Thursday, August 30, 2012

June 2013...

...looks to be a crowded one.  And this article doesn't even incude the annual June Bugs, the Ravens Roost Convention, or the Firemen...

Next June Packed With Events In Ocean City Including Dew Tour

OCEAN CITY – Although it is good news that the town has filled its event calendar for next June, including the planned return of the Dew Tour, there are concerns that Ocean City may have bit off more than it can chew.

“There have been a substantial growth in the number and size of private events in June since 2008,” Recreation and Parks Director Tom Shuster said. “We need to look carefully at June 2013 because it poses a challenge for our ability to support the number of events already scheduled and those that are pending.”

So far, major events planned for downtown Ocean City on the June 2013 calendar are June 1-2, the Founders Entertainment Music Festival; the next weekend, June 8-9, is the OC Air Show and Longboard Challenge; the third weekend is a pending event, Beach Raid; and the last weekend is the proposed dates of the return of the Dew Tour, June 20-23, as well as the pending event of Beach 5 Sand Soccer.

Also, other events will be taking place throughout the month on the beach in the downtown area, such as Play It Safe activities, which may be effected the most by the congested event calendar.

Shuster explained that the conflict is with the setup and breakdown dates of the scheduled events. Even though they are planned in different locations the problem is the amount of support the town has agreed to give through the different departments, such as public works and emergency personnel.

“We will literally be having one big event coming off the beach as one big event is coming on the beach,” he said. “We have reached a tipping point where the events planned or contemplated for June 2013 may exceed our capabilities to support them in a successful manner from an internal perspective.

Shuster furthered that the town is in the position where some events may have to relocate to make room for the larger events coming on board in the month of June. For example, the pending soccer tournament is requesting the same space on the beach where the Dew Tour traditionally sets up.

“We may face a situation in which some of the things that are happening are going to displace some of the current uses or maybe displace some of the visitors who are planning on coming that time of the year,” he said.

Shuster was optimistic that the department was catching future issues in time to figure them out before next June.

“You may have heard the expression where it is tough to fit 10 pounds of sand into a five-pound bag, we may have reached the point where June of 2013 is that proverbial five-pound bag, and if we put 10 pounds of sand it we all know what happens, the bag rips,” he said. “We don’t want to be in that situation because there is a down side for both the event operators and the town if we are unable to deliver or support these events to become unsuccessful.”

Councilman Joe Hall looked at the problem as being a good thing and the town’s goal to create a mass in Ocean City that time of year is being reached.

“I think it is manageable and we need to continue to keep a can-do attitude even though it is a challenge, whether it’s a different location on the beach or address some of the town support,” Joe Hall said. “They [promoter] will have to do some contracted services to fill in for some of the support that the town currently does and make sure that they are doing their fair share of what they need to do out here on the beach and in the town.”

Shuster assured any issues are being worked on.

“We are doing everything in our power to accommodate as much as we can but at the same token we are going to have to have the support and cooperation among the groups to move some stuff around,” he said.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Weekly Poop 8/29/12

Roost #44 Poop
  • Dates to Remember:
    • Friday, – Water Conservation Group Meeting @ ...
    • Summer Raft-ups. Admiral Bill Cordwell, of the RR44 Navy has selected the dates for the fleet exercises:
      • Saturday, September 22
Meeting time and location will be announced later. You can sign up at the monthly meeting or contact Bill at or 443-669-4129.
    • Saturday, October 27 – Ravens Roost #44 Crab Feast, 1-5 p.m., Crab Bag (upstairs) 13005 Coastal Hwy.
      • Menu: All you can eat crabs, BBQ ribs, wings, corn on the cob, french fries, cole slaw, coors light, miller light on tap, and soda.
      • Cost: $40 per person and this includes tax and gratuity.
      • Contact: Marian Cicero at 410-250-2501 Home, 443-880-0862 Cell or sign up at the September or October meeting.
      • At this time, a member may bring a guest but based on response this event could be opened up for more guests. The cut off date is October 13th for the sign up and payment. Checks are to be made payable to RR44. No refunds can be made after October 13th.
    • Saturday, December 15 – Ravens Roost #44 Christmas Party. Details soon.
    • Saturday, April 13, 2013 – Ravens Roost #44 Dance. Details soon.
    • ROAD TRIP 2012-KANSAS CITY, MO – Our road trip this year will be Kansas City, MO-The Cue (as is barbeque) Capital of the World. The game is on 10/7. Mike finally received the booking contract signed by the hotel rep. You can now call in to reserve your rooms. You will need your credit card to reserve your room. Their hours for reservations are 8:30am to 5 pm. Call or contact Mike for further details at 410.250.3020 or at
    • From Kenny Taras: I am selling Tickets for the New Eng and Browns games. Sec 540, Row 10, Seats 11 and 12 for 180.00 dollars. Please post this when you get a chance PS includes bus seats. Thank you, Kenny Taras PHONE 443-235-3437
    • Sunday - Key West Party @ the VFW.
CONTACT ME TO RSVP -- NELSON 302 236 4171 or to reserve table
helpful hint---print out sticky return label w/ name & ph. # you will receive 40 raffle tickets to fill out for $20
ALSO I will be available to carry your luggage
projected temp in Feb. here-20 deg Marathon Fl.-80 deg
    • Saturday, September 8 - The last Roxana Chicken Dinner for the year is on Saturday 9/8. We meet at the Roxana Fire House on Rt.20 at 3:45 pm. If interested please contact Mary Kendall or 302-236-9617. Must know if you are coming by 5pm on Friday 9/7.

