(March 29, 2013) Area residents are invited to participate in the inaugural West Ocean City Clean-up Day on Sunday, April 7.
Participants will work to clean up property at Seaside Christian Academy, land surrounding its athletic fields and Elliott’s Pond.
Because Elliott’s Pond is known as a prime birdwatching site, Dave Wilson, executive director of the Maryland Coastal Bays Program and an avid birdwatcher, will be present to assist in bird identifications.
The clean-up work could be used as service learning hours at schools and students are encouraged to participate.
Volunteers are asked to meet in the parking lot at 12637 A Ocean Gateway, just west of the White Marlin Mall, at 12:45 p.m. to sign waivers and to be assigned to work groups. Suggested attire includes long pants, long-sleeved shirts, sturdy shoes and work gloves.
Additional volunteers are being sought to provide light refreshments.
The clean-up is sponsored by the Maryland Coastal Bays Program and organized by the West Ocean City Association.
West Ocean City resident Chris Remmell, an association member, suggested the clean-up as a community activity during the association’s dinner meeting at Pepper’s Tavern in February. She said it could become an annual event for the group.
Youth, Remmell said, need to do service learning projects for school and they also need to learn to give back to their communities. She has enlisted some children to volunteer in advance of the clean-up day by soliciting donations from local businesses and by helping to organize the event.
“A lot of kids would like to do their community service projects for school outside,” she said. “This is a feel good project.”
Since then, she and others have worked on the project to make it a reality.
Remmell said a trailer and vehicles would be needed to take debris to the landfill and as a result, Ocean City resident Sue Vickers donated a trailer and residents Mike Maykrantz and Bud and Ally Church have donated the use of their vehicles to haul trash.
For additional information or to sign up, contact Remmell at email@example.com.
Members of the West Ocean City Association, primarily a social group that tackles occasional issues, planned to meet Thursday, March 28, for a social gathering at Sub Marina on Route 611. Its spring meeting to discuss any issues of concern is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, at the fire hall on Keyser Point Road. Prospective members are welcome.
Membership to the West Ocean City Association is available to any resident or business in the areas north of Snug Harbor Road to Isle of Wight Bay and east of Holly Grove Road to the Sinepuxent Bay. Dues are $12 per person. Business memberships, at the same fee, are available for either the business manager or owner.
For more information about the West Ocean City Association, contact Carolyn Cummins at 410-213-0586.