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CMS gives Berlin facility five stars

(Feb. 26, 2015) Berlin Nursing & Rehabilitation, a 165-bed long-term care facility located at 9715 Healthway Drive in Berlin, was recently awarded 5 Stars, the highest rating, by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS). The CMS rating system, which ranks nursing homes from 1 to 5 stars, was designed to help consumers and their… Read more »

Assateague Nat’l Seashore turns 50

(Feb. 12, 2015) This year marks the 50th anniversary of Assateague Island National Seashore and the public is invited to celebrate. Activities are planned each month this year. Event highlights are listed at for highlights and also may be found by “liking” Assateague on Facebook at AssateagueNPS. Assateague Island was identified in a 1934… Read more »

Letters to the Editor

Punish, yes, but also embrace Editor, I takes a village to raise a child, Berlin. The recent acts of vandalism in our beautiful town, while costly and cruel, are rare.   The majority of our youth attend Blue Ribbon schools and grow up to be productive and enthusiastic members of the Berlin community. Many other… Read more »

Race still an issue in Worcester County

Editor, In 2015, can we have an honest conversation about race relations in Worcester County? In a recent letter to the editor (Bayside Gazette, Jan. 1) Ocean Pines Police Chief David Massey wrote, “America’s police are some of the most educated, professionally trained and highly regulated police officers in the world. I never cease to… Read more »

OC director gets ‘Stamp’ of approval

(Jan. 22, 2015) Hurricane Gloria in 1985 is where it all really started for Clay Stamp, the former emergency services director of Ocean City who late last week was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan to run the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. “In 1984, Ocean City was really getting beat up in the press for not… Read more »

Food drive to benefit seniors, kids

(Jan. 15, 2015) Worcester County Volunteer Services will hold its second annual food drive for the Maryland Food Bank on Jan. 26-30. The focus of this food drive is to provide ready-to-eat canned meals. Canned items most needed include meats that are high in protein – such as tuna, salmon and chicken – and hearty… Read more »

O’Malley slashes budget ahead of exit

(Jan. 8, 2015) Gov. Martin J. O’Malley will offer up to $400 million in budget reductions at the last Board of Public Works meeting of his eight years in office. The reductions, which were not detailed, will be O’Malley’s last chance to erase a projected budget shortfall of about $400 million in the current year… Read more »

Letters to the Editor

Current state of  law enforcement Editor, Having been in the active law enforcement profession for nearly 40 years, I feel impelled to comment on the current state of law enforcement that I have observed during my career. America’s police are some of the most educated, professionally trained and highly regulated police officers in the world…. Read more »

Miscommunications make medium issues big ones

Here we go again in Ocean Pines, where miscommunications or misconstrued communications or too many different communications have made significant issues into bigger ones. There is, for instance, the matter of the golf course’s management, with Casper Golf being told, or not told, that its role as course operator will or won’t continue in the… Read more »

Exercise caution over the holiday season

It’s a sad thing that the holiday season is not only about glad tidings and spreading goodwill but also is a time of being wary of people whose intent is not so merry. That, more or less, was the message this week from Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing, who, just like most other law enforcement… Read more »