Monthly Archives: December 2013

Holiday Celebrations, Services and Closings

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Photo Credit: Chris Parypa Photography

(December 23, 2013) – The Town of Ocean City is reminding citizens that administrative offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 24, and Wednesday, December 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The normal trash pickup schedule will be in effect on Tuesday, December 24, however; trash collection normally scheduled for Wednesday, December 25, will not be picked up until Thursday, December 26.

Also beginning December 26, the Town of Ocean City will once again provide a Christmas tree drop-off site at the 100th Street Municipal Parking Lot.  Trees can be placed in the northeast corner of the 100th Street lot December 26 through January 15.  Please remove all tinsel, ornaments and other non-wooden items from the tree. Trees collected at the site are taken to the county landfill where they are ground into mulch.

Citizens should also be reminded that Town of Ocean City administrative offices will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, in observance of the New Year’s holiday.  There will be no trash collection on New Year’s Day.  Trash collection normally scheduled for Wednesday, January 1, will be picked up on Thursday, January 2.

With unanimous approval from the Mayor and City Council, the Town of Ocean City’s Transportation Department will also be offering free bus service from 6 a.m. on December 31 to 6 a.m. on January 1.  On December 31, bus services will run every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and every 10 minutes from 6 p.m. until 4 a.m. on January 1.  Busses on New Year’s Day will also run every 20 minutes from 4 a.m. until 7 a.m., at which time they will resume a normal winter service schedule of every 40 minutes.

Along with free bus services, the Town of Ocean City will be hosting a free fireworks show on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the beginning of 2014 and the 21st Annual Winterfest of Lights. The show, which will begin promptly at midnight, will be accompanied by musical entertainment, warm hot chocolate, and the opportunity to ride the Winterfest of Lights.  Hours for Winterfest will be extended until 12 a.m. to allow visitors to travel through the winter paradise of lights and then listen to music by DJ Kutt as they wait for the countdown to midnight.

With more than one million holiday lights sparkling throughout Northside Park, the Winterfest of Lights New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show is unlike other celebrations around. “We added the New Year’s Eve fireworks show to the Winterfest of Lights last year and it was a huge hit amongst residents and visitors who were looking for a fun and family-friendly way to ring in the New Year,” said Mayor Rick Meehan.  “The fireworks show is free for everyone and is an exciting and affordable way for people of all ages to ring in the New Year in Ocean City.”  For more information about the Winterfest of Lights and the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show, please visit http://oceancitymd.gov/Recreation_and_Parks/specialevents.html.

On New Year’s Day, the celebration continues at the Mayor and City Council’s 18th Annual Open House, scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. at City Hall. The Open House, which has been a community tradition since 1997, offers a different theme each year. This year’s theme is “Come Walk All Over Us: The Ocean City Downtown Association.”

Mayors and City Council members, both past and present, are invited to attend and will be on hand to greet visitors to the Open House.  Once inside, visitors can view the pictorial history of Ocean City displayed throughout the halls of City Hall.  Outside the festively decorated City Hall, the Ocean City Fire Department will have equipment on display and also back by popular community demand will be the mounted police and canine units of the Ocean City Police Department.

“The Open House offers the perfect opportunity for our citizens to visit City Hall and meet with the elected officials that have served over the years,” commented Mayor Rick Meehan.  “It is also a great opportunity for us to highlight an organization in our community that has had a tremendous effect on our town. This year, who better to feature than the Downtown Association, who advocates and promotes programs that enhance and improve the quality of life in Ocean City for both residents and vacationers?”

The Open House also offers storytelling sessions and this year will feature many of the Downtown Association past presidents and members, including Bob Givarz, Lauren Taylor, Nancy Howard and Tom Allen. A complete schedule of storytellers will be available the day of the event.  Entertainment by Brian Russo and light refreshments will also be provided for visitors.  For more information, please contact Jessica Waters at 410.289.8967.

For more information about Town of Ocean City services and holiday closings, please visit http://oceancitymd.gov.

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Kitchen Fire In Local Restaurant Injures Two

(December 19, 2013) – On Thursday, December 19, 2013, at approximately 12 p.m., Ocean City Communications received a call for a report of a burn injury to two employees at Seacrets.  Ocean City Fire Department personnel responded to the scene, which was located on 49th Street and Coastal Highway, and found no fire upon their arrival.

According to witnesses, two Seacrets employees were injured while operating a gas stove in the kitchen area of the restaurant.  Crews from the Ocean City Fire Department transported the patients to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.  The patients, whose names are not being released, were later transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for non-life threating injuries.

“The initial investigation indicates that the victims were injured by a brief flash fire,” said Ocean City Fire Marshal Captain Josh Bunting.  “The cause of the fire has been ruled accidental.”

There was no damage done to the structure of the building. According to officials at Seacrets, the bar will remain open tonight, however; the restaurant is not expected to open until tomorrow morning.  The investigation will be completed by the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office.

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Loverboy, with Special Guest, The Reagan Years to Perform Springfest 2014

loverboy phioto with logo(December 18, 2013) – It’s not too late to purchase a special stocking stuffer for your loved one this holiday season. Beginning Friday, December 20, tickets will be on sale for Loverboy, with special guest The Reagan Years, who will join Merle Haggard and The Fabulous Hubcaps as headliners at the 24th Annual Springfest in May 2014.