Ravens Poop
  • Good news notes and nuggets from Sarah Ellison’s Blog here. It’s getting to the point where I can hardly stand ESPN, but I do go Jamison Hensley’s Blog here to stay up to date with all of the AFC North news.
  • Looking for an Orioles Blog? Go to Britt’s Bird Watch for the latest Orioles news!
  • The Ravens Preseason comes to a close on Thursday @ 7:00pm as the Ravens travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams.

Local Poop
  • Today – Free Concerts on the Beach, On the Beach at North Division Street.
Live Tonight: Front Page News (Classic Rock)
Free, live entertainment every Wednesday, 8:00pm - 9:30pm from July 11 - August 29 (except August 1). Enjoy tribute bands and local favorites. Treat yourself to a collection of summer beach music, watch the sun set, view the sparkling blue ocean and dance by moonlight. There is no better setting for relaxing than Concerts on the Beach. The beach beat will have your hands clapping and your toes tapping to the variety of entertainment from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. each Wednesday evening. For more information about Concerts on the Beach, call the Ocean City Department of Recreation and Parks at 410-250-0125. Entertainment subject to change without notice.
  • Today – Free Movies on the Beach - 117th St. on the beach at the Carousel Resort Hotel. Enjoy a movie on the beach with our 16-foot projector. Each week a general audience movie is presented free of charge. Bring a blanket & enjoy the night beside the ocean. Movie starts around 8:30 p.m.
Summer Movie Schedule:
    • August 29: The Zookeeper
For more information, call 410-524-1000.
  • Tomorrow – Sunset Park Party Nights - Free Live Concert, S. Division St. & the Bay. Every Thursday night in July and August from 7pm - 9pm. Watch the sun set over the Isle of Wight Bay from the perfect location in Ocean City! Sunset Park is located along South Division Street between Philadelphia Avenue and the Bay in downtown Ocean City.
All concert admissions and parking are free and open to the public. Beverages, including beer, are available for purchase by the Ocean City Recreation Boosters. All proceeds are used for youth programs in Ocean City.
Please bring your own chair.
Concert Schedule:August 30: Kevin Poole (Acoustic Guitar)
For more information, 1-800-626-2326 or 410-250-0125.
  • Tomorrow – Free Movies on the Beach - 91st St. on the beach at the Princess Royale Hotel. Enjoy a movie on the beach with our 16-foot projector. Each week a general audience movie is presented free of charge. Bring a blanket & enjoy the night beside the ocean. Movie starts around 8:30 p.m.
Summer Movie Schedule:
    • August 30: Hugo
For more information, call 1-800-476-9253.
  • Tomorrow – At the Freeman Stage at Bayside – First State Ballet, 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Classical and contemporary ballet highlights performed by First State Ballet Theatre, Delaware’s professional ballet company. Enjoy an enchanting performance by this professional company of bright young dancers performing under the artistic direction of Kirov-trained Pasha Kambalov. Free!
  • Friday thru Sunday - Labor Day Weekend Art & Craft Festival, Convention Center, 40th St. & Bay. A tasteful mix of mediums including original oil & watercolors, woodworking & furniture, stained glass, glass art, oils, scents, candles, pottery and ceramics. Unique items for gifts and household. Located at the Convention Center on 40th Street. Hours: Friday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm. For more information, contact
  • Friday – At the Freeman Stage at Bayside – Doo-Wop Celebration with the Bronx Wanderers, 7:00pm - 9:00pm. SOLD OUT! No additional tickets will be released. With superlative vocals and musicianship, dynamic enthusiasm and a genuine love of the music they perform, The Bronx Wanderers recreate the magic of the 50’s and 60’s music. Enjoy the liberating sound of doo-wop and rock and roll and an evening of toe-tapping, hand clapping and dancing in the aisles during this energetic performance. $10* • Kids are free! *A handling fee will be applied to all ticket purchases. Due to an expected high attendance for this event, large items such as coolers, blankets, umbrellas, picnic baskets, and folding tables will not be permitted inside the venue.
  • Saturday (morning) – At the Freeman Stage at Bayside – Great Big Faces with Paul Merklein, 10:00am - 12:00pm. Merklein’s unique show combines art, comedy and audience participation. Merklein draws famous faces and people right from the audience. Who will he draw next? His show is described as “Amazing”, “A Huge Hit” and “Funny and Cool” by reporters and fans. Free!
  • Saturday - At the Freeman Stage at Bayside - Summer Season Finale & Fireworks, 7:00pm - 9:00pm. With the internationally recognized Morgan State University Choir and Opera Workshop, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony and Maestro Benichou bring you a program of vocal and instrumental favorites including selections from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. Stick around for the fireworks over The Freeman Stage! Free!
  • Sunday – Beach Lights Spectacular, On the Beach at North Division St. Beach Lights Spectacular is a new, exciting show featuring lasers, lights and special effects displayed on a giant 5-story beach ball choreographed to action-packed music. Beach Lights Spectacular will be lighting up Ocean City three times a night every Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day! Show times are 9:30pm, 10:00pm and 10:30pm.
  • Sunday – Beach Fireworks, On the Beach at North Division St. Beach Fireworks Display is an amazing fireworks show choreographed to music. This event will take place every Tuesday night starting May 29, 2012 at 10:30 on the beach at North Division Street in downtown Ocean City. The shows will run through the entire summer.
    The final fireworks show will be Sunday (not Tuesday), September 2nd and will be part of the 10:30pm Beach Lights Spectacular Show. This will be the grand finale of the summer.

