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Fire sirens to be quiet from 11...


Fire sirens to be quiet from 11 p.m.-7 a.m.

The Ocean City Volunteer Fire Department will no longer use fire sirens from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. because visitors to Ocean City have complained about the noise.

In the past, the sirens have been sounded to alert the public and firefighters of fire calls. Now the volunteer firefighters will be called on their portable radios unless there is a major structural fire at which time the sirens will be back in effect, according to a spokesman from the fire department.

Weekend Parking ban under consideration

Since the beginning of May, Ocean City police have towed more than 100 cars off the west side of Baltimore Avenue downtown. Parking is allowed on the street there during certain hours on weekends, but is prohibited at other times to keep more lanes open for traffic.

Tourists often fail to read the signs on the meters, park illegally and get their cars towed. Police Chief David Massey has suggested that the former policy be reinstated -- prohibiting parking all weekend from midnight Fridays until 6 p.m. Sundays. The Ocean City Council will discuss the matter Monday night.

Proposed Berlin budget still being formulated

The town of Berlin is working on the budget for fiscal year 1991-92. The proposed budget is for $4.4 million and Mayor Ron Bireley is recommending going to the bond market for another $5.5 million.

However, some town residents are concerned about the town going into debt and say they will petition going to the bond market.


New $1 all-day fare boosts bus ridership

Since the city bus fare in Ocean City was changed, ridership has increased more than 200 percent, the Ocean City Council said this week. This year, the former 70-cent-per-ride fare was changed to $1 to ride all day.

Cellular telephone donated to police

Bell Atlantic Mobile Systems in Baltimore has donated a transportable, cellular telephone, valued at $525 to the Ocean City Police Department. Because Ocean City is considered a rural service area, this is the first year the phones could be used here, according to Betty Lynott, regional director for Bell Atlantic Mobile Systems.

The phone, which can be used with batteries or plugged into a car cigarette lighter, will be valuable on police stakeouts and in emergency situations, such as from the scene of an accident where no telephone is available or during a hurricane, when telephone lines are down, Sgt. Jay Hancock, spokesman for the Police Department, said.

Worcester prepares for 250th celebration

Plans are under way to celebrate Worcester County's 250th anniversary in 1992. Commemorative T-shirts are on sale for $10 each and $1 raffle tickets are being sold, Lisa Challenger, tourism director, said.

The winner of the raffle will receive 250 gifts, including hotel accommodations, oil changes and car washes. The design on the T-shirt has colorful drawings of items common in the county, including blue crabs, a wild pony, a duck and a white marlin.

The shirts are available in several colors and may be purchased at the tourism office in Snow Hill, Sunset Marina in West Ocean City and Barnacle Bill's Marina in Ocean City.

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