Monthly Archives: May 2014

ART IS ALIVE Again at Northside Park, June 14-15

Mark your calendars for June 14-15, as Art’s Alive will be celebrating 14 years as Ocean City’s biggest and best fine art show. With nearly 100 artists selling their works, Art’s Alive offers a chance to enjoy beautiful fine art within one of Ocean City’s most beautiful settings.

Art’s Alive is the art show that has something for everyone. Centered around a picturesque lagoon in Northside Park’s sprawling 58 acres, Art’s Alive guests can enjoy expansive bay views while browsing unique artwork covering a wide array of mediums including Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics and many others. In addition to shopping for original art, visitors can dine at the Artists’ Café and enjoy live music while children enjoy free art activities.

“This very special event was named Art’s Alive to demonstrate that Art IS Alive and well in Ocean City,” said Frank Miller, Special Events Director for the Town of Ocean City. “With a variety of juried artists exhibiting and selling their work, along with music, food and free children’s activities available for the entire family; there is something for everyone at Art’s Alive! Come in your shorts and flip-flops, bring your pet, ride your bike and take in the Art’s Alive experience!”

The Art’s Alive Official Event Merchandise Tent allows guests to take a little bit of Art’s Alive and Ocean City home with them. Get your official “VACATION DAY” T-shirt as seen in the new highly-acclaimed 2014 Ocean City television marketing campaign. Other event merchandise includes T-shirts, jackets, baseball hats, pins and more.

Art’s Alive will take place outdoors rain or shine. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bring the whole family and create an “artsy” Ocean City memory at Art’s Alive 2014. For more information, contact the Ocean City Recreation & Parks Department at 410-250-0125.

Pam Marshall Retires After 15 Years with Town of Ocean City

pammarshall(May 27, 2014) – Pam Marshall has retired after 15 years with the Town of Ocean City.  Marshall, who joined the town’s Finance Department in 1999, has spent her career working as an accountant where she processed invoices, handled checking statements and processed telephone and gas bills.

Marshall also served as a member on the town’s Pension Board as a trustee representing the General Employees.  She was responsible for completing pension accounting and sent out monthly reports to trustees, as well as prepared reports for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.  “I want to thank the Mayor and City Council and Martha [Bennett] for the opportunity to serve the town,” Marshall said.  “I have enjoyed my time with the town and my many friendships with my co-workers in my department as well as through the town.”

A graduate from Salisbury University with a B.S. in Accounting, Marshall has also attended various CPE trainings. Before joining the Town of Ocean City, Marshall worked as an accountant at Sperry Rand Corp, Hacienda and Comfort Inn and Faw, Casson and Company.  Along with her professional accolades, Marshal is a member of the Executive Women’s Golf Association, where she has served as a board member since 1999.

During her retirement, Marshall plans to continue her work in the Ocean City community, where she is a member of the Pink Ribbon Committee and has coordinated the committee’s golf tournament.  “I plan on visiting my daughters, who live out of the area, more often,” Marshall continued.  “I will miss my time here at City Hall and with my friends at the town but I am excited to see my family more, golf more and spend my days reading and relaxing.”

 

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Town of Ocean City Announces Holiday Closing & Memorial Day Events

(May 23, 2014) – The Town of Ocean City is reminding citizens that the administrative offices will be closed on Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day. The normal trash pick-up schedule will be in effect. 

 

A special patriotic Beach Lights show will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25, at North Division Street and the beach.  The five-story tall inflatable sphere featuring a visual laser, lighting, special effects, video and audio production with visibly along the Boardwalk, will last approximately 8 minutes and will begin at 9:30 p.m., 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. both days.  Adding to the excitement of the OC Beach Light show will be a fireworks display which is included into the presentation.

 

Residents and visitors can also celebrate the true meaning of the holiday by participating in the Huey Veterans Memorial dedication ceremony at the Ocean City Municipal Airport at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 26.  Dedicated “In Honor of Those Who Served,” the memorial was created by the Town of Ocean City as a tribute to those veterans who served their country in times of armed conflict, past or present, especially those who made the supreme sacrifice. 

