Unused Gift Card Bill Vexing

BERLIN – Restaurants and retailers in the area sold thousands of dollars in gift certificates and gift cards during the holidays, a fair amount of which might never be used, but a bill introduced in the General Assembly this week could require the sellers to send a large portion of the revenue back to the… Read more »

Field Trip Funding Cut Impact Weighed

BERLIN – No field trips next year is better than fewer teachers and larger class sizes, educators said this week, despite the academic value of the educational trips.Controversial cuts to the Worcester County school budget proposed last week aimed to keep teachers and staff intact, but some things had to go, and field trips will… Read more »

Hundreds In Berlin Could Lose Power

BERLIN – The staggering economy coupled with an unusually harsh winter could soon leave many Berlin families out in the cold, with hundred of electric service cut-off notices ready to be sent out.In December, Governor Martin O’Malley, along with Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin. announced $110 million in federal funding earmarked to help those… Read more »

Legislative Digest

BERLIN – The Maryland General Assembly moved into its second week this week with a wide variety of bills introduced in both the House and the Senate. The following is just a sample of some bills introduced this week with potentially local importance:Senate Bill 279-Death Penalty Repeal: This bill, if passed, would officially repeal the… Read more »

OC Council News In Brief

OCEAN CITY – There were some notable occurrences in local government this week and here’s a snapshot of some of those that may have otherwise fallen under the radar from the week’s top stories.Small Wind Turbines Voted To Become City OrdinanceAfter months of talking and tweaking, residents and business owners will be permitted to install… Read more »