Funny Poop
  • A beautiful woman loved growing tomatoes, but couldn't seem to get her tomatoes to turn red. One day, while taking a stroll, she came upon a gentleman neighbor who had the most beautiful garden full of huge red tomatoes. The woman asked the gentlemen,"What do you do to get your tomatoes so red?" The gentlemen responded, "Well, twice a day I stand in front of my tomato garden naked in my trench coat and flash them. My tomatoes turn red from blushing so much." Well, the woman was so impressed; she decided to try doing the same thing to her tomato garden to see if it would work. So twice a day for two weeks she flashed her garden hoping for the best. One day the gentleman was passing by and asked the woman, "By the way, how did you make out? Did your tomatoes turn red?" No", she replied, "but my cucumbers are enormous."

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  • Life is short. Focus on the good.
  • Have a safe and festive Labor Day Weekend!


Baltimore Ravens, let’s go
And put that ball across the line
So fly with talons spread wide
Go in and strike with Ravens pride
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Ravens dark wings take flight
Dive in and show them your might
For Baltimore and Maryland
You will fly on to victory

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Need a Pep Talk?

Ray Lewis Has a Pep Talk for You

NFL Star Often Fires Up Total Strangers; A Soliloquy for the Local Swim Club

Ray Lewis, a former Super Bowl MVP, a 13-time NFL Pro Bowl selection and future Hall of Famer, is famous for his speeches. These spontaneous fire-and-brimstone epics, which call to mind the classic speeches of Rockne and Lombardi, have become the stuff of legend. Ever since a few of his booming pep talks to his Baltimore Ravens teammates ended up on the Internet, he's become widely regarded as one of the best orators in sports.

But here's the funny thing about Lewis's speech-making: It's not something he reserves for his Ravens teammates. In fact, it's not something he reserves at all.

Read the entire article HERE.

Traffic Advisory Tomorrow


Drivers Should Plan Ahead for Bridge Openings Wednesday

The State Highway Administration (SHA) is performing routine maintenance work on the US 50 (Harry W. Kelley Memorial) Bridge over the Sinepuxent Bay in Ocean City on Wednesday, August 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Crews will open the bridge periodically for test openings that should last no longer than those needed for an average vessel’s passage.
If inclement weather prevents the maintenance work as originally scheduled, crews will perform the work the next day, Thursday, August 30 during the same hours. SHA will use message signs, cones and barrels to guide traffic through the work zone.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Ravens camp report: It's time for Flacco, offense to lead the way

There is a good chance this is the year Flacco explodes into a truly elite player. We've heard (and said) this before, but everything is set up for him to do it. In fact, I think Flacco will have almost an Aaron Rodgers type of breakout season and that will lead the Ravens to the Super Bowl.

For practically their entire existence the Ravens have been a defensive team. The franchise has at times almost neglected the offense, or at the very least subverted itself to little brother status too easily. This is the year that should change. Quarterback Joe Flacco has said repeatedly he believes this offense could be top five this season, and he's right. One NFC scout told me he thinks this offense is on the verge of becoming a juggernaut.

Read the entire article HERE.