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Ocean City Air Show set for weekend of thrills

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By Greg Wehner (June 9, 2022) Jets and all manner of aircraft will scream and soar over Ocean City this weekend, giving visitors and residents an opportunity to witness high-flying, death-defying aerial acrobatics and an idea of why this nation’s military pilots are the best in the world. The 2022 Ocean City Air Show is… Read more »

Committee moves toward referendum on sportsplex

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By Greg Wehner (June 9, 2022) The purchase of a 95.6-acre property in Berlin for $7.15 million could face a challenge at the ballot box as a committee operating under a fiscal responsibility banner is closing in on the required number of signatures to take the acquisition to referendum. The People for Fiscal Responsibility committee… Read more »

One man hospitalized after Snow Hill shooting

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By Greg Wehner (June 9, 2022) A man was hospitalized after a reported shooting in Snow Hill on Saturday evening. Snow Hill police responded to the area after the Worcester County 911 center received multiple calls for shots fired on Cypress Lane near Byrd Park. According to reports heard over the scanner, the person who… Read more »

Two Berlin students charged with conspiring to commit murder

By Greg Wehner (June 9, 2022) Two Berlin Intermediate School students were arrested this week and charged with conspiring to commit first-degree murder. According to a press release that followed a press conference on Friday, Worcester County Public School officials contacted the Sheriff’s office about a potential threat several students reported to administrators. After investigating… Read more »

Elections Committee preps for first OP candidate forum

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The Ocean Pines Elections Committee is dotting every i and crossing every t in the lead-up to the first candidate forum for the six board of directors hopefuls on June 22. The candidates are Paula Gray, Stephen Jacobs, Stuart Lakernick, Monica Rakowski, Amy Peck and Josette Wheatley. On Friday, the… Read more »

It’s tub time on Main Street

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The bathtubs are back for the 32nd year. Tomorrow night, in front of fans and television cameras, at least a dozen teams will line up on Main Street and strap into self-built, wheeled vessels that likely are not NHTSA-certified. Then, as Capt. Jimmy Wilder said in the 1996 box-office hit… Read more »

Short-term rental, long-term implementation

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Talk is circulating in Berlin that the short-term rental ordinance could be delayed until 2023. The town set the impldmentation date for July 1 after the town council narrowly passed the ordinance, which allows short-term rentals in residential units in all residential districts (R-1-4) and where they are allowed on… Read more »

Terrapin count underway in coastal bays

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The humidity was low, the temperature hovered around 70 degrees, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the mosquitos and flies were inexplicably — miraculously — absent in West Ocean City’s Marsh Harbor on Monday morning. The conditions were good for some good old-fashioned turtle counting. Every June, the… Read more »

Ethics looks at candidate finances

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The Berlin Ethics Commission reviewed the first batch of financial disclosures from candidates and incumbents running for Berlin Mayor and Town Council and sent back most of them. It’s not a shocking move, said Town Administrator Mary Bohlen. “It’s not the easiest form,” she said. “It’s unsurprising that there were… Read more »