Farewell, Mayor

Farewell, Mayor

While Berlin was putting its best foot forward during the 1st Annual Jazz and Blues Bash, its mayor passed away at his home of cardiac arrest.Mayor Tom Cardinale would have enjoyed the scene on Main Street last Saturday. Mixing it up with residents and visitors alike was one of his favorite things to do. He… Read more »

Alcopops More About Green Than Teens

Alcopops More About Green Than Teens

Alcopops have been in the news of late in Maryland. The legislature in Annapolis passed a bill this year officially designating the drinks, such as Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Jack Daniel’s Hard Cola, Smirnoff Source and Sparks, as beer, meaning they are taxed significantly lower than distilled spirits, which some folks say they should be classified… Read more »

Increasing Taxes Should Not Even Be Considered

Increasing Taxes Should Not Even Be Considered

Budget talks are heating up across the region. That’s not usually an exciting topic for most readers, but a couple big announcements made this week deserve some elaboration. Ocean City property owners could see a two-cent reduction in the property tax rate if the City Council accepts the city manager’s proposed spending plan, and county… Read more »

Cooler Heads Prevail With Tentative Deal

Cooler Heads Prevail With Tentative Deal

The tentative accord reached between the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company (OCVFC) and the Mayor and Council is a sound agreement. It’s essentially what the city proposed a month ago – Volunteer Chief Chris Larmore would be the new city-paid fire chief in charge of all aspects of fire service in town in exchange for… Read more »

Arts Center Campaign Deserves Attention

Arts Center Campaign Deserves Attention

The Berlin Performing Arts Center Committee is hoping to make a presentation to the County Commissioners in the coming weeks, encouraging the elected officials to provide significant funding to an effort to build a cultural arts complex in the Berlin area.The committee, comprised of a diverse group of area residents, wants to build a performing… Read more »

Council Should Settle Open Container Debate

Council Should Settle Open Container Debate

The Ocean City Mayor and Council tabled a discussion this week on decriminalizing the town’s open container policy, but it’s our hopes it was simply a delaying of the inevitable.The decision to postpone talks was understandable, since two council members and the mayor were absent as well as the chief of the town’s police department.The… Read more »

Mood Change Could Improve OC Talks

Mood Change Could Improve OC Talks

Ocean City Council President Joe Mitrecic did the right thing last week – he admitted the Mayor and Council mishandled the situation with the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company and should have done a better job of taking the lead on the matter.It’s not often a public official admits to a mistake these days. Unless,… Read more »

More Sunshine, Not Less

More Sunshine, Not Less

The flow of information between government and citizens is changing rapidly with new technology. Maryland isn’t exactly leading the pack in adapting to these changes, but it’s not operating in the dark. Sunshine Week, a news media effort to focus on the need for more transparency, is a welcome reminder that open government should be… Read more »

What Others Are Saying

What Others Are Saying

The nation’s credit crunch is driving many toward insolvency and foreclosure. Some of the people caught in this mess would no doubt benefit from sound financial advice and help with creditors. But there’s also a danger that these same consumers could be ripped off by debt management companies more interested in getting big commissions and… Read more »

Compromise Is A Reasonable Solution

Compromise Is A Reasonable Solution

In many ways, compromise is the key to life. With government and public policy issues, it’s essential to maintaining a balance and moving forward. Perhaps no better example is the current situation involving the current state of affairs with the fire service in Ocean City as well as its future.The scene at City Hall on… Read more »