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Municipal Election Drawing Near, Absentee Ballot Applications Accepted

(October 23, 2014) – With Election Day quickly approaching, the Town of Ocean City is reminding citizens that the Municipal election will be held on November 4, 2014, to coincide with the National Election Day.  The polls, which are held at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, located at 4001 Coastal Highway, open promptly at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Those residents who are unable to go to the polls on Election Day must apply for and submit their municipal absentee ballots to the City Clerk’s Office by mail or by hand, no later than November 3, 2014 at 5 p.m.  Absentee voters should be mindful that the process, when done by mail, takes time. Therefore, voters are encouraged to allow plenty of time to receive, complete and deliver their ballots.

Residents should also note that early voting centers will NOT include the municipal election on the early voting ballot.  To vote for the municipal election, voters must either vote in person on November 4, at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, or by absentee ballot.  

For more information about the Town of Ocean City Municipal Election, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 410-289-8824.

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Fall Projects Begin for the Department of Public Works

hydrant(October 21, 2014) – The Department of Public Works is beginning several off-season projects this month, including hydrant flushing, the final phase of the St. Louis Avenue project and street improvements in the Little Salisbury neighborhood. In addition, public works personnel are working closely with the Army Corp of Engineers to repair the seawall on the north side of the Inlet.

Work for the final phase of the St. Louis Avenue project has already begun and road closures on St. Louis Avenue from 2nd Street to 4th Street should be expected during the early morning hours until further notice.   Southbound traffic will be detoured to Philadelphia Avenue at 4th Street and northbound traffic will be detoured to Philadelphia Avenue then Baltimore Avenue at 2nd Street.

Residents in the Little Salisbury neighborhood should expect street improvements to begin this month. During the project, which will take place over the next two years with the exception of the summer months, the storm water piping systems are being replaced.   In addition, sidewalk work will be addressed in both cases of ADA compliance and replacement of areas that may currently be in a state of condemnation due to cracks, uneven surfaces or surface delamination.

Also working in conjunction with the town, Comcast, Verizon, and DPL will be doing system upgrades to their cabling in the Little Salisbury neighborhood.  This too will involve some partial sidewalk removals, directional boring, and excavation activities.

Residents should be aware that the infrastructure upgrades will include a sequence of events such as saw cutting of the road surface, excavation for the trench creation and pipe installation, backfilling of the excavation, and then pavement “patching” of the trenched area. Upon completion of all activities described above, the town will then begin roadway surface milling, roadway surface crack repair, pavement fabric installation and a mass re-pavement of the entire neighborhood.

Hydrant flushing of the water system will begin on October 26.  The hydrant flushing, which is done bi-annually, will progress from south to north, beginning on South 1st Street and covering several blocks per day.  Residents and businesses are reminded that after flushing there may be a slight discoloration of the water. This is not harmful and will dissipate after a short time.  If you wish to clear your pipes, run cold water for several minutes until the water runs clear.  The completion of this project is expected to be before November 1. For questions or concerns about the hydrant flushing in your area, please contact the Public Works Water Department at 410.524.8388.

In addition to the departments fall projects, the seasonal transportation and solid waste schedules are also in effect. The winter solid waste schedule will be in effect until May 10, 2015. Residential trash collections will be reduced to one day per week, while commercial trash collections will be reduced to three days per week.

The Coastal Highway Beach Bus will operate under the winter schedule from October 26-April 2, 2105. Busses will travel along Coastal Highway every 40 minutes from 6:20 a.m. until 11:35 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday and every 30 minutes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.  There will be no bus service from 11:40 p.m. to 6:15 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday until April of 2015.

For more information about the upcoming projects or seasonal schedules, please visit: http://oceancitymd.gov/Public_Works/.

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Spooktacular Activities Continue During O.C.toberfest

Enews(October 20, 2014) – As the calendar creeps closer to Halloween, the spooktacular events continue with Ocean City’s Recreation and Parks Department hosting a Halloween movie delight night this Friday, October 24.  Families can enjoy the classic family-friendly movie adventure, The Goonies, while taking in the beautiful setting at Sunset Park. The movie is free and public parking is available across the street. Food and beverages will be available to purchase on site including hot dogs, popcorn, candy, sodas and beverages. Guests should bring folding chairs and blankets to snuggle in for this great evening entertainment under the stars!

The festivities continue on October 25 with the Seaside 10. The 21st running of the ten mile course, which takes advantage of Ocean City’s historic boardwalk and famous Coastal Hwy, is a fantastic way to gear up for the Halloween holiday! All are welcome to come wearing their most outrageous costumes. Entry fees for the 10 Miler are $40 through October 17 and $50 thereafter. The 5K race entry fee is $25 through October 17 and $30 thereafter. Both races originate in Ocean City’s Inlet Parking Lot, 807 S. Atlantic Blvd. and begin at 8 a.m. For more information, visit www.octrirunning.com.

