Moving Beyond To-Go Drinks A Sign Of Normalcy

Moving Beyond To-Go Drinks A Sign Of Normalcy

There are more than 330 alcohol licenses in Worcester County and only three spoke during a public hearing for an extension of carryout drinks.This lack of robust support to allow to-go drinks resulted in an easy call for the Worcester Board of License Commissioners. Couple the paltry turnout with opposition from veteran restaurateurs Shawn Harman… Read more »

Body Cameras Needed For OC Police Officers

Body Cameras Needed For OC Police Officers

By 2025, according to recent legislation passed, police departments in Maryland are to have body cameras as part of their police officers’ uniforms.It was learned this week the Ocean City Police Department hopes to have body cameras purchased before then, as Chief Ross Buzzuro views them as, “a very valuable resource for us to move… Read more »

A Simple Approach Needed On Berlin Rentals

A Simple Approach Needed On Berlin Rentals

Like many other places across the country, Berlin is considering creating its own set of regulations in response to a recent surge in short-term rentals. A potential ordinance was drafted two years ago and discussed. Efforts to take a deep dive on the issue stalled during the pandemic. The same concerns heard about the proposed… Read more »

A New Design To Reflect Better Times

A New Design To Reflect Better Times

In a culture centered on routine, deadlines and pressure, change is something newspapers generally do not embrace. If 2020 taught us anything it’s the importance of adapting and evolving. It’s with the need to pivot and progress forward in mind we today launch a new look for us here at The Dispatch.It’s been more than… Read more »

A School Year To Remember, Celebrate

A School Year To Remember, Celebrate

Resilience, grit, commitment, perseverance and adversity.These are just a handful of words to sum up the 2020-21 school year for students, teachers, staff members and administrators.Rather than viewing it as a year to forget, although an understandable view for many who work in education, we prefer to think of it as a year to celebrate…. Read more »

No Choice But To Enforce Encroachment

No Choice But To Enforce Encroachment

Back on June 20, 1986, the headline in this newspaper read, “The Tidal Wave rides again, but controversial roller coaster told to move.”It was an unfortunate mistake then and it’s the same situation this week, oddly enough for the same property. The Ocean City Council had no other choice but to stand firm 35 years… Read more »

Jobless Changes Will Not Bring Major Impact

Jobless Changes Will Not Bring Major Impact

Cautious optimism on the labor front would be the best course after this week’s decision by Maryland to suspend counterproductive unemployment perks next month.There are too many complexities at play this summer to celebrate Maryland’s decision to not participate in the federal government’s extra $300 weekly boost and reinstate the job search requirement effective early… Read more »

Graduation Season Unlike Any Other

Graduation Season Unlike Any Other

Every high school graduation season is special, but the Class of 2021 deserves unique recognition.About two-thirds of the way through their junior years in March 2020, the world was turned upside down by the pandemic, relegating them to home learning and canceling every single event in what should have been a special time in their… Read more »

Patience A Must To Enjoy Summer Season

Patience A Must To Enjoy Summer Season

The sign in a local restaurant read, “Dear valued customers, PLEASE BE KIND. Rest assured we are doing our best coping with challenges in food supply and most importantly HELP. Please be patient and let us know if you want work.” Similar signs about kindness are popping up all around.It’s a well-intentioned message, one we… Read more »

Progress On All Fronts With Pandemic Recovery

Progress On All Fronts With Pandemic Recovery

Pandemic recovery is continuing as restrictions are being eased and steps toward normalcy evident in both Delaware and Maryland.Following Delaware’s significant announcement last week, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan lifted all remaining restrictions on restaurants and bars effective Saturday. The most consequential on the local front being restaurants no longer need to space tables six feet… Read more »