Different Approaches To Handling Reserve Funds

Different Approaches To Handling Reserve Funds

Audits of government fiscal operations are typically boring stuff, but that was not the case in Berlin this week. It was an interesting review, and it’s important for town property owners to understand what was discussed.The annual audit report raised concerns about the town’s shrinking general fund balance. Although each government handles these funds differently,… Read more »

Report Card Will Mean More Later

Report Card Will Mean More Later

There were some surprises with the first-ever School Report Card from the Maryland State Department of Education this week, most notably the fact no public school in Worcester County received a five-star rating on a new statewide evaluation system.Worcester is annually ranked in the top five in all statewide barometers measuring school systems and has… Read more »

Redistricting Ruling Appeal Stalls Inevitable

Redistricting Ruling Appeal Stalls Inevitable

It’s tough to understand Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh’s decision to appeal a judicial panel’s opinion the state’s current congressional district map is unconstitutional.Earlier this month, a special three-judge panel ruled the state should “establish a neutral commission” to redraw Maryland’s congressional boundaries. The panel was unanimous in its opinion with one judge writing, “There… Read more »

Ocean City Community Will Miss Greg Hall

Ocean City Community Will Miss Greg Hall

Almost as quietly as his unassuming personality, an Ocean City legend whose fingerprints are all over the resort’s landscape and the seafloor off its coast passed away last week, but his contributions certainly aren’t going unnoticed.Affable and humble, Captain Gregory Akers Hall, who died at the age of 69 on Oct. 25, leaves in his… Read more »

Election Endorsements

Election Endorsements

An important role of a community newspaper is to offer endorsements at election time. Endorsements, which are not to be confused with predictions, are educated opinions on races for elected office as well as referendum questions to be decided on election day.When it comes to weighing endorsement decisions, which we take seriously and consider over… Read more »

A ‘For’ Vote On Md. Referendum

A ‘For’ Vote On Md. Referendum

Chances are most voters heading to the polls will be unfamiliar with an important referendum question being posed to them.Even if they are educated about Question 1, they will likely be confused over the wording, “Requiring Commercial Gaming Revenues that are for Public Education to Supplement Spending for Education in Public Schools.”With early voting now… Read more »

Being Educated On Election Choices Important

Being Educated On Election Choices Important

There are 18 days until Election Day and just six days until early voting begins.The fact an election is approaching surely is obvious to local residents, thanks to campaign signs seemingly everywhere, mailboxes full of political mailers every day, social media content taking a partisan approach and ads prevalent on television and in local print… Read more »

What Others Are Saying

What Others Are Saying

Insights Shared On Eventful Island WeekendEditor:I am a writer, journalist, and public education consultant writing to share some insights.We have spent the past week at Assateague Island State Park, and while we had highlights, there were definitely some lows. Today (Sunday), in early afternoon, with the drowning of a fellow camper in the rip currents,… Read more »

Special Event Zone A Must For Resort

Special Event Zone A Must For Resort

The special event zone passed by the Maryland legislature had its first true test last week when thousands of vehicles and young people converged on Ocean City.The measure was passed by the Maryland General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan in April after being proposed by a special motorized event task force… Read more »