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Parking issues still has town facing gridlock

Posted On: 8/28/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Parking can be a major headache in any small town, especially those that depend on a thriving, historic Main Street that predates modern drivers and automobiles. In Berlin, shoppers and shopkeepers have sounded off recently about the lack of downtown parking and the abuse by some of the town’s relaxed ticketing policy. Resident Dimitra Cousois says the people who live in downtown apartments share the frustration caused by increased traffic and the decreased availability of regular parking spaces. Cousois worked at the Atlantic Hotel from 2002-2004 and said she never had a problem finding parking. When she moved back to the area in May, things were different. “The problem with the parking is really Monday through Friday before 5 p.m.,” she said. “If I leave and come back I can’t find a place to park, so I’m really thankful that the town doesn’t tow.” Last Thursday Cousois counted six cars outside of her Main Street apar...
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Town leaders already missing Paula Lynch

Posted On: 8/28/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– For more than a quarter century Paula Lynch has been a guiding and stabilizing force on the Town Council. When Lynch announced this month that she would not seek reelection, Berlin’s Mayor Gee Williams and several members of the council and staff of the town reflected on her 26-year legacy. “She has always provided a steady hand on the tiller as Berlin has navigated through both good times and bad,” Williams said. “I personally have always relied on her good judgment and natural instincts to consider the long-term implications of anything the town does. She always tried to anticipate not only the things you can foresee, but also unforeseen consequences. I think that she is an outstanding role model for anyone who is contemplating public service because of the way she leads by example. “She doesn’t speak as often as some councilmembers, but when she does she always has something substantive to say,” Williams continued. “...
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Berlin Chamber yet to designate new exec. director

Posted On: 8/28/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The Chamber of Commerce’s search for a new executive director could be heating up, as the current director’s tenure comes to an end this month. Joya Mattie, hired last year, will serve as the Berlin Chamber’s Executive Director until Aug. 29. The Chamber has yet to name a replacement. “We’re in the process,” said Chamber President Tom Sholtis. “We had the executive board meeting, but we’ve not made any decisions yet. We are working to get the vacancy filled. We’re going through some candidates, and we have numerous people to interview and consider for the position.” The Chamber has not imposed a deadline to fill the position, and Sholtis indicated someone could briefly fill the role on an interim basis. Although she is unsure of her next role, Mattie said she would like to continue working with the town in some function. “I’m not 100 percent sure yet,” she said. “I’ve applie...
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Berlin allocates $7,500 to Development Center

Posted On: 8/28/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The Mayor and Council presented a grant for $7,500 to Worcester County Development Center during a meeting on Monday, Aug. 25. Executive Director Jack Ferry spoke about the Newark-based nonprofit, which assists adults with developmental disabilities. “You are the coolest town in America – I’m here to tell you about the coolest and best people in the world,” Ferry said. WCDC, operating for more than 41 years, moved into a new facility in January. The nonprofit offers day programs, vocational training, supported employment, food and residential services and individual support. “It’s all about our quality of life,” Ferry said. “Our mission with our clients is to help them achieve the highest level of economic and social independence. There’s a reason why we have economic first – if you don’t have that dollar you don’t have any independence. You don’t have any choice if you don’t have t...
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Grants totalling $1.9 mill. to go to stormwater upgrades

Posted On: 8/28/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The town won a major stormwater victory on Tuesday as they announced a more than $1.9 million grant proposal was accepted by federal and state agencies. Stormwater has been an important issue in Berlin for more than 20 years. The town established the stormwater utility in 2013 and began improvements on West Street. In May, a public hearing was held during a Mayor and Council meeting regarding the Hudson Branch Stormwater Project, a proposal that included substantial improvements on Flower and Williams streets in two stages, as well as improvements near Graham, Grice and Nelson streets in additional phases. To fund the project Berlin applied for $800,000 in Community Development Block Grant money, as well as $874,048 in Federal Emergency Management Agency grants. On Tuesday the town announced the $1.9 million in grants, coming from three government agencies. Berlin received a $165,000 grant from FEMA, $800,000 in CDBG funds and a $962,000 grant from the Maryland De...
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Delmarva curtain to open soon for ‘Macbeth’

