Monthly Archives: March 2014

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

growingtree(March 27, 2014) – The Ocean City Beautification Committee is once again 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. Your gift of a bronze, silver or gold leaf will be mounted on the impressive “Reflections of Life” tree sculpture inside the lobby entrance of the Roland E. Powell Convention Center. The leaves may be commemorated with any of the following suggestions: In Memory, In Tribute, In Celebration of an Anniversary or In Honor of a Graduation.

The Beautification Committee special, which runs throughout the spring, features leaves at 50 percent off the normal price.  From April 1, 2014 until June 15, 2014, 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 www.oceancitymd.gov. 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.

 

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Ocean City Fire Department Inaugural Awards & Recognition Ceremony Celebrated

On Saturday, March 22, the Ocean City Fire Department held an Inaugural Awards and Recognition Ceremony at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, honoring members for their commitment to public safety and protection of the Ocean City community. The celebration, which is a first for the department, named Firefighter of the Year, Member of the Year, and Paramedic of the Year, along with several Years of Service Awards, Distinguished Service Awards and Unit Citations.

“Today is a special day,” said Ocean City Fire Department Chief Chris Larmore.  “For the first time in the department’s history, we are coming together to celebrate many of our deserving members.  Our members go above and beyond the call of duty to make our department an excellent one and they deserve to be applauded for that.”

Along with Chief Larmore and Deputy Chiefs Chuck Barton, David Cropper and David Hartley, several dignitaries attended the ceremony, which began with the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company (OCVFC) Ladies Auxiliary Awards.  The OCVFC Ladies Auxiliary Member of the Year Award was given to Joanne Wagner and the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Sue Todd, for committing 50 years of service to the Ladies Auxiliary.  In addition, the Ladies Auxiliary donated over $3,000 dollars to various organizations, including the John Paul Adkins II scholarship fund, the F. Michael Sacca scholarship fund, the OCVFC cadet program and the OCVFC.

Following the Ladies Auxiliary, awards were presented for length of service, special recognition, and unit citations. Ocean City Council Secretary Mary Knight, Senator Jim Matthias and County Commissioner Bud Church were all in attendance to present proclamations to Deputy Chief Barton for 30 years of service to the Ocean City Fire Department. In addition, Deputy Chief Cropper presented his brother, Stephen Cropper, with a golden ax for more than 50 years of service to the OCVFC. Perhaps the top honors went to Fire/EMS Paramedic of the Year, Robert “Bobby” McGee, Fire/EMS Firefighter of the Year, Amanda Bunting and OCVFC Firefighter of the Year, Tony Villani.

“Most of our members did not devote themselves to the fire service in order to be recognized or awarded for their actions to their community,” Chief Larmore continued. “Despite their modesty and humbleness, every member of our organization has contributed to our success and I am thrilled to have been able to honor just a few of those men and woman here today.”

Complete lists of award winners are as follows:

Fire/EMS Division

Parametic of the Year

Robert “Bobby”   Magee

 

Fire/EMS Division

Firefighter of the Year

Amanda Bunting

 

OCVFC Division

Firefighter of the Year

Tony Villani

 

Length of Service

5 Years:

Maria Berdan

Neshawn Jubilee

Lt. Jeff Aperance
Lt. Conner Braniff

Lt. Moe Cropper

Length of Service

10 Years:

Scott Hudson

Phil Turk

DFM Joe Sexauer

Length of Service

15 Years:

Jerry Priestley

Captain Chris   Kehne

 

Length of Service

30 Years:

J.H. Williams

Deputy Chief   Chuck Barton

 

Honorable Discharge:

Larry Sackadorf

Special Recognition:

OCFD Marine Unit Members

Kevin Kirstein

Rob Korb

Lt. Jeff Aperance

MU-OIC J.B.   Bunting

Special Recognition (cont.)

OCFD Marine Unit Members

Captain Brad   Bunting

Captain Josh   Bunting

Captain Eric   Peterson

Assistance Chief   Will Savage

Distinguished Service:

Marine Unit Program Development

Captain Josh   Bunting

 

Unit Citation:

109 Atlantic Avenue Water Rescue

Bill Kuhn

Lt. Del Baker

Lt. David   Peterson

 

Unit Citation:

Teal Drive Water Rescue

Sam Allen

Neshawn Jubilee

John McAllister

Chris Rathel

 

 

Unit Citation:

Teal Drive Water Rescue (cont)

Kim Tull

Lt. Jeff Aperance

Lt. Derrick   Simpson

Assistant Chief   Bryant Bunting

Citizen Service Certificate:

Joseph Phillips

 

 

Unit Citation:

St. Paul’s by the Sea: Investigation

Office of the Fire Marshal

DFM Cliff   Christello

DFM Tim Price

DFM Joe Sexauer

DFM Ryan   Whittington

Captain Josh   Bunting

Unit Citation:

St. Paul’s by the Sea: Operations

Reggie Bell

Eric Borneman

Chris Brown

Amanda Bunting

Mike Ellingsworth

Bill Hall

Unit Citation:

St. Paul’s by the Sea: Operations

Mike Hastings

Robert Hearn

Hugh Hommel

Mark Lloyd

David Macia

Walt Maizel

Unit Citation:

