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Berlin’s party packs Main Street

Posted On: 4/17/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– After postponing the party on March 29 due to heavy rains and thunderstorms, last Saturday’s Coolest Small Town Celebration take two was met with picture-perfect weather. Thousands flocked to Berlin to see Budget Travel’s 2014 “America’s Coolest Small Town” in person. “We’re absolutely delighted with the turnout,” said Berlin Mayor Gee Williams. “The fact that we postponed (the party) not only brought us wonderful, blessed weather, but I think it also increased the amount of publicity and awareness about the fact that we were doing this. So it’s a win-win all around.” A parade featuring area youth organizations and students ran through the town beginning at 1 p.m. Ocean City Pipes and Drums also took part in the festivities. “It’s a pleasure to be here and we’re glad we were invited,” said Pat Harmon, the band’s manager. “We’re having a lot of fun and the turnou...
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Day announces plans to retire as Berlin’s promoter

Posted On: 4/17/14
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BERLIN– One of the architects of the “Cool Berlin” campaign announced his intention to retire this week. Michael Day, Berlin’s Economic & Community Development Director, declined to give a specific date, but has begun the process of stepping away following more than a decade of public service in Salisbury, Pocomoke and Berlin. “I’m going to retire when they let me,” Day said with a laugh. “I just wanted to give them a heads up that I’m going to be laying the plan out. I didn’t give them a definite date just yet, so I’ll still do my work with the town to make sure that all my loose ends are tied up. I’ve got several projects that I’ve started that I want to complete.” Born in Salisbury, Day attended college in Rochester, N.Y. before returning to the Eastern Shore. “I’ve run away from Salisbury six times but for some strange reason I’ve come back each time,” he said. R...
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2013 Berlin Award presented to Doug Parks

Posted On: 4/17/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– From his work with the church to volunteering with secular service organizations like the Lions Club, Doug Parks has spent more than 50 years in service to his community. Parks is the recipient of the 2013 Berlin Award honoring area volunteers. Recipients of the award, now in its 49th year, are selected by a committee made up of previous winners. “The award is given to an individual for their outstanding dedication to the Berlin area,” said Roxanne Williams, a Lions Club co-chairperson who received the award in 2012. “The Lions Club dedicates itself to help the community in many, many ways. That and his service to the church have different outreaches that echo throughout the whole Berlin community.” Williams said she was “so honored” to receive the award last year. “We don’t do things because we’re trying to get an award – we dedicate our time to help the community and that’s all that any of these recip...
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Council approves additional events, OK’s May Day party

Posted On: 4/17/14
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BERLIN– Berlin’s Town Council discussed new housing, events, traffic safety improvements and the effect of being named “America’s Coolest Small Town” during its Monday meeting. The council approved several special events, including a motion to close Commerce Street on Friday, May 2 from 6-9 p.m. during Victorian Charm’s 20th anniversary celebration. “It’s the same weekend as the Jazz and Blues Festival, and we wanted to have a celebration for our anniversary and kind of tie it in,” said store owner Debbie Frene. The planned celebration will include live jazz music on the corner of Commerce and North Main streets. “We don’t know how many people will come out just to listen to the jazz because we are tying it to the Jazz and Blues Festival, and we don’t want people standing out on the street,” Frene said. Mayor Gee Williams praised the shop, calling it “a prototype … vision of what Berlin could...
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Residents called on to join town’s yearly clean-up effort

Posted On: 4/17/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– In the spirit of Earth Day, the town of Berlin is asking residents to help clean up the streets.   Berlin will host its annual Clean-Up Day on Saturday, April 26. The event is part of Take Pride in Berlin Week, which runs April 19-26. “The parks division has held the Clean-Up Day in the parks during the week of Earth Day for lots of years,” said Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen. “At one point with environmental initiatives being put out by Grow Berlin Green, which doesn’t even exist anymore, we decided to turn it into a whole week devoted into people just looking around their town or neighborhood, taking pride in Berlin and doing what they can for their community.” Residents are asked to scan their property and neighborhoods throughout the week in order to find areas that could use cleaning, and are encouraged to “think outside the box” when coming up with potential projects. Participants can sign up online at www.b...
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Water service lines work concerns OPA board of directors

Posted On: 4/17/14
Written By: Nancy Powell, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

