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.




Forget about the Black Friday Crowds; Give the Gift of Gill (Vince Gill That Is) to Your Loved Ones this Holiday Season

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(November 24, 2014) – Looking for a special stocking stuffer for your loved one this year? Beginning Black Friday, November 28, tickets will be on sale for Vince Gill and Beatlemania Again, both of which will headline the entertainment at Springfest 2015.

Gill, one of the most popular and most recorded singers of the past quarter-century, has Gill-Slingere5lgbecome the measure of excellence in country music. His vocal performances are spellbinding with hits like “When I Call Your Name,” which was his breakthrough song, winning him the Country Music Association’s Single of the Year award.  Since then, he has won 17 more CMA honors, including Song of the Year four times – making him the most-awarded artist in that category in CMA history.

The Academy of Country Music has handed Gill 8 awards, including their prestigious “The Home Depot Humanitarian Award” and the “Career Achievement Award.” Since 1990, Gill has received 20 GRAMMY Awards and has sold more than 26 million albums.  Gill was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. He is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry. In August 2012, Gill was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  He is a member of the four-time Grammy-nominated band The Time Jumpers; Rounder Records released the band’s first studio album on September 11, 2012.  Tickets for Gill, who will be performing on Friday, May 8, 2015, are $30 to $60.

BMASgtPepperPromo2012Also at Springfest, Beatlemania Again will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2015.  This fabulous journey back in time is a performance every fan of music must see.  Their performance chronologically traces the Beatles from their debut on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, to the psychedelic Sgt. Pepper era, to the final years of Abbey Road and Let It Be.  It’s a performance that any fan of music must see and provides the audience with a fabulous journey back in time.  For only $10 to $15, you can relive the music, the magic and the mania of the Beatles live on stage.

Ocean City celebrates the start of the season with the 25th Annual Springfest, the four-day festival filled with arts and crafts, live entertainment and delicious food all at the Inlet Lot and beach May 7 –10, 2015. Tickets for both shows will be on sale at the Ocean City Convention Center Box Office on 40th Street.  Box office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Tickets can also be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-551-7328.  Admission to Springfest is free.



It’s Turkey Time!! Use Your Kitchen Smarts when Cooking this Thanksgiving!!

turkey-fryer-fire-thanksgivingThe holidays are a time when kitchens across the country are filled with family and friends.  As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, the Ocean City Fire Department would like to remind residents and visitors of the dangers associated with turkey fryers and offer safety tips to ensure a safe holiday for all.

“One of the latest trends and new traditions in Thanksgiving festivities is deep frying a turkey,” commented Ocean City Fire Marshal David Hartley. “However, if you don’t take precautions, turkey fryers can be very dangerous and can result in an injury or fire.”

Turkey fryers utilize large amounts of cooking oil, which poses a significant risk for burns to the skin.  In addition, overheating of the cooking oil significantly increases the risk of fire.  For these reasons, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), as well as numerous other safety organizations, does not recommend the use of home gas-fueled turkey fryers.  Safer alternatives, such as an outdoor “oil-less” turkey fryer, should be considered.

However, where gas-fueled turkey fryers are used, the following precautions should be taken to ensure your safety:

  • Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors away from all buildings and decks.  Local ordinance prohibits the use of outdoor cooking equipment within 20’ of any multi-family dwelling.
  • Fryers should be used on solid, flat surfaces to reduce accidental tipping.  Fryers should not be overfilled with oil.
  • The turkey should be fully thawed prior to being placed in the fryer.
  • The fryer should never be left unattended and children and pets should be kept away from the fryer.
  •  An all-purpose ABC fire extinguisher should be kept close by during fryer use.
  • Lastly, all instructions from the manufacturer should be strictly adhered to during use.

While their use has become more popular over the years, there are currently no gas-fueled turkey fryers listed for use by Underwriters Laboratories (U.L.), an independent product testing laboratory.  The Ocean City Fire Department urges those who prefer fired turkey to look for grocery stores, specialty food retailers and restaurants that sell deep friend turkeys or consider a new type of “oil-less” turkey fryer.For more information on turkey fryer safety, please contact the Ocean City Fire Department, Office of the Fire Marshal, at 410-289-8780, or visit www.nfpa.org.


19th Annual Mayor’s Open House features Sneak Peek of Performing Art Center

(December 17, 2014) – A new year, a new tradition. The 19th Annual Mayor’s Open House, which has been a community custom since 1997, will move from City Hall to the Roland E. Powell Convention Center.  The theme, which changes year-to-year, will feature the evolution of the Convention Center, highlighting the building’s new attraction, the Performing Art Center.

Scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on New Year’s Day, 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 free 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 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. 

The Open House is free, with on-going entertainment and light refreshments provided by Centerplate. For more information, please contact Jessica Waters at 410.289.8967.