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(March 15, 2019) Although significantly amended, the “Fight for Fifteen minimum wage bill appears headed for approval in the General Assembly, following the Senate Finance Committee’s issuance of a favorable report on the measure last Friday.

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(March 15, 2019) As part of Ocean City’s continuing upgrade of emergency communications, the Ocean City Council on Tuesday approved buying the Ocean City Fire Department new digital pagers that will work with the public safety radio system upgrade anticipated for completion this summer.

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(March 15, 2019) Hoping to stay ahead of rapidly advancing technology, Ocean City government will investigate potential regulations for dockless bicycles and electric scooters, which have created unwelcome clutter on streets in cities in the U.S. and worldwide.

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(March 15, 2019)  An annual military inspection of several dozen Stephen Decatur High School students in Berlin last Thursday resulted in an outstanding report, according to Jennifer Miller.

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(March 15, 2019) Consulting work to test the central landfill facility’s groundwater for the 2019-20 calendar year was approved last Tuesday during a Worcester County Commissioners meeting.

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(March 15, 2019)The Safe Schools Maryland Act of 2019 cleared another hurdle last week as it advanced from the state Senate’s Education, Health and the Environment Committee.

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(March 15, 2019) When the Ocean City firefighters union ratified its new three-year contract Thursday morning, its arrival 15 days past the March 1 negotiating deadline with city government was of little consequence.

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(March 15, 2019) The Crabs to Go commercial properties received approval for state funding last Tuesday after the Worcester County Commissioners unanimously approved giving it the priority funding area designation.

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(March 15, 2019) The Worcester County Commissioners approved bids for several projects, and allowed the county’s Department of Public Works to solicit bids for a sewer line-cleaning job at their meeting last Tuesday.

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(March 15, 2019) The Worcester County Commissioners feared setting a precedent if they decided to erect and cover the cost of a light on Bowen United Methodist Church property as they were requested to do last Tuesday.

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(March 15, 2019) The Worcester County Board of License Commissioners issued a suspension for selling alcohol to minors and granted several licenses during a meeting last Wednesday.

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(March 15) West Ocean City resident Matthew John Brown’s legal troubles will enter the court phase next week, when the 35-year-old’s trial for misdemeanor charges of second-degree assault and false imprisonment takes place next Friday at 9 a.m. at Worcester County District Court in Snow Hill.

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(March 15, 2019) Cintelle Charles Schoolfield, 39, of Pocomoke City, faces the maximum of eight years in prison after being convicted of handgun possession and reckless endangerment on March 4 in Worcester County Circuit Court. Schoolfield will learn how he will serve April 3.

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(March 8, 2019) Following nearly a month of discussions with local government officials, Dry 85 and Red Red Wine Bar owners Lisa and Brian Bolter received approval this week to close part of 48th Street for a block party to coincide with Ocean City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade next Saturday.

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(March 8, 2019) Since first opening its doors in 2013, the Ocean City Art League’s Center for the Arts on 94th Street has attracted more than 100,000 visitors, with nearly 20,000 of them visiting in the past year.

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(March 8, 2019) Max Arthur Schindler, 40, of Maugansville, Maryland faces 20 years in the Maryland Department of Corrections for attacking a woman on June 3, 2018, in downtown Ocean City.

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(March 8, 2019) As per the annual budget routine, representatives of Worcester County communities appeared before the county commissioners Tuesday to request the county’s financial support in the year ahead.

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(March 8, 2019) Thomas Steele was on the hunt Monday for a veggie burger, not one to eat, but one to serve.

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(March 8, 2019) The best way to get the most complete head count in the 2020 census is to use people known and trusted by the community where the count is taking place.

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(March 8, 2019) Several Ocean Pines homeowners have justice against an unlicensed contractor who accepted payment for landscaping and home improvement that wasn’t completed.

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(March 8, 2019) Parsley and Benji have their final resting place in the yard outside of the structure the Ange family’s dog and bunny called home until a Feb. 18 fire changed their lives. Slowly but surely, the Bishopville family is coping with the loss of their beloved pets.

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(March 8, 2019) Safety concerns have forced the cancellation of a lecture on impeachment at the Worcester County Library in Berlin that was originally scheduled this Wednesday.

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(March 8, 2019) Patients continue to seek medical treatment for the flu at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, as the season coughs, hacks and wheezes its way to its usual conclusion a few weeks from now.

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(March 1, 2019) After holding initial discussions last fall to formulate a fiscal year 2020 Capital Improvement Plan, City Engineer Terry McGean told the Ocean City Council this week that significant price reductions have been identified for several long-term projects.

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(March 1, 2019) Although AT&T is still negotiating locations for a permanent cell tower downtown to eliminate the cellular-on-wheels (COW) device placed at 601 South Baltimore Avenue nearly three years ago, the clock began ticking louder this week after the Ocean City Planning and Zoning…

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(March 1, 2019) Although storm damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012 was extensive, the remapping of flood zones under the Hurricane Sandy Remapping Project will not affect Ocean City.

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(March 1, 2019) In reaction to the passage of statewide mandated paid sick leave last year, Ocean City business owners and tourism industry representatives headed to Annapolis last Thursday to testify in support of legislation seeking relief for seasonal employers.

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(March 1, 2019) Maryland’s “Fight for Fifteen” Minimum Wage Bill generated a full day of testimony from hundreds of voices for and against boosting the state’s bottom pay rate to $15 hourly by 2023 during a Senate Finance Committee hearing last Thursday.

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(March 1, 2019) The rift between Toy Town Antiques and the Town of Snow Hill became wider and deeper Wednesday, after town officials forced the store to close and then cordoned  it off with caution tape.

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(March 1, 2019) As concerns continue to mount in the area over the possibility of seismic blasting and offshore drilling off the Atlantic coast, business and environmental groups have joined to present a town hall meeting on the subject next Wednesday.

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(March 1, 2019) Diakonia Inc. has upcoming renovation plans for its property on Old Bridge Road in West Ocean City.

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(March 1, 2019) Ocean City police arrested a suburban Baltimore man for destruction of property and public intoxication Feb. 24 — while he was passed out and snoring after attending his bachelor party, police reported.