New Labor Day Music Festival To Feature National Touring Acts

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BERLIN — Airlift Entertainment will present the 1st Annual Labor Day Music Festival on Friday, Aug. 30 through Sunday, Sept. 1 in Berlin at Airlift Acres, which is just six miles outside of Ocean City.
Airlift Acres is a 50-acre open air outdoor venue with plenty of space for parking located at 11039 Worcester Highway, behind Holy Trinity Church. There will be three days of great food from a variety of vendors, beer and wine, and live music from national touring acts such as Slaughter; Ramble On-The Pure Zeppelin Experience; Shot Down in Flames, an AC/DC Tribute band; KORUPT; Cold Gin- The Ultimate National KISS Tribute band; Loud Love, and much more.
This first-time event is sponsored by the Ocean City Police Department F.O.P Lodge 10 as well as L.E.O.S.A (Law Enforcement Officers Safeguarding America). This is an all-ages show so bring the family and kids for a great time and the perfect opportunity to come out and help support the Worcester County Humane Society and many other local deserving charities.
Guests are encouraged to bring your low back lawn chairs or blankets to set up and enjoy this show in one of the most unique settings around.
Hours of operation are Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30 and 31, from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 1, 12:30 p.m.-11 pm. Friday tickets are $28, Saturday and Sunday tickets cost $23 and VIP tickets are $75 apiece and include meet and greet with the headliner at the end of the show.
For more information, www.airliftentertainment.com, or find Airlift Entertainment on Facebook.

Schedule
Friday, Aug. 30 headliner: Slaughter 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 31 headliner: The Pure Zeppelin Experience 7-9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 1 headliner: Cold Gin 7-9 p.m.

Also Appearing:
Shot Down in Flames (AC/DC tribute band)
KORUPT
Loud Love
Rob Fahey & The Pieces – Formerly of The Rayvns
The British Invasion – Beatles tribute

Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

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Jack and Paul Townsend of Selbyville, Del. are given credit for bringing big game fishing to Ocean City. They had fished for marlin off the coast of Florida and speculated that the marlin would follow the warm waters of the gulf stream north to the Delmarva coastline. They took VIPs, such as Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees, fishing and the Jackspot, the popular marlin ground 21 miles off the coast, was named for Jack Townsend.
The first white marlin was caught in 1934 by Captain John Mickle and the first blue marlin in 1941 by Harry Tellum, Jr., who was only 13 years old at the time he caught his 350-pound prize fish.
On the warm weekend of July 30, 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt caught two white marlins from the presidential yacht “Potomac” and that same weekend a record 161 marlins were boated in one day by the Ocean City-based charter fleet. Ocean City was becoming the “White Marlin Capital of the World.”
Photo courtesy of Virginia Harmon

NEW FOR WEDNESDAY: Councilman Seeks Crackdown On Beach Drinking

OCEAN CITY – An Ocean City councilman is calling for a campaign to remind Ocean City visitors there is to be no booze permitted on the beach.

At this week’s Mayor and Council meeting, Councilman Brent Ashley said he came across a group of men last weekend loading a large cooler of beer into their car at a local shopping center. He asked where the party was and they responded they were going to the beach. Ashley reminded the men it is illegal to drink alcohol on Ocean City’s beaches and they replied they do it all time while hiding it from the lifeguards.

Ashley then called Ocean City Beach Patrol Captain Butch Arbin, who told Ashley alcohol is by far the biggest problem on the beach, and although lifeguards keep an eye out for it, people hide alcohol or disguise it.

“Most of the behavior problems experienced on the beach are alcohol related. Numerous rescues have occurred because of alcohol consumption,” Ashley said.

Arbin also informed Ashley he is asking police for increased patrols in the Inlet area because of the alcohol problem.

“From a public safety perspective and in order to maintain a family friendly atmosphere and to return more decency to our beach, I would suggest that we begin a public awareness campaign to actively inform all visitors that we will have a zero tolerance policy towards alcohol or public intoxication on our beach,” Ashley said. “Such a campaign could include but not be limited to, large signs on the beach, messages on our reader boards in town and the entrances into town, as well as messages on the government cable channel. Perhaps messages could be displayed on the buses and trams as well.”