 

“The Huey Veterans Memorial is a constant reminder of times, friends, and loved ones, past and present, who served to preserve those freedoms we so much enjoy but oftentimes take for granted,” said Tom Oneto, president of the Ocean City Aviation Association.  “Each piece of military equipment has its own distinct characteristics and the Huey was no exception.  Its distinct rotor sound generated a feeling of reassurance to ground troops and comforted the wounded.” 

 

The Huey has served every branch of the military, and a number of government agencies, over its 48 year operational life.  When notified by the Army of its availability, the Ocean City Mayor and City Council readily endorsed obtaining the historic aircraft to represent the town’s memorial to its veterans.  Restored by the Ocean City Aviation Association (OCAA), the Huey now sits upon its cradle for all to see.

 

The Huey Veterans Memorial dedication festivities will begin with the presentation of colors by the Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP) Salisbury Composite Squadron.  Mayor Rick Meehan will then make the dedication and unveil its memorial plaque, followed by additional speakers with gratitude for the memorial’s construction.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, light refreshments will be served.

 

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MORE THAN 12 MILLION POUNDS OF TRASH COLLECTED DURING INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP

Cleanup across globe produces the highest total amount of trash ever collected in the event’s 28-year history and serves as a call to action by Ocean Conservancy

PPM_logoFINALWashington, DC:  The total amount of trash picked up during the 28th year of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup weighed more than 12 million pounds, the most ever collected in the event’s history, according to a report on the Cleanup and its data released today. This new total is an indicator of the tremendous amount of ocean trash found on shorelines and in the ocean and waterways around the globe.

The data were collected last fall during the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup, the largest annual volunteer effort aimed at improving the health of the ocean. While the report and the information it contains is a celebration of a truly international volunteer effort to rid the world’s beaches of trash and debris, Ocean Conservancy also is using this occasion to make a worldwide appeal to find solutions to stopping – at its many sources – the trash that ends up in the ocean.

“Ocean trash truly is a global problem that affects human health and safety, endangers marine wildlife, and costs states and nations countless millions in wasted resources and lost revenue,” said Andreas Merkl, Ocean Conservancy’s president and CEO. “At its core, however, ocean trash is not an ocean problem; it is a people problem – perpetuated by the often unwitting practices that industry and people have adopted over time. But I am convinced we can solve it if we have the audacity to confront the problem head-on.”

From the shorelines of beaches and waterways, as well from the water, 12,329,332 pounds (5,592,491 kg) of trash was collected by 648,015 volunteers during the Cleanup.  They did this by walking 12,459 miles (20,058 km) of shores and searching 455 miles (732 km) of water.

During the 2013 Cleanup:

  • The trash collected by volunteers would fill roughly 38 Olympic size swimming pools and is equivalent to the weight of 823 male African elephants.
  • The amount of fishing line collected would go up and over Mount Everest five times, and the number of bottle caps found would carpet three football fields when laid side by side.
  • Enough items were found to furnish an entire studio apartment, including an air conditioner, sink, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, stove, oven, microwave, toaster, washing machine, couch, table and chairs, television set, DVD player, coffee table, rug, curtains, curtain rods, toilet, dresser, desk and a bed complete with mattress, mattress pad, box spring, bed frame, sheets, comforter, pillows and pillow cases.

“Recently, the tragic loss and subsequent search for the Malaysia Airlines jetliner drew the world’s attention to the large pieces of debris floating in the open ocean. Now, we have these data that show the vast array of trash along shorelines and in the coastal ocean, and this is only a small fraction of what’s out there,” said Nicholas Mallos, Ocean Conservancy’s marine debris specialist and conservation biologist. “I believe these events often serve as a wake-up call that our ocean has become the world’s garbage pit and that nations, businesses, and individuals must work together to take the necessary steps to achieve trash free seas.”

