Mayor’s Update: October 27

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends,We lost two gentlemen this week with the passing of Frank Unger and Tom Oves. The commitment of these two men to giving back to the community is a great example what makes Ocean City such a special place to live. Both served the Ocean City Board of Education as long-time members and officers, and they were active in their churches and in various community groups. Michele and I want to thank them for their service and extend our condolences to all of their family and friends. Ocean City will miss them both.On Monday, I had the great honor of being recognized by the Boy Scouts of America as a “Distinguished Citizen,” along with John Scarpa, a successful businessman from Avalon who has donated generously to many local charities. I want to congratulate John and his family for all they do. I also want to thank the Boys Scouts, not just for the recognition, but for continuing to shape young citizens with integrity, courage, sacrifice and a commitment to serving others.On Tuesday, our finance director and emergency management coordinator, Frank Donato, gave a presentation on the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and on flood awareness. The event was part of the Environmental Commission’s free lecture series for the public. I want to thank Frank for representing the administration and the city with this important information, and I want to thank the commission for putting the event together. I have heard nothing but positive feedback. If you were not able to attend, you can see the slides here .On Thursday, the Exchange Club of Ocean City put on another spectacular Halloween Parade. It was the 70th year for the event, and as always, the community came out in costume to enjoy a great evening on downtown Asbury Avenue. We should all thank the Exchange Club and the CERT volunteers who helped work the parade.Halloween is Tuesday, and our police department has offered tips for staying safe during trick-or-treating hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.:Wear reflective clothing.Stay in large groups.Young children should be accompanied by an adult.Obey pedestrian safety laws – It is dark and vehicle drivers may not see you.Carry a flashlight.Costumes should not restrict visibility.Do not open any candy until you get home and parents inspect the items.Report any suspicious person or activity to the police immediately.I hope everybody has a great weekend and a safe and fun Halloween.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayorlast_img

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