End Of An Era In Ocean City For J/R’s, Owner Jack Hubberman

OCEAN CITY — After 37 years serving Ocean City, first at the Potato Shack and then J/R’s, Jack Hubberman, the founder and owner, has officially retired.

In 1977, Hubberman and his late wife Jackie came to Ocean City and opened The Potato Shack on 3rd Street and the Boardwalk. The Potato Shack wasn’t just a French fry stand, it was a one-of-a-kind establishment that served a uniquely prepared baked potato cooked in rosin.

“I remember seeing the machine and telling Jackie this is going to knock people’s socks off,” Hubberman said.

When The Potato Shack opened, Jackie would work the day shift from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Hubberman would work the evenings often until 2 a.m. to cater to the growing crowds.

The couple continued their culinary explorations and set out to open a full service, specialty restaurant featuring baby back barbequed ribs. They did their research and traveled to Texas, Florida and Virginia to learn about cuts of meat, cooking techniques and to gather the secret ingredients that became their signature barbecue sauce. They opened J/R’s, The Place For Ribs in the summer of 1980 at 62nd Street and Coastal Highway. Due to its popularity, JR’s opened a second location at 131st Street.

Over the decades, J/R’s served millions of Ocean City residents and visitors.

“When I think about the volume of ribs, chicken and onion loaf, that went from kitchen to tables, it makes me dizzy,” Hubberman said.

While it’s never an easy decision to retire, at 86, Hubberman is ready to spend as much time as he can with friends and family. His years as a member of Ocean City’s hospitality industry and as a part of the community have provided him with a life he never imagined. For him, the hardest part is leaving all the people he worked with, some of whom he employed for more than 30 years. Not to mention, the guests who became part of his extended family.

“Over the years, we were part of so many people’s summer memories. You would come to know people’s birthdays, anniversaries, their kids, grandkids … What a blessing,” he said.

In 2014, Jack decided to downsize and closed his north Ocean City location. J/R’s flagship location at 62nd Street closed officially on Nov. 1 of this year.

Foundation Crowns Latest ‘Champions Of Education’

Pictured, from left, are WCEF Chairman Todd Ferrante, Superintendent of Worcester County Schools Dr. Jerry Wilson, Coldwell Banker Realtor Peck Miller and his wife, Patti, WCEF Vice Chair Greg Shockley and Assistant Superintendent of Worcester County Schools Lou Taylor. Submitted Photo

OCEAN CITY — Peck and Patti Miller have called Ocean City home for over 37 years. During that time, they opened and ran multiple businesses while bringing up three daughters. Their daughters were educated in the Worcester County Public School system.

Today, the Miller girls enjoy successful careers in New York City, Charleston, S.C. and San Francisco, Calif.

“We contribute much of our girls’ success to the excellent education they received in the Worcester County Schools,” said Patti Miller. “We are grateful for their education and we’ve finally found a way to give back to the fantastic teachers and schools that have played a part in their success.”

The Millers have become the latest “Champions of Education” with a $10,000 donation to the Worcester County Education Foundation.

Patti Miller is also an active member and one of the founders of the Worcester County Education Foundation (WCEF). The WCEF was formed by a group of concerned parents and business leaders who believe that in order for Worcester County students to graduate fully prepared to function in the new digital college environment or to compete for the jobs of tomorrow.

“We must provide the necessary learning tools, today,” said WCEF Vice Chair Greg Shockley.

The 501(c)3 foundation goals include soliciting private funds that can be used to offset budgetary gaps during lean economic times. In addition, funds will be used to accelerate the purchase and distribution of appropriate digital devices so that every student in Worcester County K-12 will have equal access to a World Class Education. Funding will also be used for financial assistance for students who are less fortunate and finally, teacher’s grants will be available on an annual basis, for the purchase of innovative programs and teaching tools. The WCEF will also fund an endowment that will grow and become a perpetual funding source for future needs of Worcester County students and teachers.

The foundation is asking community organizations, businesses, offices and individuals to consider becoming a Champion of Education over the next five years, with an annual charitable gift, helping to meet the $5 million goal. All proceeds will go directly to support the digital conversion of schools, to offer financial assistance (covering fees for students who are less fortunate), to offer annual teacher grants so they may purchase their own innovative learning tools as well as fund an endowment that creates a perpetual resource that can be used to fill funding gaps for the future needs of student and teachers.

“Looking back at the level of excellence our girls experienced, the teachers, the administration who created and the safe, healthy school environment, we know that all of these things contributed to the success and happiness that our girls enjoy today,” Peck Miller said. “Our hope is that our investment today will help perpetuate great education and success for others in our county.”

Visit www.wced.foundation to learn more about the effort.


Town Takes Over Annual Christmas Parade, Adds Reception At Carousel

OCEAN CITY — The 33rd Annual Ocean City Christmas Parade marches along Coastal Highway on Saturday, Dec. 5, starting at 11 a.m. on Old Landing Road and marching northbound in the southbound lanes of Coastal Highway to the Judges stand at 120th Street.

