Add Taxes To List Of Increased Expenditures

Add Taxes To List Of Increased Expenditures

Everything is going up these days, and we can more than likely add the cost of owning property anywhere in Worcester County to that list, which includes electric and cable bills, grocery store essentials, gasoline, education, movie theater tickets, postage, drinks at watering holes and meals at restaurants.Local governments are now approving their budgets for… Read more »

Best Bridge Option Is To Rehabilitate

Best Bridge Option Is To Rehabilitate

Another meeting was held last night after we went to press to gain public input on the future of the Route 50 Bridge. However, prior to the meeting, a booklet was mailed to Ocean City property owners outlining the current plans on the table.Here’s a look at the options being considered and our thoughts: – Alternative… Read more »

Arts Center Deserves County’s Support

Arts Center Deserves County’s Support

Editor: We place a great deal of responsibility in the hands of our County Commissioners, hopefully recognizing the magnitude of their job, especially at budget time. As a tax payer and a voter, I wish the following of our elected officials during the current budget process: That after the annual, basic budget items are provided for, that our commissioners… Read more »

What Others Are Saying

What Others Are Saying

Marylanders appreciate the environment, worry about global warming and love their cars. But gasoline prices approaching $4 a gallon are prompting thousands of commuters to park their first love and take buses or trains to work instead. The move to mass transportation is a smart decision and an important first step away from the wasteful… Read more »

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 »