Ashley also asked commercial establishments that sell or serve alcohol to post signs that remind customers that alcohol is prohibited on Ocean City’s beaches.

“Alcohol does not belong on the beach with our families, and we are family-friendly. I think we need to step up our efforts because the beach patrol shouldn’t have to be out there watching for alcohol, they should be watching the people in the water,” he said.

Council President Lloyd Martin pointed out Ocean City has signage prohibiting alcohol at the dune crossing and on the beach but agreed any kind of extra effort to promote alcohol-free areas wouldn’t hurt.

Mayor Rick Meehan said the State Highway Administration’s Walk Smart Campaign that serves as a reminder for pedestrians to cross at marked sidewalks has been successful in educating the public and pedestrian accidents are at a low this summer compared to last year.

“We can’t stop everybody from walking across the street when they are not supposed to but it has stopped  a lot of them,” the mayor said, suggesting such a campaign would not stop people from drinking alcohol on the beach completely but would remind the public of the town’s ordinance outlawing it.

Meehan suggested passing the concept onto Ocean City Communication Manager Jessica Waters who has access to different communication outlets, such as the town’s reader boards on the Boardwalk and crawl messages that run across the television.

Ashley made a motion to forward the idea to post friendly reminders to the public that alcohol is illegal on the beaches in Ocean City and have her report back to the Mayor and Council in ways to do so.

“It is just not on the beach, they are taking it to the sidewalks too,” Councilwoman Margaret Pillas said. “I would like to see a banner when you come into town stating a zero-alcohol tolerance policy on our streets and beaches.”

The council voted 6-0, with Council Secretary Mary Knight absent, to move forward with an alcohol-free zone campaign of sorts.

NEW FOR WEDNESDAY: White Marlin Rule Open’s Day Two

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OCEAN CITY — Within an hour on Tuesday, the leaderboard of the White Marlin Open was drastically overhauled.

No billfish were brought to the scales on Monday, despite 202 of the 262-boat fleet heading offshore, but that storyline was changed early on Tuesday when the “Lucky Duck II” showed up at Harbour Island Marina with a 72.5-pound white marlin. On Tuesday, 220 boats ventured out to the canyons off the coast.

Amid high-gives and celebration from the “Lucky Duck II” team, the “Billfisher” was quietly waiting its turn in the marina with a beast of a white marlin. Jeremy Duffie’s 77-pound white marlin quickly took over first place and withstood a challenge later from a 76.5-pounder caught aboard the “Reel Estate” by Baltimore’s John Morton and another 72.5 pound beauty by Columbia, S.C. resident William Turbeville III aboard the “Full Pull”.

After two days of fishing, The “Billfisher” stands to win a cool $980,000 with its first-place white marlin, followed by the “Reel Estate” in second place with a payout of $90,000 and then the “Full Pull” with a $60,000 payday possible.

In the tuna division, the Mia Joes shook up the dock with a double that overwhelmed the tuna division. Bayonne, N.J. resident Jeremy Gers’ 248.5-pound tuna is currently in first place with an estimated payout of $166,000, followed by boat mate Dante Soriente, who was credited with a 233.5-pound beauty that could bring an additional $65,000 to the crew of the Mia Jones. In third place after two days is Monday’s 226-pound catch from Red Bank, N.J. resident Rick Stavola aboard the “Tarheel”. Rounding out the tuna division at this time is a 148.5-pounder caught by Smyrna, Del. resident John Coleman aboard the Ocean Dan-Sar.

It was a good day for the wahoo division on Tuesday, as the “Heavy Metal” and angler James Shenk of Glen Rock, Pa. brought to the docks a 41-pound beauty that currently stands to make $16,900 for the “Heavy Metal” boat. A 40-pound wahoo caught by Middletown, Pa. resident Chris Cichocks aboard the “Out-Rea-Geous” is in second place and worth currently $3,000.