The event will feature more than 50 units, including high school bands, horses, antique cars, colorful holiday floats and more.

“This is the first year in the parade’s three-decade history that the Town of Ocean is coordinating the event,” said Ocean City Special Events Director Frank Miller. “We wanted to continue the tradition of the event, which is loved by so many, but also add a few new exciting features, including the first ever Masters of Ceremony and post parade reception.”

This year, WBOC television anchors Maxine Bentzel and Chris Weimer will act as the Masters of Ceremony, providing a play by play of the parade for spectators. Professional judges will review bands and other units in nine categories, with trophies being awarded inside the Carousel Hotel following the parade.

The awards presentation is part of a post-parade reception hosted by the Carousel Hotel, bringing additional family fun for participants and patrons alike. Festivities at the hotel will begin immediately after the parade conclusion and will include half-priced ice skating, a DJ playing continuous holiday music and free photos with Santa and Mrs. Clause. In addition, complimentary winter refreshments will be available.

“We are really excited to continue the holiday celebrations and long lived tradition of the Ocean City Christmas Parade,” Miller said. “An extra special thanks goes out to our parade sponsors at Carousel Oceanfront Hotel and Condos, Coca-Cola, The Greene Turtle, UA Local 486 and Food Lion, for helping us to continue this family tradition in Ocean City.”

To participate in the Ocean City Christmas Parade, which is coordinated by the Town of Ocean City, registrants should contact the Special Events Department at 410-250-0125.

There is no charge to participate. For those wishing to view the parade, plenty of seating will be available along the west side of the half-mile parade route, including the Food Lion parking lot and judging area. Spectators will not be permitted to watch the parade from the median area of Coastal Highway. Motorists are reminded that traffic pattern changes will begin approximately 8 a.m. and traffic congestion and delays should be expected.

Ocean City Chamber Announces Annual Award Winners

OCEAN CITY — The Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce announced this week its annual award winners for 2015.

These recipients represent the best in the area, according to chamber officials. Submissions are made in each category through July 31, which is followed by a review by a chamber selection committee made up of two current Chamber Board members, two past Chamber Presidents and two Special Events Committee members.

The chamber wishes to thank those who sent in a submission, as always it was a very difficult decision with so many deserving individuals. All awards have been sponsored by a local chamber business. The sponsors are thanked for their dedication to the chamber and for their continued support.

Receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award will be Dr. Leonard Berger, owner of the Clarion Fontainebleau. The award is sponsored by Comcast Spotlight.

The 2015 Business Person of The Year award will be received by Steve Green, editor and publisher of  The Dispatch. The award is sponsored by D3Corp

The 2015 Citizen of The Year award will be presented to Al “Hondo” Handy of the Town of Ocean City. The award is sponsored by the Atlantic General Hospital.

The 2015 Young Professional of The Year award will be presented to Matt James of the Carousel Hotel Group. The award is sponsored by Ocean City Today and Bayside Gazette.

The 2015 Non-Profit of The Year will go to the Ocean City Development Corporation. The award is sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, LLC.

The 2015 Volunteer of The Year award will go to Jeff McArthur of the Seasonal Workforce Committee. The award is sponsored by Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

The public is invited to attend on Sept. 15 at the Clarion Fontainebleau for the Annual Chamber Awards Celebration to pay homage to these deserving individuals.

Tickets are $85 per person and include two complimentary cocktail hour beverages, hors d’oeuvres, wine service at table, Filet Mignon and Stuffed Shrimp, grilled asparagus, twice baked potato, delectable desserts and a formal photo.

Entertainment will be provided by Everett Spells

Sponsor tables are available for $1,000 (table of 10) and include all of the above plus signage on the table, recognition in program and on the sponsor display. Tickets can be purchased at the chamber office at, by email lisa@oceancity.org or call 410-213-0144, ext. 104

Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

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The Dinner Bell was a popular Ocean City restaurant in the years following World War II. Located on the southeast corner of 3rd Street and Baltimore Avenue in the Monticello Hotel, it served homestyle cooking with an Eastern Shore flavor. Many still remember their delicious fresh baked rolls and fried chicken.

The waitresses lived in a dormitory style room at the Monticello and their room and board was part of their employment package. Former waitress Beverly Rice recalls, “50 cents was considered a really good tip back then. We were lucky if we made $3 a day but that was a pretty good money for a waitress in 1949.”

The Dinner Bell closed in the 1960s and the Monticello was torn down in 1999 — two more memories of a “Vanishing Ocean City.”

Photo courtesy Beverly Rice

What’s Your Sign?

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19): You still might have to deal with some lingering confusion that marked a recent workplace situation. But for the most part, you should now be well on your way to your next project.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20): A new commitment might demand more time than you’d expected to have to give it. But rely on that special Bovine gift for patience, and stick with it. You’ll be glad you did.

