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Harrison Avenue barricades come down in Berlin

Posted On: 5/25/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 25, 2017) The debate between the Town of Berlin and the Adkins Company over the use of Harrison Avenue and Baker Street took a surprising turn this week, as turn-of-the century documents show that the town might have a legal right-of-way claim to Harrison Avenue, including the portion the Adkins Company says it owns. Berlin Mayor Gee Williams on Wednesday issued a statement to that effect. “Driving on Main Street towards Town Hall early this morning, I noticed the barrier on Harrison Avenue that had been in place since last June was not visible,” Williams said. “I then proceeded to Baker Street toward Harrison Avenue and observed the second smaller barrier has also been removed, apparently by the Adkins Company of Berlin, who put both temporary structures in place 11 months ago. “It is my hope that the removal of both barriers is the first step in the resumption of negotiations between the Town of Berlin and the Adkins Company to purchase the portion of ...
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Surveillance tied to employee resignations

Posted On: 5/25/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 25, 2017) The resignation of Ocean Pines Chief Financial Officer Mary Bosack last week is tied to the recent departure of several other senior employees who have alleged poor working conditions, according to several sources close to the association and the board. A special meeting was apparently called last Friday when the directors learned of her resignation, but the meeting was not immediately scheduled. On Monday, Board President Tom Herrick set the meeting for this Friday.   In addition, sources said the departure of former Beach Club Manager Lynda Huettner, Golf Course Superintendent Rusty McLendon, Facilities Manager Jerry Aveta and several others are the result of conditions related to management style of interim General Manager Brett Hill. Several other high-level employees, including Recreation and Parks Director Sonya Bounds, Marketing, Public Relations Director Teresa Travatello and Yacht Club Manager Jerry Lewis either resigned or were let go during the last y...
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Petition drive to close golf course in Pocomoke City

Posted On: 5/25/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(May 25, 2017) Conflicting perspectives about the future of Winters Quarters Golf Course were presented during the Pocomoke City Council meeting on Monday. Duane Durham, who resides in the Winter Quarters neighborhood, has spearheaded a petition drive seeking to close the course. Despite revamped marketing efforts, from his view there doesn’t appear to be an uptick in attendance. “Yesterday was a beautiful day and I saw nobody on the golf course,” he said. Durham said for decades the facility has been a bust to the town’s operating budget. “There are more important things that this money can be used for,” he said. “The people of this town should be able to turn their faucets on and have quality drinking water.” For the past two weeks, Durham has gone door to door and collected more than 200 signatures on a petition asking to close the golf course. While presenting the list to council, he noted the consensus was overwhelmingly in f...
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‘Dynamic duo’ honored by area NABVETS chapter, Sat.

Posted On: 5/25/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(May 25, 2017) Army Sgt. Majs. Glen Franklin and Tracy Miller, siblings born in Berlin, were honored during the National Association for Black Veterans Chapter #0093’s third annual Armed Forces Day program on Saturday at Buckingham Elementary in Berlin. During his opening remarks, NABVETS Walk Through The Valley Chapter Commander James Briddell Sr. said he is well acquainted with multiple generations of Franklin and Miller’s family and has fond memories of watching the pair blossom into military leaders. He referred to them as the “dynamic duo from Berlin.” As the two grew up, Briddell said one constant was Miller nipping at her older brother’s heels. “She followed her brother in youth during various activities and then followed him through the Army ranks,” he said. “Until Glen said, ‘If I don’t let you walk with me you’re going to be right on my heels anyway.’” Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Glen Franklin ...
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Mayor and others protest beer sales at Shore Spirits

Posted On: 5/25/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(May 25, 2017) The Board of License Commissioners took the unusual step last week of leaving an issue unresolved and suspending proceedings until the three board members could review the presented evidence. License Commissioners’ attorney Tom Coates said it was a rare, but not unprecedented occurrence, and that it’s been at least a decade since the last time the board took such action. Coates said the board would render its final decision within two weeks, and that the parties and press would be notified before the announcement. At issue is the sale of the former Worcester County Shore Spirits in Pocomoke City, which was the highest bidder for the store and its contents as announced during the county commissioners’ meeting at the end of April. Kalpesh Patel, of Berlin, bid $1.175 million for the store and its inventory. Patel operated the Shop Kwik in Berlin from 1994 to 2011, and since then has opened the Kwik Liquor in Millsboro, Delaware.    As a c...
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Cruisers pay tribute to fmr. judge Michael L. Heishman

