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Berlin annexation narrowly survives

Posted On: 3/26/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 26, 2015) In June 2013, the Rinnier Development Company bought 120 acres of land across from Stephen Decatur High School with a plan to turn the parcel into a rental apartment complex with commercial uses on the eastern edge of Berlin. On Monday, nearly two years later, the Berlin Town Council voted to annex the property, a move that will enable the project to move into the official planning phase. The annexation, however, did not happen without a fight that ended with a 3-2 vote in favor of the development and annexation. The chief concerns of opponents were the long-range scope of the project and what they saw as possible ripple effects – increased traffic and demand on infrastructure and services – of major growth on the eastern perimeter of the town. Monday’s hearing was the second of two to address the rezoning of the Seahawk Road parcel from agricultural to general residential (R4). Because the property fell under the county’s zoning jurisdicti...
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New crime stats show sharp drop in Ocean Pines

Posted On: 3/26/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 26, 2015) A preliminary report released by the Ocean Pines Police Department last week shows a sharp drop in serious crime in the community in 2014. For the second straight year, Ocean Pines experienced no instances of criminal homicide or robbery. In addition, cases of aggravated assault dropped from 30 in 2013 to just eight last year. Instances of breaking and entering/burglary fell from 35 to 25 during that same span, while larceny/theft decreased from 112 cases to 72. One case of forcible rape was included in the report in 2014. No instances were reported the pervious year. The across-the-board decrease in crime is especially notable considering an increase in calls for service, up from 11,158 two years ago to 12,402 in 2014. Total arrests also rose from 139 to 193, a 39 percent increase. “We had a very busy year, but the officers did a great job as far as being aggressive,” Police Chief David Massey said. A former chief of police in Ocean City, Massey s...
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Details emerge in Berlin vandalism

Posted On: 3/26/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Brian Gilliland, Staff Writers

(March 26, 2015) The Worcester County State’s Attorney’s office continues a quiet approach to the Jan. 25 vandalism spree in downtown Berlin suspected to have been perpetrated by a trio of teenagers, but more details continue to emerge from other sources. According to a statement of charges, Berlin Police were dispatched to the municipal parking lot at 103 Williams Street at approximately 11:38 that evening in response to a call that several vehicles had been spray-painted. Law enforcement logged 10 vehicles, three buildings, four trashcans and 10 electric meters tagged with spray paint at the site. On the following morning, police received 23 additional reports of damaged vehicles and recovered several discarded cans of spray paint. An investigation led authorities to two juveniles and one adult, Ocean City resident Jordan Denton, 18. During police interviews one of the juveniles admitted to obtaining the spray paint from a nearby Wal-Mart and “riding around sp...
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‘Brutal’ losses continue at Ocean Pines yacht club

Posted On: 3/26/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 26, 2015) Continuing the trend of a brutal offseason, the Ocean Pines yacht club posted losses of more than $45,000 for the second straight month. The new facility lost $45,876 in January, followed by $46,693 in February, raising the total losses since October to $188,910, a five-month average of more than $37,000 in the red. That’s despite the club only being open Thursday through Sunday, and even though the facility is not required to pay taxes, or rent. OPA Vice President Marty Clarke said the showing is the worst February during the last eight years – and possibly ever. The yacht club lost an average of $26,466 in February dating back to 2008, according to documents provided to the Bayside Gazette. “We’re not being good stewards of the membership’s money,” Clarke said. “Nobody in their right mind would keep a restaurant facility open in the ‘off’ season when it was losing $188,000 over five months.” Clarke...
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Berlin council approves final measures for Cannery Village

Posted On: 3/26/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 26, 2015) Cannery Village, an affordable housing complex in Berlin, continues to move in the right procedural direction following a mayor and council meeting on Monday, March 23. The council approved a public works agreement, stormwater agreement and stormwater construction agreement for the project. Located on Cannery Way at Flower Street, the development has been in the works for more than a decade. The neighborhood will include 36 four-bedroom rancher style homes, eight two-bedroom duplexes and one community center. Two bedroom homes will rent for $400-$750 and four bedroom homes rent for $500-$850 per month. Residents also will have the option to buy a property following a 15-year lease period. Andrew Hanson, a developer at Osprey Property Company, said he originally presented the project to the council in August 2013. “Since then, we were awarded funding [from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development] and worked with the town and other f...
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Ocean Pines recognized by state recreation and parks