St. Paul’s by the Sea: Operations

Bill Savage

Shane Shavier

J.H. Williams

Lt. Connor   Braniff

Lt. John Holloway

Lt. Doug Scott

Unit Citation:

St. Paul’s by the Sea: Operations

Captain Bryson   Bishop

Captain Eric   Peterson

Captain Josh   Bunting

Assistant Chief   Bo Duke

DFM Joe Sexauer

DFM Ryan Whittington

DFM Cliff   Christello

 

Special Recognition:

Executive Fire Officer Program

Captain Eric   Peterson

 

Special Commendation:

Automatic External Defibrillators

Kim Tull

 

Captain W.B.S. Powell Presidents Award:

Steve Price

 

F. Michael Sacca

Member of the Year Award:

Tommy Parker

 

Harry J. Cropper Chief’s Award:

Mike Hastings

Alfred E. Harmon Training Award

Robert Hearn

 

Master Blaster Commendation:

Captain Josh   Bunting

Deputy Chief   David Hartley

Distinguished Service:

Training Academy Development

Captain Eric   Peterson

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Winter Storm Travels Through Ocean City

(March 17, 2014) – Another winter storm is sweeping through the lower eastern shore today, March 17, bringing a wintery mix of sleet and snow. With low temperatures and strong winds continuing throughout the day, roadways are expected to be hazardous in areas throughout Delmarva.  Currently, Ocean City’s Public Works Department is working diligently to clear roadways and parking lots, however; citizens are encouraged to limit travel.

The Town of Ocean City’s winter storm plan is in effect as crews and contractors continue cleanup efforts.  Liberal leave for Town of Ocean City employees has been authorized for today, Monday, March 17, and all Ocean City Recreation and Parks programs have been canceled. In addition, ADA and MEDTRN service has been canceled for today due to the inclement weather.

“We are experiencing the expected wintery mix of ice, snow and sleet in Ocean City,” said Town of Ocean City’s Emergency Services Director Joseph Theobald. “The State of Maryland has implemented the Snow Emergency Plan and we certainly encourage citizens to stay home and avoid traveling on the roads. Anyone who is on the roads today should be very cautious.”

If it is essential to travel, drivers should use extra caution and reduce speed if they must be on the road. For more winter driving tips, please use extra caution and follow these winter driving safety tips:  http://ocpdmdinfo.blogspot.com/2014/01/ocean-city-under-winter-storm-warning.html.  The Town of Ocean City’s Emergency Services Department is continue to monitor the storm and will continue to update residents and visitors as services change. Please follow @townofoceancity on twitter or visit https://www.facebook.com/TownOfOceanCity for updates.

 

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Environmental User’s Guide Now Available for Use

environmentalguide(March 14, 2014) – The Town of Ocean City’s Engineering Department has recently developed a User’s Guide to Environmental Site Review which explains the site review process, step by step.  According to the town’s Engineering Department, the manual is intended to help individual property owners and design professionals navigate the requirements and better prepare when submitting projects for approval.

“Over the years the state and federal government have passed various laws that require Ocean City to meet certain performance standards for water quality protection and habitat enhancement,” commented Gail Blazer, Environmental Engineer for the Town of Ocean City.  “The process can be very daunting and this document is meant to clarify the steps by walking the user through the process and helping them locate the pertinent information.”

The user’s guide has topics that include storm water management, critical area, landscaping, and erosion and sediment control.  Hard copies will be available; however, the manual is designed to work on line.  There are hyperlinks to the code references and the worksheets.  The worksheets, when used online, are active worksheets and will calculate automatically when specific information is filled in.

The user’s guide can be found at: http://oceancitymd.gov/Engineering/environment.html. For more information, please contact Gail Blazer, Environmental Engineer, at (410) 289-8825 or gblazer@oceancitymd.gov.

 

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REMINDER: Informational Workshop & FIRM Open House TOMORROW

Smart Meter Informational Workshop Tomorrow 

The Mayor and City Council have teamed up with the OC chapter of the AARP to co-sponsor a public outreach effort to inform residents about Smart Meters.  Delmarva Power and Maryland Smart Meter Awareness will provide a 15-20 minute general overview of smart meters and the smart meter opt-out provision, followed by questions from the audience and an invitation to approach attendees with additional questions or concerns.

  • March 12, 2014,
  • 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
  • Worcester County Senior Center 

*Note: educational literature and handouts are expected to be available. 

Open House for FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps

Many citizens have heard about the newly-proposed Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), which have been drafted by FEMA and affect much of Ocean City from the previous flood hazard zones. Residents and property owners may have questions about whether their property is still in a flood zone or proposed to be removed; when the proposed flood zone maps will be approved and what the process is to make the proposed maps effective.

In order to answer these questions and concerns by citizens, a proposed FIRM Open House is being held:

  • March 12, 2014,
  • 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
  • Roland E. Powell Convention Center

*Note: there will be two presentations given, one at 6 p.m. and another at 7 p.m., with an opportunity after the presentation for citizens to speak with representatives from the Maryland Department of the Environment, FEMA, and the Ocean City Department of Planning and Community Development.