County’s Ethnic Changes Spill Over To Schools

NEWARK – Further evidence of the changing face of Worcester County was revealed last week during the Worcester County Board of Education monthly meeting when it was reported the number of students enrolled in the school system’s English Language Learner (ELL) program has increased by 215 percent since 2000.Worcester County Schools ELL Coordinator Diane Stulz… Read more »

Funding Issues Surround Affordable Housing Project

BERLIN – Questions and suspicions over the Cannery Village workforce housing project arose Monday night during what appeared to be a routine meeting over a block grant.At this week’s meeting, the Berlin Mayor and Council questioned Don Bibb, executive director of project co-developer Housing Authority of Talbot County (HCTC), closely over the apparently diminished role… Read more »

New GIS System Provides Berlin With New Tool

BERLIN – Berlin can now count updated geographic information among its planning and infrastructure tools, with the delivery of a new geographic information system (GIS).The Mayor and Council authorized the geographic information project to map the town’s tax information, and sewer and water systems, last April, asking Dr. Mike Scott of Salisbury University’s Eastern Shore… Read more »

State OKs New Child Shield Laws

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland sex offender laws got much stronger this week when both the House and Senate passed the so-called Jessica’s Law, which includes among other things no possibility of parole for convicted offenders serving minimum mandatory sentences.The full House approved House Bill 930 with a unanimous 138-0 vote, while the Senate approved the companion… Read more »

Ocean City Dog Park Details Surface

OCEAN CITY – A proposed park aimed at keeping residents’ four-legged friends in shape and offering a place for their owners to share their love of their furry companions continues to be developed as early plans for a dog park were revealed this week.At the Recreation and Parks Committee meeting Tuesday at Northside Park, Recreation… Read more »

County Shuffles 10-Year Capital Project List

SNOW HILL – With $388 million worth of projects listed in Worcester County’s 10-year capital improvement plan, the County Commissioners decided to push back some items to follow a more realistic timeline.“You have Pocomoke and Snow Hill [high schools] lined up in the same year. That’s not going to happen,” said Commissioner Virgil Shockley.Commissioner Judy… Read more »