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‘Coolest Town’ tagged by vandals

Posted On: 1/29/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan. 29, 2015) At least 30 cars and three businesses were spray painted during a vandalism spree in downtown Berlin late Sunday evening. By Monday morning, several cars still parked behind shops on Pitts Street were marked with multicolored graffiti, ranging from painted door handles to vulgar images and coarse, racist language, to diagonal lines running across the entirely of vehicles. Vandals also tagged alleys, the backs of several stores and town electric meters. Police identified dozens of vehicles marked with spray paint, beginning downtown and heading west through residential areas. Reports of damaged vehicles began at approximately 10 p.m., according to the Berlin Police Department. Additional calls led police to discover more damaged vehicles off Broad Street. “We’re trying to get everything compiled right now so we can get a hold of all the victims, make sure that’s all coordinated and make sure they understand how to report everything to their insuranc...
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OPA board budget discussion turns to fight over reserves

Posted On: 1/29/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan. 29, 2015) Day one of the budget meetings of the OPA Board of Directors went relatively smoothly, as the board got its first crack at the $10.9 million proposal during a meeting at the yacht club on Monday, Jan. 26. Talks heated up on Tuesday, as the issue of reserves ratcheted up tensions between several directors. On Monday, Budget and Finance Committee Chair Patricia Supik began the meeting with a series of recommendations. The committee had met with General Manager Bob Thompson and Comptroller Art Carmine, as well as several department heads, during the previous week. Supik said the recommendations were “a committee process totally.” “The budget is not significantly different from prior years, so there’s not any kind of ‘oh my gosh’ items in there that the committee reacted to strongly,” Supik said. The committee recommended each department provide a business plan for board review before receiving budget approval, as well as &...
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Berlin police morn loss of beloved K-9 officer Titus

Posted On: 1/29/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Berlin police morn loss of beloved K-9 officer Titus (Jan. 29, 2015) The Berlin Police Department is feeling the loss of retired K-9 officer Titus, who died at the home of his handler. Born in Austria, Titus joined the department in 2003 and worked with Senior Police Officer Chris Bireley. “We cannot understate the contributions that he actually provided to us over a decade,” Police Chief Arnold Downing said. “We’ve received many cards and forms of support, flowers, from the K-9 family and the citizenry and we say thank you very much for that.” Titus assisted Berlin police in making scores of illegal narcotics busts and apprehending police suspects over hundreds of hours on patrol, narcotics and search and rescue duty during a career that included nearly 350 deployments. The german shepherd also participated in demonstrations at local schools and community events. He retired in June 2012, and remained with Bireley until passing away on Jan. 22. A statement from the Berlin Police Department read, “...
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Free educational seminars to be held in Ocean Pines

Posted On: 1/29/15
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(Jan. 29, 2015) Several free educational seminars are being offered in Ocean Pines. On Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 4-5 p.m., Sharon Curtiss of Hileman Real Estate will present a “Staging Your Home for Sale” seminar at the Ocean Pines Community Center, located at 235 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. She will discuss how to sell a home using proven techniques that will appeal to today’s home buyers.   Home owners and real estate agents are encouraged to attend.   Those looking ahead to retirement and beyond should make plans to attend a “Getting Your Affairs in Order” seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 11 from 1-2 p.m. at the community center.  Professional senior advisor Robbin Gray will explain the steps to secure future and family assets. On Tuesday, March 17, State Farm agent Greg Reddell will present a “Retirement – Making Your Money Last” seminar.  Two sessions of this seminar are scheduled – one from 3-4 p.m. and one f...
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COMMUNITY BRIEFS

Posted On: 1/29/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Jan. 29, 2015) The Berlin Mayor and Council discussed several issues during a public meeting at town hall on Monday, Jan. 26.   Event approvals The Berlin Mayor and Council unanimously approved the first Worcester County Arts Council 5K Run, set for May 16. The council also approved suspension of the open container law at six town events this year, beginning with the “Cool” Berlin Day on April 18.   Nonprofit briefs council Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Executive Director Steven Taylor spoke to the Berlin mayor and council about the Berlin Youth Club. Taylor said the nonprofit enriches children “by exposing them to events and cultural activities.” Children in the program collect for nonprofits, write thank you cards for cancer patients, and are “constantly doing a variety of things to engage themselves in the community and make the community a better place to live,” Taylor said. The service introduced ...
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Pines marks TET Offense at Wor. County memorial

