About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.

Committee Hears Support Behind Special Event Zone Changes; Officials Seek More Tools For Police This Year

Committee Hears Support Behind Special Event Zone Changes; Officials Seek More Tools For Police This Year

OCEAN CITY — The forum was different, but the message was strong and consistent this week as a local delegation testified in Annapolis on proposed legislation strengthening the resort’s motorized special event laws.Last week, a large contingent from Ocean City testified in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Senate Bill 878, which, among other things,… Read more »

Final Leg Of St. Pat’s Tourney On Tap

OCEAN CITY- The final leg of the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department’s annual St. Patrick’s Soccer tournament gets underway on Friday at Northside Park.For over three decades, the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department has hosted the annual St. Patrick’s Soccer Tournament at Northside Park. The event for years played out over four weekends… Read more »

Decatur’s Haueisen Named Player Of Year

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity basketball teams were well-represented on the All-Bayside South Conference teams announced this week including Player of the Year honors for senior guard Drew Haueisien.Hauseisen averaged 25 points and 15 rebounds during a season in which he was team leader for Decatur’s 13-10 team and was named Bayside Conference Player of the… Read more »

Worcester Doles Out Post-Season Awards

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s winter sports teams were honored last week with post-season awards including an Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Award for girls’ varsity basketball coach Brian McDermott.McDermott was named ESIAC Girls’ Winter Sports Coach of the Year after leading the Mallards to a 15-4 record this season. Named to the… Read more »

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Canceled

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Canceled

OCEAN CITY – Concerns over the coronavirus have led to the cancelation of the annual Irish parade and festival planned for Saturday in Ocean City.“After lengthy discussion and careful deliberation, the Delmarva Irish American Club (DIAC) has decided to cancel this weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ocean City,” read a press release from the… Read more »

OC’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Still On As Of Wednesday

OC’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Still On As Of Wednesday

OCEAN CITY — While the town of Ocean City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade scheduled for Saturday is still on as planned, resort officials continue to monitor and prepare for the growing coronavirus situation.The COVID-19, or coronavirus, situation has caused schools, colleges and universities to close, forced the cancellation of major public events where large groups… Read more »