In the dolphin division, a 29.5-pounder caught on Monday by Greg Fellers of Fairless Hills, Pa. on the “Incorrigible” is in first place with an estimated payout as of now of $14,000. Tied for second place with 25-pound beauties is Kyle Clarke of Savannah, Ga. On the “Trash Man” and Bryan Graul on the “Krazy Salts”. Due to added entry levels, Graul’s fish is worth $10,000 while Clarke’s is worth $3,000.

A 133.5-opund shark caught by Wilmington, Del.’s Mike Peet aboard the “No Quarter” is currently holding down the shark division with a payout of $4,000.

It’s unknown at this point how many boats are heading out today, but it’s expected to be a lay day for most of the fleet after two big fishing days on Monday and Tuesday.

NEW FOR TUESDAY: Mayor Promises ‘Aggressive’ Reaction To Summer Concerns

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OCEAN CITY – Mayor Rick Meehan publically responded to concerns over ongoing outbursts of crime in Ocean City this summer at this week’s Mayor and Council meeting and was subsequently chastised for not taking a leading role in crafting a solution.

Throughout the course of this summer, Ocean City has been in the negative spotlight, including bank robberies, a beach brawl and a Boardwalk gang-related stabbing to a tragic hit-and run involving a child, a shooting and other off-Boardwalk stabbings.

Ocean City resident Rachel Fiorello, who has written several letters to the mayor, came before the council on Monday evening to drive a response from Meehan.

“At this time, as voters and permanent residents, we would like to know what actions you and the council are taking to address these problems,” she said.

Fiorello continued, the problems of increased crime, menacing and threatening and an overall low standard of behaviors from certain tourists persist. Permanent residents of Ocean City should not lower expectations and standards of how people should behave simply because they visit the Ocean City community for a brief period during the summer months.

“We live here all year round. This is our home and we have a right to want to see it protected, preserved and cherished. Just because the town of Ocean City depends on tourism does not mean our citizenry must be victimized and intimidated by gangs, thugs, criminals and various undesirable inner city crowd who masquerade as tourists,” she said.

Fiorello pointed out that if the issues continue into the future Ocean City’s tourism and its revenue will tank. She has come across blogs on social media where she has found families choosing to vacation in neighboring resorts as safety in Ocean City’s becomes questionable.

“Mr. Mayor, people are looking for leadership on these matters. Sir, people are looking for political leadership in Ocean City, Md., to do the right thing. What is the right thing? Promote and provide public safety and restore Ocean City’s reputation as a safe, clean, pristine and exclusive family resort. So, mayor, we are urging you to please take aggressive actions to resolve our community’s problems,” Fiorello said.

Meehan took the opportunity to publically address ongoing concerns over the crimes taking place in Ocean City.

“This year was probably the worst I’ve seen as far as things we won’t expect or things we won’t anticipate to occur in Ocean City but they have. We can’t go back and change that clock but what we can do is be very aggressive. Being aggressive means planning for the future and making sure we are prepared moving forward to address those issues,” he said.

The mayor furthered, Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro, hired officially in late June, is in the process of coming up with an in-depth plan of action, and will work with the Mayor and City Council in the near future to address the incidents that have occurred and to prepare for the future.

“We want to make sure that it is known that we want people to come to Ocean City to enjoy Ocean City. If you are coming here for another reason please don’t come,” Meehan said.

The mayor highlighted a few actions that will be taken beginning with heightened intelligence in the types of people being drawn to Ocean City at all times and enhanced education and training of Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers to ensure consistent intelligence.

“He [Chief Buzzuro] is proposing a better use of technology to increase the presence of cameras along the Boardwalk and other areas, and even make those high definition cameras so they can be used for facial recognition. To make better use of license plate readers that we now have in some of our patrol cars, maybe we need to have those in permanent locations in the entrances of Ocean City, so that we know when the bad guys come or at least have a better idea,” the mayor said.

