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Berlin to Drop Ball on New Year's Eve

BERLIN – One of the last things that will happen in town this year is the inauguration of an event unlike any of the others to be experiences on the Eastern Shore for New Year’s Eve. What’s ironic about the plan is that it grew out of the notion that Berlin might be well served… Read more »

Town Opts Out of Fire Sprinkler Regs

BERLIN – Over the objections of the fire prevention industry, the Town Council enacted legislation exempting the town from regulations that would require new construction of single family homes to include fire sprinklers.  They elected not to exempt duplexes from the International Residential Building Code regulations that become law on Jan. 1. John Kotowski, representing… Read more »

Casino at Ocean Downs to open Jan. 4

BERLIN – As of Jan. 4 the games are on at The Casino at Ocean Downs. That Tuesday, Gov. Martin O’Malley and several state and local dignitaries will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to help inaugurate the $45 million gaming facility on Route 589 in Berlin. The casino features more than 700 video lottery terminals… Read more »

Community Emergency Response Training in Pocomoke Begins in January

POCOMOKE – Worcester County Emergency Services (WCES) officials invite area residents to train to help in times of disaster.  WCES in cooperation with Worcester County Volunteer Services and Lower Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross will offer the seven-week course Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) at the YMCA in Pocomoke on Wednesday evenings from… Read more »

County Recreation Center to Close in December

SNOW HILL – The Worcester County Recreation Center (WCRC) gymnasium will be closed to the public Monday, Dec. 27, through Saturday, Jan. 1, while safety netting is installed. During this time, the WCRC Administrative Offices will remain open to the public Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Staff will be available to assist the… Read more »

New Options for Moving Violations in Maryland

BERLIN – Practical judicial innovation is pretty rare, and for good reasons. Unlike the private sector, government, and especially the judicial branch, have particular responsibilities that must be met regardless of cost. But a newly passed law enacted this week solves a fundamentally weak procedural problem while not significantly reducing a person’s right to a… Read more »

County Honors Civic Leader

SNOW HILL – The Worcester County Board of Commissioners were sworn in at a ceremony Tuesday morning and welcomed new commissioners Jim Bunting representing District 6 and Merrill W. Lockfaw Jr. representing District 1. The commissioners approved a request to honor recently deceased civic leader Tom Patton by renaming the road that leads past the… Read more »

Animal Control Seeks Pet Food Donations

SNOW HILL – Animal Control officers kicked off the second annual Secret Santa Pet Food Drive this week by asking residents and businesses to help them provide nourishment to hungry pets this winter.  Small bags of cat and dog food are needed and can be delivered to Worcester County Animal Control (WCAC) in Snow Hill… Read more »

Recreational Project in Bishopville Receives State Funding

ANNAPOLIS – Governor Martin O’Malley recently announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval of recreational projects in Worcester and Carroll counties through local Program Open Space.  “Maintaining and improving Maryland’s outdoor recreational facilities is an important function of Program Open Space,” said O’Malley. “We continue to evaluate these areas, making the necessary enhancements to keep… Read more »

Angels in America

OCEAN PINES – Although Angel Food Ministries has been round for more than 15 years, the reduced-price food program made its way into the Community Church at Ocean Pines almost by accident a little more than two years ago. Since then it has grown to become a significant force against food hardship in the area…. Read more »