Council Balances Budget With Constant Property Tax Rate; Non-Resident Property Owners To Pay $21 More Annually On Average

Council Balances Budget With Constant Property Tax Rate; Non-Resident Property Owners To Pay $21 More Annually On Average

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City mayor and Council agreed to maintain the property tax rate for the fiscal year 2020 budget at the same rate as last year, which, depending on semantics, represents a modest increase for the first time in several years.At the conclusion of a marathon budget wrap-up session this week, after… Read more »

New WOC Movie Theater Granted Beer, Wine Sales; No Drinking In Movies Will Be Permitted

New WOC Movie Theater Granted Beer, Wine Sales; No Drinking In Movies Will Be Permitted

BERLIN — In what will be a new concept for Worcester County, a movie theater in West Ocean City will include a small bar following approval from officials this week.The Worcester County Board of License Commissioners (BLC) agreed to grant Flagship Premium Theaters a beer and wine license Wednesday. The license will allow the theater,… Read more »

Extreme Illusions And Escapes Event Set For Saturday In Ocean CIty

Extreme Illusions And Escapes Event Set For Saturday In Ocean CIty

OCEAN CITY – A family friendly, Las Vegas-style illusion and escape show will premiere in Ocean City this weekend.On Saturday, April 20, Extreme Illusions and Escapes, starring Josh and Lea Knotts, will make its debut performance at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center.Featuring stage illusions, death-defying escapes and an abundance of audience participation, event promoter… Read more »

Berlin’s Special Event Expenses Questioned; Christmas Parade Cost Town The Most By Far

Berlin’s Special Event Expenses Questioned; Christmas Parade Cost Town The Most By Far

BERLIN — While special events are one of the many areas of spending that have drawn criticism from residents during Berlin’s recent budget discussions, merchants continue to tout their importance.During recent budget discussions, residents have questioned the importance of special events, which cost the town roughly $90,000 a year. The business they bring to downtown… Read more »

Divided City Council Ratifies IAFF Contract In 4-3 Vote; Shift Changes Planned

Divided City Council Ratifies IAFF Contract In 4-3 Vote; Shift Changes Planned

OCEAN CITY — After years of debate, a successful referendum last November and a lengthy negotiation period last month, a divided council on Monday approved a new contract for the town’s firefighter-paramedic union, but it certainly wasn’t easy.Way back in February 2016, the clock expired on negotiations between the town and the Career Firefighter Paramedics… Read more »

Spark Campaign Aims To Help Lower Shore Education

Spark Campaign Aims To Help Lower Shore Education

SALISBURY – The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) recently unveiled its Spark Campaign in honor of the foundation’s 35th anniversary. The campaign aims to provide more than $210,000 in combined funding for the three education foundations serving the Lower Eastern Shore.The Wicomico County Education Foundation, Worcester County Education Foundation and Somerset County Public… Read more »