Ocean City Tennis Center Hosts “National” Junior Tennis Tournament!

Tournament L-6 2014 008(June 24, 2014) – The Delmarva Junior Open, traditionally known as a “Mid-Atlantic” USTA event, drew players from across the country last weekend, as participants from Texas, Tennessee, Florida, and Pennsylvania traveled to Ocean City to compete.   Despite a slight dip in participants, likely due to new regional tournaments in the Washington D.C. area, the Delmarva Junior Open was an overall success.


“We were delighted with the quality of play and the ability to draw players from across the nation,” stated Tennis Director, Dr. Keith Coleman, who also served as the Tournament Director.  “There is some competition from the higher level tournaments in the region during this time of year so we didn’t see the number of participants that we had anticipated, but we are hopeful that making some changes to the timing of the event could greatly impact the tournament in the future.”


In the Girl’s 16 Division, Celicilia Cress (Winchester,Va) was the champion by going undefeated in round robin play.  Maureen MacLeod (Chestertown, MD) was the runner-up.  In the Girl’s 18 Division the semi-final matches were highly contested.  In the first semi-final, Samanta Sterling (McKinney, TX) edged Nicole Shennett (Germantown, TN) by the score of 6-4, 6-4.  In the second semi-final, Katarina Stevanovich (Delray Beach, FL) narrowly beat Peyton Schaffer (McMurray, PA) 7-5, 6-2.  Stevanovich went on to cruise in the finals 6-0, 6-0. 


The next junior tournament at the Ocean City Tennis Center (OCTC) will be the Ocean City Open scheduled for August 1-3, 2014.  All tournaments played at the OCTC are sanctioned by the USTA.  For more information or for registration, you can call the tennis center at 410.524.8337or the Recreation and Parks Department at 410.250.0125.  Also, visit http://oceancitymd.gov/Recreation_and_Parks/tennis_center.html




Ocean Bowl Bash – Presented by Quiet Storm – Will Kick-Off Dew Tour

(June 17, 2014) – Ocean Bowl Skate Park, located at 3rd Street and St. Louise Avenue, will host Ocean City’s 3rd Annual Ocean Bowl Bash, on Tuesday, June 24. This will be a day of FREE SKATE for all ages, beginning at 2:00 p.m. and ending at dark. Multiple vendors, contests with prizes, and live bands will add to the excitement for skaters of all ages. The Dew Tour Street Team, and Ocean 98, will be in attendance, with special guest appearances.


The day of free skate begins at 2:00 p.m., with contests and guests announced throughout the day.  Live music will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will include local bands and jocks including, Whiff-Wall Ride Records, Chuck Treece with Ultimate Robot DJ, Hot Sauce Sandwich, Gaffney Bros., Funk Shue’ and Hooplas.

Multiple vendors will be present, including Quiet Storm, K-Coast, Sector Nine, Dimensions, Swirled World, Lucky Surf Shop, and Ish Boutique. Concessions will be for sale, including, fresh-squeezed concoctions form Crazy 8’s.

This year’s program is being presented by Quiet Storm and held in partnership with Grind for Life and Coca-Cola.  Limited street parking will be available so the public should consider taking public transit. All skaters under age 18 must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or guardian in order to participate.

Any photographer and/or member of the media interested in attending should contact Recreation Supervisor, Ron Stickler (rstrickler@oceancitymd.gov, or 410.250.0125), for information and credentials.

For more information about visit Ocean City’s Ocean Bowl Bash, visit: http://oceancitymd.gov/Recreation_and_Parks/  or call 410.289.BOWL.



Ocean City Tennis Academy and Pee Wee Camps Offer State of the Art Tennis Instruction to Local Youth!

(June 16, 2014) – Many people argue over the official “beginning” of summer, but for the Ocean City Tennis Center’s youth programs the Junior Tennis Academy and Pee Wee Camps are the heart and soul of the junior programs.  The Ocean City Tennis Academy serves youth from ages 8-18 and runs from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. four days a week for five weeks throughout the summer.  The Pee Wee Camps serve children ages 4-7 and runs from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. during the same weeks.

The first camp session is June 23-26 at the 61st Street facility run by the Ocean City Recreation & Parks Department and there is currently room available in both programs for participants.  The programs have been carefully developed under the leadership of Dr. Keith Coleman who is serving in his 10th years at the Director of Tennis.  Dr. Coleman just returned from a weeklong training event at the Sanchez-Casals Academy in Naples, Florida, the same academy that trained Wimbledon Champion, Andy Murray.

“I love to attend these conferences as we are introduced to the state of the art in tennis training and instruction for our junior academy,” Coleman commented.  “We are closely following the United States Tennis Associations (USTA) guidelines for 10 and under tennis for both the younger kids in the Academy and for our Pee Wee Clinic.  We are amazingly fortunate to have three Certified United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) professionals on staff this year and that allows us to give the very best instruction available in the area.”

