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Ocean City Parrothead Club says Mardi Gras tickets almost sold out

OCEAN CITY – The beneficiary of this year’s Mardi Gras are the PJ Aldridge Foundation and Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services. More information about the event and tickets are available at The black tie optional event will be at the Carousel Hotel in Ocean City, 7 p.m. March 25. Come see Ocean City’s… Read more »

Maryland Coastal Bays to host program on native plants

BERLIN – Join the Coastal Bays Program Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Speaker Series and learn about native plants 5-6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, at The Globe in Berlin. Commercial Horticulture Maryland Extension Educator Ginny Rozenkranz will give a presentation on native plants, for both sunny and shaded areas. Rosenkranz has worked for the University… Read more »

Salisbury Roller Girls Ready to Jam

FRUITLAND – Sometimes the things that capture our imagination have more to do with their image than with their essence as in the case of 16-year-old Eva Paxton and the inauguration of the Salisbury Roller Girls roller derby league. Four years ago, the now-20-year-old Paxton was watching “Miami Ink,” essentially a tattoo reality show and… Read more »

‘Flight Time’ Races into Salisbury

SALISBURY – As if playing in front of millions of fans as a Harlem Globetrotter over the last 12 years wasn’t enough, Herb “Flight Time” Lang has captured the attention and imagination of millions in other ways as well. The Globetrotter was featured on a past season of CBS Television’s “The Amazing Race” and was… Read more »

Student Determined to Win Poetry Out Loud

BERLIN – When Stephen Decatur High School student Jacqueline Saldana selected the poems that would eventually win both the local and countywide Poetry Out Loud contest, she hadn’t really counted on making it all the way through to the state competition. So when her name wasn’t called as a finalist in Baltimore last weekend, she… Read more »

Successful Weekend for Seaside Boat Show

OCEAN CITY – Charlie Dorman, chairman of the Optimist Club’s Annual Seaside Boat Show, was having a busy day Friday even for the opening morning of the boat show. Some last minute position shifts had been required and as a result several new vendor spaces had opened up.  By the end of the weekend the… Read more »

A Philanthropic Fixture

OCEAN CITY – Over the last 28 years the Ocean City/Berlin Optimist Club has raised nearly $1.4 million at their annual Seaside Boat Show and returned that money directly to the community through grants scholarships and other kid-centered programs aimed at making young lives both better and a little more fulfilling. But the community benefits… Read more »

Young Leaders Society Debuts with Valentine's Day Carnival

BERLIN – The Berlin Intermediate School auditorium was buzzing with the kind of excitement that is generated when it’s filled with young people who are incredibly excited to be there, and that doesn’t even account for the children who were invited to the party. Saturday marked the coming out of the United Way Young Leaders… Read more »

Home is Where the Heart is

BERLIN – At the end of July, Sarah Weiss was unemployed and she and her four children were homeless and getting a little bit desperate. Last week the five of them became Ocean Pines residents and neighbors, beneficiaries of a nearly perfect confluence of connections luck and communal goodwill. The turnaround is such that Weiss… Read more »

AARP Free Tax Preparation Program

OCEAN PINES – When Donald and Wanda Olson started volunteering as tax preparers in 1993 taxes were an extraordinarily labor-intensive process. Forms were filled and added by hand and submitted by mail. The turnaround time was measured in weeks rather than days. A lot has changed about tax preparation in the intervening decades but the… Read more »