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Archive for January, 2010

How to Not Make Money…Try Writing Poetry

To paraphrase Waylon and Willie: "Momma don't let your babies grow up to be poets." Not if you want them to take care of you in your old age. This is my long awaited, feverishly anticipated annual poetry column. I will use the space to touch on my long career in writing verse and how it has affected me psychologically and financially. I believe I wrote my first poem at the age of nine. It was called “The Man Who Went To War.” It started something like this:” I’m the man who went to war/ I wasn’t rich and I wasn’t poor/ I was just an ordinary guy/ Who wanted to live /But didn’t want to see others die….. I grew up during World War11 and was much affected by it. One... Read More

If We Continue to Work Together 2010 Should be a Good Year for Tourism

Tourism is a very competitive business. Tourism during a recession is even more competitive. Ocean City held its own last year in most aspects of tourism and moved ahead in others. The forecast is positive for 2010. The City has become more aggressive in its advertising thanks to the Tourism Commission that is funded by an addition to the mercantile tax. The Chamber of Commerce headed by Michele Gillian has made great strides with its website, Face Book marketing and city wide promotions. Our volunteers save us thousands of dollars by helping to support many special events such as Night In Venice, the Baby Parade, the Halloween Parade, etc. These events would not be possible without their help. The Ocean City Retail Merchants Assn., the Boardwalk Merchants Assn., Main Street , the Board... Read More

Carolyn Murphy Contributed, Much; MLK Program Set

Carolyn Boyd Murphy spoke softly, worked hard, and never discussed her many achievements. Born in the midst of the Great Depression, she was a child in that era when TV, air conditioning and supermarkets were unknown. When folks gathered around the family radio for news of the world and entertainment. When you were lucky to have a job. As a young adult, she began her career as a teacher at St. Augustine’s School and then took over the family’s electronic business when her father died. She and her late husband, Charles, operated Boyd’s Radio and TV for 50 years. Charles was the mechanical genius (he could fix anything) and Carolyn handled the business end. That, plus raising a family of three children, would have been a full time job for anyone. But... Read More

City to Cement Sister City Relationship with Philippines Jan. 14

Ocean City will officially establish a Sister City relationship with the municipality of San Jose in the Philippines on Jan.14 when City Council adopts a resolution initiated by Mayor Sal Perillo. San Jose Occidental Mindoro, is described as one of the fastest growing City’s in the Philippines. It is a progressive, booming community and the area surrounding it is known for its agricultural, tourism and craft industries.  San Jose has already passed its resolution endorsing the cooperative effort. The City’s resolution will cement the relationship. The two communities will begin working on mutually beneficial projects. Ocean City will highlight products produced in the Philippines in June with a two-day crafts festival at its Sports and Civic Center. Area businesses and the public will be invited. The City will present a musical tribute to... Read More