By Donald WittkowskiThe magazine that gave Ocean City oodles of free national publicity last year by crowning it as the “Best Beach in America” will feature the resort town again in an upcoming issue.Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, revealed Thursday night that Coastal Living Magazine plans to publicize one of the island’s wackiest Memorial Day weekend traditions.Known as the Business Persons Plunge, the annual event features hundreds of nattily attired men and women marching blithely into the surf to kick off what city officials hope will be a busy summer tourism season.Speaking during the Chamber of Commerce’s annual installation dinner of officers and board members, Gillian told the audience that Coastal Living contacted the city on Thursday for information about the Business Persons Plunge. The magazine plans to publish an item about the plunge in its May edition and may also highlight other Ocean City events, she said.“They asked about all special events that are unique to Ocean City,” Gillian said in an interview.Ocean City has established a lucrative relationship with Coastal Living that began with the town’s selection in 2016 as the “Best Beach in America” in a nationwide online poll conducted by the magazine.2017 Board Members of the Chamber of CommerceThe city was able to leverage the national publicity generated by the award to attract more tourists. Gillian is hopeful for similar results when Coastal Living highlights the Business Persons Plunge, which is scheduled for May 26, the Friday before Memorial Day.“The Best Beach in America award got so many people interested in Ocean City,” Gillian said. “To be featured in Coastal Living Magazine again is really an asset. They realize that Ocean City is the place to be.”The zany Business Persons Plunge underscores just how far the city will go to promote tourism during the all-important summer vacation season. The event is coupled with the city’s annual “Unlocking of the Ocean” ceremony to celebrate the start of summer during Memorial Day weekend.Cape May County Freeholder Jeff Pierson, who also addressed the Chamber of Commerce installation dinner, said visitors are enamored with Ocean City’s Boardwalk, amusements and other family-friendly attractions.“What I see happening in Ocean City is fantastic,” Pierson said.Another speaker, Cape May County Surrogate M. Susan Sheppard, told the audience that she is proud to be from Ocean City.“Ocean City is my home and my heart. I’ll always be an Ocean City girl,” Sheppard said.The Chamber of Commerce dinner, held at the Flanders Hotel, also featured the swearing in of the organization’s officers and board members by Mayor Jay Gillian.Cape May County Freeholder Brigadier General Jeffrey Pierson addressed the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Jay Gillian and Surrogate Judge Susan Sheppard look on.Sworn in as Chamber president was Carol Heenan of Garden Court Estates. Taking office as first vice president was Dave Allegretto of Fortress Financial.The Chamber’s second vice presidents include Robert H. Adams, of Tidelines Management Services Inc.; Thomas Aromando, of Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni and Kelly; Cricket Frank, of Impala Island Inn; Pat Gallelli, of Tahiti Inn; Gary Jessel, of Fox Real Estate; Scott Halliday, of Halliday-Leonard Contractors; Phil Perri, of Forum Motor Inn; Mark Reimet, of Ocean City Financial Group; and Ken Sedberry, of Berger Realty.Brian Broadley, of Broadley’s MDI, was sworn in as treasurer and Kim Davidson, of OceanFirst Bank, took office as secretary. Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, is touting new features that are planned for the vacation app this summer.
Anthony Saich, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs and faculty director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, has been named to Foreign Policy’s Pacific Power Index, a list of 50 of people shaping the future of the U.S.-Chinese relationship.Saich is considered a top scholar in the field of U.S.-Chinese relations, having first visited China as a student in 1976. He continues to visit the country each year. Currently, he is a guest professor at the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University, China. He also advises a wide range of government, private, and nonprofit organizations on work in China and elsewhere in Asia.The Pacific Power Index is designed to honor 50 people, each of whom “has been profoundly shaped by the intersections — sometimes the collisions — of these two great powers.” In regards to Saich, the editors write, “[Chinese Communist] party officials see Harvard as a prestigious and safe place to study, while Harvard benefits from the access a close relationship with China’s elite brings. At the forefront of this mutually beneficial relationship stands Professor Anthony Saich.”