Subsequent camp sessions will be held; July 7-10, July 14-17, July 21-14, and August 4-7.  The cost for the three-hour academy is only $126 for OC residents and $146 for non-residents and for the two-hour Pee Wee Camp it is $92 for OC residents and $112 for non-residents.

“You can rest assured that your kids are going to get the ‘best possible start’ in tennis, both in terms of quality of instruction and having fun by enrolling in these great programs,” Coleman added. “It’s hard to find a better deal in Ocean City.  You get quality supervision for your children, you’re introducing them to a sport they can play for a lifetime and you’re doing it with amazingly qualified and experienced instructors!  That’s why the kids say, ‘We’re #1!’ Don’t miss out on the fun.” For more information or for registration, you can call the tennis center at 410.524.8337 or the Recreation and Parks Department at 410.250.0125.


Beauty Spot Award nominees sought

bay(June 18, 2014) -The Ocean City Beautification Committee is seeking nominations in eight categories in which someone can win a 2014 Beauty Spot Award, including residential, condominium, retail, hotel, motel, commercial, restaurant and Boardwalk. Only nominated properties will be judged.  Help is needed by the Beautification Committee in finding those special properties that are evidence of civic pride and community beauty.

A property can be nominated by anyone– the resident or owner of a residence or business, a relative, neighbor, friend, customer or just a passerby. Once all nominations are in, the Beautification Committee will travel around town to view all the nominated properties.

Judging is based on plants, flowers, trees, shrubbery, grasses, design, layout, etc. that complement the property. Even those properties with little or no ground in which to plant can imaginatively use containers, planters, window boxes, hanging baskets or something else to improve the “curb-side” appeal of their property can be nominated. Also, those who make an effort to beautify unattractive areas such as dumpsters, electric boxes, etc., can be recognized. The winners, with their awards, will be presented in the fall at a Mayor and City Council meeting.

To nominate a property, please call Donna Greenwood, chairperson, at 410-289-7060, mail nominations to OCBC, Department of Recreation and Parks, 200 – 125th Street, Ocean City, MD 21842 or email to ocbeautification@hotmail.com before the July 5, 2014 deadline. Please be sure to include the property owner’s name, correct street address and a contact phone number, as well as your name with a phone number so that the location and information can be verified.



Ocean City Hosts Coronel of Brazilian Beach Patrol

(June 16, 2014) – Ocean City welcomed a prominent guest this week, as the leader of Rio de Janeiro’s 1,500 member Beach Patrol made his way from the beautiful beaches of Brazil to the quaint eastern shore of Maryland.  At Monday night’s Mayor and City Council meeting, Coronel Jose Maria de Andrade, who will spend the week in Ocean City observing, learning and training with the Ocean City Beach Patrol, was presented with a key to the city.

Coronel Andrade arrived in Ocean City on Sunday, June 15, just in time to participate in day one of the Ocean City Beach Patrol’s final 2014 Surf Rescue Academy.  Participating alongside 41 rookie Surf Rescue Technicians, Coronel Andrade will be learning all aspects of surf lifesaving.  In addition, part of his time in Ocean City will include aspects of the Beach Patrol’s organizational structure, including the command structure, training, equipment, evaluations and interactions with other town departments and public safety agencies.

“We are thrilled to host Coronel Andrade and feel extremely privileged to use our training and knowledge to improve safety on the beaches of Brazil,” commented Ocean City Emergency Services Director Joseph Theobald.  “Our Beach Patrol has assisted in establishing beach patrols in South Padre Island, Texas and has provided technical assistance and guidance to many other surf lifesaving agencies around the world and throughout the United States. We are extremely honored to begin this partnership with Coronel Andrade and the Rio de Janeiro Beach Patrol.”

The partnership between the Ocean City Beach Patrol and the Rio de Janeiro Beach Patrol was proposed last winter when OCBP alumni Mark McCleskey learned that an average of 7,148 people drown each year in Brazil, equaling nearly 179,300 deaths over the past 25 years.  Knowing that drowning is one of the most preventable causes of accidental death, McCleskey believed that a partnership between the two beach patrols would result in an essential exchange of information from the Maryland coast and the beaches of Brazil.

McCleskey, who currently lives in Annapolis, facilitated and financed the visit with his Brazilian business partner, Octavio Rezende Filho. “We certainly must thank Mr. McCleskey and Mr. Rezende for their passion and desire to make a difference in water safety and surf lifesaving,” Theobald continued. “We are hopeful that the information and training Coronel Andrade receives in Ocean City can be implemented in Rio de Janeiro to improve water safety and save lives.”