Monthly Archives: October 2013

Beautification Committee offering special rate for “Reflections of Life” display

growingtreeIn celebration of the holiday season, the Ocean City Beautification Committee is presenting a special offer to the public for the committee’s Reflections of Life project. The project provides a distinctive means of recording important events and interests in the lives of individuals, their loved ones and businesses by placing a gift of a bronze, silver or gold leaf or stepping stone on the impressive “Reflections of Life” bronze tree sculpture mounted inside the lobby entrance of the Roland E. Powell Convention Center.

The Beautification Committee special, which runs from Veteran’s Day, November 11, until December 28, features leaves at 50 percent off the normal price.  For the remainder of the holiday season, you can order gold leaves for $250, instead of $500; silver leaves, regularly $350, are now $175 and bronze leaves, $250, are $125.

Tax-deductible donation forms are available at two locations in the convention center, at the project site near the main entrance and in the visitor center, along with Northside Park, 125th Street bayside. Forms can also be found on the town’s website at Checks should be made payable to the Town of Ocean City.

The Ocean City Beautification Committee has organized the project to raise funds for the purchase, installation and landscaping of a custom water feature to be installed at the convention center. For more information, call Toni Wagner at 410-250-0892 or Donna Greenwood at 410.289.7060.


Bill Bratten has retired after nearly 30 years with the Town of Ocean City.  Bratten, who joined the Town in February 1984, has spent his career working in the Department of Public Works.

While Bratten’s formal responsibilities included supervising over 30 employees, he also managed the fleet and construction divisions of public works.  Before becoming the construction manager for public works, Bratten was a crew leader, equipment operator and a storm drain foreman.

“I never expected my career would take the path that it has over the last 30 years,” said Bratten.  “I want to thank the Mayor and Council for taking the time to recognize me and thank my colleagues for working with me over the past three decades.”  Bratten is also retired for the U.S. Army, where he served from 1968 until 1970.  His plans after retirement include traveling with his wife and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Ocean City Fire Department Reminding Citizens to be “Halloween Safe”

nfpaHalloween is a fun time of the year for kids and the Ocean City Fire Department is reminding citizens that taking a few simple fire safety precautions will keep the spooky holiday safe.  To make trick-or-treating safe for everyone, the Ocean City Fire Department is encouraging residents and visitors to plan ahead by following a few easy safety tips.

  • Choose a safe costume:  When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric.  If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
  • Decorate safety:  Use Flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards.  It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-lantern, however; if you use a real candle, be sure to use extreme caution. Decorations such as dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable so keep these decorations well away from open flames and heat sources. Also, remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Light up their costumes:  Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
  • Party Safe:  If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home in case of an emergency.
  • Stay away from flames: Tell children to stay away from open flames and be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.

“Decorations are the first thing to ignite fires in 1,000 reported home fires each year,” said Ocean City Fire Marshal David Hartley.  “By planning ahead and following a few simple precautions our residents and visitors are likely to have a fun and fire safe Halloween.”

It is important to note that the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office does not allow any hay decorations within any place of assembly. Anyone with questions pertaining to Halloween fire safety should contact the Ocean City Fire Department, Office of the Fire Marshal, or visit

Vendors Sought for 31st Annual Holiday Shopper’s Fair

The 31st Annual Holiday Shoppers Fair is returning to the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on November 29-December 1 and the Town of Ocean City is looking for vendors to participate in the shopping extravaganza.  The first Holiday Shopper’s Fair, which began in 1983, attracted 2,000 people with 66 vendors, however; more than 200 vendors are expected this year, with an estimated 10,000 people visiting the three-day tradition.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, November 29, and Saturday, November 30; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 1. Interested vendors should contact Melanie Collins at 410.289.2800 or e-mail



Public Works Beginning Phase II of St. Louis Avenue Project

The Town of Ocean City’s Public Works Department will be beginning work on the second phase of the St. Louis Avenue water, sewer and roadway project on Monday, October 21.  The project, which is scheduled to be completed by May 2014, will encompass 4th to 10th Street on St. Louis Avenue.

“Several tasks are involved in this project,” said Jim Parsons, Deputy Director of Public Works.  “We will be completing replacement of existing St. Louis Avenue road base, installing underground conduit for new street lights and replacing sidewalk in those areas removed during construction.”  In addition, new water and sewer mains will be installed.

In order to complete the project, the contractor will be closing St. Louis Avenue between 4th and 10th Streets as the job progresses to facilitate construction needs.  Residents are asked to adhere to these restrictions as they occur.  In addition, after the existing road surface is removed, the road surface will be stone only for a period of time while the contractor prepares for new asphalt paving.

George & Lynch, the contractor hired by the Town of Ocean City, will advise property owners during any short intervals of time when the sewer and/or water may be disconnected to allow new connections. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” Parsons continued. “We want our residents, visitors and property owners to be assured that we will work diligently to complete this project as soon as possible.”

For more information or for questions or concerns, please contact the Public Works Department at 410.520.5428.