A Second Main Street Vision For Berlin

A Second Main Street Vision For Berlin

Berlin is currently awaiting updated appraisals on portions of the Heron Park property up for sale. The wait time is beneficial, as it allows town officials time to truly weigh the integrity of each proposal and evaluate financial ramifications while envisioning the big picture.Are the two proposals – a 78-home single-family residential community vs. a… Read more »

Partnerships Needed On Seasonal Housing Crisis

Partnerships Needed On Seasonal Housing Crisis

One of the first things prospective business owners once considered in Ocean City was parking. While it’s still a concern with new businesses looking to open in certain areas in town, parking has been replaced by manpower as the chief concern, specifically housing for employees.One restaurant operator recently summed up the problem, saying it’s not… Read more »

Little Reason For Permanent Daylight Savings

Little Reason For Permanent Daylight Savings

Should daylight savings time continue throughout the entire year?The U.S. Senate thinks so as it passed this month in bi-partisan fashion the Sunshine Protection Act. The House of Representatives is expected to review the bill, but there appears to be more concerns in that chamber. Pundits say the bill will not get anywhere this year,… Read more »

Removing Books A Bad Precedent

A national movement to remove certain books deemed objectionable from public school libraries has come to the lower shore with public school systems in Worcester and Wicomico counties currently fielding staged complaints over the last month. The school systems are right to be careful on this front.Worcester County Public Schools this week is working through… Read more »

Worthy Proposals To Weigh For Park

Worthy Proposals To Weigh For Park

Residential vs. commercial – it’s the most simplistic way to compare and contrast the two redevelopment acquisition proposals submitted to the Town of Berlin for parcels at Heron Park.The town’s Request For Proposal (RFP) process yielded two interesting and polar opposite visions for the parcels of the park property along Old Ocean City Boulevard.The good… Read more »

Major Push Ahead On Body Camera Use

Major Push Ahead On Body Camera Use

All efforts are moving forward with police body camera use in Ocean City, but questions surround how well the program will work this summer.Though the Ocean City Mayor and Council was right to move ahead with the contract and purchase approval this week, concerns abound over whether the infrastructure and logistics surrounding body camera use… Read more »

Schools Need Mask, Protocol Changes

Schools Need Mask,  Protocol Changes

There is major push underway to remove all mask requirements in Maryland public schools in favor of allowing local school boards to make their own decisions based on their own data. It’s easy to support the facial covering change, but it will be counterproductive if it’s not accompanied by loosening close contact tracing rules.Under current… Read more »

Wrong Time For Annexation Talk

Wrong Time For Annexation Talk

The Town of Berlin should not be considering any future annexations until finances concerns are alleviated.Before the Berlin Planning Commission this week was a 57-home development concept on 45 acres of land off Evans Road. Connections to the property came before the commission to gauge members’ feelings on the project as well as the potential… Read more »