Monthly Archives: June 2014

Ocean City Fire Department Responds to Two Residential Fires within Four Minutes

Boat_Showell_005(June 27, 2014) – It wasn’t an average Thursday evening in Ocean City yesterday, as the Ocean City Fire Department (OCFD) was on the scene of two significant residential fires in Worcester County, occurring at the same time.  With the calls for service coming in to the Ocean City Commination’s Division only four minutes apart, the OCFD quickly responded to the areas of Riverview Drive and Old Bridge Road shortly after 7 p.m. on the evening of June 26.

The first call, recorded at 7:20 p.m, requested the assistance of the OCFD’s Fire Boat 1.  Responding to assist the Showell Fire Department, Fire Boat 1 arrived to the 11000 block of Riverview Drive and crew members immediately engaged in water supply operations.  In addition, in support of fire suppression operations, Fire Boat 1 supported efforts by placing its roof-mounted master stream in service.

Only a few minutes later, approximately 7:24 p.m., another call came into Communications for a house fire in the 12000 block of Old Bridge Road in West Ocean City.  Multiple alarms were called and units from Worcester and Wicomico County, as well as units from Delaware responded to the area.  “The response from all of the fire departments from the county, as well as our neighboring counties, was extraordinary,” commented Ocean City Fire Chief Chris Larmore.  “It was a true demonstration of team work and I am extremely proud of the efforts of Ocean City’s first responders and those of our allied agencies.”

By 11 p.m. last night, OCFD units had cleared the area of both incidents.  No injuries were reported and the cause of the fires is now under investigation by the Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office.  “I want to personally thank all of our first responders,” commented Deputy Chief David Cropper, who was the Incident Commander on scene of the fire at Old Bridge Road.  “It’s very unusual for us to have multiple residential fires at the same time, requiring such significant resources.  Our members were professional and did exactly as they are trained to do. They should be tremendously proud of their hard work because I am certainly proud of them.”



$50 Flat Fee Parking All Day in Inlet Lot on July 4th

(June 25, 2014) -The Town of Ocean City is making a change to parking operations in the Inlet Parking Lot on Friday, July 4, by charging a $50 flat-fee for all day parking.  The fee, which is good for one-entry, will allow visitors to come as early as 5 a.m. and stay as late as midnight, without being charged an hourly parking rate.  In addition, a late entry fee will be permitted based on availability at 3 p.m. for a fee of $30, also allowing one-entry only.

Visitors who utilize the flat-free option will be issued a window pass and directed to park by assisting parking attendants.  Once the lot fills, visitors will be encouraged to use neighboring parking lots, including Worcester Street, Somerset Street, Dorchester Street, North Division Street, 4th Street and the West Ocean City Park & Ride.

The normal “ticketed” parking operations will return at midnight on July 5.  For questions about parking in the Inlet Lot on July 4th or for more information, please contact Communications Manager, Jessica Waters at 410-289-8967.




William “Bryan” Bishop Retires from Ocean City Fire Department at 25 Years of Service

(June 25, 2014) – William “Bryan” Bishop Jr. has retired after over 25 years with the Town of Ocean City. Bishop, who began working for the Fire Department in 1989, spent his career as the as a firefighter/EMT.


Working his way through the ranks, Bishop served as a shift sergeant and second lieutenant before being promoted to captain.  While his formal responsibilities included providing emergency first response to the residents and visitors of Ocean City, he also served on the departments Equipment Committee. 


“I wish to thank the career and volunteer members of the Ocean City Fire Department for all of their support over the past 27 years,” said Bishop. “They are a group of dedicated and honorable individuals and they will be missed.”


Prior to working full time for the Town of Ocean City, Bishop worked part time for the department for two years.  During retirement, Bishop will be entering into a new career endeavor with his family. “I have been a Funeral Director for 16 years and my wife Amy and I have purchased the Hastings Funeral Home in Selbyville DE,” Bishop said.  “We along with our sons will be running the family based business.”




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Ocean City Tennis Center Hosts “National” Junior Tennis Tournament!

Tournament L-6 2014 008(June 24, 2014) – The Delmarva Junior Open, traditionally known as a “Mid-Atlantic” USTA event, drew players from across the country last weekend, as participants from Texas, Tennessee, Florida, and Pennsylvania traveled to Ocean City to compete.   Despite a slight dip in participants, likely due to new regional tournaments in the Washington D.C. area, the Delmarva Junior Open was an overall success.


“We were delighted with the quality of play and the ability to draw players from across the nation,” stated Tennis Director, Dr. Keith Coleman, who also served as the Tournament Director.  “There is some competition from the higher level tournaments in the region during this time of year so we didn’t see the number of participants that we had anticipated, but we are hopeful that making some changes to the timing of the event could greatly impact the tournament in the future.”


In the Girl’s 16 Division, Celicilia Cress (Winchester,Va) was the champion by going undefeated in round robin play.  Maureen MacLeod (Chestertown, MD) was the runner-up.  In the Girl’s 18 Division the semi-final matches were highly contested.  In the first semi-final, Samanta Sterling (McKinney, TX) edged Nicole Shennett (Germantown, TN) by the score of 6-4, 6-4.  In the second semi-final, Katarina Stevanovich (Delray Beach, FL) narrowly beat Peyton Schaffer (McMurray, PA) 7-5, 6-2.  Stevanovich went on to cruise in the finals 6-0, 6-0. 


The next junior tournament at the Ocean City Tennis Center (OCTC) will be the Ocean City Open scheduled for August 1-3, 2014.  All tournaments played at the OCTC are sanctioned by the USTA.  For more information or for registration, you can call the tennis center at 410.524.8337or the Recreation and Parks Department at 410.250.0125.  Also, visit




Ocean Bowl Bash – Presented by Quiet Storm – Will Kick-Off Dew Tour

(June 17, 2014) – Ocean Bowl Skate Park, located at 3rd Street and St. Louise Avenue, will host Ocean City’s 3rd Annual Ocean Bowl Bash, on Tuesday, June 24. This will be a day of FREE SKATE for all ages, beginning at 2:00 p.m. and ending at dark. Multiple vendors, contests with prizes, and live bands will add to the excitement for skaters of all ages. The Dew Tour Street Team, and Ocean 98, will be in attendance, with special guest appearances.


The day of free skate begins at 2:00 p.m., with contests and guests announced throughout the day.  Live music will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will include local bands and jocks including, Whiff-Wall Ride Records, Chuck Treece with Ultimate Robot DJ, Hot Sauce Sandwich, Gaffney Bros., Funk Shue’ and Hooplas.

Multiple vendors will be present, including Quiet Storm, K-Coast, Sector Nine, Dimensions, Swirled World, Lucky Surf Shop, and Ish Boutique. Concessions will be for sale, including, fresh-squeezed concoctions form Crazy 8’s.

This year’s program is being presented by Quiet Storm and held in partnership with Grind for Life and Coca-Cola.  Limited street parking will be available so the public should consider taking public transit. All skaters under age 18 must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or guardian in order to participate.

Any photographer and/or member of the media interested in attending should contact Recreation Supervisor, Ron Stickler (, or 410.250.0125), for information and credentials.

For more information about visit Ocean City’s Ocean Bowl Bash, visit:  or call 410.289.BOWL.