Category Archives: Town of Ocean City Press Releases

Holiday Celebrations, Services and Closings

(December 16, 2014) – The Town of Ocean City is reminding citizens that administrative offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 24, and Thursday, December 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The normal trash pickup schedule will be in effect on Wednesday, December 24, however; there will be no trash collection on Thursday, December 25. 

Also beginning December 26, the Town of Ocean City will once again provide a Christmas tree drop-off site at the 100th Street Municipal Parking Lot.  Trees can be placed in the northeast corner of the 100th Street lot December 26 through January 15.  Please remove all tinsel, ornaments and other non-wooden items from the tree. Trees collected at the site are taken to the county landfill where they are recycled.

Citizens should also be reminded that Town of Ocean City administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, January 1, in observance of the New Year’s holiday.  There will be no trash collection on New Year’s Day.  The normally scheduled trash collection will resume on Friday, January 2.

Also modifying their normal schedule for the holiday is the Town of Ocean City’s Transportation Department, who will offer free bus service from 6 a.m. on December 31 to 6 a.m. on January 1.  On December 31, bus services will run every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and every 10 minutes from 6 p.m. until 4 a.m. on January 1.  Busses on New Year’s Day will also run every 20 minutes from 4 a.m. until 7 a.m., at which time they will resume a normal winter service schedule of every 40 minutes.

Along with free bus services, the Town of Ocean City will be hosting a free fireworks show on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the beginning of 2015 and the 22nd Annual Winterfest of Lights. The show, which will begin promptly at midnight, will be accompanied by musical entertainment, warm hot chocolate (for a small fee) and the opportunity to ride the Winterfest of Lights.  Hours for Winterfest will be extended until 12 a.m. to allow visitors to travel through the winter paradise of lights and then listen to music by DJ Kutt as they wait for the countdown to midnight. 

With more than one million holiday lights sparkling throughout Northside Park, the Winterfest of Lights New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show is unlike other celebrations around. We added the New Year’s Eve fireworks show to the Winterfest of Lights and it has been a huge hit amongst residents and visitors who were looking for a fun and family-friendly way to ring in the New Year,” said Mayor Rick Meehan.  “The fireworks show is free for everyone and is an exciting and affordable way for people of all ages to ring in the New Year in Ocean City.” 

The New Year’s Eve festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. inside the Winterfest Pavilion, with the celebration continuing on until midnight at Northside Park. For more information about the Winterfest of Lights and the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show, please visit

On New Year’s Day, the celebration continues at the Mayor and City Council’s 19th Annual Open House, scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. at the new Performing Art’s Center. The Open House, which has been a community tradition since 1997, offers a different theme each year. This year’s theme will feature the evolution of the Convention Center, highlighting the building’s new attraction, the Performing Art Center.

With a new year and a new tradition, the Mayor’s Open House will offer an open invitation for residents and visitors to meet the Mayor and City Council members. Once inside, visitors can view the pictorial history of the Convention Center, while also having the privilege to enjoy a first-look of the two tiered, 1,200 seat auditorium.  This rare glimpse, which takes place before the official Performing Arts Ribbon Cutting, will also offer live and local entertainment by Bryan Russo with several special guest performances.

“The Open House offers the perfect opportunity for our citizens to meet with the elected officials that serve our community,” commented Mayor Rick Meehan.  “The tradition at City Hall has been carried on for nearly two decades, so what better time than now to allow residents and guests to preview the Performing Art Center. It’s a perfect time to start a new tradition in our incredible new theater.”

Also participating in the event are several of the town’s community partners, including the Ocean City Beautification Committee, the Ocean City Development Corporation, the Art League of Ocean City, the Beach Patrol, the Downtown Association and the Community Response Team.  Outside the festively decorated Convention Center, the Ocean City Fire Department will have equipment on display and also back by popular community demand will be the mounted police and canine units of the Ocean City Police Department. 

For more information about Town of Ocean City services and holiday closings, please visit





Give a Lasting Gift to your Loved Ones this Holiday Season

Beatification Committee offering special rate for “Reflections of Life” display


(December 8, 2014) – In celebration of the holiday season, the Ocean City Beautification Committee is presenting a special offer to the public for the committee’s Reflections of Life project. The project provides a distinctive means of recording important events and interests in the lives of individuals, their loved ones and businesses by placing a gift of a bronze, silver or gold leaf or stepping stone on the impressive “Reflections of Life” bronze tree sculpture mounted inside the lobby entrance of the Roland E. Powell Convention Center.

