About The Author: Charlene Sharpe

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Charlene Sharpe has been with The Dispatch since 2014. A graduate of Stephen Decatur High School and the University of Richmond, she spent seven years with the Delmarva Media Group before joining the team at The Dispatch.

New Berlin Elected Officials Participate In Orientation

New Berlin Elected Officials Participate In Orientation

BERLIN – The town’s department heads shared their challenges and accomplishments with Berlin’s newly elected officials during an orientation this week.The director of each municipal department met with Mayor Zack Tyndall and Councilmembers Jay Knerr, Shaneka Nichols and Jack Orris — who were all elected this month — in an orientation session Wednesday.“This is a… Read more »

Elected Officials Hear Concerns From Watermen

Elected Officials Hear Concerns From Watermen

BERLIN – Elected officials assured commercial watermen they heard their concerns at a meeting last week.On Oct. 16, Congressman Andy Harris joined Sen. Mary Beth Carozza and Delegate Wayne Hartman to meet with commercial fishermen at the West Ocean City Commercial Harbor. Harris offered support as they pursue changes to ensure local watermen can continue… Read more »

36% Of Worcester County Students Back In School, More Pupils Expected In School Next Week

36% Of Worcester County Students Back In School, More Pupils Expected In School Next Week

NEWARK – Worcester County’s public schools continue to gradually return students to classrooms.Worcester County Public Schools remains in Stage Two of its Responsible Return model as COVID-19 continues to be a concern. A third of the county’s public school students are back in their schools for in-person learning and more will return on Monday.“We’ve welcomed… Read more »

Worcester County Launches ‘Maryland’s Coast’ Brand

Worcester County Launches ‘Maryland’s Coast’ Brand

BISHOPVILLE – Worcester County launched its new place brand, Maryland’s Coast, at Lighthouse Sound on Wednesday.Elected officials joined county staff and industry partners to share the new brand, which highlights the county’s greatest asset, the ocean.“Our goal was to define a distinct brand to strengthen our county’s destination as a vibrant destination for families, vacationers,… Read more »

County Vote Paves Way For More Uses On Casino Property

County Vote Paves Way For More Uses On  Casino Property

BERLIN – County officials approved the creation of an overlay zone to allow Ocean Downs Casino to expand despite objections from Ocean City’s mayor and representatives of the local hospitality industry.The Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday voted 5-2, with Commissioners Jim Bunting and Joe Mitrecic opposed, to approve a casino entertainment district for the A-2… Read more »

Oktoberfest Packs Berlin On Beautiful Fall Day; Main Street Closed Mid-Event Due To Crowds

Oktoberfest Packs Berlin On Beautiful Fall Day; Main Street Closed Mid-Event Due To Crowds

BERLIN – A jam-packed Oktoberfest resulted in a big day of sales for Berlin’s downtown businesses.Hordes of people descended on Berlin Saturday as the town hosted Oktoberfest, its first event since the arrival of the pandemic. Businesses, who were also participating in the town’s annual sidewalk sale, reported strong sales.“Several people said it was bigger… Read more »

Parties In White Horse Park Case Talking Ahead Of December Trial

SNOW HILL – The legal case regarding occupancy at White Horse Park continues to move forward despite a judge’s ruling on a related appeal.A judge on Wednesday granted Worcester County’s motion to dismiss the administrative agency appeal filed regarding White Horse Park. The decision removes the county’s department of development review and permitting from the… Read more »