Greetings to all our Caine Woods homeowners and residents. I’m Brian Shane and I’m your new association president. It’s my pleasure to make your acquaintance.
It goes without saying how challenging this year has been for all of us. Some of us may even have lost loved ones as a result of this global health crisis, or know people who have. My thoughts are with those of you as we patiently wait for the pandemic to end.
It’s my belief that this crisis only has strengthened our sense of community, knowing that we’re all in this together.
On the bright side, this year, we took the idea of social distancing and made it work for us: Instead of holding a crab feast for hundreds of people at once in the same location, which proved impossible because of the pandemic, we turned our annual crab feast tickets into de facto gift cards. Doing it this way was a hit! In the future, we may consider offering a hybrid of this year’s ticketed system and our traditional in-person feast.
I’m also pleased to report that our crab feast tickets have raised thousands of dollars for local charities, including a scholarship fund for men and women pursuing a law enforcement career here in Ocean City. The OCPD scholarship fund was established in memory of two beloved police officers, Tommy Geoghegan and Josh Adickes, who were lost to us in a tragic 2013 plane crash. We’re excited to help get this new charity off the ground and to continue supporting our local police department.
Speaking of police, we’re also glad to be collaborating with the OCPD and other municipal agencies in pursuit of safer Caine Woods roads. Many of you already know that I met with the Ocean City Council at their most recent meeting, and the council is in support of finding solutions to the problem of unsafe driving throughout our community.
City Engineer Terry McGean followed up by coming to our Oct. 28 association meeting at Fiesta Park. Terry listened to our concerns and shared some ideas on traffic management that may be implemented in the not-too-distant future.
My wife and I are proud to call Caine Woods home, and I’m excited to be in this role for the next three years. It is my privilege to serve not only as your association president, but as your neighbor and your friend. Please feel free to reach out anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving and a joyful holiday season.