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.

Council Hits Pause On Baltimore Avenue Project; Decision Impacts Right-Of-Way Abandonment Process

Council Hits Pause On Baltimore Avenue Project; Decision Impacts Right-Of-Way Abandonment Process

OCEAN CITY – With support to pause the Baltimore Avenue redevelopment project, council members this week also agreed to hold off on the first steps of the associated right-of-way abandonment process.On Tuesday, the council voted unanimously to approve the formal ranking of projects included in the town’s draft capital improvement plan (CIP). While the proposed… Read more »

Committee Advances Fenwick Parking Changes To Council; Business Community Opposes Ordinance

FENWICK ISLAND – Proposed changes to the town’s commercial parking ratios will return to the Fenwick Island Town Council with a favorable recommendation from a resort committee.Last Friday, the Fenwick Island Charter and Ordinance Committee voted 5-1, with member Ben Waide opposed, to accept the December first reading of proposed commercial parking changes and to… Read more »

Fenwick Committee Reviews Construction Hours

FENWICK ISLAND – Officials say they will begin work on an ordinance amendment that could change construction hours in town.Last week, members of the Fenwick Island Charter and Ordinance Committee voted unanimously to an ordinance amendment that would prohibit Saturday construction hours between May 15 and Sept. 15. Mayor Natalie Magdeburger, committee chair, said the… Read more »

Ocean Pines Officials Debate Use Of Surplus Funds

OCEAN PINES – Discussions on favorability and amenity revenue highlighted a public hearing on the fiscal year 2023-2024 budget.Last week, the Ocean Pines Association held its annual budget hearing on the coming year’s proposed spending plan. General Manager John Viola said the revised budget for fiscal year 2023-2024 now calls for a $4 assessment reduction.“The… Read more »

OCFD Launches Therapy Dog Program

OCFD Launches Therapy Dog Program

OCEAN CITY – Officials this week welcomed a new therapy dog to the Ocean City Fire Department.On Monday, elected officials, public safety representatives and Worcester County students gathered at the Ocean City Fire Department to welcome Max, a 20-month-old black Labrador, as part of the department’s new therapy dog program. Fire Chief Richie Bowers said… Read more »

Audit Shows Increased Revenues For Fenwick

FENWICK ISLAND – Improvements in the town’s financial statements highlighted a recent audit in Fenwick Island.Last Friday, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously to accept the fiscal year 2022 audit report from PKS & Company. Councilman Bill Rymer, chair of the town’s audit committee, noted the financial statements revealed no major findings.“The audit committee… Read more »