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Slots pull in big crowds

BERLIN – Ocean City resident Beckie Jolliff was on line for the Casino at Ocean Downs’ grand opening at 9 a.m., a full four hours before the scheduled opening. She’d bonded with Salisbury resident Jo Siminski, who rolled in at 9:30 but despite the cold the locals were happy to wait. It was an opening… Read more »

Casino to open today

BERLIN – Gov. Martin O’Malley and several state and local dignitaries will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. today to help inaugurate the $45 million gaming facility on Route 589 in Berlin.  The casino features more than 700 video lottery terminals (slot machines), nearly 34,000 square feet of gaming space and new food… Read more »

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 »

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 »