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Ocean Pines F&B contract not yet inked

Closed session on Monday not enough to close deal By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 29, 2018) No agreement was reached on a contract for Ocean Pines food and beverage management during a closed session discussion Monday night. General Manager John Bailey, in an emailed statement Monday evening, said, “The Board had a great discussion… Read more »

Gazette Editorial: South county edition ends

The Bayside Gazette is ending its southern Worcester County edition after this week, but not before acknowledging the support it received from readers and the leadership in that area. Officials and residents of Snow Hill and Pocomoke were not only receptive to our venture, but did whatever they could to help us establish ourselves. Readers… Read more »

Coming soon: slew of Berlin events

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 22, 2018) Berlin’s first major event of the year, the Berlin Spring Celebration next Saturday, will start a slew of happenings in town that will run all the way to Dec. 31. “Right now it’s the quiet before the storm,” Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells said. “And… Read more »

Snow Hill Police Chief Davis talks police responsiveness

Says office generally very reactive; stresses need to report crimes immediately By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 22, 2018) Although residents at the last two Snow Hill Town Council meetings complained about communication issues with local police, Snow Hill Police Chief Tom Davis said his office is generally very reactive, with an average response time… Read more »

UPDATED: Berlin rehab center withdrawn

By Kara Hallissey, staff writer, and Josh Davis, associate editor (March 23, 2018) A proposal for a rehabilitation center on William Street in Berlin was apparently withdrawn on Thursday by the applicant. The home would have required approval by the Berlin Board of Zoning Appeals, but Berlin Planning Director Dave Engelhart said Patrice Hamilton-Ottey of… Read more »

Ocean Pines GM weighs in on audit and budget deficit

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 22, 2018) It’s a popular misconception the projected $2 million budget deficit in Ocean Pines is somehow connected to multiple theft allegations that recently led to approval of a forensic audit, General Manager John Bailey said this week. “The [deficit] is dealing with red ink in the current year… Read more »

Tinkergarten ask sparks debate on public, private use

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 15, 2018) Using public parks for private gain sparked some contention at Monday’s Berlin Town Council meeting, as elected officials weighed in on both sides of the issue. Resident Alison Giska, a literacy coach with the Worcester County Board of Education, asked about using town parks for Tinkergarten classes, a… Read more »

Local ‘Linus’ has blanketed 10,000

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 15, 2018) Since 1995, Project Linus has made and distributed almost seven million blankets to children in need. The nonprofit organization, named for the blanket-clutching character in Peanuts cartoons, movies and comic strips, has more than 300 chapters in 50 states. Locally, the Lower Delmarva chapter is sponsored by… Read more »

Water problems starting to clear up

City manager demonstrates how far town has come, what still needs to be done By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 8, 2018) The Pocomoke City Council on Monday endorsed steps toward a small increase in water rates meant to offset the cost of solving a decades old water-quality problem. City Manager Bobby Cowger proposed a… Read more »