Meehan added OCPD is going to analyze its deployment and work with allied agencies, such as the Maryland State Police, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, and surrounding municipalities to increase police presence in Ocean City.

“As we move forward with increased technology, surveillance and intel, that’s not going to be a secret, we want everyone to know that,” he said. “Those who are looking to cause trouble look for a weakness, they look for a weak place to come where they can get away with what they want to do, and we have to let them know if they come here they are not going to get away with it.”

Meehan responded to Fiorello that he too has read the negative comments on Ocean City.

“They are heart breaking but I also know in some of those blogs you only hear the bad things, and there are a lot of good things too,” he said. “Since June over 1.5 million people have visited and continued to come to Ocean City, and have enjoyed themselves while they are here. We need to make sure that they all go home with a good story about Ocean City.”

Councilwoman Margaret Pillas questioned the mayor’s reference to a no tolerance policy.

“It seems like a very difficult process without some kind of leadership … when are we going to start enforcing the laws that we have on the books?” she asked. “I know the police are trying their best but for some reason it is not really working, and I think it has more to do with our [Mayor and City Council] leadership than what the police department is doing or not doing.”

Councilman Brent Ashley recalled recently having a private conversation with Meehan, questioning the mayor on what he personally intended to do about the situation, in which the mayor responded, “I am not going to thump my chest and say we are going to take the town back.”

“You can explain away the cameras and the police chief and everything else but everybody looks to you to be a leader,” Ashley said. “I look to you to be a leader, and that is why I came to you in private and said ‘please do something’, and you said you were not going to.”

Meehan explained he is not one to become dramatic but would rather examine the problem and work with city officials in coming up with a long-term solution.

Ashley continued to poke at the mayor in not taking a leading role to soothe Ocean City and its visitors. Meehan became frustrated with Ashley’s assertions and pointed out the number of people Ashley speaks to who only have negative comments is a small percentage compared to the millions of visitors who enjoy Ocean City during the summer season.

“You can always look for the wrong answers, and I hear it too but when I take the time to explain to people … most people realize that we are not ignoring the issues that cause problems in our community and we are here to address them,” the mayor said.

Council President Lloyd Martin interjected Ashley has been the front man for spreading a negative image of Ocean City.

Martin reminded Ashley that officer initiated calls for service in June had decreased 4.4 percent over last year, citizen initiated call for service has decreased 11 percent, and the total number of calls for service decreased 6.3 percent.

“Brent, you have these numbers in front of you but you say what you say. We have 300,000 people here a weekend, and we are going to have people here that we don’t want here unfortunately … but we are doing our best,” Martin said. “You can always find the negative but we want to fix the negatives and move forward with the positives. Brent, you can be as negative as you want to be but I don’t want to hear any more of it.”

Salisbury Agrees To Shift Funding For Zoo Project

SALISBURY — In a special meeting Thursday morning, the Salisbury City Council voted unanimously to move forward with the re-allocation of a portion of the funds from a 2008 Public Improvements Bond to the Salisbury Zoo for the construction of their animal health building.

“In a nutshell, we’re basically transferring the ability to use those funds from one project to another,” said city attorney Mark Tilghman.

Up to $539,000 from that Public Improvement Bond has been re-directed toward the animal health building with any remainder going toward construction and engineering of the Riverwalk along the Wicomico River East Prong. The bond was originally allocated to the Waverly Drive Storm Sewer Project.

Exactly how much of that $539,000 will need to be tapped for the animal health building is currently unknown. The contract for the construction is around $1.8 million, with the city and state already each contributing $500,000 and private donors to the zoo supplying a big chunk of the $800,000 they’ve raised through donations. However, the contract with GGI Builders Inc. does not cover the purchase of several room-sized animal cages as well as the generator and pump for a new sprinkler system; the as of yet unknown cost of those additions will come out of the $539,000 re-allocated this week from the Public Improvement Bond.

The council agreed that supplying funding for the construction of the zoo’s animal health building is a worthy use of the money, though Councilwoman Terry Cohen asked the Salisbury Zoo to keep a close eye on continued costs.