GEMINI (May 21 to June 20): You’re earning the admiration of a lot of people who like the way you handle yourself when your views are on the line. Even one or two of your detractors are being won over.

CANCER (June 21 to July 22): Taking your responsibilities seriously is what you do. But ease up on the pressure gauge, and make time for much needed R & R. Start by making this weekend a “just for fun” time zone.

LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22): Some recently uncovered information might make a change of plans inevitable. If so, deal with it as quickly as possible, and then find out what went wrong and why. What you learn might surprise you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22): Aspects favor moving carefully and deliberately when making any significant changes. Could be there are more facts you need to know, which you might overlook if you rush things.

LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22): A problem neighbor might be looking to goad you into an action you don’t want to take. Ask someone you both respect if he or she would act as an impartial arbitrator for both of you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21): A recent workplace accomplishment hasn’t been overlooked by those who watch these things. Meanwhile, start making travel plans for that much-too-long-deferred trip with someone special.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21): Those money matters continue to move in your favor. Now would be a good time to start putting some money back into the house, both for esthetic as well as economic reasons.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19): A changing workplace environment can create job pressures. But, once again, follow the example of your birth sign and take things a step at a time, like the sure-footed Goat you are.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18): Cheer up. You could soon have the funds you need for your worthy project. Your generous gifts of time and effort are well known, and someone might decide it’s time to join with you.

PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20): Your inner scam-catcher is right on target, and you’re absolutely right to reject that “too good to be true” offer. Meanwhile, something positive should be making its way to you.

BORN THIS WEEK: You are generous, and also sympathetic to people who find they need the help of others.

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Boardwalkin’ For Pets, Other Events Planned For Shelter; Adolfo’s Hosting Dinner Fundraiser


OCEAN CITY — Ocean City is going to the dogs April 24-26 for a weekend of fundraising for the Worcester County Humane Society, including the 16th Annual Boardwalkin’ for Pets event on Saturday, April 25.

The weekend kicks off on Friday, April 24 at Adolfo’s on the ocean from 5-9 p.m. Advance tickets are being sold online at www.worcestercountyhumanesociety.org/boardwalkin-for-pets or at Adolfo’s for $15 and includes spaghetti and meatballs, side salad, fresh baked rolls, dessert and nonalcoholic beverage. Tickets will also be available at the door for $20. Adolfo’s will donate a percentage from every ticket purchased to the Worcester County Humane Society. There will also be some fantastic items available for a silent auction.

On Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m.-noon, grab your best friend and head to the Inlet for the 16th Annual Boardwalkin’ for Pets. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. with the walk starting at 9 a.m. Raise money for the walk and receive prizes. This is the perfect opportunity to create a team. After the long winter, what better way to gather some family, friends, classmates, coworkers or neighbors and raise money, walk and have fun. There is a $25 minimum for individuals and for teams a $25 per team per member minimum. Prizes will be awarded to the highest pledge earners, top individual and team. Enter contests and win prizes for largest dog, smallest dog, best dressed dog and best dog trick. There will be refreshments provided by Harrison’s Harbor Watch Restaurant and Layton’s Family Restaurant on 16th Street.

For the out of town walkers, special rates are available at the following dog friendly hotels — La Quinta Inn & Suites, Comfort Inn & Suites and the Clarion. Mention Boardwalkin’ for Pets to receive the special rates.

If you don’t have a dog, “adopt” a shelter dog for the event. Arrangements must be made in advance by calling the shelter at 410-213-0146.

Additionally, organizers don’t want to forget about the feline friends. Bring a photo of your cat to the walk with your contact information written on the back. A special prize basket will be awarded to the “cutest cat.” Photos will not be returned.

“This year’s event promises to be like no other,” said Boardwalkin’ for Pets Chair Heather Bahrami. “We are excited for many new additions to the schedule of events including red carpet photos for the dogs as well as training tips from K9 Heeling.”

After the walk on Saturday, head over to South Moon Under on 81st Street and Malibu’s Surf Shop on 8th Street and the Boardwalk for some shopping. Both shops will be donating a percentage of sales for the day to the Worcester County Humane Society.

No trip to the beach is complete without some water fun. On Sunday, April 26, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. head down to Coastal Kayak in Fenwick Island for “Paddle with your Pooch.” For a donation of your choice, take a kayak out with your pooch and enjoy a scenic paddle on the bay. All are welcome with or without a dog. Life jackets for the dogs will also be available at Coastal Kayak. All proceeds go to the Worcester County Humane Society.

The Worcester County Humane Society, located on 12330 Eagles Nest Road off Route 611, is a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter and operates mainly on donations. Boardwalkin’ for Pets is the shelter’s largest fundraiser held every year. All money raised is used to care for the many dogs and cats that call the shelter home. In addition to providing everyday care, the animals also receive veterinary care which can be quite expensive. Last year walkers raised $25,000 for the shelter. This year the goal is $50,000.