Ocean City celebrating the 24th Annual Springfest Art’s and Crafts Festival

springfest(April 23, 2014) – Ocean City celebrates the start of the season with the 24th Annual production of Springfest, a four-day festival, May 1-4, 2014, featuring over 250 vendors selling arts, crafts, food and beverages. A variety of live entertainment on two stages provides continuous music all day long with anchoring headline acts. Springfest is located in the Inlet Lot at the south end of Ocean City’s famous Boardwalk.  Springfest is fun for people of all ages and admission to the four-day event is free, including all entertainment, with the exception of the headline acts.

Performing to a sold-out audience, one of country music’s legendary recording artists, Merle Haggard will make an appearance Friday night in Springfest’s Entertainment Pavilion. Haggard has scored no less than 39 number one country hits; won various Grammy, CMA and ACM awards; became the only California-born artist in the Country Music Hall of Fame and has been the only country performer ever featured on the cover of the jazz bible Downbeat.

On Saturday night, rock sensation Loverboy will perform with special guest The Reagan Years.  For more than 30 years, Loverboy has been “Working for the Weekend” and delighting audiences around the world.  With their trademark red leather pants, bandannas, big rock sound and high-energy live shows, Loverboy has sold more than 10 million albums, earning four multi-platinum plaques, including the four-million-selling Get Lucky. In the 1980s, they were MTV darlings with videos for hits like “Lovin’ Every Minute of It,” “Hot Girls in Love,” and “Turn Me Loose.” Throughout the years, the band has maintained a steady road presence, releasing a greatest hits compilation, LOVERBOY – CLASSICS, in 1993, which went gold.Now, Loverboy is back with a flurry of new activity, including performing on Saturday, May 3, at Springfest.  Tickets are $20 to $45 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-626-2326 or on site at the festival’s ticket booth.

Also at Springfest, The Fabulous Hubcaps will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1.  The nation’s most sought after oldies and classic rock show band, the Fabulous Hubcaps are celebrating their 40th Anniversary. In diverse and colorful bowling shirts, the group has continued to captivate audiences with their high-energy tributes to original artist like Buddy Holly, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones for over three decades.  For only $5 to $10, you can see why “Rock and Roll is Alive and Well.” Tickets will be available on the festival grounds at the Entertainment Pavilion ticket booth.

Since parking in the downtown area is limited, the Town of Ocean City will offer shuttle buses to and from the West Ocean City Park and Ride on Route 50 at 6 a.m. beginning Thursday, May 1 and operating throughout the event, May 1-4.  When the Ocean City Park and Ride service is not available, Shore Transit will provide service to and from the Park and Ride and to and from the South End Transit Station. For more information about the West Ocean City Park and Ride service, call the Ocean City Transportation Department at 410-723-1606.

Springfest visitors should also bring their appetite.  The vendor list includes 30 food vendors serving a variety of delicious food, from famous Eastern Shore delicacies to a wide assortment of ethnic food.  For more information about Springfest 2014, call the Ocean City Recreation & Parks Department at 410-250-0125, or toll-free 1-800-626-2326.

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Town of Ocean City Now Offering Online Records

(April 7, 2014) – The Town of Ocean City is thrilled to offer a new service to citizens by providing town records to the public online.  The City Clerk’s Office, in coordination with the Information Technology Department and the Planning and Community Development Department, recently implemented a Laserfiche Document Management System, which provides documents and information accessibility and availably with self-serve information access.

The previous Laserfiche system allowed employees to scan and search documents, including minutes, ordinances, resolutions, contracts and deeds, but did not offer a web portal.  The new system, however, allows the scanned records to be available to the public online through the Laserfice weblink and allows users to locate scanned documents with a variety of search options.  Users will have the ability to search documents, which are indexed by subject matter, as well as the ability to browse folders, conduct full-text searches and the capability to export images to PDF format for high-quality printing and e-mail capability.

“We are thrilled to offer a higher level of accessibility to the residents and visitors of Ocean City,” commented City Manager David Recor.  “We have always been a very transparent organization but this allows us to be even more open to the public, by allowing citizens the ability to search and print records from the Laserfiche system.  We believe this is very beneficial and will enhance our ability to communicate with our residents and visitors.”

To access the Laserfiche weblink, citizens can go to the Town of Ocean City’s website at www.oceancitymd.gov and click on the Public Records link under the City Hall tab.  For further information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 410.289.8824.

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Spring Cleanup & Community Yard Sale set for April 12-13

(April 7, 2014) – The Town of Ocean City is once again offering a great opportunity for residential property owners to do their spring-cleaning by offering free residential bulk pick-up on Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13. As an added attraction, Ocean City also will offer a Community Yard Sale on Saturday, April 12 at Northside Park.

Ocean City’s bulk pick-up service offers a convenient way for residents to get rid of large household items, such as furniture, appliances, bicycles, carpet, etc., which cannot normally be loaded into a standard refuse truck. Normally, this service does not include building materials, yard debris, etc. However, during the Spring Clean Up the town will be accepting these items.