Posted On: 1/29/15
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(Jan. 29, 2015) On Jan 31, 2008, the 40th anniversary of the TET Offense of the Vietnam War was recognized and those who fought in this victory were honored. The TET 40 wreath made by Rosie Garlitz was placed at the Worcester County Veterans Memorial in Ocean Pines to mark the anniversary. Each year since then a wreath has been place at the Worcester County Veterans Memorial on Saturday, Jan. 31. This year, the TET 47 wreath will be placed at 10 a.m. at the memorial recognizing the 47th anniversary and to honor those who fought in the TET Offense of 1968. Also a moment will be taken for those who did not return from this victory. The past six years in good weather or bad the program went on and the same will apply for this year’s program. All are welcome. Synepuxent Post #166 and the Ocean City Chapter #1091 of the Vietnam Veterans of America will have a reception at Post #166 American Legion on 24th Street in Ocean City following the ceremony. All Vietnam Era veterans and s...
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Despite efforts, IT presence in OP mostly MIA

Posted On: 1/29/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan. 29, 2015) When the Ocean Pines Association Budget and Finance Committee began examining the fiscal year 2016 budget this month, several committee members zeroed in on information technology as something needing an upgrade. General Manager Bob Thompson briefed the group on the issue during a meeting at the country club on Jan. 12. “Our infrastructure for our hardware as a whole is problematic for us,” he said. “We budgeted last year for it [and] we’re really trying to address that now. That’s going to be an interesting dynamic when we get to making that investment to improve our IT structure.” Thompson said the community took an aggressive approach when building the new yacht club pool. “When we built the new pool and we did the new club, we put the proper amount of infrastructure in to support the yacht club pool, as an example,” he said. “We recognize that as something we’d like to get to with all of our facilities...
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COUNTY BRIEFS

Posted On: 1/29/15
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(Jan. 29, 2015) The Worcester County Commissioners also discussed the following issues during the Jan. 20 meeting.   Excursion train The commissioners approved funding for the Phase II study of the excursion train proposed to connect Berlin and Snow Hill. This study will offer a detailed business plan and an economic impact analysis that includes financial information on infrastructure. Stone Consulting, which performed the Phase I study, will also complete the next-phase study at a cost of about $20,000. Berlin will contribute $5,000, the Maryland Delaware Railroad will pay $5,000, Snow Hill will contribute $3,000 and the Worcester County Economic Development department will pay the balance of $7,317. No date was given for the study’s delivery.   Census blocks Though there is no guarantee it will comply, the county will ask the Census Bureau to change the borders of the census blocks in Ocean Pines so the borders of the neighborhood will be represented more ...
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OPA board ‘no comment’ as Sandpiper standstill continues

Posted On: 1/29/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan. 29, 2015) Sandpiper Energy converted Berlin infrastructure from propane to natural gas in 2014 and now the company is nearing completion of similar upgrades in West Ocean City. Systems in Ocean Pines, however, remain in limbo as the company and community officials continue to struggle to reach an agreement. “The negotiations are ongoing,” Jim Moore, director of natural gas distribution for Sandpiper parent company Chesapeake Utilities, said. “We’re confident at some point we’re all going to reach an agreement. It’s just taking some time, there’s absolutely no doubt about it. “We’re confident everybody is trying to act in the best interest of who they’re representing, and I’m confident at some point that we’ll reach an agreement that’s acceptable to everybody,” Moore continued. Several members of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors declined to comment on the negotiations. Moore, m...
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Noel Community collecting blankets, hats, gloves, socks

Posted On: 1/29/15
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(Jan. 29, 2015) The Noel Community will continue its outreach program this year during the cold winter months. The organization is asking members of the community to open their hearts and share the gift of warmth this Valentine’s Day during its 13th annual gLOVEs drive. The Noel Community is seeking donations of new gloves, hats, socks and blankets which will be provided to those in need. Donations can be dropped off at the Ocean Pines Library on Cathell Road, Feb. 2-14. The Noel Community will also accept donations at all masses over the weekend of Feb. 15 at St. Paul’s by the Sea Episcopal Church on Third Street, Holy Spirit Episcopal Church on 100th Street, Holy Savior Catholic Church on 17th Street and St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Talbot Street in Ocean City. The Noel Community will distribute donations to several local food pantries, low income day care facilities and other groups that provide social services to those in need. For more information,...
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