SNOW HILL — The Worcester County Commissioners passed a bill this week that will allow a NASA research facility to continue operation in Newark.
The approved legislation will permit non-commercial, scientific research stations as a special exception use in areas zoned A-1 and A-2.
Ed Tudor, the county’s director of development review and permitting, said NASA had been compiling weather information with a station in Newark that had been permitted as a transient use. Because the transient use classification can’t be granted for longer than two years, county staff developed a text amendment that would allow the NASA station and others like it in certain circumstances. The amendment states that facilities would have to be for the collection of weather-related data by academic, nonprofit or government entities. It also details setbacks and height requirements any proposed facility would have to adhere to.
“This installation has proved valuable to them,” Tudor said, “and they’re looking for a way to maintain that.”
Tudor said a text amendment was the only way to do that, as there was nothing in the existing zoning ordinance to address the facility.
OCEAN CITY – City officials were blown away by the first-ever performance at the new Performing Arts Center last weekend. The Roland E. Powell Convention Center’s new Performing Arts Center (PAC) held its first performance on Saturday night. The facility will host concerts, musicals and theatrical productions as well as seminars with its state-of-the-art equipment and two tiered seating with … Continue reading
OCEAN CITY – General’s Kitchen’s tradition at its current site will come to a close at the end of the year, leaving the “house of chipped beef” searching for a new home. In August, General’s Kitchen, located within the Beachmark Motel on 74th Street and Coastal Highway, was informed by the property owner its lease will not be renewed. General’s … Continue reading
SNOW HILL — Worcester County Public Schools (WCPS) got a big and pleasant surprise this week when it was announced that the county will be the sole recipient of a $1 million-plus competitive grant for special education. The 2014 Bridges for Systems Change grant will be used to buoy education for students with disabilities. “The grant seeks to improve outcomes … Continue reading
OCEAN CITY — After a remarkably slow start, the 2014 hits its stride by mid-week last week with the big money fish in the two glamour divisions hitting the scale on Thursday. The tuna division was all wrapped up on Monday of Marlin Week, as was the shark division. The winning wahoo was caught on Tuesday and the winning dolphin … Continue reading
OCEAN CITY – NBC Sports Group will kick off the 10th Anniversary of the Dew Tour with the Dew Tour Beach Championship, June 25-29 in Ocean City. One of four stops on the 2014 Dew Tour schedule, the Dew Tour Beach Championship will feature the world’s best athletes in the sports of skateboard and BMX, amateur surf and skateboard competitions and live … Continue reading
OCEAN CITY – While early concerns over “College Takeover Beach Week” were that the event would draw an additional crowd of rowdy college students to the typical high school graduates, the results ended up being a typical weekend in June. “I would like to commend and thank all of our officers and those who assisted us over this past weekend’s event. … Continue reading
OCEAN CITY – A fresh spark may come to the 4th of July fireworks show downtown this summer as the new Caroline Street Comfort Station opens an opportunity to test out a “pyromusical” display. The Recreation and Parks Department’s Special Events division has been working to bring new and exciting events to Ocean City as well as modernizing current events, … Continue reading
Eighteen students in Worcester Technical High School’s Biomedical Science and Pre-Engineering programs recently conducted a community partnership project involving redesigning a new emergency department waiting room for AGH. Some of the students are pictured above presenting the concept to AGH officials earlier this month.
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