Sides Report Hearing From Other Areas Helpful

OCEAN CITY – Visiting speakers well versed in the area of combination fire services came together Monday to present town officials and the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company (OCVFC) with advice and expertise in the current problem areas that the Ocean City fire services face. Five speakers from Montgomery County, Salisbury, Baltimore County and Virginia… Read more »

Berlin Unable To Commit $50K To AGH Expansion

BERLIN – Atlantic General Hospital (AGH) wants to add more services and space and is asking Berlin for a $50,000 donation to support the expansion.AGH has raised $348,000, half the matching amount for a $700,000 state of Maryland grant. The hospital must raise the remainder by late July 2009.“We’re also requesting donations from the town… Read more »

Berlin’s Debt Still A Problem

BERLIN – The electric company in Berlin will operate on a slim margin this year, with commercial sales down and operations costs going up, staff reported to the Berlin Mayor and Council this week at a budget work session.“We had growth in the residential sales but they pay a lower rate than a commercial or… Read more »

Critical Areas Changes May Apply Here

ANNAPOLIS – Sweeping changes in the state’s critical areas laws approved by the General Assembly last week could have implications in Worcester, but the intent of bill is directed more to other coastal areas of the state where existing laws are always adhered to.Nearly a quarter of a century ago, state lawmakers passed a stringent… Read more »

Grant Requests Exceed $7 Million

SNOW HILL – Three Worcester County towns and one community asked for over $7 million in specific budget requests from the County Commissioners this week.Berlin asked for $2.2 million; Snow Hill is seeking $2.7 million; Pocomoke City requested $2.1 million; and Ocean Pines is looking for $400,000. Ocean City postponed making its presentation until April… Read more »

Hobbit Gets Partial Occupancy

OCEAN CITY – Tom Heiderman, owner of The Hobbit Restaurant, finally got the answer he was looking for this week, as he returned to the City Council for a third time, seeking permission for partial occupancy of his restaurant in the Rivendell building. Heiderman approached the City Council last month in hopes of gaining permission… Read more »

OC Reacts To Rising Health Insurance Costs

OCEAN CITY – Town employees will be seeing some changes in their medical insurance coverage, after a unanimous decision by the City Council this week to approve changes that aim to save the town money.Two years ago, the City Council approved the switch from the town’s long-time health insurance carrier, United Healthcare, to Carefirst Blue… Read more »

OC Signs Off On Plan Hiking Towing Expense

OCEAN CITY – The City Council unanimously voted to pass the first reading of an ordinance increasing the towing fees throughout the town this summer, an increase operators say is necessary with rising fuel costs.Several representatives from local towing companies were present at a Police Commission last month to discuss the current towing prices; prices… Read more »

Organizers Revise New Event Details

OCEAN CITY – Planning for OC Beachfest is preceding smoothly, reported event coordinators last week, noting that while the running component of the three-day sporting event will be seeing some changes, the rest of the events remain on track.Event planners Brad Hoffman and Jack Hennen returned to the Tourism Commission last week to update members… Read more »