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22nd Annual Winterfest of Lights Opening November 20

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(November 5, 2014) – The Town of Ocean City will be a bit brighter beginning November 20, when the Winterfest of Lights celebrates its 22nd year illuminating Northside Park.  Named a prestigious Top 100 Event for 2013 by American Bus Association and voted “Maryland’s Finest Holiday Tradition” by Maryland Life Magazine, Winterfest of Lights is a winter paradise for the whole family to enjoy. 

The Winterfest Express takes guests on a ride through a mile-long animated wonderland of dazzling lights and spectacular displays, including the Twelve Days of Christmas and additional fairytale favorites.  Christmas carols float through the air and throughout the Winterfest Village, which is located inside a festive and heated pavilion.  

To celebrate the spirit of the season, visitors can sip hot chocolate from The OC Recreation Boosters Café or browse the Yukon Cornelius Gift Shop for that special stocking stuffer or OC souvenir.  In celebration of 50 years of the Boardwalk Tram,  guests can take their photo at Winterfest’s very own Instagram photo spot, with a classic Winterfest Express tram car.

Don’t forget to visit Santa with your wish list and meet Mrs. Claus, who makes her first appearance at Winterfest. Whereas Santa is all about giving to others as a sign of appreciation, Mrs. Claus is here to spread her wisdom on staying healthy and lending a helping hand. This iconic couple will be on site to delight adults and kids alike through December 23. 

The special opening ceremony, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, at Northside Park’s Winterfest Village at 127th Street and the bay, is free and open to the public.  The ceremony features Ocean City Elementary School’s “OC Stars” performing holiday songs and dance.  In addition, Mayor Rick Meehan will “flip the switch” to light the Christmas tree and officially open the Winterfest of Lights.  Even Santa will make a surprise appearance for the opening ceremony, which will feature free rides on the Winterfest Express train for the remainder of the evening.

Adding to the excitement of Winterfest of Lights, the Jingle Bell Run and the New Year’s Eve Fireworks show will both be returning for a third year. The Winterfest of Lights Jingle Bell Run, which will take place on Sunday, December 7, is sponsored by the Town of Ocean City’s Recreation and Parks Department and OC TriRunning.  The race takes runners through an animated course of dazzling lights and spectacular displays at Northside Park.  The New Year’s Eve celebration, which also takes place at Northside Park, will celebrate the beginning of 2015 with live entertainment, free give-always, warm hot chocolate, and the opportunity to ride the Winterfest of Lights.

Winterfest of Lights is located at Northside Park, 125th Street & the Bay.  Beginning November 20, the hours of operation will be Sunday-Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  Winterfest tickets are available and can be purchased in advance at the Ocean City Community Center and the Convention Center.  Admission is $5.00 for those 12 years & older and FREE for those 11 years and younger.

With more than one million holiday lights sparkling throughout the town, Ocean City’s Winterfest of Lights will create a long lasting holiday memory for you and your family.   For more information, visit or call 410-250-0125.




Kenneth “Kenny” Jordan Retires After Nearly 38 Years with Town of Ocean City

Kenny Retirement(October 28, 2014) – Kenneth Jordan, more fondly known by his colleagues as “Kenny,” has retired after nearly 38 years with the Town of Ocean City.  Jordan, who joined the town in 1976, has been a member of the Engineering Department for the length of his career.

While Jordan’s formal responsibilities as an Engineer Associate included updating city maps, drawings as requested, the review of subdivisions and approval of site plans, he also assisted with the installation of city sidewalks and the upgrading of city streets.  An avid historian, Jordan also worked with Auto Cad and Liserfiche programs, drawing maps and recording files.

Throughout his career with the town, Jordan worked under five mayors and 37 councilmembers.  “I have had the privilege to work under many different elected officials, with many different views and opinions,” Jordan stated.  “The one thing that has stuck with me like a frying pan without Teflon was the research of history on any topic.  I found, in the end, I became a part of the history.”

Jordan, who worked as a teacher in Wicomico County before joining the Town of Ocean City, plans to further his learning and occupation opportunities.  “My future plans include time with my family, new employment and further education,” Jordan continued.  “I am looking forward to traveling with my wife, Cathy, working on my hobbies, researching my family history and enjoying myself.”




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.



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:


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

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

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 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

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 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!