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MD legislators vote on liquor license expansion

Posted On: 4/3/14
Written By: Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

MARYLAND—The General Assembly is in the process of closing its 2014 session with legislation that gives more flexibility for issuing Class D licenses in Berlin and Snow Hill, facilitates public accommodations for individuals with gender identity concerns and moves closer to reaching agreement on a fiscal budget. The House Economic Matters Committee held a hearing on March 27 to consider SB 1079, which would expand the authority of the Worcester County Board of License Commissioners to issue Class D beer, wine, and liquor licenses beyond Ocean City to within Berlin and Snow Hill. The legislation was requested by the Worcester County Commissioners, said sponsor Sen. Jim Mathias (D-38), in a statement. According to an analysis of the bill, the proposal could increase Worcester County revenues by $938 for each new six-day Class D license for beer, wine, and liquor issued—and by $1,063 for each new seven-day Class D license for beer, wine, and liquor issued—within the ...
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Titanium-Wrecks Rookie All-Stars

Posted On: 4/3/14
Written By: Phil Jacobs, Editor

There were over 3,000 people at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. last Thursday through Saturday. On the arena floor were some 50 high school robotics teams representing 10 states. Most teams came with 100 members or more. There was one team, however, that showed up with 16 members, and yet came away as “Rookie All-Stars” ensuring a trip to the St. Louis-hosted world championships. Titanium-Wrecks took part in “Aerial Assist,” a contest challenging the student-operated robots to grab and toss two-foot diameter exercise balls through goals while working with at least one other team. George Mason was hosting its inaugural For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology or FIRST Greater D.C. Regional. Titanium-Wrecks, Worcester County’s NASA house robotics team got some strong criticism during a safety inspection from officials. But according to Paul Suplee, who mentors the team along with William Mast, the team accepte...
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Berlin starts reign with block party set for Main Street

Posted On: 3/27/14
Written By: Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

Berlin starts reign with block party set for Main Street BERLIN—Get ready to don your red, white and blue, and party like you are in the coolest small town in America—and why not? You are. The little town with the big attitude will kick-off its year-long reign as Budget Travel’s “America’s Coolest Small Town” for 2014 with a “rain or shine” Main Street block party for those who were fans of Berlin before Berlin was officially cool. “It’s time to thank and recognize everyone who chose to “Vote Berlin” during the contest,” Mayor Gee Williams said in a March 10 statement.  “If you love Berlin this celebration will be a full day of fun for all ages and friends, family members and of course all of our residents and visitors. We have a lot to be proud of and much to celebrate,” he said. Downtown streets will be blocked off from 1-6 p.m. for the event, which the organizers promise will be like no other. They listed “lots of food, fun, local art...
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Program to help students chart academic goals

Posted On: 3/27/14
Written By: Clara Vaughn, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

WORCESTER COUNTY - To help gear students toward college and careers, Worcester County Public Schools began using an interactive, online program this year. Naviance starts in the sixth grade and helps students identify goals for high school and beyond while tracking their progress toward specific colleges, majors and careers, said Donna Main, coordinator of instruction for English and school guidance at Worcester County Public Schools’ central office. “Our hope is that students will be able to make informed decisions about the classes they take that will identify with their specific talents and interests, and that they’ll be more focused in high school,” Main said. Naviance — a portmanteau of “navigation” and “guidance” — uses four components to help students prepare for life after high school: college and career planning, preparing for success, determining which courses to take, and using e-documents when applying to c...
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Some to receive new voting cards

Posted On: 3/27/14
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BERLIN–On March 10, the Berlin Mayor and Council passed Resolution 2014-01 which reconfigures the Town of Berlin municipal voting districts based on the 2010 census. Each district was affected in some way. Voters whose election district is now changed will receive new voter registration cards from the Worcester County Board of Elections sometime within the next several months. Voters wishing to view the new map and/or list of streets can do so at www.berlinmd.gov, at Town Hall during regular business hours, and at several other locations including the Berlin post office and the Berlin library. Anyone with questions should contact Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen at 410-641-4314.
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Local organizations partner to meet needs of veterans