After the Seaside 10, spectators and participants can head to North Division Street, where the weekends next big race will take place. Beginning at 1 p.m., watch the wacky and zany Great Pumpkin Race. No matter your skills, this is the event for you! Get your pumpkin now – shape and size doesn’t matter! Pull your team together and carve it or paint it, add things to it and follow the race rules to make your entry for this enjoyable and hilarious event. Gravity is your motor. Whether they finish or not, it’s just good ol’ straight line racin’ fun! Registration and heats begin at 1 p.m. Entry is free. Additional details and rules can be found at www.OCtoberfestMD.com.

The Great Pumpkin race is followed shortly thereafter by the Drive in Disguise! This event offers locals and guests alike the opportunity to decorate their automobile or business vehicle and join the convoy of festive Halloween rides for a rare drive down the Boardwalk.  The Stephen Decatur High School band will join the parade, which will end with the decorated vehicles being judged in the Inlet Parking Lot by family, friends and the public. Bring your dollar bills to vote by placing a dollar in the container next to your favorite car. The vehicle with the most votes wins! Proceeds go to the Ocean City Downtown Association.

Live DJ music and local businesses will also be on site. Vehicles with OC license plates enter for free. All other participants are $25. Spectators, who wish to simply view the first-year parade, can make way to the Boardwalk between 4th Street and the Pier where you can watch from the concrete pad as the parade makes its way south. Visit the Downtown Association’s website at www.downtownassociation.net for more information about the Drive in Disguise.

Wrapping up the OCtoberfest activities is the ever-so-popular Halloween “Spook Out” Party at the Northside Park on October 26. Get your Halloween costume ready and join all the other goblins for this indoor trick or treat experience. Participants of all ages, including parents, will fill the Northside Park gym from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for carnival games, arts and crafts, hayrides and snacks! Costume contests will be scheduled throughout the event. No preregistration is required and the price of admission is a bag of individually wrapped candy per child. Details are available at www.OceanCityMD.gov.

With numerous events and activities taking place this month, the ghouls and goblins in your life are sure to enjoy all that OCtoberfest has to offer. Check out www.OCocean.com for local business discounts available in town with a costume and without, including Fall Restaurant Week which takes place until October 26 at participating restaurants! 

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Ocean City Fire Department Reminding Citizens to be “Halloween Safe”

(October 20, 2014) – Halloween is a fun time of the year for kids and the Ocean City Fire Department is reminding citizens that taking a few simple fire safety precautions will keep the spooky holiday safe.  To make trick-or-treating safe for everyone, the Ocean City Fire Department is encouraging residents and visitors to plan ahead by following a few easy safety tips.

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  • Choose a safe costume:  When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric.  If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
  • Decorate safety:  Use Flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards.  It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-lantern, however; if you use a real candle, be sure to use extreme caution. Decorations such as dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable so keep these decorations well away from open flames and heat sources. Also, remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Light up their costumes:  Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
  • Party Safe:  If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home in case of an emergency.
  • Stay away from flames: Tell children to stay away from open flames and be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.

“Decorations are the first thing to ignite fires in 1,000 reported home fires each year,” said Ocean City Fire Marshal David Hartley.  “By planning ahead and following a few simple precautions our residents and visitors are likely to have a fun and fire safe Halloween.”

It is important to note that the Ocean City Fire Marshal’s Office does not allow any hay decorations within any place of assembly. Anyone with questions pertaining to Halloween fire safety should contact the Ocean City Fire Department, Office of the Fire Marshal, or visit www.nfpa.org.

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Ocean City Fire Department Station 4 Dedication

Dear Ocean City Resident & Town of Ocean City Friend,

The Ocean City Fire Department would be honored to include the Ocean City community in a very special celebration and dedication of Fire Station 4, located at 12925 Coastal Highway.  Please share this invitation with your civic organization, neighbors, family and friends. 

All are welcome.

We hope to see you there.

You’re Invited

The Officers and Members of the Ocean City Fire Department cordially invite you to attend the dedication and open house for the new Fire Station 4.

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Date:  Saturday, October 25

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Station 4 – 12925 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland 21843

Please join us as we celebrate the new Station with a formal Ribbon Cutting ceremony, Fire Station tours and a Flag Ceremony.  Light refreshments will be provided.  All are welcome, so please bring family, friends and neighbors to our community celebration.