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County inks iPad lease for schools

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By Elizabeth Bonin, Staff Writer (Feb. 27, 2020) To bring digital tools to the classroom up to date, the Worcester County Commissioners on last Tuesday approved additional funds for a digital device lease agreement between Worcester County Public Schools and Apple. The commissioners approved $150,000 for FY21 and $375,000 for FY22-FY24 for the purchase and… Read more »

WCPS Board of Education approves budget

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Feb. 27, 2020) The Worcester County Board of Education on Tuesday, Feb. 18, approved an operating budget that allows for salary increases as well as an increase for retirement expenses. The proposed operating fiscal year 2021 budget, presented by Chief Financial Officer Vince Tolbert, includes a 2.73 percent spending increase…. Read more »

Carozza addresses fatal car accident on 113, CAFO bill

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By Elizabeth Bonin, Staff Writer (Feb. 27, 2020) Sen. Mary Beth Carozza (R-38) addressed two constituent concerns last week – the recent fatal crash south of Berlin and proposed regulations regarding concentrated animal feeding operations. A traffic signal study is underway the intersection of Routes 113 and 818 just south of Berlin, where Johnnie Derrickson,… Read more »

Number Talks math program for K-12

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Feb. 27, 2020) Two math teachers and the Coordinator of Instruction provided a presentation depicting how solving math problems mentally can create problem solving students during the monthly Worcester County Public Schools Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Coordinator of Instruction Kirsten Danisavich and math teachers Connie West… Read more »

Showell Elementary School construction moving quickly

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Feb. 27, 2020) The 16th update regarding the construction of the new Showell Elementary School provided insight on current projects for the school during the monthly Worcester County Public Schools Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Facilities Planner Joe Price and Assistant Manager Danny Rosas, who was filling… Read more »

Council session cancelled, rental rules have to wait

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Feb. 27, 2020) Without enough Town Council members to establish a quorum Monday, the council cancelled its regular evening session and will reschedule both its work session on short term rentals and its bi-monthly meeting. According to Berlin’s bylaws, in order to hold a council meeting there needs to be… Read more »

Treated effluent found effective to water golf greens

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By Greg Ellison (Feb. 20, 2020) Employing treated wastewater to irrigate golf course greens has become an increasingly popular and environmentally sound alternative to tapping ground water at clubs across the U.S., according to a national study of the practice. Glen Riddle Golf Course Superintendent Butch Howard said advantages have been noted since local courses… Read more »

Choptank upgrades its infrastructure in Pines

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By Greg Ellison (Feb. 20, 2020) Aiming for improved service delivery in Ocean Pines, Choptank Electric Cooperative this week began several months of infrastructure upgrades to replace lines and equipment, which will piggyback on the golf clubhouse construction project. Valerie Connelly, Choptank vice president of government affairs and public relations, said contractor Tuckahoe Underground will… Read more »

Sound investments for high fidelity

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By Greg Ellison (Feb. 20, 2020) After investing roughly $50,000 with Mid South Audio for high fidelity gear, vastly improved acoustics are anticipated at the Ocean Pines Association Yacht Club ballroom, along with superior sound at the still-under-construction golf course clubhouse. Marketing and Public Relations Director Josh Davis said the new budget includes approximately $32,000… Read more »

OPA board sets budget for next year at $13M

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Some fees will rise, capital reserve fund to receive $167,000 By Greg Ellison (Feb. 20,2020) The Ocean Pines Association Board approved the fiscal 2020/2021 budget by a 6-1 vote Monday, with director Steve Tuttle abstaining because of his concerns with earmarking funds for the new capital reserve fund. Although avoiding increased assessments for non-waterfront properties,… Read more »