“I think we really need to be mindful of what this investment is. I understand that everyone wants to get this done,” she said. “It’s been a long time coming. At the same time, this is, in essence, an insurance policy for the animals and it’s a really, really expensive one.”

Instead of thinking in terms of growing the zoo further too fast, Cohen suggested focusing on making sure there is funding in place to support everything that currently exists.

“I know that it’s much sexier to ask donors to provide money for something new but what we’re going to get is that if all of our fundraising efforts only go towards new additions for the zoo,” she said. “We’re not going to have enough money in the coffers to maintain what we’ve got.”

While the zoo does look toward smart growth, it is also very aware that money has to be managed carefully, said Stacey Weisner, executive director of the Delmarva Zoological Society (DZS).

“We try very hard to make sure that we use our donors’ money really well,” she told Cohen. “We communicate at all times to let them know what’s getting done.”

Sustainability is taken seriously, added Weisner, as are the partnerships between the zoo, the city and private donors. Councilwoman Laura Mitchell singled out those donors for the contributions they’ve made to the Salisbury Zoo.

“I would just like to thank DZS and the Zoo Commission and everyone that was involved with this but most of all the donors, the people that believed enough in the zoo and cared enough about the zoo to give up their hard-earned money, over $800,000. That’s a whole lot of donating and that’s a whole lot of appreciation,” Mitchell said.

Fenwick To Form Parking Committee As Concerns Grow

FEWICK ISLAND – The Ropewalk Oyster House is willing to make it work when it comes to parking in the small Town of Fenwick Island and is currently in the middle of ongoing efforts to appease concerns.

Last month during the Fenwick Town Council meeting, parking concerns associated with the Ropewalk Oyster House, located bayside between West Atlantic Ave. and West Bayard St., surfaced.

At that time, Building Official Patricia Schuchman advised the vacant lot on the corner of Coastal Highway and Dagsboro Street on the bayside is being used for additional parking by St. Matthew’s By-the-Sea and the Ropewalk through a mutual agreement with the property owner. The lot is not to be used for parking by beach patrons and will be monitored during business and church hours as well as closed with chains when not in use.

Fenwick Island resident Lynn Andrews expressed concerns that the vacant lot is a far distance for restaurant patrons to walk and can be dangerous. Also, the restaurant has 200 seats and previous applicants for similar establishments have been denied because there was not sufficient parking.

Schuchman responded in March a change in the zoning ordinance took place eliminating the number of parking spaces being dependent on the number of seats. The code now allows for one parking space per 100 square feet of customer area and Ropewalk has less than 2,200 square feet. The parking arrangement meets town requirements for additional parking and alleviates congestion.

Ropewalk co-owners Chris Reda and Marc McFaul reassured the public they want to maintain good relations with their neighbors and do not want their customers to block residences. The Ropewalk is willing to accept any ideas on how to best fit in to the neighborhood.

During last Friday’s Town Council meeting, Councilwoman Vicki Carmean advised the parking in Fenwick Island is bigger than just the Ropewalk situation and needs to be addressed.

Mayor Audrey Serio stated a parking committee has been appointed.

“They are going to be addressing the parking everywhere in town from the ocean to the bay, residential and commercial, whatever parking issues or problems that we may have,” she said.

At the conclusion of the meeting, members of the public continued to voice concerns over Ropewalk’s parking situation, starting with signage that has been posted at the lot on Dagsboro Street deeming the parking for Ropewalk.

At first Ropewalk posted a large sign at the lot on Dagsboro Street, “Ropewalk Parking” that had to be removed. Next they posted smaller metal signs, “No Beach Parking, Ropewalk Parking Only” and those had to be removed as well due to Fenwick code that doesn’t allow business signage to be posted at any other location besides the location of the business.

Ropewalk has considered constructing a Ropewalk T-shirt shop at the lot on Dagsboro Street, where merchandise can be sold and parking signage could be installed.

In the meantime, the code allows for signage to permanently be posted on a vehicle to deem the lot as Ropewalk parking but some neighbors have found a problem with that as well.