The Beautification Committee special, which runs until December 28, features leaves at 50 percent off the normal price.  For the remainder of the holiday season, you can order gold leaves for $250, instead of $500; silver leaves, regularly $350, are now $175 and bronze leaves, $250, are $125.

Tax-deductible donation forms are available at two locations in the convention center, at the project site near the main entrance and in the visitor center, along with Northside Park, 125th Street bayside. Forms can also be found on the town’s website at Checks should be made payable to the Town of Ocean City.

The Ocean City Beautification Committee has organized the project to raise funds for the purchase, installation and landscaping of a custom water feature to be installed at the convention center. For more information, call Toni Wagner at 410-250-0892 or Donna Greenwood at 410.289.7060.



Town of Ocean City Announces Holiday Closing

The Town of Ocean City is reminding citizens that administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no trash collection on Thursday, November 27, however; normal solid waste schedules will resume on Friday, November 28.

The Town of Ocean City wishes all residents, visitors and businesses a safe, happy and healthy holiday.  For more information on the Town of Ocean City’s hours of operation, please visit:



William Hall & J.H. Williams Retire from Ocean City Fire Department


The Ocean City Fire Department’s celebrated the retirement of two employees today, honoring over 50 years of combined dedicated service to the town of Ocean City. Filling the council chambers in City Hall, several members of the OCFD family watched as their colleagues, J.H. Williams and William E. Hall, were given a proclamation and key to the city by the Mayor and City Council.

First, William E. Hall, more fondly known as “Mr. Bill,” retired after 25 years with the Ocean City Fire Department.  Hall joined the Town’s career division full-time in 1989 and has spent his career working as a vehicle/equipment mechanic and firefighter.

Hall’s formal responsibilities included the maintenance and repair of emergency vehicles assigned to the fire department.  In addition, Hall responded to emergency calls as needed. With several specialized training certificates, including aerial operation, hazmat technician and EMT, Hall also served his community outside of Ocean City as an Assistant Chief of the Showell Volunteer Fire Company.    

“I’d like to thank my friends and co-workers for their many years of support,” Hall said. 

With his official retirement date, November 30, nearing, Ocean City Fire Chief Chris Larmore said Hall will be hard to replace.  “We might be able to find someone to fill the position,” Larmore stated.  “But we certainly won’t be able to find another Mr. Bill.”

Also receiving recognition was J.H. Williams, who retired after 31 years with the Town of Ocean City.  Williams joined the Town’s career division in 1983, and has spent his career working as a firefighter/paramedic. In addition to his work as a career employee, he also works with the Bishopville Volunteer Fire Department. 

While Williams’ formal responsibilities included providing emergency first response to the residents and visitors of Ocean City, he also served on the department’s dive team and was a member of the Maryland Crisis Response Team. Throughout his career, Williams obtained numerous certifications in the fields of fire suppression and EMS.  He was a nationally recognized paramedic and was a certified advanced rescue technician.

“I want to thank the hiring board for giving me a chance to work here,” said Williams.  “Also, I would like to thank all of my co-workers and the management over the years.” 

Williams, who will continue to work with the Bishopville Volunteer Fire Department, plans to continue to serve his community.  He also hopes to occupy his free time traveling with his wife and family and spending time with his seven grandchildren.




Ocean City Christmas Parade marches Saturday, Dec. 6

xmasparade(November 24, 2014) – Tis’ the Season! The 32nd Annual Ocean City Christmas Parade marches along Coastal Highway on Saturday, December 6 at 11 a.m.  The holiday parade, which starts at 100th Street and marches northbound in the southbound lanes of Coastal Highway to the Gold Coast Mall at 115th Street, will feature more than 80 units, including high school bands, horses, llamas, antique cars and colorful holiday floats.

Professional judges will be on hand to review bands and other marching units in nine categories and trophies will be awarded inside the mall following the parade for first, second and third places in each category. To participate in the parade, which is sponsored by the Gold Coast Mall Merchants Association, citizens should call Elaine Jarvis at 410-524-9000.  There is no charge to participate.

For those simply wishing to spectate, plenty of seating will be located in the parking lot of the Gold Coast Mall. Spectators will not be permitted to watch the parade from the median area of Coastal Highway.

The parade is expected to last approximately two hours. Motorists traveling in the area are reminded that traffic pattern changes will occur starting at approximately 9 a.m.  Also, due to the high volume of traffic, pedestrians are reminded to Walk Smart by using cross walks and crossing with the traffic control signal.