Posted On: 3/26/15
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(March 26, 2015) The Ocean Pines Association won three Maryland Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA) Showcase Awards for its 2014 marketing materials during the 18th annual MRPA Conference Awards Breakfast, April 16 at the Carousel on 118th Street in Ocean City.   OPA will be in attendance to accept the following awards:  Best Social Media– Ocean Pines Farmers Market Facebook Page, Best Photo – “Goose Reflections” and Best website – www.oceanpines.org for Populations less than 50,000. MRPA Agency Awards showcase and recognize the best marketing and promotions materials in the state. Entrants are judged by art, marketing and communications professionals that are non-MRPA members.    The Best Social Media award is for the best interactive marketing including: social networking sites, blogs, wikis and video sharing sites. Entries were judged on content, design, ease of use, currency and public input. The Facebook page is managed by ...
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OP aquatics offers new swim program

Posted On: 3/26/15
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(March 26, 2015) Take a dip in the pool after school with Ocean Pines aquatics’ newest swim program. The After-School Family Fun Swim will run every Tuesday and Thursday through May 14 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Sports Core Pool located at 11143 Cathell Road in Ocean Pines. The cost for children ages 5-15 is $2 for Ocean Pines residents and $3 for non-residents. The adult rate is $3 for residents and $4 for non-residents. Admission is free for children ages 4 and under and for non-swimming adults. For children who are interested in keeping other swimmers safe, Ocean Pines Aquatics will offer two lifeguarding training opportunities at the Sports Core Pool. A four-session Red Cross lifeguarding class will be offered March 27-29 and April 3.  This course will provide the training for individuals to become American Red Cross-certified lifeguards.   The fee is $275 for residents and $325 for non-residents. Class graduates may qualify for a full tuition waiver if employed b...
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Indoor yard sale, craft fair, April 11

Posted On: 3/26/15
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(March 26, 2015) Clean out attics, closets, and garages and sell unneeded or unwanted items, or crafts and wares at a giant, indoor yard sale. Worcester County Recreation & Parks (WCRP) will host its Indoor Yard Sale & Craft Fair on Saturday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill. All tables will be provided by WCRP at a cost of $15 for one or $25 for two. The deadline for reserving a table is Friday, March 27. Space is limited. Set up for sellers will begin at 6 a.m. the morning of the sale. There will also be an option to set up the night prior to the event. Shoppers will pay a $1 entrance fee. Children under age 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information contact Lisa Gebhardt at 410-632-2144, ext. 100 or email lgebhardt@co.worcester.md.us.  
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Crush and Crabs to fill long-vacant Boomer’s spot

Posted On: 3/26/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 26, 2015) Berlin Economic Development Director Ivy Wells made filling the long-vacant property on the corner of Route 113 and South Main Street a priority during a public meeting earlier this month. Now, it appears that commitment is becoming a reality. John Cookro, a Berlin resident who operates Bluefin Poolside Bar & Grill in Ocean City, leased the former Boomer’s restaurant building last week. Cookro intends to open a new restaurant, Crush and Crab, at the site on June 1. “We’re still quite a ways away, but I know everybody is excited,” Cookro said. “My phone has been blowing up all weekend.” Cookro said his fiancé, Valerie Hopkins, would run the restaurant while he acts as manager. “We’re focusing on orange crushes and steamed crabs,” he said. “We’re not really an all-you-can-eat crab place, but we’re going to do platters with chicken and crabs. We’re also keeping the ice cream id...
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Natalee DeHart named new Berlin Chamber president

Posted On: 3/26/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 26, 2015) More than 30 business owners and professionals gathered in Berlin last Thursday for the 2015 Berlin Chamber of Commerce awards dinner at Si’culi Rustic Italian Kitchen. Mayor Gee Williams, Councilmembers Lisa Hall and Troy Purnell, as well as Town Administrator Laura Allen, were on hand for the three-hour event that began with enough food to satisfy even the most ravenous Italian grandmother. Natalee DeHart of Good Clean Fun Life took over duties as chamber president during the ceremony, replacing Tom Sholtis. Later, four major awards were given to business and civic leaders. Bleached Butterfly won the New Business Award and Helen Wiley, of Church Mouse, took home the Volunteer of the Year Award. Craft beer pioneers Burley Oak Brewing Co. were given the Business Philanthropy Award and Lisa Challenger, director of Worcester County Tourism, took home the Reese F. Cropper III Bright Idea Award. Challenger was credited during the ceremony as a key figure in...
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