AGH’s New Regional Cancer Center Site Plan OK’d By Berlin

A front view of Atlantic General Hospital’s proposed cancer center in front of the Berlin Nursing Home is pictured. Rendering by Vista Design, Inc.

BERLIN – Atlantic General Hospital’s campus is set to expand with the addition of a new cancer care center. On Wednesday, the Berlin Planning Commission approved the site plan for the new Atlantic General Hospital Cancer Center. The 17,855-square-foot building, which will be erected at the intersection of Old Ocean City Boulevard and Route 113… Read more »

Ocean City Officials Weigh Airbnb’s Financial Impact; Concerns Over Taxes, Licenses Discussed

More than 300 Ocean City properties are available for rent on Airbnb as of Thursday morning.

OCEAN CITY — Resort tourism officials this week debated the potential impact on one of the fastest growing platforms for connecting visitors with rentals in Ocean City, and while the law appears clear on the mandatory collection of sales and room tax, finding out just how many are using it continues to present challenges. The… Read more »

Curing Our Coast: Demand Grows For Overdose Life Saving Remedy

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(Editor’s Note: The following represents the latest installment in an ongoing series diving into the issues associated with drug addiction across the lower shore.) BERLIN — An officer with the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team walks swiftly up to Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Nate Passwaters driver’s side window at the Maryland State Police Barracks… Read more »

Berlin To Apply For Grant That Could Be Used To Buy Property For Potential Train Station

The Town of Berlin is considering buying the vacant lot at the corner of Washington and West streets for a possible train depot. Photo by Charlene Sharpe

BERLIN – Town officials agreed this week to pursue a grant to buy land to serve as a platform for the excursion train envisioned for Worcester County. On Monday, the town council gave Economic Development Director Ivy Wells permission to submit an application for a $130,000 Community Legacy grant. If received, the grant through the… Read more »

UPDATED: Berlin Mayor Breaks Split Council Vote Giving Dollar General Free Utility Connection

Photo by Charlene Sharpe

BERLIN – After a heated discussion and a split vote, town officials agreed to cover the water and sewer infrastructure fees for the Dollar General being built on Decatur Street. Mayor Gee Williams provided the tie-breaking vote Monday after the council initially voted 2-2 on a contract to have the town pay the $24,700 water… Read more »

OC Police Stressing Smoking Education, But Also Now Issuing Citations For Violations On Boardwalk

Replacing the orange drum trashcans from last summer are these new receptacles this year. Photo by Chris Parypa

OCEAN CITY — As promised, the Ocean City Police Department has been writing more citations for violations of the smoking ban on the Boardwalk, but education and outreach remain the enforcement technique of choice for the most part. The Police Commission on Monday got an update on the enforcement efforts of the smoking ban on… Read more »

Housing Shortage Wreaking Havoc On Foreign Workers; ‘It’s Been The Most Stressful Year I’ve Ever Seen In This Business, And The Kids Are Even More Stressed Out.”

Photo by Chris Parypa

OCEAN CITY — In downtown Ocean City, three Romanian medical students here for the summer as part of the J-1 Visa Work and Travel program sit on the porch of their small second floor apartment. They are smoking cigarettes and sitting in the shade where it is much cooler than the house, because they say… Read more »

Q&A With Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue; Poultry Leader Talks Shore-Based Past, Present, Future Of Company, Industry

SALISBURY — Last week, Salisbury-based Perdue Farms Inc., which is the fourth largest poultry producer in the country, announced a series of precedent setting reforms that aims to improve the lives of the 700 million chickens it raises and slaughters each year. Many industry experts have pointed to this sharpened focus on animal care by… Read more »