Death Penalty Repeal Escapes Senate Committee By 6-5 Vote

BERLIN — The debate over a possible repeal of Maryland’s death penalty intensified this week after a key Senate committee passed Gov. Martin O’Malley’s latest attempt to abolish capital punishment.Early in the current session, O’Malley made repealing the death penalty a top priority this year, but gaining the approval of the Senate Judiciary Proceedings committee… Read more »

Offshore Wind Bill Expected To Pass Soon

OCEAN CITY — A future offshore wind energy farm, proposed as close as 10 miles off the coast of Ocean City, inched closer to reality this week with the anticipated passage by the entire state Senate now the only stumbling block from a legislative standpoint.Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 was… Read more »

Resident Questions Berlin Youth Club Funding

BERLIN — Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services (WYFCS) visited the Berlin Mayor and Council Monday to give a regular report on the organization’s free youth program.Following the report, a resident voiced concerns that WYFCS “doesn’t have a presence” on the east side of town with the Berlin Youth Club. However, Mayor Gee Williams defended… Read more »

Ocean City News In Brief

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Mayor and Council considered several issues large and small on their agenda last week. The following is a quick snapshot of some of the issues discussed and approvals granted.Resident Agent Amendment ApprovedThe Mayor and Council last week approved on second reading an amendment to the town’s code that would… Read more »

Berlin Approves Stormwater Design Work

BERLIN — The first steps toward stormwater infrastructure improvements in Berlin were taken this week when the Town Council approved just over $200,000 be given to EA Engineering for providing impervious surface data for properties in town as well as for design work on the first four stormwater projects.The lion’s share of that cost, roughly… Read more »