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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 »

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 »

Parents Beware — Many Toys Still Toxic, Hazardous

SALISBURY – Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, Maryland Public Interest Research Group recently announced in its 25th annual Trouble in Toyland report.  Maryland PIRG released its report, which reveals the results of laboratory testing for toxic chemicals and identifies toys that pose choking hazards, with Tammy Griffin of… Read more »

First Grader a State Champion on Racetrack

BERLIN – Some kids learn to swing a bat when they’re 2 years old. Other kids learn to throw a football. When Kobe VanFossen turned two his father, Scott, took him out in the back yard and taught him to race four-wheelers. A year later VanFossen was racing competitively and has become a perennial name… Read more »

State Fire Marshal Campaigning for Residential Sprinklers

BERLIN – Maryland State Fire Marshal William Barnard has been testifying at more town and county meetings than he can recall in an effort to convince legislators not to opt out of a 2009 change to the building code requiring sprinkler systems in new construction of single and double family residences.  It’s a measure that’s… Read more »

Local Men Charged with Jacklighting

On Nov. 24, at 10:15 p.m., NRP charged three individuals with jacklighting after the vehicle they were riding in was observed shining the vehicle’s headlights onto fields and woodland along Newark and Williams Church Roads. NRP charged Michael Cori Cluster, 26, of Berlin, Franklin Timothy Brinker, 21, of Selbyville, Del., and Robert Howard Patterson III,… Read more »

Better Business Bureau Offers Cyber Monday Safety Tips

BALTIMORE – Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, has officially replaced Black Friday as the most popular day to shop for the holidays.  Shopping online means avoiding the crowds, but it also opens the buyer up to attacks from scammers and hackers. In order to fight these online grinches, Better Business Bureau | Greater Maryland… Read more »

SHA is Ready to Keep Eastern Shore Roads Safe During Winter

ANNAPOLIS – The memory of mountains of snow piled along highways still lingers in the minds of Marylanders and those who drove through the region last winter. While no one wants a repeat of those paralyzing storms, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) has tuned up equipment, stocked up on supplies and… Read more »

Fire Marshals Make Plea for Residential Sprinklers in Berlin

BERLIN – Fire Marshal Jeff McMahon along with a number of members from the public safety community appealed to the Town Council on Monday not to exempt the town from new construction standards that would require newly-constructed one- and two-family homes to have fire suppression sprinklers. McMahon showed a video promoting fire sprinkler use and… Read more »

Berlin grows greener with new trees on Main Street

BERLIN – Over the past week, the town of Berlin, in partnership with Grow Berlin Green (GBG) and Assateague Coastal Trust’s Coast Kids program, began the process of replacing the existing trees in and around the parking lot used by the Berlin Farmers Market. The first phase of this tree enhancement process involved replacing most… Read more »