Piling Day might be called the unofficial start of summer in Ocean Park usually in the beginning of May when the sun first sets over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge pilings and the season of beautiful sunsets over the bay waters begins. Folks gather in the evenings to see the beauty unfold.
These stunning photographs are contributed by Chris Giersch. Thank you Chris for sharing them!
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The OPCL 2023 membership sticker will feature a beautiful Piling Day photograph by Kevin O’Hara! You can pay your $20 dues here opcl.org/aboutopcl/joinopcl/ and receive your membership sticker at our next meeting on March 9th, 7:00 pm at the Brock Center. (Or you can send your address to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll drop it off in your mailbox). Thank you Kevin O’Hara for contributing the beautiful photograph of Piling Day on our sticker!
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Everything is more expensive these days– including all the things that OPCL pays for with the income from dues. If you are able to give an amount over the $20 membership, it would go a long way towards helping OPCL continue to support the community in all the ways it has in the past. If you can- go into your PayPal or CheddarUp account and give $25, $30 or more. We appreciate your support!
Take a look back over the events in Ocean Park and the positive impact OPCL has had on the neighborhood: A Year in Ocean Park. Support the work and fun the civic league can provide thanks to your membership. We appeal to all residents of our community to consider joining OPCL. Annual dues are only $20 for a household : opcl.org Join OPCL. The civic league depends on your support to work on behalf of the Ocean Park Community.
What does your $20 annual membership pay for?
Civic league budget pays for the costs of getting information out – website costs, email blast Mailchimp services, snail mail post office box, IT services. We make contributions to Lynnhaven River Now, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and we give a four-year $1000 college scholarship every year. In addition, the civic league puts on two social events with great food and fun : the Spring Fling and Fall Fest are free to paid members. Please renew or join today, we depend on you.
Here’s a message from Mary Ellen Faust: “ I am always amazed at the people who come out to volunteer for the OPCL cleanups for OUR Adopt-A-Spot, Pleasure House Point Natural Area. Especially on a day like today with temperatures in the 30’s! Today more than 200 pounds of refuse were removed with the help of 18 volunteers! Ashley and Levy, her lovely lab, were first out! Our civic league president, Danny Murphy, didn’t just show up, he was out there for the full three hours, wading out in the water and in the reeds, making drops and going back out for more!! Tetsuo O. and Debbie Cohen (pictured below) came early, too! Thanks to Liz Janney, Joshua, Anita and Savannah Montgomery, Merle Younkin, Michael Pearman (dragged out a pickup truck tailgate!), Dave Fortier (working the creeks!), Kevin and Sayer Davis brought more car parts and “stuff” (overachievers!), Laura Hugings and Christina Miller (came for a walk and joined right in!), Chrissy Mason and Georgia Pitrone!! If I left anyone off, apologies, however, considering that I had little hope that ANYONE would even show, I was truly overwhelmed by the support!! Thanks again you lovely people!!”
The Bayfront Advisory Commission met on Thursday, February 16th at the Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad. At the meeting Mr. Dan Adams gave several updates on sand replenishment along the bay and about the dune grass planting: “A contract is being prepared for dune grass and sand fence installation as follow on to compliment the beach restoration work completed last spring. This work will occur in March. The next placement and source of sand for Ocean Park will most likely be the next cycle of dredging of the Lynnhaven Federal channel in 3-4 years. Method of sand transport is hydraulic(pipeline).”
Highlights from the January BAC meeting: “CHAIR’S REPORT: Mr. Davenport also welcomed Councilman Chris Taylor of District 8 and Councilman Joash Schulman of District 9. After the introductions, Mr. Davenport reviewed the BAC Strategic Priorities document for FY 2021 and 2022.Mr. Schulman added that he will push for funding in the budget for the Shore Drive Corridor Plan update and will stress the implementation of the Shore Drive Phase III & IV CIP projects.Mr. Taylor discussed the possibility of using TIP funds on improvements to Shore Drive. Other priorities discussed included the regulation of density in the Shore Drive Corridor,sand replenishment, crosswalks and other pedestrian safety measures on Shore Drive, and affordable housing.“
From President Danny Murphy: A huge thank you to everyone who attended and especially to the gang of cooks! You are all winners! We’d also like to thank Branan and the Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad staff, for offering their space and their help with the event! Big thanks to Jim Andersen and all the Tidewater Bluegrass Music Association musicians who gave us awesome music for the evening! Thank you to Officer Wroblewski for his update on recent events in the neighborhood and to Councilman Joash Schulman for coming out to visit with us. A big thanks is owed to the members of the OPCL Board: Shane Abell, Christy Allen, Jill Doczi, Andrea Lindemann, Blake Norris, and Brian Snyder and to the Social Committee: Jenny Snyder, Natalie McIntyre, Jay Montgomery, Christy Allen, Joanne Lapin Parker et al for making the event such a success! Bravo! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped set up and clean up! Thanks also to TimLindemann , the fire pit captain and to Betty Dierstein, former secretary and prize fabricator-the aprons are great!