“Everyone wants us to have it where it is just Ropewalk parking but if it doesn’t say that then it is hard to do,” McFaul said.

Fenwick property owner Lynn Widdowson voiced her concern over vehicle congestion on West Atlantic Ave.

“I like the Ropewalk, and I go all the time with my family but traffic on West Atlantic is unsafe. It is dangerous for people who walk with their children or walking their dogs. It is a dead end street,” she said.

Widdowson suggested having West Atlantic Ave. become a resident-only street, and instead have Ropewalk traffic enter on the north side of West Bayard St. where Sea Shell City stands.

“My concern is that the vehicles that come down West Atlantic, there is nowhere to turn unless it is in someone’s driveway, and there is nowhere to park unless you have a tag,” she said.

Serio stated it is people like Widdowson who need to approach Town Hall and the new parking committee to share their concerns.

“It is the same problem, it is nothing new, it is always something here, it has always been an argument, and it will never stop. We just have to make it better and do the best we can do,” she said.

McFaul pointed out Ropewalk is in the process of working with the town to have a shuttle service running between the Dagsboro St. lot and the restaurant to transport Ropewalk patrons.

“There are not sidewalks everywhere so we are working with the town to have a shuttle that is agreeable with the town,” he said. “There are different rules in the book, so they [Town of Fenwick Island] are looking into it and in the meantime we are doing valet to help with concerns.”

According to McFaul, the restaurant valets an average of 50 cars per night. McFaul and his business partners have four other restaurants in both Baltimore City and Bel Air.

“For 18 years I have been going to meetings over parking … we are willing to work and team up to come up with anything we can do,” he said.

Lifeguarding A Family Affair For 6 Cousins

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OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) has brought six Stang family cousins together in the resort this summer, and they are looking to continue to work together for seasons to come.

The oldest out of the group is Colin, 21, and he and his sister, Shelby, 19, are from Columbia, Md. Kevin, 21, and his sister, Emily, 19, are from Allentown, Pa., and Jack and his sister, Addie, 18, are from Dover, Del. They are six out of 14 cousins spread out among three Stang families.

Each one of them recall coming to Ocean City since they were born staying at their grandparents apartment on 84th Street. Kevin recalls the Stang family coming together, 27 people in all, staying in the two-bedroom apartment to enjoy summers and holidays in Ocean City.

“I have been coming to Ocean City, Md. since I was about 6 months old on vacation. I’ve always loved the town and loved the beach … we only went on a few other family vacations besides Ocean City and never had as much fun as here,” he said.

On Labor Day, the Stang family would end the summer by all coming together at the beach to hold a mass where Kevin would join his father and uncles in the family band playing guitar.

“We all go down together on Labor Day as a big family and always have a blast with a lot of games,” Shelby said.

In 2010, the three older boys graduated from high school and all decided to come to Ocean City to all try out for OCBP together. They all surpassed expectations and finished in the top 20 finalists out of 50 who tried out.

“I joined the OCBP because I wanted to live and work at the beach, and this was the best option to do both. I think I can speak for all of us and say we love this job because of the satisfaction it brings us,” Colin said.

However, Kevin turned down the first year working for the OCBP and pursued swimming at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) but he returned to the beach patrol the next summer and has been serving as an Ocean City lifeguard for the past two years.

Colin and Jack are in their third year with the OCBP. All three serve as Surf Rescue Technicians (SRT). Their primary duties are making rescues, first aid, CPR, educating the public on potential hazards and maintaining overall safety on the beach by enforcing ordinances.

After noticing how much fun the boys were having serving on OCBP, the girls, Shelby, Emily and Addie, couldn’t help but want to get in on the action. This is their first year on the OCBP also serving as SRTs.

“I joined OCBP after hearing the wonderful stories from the boys about their experience on OCBP,” Addie said.

Emily didn’t need much convincing since she has always wanted be a lifeguard in Ocean City since a young age.  

“I really ended up joining after my brother and two cousins joined. They told me how great of a job it really is,” she said.

