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The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce held its 2014 installation of officers and board of directors last week at the Ocean City Yacht Club. It was a clear, cold evening when I waved to Tom Heist talking on his cell phone as I walked into the yacht club with Kim Davidson and we stopped to check our coats with Aimee Repici.
Aimee reports The Chatterbox has been sold with the new owners taking title April 1 and plan to be open before Easter. Caitlin Greene and Barbara Brown greeted guests when they arrived while Shawnda McGinnis and Rose Savastano corralled chamber board members for pictures taken by Erick Weeks.
Jean Jacobson and this columnist enjoyed watching Erick trying to get 30-plus members smiling and looking at the camera at the same time. Caitlin Greene is looking forward to her upcoming mission trip “Soles for Souls” to Guatemala where they will deliver shoes and clothing to those in need.
Rose and George Savastano were getting away from the cold weather as they were leaving Saturday for a Caribbean cruise on the Princess line. Denise Jessel received compliments on her leopard print sweater she got in Key West while husband Gary looked sharp in a tan tweed suit.
Becky Friedel is a new member of the chamber board while husband Larry, who sported a dark suit and tie, said the only board you’ll see him on is a surfboard. Phil Perri turned heads when he shed his trademark shorts on this cold evening and sported navy slacks and sport jacket. I enjoyed catching up with Chris and Bob Adams and Gazette sales associate Robin Minichino sampling the hors d’oeuvres.
Greg Sykora reports his popular band, SSPs, will be playing at the Ocean City High School surf team benefit at the yacht clubon March 15 and at the dinner after the Harry Vanderslice-Jack Davis Golf Tournament May 21 at Greate Bay Country Club.
Brian Broadley admitted he’s going to miss heading the chamber after his two year stint as president, however, he will have more time to spend with daughter Paige, who will graduate OCHS in June and is headed to the College of Charleston in September. Daughter Taylor will graduate from St. Joe’s in May and be joining the workforce. Caren Broadley is looking forward to a vacation with her best friend, Peggy Momyer, in Florida.
With Bill McMahon III taking the reins of the chamber, the McMahon Agency was out in force at the dinner. Thanks to Carmel Hines, who sported a rhinestone snowman pin on her jacket, for gathering McMahon employees together for a picture. Carmel enjoyed her Christmas vacation in Nicaragua visiting daughter Angela and her new granddaughter, Jasmine, born Dec. 14.
Claudia Miller has been with McMahon for 10 years and lives in Dennis Township. Angela Wolfe lives in Northfield, has been the McMahon for 23 years and loves to travel. Terry Sikoryak boasts he is the father of six children. Bonnie Ash recently enjoyed a Caribbean cruise on the Princess line. Bonnie is married and has two sons and, according to co-worker Mark Grampp, is a fabulous baker and cook, often sharing culinary treats with her co-workers.
Nick Marotta loves to promote Ocean City and reports business is good, summer rentals are up and Sandy is in the rearview mirror. Congrats to Nick and wife Fran, who are celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary March 20. Cape May County Surrogate Susan Sheppard wanted to know when she stopped being a VIP. Maria Marinelli invited me to the Board of Realtors Circle of Excellence winter social at The Flanders on Feb. 28.
Gloria and Hank Votta recently rescued another cat from the Ocean City Humane Society. Six-month-old Chloe joins the Votta’s 4-year-old rescue cat, Vinnie, and both are getting along just fine. Joe Carideo missed the picture I took of his tablemates, but wasn’t upset about it. Brian Broadley singled this columnist out when he was trying to get this rowdy crowd to take their seats for dinner. Brian welcomed everyone to the dinner then chamber Executive Director Michele Gillian introduced the dignitaries.
Jeff Van Drew and Bob Andrzejczak stopped by to congratulate the new officers, but once again couldn’t stay for dinner. I enjoyed dinner with my neighbor Gregg Matis, Kathy Taylor, Jim Bauer, Michael Dukeman, Carol Heenan, Eric Wakabayashi, Susan Sheppard and Marie and Lloyd Hayes. We all congratulated Carol Heenan, who as first vice president is the lady in waiting to take over the helm of the chamber in two years. Antwan McClellan and Mike DeVlieger stopped by our table to chat.
While guests enjoyed their dessert and coffee, Mayor Jay Gillian installed the directors, officers and Bill McMahon III as president of the chamber. Bill joked about not being as dapper as his predecessor, Brian Broadley, when he presented him with a Golden Comb award.
Scott Williams gathered another group of McMahon employees together for a picture. Scott and wife Elaine are busy this winter attending the wrestling matches of their three sons, Sam, Louie and Nick.
Christina Scarborough lives in Ocean City and has been with McMahon since 2001. BJ O’Connell has a 4-year-old son, Patrick, and has worked at McMahon for six years. JoAnn Venditto lives in Egg Harbor Township, has two daughters and has worked at McMahon for 12 years. Suzie Paisley is looking forward to a vacation in St. Thomas in March. Zach Eberson has been in charge of the McMahon condo department for six months. Zach is married to Brittany (Sedbury) and they have one son, Gabriel, born Oct. 25. Zach and Brittany met while working on the Ocean City Beach Patrol.
Thanks to Jean McAlister for letting me sit in her seat while I caught up with Karen Mahar. Doug Bergen likes to take pictures, but wanted no part of getting in one of my pictures. Sandy and Bill McMahon Jr. looked mighty proud when their son was installed as president of the chamber, a position Bill Jr. held a while back. Anita McMahon’s parents, Anita and George Dudzek, who live in Osprey Point, were on hand for the installation.
Ron Denney and I talked about a possible trip that is in the planning stages. Julia and Mike Dattilo are headed to Disney World over Easter with their daughters, Maria and Joey, who will be performing with The Dance Place at the park. I caught up with Winnie Piriano as we picked up our coats from the closet and headed home.