Place your items curbside (staff does not go on private property to remove items) on Friday, April 11, for Saturday April 12 pick-up from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 13 pick-up from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Town is providing bulk pick-up free of charge during this period. At other times, cost for bulk pick-up is $20 per pick-up of one item, $30 for up to three items and $5 for each additional item. There will also be an amnesty program to collect fireworks, old ammunition and old weapons that residents may have in their household and need to be removed. For more information, call Solid Waste at 410-524-0318.

As part of the Spring Clean Up, Ocean City’s 13th annual Community Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, April 12, from 7a.m. until noon at Northside Park. The yard sale will be held on the parking lot at Northside Park on 125th Street in front of the Community Center. Vendor spots will be available for Ocean City residents and property owners only. Space is limited, so please apply in advance. The cost is $15 per double space. If space is still available, participants may register before 7 a.m. on the day of the event for $20. Participants can begin setting up their items for sale no earlier than 6 a.m. All items need to be removed by 12:30 p.m.

No retail merchandise will be permitted for sale, and no personal or professional services are permitted for sale. Certain items may be excluded for sale including cars, trucks and any powered wheel conveyance; boats, snowmobiles, firearms, martial arts weapons, alcohol, paint, hazardous chemicals, food, produce, beverages or any other items which may be deemed inappropriate on public property. Raffles are not allowed.

To register, stop by the Ocean City Department of Recreation and Parks Northside Park Community Center, 200 125th Street. For more information about the Community Yard Sale, call 410-250-0125.

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Ocean City Offering Rebate for Trees Planted Within Town

md(April 7, 2014) – The Town of Ocean City is following the footsteps of the state’s “Marylanders Plant Trees” program by offering matching rebates for all qualifying trees planted within the town’s corporate limits.  The state’s program gives Marylanders a coupon for $25 off the purchase of one tree at participating retail nurseries or garden centers.

“The Town of Ocean City will match the $25 coupon from the state with a $25 rebate for all trees that are planted within the town’s corporate limits,” commented Environmental Engineer for the Town of Ocean City, Gail Blazer. “Marylanders Plant Trees is an excellent program and encourages partnership while also creating a sustainable future and a smarter, greener state.  We are excited to not only promote the states program but also provide Town of Ocean City residents and property owners a special rebate for participating.”

Anyone interested in participating will need to first use the state coupon to purchase a tree at a participating nursery or garden center.  Once the tree is planted within the town, residents will need to take a photograph and return it with the original receipt to the Engineering Department. The coupon and the “Maryland Plant Trees” offer are only valid for trees listed on the Marylanders Plant Trees list, located at www.trees.maryland.gov/pickatree.asp.

Participants should return the required photograph and original receipt to the Engineering Department at 301 Baltimore Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842.  A rebate check will then be mailed after a site inspection.  The officer is valid for purchase made in 2014 only and is limited to a maximum of two rebates per property.

For more information, residents and property owners are encouraged to contact Gail Blazer at 410.289.8845 or email gblazer@oceancitymd.gov.

 

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Tom Shuster Retires After Nearly 16 Years with Town of Ocean City

IMG_0022(April 1, 2014) – Tom Shuster has retired after nearly 16 years with the Town of Ocean City.  Shuster, who joined the Town’s Recreation and Parks Department in 1998, has spent his career working as the department’s director where he led the department through an era of growth and expansion of programs, facilities and services over a period of fifteen and a half years.

Shuster was a key player in the development of many amenities in Ocean City, including, the arena addition to the Northside Park Community Center, the creation and development of Sunset Park and the Dog Playground at Little Salisbury Park.  He oversaw the planning of the Fiesta Park Pavilion, Northside Park’s Softball Pavilion, footbridge, and Military Flag Plaza, as well as the grant-funded replacement of the town’s aging playgrounds and the installation of the Northside Park outdoor exercise and fitness area.

Shuster played an integral role in various program and event transitions, economic impact studies, project planning, innovative landscaping applications, park and golf course improvements, beach patrol growth, marketing and management tools. He also led the department in redefining its mission and values, along with establishing positioning statements and strategic planning initiatives.

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to work for the Town of Ocean City,” Shuster said.  “It has truly been a pleasure serving the residents and visitors of Ocean City. I will miss many of the relationships I built during my time here, especially those of my colleagues but I look forward to remaining a part of the community and continuing to contribute to the town’s parks and recreation.”

Shuster began his career with the Ohio State Parks system in 1972 following graduation, with a Master’s of Science degree from The Ohio State University.  He has subsequently served as Director of Recreation, Parks & Community Services for the Township of East Brunswick, NJ, and Executive Director of the Waukegan Park District, Illinois and the Director/Secretary of the Metroparks, Serving Summit County in Akron, Ohio. He is also a fellow of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.

Shuster’s efforts have been acknowledged with many awards throughout his 42-year career; including having earned the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association’s John P. Hewitt Distinguished Fellow Recognition and the National Recreation and Park Association Distinguished Professional Award in 2011. Under his tutelage, the Department has received national and state-wide recognition for publications, innovative programs, and events.  Furthermore, Eagle’s Landing Golf Course was recognized as a “Best in State” golf course, and the development of Sunset Park earned a state Landscape Site/ASLA Award.

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