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Towns ask for EMS and fire funding

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By Elizabeth Bonin, Staff Writer (March 12, 2020) Representatives of Pocomoke City, Snow Hill, Berlin and Ocean Pines banded together to request increased funding for fire and emergency medical services in their towns, as well as for Ocean City, during the Worcester County Commissioners meeting last Tuesday in Snow Hill. Berlin Mayor Gee Williams, speaking… Read more »

Ocean Pines seasonal job fair this Sunday

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By Greg Ellison (March 5, 2020) The Ocean Pines Association will hold a job fair on Sunday starting at 9 a.m. to staff a number of fulltime seasonal positions, including lifeguards and swimming instructors. OPA Aquatics Manager Kathleen Cook said the hiring event will run until noon at the Sports Core Pool, 11144 Cathell Road…. Read more »

Anti-flooding tactics in development

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Varying circumstances call for solutions that can be adapted for specific areas By Greg Ellison (March 5, 2020) While work to remedy numerous flooding and water retention problems throughout Ocean Pines continues to gain momentum, resident Katie Conforti, who lives directly south of Route 90 remains concerned about standing water in nearby yards and Ocean… Read more »

Comedy podcast created in Berlin

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (March 5, 2020) A comedy podcast by a mother and daughter that aims to raise awareness about breast cancer and the need to find humor in life has begun to gain a loyal following of listeners. Claudia and Kate Nicholls of Berlin decided to create a podcast called Stage 4… Read more »

OC Film Festival offers fourth day

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer More than 100 projects will be available for screening during March 5-8 event (March 5, 2020) The Art League of Ocean City has added a fourth day to the fourth annual Ocean City Film Festival, which will begin showing films today, Thursday, March 5, showcasing the work of local, regional… Read more »

OPA Clubs Committee raises function issue

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By Greg Ellison (Feb. 27, 2020) Defining its roles and purposes dominated the discussion at the Feb. 20 OPA Clubs Committee meeting because of concerns involving food and beverage operations. Committee Chairman Gary Miller said his group wishes to be kept in the loop regarding promotions planned by food contractor Matt Ortt Companies at the… Read more »

Cricket Center has canine lobbyist

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Facility’s support dog goes to Annapolis as advocate in child abuse legislation By Greg Ellison (Feb. 27, 2020) After providing primarily visual testimony before both Maryland legislative chambers earlier this year, Cricket Center facility dog Josiah, a Labrador golden retriever trained to comfort child abuse victims, made a third trek to Annapolis last week at… Read more »

Kirwan bill has first legislative public hearing

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By Elizabeth Bonin, Staff Writer Carozza, Hartman address concerns about classroom environment, home daycare (Feb. 27, 2020) After a six-and-a-half-hour joint public hearing last Monday, the Blueprint for America’s Future, which is based on the Kirwan Commission recommendations, will move on to committees for possible amendments. The multi-billion-dollar bill calls for a revamp of public… Read more »

Council session cancelled, rental rules have to wait

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Feb. 27, 2020) Without enough Town Council members to establish a quorum Monday, the council cancelled its regular evening session and will reschedule both its work session on short term rentals and its bi-monthly meeting. According to Berlin’s bylaws, in order to hold a council meeting there needs to be… Read more »

Treated effluent found effective to water golf greens

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By Greg Ellison (Feb. 20, 2020) Employing treated wastewater to irrigate golf course greens has become an increasingly popular and environmentally sound alternative to tapping ground water at clubs across the U.S., according to a national study of the practice. Glen Riddle Golf Course Superintendent Butch Howard said advantages have been noted since local courses… Read more »