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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Steve Arentz, Cartel Candidate

Steve Arentz is another of the Developer Cartel’s selections to become County Commissioner of Queen Anne’s County.  His candidate website is remarkably short on substance, but it does have a revolving screen with attractive Queen Anne’s County photos, including, of course, a photo of his restaurant, Hemingway’s.

Mr. Arentz asks us to “use our website to express your ideas, concerns and suggestions” but the site only allows you to leave your email address and ask him, as he puts it, a “quick question”.  Perhaps his method of treating the county’s citizens would be similar (I’ll pretend to be interested in your ideas, concerns and suggestions, but keep it short.) 



Arentz’s site also states,”Here you can express your concerns and help us with our effort by becoming a volunteer or with a financial donation.”  But the site has no place to do that either.  Perhaps citizen donations aren’t really necessary since he’s funded by the Developer Cartel.

His site also promises, “We will be updating this website often with news and events, so please come back and visit often.”  Frequent visits offer proof that this pledge fell short.

One last website quote from Mr. Arentz, “As a successful business owner in Queen Anne’s County, I will bring years of business experience and knowledge to the position of Commissioner”, brings us back to his business, Hemingway’s Restaurant.

At the end of August in 2006, due to an employee complaint of mold and unsafe working conditions, Hemingway’s underwent an “involuntary closure” ordered by an inspector from the State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  The eleven page inspection report noted more than 85 separate issues relating to cleanliness and safety.

While walking in the main kitchen the inspector recorded, “I felt several soft spots in the floor where I had concerns about machines and staff falling through the floor”.  The report also noted, “2nd floor deck has many bad spots in the floor at outside wall area, this also needs to be addressed by building inspector as to safety.”

The report noted a “filthy” and badly rusted beer cooler, drain pipes needing cleaning, and the bar and its equipment being full of ants.

The main dining and kitchen area had over seventy items listed. There were four separate violations for failing to protect food from contamination and spoilage.  This included storing the ice machine under septic and wastewater lines, storing two cans of gasoline in food storage areas and near food equipment, using the main kitchen sink for both mop water and food prep, and storing food products on the floor.

The word “filthy” was used in the report repeatedly including references to floors, the storage room and the hood system.  The inspection noted “large numbers of roaches”. The inspector also observed “many areas both on the 1st and 2nd floor, where there was either mold on the walls or ceiling tile showed water damage.”

Records going back to the year 2000 show critical health inspections and complaints related to Hemingway’s Restaurant.  One might conclude that Mr. Arentz should do a more conscientious job of looking after the health and safety of his employees and patrons before undertaking the task of looking after the citizens of our county.

The Developer Cartel sure knows how to pick’em!  There will be more to come on Mr. Arentz.

11 comments:

  1. My wife and I have only dined at Hemingway's once since we moved to the shore. It will definitely be the last until new ownership takes over.

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  2. Ewwww!!! Roaches, filthy condiditions? If Mr. Arentz can't keep his own kitchen clean, what type of Government will he run? Mr. Daddy Warbucks tells a good story, but I always knew he was a Boss Waterman crony. Cheers Steve, one roach sandwich coming up!

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  3. This is a most interesting revelation about Mr. Arentz and Hemingways. As a friend of Mr. Arentz, I'm embarrassed to say, my family and I have eaten there many times. "Filthy conditions?" Pardon me, while I hurl. Shame on you, Steve.

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  4. How could Mr. Waterman possibly expect us to vote for his candidates? This is just plain crazy. The first two of your developer 7 are the last people my wife and I will vote for. Mr. Dunmeyer and Mr. Frohn can count on us. Can you give us a list of safe candidates to vote for?

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  5. Trust is a huge issue. When you go into a restaurant you trust those in charge to provide you with safe food to eat. I mean, that's a given. So Hemingway's looked nice to us from the outside but on the inside it was dangerous? Wow! Maybe that's symbolic for all of the Developer Candidates. I checked the list and as a loyal Republican I will be voting for your citizen candidates. By the way you have not pointed them out so I will. Frohn, Dunmeyer, Simmons or Foley will be my choices. This time around I will no doubt vote for a couple of Democrats in the general election. Like Beck says, "It's not what's right or left, it's what's right and wrong." The developer cartel's boys are off my list and I hope my fellow Republicans understand how important it is to avoid making the mistake of buying their mailers. I got a cartel brochure the other day on their candidates and I was almost ashamed of my party affiliation. Hey, there are bad apples in every barrel. Vote carefully folks!

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  6. We used to eat at Hemingway's quite often. If Mr. Arentz can't run his restaurant, how will he run our county. If I owned the first restaurant that people see coming to the Eastern Shore, I surely would make it inviting. Perhaps that's why QAC has "NO Growth" as the cartel likes to say. People turn around and leave after a dining experience at Hemingway's. My votes will go for those who are not cartel selections.

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  7. C'mon you people! As an exterminator/pest control technician, I can tell you from first hand experience that the roaches at Hemingway's aren't nearly as big as the ones I've seen in the Baltimore County prison system. The roaches at Hemingway's are just the little ones. And while there might be more of em, they won't carry off your kids like some of the bigger ones I've seen.

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  8. Ah, the irony. Wasn't the AFP meeting held at Hemingways? And didn't Hemingway's serve food? So for all those Tea Party folks who went to Hemingways (and ate some food without getting the runs) you think about how Arentz pulled one over on you. I wonder when the last time Boss Waterman ate at Hemingways?

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  9. I wonder how the folks that have eaten dinner at the Arentz household feel? Don't forget, Arentz and his wife's own Hemingways. She bears some responsibility here too!

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  10. Robby, you're wrong! Them roaches at Hemingways are Brazilian BrownBack's and when fully grown, they can easily run off with a small child. What's unique about the Brazilian BrownBack is they regurgitate immediately after eating, and their yack is highly corrosive. And their piss was used by the British Navy to remove barnacles from the bottoms of ships. The Brazilian BrownBack yack and urine is toxic and could easily eat through a ply wood floor. That may explain the soft floors at Hemingways.

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  11. I understand that Steve and Biana have been in the county 14 short years.....so they think that everything west of the Kent Narrows has always looked like Glen Burnie. Not who I want as commisioner

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