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Ocean City Restaurant Week

Spring continues to be a super busy time for the Association as we prepare for the summer. Our 11th Annual Ocean City Restaurant Week runs April 23 through May 7 and features menus sure to please every palate. Stop by a local favorite, The Hobbit Restaurant, on Sunday through Wednesday, and you’ll find a celebration of its 40th anniversary with $40 bottles of wine — which normally run $40-$70. Check out our gorgeous new website, which features all the menus and details, www.oceancityrestaurantweek.com.

Making a Difference for Neighbors
Once again, the OCHMRA has partnered with the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore for the DINEUnited competition. New this year? STAYUnited, a competition for hotel/motel members. These competitions are a chance for Ocean City hotels and restaurants to make a real difference for the local community as funds raised stay on the Eastern Shore. Both DINEUnited and STAYUnited will take place over the summer. Businesses are encouraged to develop creative fundraising ideas and compete in different categories based on the size of their restaurant or hotel. Since 1944, the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore has focused on improving the lives of our neighbors in need in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, and Dorchester counties. Currently, it provides critical support for 62 programs and 29 partner agencies, directly impacting over 76,000 local neighbors in need.

Best Practices Meeting
Lodging general managers and owners gathered for a pre-season roundtable to discuss best practices and challenges facing their industry. Topics included revenue optimization, new inventory hitting the market, staffing challenges, handling potential states of emergency, and booking patterns.  “The meeting proved useful for idea sharing and staying in touch with our colleagues,” stated Annemarie Dickerson, owner of the Francis Scott Key Family Resort. A post-season roundtable is being planned for October.

New Places to Call Home
Kathryn Gordon has joined Worcester County as the new deputy director of economic development. She and director Merry Mears are working diligently to bring more tech and manufacturing jobs to the county.
Congratulations to Kim Broeckel, the new assistant manager at Coconut Malorie.
Carissa Scaniffe has joined the team at the Commander Hotel in sales and guest relations.
Welcome to Tracy Rice, new guest services and marketing manager, and Joanne Cunningham, director of sales for the Dunes Manor Hotel.
Congrats to Regina Brittingham, the new regional sales manager at the OC Convention Center.
Welcome Stacy Schaffer, now territory manager at Mercantile Processing.
Jaime Erby has been bumped up to the new GM at FishTales Bar & Grill.
Sleep Inn & Suites has become part of the Ascend Hotel Collection, rebranded as the Gateway Hotel & Suites.
Congrats to Mary Susan Jones and the team at Howard Johnson OF Plaza who won another award, “Best of Howard Johnson 2016.”
Welcome to Bobbi Sample, the new GM of the Casino at Ocean Downs.
ASSOCIATION NEWS OCHMRA Susan L. Jones

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