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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 »

Find Fresh Christmas Trees at Village Greens

WEST OCEAN CITY – The fun and camaraderie associated with getting ready to celebrate the winter holidays is one of the few things that approach the pleasure of the actual celebrations. Planning the way you want your home to look, decorating and looking at others’ decorations, and shopping all the while is equal parts preparation… Read more »

Still Trying to Quit After 65 Years of Smoking

BERLIN – Jack Galbraith started smoking near the end of WWII. He would make a weekly trip to town with one of the farmhands and meet up with Dutch immigrants hanging around the potbelly stove in the general store and enjoy a weekly cigar. If the setting and the date don’t suggest the attitude change… Read more »

Residential Sprinklers Drown in Unnecessary Regulation

Upcoming votes by the Berlin Town Council and Worcester County Commissioners will decide whether the area opts out of regulations requiring sprinklers in newly-built single family homes. Those for the measure argue this may help save lives and make fighting fires safer, something that everyone can certainly get behind.  Unfortunately, this is another unnecessary regulation… Read more »

Learn Some Ocean City History on Sunday

OCEAN CITY – One of the great advantages to year-round residence is the ability to take advantage of tourist attractions in the relative peace and quiet of the winter months, especially those experiences enhanced by quiet and the space to enjoy them at your leisure. With the goal of increasing locals’ access to and familiarity… 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 »