Posted On: 8/28/14
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DELMARVA - Brown Box Theatre Project’s fourth annual Free Shakespeare at the Beach tour will travel throughout Delmarva to bring an outdoor presentation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy “Macbeth” to area schools and local communities free of charge. Shakespeare’s spellbinding vision of ambition, treachery, mystery and magic will be conjured up this September in a three-week tour throughout a dozen locations on the Delmarva Peninsula. In these free outdoor performances, theatre newcomers and Shakespeare devotees alike will witness the rise and fall of Macbeth, the renowned war hero who murders and usurps his rightful king after a fateful encounter with a trio of infernal witches. Kyler Taustin, an Eastern Shore native, founded Brown Box Theatre Project in 2010 with the goal of enlivening the region’s theatre scene by bringing the performing arts to audiences who ordinarily lack access to live theatre. “We are proud to continue our tradition...
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Wings & Wheels Expo scheduled for city’s airport

Posted On: 8/28/14
Written By: Clara Vaughn, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

WEST OCEAN CITY - The Ocean City Aviation Association and Ocean City Municipal Airport are back with their Wings & Wheels Expo, bringing more than 200 privately owned aircraft, custom cars and antique military vehicles to the Ocean City airport tomorrow, Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public will have a chance to talk to the owners of the vehicles and craft who travel from around the region to attend the event now in its second year, said Steve Habeger, a member of the OCAA. “The beauty of Wings & Wheels is you can meet people with their own airplanes who fly them,” Habeger said. “It’s really a neat day.” Around 500 attended the inaugural Wings & Wheels event last year, which featured about 50 cars and more than a dozen aircraft, he said. This year’s event will be even bigger with an estimated 15 aircraft from three classes (modern, antique and experimental) as well as approximately 200 cars in five classes (antique, classic, cu...
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Berlin Little League players to be honored with parade

Posted On: 8/28/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Following a season filled with unparalleled successes, the town will honor its more than 500 area Little Leaguers during a parade on Oct. 10. Berlin approved the parade during a Mayor and Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 25. “It’s going to honor all of my all-star teams,” said Berlin Little League President Norman Bunting. That includes District 8 all-star teams, tournament teams and 7-8-year-old pitching machine teams. The 13-year-old Intermediate all stars finished as a United States runner-up in the Little League World Series in Livermore, Ca., and the 9-10 all-stars won a state championship and played in the regional tournament in Cranston, RI. “I attribute their success to good volunteers, to having good baseball people, and I will give a lot of credit to travel baseball in our area,” Bunting said. “A lot of these kids do play travel ball, which gives them year-round training and year-round baseball. That really helps these y...
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Massive Tyson’s Park project could finally be moving forward

Posted On: 8/28/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– After months of speculation, the massive Tyson’s Park project could be moving forward next month. The project would be set on the former Tyson’s Foods Inc. chicken processing plant on Old Ocean City Boulevard, land that has gone unused since the company closed in 2003, laying off 600 Berlin workers. In April a mockup of “Tyson’s Park,” a huge indoor/outdoor recreation complex with a fairgrounds and an amphitheater created by Vista Design, Inc., began circulating in the town. The company declined to comment on the project, and some labeled it as a publicity stunt. Berlin officials shelved the matter for most of the summer, but members of the town’s Ethics Commission met on Tuesday, Aug. 12, to discuss the project, and the impending release of the advisory opinion could trigger movement towards a feasibility study as well as serious debate by the Mayor and Council. District 2 Councilmember Lisa Hall wrote a letter to Town Administ...
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Dog attack leads Berlin to reexamination of leash law

Posted On: 8/28/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– A dog attack led to a reexamination of leash laws at a Mayor and Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 25. Berlin resident Pam Hay said she was walking her dog on Saturday, Aug. 2, at approximately 3 p.m. when an unleashed dog attacked her 3-year-old cairn terrier Lulu. Hay said the attacking dog, a large mixed-breed resembling a beagle, was two-and-a-half times the size of her dog. “He started biting the heck out of my dog,” Hay said. “I got wounded trying to get that dog off of my dog – obviously that dog was not on a leash – and that’s the second time that dog came after my dog. “The first time the woman told me that dog would never hurt anybody or anything,” Hay continued. “I’m here because people don’t know what their dogs are going to do and they should be on a leash. We have a lot of people who aren’t keeping their dogs on their property and I think that we need to get some stronger laws about ...
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