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Local woman wins Camaro at Casino at Ocean Downs

BERLIN – Brandi Zirckel hadn’t even really wanted the Camaro she won last week at the Casino at Ocean Downs, but she was certainly willing to take it. “We all joined just for fun, the boys really wanted the Camaro,” she said. “The Boys” are the guys in her group of friends who’ve been casino… Read more »

OPA Board to Establish Concerns Committee

OCEAN PINES – In an effort to and more layers to their already impressive bureaucracy, the Ocean Pines board of directors voted last week to establish a concerns advisory committee to better address community concerns. Charlie DiAmonti, the first appointed chair of the committee said the move was late but welcome. “I’ve been going to… Read more »

Bayside Gazette Joins Ocean City Today Group

A deal completed today brought the Bayside Gazette under the umbrella of the Ocean City Today group of community newspapers. For the full story pick up this week’s edition of Ocean City Today. Also: This is totally not a joke.

April Fool’s Day Moved One Day Ahead

PRINCETON, N.J. – If you were planning a prank for April 1 the joke is on you, according to leading astro-historian Philip Johansson of Princeton University. Earlier this year, Johansson was among a handful of astro-historians who added “Ophiuchus” to the astrological chart, correcting a millennium-old miscalculation of the stars.  During the research, Johansson discovered… Read more »

Bath and Body Works Debuts New Lines

BERLIN — On the heels of the success of their “Gourmet” and “Woody” fragrance lines Bath and Body Works announced this week they will be releasing their “Home Cookin’” line. “Frankly, after the wild success of Mango Margarita we realized that if we put Bath and Body Works on the label, people will slather themselves… Read more »

New Legislation Allows Brewery; Disbands LCB

BERLIN – Legislation passed in Annapolis this week will enable two different entities and the people they hope to serve to get the most out of liquor laws. The first was an exemption of sorts for the Burley Oak Brewery that allows it to operate more like a pub without serving food. Under the former… Read more »

Window issue still open

BERLIN – Town attorney David Gaskill updated the Town Council on his opinion of the town’s legal liability in the dispute over whether or not the Atlantic Hotel should be forced to remove windows installed without the blessing of the town historic commission. The original application by the hotel was denied by a 2-1 vote,… Read more »

New Power Contract Should Lead to Residential Savings

BERLIN – Following a competitive internet-based bidding process on the World Energy Exchange, the Town of Berlin has signed a new one year purchase power agreement with American Electric Power Service Corporation (AEP), which will save the town’s residential electric customers about 12 percent on average below their current monthly bills starting this summer. The… Read more »

Court Rules Against OPA

OCEAN PINES – The Maryland Court of Special Appeals delivered what is likely the final blow to the Ocean Pines Association’s claim on a property ownership case against the Mid-Delmarva YMCA when it upheld the circuit court’s finding against the home owners association.  Robin Cockey, attorney for the Mid-Delmarva YMCA, said that while he was… Read more »

DNR Announces 2011 Summer Flounder Regulations

ANNAPOLIS – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Service announces the 2011 recreational summer flounder regulations to include a three-fish creel limit, an 18-inch minimum size limit (an inch shorter than last year) and a season to run April 16 through Nov. 30. “Due to continued increases in the coastwide summer flounder stock… Read more »