Monthly Archives: April 2014

Town of Ocean City announces new Recreation and Parks Director

???????????????????????????????(April 30, 2014) – The Town of Ocean City is pleased to announce the promotion of Susan Petito to the position of Recreation and Parks Director.  The position recently became vacant when 16-year veteran employee, Tom Shuster, retired on April 1.  Following Shuster’s retirement, the town held a national search for candidates which resulted in dozens of qualified applicants.

Petito, who has worked for the Town of Ocean City’s Recreation and Parks Department since 1986, stood out amongst the nearly 100 candidates, according to City Manager David Recor. “Susan has been a dedicated employee for almost 30 years and offers direct experience with the department’s operations and facilities,” Recor stated.  “On top of an enormous amount of experience, she is dynamic, versatile and has productive working relationships with other town departments and divisions.”

As Director for Recreation and Parks, Petito will manage Ocean City’s recreation programs, parks and facilities, as well as satellite facilities and Eagle’s Landing golf course.  She will also oversee the development of four divisional budgets, totaling over one million dollars, as well as administer the collection of revenue and additional operations, including concessions, Ocean Bowl Skate Park and Ocean City Tennis Center.

Petito, a native of Baltimore County and a graduate of University of Delaware, brings a variety of experience, knowledge and certifications from other areas in the recreation and parks field.  An active member of the National Recreation and Park Association as well as the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association, Petito is currently serving as vice president of the Parks and Recreation Maryland Municipal League Department.  In addition, she has received numerous awards and honors in the field of recreation, including the Dorothy Mullins Arts and Humanities Award from the National Recreation and Park Association.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the Recreation and Parks Department in Ocean City,” Petito said.  “We have amazing facilities, an extraordinary staff and a variety of programs for residents and visitors to enjoy.  I have always been proud to be an employee of this department and I can say I am even more thrilled to contribute to the growth and development of our recreation and parks as the director.”

The announcement of the new director isn’t the only exciting change for the department. In January 2014, the Special Events Division was moved from the Recreation and Parks Department and was realigned with the Convention Center and Tourism Department to create a synergy amongst the tourism related branches within the town.  With more annual events and a brand new Performing Arts Center, the Special Events Department now works collectively with its tourism counterparts to enrich the events and performances throughout the town.

“We routinely review the organizational structure and responsibilities of departments in an effort to improve productivity and efficiency,” Recor explained.  “The retirement of the former director presented an opportunity to realign organizational resources and enhance service level delivery.”

In addition, effective May 1, the town’s Beach Patrol Division will become part of the Emergency Services Department. “The mission of the Beach Patrol remains unchanged,” Recor continued.  “They will continue to act as our primary ambassadors in the summer months but will now have the ability to collaborate and coordinate their efforts with the town’s other public safety professionals, as well as utilize additional public safety resources.”

With a new Director of Recreation and Parks and the organizational restructure complete, the Town of Ocean City is enthusiastic for the change. “Ocean City has grown enormously and continues to grow each year,” Recor commented.  “Not only are we hosting more special and private events, but we are drawing more and more visitors to our beach.  Special Events and Beach Patrol are two of our most visible and recognizable divisions and I am confident that these organizational realignments will result in collaborative working relationships and effective service delivery.”

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ocbp2The Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) has been asked to do a presentation and demonstration at the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems’ (MIEMSS) annual EMS conference. The conference, which is being held at the Clarion Hotel, will take place April 30-May 4.

MIEMSS is the agency responsible for overseeing commercial ambulance licenses, establishing medical protocols for the state’s EMTs, Paramedics and First Responders, dispatching medevac helicopters and monitoring hospital statuses around the state. At their 2013 conference, the OCBP conducted a live rescue demonstration in front of the Clarion.

During the 2013 demonstration, a carefully planned rescue scenario was set up involving the Beach Patrol, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police, United States Coast Guard, Maryland State Police Aviation Division and the Ocean City Fire Department.  Participants from the EMS conference, as well as spectators on the beach, were able to watch the rescue demonstration.  Due to the popularity of the session, the OCBP has been asked to participate again this year.

This year’s session consists of a two-part presentation demonstrating the unique challenges of rescue operations on the beach.  For the first time, the demonstration will include a sand collapse rescue detailing spinal injury management technique.  Multiple EMS agencies from 2013’s demo will be joining, as well as local public safety organizations. Spectators are welcome to come watch the activities, which will take place at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, on the beach in front of the Clarion.

For more information, please contact the Ocean City Beach Patrol at 410.289.7556 or email Kristin Joson at kjoson@oceancitymd.gov.

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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