Category Archives: Town of Ocean City Press Releases


(October 9, 2014) – On Sunday, October 26, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Halloween spirits will fill Northside Park in Ocean City again as Ocean City Recreation and Parks hosts its “Halloween Spook-Out Party.” This annual holiday program delights families each year at a cost of only one bag of candy per child.

The party will take place at Northside Park Recreation Complex, 125th Street, Bayside, in Ocean City. Activities will include carnival games, arts and crafts, hayrides and costume contests. Complimentary snacks will be made available and prizes will be awarded for top costumes. Participants of all ages are welcome.

There is no pre-registration required for the event. Entrance fee is one bag of individually wrapped candy per child.

For more information, visit our website at or contact Ocean City Recreation and Parks at 410.250.0125.


Ball Field Closing Announcement

(October 1, 2014) – The Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department would like to inform the public that the 3rd Street ball field, adjacent to the skate park, will be closed on Friday afternoons and will re-open Saturday mornings for soccer play.  Citizens should expect the fields to be closed on the following Fridays in October: 3, 10, 17 and 24.  

The field, which will be prepared for youth soccer play on Saturday mornings, will be open for the remaining days of the week.  For questions or additional information, please contact Ocean City Recreation Supervisor Al “Hondo” Handy at 410.250.0125.



Ocean City Fire Department Reminds Ocean City Residents: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

(October 1, 2014) – Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, the Ocean City Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

“In a fire, seconds count,” said David Hartley, Fire Marshal for the Town of Ocean City. “Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”


This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:


  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
  • Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

To learn more about smoke alarms and “Working Smoke Alarms Saves Lives”, visit NFPA’s Web site at

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Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan Completes Baltimore Media Tour to Promote Fall Travel

Baltimore media tour valued at more than $17,000 in advertising dollar equivalency    

October 1, 2014 – To help spread the message of an endless summer, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan completed a media tour of Baltimore on Tuesday, September 16, generating more than $17,000 in advertising dollar equivalency. The Mayor made seven appearances on Baltimore television and radio stations to promote fall travel and to remind people that now is the best time to use their vacation days before they go to waste.

Mayor Meehan visited five of Baltimore’s top media outlets, including: WBFF-TV Fox 45, WIYY-FM 98Rock, WJZ- TV CBS 13, WBAL-TV NBC 11, and WBAL-AM 1090.

“September is the perfect time to remind Baltimoreans that summer is eternal in Ocean City. We have some of our best beach days in the fall and we were able to promote great events, golf and more,” said Mayor Meehan. “Our Vacation Day campaign is still resonating with people and the media was very receptive and complimentary of our message.”

In addition to encouraging guests to take advantage of Ocean City’s many events, Mayor Meehan promoted the town as an affordable and accessible vacation destination and encouraged visitors to connect with the town on social media.

All media tours are organized by the town’s agency, MGH, and coordinated by Donna Abbott, Tourism Director for the Town of Ocean City.

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