All six of the Stang cousins participate in lifeguard competitions near and far.

“Jack, Kevin and I attend all the local ocean series competitions, but next week we will be representing Ocean City at the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) lifeguard nationals, being held in Manhattan Beach, Calif. We will compete in swimming and running events,” Colin said.

Shelby, Emily and Addie just returned from a competition in Sandy Hook, N.J., on Wednesday where the local patrol placed fifth.

Somehow the Stang cousins find the time to participate in other activities throughout town. Colin recently completed the nine-mile Swim OC event to benefit John Hopkins Outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation Program. Kevin is a member of the OCBP Scuba Diving Team and has also recently took third place in BJ’s on the Water’s canoe races. He also plays floor hockey at Northside Park.

The Stang cousins all live on 36th Street next door to one another, the girls in one house and the guys in the other.

“Having the girls right next door is really great and I’m glad I get to see them so much. We are all extremely close and always having been our entire lives. I feel like my cousins are my brothers and sisters and sometimes just refer to them as such. It has been and always will be this way,” Kevin said.

Emily added their parents and grandparents have always made a point to keep the Stangs a close knit family and living together has only made them closer.

“It works pretty well,” Addie said of living with her cousins. “We all get to spend a lot of time together which is always fun … we have always been close growing up but living in three different states we only saw each other a couple times a year. This summer we are able to spend so much more time together which has just brought us closer.”

Colin is entering into his senior year at the University of Maryland where he studies economics.

“What I like most about Ocean City are all the friends I have made the past three summers, and all the good memories I’ve made,” he said. “My future with the OCBP is undetermined. However, I plan to be here for at least one more summer. I have one year left of college and plan to start the job search this school year.”

Kevin’s future plans are to graduate from UMBC and intends to earn an EMT degree. He has thought about heading to California where he could lifeguard full-time or go to graduate school in Baltimore and live with Colin where he could coach swimming.

“I plan to work with OCBP as long as I can,” he said. “There is always something going on and I have made some incredible friends on beach patrol who I never would have met without this city [Ocean City]. Never a dull moment at the beach.”

Shelby is entering into her sophomore year at the University of Rhode Island, and plans on serving on the OCPB until she figures out her next step in her career.

Emily attends school and swims at West Chester University in Pennsylvania where she studies nutrition.

Addie’s future plans are to attend Elizabethtown College and major in occupational therapy.

Students Hope To Bring Change For Cambodian School

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BERLIN — Students from Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) are working to provide funding for new technology at an underprivileged school through a project they are calling Students CAN: Change A Nation.

Inspired by the book Half of the Sky and having spent much of the last school year searching for a worthy project, WPS students Lucas Baier and Claire Stickler revealed that their first choice was actually to try to fund the construction of a new school in a third-world country. But with the economy still suffering a limp, Baier said that it was difficult to find the funding opportunities to move ahead with a new school.

“Initially, we started off trying to build a school but then the World Bank cut the funding that they used to match funding,” he said.

But the roughly half-dozen students that form CAN rebounded quickly, said Stickler, and decided that if they couldn’t build a new school they would drastically improve one that already exists. So the group partnered with World Assistance for Cambodia (WAC) with the intent of providing technology for their newly adopted school in that country: the St. Paul School of Hope.

“Our plan is to benefit the school with solar panels and computers and to give them Internet access,” said Stickler. “These kids have never really sent an email before.”

CAN is making sure to plan on the necessary infrastructure like solar panels for electricity, new computers and all of the support that will go with that because they hope this project will continue well after the first group of students has graduated from WPS. Baier and Stickler, as well as most of the other students in CAN, are rising seniors and will only have the next school year to work toward their ambitious benchmark before college.

“Our goal is $15,000 because we want to be able to deal with renewals because there are renewal funds for things like Internet access, so we want to have some room,” Stickler said.