The Cleanup is part of Ocean Conservancy’s larger strategy for Trash Free Seas,  and is one of the many ways the organization is joining with others to help find answers and solutions to address existing ocean trash and eventually stop its flow into the ocean. Other Ocean Conservancy-led efforts include:

  • A Scientific Working Group on Marine Debris at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), convened by Ocean Conservancy in 2011, has been collaborating to provide new insights into the scale, scope and impacts of marine plastics. This research is expected to result in a number of novel publications in peer-reviewed scientific literature, and it will help inform recommendations to policymakers and industry and guide future research on marine plastics.
  • Last fall, members of the Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Alliance convened to chart a course for possible interventions aimed at tackling debris at the source. During the meeting, scientists, industry and conservation leaders discussed the implications of the latest insights from the scientific community and defined three innovative work streams to confront marine plastics.
  • This past year, Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas scientists and program staff joined expeditions in Alaska and Maine to survey ocean plastics – in particular, to better understand the origins of debris and how and where it travels once it’s in the ocean.
  • In 2013, Ocean Conservancy partnered with the Wrightsville Beach Sea Turtle Project and Wrightsville Beach—Keep It Clean in North Carolina to launch a pilot project to better understand and protect sea turtles from the dangers of marine debris littering nesting beaches. The project is expanding to nesting beaches throughout the southeast U.S. and Gulf of Mexico during the 2014 nesting season.

Additional descriptions of items found, infographics, including the “Top 10 Items Found,” and state-specific information are available online at www.oceanconservancy.org.  For photos and B-roll, please call or email the contact listed above.

Partners:
The Coca-Cola Company has supported Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup for the past 18 years. Last year, Coca-Cola activated a global employee engagement campaign to encourage participation in the Cleanup. Over 16,000 Coca-Cola system associates, their friends and families in 21countries volunteered, cleaning more than 250 miles of coastline. As part of its commitment to address global climate change, Bank of America has supported the Cleanup since 2002, with thousands of employees participating in Cleanup events all around the world. Other national sponsors include National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hollomon Price Foundation,Altria Group, Inc., The Dow Chemical Company, Landshark Lager, Glad, Brunswick Public Foundation, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. Informed by science, our work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations.

*Note: This information was provided by our partners with the International Coastal Cleanup

Huey Veterans Memorial to be Dedicated Memorial Day

Huey(May 22, 2014) – The Town of Ocean City will host the Huey Veterans Memorial dedication ceremony at the Ocean City Municipal Airport at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 26. Dedicated “In Honor of Those Who Served,” the memorial was created by the Town of Ocean City as a tribute to those veterans who served their country in times of armed conflict, past or present, especially those who made the supreme sacrifice.

“The Huey Veterans Memorial is a constant reminder of times, friends, and loved ones, past and present, who served to preserve those freedoms we so much enjoy but oftentimes take for granted,” said Tom Oneto, president of the Ocean City Aviation Association.  “Each piece of military equipment has its own distinct characteristics and the Huey was no exception.  Its distinct rotor sound generated a feeling of reassurance to ground troops and comforted the wounded.”

The Huey has served every branch of the military, and a number of government agencies, over its 48 year operational life.  When notified by the Army of its availability, the Ocean City Mayor and City Council readily endorsed obtaining the historic aircraft to represent the town’s memorial to its veterans.  Restored by the Ocean City Aviation Association (OCAA), the Huey now sits upon its cradle for all to see.

The Huey Veterans Memorial dedication festivities will begin with the presentation of colors by the Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP) Salisbury Composite Squadron.  Mayor Rick Meehan will then make the dedication and unveil its memorial plaque, followed by additional speakers with gratitude for the memorial’s construction.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, light refreshments will be served.

Ocean City’s Huey Veterans Memorial Dedication

  1. Opening: Tom Oneto, President-Emeritus, Ocean City Aviation Association (OCAA)
  2. Presenting of Colors: Salisbury Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol and Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
  3. Invocation: Kenneth Thom, Pastor (Ret) All Hollows Episcopal Church, Snow Hill, MD
  4. A City’s Tribute to Veterans and Unveiling of Plaque: Rick Meehan, Mayor, Town of Ocean City.
  5. Significance of the Memorial to Veterans: Sharyn O’Hare, Board Member Emeritus and Co-founder of the Worcester CountyVeterans Memorial at Ocean Pines.
  6. Closing: Tom Oneto, President Emeritus OCAA.

For more information, including parking and directions for the event, please contact Tom Oneto, 410-641-6888.

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