Christopher H. Smith, of Brookville, was born on March 16, 1975 in Oxford, Ohio a son to Jesse and Carole Peak Smith. He married Holly Simmermeyer on September 11, 1999 at St. Michael’s Church and together they had two daughters. Chris was Vice President of B & F Plastics in Richmond for over 20 years where he mentored many fellow employees and helped make it the successful company it is today. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and the Franklin County Conservation Club. Chris loved to watch his daughters play sports, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, boating, shooting trap and traveling. On Sunday, September 20, 2020 at the age of 45, he passed away at UC Health in Cincinnati.Those surviving who will cherish Chris’ memory include his wife, Holly; two daughters, Laney and Maddy; parents, Carole and Jesse Smith; sister, Stephanie (Adam) King; mother-in-law, Millie Simmermeyer; 4 brothers-in-law, Dan (Carol), Doug (Cheryl), Steve (Nadine), and Greg Simmermeyer, and 2 sisters-in-law, Sharon (Mike) Wilson, and Jayne (Mark) Lanning. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Jerry Simmermeyer.Friends may visit with the family on Friday, September 25, 2020 from 4 until 7 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Father Vincent Lampert will officiate a Mass of Christian burial on Saturday at St. Michael Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. Burial will conclude services in St. Michael Cemetery.Due to the COVID-19 precautions and state mandates, all attending will be asked to follow proper social distancing protocol, including wearing a mask. If you are not feeling well, or if you have compromised immune system, you are encouraged to stay home.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to St. Michael School, 275 High Street, Brookville IN 47012. To sign the online register book or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Chris Smith.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass No. 2 Syracuse faces Miami for the second time this season on Saturday. Here are five keys for the Orange to remain undefeated:1. Get some production from the bench Tyler Ennis, C.J. Fair and Jerami Grant all played 40 minutes in Syracuse’s 59-54 win over Pittsburgh last Saturday. With DaJuan Coleman officially ruled out for the season and Jerami Grant officially moving to the starting lineup, SU’s bench becomes even thinner. The Orange doesn’t need Baye Moussa Keita, Michael Gbinije or Tyler Roberson to score 20; it just needs those three to provide quality minutes and take some of the burden off the starters.2. Find Trevor Cooney for in-rhythm shots early in the game Cooney has hit just 24 percent of his 3s the last three games. Ennis and Co. need to find him early in the game for good looks. If he gets going, that’s one more player Miami will need to worry about. He doesn’t need to shoot lights-out for Syracuse to be effective, but he needs to at least pose a threat from downtown.3. Push the ball This year’s Syracuse team relies on the fast break a lot less than teams in the past. Against Miami, though, the Orange should push the ball as much as possible. The Hurricanes want to slow the pace down, which is exactly what they did when they nearly upset Syracuse back on Jan. 4. The Orange won that game 49-44, but it could have gone either way. SU shouldn’t have a problem beating Miami if Ennis ignites the fast-break offense and looks for Grant and Fair for some high-flying finishes in transition.4. Pressure Manu Lecomte into turnovers The Belgium native is only 18 and has been up and down this season. He’s shown tremendous potential, but has also struggled to keep hold of the ball. Lecomte turned the rock over six times in Miami’s 67-46 loss to Duke on Wednesday. He’s still learning the intricacies of the point guard position. Syracuse steals the ball 9.5 times per game, and needs to make Lecomte’s life miserable Saturday afternoon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text5. Consistently rebound the ball The Orange is outrebounding its opponents by more than four per game this season, but its production on the glass was shoddy on Saturday against the Panthers. SU was manhandled on the boards. Pitt outrebounded Syracuse 35-24 overall and 16-4 on the offensive glass. Pittsburgh’s a very good rebounding team, and Talib Zanna and Lamar Patterson are relentless, but Syracuse needs to make a concerted effort to limit Miami’s second chances so that the exception against Pitt doesn’t become the norm. Comments