Authors Posts by Donald Wittkowski

Donald Wittkowski

251 POSTS 0 COMMENTS

Ocean City Tourism Campaign Gets Big Boost From E-Marketing

Visits to Ocean City’s vacation website have nearly doubled this year as e-marketing continues to generate more business for the beach town during both the peak summer months and the off-season, tourism officials said Thursday...

Historic Ocean City Life-Saving Station Becomes a Museum

Rescuers would peer out from the small “watch tower” on the roof of the Ocean City Life-Saving Station, searching the seas for any distressed or sinking ships. If one was spotted close to shore, the surf men, as the rescue crews were known then, would frantically take action, either launching their lifeboats or deploying a rope-operated system to save the ship passengers. Grueling, dangerous and dramatic, that is how shipwreck rescues unfolded from the late 1800s to the early 1900s at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station, a piece of maritime history that still stands at the corner of Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue...

Shoppers Stream to Downtown Ocean City for “Small Business Saturday”

They don’t have free horse and carriage rides at the mall. Nor do they offer personalized service. And the store owner? Well, at the mall, it’s probably a big corporation. But in a small town like Ocean City, it’s probably your friend or neighbor...

Winter Clothing Drive Helps Ocean City’s Needy Families

There were piles of coats, sweaters, boots, scarves, hats, blankets and comforters. Some items still had price tags attached. A Columbia brand woman’s purple coat, for instance, retailed for $160. All of the articles of clothing and bedding were neatly folded on tables or tucked away in plastic bags, seemingly ready for sale at the Black Friday shopping rush. But this scene wasn’t at some department store. Instead, it was at the Ocean City Board of Realtors office on 22nd Street...

Ecumenical Service at St. Peter’s Celebrates Spirit of Thanksgiving

If sleigh bells represent the arrival of Christmas, then it might be said that the bells at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church herald the start of the Thanksgiving season. At precisely 7 p.m. Tuesday, the church bells began chiming for a community-wide ecumenical service that brought nearly 300 worshippers together at St. Peter’s to celebrate the holiday. “It’s a blessed time to give thanks,” Dr. Richard Stanislaw, a leader at St. Peter’s, said in welcoming remarks that symbolized the spirit of Thanksgiving...

Ocean City Police Campaign Focuses on Holiday Highway Safety

Two big road signs that served as bookends on 29th Street between West and Bay avenues made one thing very clear to truck drivers: Stay out of this neighborhood. “No trucks,” they warned. “Local traffic only.” If the signs weren’t enough, Officer John Porreca parked his Ocean City police sport utility vehicle on 29th Street on Monday in a highly visible spot. He was ready to issue tickets to any truck driver who ventured through the residential neighborhood...

Christmas Countdown Begins Saturday Morning in Downtown Shopping District

Don’t be bashful about wearing your pajamas to do your holiday shopping. This Saturday morning will be no time to sleep late. If you snooze, you’ll lose out on the deals offered by downtown merchants during the kickoff for the holiday shopping season. Shoppers dressed in pajamas will be welcomed...

Henry’s Adds Bling to the Boardwalk

Jeff Sherman, a centerfielder who batted cleanup, was the good baseball player. Sam Koperwas, a second baseman mired at the bottom of the batting order, was the not-so-good player. Despite the disparity in their athletic skill, the two Little Leaguers who grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., formed a friendship that continues today in their late 60s...

Marla Adams: Ocean City’s Homegrown Star

It was during a Christmas performance at St. Peter’s Methodist Church in Ocean City in 1942 that a little girl sensed stardom awaited her. Just 4 years old at the time, Marla Adams knew she had the church audience in the palm of her hand when she sang a rousing rendition of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

Ocean City Quiet Festival Celebrates Sounds of Silence

What’s the perfect antidote for a noisy, raucous, headache-inducing presidential election? A giant mute button, perhaps? Well, maybe. But, believe it or not, there is someplace that celebrates the sweet sounds of silence. So, shut up and listen. We’ll tell you what it is...