Nacho Mama’s Owner Killed in Ocean City Bike Accident


Patrick Michael McCusker, the owner of  two popular Canton eateries, Nacho Mama’s and Mama’s On the Halfshell, was killed last night when his bike collided with a bus in Ocean City.

From the Ocean City Police Dept. website:

On August 24, 2012, at approximately 8:38 p.m. Ocean City Police and Paramedics responded to the north bound lanes of 132nd Street and Coastal Highway, in reference to vehicle collision involving an Ocean City Municipal bus and a bicycle.

Emergency personnel arrived at the scene and determined that a bicycle being operated by an adult male impacted a city bus that was travelling in the north bound bus lane, in the area of 132th Street and Coastal Highway.

The operator of the bicycle was seriously injured and treated at the scene by OC EMS.  The cyclist was taken by ambulance to Atlantic General Hospital and then transferred to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where he later died.  The deceased has been identified as: Patrick Michael McCusker, 49, of Cockeysville, Maryland.

Ocean City Police are investigating this fatal collision.  The identity of the municipal bus driver involved in this collision is not being released at this time.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the OCPD, SGT R. Townsend at: 410-520-5357.

Summer Getaway: Dreamy House On Shelter Island


 HOT HOUSE: 7 Clinton Avenue, Shelter Island, New York, 11964

Gingerbread Victorian, circa 1890, restored. 1,799 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, with harbor views.  Quarter acre landscaped lot. Walk to town, ferry, marina, tennis, beach: $825,000

Hot and Miserable? There’s Still Time to Go Down the Ocean, Hon


Can we be honest? Can we just admit that the second half of summer in Baltimore kinda sucks?

Don’t get me wrong, I fiercely love the first half. I love a June afternoon at the pool, I love my first ten snowballs, I love the way my yard looks on Father’s Day and I love the the jumbo crabs from Captain Trey’s. Then mid-July hits and with it comes the brutal mid-Atlantic mugginess. Now an afternoon poolside requires me to actually get in the pool, the snowballs don’t help my swimwear anxiety, my yard is brown and crunchy and the salt in the crabs makes me swell like a tick.

Ocean City Listed Among Top 10 Most Crowded Beaches in America


Travel and Leisure has named Ocean City one of the most crowded beaches in America.

“Visitors began arriving here after the Civil War by stagecoach and ferry. They wouldn’t recognize the beach town now, when more than 300,000 visitors come for the July 4th weekend alone, crowding restaurants, shops, Trimper’s boardwalk carousel, and, of course, the sand.”

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Beach Season: Around the Corner and Over the Bridge


Every year in early May my husband and I head to the Maryland-Delaware shore. After a flurry of spring activity and before the final stretch of graduations, weddings and end-of-the-year activities, we soak up the solitude.

This spring’s beach retreat was cool, sometimes sunny, sometimes foggy and drizzling, sometimes down right cold. The weather never matters.

We walk empty beaches and residential roads. I sometimes rent a bike. We read and draw, shop in well-stocked stores, eat in half-full restaurants, sit on the porch in sweatshirts, watch the waves and look for porpoises. This year a magical supermoon appeared.