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.

Worcester Frustrated Over Escalating Expenses With Waste Centers

Worcester Frustrated Over Escalating Expenses With Waste Centers

SNOW HILL – Elected officials continue to express concerns regarding the cost of the county’s recycling program and homeowner convenience centers.Though there were no major changes approved last week, the Worcester County Commissioners once again voiced frustration over the $2 million cost of operating the recycling and homeowner convenience centers.“Sooner or later it’s going to… Read more »

UPDATED: Annexation Expected To Bring ‘New Concept’ 7-Eleven To Berlin

UPDATED: Annexation Expected To Bring ‘New Concept’ 7-Eleven To Berlin

BERLIN –  Town officials approved the annexation of six acres near the intersection of Route 50 and Route 818 this week.On Tuesday, the Berlin Town Council voted 4-1, with Councilman Zack Tyndall opposed, to approve an annexation agreement with Athena Properties. The approval is expected to allow plans for a 7-Eleven gas station and convenience… Read more »

Personnel Changes On Tap At County Schools

NEWARK –  School system officials this week announced a variety of leadership changes in preparation for the coming school year.At a meeting of the Worcester County Board of Education Tuesday, Chief Operating Officer Annette Wallace reported several personnel changes for the coming year, highlighted by the appointment of Denise Shorts as assistant superintendent/chief academic officer…. Read more »

Eight Candidates Seeking Three OP Seats

OCEAN PINES –  Eight candidates have filed for three available seats on the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors.Cynthia Bartolomeo, Paula Gray, Tom Janasek, Shawn Kotwica, Larry Perrone, Camilla Rogers, Hans Solum Jr. and Gregory Turner have filed in this summer’s election.Ballots will be mailed to association members in July and will be due back… Read more »

Worcester Tech Students Present Capstone Projects

Worcester Tech Students Present Capstone Projects

NEWARK –  Worcester Technical High School engineering students showcased their efforts to solve real-world problems as they presented capstone projects this week.Improvements to the Ocean City Bomb Squad’s robot, attachments for chainsaws and vehicle organizers were among the projects developed by seniors in Valerie Zienty’s pre-engineering class at Worcester Tech.“Capstones teach students how long-term projects… Read more »

Worcester’s Budget Likely To Include Penny Tax Rate Hike

Worcester’s Budget Likely To Include Penny Tax Rate Hike

SNOW HILL –  Worcester County officials are moving forward with a budget that includes a one-cent property tax increase as well as a slight income tax rate increase.Though county staff initially proposed increasing the existing $.835 property tax rate by two cents, the Worcester County Commissioners during the past two weeks have cut proposed spending… Read more »

Statistics Confirm More Mental Health Services Needed In Schools

BERLIN –  Last year, 21 Stephen Decatur Middle School students were referred to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for mental health evaluation through emergency petition.Just what does that mean? They were talking about suicide.“Last year we really started to notice mental health issues in our children,” Principal Lynne Barton said. “Obviously middle school students have their… Read more »

Berlin Budget Calls For 14% Cut In Expenses

BERLIN –  Town officials formally introduced a $15.6 million budget for the coming fiscal year.The budget, which has been under development for months, was introduced Monday following the Berlin Town Council’s approval of an 18% tax increase. A public hearing on the proposed spending plan is set for June 10.“We have a public hearing then… Read more »