OCEAN PINES–The Ocean Pines Association board of directors wants to invite a county representative to its next meeting to discuss anticipated work to replace approximately 250 aging water lines along Ocean Parkway. “It doesn’t make one bit of sense,” Director Marty Clarke said during the board’s April 9 meeting. “We as a board ought to do something.” Clarke said the board is dealing with the new Yacht Club still under construction, the golf course that is struggling financially and now the county would be messing up Ocean Parkway for “five months right dead in the middle of our season.” Director Jeff Knepper said perhaps the work would not be started until fall, but the bid documents specify that the contractor “shall commence work within thirty (30) calendar days of the award of contract.” The total time for completion is 180 calendar days. A pre-bid meeting was held Friday, April 11, at the Water and Wastewater Div...
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Police say couple was killed in apparent murder/suicide

Posted On: 4/17/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Two elderly residents were killed in an apparent murder-suicide on Wednesday, April 16. The couple, identified as Lester and Ada “Midge” Wright, was discovered by family members at their home on 603 Williams Street in Berlin at approximately 8:42 a.m., according to police. “The Berlin Police Department responded to 603 Williams Street to do a ‘check on the welfare’-type call,” said Lt. Ed Schreier of the Worcester County Sheriff's Office. “Upon arrival they found one deceased female and a male suffering from gunshot wounds.” The male subject, confirmed to be Lester Wright, 89, was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where he later passed away due to multiple gunshot wounds. The Worcester County Bureau of Investigation was called to help with the investigation, according to Schreier. “They in turn called the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit – that’s standard procedure – to come in...
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US 113 crosswalk complete, signs placed to alert drivers

Posted On: 4/17/14
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BERLIN–Town Administrator Laura Allen announced that the State Highway Administration has finished the crosswalk on US 113 at Bay Street, along with the enhanced sidewalks requested by the Berlin Pedestrian Safety Committee. Variable message boards have been placed on US 113 in both directions to alert drivers to the change. “SHA staff worked late Friday evening to make sure the crosswalk and sidewalks would be ready for our celebration on Saturday (April 12) to thank everyone for voting Berlin American’s Coolest Small Town,” Allen said. “The timing worked out well; we appreciate their efforts.” The pedestrian improvements came from several meetings between the State Highway Administration and the Berlin Pedestrian Safety Committee. “We are satisfied with the improvements and look forward to having everything completed this spring,” said Berlin Pedestrian Safety Committee Chairperson, Patricia Dufendach. In addition to the crosswalk...
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Easter celebrations planned around county this weekend

Posted On: 4/17/14
Written By: Clara Vaughn, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

WORCESTER COUNTY–From Easter egg hunts to sunrise services, Berlin and the surrounding area will celebrate Easter with activities for the whole family this weekend. Here are a few of the celebrations taking place: BERLIN: -The Town of Berlin will ring in spring with it’s annual Spring Celebration, a family-friendly event complete with workshops, face painting, rides, food and craft vendors, games, a bounce house and a cupcake-eating contest, among other activities, on Saturday, April 19. The day begins with breakfast with the Easter bunny at 8, 9 or 10 a.m. at Rayne’s Reef Restaurant. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 410-641-4775. The meal costs $8 for adults and $6 for children. At 10:30 a.m., children ages 2-11 will meet in Stephen Decatur Park for an Easter egg hunt. Then, starting at 3 p.m., the Grand Finale Easter Bonnet and Mad Hatter Parade makes it way through the town. There will be prizes for the best hats and bonnets for children a...
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Work with hospice earns Ocean Pines man state recognition

Posted On: 4/17/14
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OCEAN PINES–Paul Gross of Ocean Pines has won the Salute to Senior Service contest for Maryland in recognition of his volunteer efforts with Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care on the Lower Eastern Shore. Gross received a $500 prize with the award that he will donate to Coastal Hospice. He was chosen as Maryland’s contest winner after 45 days of online voting by the public. The annual contest is conducted by Home Instead, Inc., which awards a winner from each state. It recognizes seniors for the impact they make in their communities. The goal of the Home Instead Senior Care network is to help seniors stay healthy and active as they age and to encourage a positive outlook on aging. Gross moved to the Eastern Shore to enjoy retirement. Having volunteered for a hospice in New Jersey, he found he was still drawn to help patients. He has been a patient volunteer with Coastal Hospice since 2011. His volunteer hours are spent visiting with patients and family members in Worc...
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