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Heroin trail just follows the money

Last weekend Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar award-winning actor, was found dead in his Greenwich Village home. He was 46 years old. Early word is that he died from an apparent heroin overdose. Hoffman had been, according to reports, “clean” for some 25 years. In July 2013, Cory Monteith, an actor on the TV show… Read more »

Leon? Another way to get us hyped

Leon? Really, the storm’s name was Leon? Leon? Are you kidding me? Leon could be anyone’s uncle; the never married accountant with the sebaceous cyst that always needs draining. I know Leon is Greek for lion. But the regal cat doesn’t apply to the Leons I know. Why not just go for Sheldon, Seymour, Fred… Read more »

Inquiries flood FEMA

FEMA came to Worcester County last Thursday and received quite a reception. Almost 250 citizens showed up, many of them property owners, to review preliminary flood insurance maps. The session was held at Stephen Decatur Middle School. It was such a robust meeting, that it seemed to take the FEMA officials by surprise. FEMA officials… Read more »

Helping parents begin next phase of life

When the time comes to help your parents begin the next phase of their life, they may come to you in search of a little guidance. The truth is that elder financial planning is a lot more complicated than it should be. Still the realities are what they are so it’s important that your parents… Read more »

Rockfish can ‘tell’ a complicated story

“Fishing is great,” is what you’ll hear from the charter captains around the popular striped bass sportfishing port of Tilghman Island in the mid-Chesapeake. But ask the fish and they’d tell a more complicated story. For years, Jim Price, a rare citizen-scientist in an era where Ph.Ds dominate Bay research, has been listening attentively. Mostly… Read more »

Swimmers plunge in to help AGH

(Dec. 27, 2013) Philanthropists are diving headfirst into a fundraiser for Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. The 20th annual Penguin Swim is slated for New Years Day, next Wednesday, and hundreds will take to the ocean off 91st Street for the event. New attractions mark the 20th year of the swim, including a 7-foot-tall ice… Read more »

Procedural clean-ups in Ocean Pines

OCEAN PINES—The Ocean  Pines Association Board of Directors were scheduled to consider two motions to provide “procedural cleanup” of two financial matters during their Dec. 18 meeting, President Tom Terry said on Dec. 17. According to an agenda that was released in advance of the meeting, OPA Treasurer Bill Cordwell was scheduled to propose a… Read more »

Assateague Coastal Trust files petition

WEST OCEAN CITY— Assateague Coastal Trust has filed a Petition For Judicial Review in the Worcester County Circuit Court to appeal the Oct. 10 Worcester County Board of Zoning Appeals Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area variance granted for the construction of a 190-foot elevated walkway across private and state owned wetlands adjacent to Old Bridge… Read more »

We have hope for future political leaders

BALTIMORE — As this column was being written, Thanksgiving Day was imminent, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are approaching and 2013 is coming to an end. The year 2014 appears over the horizon, but our vision of what it will look like is clouded by the events of 2013 as well as by societal and cultural… Read more »

Bethesda municipal lawyers’ group urging U.S. Supreme Court to save law

BALTIMORE ­– Saying localities need the money, a Bethesda-based municipal lawyers’ group is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to save a law that bars Maryland residents from deducting, from city or county taxes, the tax they pay to other states when they earn money there. The International Municipal Lawyers Association has filed a brief supporting… Read more »