Monthly Archives: June 2013

13th Annual Arts Alive Winners Announced

ArtsAliveTransparentLogoNine artists were recipients of awards presented during Ocean City’s 13th Annual Art’s Alive held June 15-16 at Northside Park.  This year’s Art’s Alive featured approximately 100 artists competing in the two-day juried fine arts show with artists competing in several categories.

“It was a beautiful weekend at Northside Park for the 13th Annual Arts Alive,” said Mayor Rick Meehan.  “As always, I was impressed by the variety of fine art on display by over 100 artists. With live music, family fun activities and unique artwork around the picturesque bayside lagoon, there was something fun for everyone.”

The Mayor’s Choice Award was presented for to Joan Betzold of Bel Air, MD, for her fiber piece entitled “Colorado Pride.”  The Judges’ Choice Awards were presented for: “Beach Reflections” by Cindy Hirt of Hawthorne, FL, in the category of mixed media; “Terra Equstra” by Sara Halcott and Robert Johnson of Salisbury, MD in the category of ceramics; “Boats in Rockport Harbor” by Randy Hodges of Spring City, TN, in the category of painting; “Full Collar by Jennifer Brower of Kimberton, PA, in the category of jewelry; “The Canal in Manayunk” by Mark Turner of Wilmington, DE in the category of painting.

The Best of Show Award was presented for “To the Top” by Bernie Houston of Laurel, MD, in the category of Fine Wood and the People’s Choice Award was presented to David and Eve Janni of Chance, MD and their category of sculpture and drawing.


Beauty Spot Award Nominees Sought

The Ocean City Beautification Committee is seeking nominations in eight categories in which someone can win a 2013 Beauty Spot Award, including residential, condominium, retail, hotel, motel, commercial, restaurant and Boardwalk. Only nominated properties will be judged.  Help is needed by the Beautification Committee in finding those special properties that are evidence of civic pride and community beauty.

A property can be nominated by anyone– the resident or owner of a residence or business, a relative, neighbor, friend, customer or just a passerby. Once all nominations are in, the Beautification Committee will travel around town to view all the nominated properties.

Judging is based on plants, flowers, trees, shrubbery, grasses, design, layout, etc. that complement the property. Even those properties with little or no ground in which to plant can imaginatively use containers, planters, window boxes, hanging baskets or something else to improve the “curb-side” appeal of their property. Also, those who make an effort to beautify unattractive areas such as dumpsters, electric boxes, etc., can be recognized. In the fall at a City Council meeting, the Mayor and City Council will present the winners with their awards.

To nominate a property, please call Donna Greenwood, chairperson, at 410-289-7060, mail nominations to OCBC, Department of Recreation and Parks, 200 – 125th Street, Ocean City, MD 21842 or email to before the July 5, 2013 deadline. Please be sure to include the property owner’s name, correct street address and a contact phone number, as well as your name with a phone number so that the location and information can be verified.


Town of Ocean City advising citizens to prepare for Significant Weather

Ocean City Emergency Services is continuing to monitor the projected path of the summer storm, expected to be in the Ocean City area this afternoon.  Currently, an outbreak of severe storms is anticipated between 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. this evening.  While minimum rainfall is probable, the primary threat will be damaging winds of 70 mph or higher.  In addition, large hail and isolated tornadoes are possible.

“There is potential for damaging wind conditions,” said Joseph Theobald, Emergency Services Director for the Town of Ocean City.  “There is a possibility of power outages, significantly sized hail and isolated tornadoes.  It’s important for residents and visitors in Ocean City to be prepared and stay informed.”

The Town of Ocean City reminds residents, businesses and visitors to make plans in advance to prepare for the possible effects of the storm.  Citizens are reminded to make sure cell phones and other portable devices are fully charged and consider purchasing and charging spare batteries. Also, it’s important to have a disaster supply kit with bottled water, non-perishable food (with a hand-operated can opener), a first aid kit, portable radio and flashlight with extra batteries, toiletries, special items needed for pets or infants, prescription medicine, a change of clothes and bedding. The kit will be helpful if you have to evacuate quickly or if you are without power.

When necessary, the Town of Ocean City will be posting storm related information on various websites, social media outlets and through the GovDelivery system.  In an effort to keep citizens informed with the most updated and accurate information, the Town of Ocean City will be posting storm related information on the following outlets:

  • Town of Ocean City Alerts via GovDelivery:  subscribe to GovDelivery, visit the “City Wide Alerts” tab on the Town of Ocean City’s website at
  • Town of Ocean City Facebook:
  • Town of Ocean City Twitter: @townofoceancity.
  • Town of Ocean City Access Channels 4 & 15.
  • Emergency Management Hotline: 410-723-6666.
  • Town of Ocean City website:
  • AM 1670 Advisory Radio Station.

For more information regarding storm preparedness, please visit:



Ocean City Skate Park hosting Ocean Bowl Bash on Wednesday, June 19

ocean bowl bash logoThe Town of Ocean City’s Skate Park will be hosting a full day of skateboarding fun at the Ocean Bowl Bash on Wednesday, June 19.  The event, which will include free skating all day, will host live music and impromptu contests from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ocean Bowl Skate Park. 

“Ocean City has a strong skateboarding community with a lot of great energy,” said David Messick, Ocean Bowl Manager.  “What better way to celebrate the beginning of the Dew Tour and the action sports fans in Ocean City than a big bash at the Ocean Bowl.”

With local skate and surf shops on hand with apparel and live music from The Hoopla, PTV and McRad beginning at 5:30 p.m., guests of the Ocean Bowl Bash are guaranteed to have a good time.    The modernized Ocean Bowl Skate Park offers skateboarders and inline skaters new challenges, with the perfect harmony of east coast and west coast styles melded into one spectacular space.

With 17,000-square-foot concrete-based park, pool bowl with deep and shallow end, a large vert ramp and mini ramp and a 13,000-square-foot innovative open concrete street course with hit walls, hips and small bow, the Ocean Bowl provides challenges for skaters of all abilities.  For more information about the event, please contact David Messick at 410-289-2695.


Ocean City Emergency Services monitoring current forecast

imagesThe National Weather Service and the National Storm Prediction Center have placed the Ocean City area under a Hazardous Weather Outlook Alert for Thursday, June 13 2013 with a 45% probability of severe weather.   Ocean City Emergency Management will be monitoring this system and working closely with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to provide updates as required.

According to the current forecast, thunderstorms are possible as early as Wednesday afternoon and into Wednesday evening, June 12.  On Thursday, June 13, there is a moderate risk for severe thunderstorms in the afternoon and early evening.  While rain amounts are expected to be low, citizens should expect windy conditions.

Residents should secure lawn and pool furniture, trash cans and other outdoor items that could become flying projectiles during the storm. Those who do not have to travel should remain indoors until the storm passes. In preparation for potential power outages, citizens should keep non-perishable food items handy. Also, load fresh batteries in flashlights and radios and stay tuned Thursday to local radio and TV stations for updated weather information and any warnings that may be issued as a result of the storm.

Ocean City Emergency Services will continue to update residents and visitors on the forecast as needed.  For more information or to read about storm preparedness, please visit: