Chief: OC Police Officer Departures ‘Very Concerning;’ Quality Of Life Issues Cited By Some In Exit Talks

OCEAN CITY — For a variety of reasons including “quality of life issues,” there is a not-so-subtle employee drain in the Ocean City Police Department, resulting in the department requesting one additional officer in its fiscal year 2018 budget, raising concerns over whether one is enough. During a budget work session on Monday, Ocean City… Read more »

State’s Approved Capital Budget Includes Funding For OC Convention Center, Hospital

OCEAN CITY — State lawmakers this week passed Governor Larry Hogan’s fiscal year 2018 capital budget, which includes a significant financial shot in the arm for several major Lower Shore projects including the next major phase of the Roland E. Powell Convention Center expansion. On Wednesday, the House of Delegates passed Hogan’s capital budget with… Read more »

School To Host Bone Marrow Registration Drive After Student’s Recent Cancer Diagnosis

SHOWELL – Community members are spearheading a bone marrow donor registration drive at Showell Elementary School (SES) later this month after a third-grade student was recently diagnosed with cancer. Ed Reid, school counselor at SES and one of the event coordinators for the registration drive, said mother Brandy Terrell approached him with the idea after… Read more »

Two Days After City, Union Sign Contract, Employees Submit Petition Seeking More Rights

OCEAN CITY — Just two days after the Town of Ocean City and its firefighter-paramedic union reached an 11th-hour agreement on a new contract, union officials submitted a petition at City Hall seeking a referendum for binding interest arbitration. Last Tuesday with the clock ticking down on the negotiations deadline, the Mayor and Council and… Read more »

Report Indicates Nearly One-Third Of Worcester Households Struggling Financially

SALISBURY – Approximately 31 percent of households in Worcester County are struggling to afford basic needs, according to a recent United Way report on Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) individuals. But statistics show these percentages are higher in half of the county’s municipalities identified in the data. In a snapshot of six municipalities –… Read more »