Already, the group has raised about half of the $2,000 mark they have for just the installation of solar panels. The group recently held a bake sale, Cupcakes for Cambodia, at the OC Café in Ocean City and the students are planning similar events for the next school year. Baier said that CAN wants to be creative and informative with fundraisers, too, which is why they are considering doing a walk on the boards in Ocean City that would mimic how far the average student has to walk every day to and from the St. Paul School of Hope in Cambodia.

Local businesses are also being asked if they would like to partner with CAN to provide funding. Responses so far have been positive even if money has not been flying in the door.

“The community has been super open. A lot of people want to help but just can’t because of the economy,” said Baier. “I think the effort is definitely there. And if we don’t reach our goal I think we can just pass the torch on, but hopefully we can [reach $15,000].”

Whether they meet that goal, CAN will be actively recruiting next year. The group hopes to pick up younger members who will continue to fund St. Paul’s after the original members graduate. 
“One problem is that a lot of kids try to do this and they give [a school] money but then they leave them … so there’s no continuing connection with the rest of the world,” said Baier.

Next year CAN will also be reaching out to other area schools in an attempt to cross-promote funding with WAC, as well as recruiting within WPS.

“Once the fall starts, we’re really going to try to open it up and have an assembly in school to raise awareness,” said Stickler.

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Fenwick Park Eventually Will Be ‘Community Asset’

FENWICK ISLAND – The new Cannon Street Park is well on its way as the basketball courts and rain garden have been completed and a ADA compliant kayak launch among other assets are planned.

In the summer of 2010, the Town of Fenwick Island decided to purchase a 50-foot by 100-foot vacant residential lot on Cannon Street behind the Public Works building and across the street from Town Hall to turn it into a recreational extension of the Fenwick Island Community Park located in front of the Public Works building on Coastal Highway.

The community park includes playground equipment with a walking path, a gazebo, picnic table and bench seating. The Cannon Street Park will add recreational uses, such as a basketball court that is now open to the public as of July 4 and a kayak launch.

“This is a second park with water access for the community, specifically with ADA [Americans with Disability Act] accessibility. Everything from the parking, walking path, staging area to the kayak launch will meet ADA requirements,” Town Manager Merritt Burke IV said.

Once the lot was purchased, it was rezoned to be included in the town’s park district, followed by Fenwick applying for a State of Delaware Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund (DTF) grant. The town received the grant for $50,000 to help with the project’s costs.

Burke recently applied for an amendment to the current grant to take it from $50,000 to $70,000 with a one-to-one match, so the State of Delaware would contribute $35,000 and the Town of Fenwick contributes $35,000 with a projected budget of $70,000.

“For a small resort town like Fenwick Island to have the foresight to purchase a vacant residential property adjacent to Town Hall years ago for the price of land in the area and to develop a park out of it, that is unheard of,” Burke said. “The lot is not that big to begin with but to put all these uses into one lot has been quite the challenge but by the end of the project it is going to be a community asset, and one that fits in with the comprehensive plan, especially relating to recreation and parks.”

The DTF was established in 1986 as an investment of state monies to provide an annual source of funding for the acquisition of open space and the development of outdoor recreation projects. Since that time, the Trust Fund has provided over $15 million in matching grant assistance to local governments throughout Delaware. The DTF Grant Program is administered by the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation, Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control.  

Annually, $1.5 million of Trust-earned interest is split equally between park projects and greenway and trail projects. The grant program is designed to assist local governments and Park Districts by providing matching grants for the planning, acquisition, and development of parks, greenways and trails.

According to Burke, one of the grant stipulations is the ADA kayak launch will be a trail head for a greenway water trail in the Town of Fenwick Island through Little Assawoman Bay to the Assawoman Bay State Wildlife Area.

So far the basketball court, rain garden, a six-foot privacy fence and other general landscaping has been completed. Left to go is the construction of a 16-foot by 25-foot kayak launch with a 16-foot by 25-dock with life rings as well as a 10-foot by 10-foot staging area of pervious pavement, a walking path, an irrigation system, sod, signage, and parking. The Cannon Street Park will also include a picnic table and seating as the community park does.

A completion date for the Cannon Street Park has been set for Labor Day.