Category Archives: Town of Ocean City Press Releases

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.

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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 www.firepreventionweek.org.

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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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Record Crowds Attend 40th Annual Sunfest

sunfest40(September 23, 2014) – If you missed the 40th Annual Sunfest, then you might have been the only one! Kicking off the town’s “second season” with four days of music, food, arts, crafts and just plain fun, the festival attracted a record crowd of 234,474 people. The event, which once again topped Sunshine Artist magazine’s list for the best festival in the nation, took over the Inlet Lot and beach Thursday-Sunday, September 18-21.

Accompanied by beautiful late summer weather, Sunfest featured nearly 300 vendors, along with live music, hayrides on the beach and a wide and delicious offering of food.  The festival grounds at the Inlet Parking Lot were bustling with visitors, as attendance was up nearly 47,000 people from 2013, boasting the highest attendance ever and trending way above the five year average of 175,299.

“We really hoped that the 40th Anniversary would be an extremely memorable event and I am confident that those who visited could feel just how special the event truly is,” said Frank Miller, Director of Ocean City’s Special Events.  “We had outstanding vendors, great entertainment, fabulous weather and the largest attendance in the event’s history.  It was a picture perfect weekend and an outstanding event for the Town of Ocean City.”

The Comcast Entertainment Pavilion was the venue for the headliner entertainment, where an enthusiastic audience of 1,535 was on hand for the Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley on Thursday night.   On Friday, 1,444 turned out for country superstars Parmalee and Eric Paslay while Rick Springfield swooned a full house on Saturday night.

Crowds enjoyed additional entertainment, including new Sunfest performers the Natty Beaux, The Galaxy Collective, Richie Fields, British Invasion Experience, Bluesman Tom Larsen, Part Like It’s…, Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark and Mike Hines and the look.

Also celebrating this weekend’s success were the following raffle winners, who were announced at the conclusion of Sunfest 2014:

  • St. Luke’s Church Grand Prize $10,000 to Lynda Johnson of Ocean City
  • Knights of Columbus Assembly #2454 2014 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic with Trailer to Stamislav Zieminski
  • St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish 2014 Harley Davidson Fatboy with trailer to Norm Brooks of Delaware
  • Ocean City Lions Club 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic to John GingrichThe 41st Annual Sunfest is scheduled for September 24-27, 2015.  For more information, or to sign up to receive email updates for the Town of Ocean City’s Special Events, please visit http://oceancitymd.gov/Recreation_and_Parks/specialevents.html.
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