Berlin Entering Transition Period

Berlin Entering Transition Period

What a year it has been in Berlin. This week’s firing of the town administrator over “multiple issues’ is the latest in what has been a tumultuous 2019 by all accounts.Much of the early part of this year involved the significant budget problems that were discovered after an audit last year revealed mismanagement of funds… Read more »

Funding Requests Need Unique Review

Funding Requests  Need Unique Review

The concept of how much and for how long Ocean City should fund special events is a complicated matter, resulting in efforts to create a formal policy to guide government officials likely being doomed.While Councilman John Gehrig’s intentions are sound, there are too many practical factors that make his goal of creating a policy to… Read more »

Two Worthy Efforts Spotlighted In September

Two Worthy Efforts Spotlighted In September

Governments in Worcester County and Ocean City presented proclamations this week recognizing September as Worcester Goes Purple and Suicide Prevention Month.Though the causes are different with one shining the spotlight on suicide and the other recognizing efforts on drug and alcohol addiction and recovery, each are important to our community for their impacts. Most people… Read more »

Quality Meetings Key Over Quantity

Quality Meetings Key Over Quantity

There was arguably more discussion than necessary this week on the topic, but the Ocean City Mayor and Council should adopt a quality over quantity position in the future when it comes to scheduling its open meetings at City Hall.Ocean City elected officials meet more than any other government on the lower shore, but it… Read more »

WMO Remains OC’s Most Valued Special Event

WMO Remains OC’s Most Valued Special Event

There are several significant special events that annually pack an economic punch for the Ocean City area, but there’s no mistaking the most impactful of them all. It’s clearly the White Marlin Open and has been for many years.The key ingredient separating the White Marlin Open, confirmed as the richest billfishing tournament in the world… Read more »

Hits Keep Coming For Berlin Officials

Hits Keep Coming  For Berlin Officials

It’s been a rough 2019 for the Town of Berlin’s government and property owners.The year kicked off with officials letting it be known a major increase in property taxes and utility fees would be coming. The additional money grab from the citizens was needed to address significant revenue inadequacies, a result of consistent borrowing from… Read more »

Rare Air Incident With A Positive Outcome

Rare Air Incident With A Positive Outcome

Happy endings are uncommon when it comes to plane malfunctions requiring emergency landings, but that’s exactly what happened on Tuesday night in the ocean.The term “crash” is largely debated in this instance, as aviation folks seem to prefer soft landing or forced emergency landing. Whatever the case, the fact Tuesday’s situation off 23rd Street in… Read more »

Mental Health Funding Justified

Mental Health Funding Justified

It’s summer but education officials across Maryland are evaluating how to provide more mental health services for their schools while not breaking the budget.Mental health with children and teens is complicated by the variety of social and emotional needs. First, there are heightened instability issues at home today to confront in many cases. There’s also… Read more »