 21: Deck Party with DJ Batman & The Klassix, 5:30 p.m.; DJ RobCee, 10 p.m.

Tuesday, July 22: DJ Hook, sunset

Wednesday, July 23: DJ Greg, 5:30 p.m.; DJ RobCee, 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 24: Nate Clendenen, 5:30 p.m.; DJ Groove, 9:30 p.m.

Inside:

Friday, July 18: Walk Of Shame, 10 p.m.

Saturday, July 19: Queen Green, 10 p.m.

Every Sunday: Jazz Brunch with Everett Spells Project,11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Separate Ways, Journey Tribute Band, 9:30 p.m.

Monday, July 21: Mike Hines & The Look, 10 p.m.

Tuesday, July 22: Dante Bucci, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, July 23: Tony Sands, 6 p.m.; DJ Kells, 11 p.m.

Thursday, July 24: Parrotbeach, 9:30 p.m.

 

Globe, The

410-641-0784 • 12 Broad St., Berlin

Friday, July 18:

Mike Armstrong & Lauren Glick, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 19:

Lower Case Blues, 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 20: Ryan Perez, 10 a.m.

 

Greene Turtle North

410-723-2120 • 11601 Coastal Hwy.

Every Friday: JJ the DJ, 10 p.m.

Every Saturday: DJ Wood, 10 p.m.

Every Sunday: DJ Siren, 10 p.m.

Every Monday: DJ Jeremy, 11 p.m.

Every Tuesday: DJ Wood, 10 p.m.

Every Wednesday: DJ Wax, 10 p.m.

Thursday, July 24: DJ Magellan

 

Greene Turtle West

410-213-1500

Rte. 611, West Ocean City

Friday, July 18: DJ Wood

Saturday, July 19: DJ Har-V

Wednesday, July 23: Blake Haley

Thursday, July 24: Kaleb Brown

 

Hooters

410-213-1841

12513 Ocean Gateway, West OC

Friday, July 18: Old School

Saturday, July 19: The Breakers

Sunday, July 20: Simple Truth

Wednesday, July 23: Semi Blind

 

j/r’s

410-250-3100

131st St. & Coastal Hwy.

Friday, July 18: Bob Hughes, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 19: Tony Vega, 8 p.m.

 

jive

410-524-1111

82nd Street & Coastal Hwy.

Friday, July 18: Bryan Clark

Saturday, July 19: One Night Stand

Tuesday, July 22: Paul Brione

Wednesday, June 23: Randy Lee Ashcraft

Thursday, July 24: Tear The Roof Off

 

johnny’s pizza & pub

410-723-5600

56th St. & Coastal Hwy., Bayside

Friday, July 18: Colossal Fossil Sauce

Saturday, July 19: Eddie

Every Thursday: DJ Wax

la Hacienda

410-208-1383

11033 Nicholas Lane, Ocean Pines

Friday, July 18: TBA

Saturday, July 19: Ryan Jackson

 

M.r. Ducks

410-289-9125 • 311 Talbot Street

Friday, July 18: Kevin Poole & The Gang

Saturday, July 19: The Klassix

Sunday, July 20: Shawn Owens Band

Wednesday, July 22: DJ Batman

Thursday, July 23: Tommy Edward

 

Ocean Pines Yacht Club

410-641-7501

1 Mumford’s Landing Road,

Ocean Pines

Friday, July 18: Full Circle

Saturday, July 19: Kevin Poole

Sunday, July 20: The Poole Brothers

 

PEaky’s Rooftop

Restaurant & Bar

410-250-ROOF

8th Floor Of The Fenwick Inn,

138th St., O.C.

Every Friday: Karaoke with

The Girlz, 5:30-8 p.m.

Every Thursday: Brant Quick, 10 p.m.-close

 

Peppers Tavern

410-289-8444

16th Street & The Boardwalk

Every Tuesday:

DJ Rob Cee, 10 p.m.

Every Thursday:

DJ Superman, 10 p.m.

 

Pour House, The

410-289-POUR

501 S. Baltimore Ave., O.C.

Friday, July 18: Jack & Coke

Saturday, July 19: Loud Love

Every Sunday & Wednesday:

DJ Styler

 

Purple moose Saloon

410-289-6953

Between Caroline & Talbot Streets

On The Boardwalk

Friday, July 18: CK The DJ,

2 p.m.; Frankie & The Actions, 10 p.m.

Saturday, July 19: DJ Jammin Jeff,

2 p.m.; Frankie & The Actions, 10 p.m.

Sunday, July 20: CK The DJ, 2 p.m.; Great Train Robbery

Monday, July 21: Great Train Robbery

Tuesday, July 22: DJ Jammin’ Jeff

Wednesday, July 23: CK The DJ

Thursday, July 24: Idol Kings,

Journey & Mellencamp Tribute

 

Riptide Poolbar

410-289-3384

On The Boardwalk & 26th St.

Saturday, July 19: TBA, 1-5 p.m.

Sunday, July 20: Treehouse With Sun Dried Vibes, 1-5 p.m.

 

Seacrets

410-524-4900 • 49th St. & Coastal Hwy.

Friday, July 18: Jim Long Band, Innasense, Blue Label & DJs

Saturday, July 19: Element K, Jim Long Band, Captain Jack, Innasense, Garden State Radio & DJs

Sunday, July 20: Power Play, Innasense, Amish Outlaws & DJs

Monday, July 21: Full Circle, Nature’s Child & DJs

Tuesday, July 22: Fastest Server On The Beach, Opposite Directions, Nature’s Child, Digital Getdown & DJs

Wednesday, July 23: Rew Smith, The JJ Rupp Band, S.T.O.R.M., Rubix Cube & DJs

Thursday, July 24: Jim Long Band, S.T.O.R.M., Go Go Gadjet & DJs

 

Shenanigan’s

410-289-7181

4th Street On The Boardwalk

Friday, July 18 & Saturday, July 19:

Dublin 5 Duo

Sunday, July 20 & Monday, July 21: Cutting Edge, Dueling Pianos

 

 

Smitty McGee’s

302-436-4716

Rte. 54, West Fenwick Ireland

Friday, July 18: Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys, 8 p.m.

Thursday, July 24: Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys

Citizen Tip Leads To Heroin Bust

Markis O. Leonard

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City Police last weekend made a significant heroin distribution bust after busting a Selbyville man in north Ocean City following a two-week investigation.

Early in July, Ocean City Police detectives received a tip from a citizen indicating possible drug activity in the area of 141st Street and Lighthouse Ave. During the subsequent investigation, OCPD officers learned a suspect, identified as Markis O. Leonard, 28, of Selbyville, was residing at the residence in question.

OCPD detectives discovered enough evidence during the investigation to obtain a search and seizure warrant for Leonard as well as his vehicle. OCPD Narcotics Unit detectives executed the search warrant around 12:45 p.m. last Saturday after conducting a traffic stop on Leonard’s vehicle. During a search of Leonard, officers located over 170 bags of heroin and over $3,100 in currency.

Ocean City Police have charged Leonard with possession with intent to distribute heroin. He was taken before a District Court Commissioner and was then transferred to the Worcester County Jail on a $50,000 bond. Meanwhile, the OCPD this week is thanking resort citizens for submitting crime tips that lead to arrests.

Local residents are urged to continue to contact the Crime Tip Hotline whenever criminal activity is suspected by calling 410-520-5136, or emailing crimetips@oceancitymd.gov.