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.

Shore COVID-19 Town Hall Highlights Supply Challenges, Discusses Vaccine Rollout Efforts

Shore COVID-19 Town Hall Highlights Supply Challenges, Discusses Vaccine Rollout Efforts

BERLIN – A discussion on vaccine distribution efforts highlighted a virtual town hall meeting this weekOn Monday, hundreds of community members joined a virtual town hall meeting to learn more about the local vaccine distribution process and participate in a question-and-answer session with health care representatives.Hosted by Senator Mary Beth Carozza, the forum included panelists… Read more »

Outdoor Dining Plans Approved

FENWICK ISLAND –  The construction of an outside dining area will move forward at a Fenwick Island restaurant with approval from the town’s building committee.Last Friday, the Fenwick Island Building Committee voted to approve a building permit for the construction of a 700-square-foot outdoor dining area at Warren’s Station Restaurant, located on Coastal Highway.Building Official… Read more »

Bike Strategic Plan Consultant Sought

OCEAN CITY – The town will start seeking a consultant to develop a bike strategic plan.Last week, Ocean City Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) President Paul Mauser presented members with an update on the development of a bike strategic plan.Mauser said the selection of an engineering firm to complete the plan will take place… Read more »

OC Police Plan Strategic Changes For Downtown Area Coverage; ‘Random Patrol’ Favored Over Stationary Posts

OC Police Plan Strategic Changes For Downtown Area Coverage; ‘Random Patrol’ Favored Over Stationary Posts

OCEAN CITY – Ideas for improving police presence and community relations highlighted a recent meeting between local law enforcement and a downtown neighborhood watch group.Last week, Ocean City Police Department Captain Elton Harmon provided the Ocean City Police Commission with suggestions and requests from the downtown Neighborhood Watch group.Over the years, several Ocean City neighborhoods… Read more »

‘Every Litter Bit Hurts’ Campaign Takes Shape In Ocean City

‘Every Litter Bit Hurts’ Campaign Takes Shape In Ocean City

OCEAN CITY – It was all hands-on deck this week as community stakeholders joined a roundtable discussion on a proposed anti-litter campaign.Last Wednesday, members of the Ocean City Coastal Resources Legislative Committee, or Green Team, teamed up with town staff and community stakeholders to begin developing an aggressive anti-littering campaign for the coming summer season.The… Read more »

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 »