Posted On: 3/27/14
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EASTERN SHORE–On the Lower Eastern Shore, and nationwide, more veterans are coming home to their families and communities. National research shows that more than two million veterans have come home so far from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. While this is positive news, local organizations supporting these men and women are challenged with how to support them.  Their needs are as varied as their service to our country. The recently created Lower Shore Veterans Network, a group of local service providers collectively attempting to meet the varied range of needs for veterans of all generations, began meeting on a monthly basis at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) in October.  The Community Foundation will facilitate these meetings to help efficiently channel services and resources to veterans and their families.  The group looks forward to continually learning about current and anticipated needs of local veterans and their families and in turn, t...
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OP Platform Tennis Club to offer youth, parent lessons

Posted On: 3/27/14
Written By: Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

OCEAN PINES—The Platform Tennis Club is gearing up for a brand new program that will offer free lessons to lure local young people and their parents outside into the fresh and open air this summer, based on a description of the clinics by Linda Horst, who is coordinating the program. Interested parents and children can register up to two days before a scheduled class at the Ocean Pines Community Center, according to Horst. Classes for the youths will be held on four Saturdays, from 1-2:30 p.m.—April 5 and 12, and May 10 and 17, she said. The classes are free to both Ocean Pines residents and non-residents and players can attend as many of the family-oriented classes as they desire, according to Horst. All of the equipment needed for play will be provided, but tennis shoes or sneakers required. Platform tennis, which is also referred to as paddle tennis, is a year-round sport that combines elements of tennis, ping pong, squash, racquet ball, and hand ball, according to a...
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Beach Bots team gets recognition at council meeting

Posted On: 3/27/14
Written By: Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

BERLIN—The Worcester County Beach Bots Robotics Team was recognized by Mayor Gee Williams and the Town Council on March 24 for their achievements in designing and building award-winning robots. The 60-member team was presented with a $400 check by Chief Arnold Downing from the Berlin Police Department to help support the team by contributing some of the funds that will hopefully allow the team to attend a global competition in St. Louis from April 23-26. During a special presentation, Michele Kosin, a physics teacher at Snow Hill High School and robotics coach, described for the town council the team’s activities. She took the opportunity to thank the team’s many local sponsors, including Atlantic Orthopaedics, P.A., Home Depot, Victorian Charm, and several other town businesses, she said.         Team captains Danny Beck and Gary Qian informed the town officials in order to compete in the global robotics competition the team wil...
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OPA board vote deadlocked on committee term extentions

Posted On: 3/27/14
Written By: Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

OCEAN PINES— A deadlocked vote by the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors during the March 19 regular meeting failed to allow for extensions for three expiring members of the Communications Advisory Committee. The board did approve a motion to allow its legal counsel to pursue a turn over agreement relating to The Point development, in Ocean Pines Section 17. A motion to the extend terms for three  members of the Communications Advisory Committee was read by OPA Vice President Sharyn O’Hare on behalf of Director Marty Clarke, who was absent to attend a funeral. The motion failed to win a majority vote. In his motion, Clarke, the board’s liaison to the committee, wrote that due to a misprint in the description of the remaining terms of three committee members, Don Clagett, Don LaFond and Margaret Long, their term limits were approaching unexpectedly. He said their removal from the committee would leave it with an inadequate level of members and he reques...
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It took the village of Dagsboro to help save Clayton Theater

Posted On: 3/27/14
Written By: Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

DAGSBORO—Through an outpouring of community support—and a little Hollywood-styled luck—the Clayton Theater managed to upgrade its movie projection systems by converting to digital technology on March 7, allowing the 65-year-old movie house to continue to show first-run films, like its current showing of “Son of God.” On many levels Joanne Howe had a horrible 2013. When we last we checked in on Howe it was February 2013 and she seemed optimistic, but a little shaky, and why wouldn’t she? She had lost the love of her life, her husband Ed, late September in 2012 and had found herself facing an industry upgrade-or-lose edict in January 2013. When the Howes moved to the Eastern Shore they landed in Berlin, but moved to Dagsboro when an opportunity arose to buy the Clayton in 2000. Ed was a developer and the couple thought running a neighborhood movie theater “would be a fun venture,” she said. Besides, Howe noted, since her dad’s name...
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