About The Author: Bethany Hooper

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Bethany Hooper has been with The Dispatch since 2016. She currently covers various general stories. Hooper graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 2012 and the University of Maryland in 2016, where she completed double majors in journalism and economics.

Tech School’s Popular Hospitality Program Gets OCHMRA Donation

NEWARK – Officials with the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association (OCHMRA) contributed $5,000 to Worcester Technical High School’s (WTHS) Hospitality and Tourism Management program last week. Susan Jones, executive director for the OCHMRA, said this donation will be the association’s first reoccurring contribution to the school’s program since its formation in recent years. Prior to the… Read more »

‘Prom Night’ Campaign’s Proceeds To Help Believe In Tomorrow Build New Respite Home


OCEAN CITY – With less than a month remaining, officials with the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation are rallying businesses and community members to join and support their annual “Prom Night” fundraiser. This year, participating businesses are going head-to-head in a competition to raise the most funds, according to Wayne Littleton, program coordinator with Believe… Read more »

Ocean City Native Eyes Rare Cannes Film Festival Opportunity; Student Launches Crowdfunding Campaign After Short Film Recognized


BERLIN – Ocean City area native Emmi Shockley has partnered with aspiring and professional actors to debut a new short film, “We Regret to Inform You,” which will show at the Cannes Film Festival later this year. Shockley, writer and director of the film, said the opportunity is part of a highly selective two-week training… Read more »

Resort Looks To Tackle Exterior Insulation Debris Issue

OCEAN CITY – Members of Ocean City’s Green Team met with a local exterior construction company this week to discuss potential solutions to pollution caused by Exterior Insulating Finishing Systems (EIFS). In a committee meeting Wednesday, Gail Blazer, environmental engineer for the town, addressed issues regarding the manner in which exterior insulation is applied and… Read more »

Beach Trash Can Art Proposed In Ocean City


OCEAN CITY – Ocean City officials discussed a proposal this week to implement painted trashcans on the town’s beaches. In a Coastal Resources Legislative Committee (Green Team) meeting Wednesday, Councilman Tony DeLuca introduced the concept of artistic trashcans. The idea, he said, is to beatify the beaches with decorative and scenic containers that will ultimately… Read more »

Enterprise Zone Seminar Set For Next week

BERLIN – Three towns in Worcester County are partnering together to host a tax credit seminar next week for businesses within designated enterprise zones. Officials with the towns of Berlin, Snow Hill and Pocomoke City, and Worcester County Economic Development (WCED) are spearheading the collaborative effort to introduce and educate local proprietors on tax credit… Read more »

Warriors Group Looks To Grow

BERLIN – Officials with the Worcester County Warriors Against Opiate Addiction have plans to introduce and expand events in the new year and are urging members to find their niche. In a general meeting held last month, co-founders Heidi McNeeley and Jackie Ball rehashed the organization’s prior events and asked the audience for input regarding… Read more »

Salisbury Zoo Seeking Christmas Tree Donations

SALISBURY – Caretakers with the Salisbury Zoo are coming up short in gathering old Christmas trees for animal exhibits within the facility. Jessica O’Neill, zookeeper, said the trees enhance the animals’ wellbeing and provides them with a source of entertainment. “So the Christmas tree is a form of enrichment,” she said. “Enrichment is anything that… Read more »

Ocean City Actively Targeting Colleges To Address Seasonal Cop Shortage; Marijuana Abstinence ‘Achilles Heel’ For Recruitment

Photo by Chris Parypa

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Police Department is reaching out to more colleges and universities in an effort to fill seasonal police officer positions, an attempt considered promising to law enforcement officials. “It has been a challenge the last couple of years,” Councilman Dennis Dare, chair of the Police Commission, said. “I asked that… Read more »