Posted On: 5/25/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 25, 2017) Organizers of Saturday’s spring Berlin Cruisers paid tribute to former event judge Michael L. Heishman by creating a new Judge’s Choice Award in his honor and surprising his widow, Vickie. Heishman lost his battle with cancer earlier this year. Bill Hoshal, an event organizer, said Heishman was also a regular participant during the twice-yearly classic car and truck showcase. “He started coming to Berlin Cruisers and brought his Oldsmobile from Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He was probably around for at least [the last] four years,” Hoshal said. “I asked him about being a judge and he judged for us for a couple of years after that. “I never had a problem with him saying’ no,’” Hoshal continued. “The only time he could not judge is when his car was picked to be the feature car at the Ocean City Convention Center [during Cruisin’ Ocean City]. Other than that, he was always so gracious. He loved everybody an...
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Truck ban on Baker reconfirmed

Posted On: 5/25/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 25, 2017) The Berlin Mayor and Council, for the second time, passed a truck ban on Baker Street following a public hearing. This was done on May 8 and again on May 22, last Monday. Town Attorney David Gaskill explained. “We actually had a public hearing on this resolution and it was passed at our last meeting,” he said. “I didn’t discover until afterward that the public notice that was published in the papers said that the hearing was going to be tonight.” Gaskill said the hearing could have legally been held two weeks ago. Mayor Gee Williams joked, “We’ll keep doing it until we get it right.” One resident, Suzanne Parks, asked if the ban would apply to pickup trucks loaded with lawnmowers and other equipment. Williams said trucks could not use the road as a thoroughfare, but those servicing residents on Baker Street were exempt. He said the police department, with the help of input from citizens, would enforce the ban. F...
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Committee split on alcohol permit for other OPA pool

Posted On: 5/25/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 25, 2017) Members of Ocean Pines’ Clubs Advisory Committee were roughly split last week on whether the association should pursue a liquor license for the Swim and Racquet Club pool on Seabreeze Road. Committee member Gary Miller, during a meeting last Thursday, said the license was being pursued as an “appeasement for adults” when plans were announced to move a family fun night to that facility. That event has since been moved back to the Oasis pool, formerly called the yacht club pool, but the application apparently is still active. Miller is also a member of the aquatics advisory committee. “The aquatics committee basically said since that’s no longer an issue, we think [the Swim and Racquet Club] should stay a family pool,” Miller said. Clubs Committee Chairman Les Purcell noted that, “when we spent many millions to build yacht club, we built the tiki bar specifically in that area to serve wine and whiskey to the members in the ...
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Developer to rehab and then divide 200-year-old building

Posted On: 5/25/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(May 25, 2017) Real estate developer Thang Tran feels positive about the potential for future growth in Snow Hill. Tran, who operates Golden Phoenix Property Management in Silver Spring, is in the midst of rehabbing the nearly 200-year-old, 10,000-square-foot building at 110 West Green Street. “We started in November and we plan to finish it sometime in August,” he said. “It’s one of the biggest buildings in the town.” In light of the location’s massive size, Tran has reimagined the floor plan to accommodate a wider array of users. The site was formerly home to a clothing store. “We turned it into a six-unit commercial building,” he said. “They vary from 850-1,500 square feet in size.” The two-story brick building was in a serious state of disrepair when Tran purchased the property nearly two yeas ago. “The floor was caving in on the second floor and sagging about 18 inches,” he said. “We put new floor...
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Students create pollinator garden at Berlin spray site

Posted On: 5/25/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Students create pollinator garden at Berlin spray site (May 25, 2017) Eight Salisbury University students from Dr. Sarah Surak’s senior seminar class created a pollinator garden at the Town of Berlin spray irrigation facility on Purnell Crossing last Wednesday. Students from the class have been working on conservation projects throughout the town since February, including developing reusable shopping bags and creating a certification program for businesses that use sustainable practices. Stephen Wrzosek, a spokesman for his group, said the two 100-foot pollinator gardens would essentially create a habitat for bees where they can pick up additional pollen. “This site is isolated from the normal population and this area receives a lot of nutrients because it is a spray site for the Berlin wastewater treatment plant,” he said. The facility uses treated wastewater to irrigate a forested area, which can then be harvested for other uses. “This is part of our capstone project [at Salisbury University],” Wrzo...
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