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Maryland Coastal Bays applying for federal estuary grants


By Greg Ellison (Aug. 6, 2020) The Maryland Coastal Bays Program is applying this week for a Coastal Watersheds Grant through the National Estuary Program. Executive Director Kevin Smith said Restore America’s Estuaries administers the funding stream provided by the Environmental Protection Agency for the National Estuary Program. “We’re putting in three proposals,” he said…. Read more »

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Assessments checks better than expected

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By Greg Ellison (Aug. 6, 2020) After granting property owners a 90-day extension to pay annual assessments due on May 1, the Ocean Pines Association remained roughly $1.1 million short of more than $9 million due from membership by the Aug. 1 deadline. OPA Treasurer Larry Perrone said about 87 percent of approximately $9.4 million… Read more »

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Sweet Shack offers array of frozen treats in Ocean Pines

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By Greg Ellison (Aug. 6, 2020) Things got a little tastier in Ocean Pines last month following the opening of Sweet Shack ice cream and frozen yogurt shop in the Manklin Creek Shopping Center. Since launching the family-owned and operated business on July 17, Michelle Dell’Aquila-Reed said the reception has been beyond expectations. “It’s been… Read more »

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Alternative ideas as senior centers remain shuttered

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By Greg Ellison (Aug. 6, 2020) Forced to shutter senior centers in Berlin, Ocean City, Snow Hill and Pocomoke because of the coronavirus, the Worcester Commission on Aging adapted programs to continue providing essential services to elderly residents who frequented the locations. Executive Director Rob Hart said the four senior centers in Worcester County were… Read more »

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Assisted living staff members help with video, phone calls

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Aug. 6, 2020) Local assisted living facilities have created new approaches to help their residents and families stay connected despite all the social distancing restrictions. Pamela Schaffer and her brother Steven Bloyd, who own Catered Living in Ocean Pines and Chesapeake Manor Assisted Living in Willards, Maryland, have taken safety… Read more »

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Recovery program gives Wor. Arts Council benefits in July

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Aug. 6, 2020) The Worcester County Arts Council was one of five nonprofits to be selected for $1,000 of customized consulting and benefits geared toward pandemic recovery through the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore’s new Nonprofit Pandemic Recovery Technical Assistance Program announced on Facebook on July 22. The pilot… Read more »

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Letters to the editor


KKK-related print material found Editor, It is hard to believe we live in a community where recent KKK-related print materials were left in driveways of local residents of Berlin, Ocean Pines and West Ocean City. This is an affront, not just to those who received these hate-filled, scare-mongering missives, but to all of us who… Read more »

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Sad summer with no Berlin Little League

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Just when we really needed a feel-good diversion from the extremely upsetting difficulties of our times, the one thing we normally could count on to unite our communities and give us something to cheer about has fallen victim to covid-19. To borrow from “Casey at the Bat,” there will be no baseball joy in Berlin… Read more »

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