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.

In 2005, Loverboy celebrated 25 years together by performing in selected cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. During the summer tour, the band introduced a couple of brand-new songs, which led to “Just Getting Started,” their first new studio album in a decade.  Now, Loverboy is back with a flurry of new activity, including performing on Saturday, May 3, at Springfest in 2014.

Also at Springfest, Merle Haggard will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, May 2.  At the age of 73 the veteran singer/songwriter is still making some of the most compelling music of his long and storied career.  It almost goes without saying that Haggard is widely regarded as country music’s greatest living recording artist.

Along the way, Haggard has scored no less than 39 number one country hits; won various Grammy, CMA and ACM awards; become the only California-born artist in the Country Music Hall of Fame and been the only country performer ever featured on the cover of the jazz bible Downbeat.

In 1965 Haggard launched an incredible string of classic hits including “Swinging Doors,” “The Bottle Let Me Down,” “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive,” “Branded Man,” “Sing Me Back Home,” “Today I Started Loving You Again,” “Mama Tried,” “Hungry Eyes,” “Silver Wings,” “Workin’ Man Blues,” “The Fightin’ Side of Me,” “If We Make It Through December” and the much-misunderstood  “Okie From Muskogee.”  Those classics found Haggard honoring country-music traditions while drawing upon a broad range of jazz, blues, and folk influences, while his vivid, emotionally nuanced lyrics poignantly chronicled the dreams and heartbreaks of common people, as well as his own harsh life experiences.

Ocean City celebrates the start of the season with the 24th Annual Springfest, the four-day festival filled with arts and crafts, live entertainment and delicious food all at the Inlet Lot and beach May 1 –4, 2014. Admission to Springfest is free. Tickets for the headliners range from $25-$55 and are on sale at the Ocean City Convention Center Box Office on 40th Street. Tickets can also be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-551-7328. For more information about Springfest, visit www.ococean.com, call 410-250-0125 or toll-free at 1-800-626-2326.

 

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Start the New Year with a BANG at Winterfest of Light’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show

winterfess(December 17, 2013) – The Town of Ocean City will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show at Northside Park to celebrate the beginning of 2014 and the 21st Annual Winterfest of Lights.  The fireworks display, which will begin promptly at midnight, will be accompanied by live entertainment, warm hot chocolate, and the opportunity to ride the Winterfest of Lights.

Hours for the Winterfest of Lights, which was recently named a prestigious Top 100 Event by American Bus Association and voted “Maryland’s Finest Holiday Tradition” by Maryland Life Magazine, will be extended until midnight.  This family-friendly event will allow visitors to travel through the winter paradise of lights and then listen to music by “DJ Kutt” as they wait for the countdown to midnight.

“We added the New Year’s Eve fireworks show to the Winterfest of Lights last year and it was a huge hit amongst residents and visitors who were looking for a fun and family-friendly way to ring in the New Year,” said Mayor Rick Meehan.  “The fireworks show is free for everyone and is an exciting, and affordable way, for people of all ages to ring in the New Year in Ocean City.”

With more than one million holiday lights sparkling throughout Northside Park, the Winterfest of Lights New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show is will be a great way to ring in the New Year.   For more information, please visit http://oceancitymd.gov/Recreation_and_Parks/specialevents.html or www.ococean.com.

 

18th Annual Mayor’s Open House features Downtown Association

 

(December 16, 2013) – Start off the New Year with a visit to the Ocean City Mayor and City Council’s 18th Annual Open House, scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on New Year’s Day at City Hall, located at 3rd St. and Baltimore Avenue. The Mayor and City Council’s Open House, which has been a community tradition since 1997, offers a different theme each year. This year’s theme focuses on the “Come Walk All Over Us: The Ocean City Downtown Association.”

Mayors and City Council members, both past and present, are invited to attend and will be on hand to greet visitors to the Open House.  Once inside, visitors can view the pictorial history of Ocean City displayed throughout the halls of City Hall.  Outside the festively decorated City Hall, the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Department will have equipment on display and also back by popular community demand will be the mounted police and canine units of the Ocean City Police Department.

“The Open House offers the perfect opportunity for our citizens to visit City Hall and meet with the elected officials that have served over the years,” commented Mayor Rick Meehan.  “It is also a great opportunity for us to highlight an organization in our community that has had a tremendous effect on the downtown community. This year, who better to feature than the Downtown Association, who advocates and promotes programs that enhance and improve the quality of life in Ocean City for both residents and vacationers?”

The Downtown Association was formed 35 years ago by downtown business owners who were concerned about a variety of issues.  Some of the issues, which included parking and street lighting, still remain important to the organization today.  “The Downtown Association has a strong history, with some of Ocean City’s most influential citizens were founders of the Downtown Association,” continued Meehan. “They have had a significant impact on the community, drawing tourists and residents to the revitalized downtown area.”

The Open House also offers storytelling sessions and this year will feature many of the Downtown Association past presidents and members, including Lauren Taylor, Nancy Howard and Tom Allen. A complete schedule of storytellers will be available the day of the event.  Entertainment by Brian Russo and light refreshments will also be provided for visitors.  For more information, please contact Jessica Waters at 410.289.8967.

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