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County billing Comcast for OP water woe

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By Greg Ellison Subcontractor broke lines during cable installation (Sept. 10, 2020) After multiple disruptions of water service in Ocean Pines caused by Comcast subcontractors drilling into underground pipes while laying cable underground, Worcester County officials are looking to recoup the associated repair costs. Worcester County Commissioner Chip Bertino said after sending an initial bill… Read more »

Filing deadline passes, Berlin election set

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Five candidates on ballot for mayor, with contests for council dist. 3 and at-large By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 10, 2020) The ballot is set for the Berlin municipal election on Oct. 6, with the passing of the candidate filing deadline last Friday at 5 p.m. The race for mayor has five candidates: Jennifer… Read more »

Fire leaves seven people homeless

Unattended barbecue grill identified as cause of blaze that leveled family’s home By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 10, 2020) Firefighters from Berlin, Showell, Bishopville and Willards responded to a fire on Monday at 3:45 p.m. at 8336 Circle Road in Berlin that left seven people homeless. The single-story home was owned by Burley Collins…. Read more »

Second candidate files for Berlin District 3

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By Ally Lanasa (Sept. 10, 2020) Shaneka Nichols, a Flower Street resident, filed for the District 3 Berlin Town Council seat last Wednesday and will face Dan Packey in the nonpartisan election. “Public office wasn’t something I ever saw myself doing, However, when it was brought to my attention that my predecessor, Mr. Brittingham, was… Read more »

New players, new revenue for golf course

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By Greg Ellison Financial report shows play pushes income into black (Sept. 3, 2020) A rush of new players has kept Ocean Pines golf operations profitable, while other amenities in the community haven’t fared as well during this summer of covid-19. General Manager of Golf Operations John Malinowski said the Ocean Pines Golf Course has maintained… Read more »

County, OPA confer about drainage project

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 3, 2020) Recent changes in funding for proposed drainage improvements in the area around Bainbridge Park in Ocean Pines brought Worcester County and Ocean Pines officials together last Tuesday to ensure both sides are charting the same course. County Commissioners Chip Bertino and Jim Bunting led a unanimous vote on Aug…. Read more »

WCPS annual kick-off event goes virtual amid pandemic


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 3, 2020) “Better together” was the message delivered repeatedly by speakers Tuesday morning at the Worcester County Public Schools system’s virtual #WeAreWorcester Opening Kick-Off event. “I am excited for the fact that we will be back in school — hopefully, sooner than later,” Superintendent Lou Taylor said. Worcester County… Read more »

County students return to school

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 3, 2020) Thousands of Worcester County students will return to school on Tuesday, but, because of coronavirus concerns, it will be weeks before most of them will be able to enter the classroom. In response to Gov. Larry Hogan’s Aug. 27 announcement that Maryland schools could safely reopen, Worcester… Read more »

Governor announces schools can safely reopen

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Aug. 28, 2020) Maryland school systems are allowed to reopen for some level of in-person instruction as a result of improved health metrics, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday. The statewide coronavirus positivity rate has decreased to 3.3 percent, Hogan said. The positivity rate has been below the recommended 5 percent… Read more »

Boggs named Worcester County Woman of Year


By Greg Ellison (Aug. 27, 2020) After a lifetime immersed in community activities, culminating with two terms on the Ocean Pines Board followed by three terms as Worcester County Commissioner, Judy Boggs, 80, was named Woman of the Year last week by her former elected body. Boggs said she invested years in improving quality of… Read more »