About The Author: Bethany Hooper

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Bethany Hooper has been with The Dispatch since 2016. She currently covers various general stories. Hooper graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 2012 and the University of Maryland in 2016, where she completed double majors in journalism and economics.

Chamber Hosts Legislative Preview

SALISBURY – Discussions on the local real estate market, state budget and vaccine distribution plan highlighted a preview session with members of the Eastern Shore delegation last week.Last Thursday, the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce held a virtual question-and-answer forum with members of the Eastern Shore delegation ahead of the 2021 General Assembly session. The… Read more »

Museum Seeking Pandemic Stories

OCEAN CITY – A resort museum is seeking accounts of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted community members.In an effort to collect firsthand accounts of the ongoing public health crisis and its impacts on everyday life, the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum has launched a new project called “Save Our Stories.” Curator Christine Okerblom said… Read more »

Berlin Library Seeking Sidewalk

BERLIN – The Worcester County Library is looking to connect its Berlin branch to North Main Street with the construction of a new sidewalk.In a meeting of the Worcester County Library Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Library Director Jennifer Ranck announced preliminary plans for a sidewalk project in Berlin.“There’s not a continuous sidewalk from Main… Read more »

OCPD Finding More Interest In Seasonal Officer Jobs

OCEAN CITY – A positive report on recruitment and enforcement statistics highlighted a resort commission meeting this week.On Monday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) Chief Ross Buzzuro presented the Ocean City Police Commission with an update on seasonal recruitment efforts.For decades, the OCPD has enhanced its workforce with seasonal officers and public safety aides (PSA)… Read more »

Street Speed Limit Reduction Sought

OCEAN CITY – Citing consistency and safety concerns, a resort commission this week agreed to reduce the speed limit along an uptown residential street.On Monday, the Ocean City Police Commission voted unanimously, with Council President Matt James absent, to reduce the speed limit on 94th Street from 30 mph to 25 mph.City Engineer Terry McGean… Read more »

Two Worcester Opiate Support Groups Plan To Merge

BERLIN – Two local groups, created to bring awareness to addiction in Worcester County, are merging to form a new organization.This week, the Worcester County Warriors Against Opiate Addiction announced its merger with Worcester Goes Purple. Officials said the new organization, Worcester Goes Purple Warriors Against Addiction, will continue the mission of reducing stigma and… Read more »