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C. Bertino to hold town meeting this Saturday at library

Posted On: 5/18/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 18, 2017) Worcester County Commissioner Chip Bertino will host a town meeting on Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. at the Ocean Pines library.  He will discuss issues and developments impacting the Ocean Pines district and the county as well as the fiscal 2018 county budget. Bertino’s guests will include Register of Wills Charlotte Cathell and Chief Administrative Officer Harold Higgins. This town meeting will be the 10th Bertino has hosted since being sworn in. “These meetings are an opportunity for residents to learn and understand what is going on within our county and it gives them the chance to ask questions and comment on topics of interest,” he said. For more info, contact Bertino at cbertino@co.worcester.md.us.
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Horseshoe crab tagging demo by AIA this Saturday

Posted On: 5/18/17
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(May 18, 2017) Assateague Island Alliance (AIA), the Friends Group of Assateague Island National Seashore (ASIS), will host “Horseshoe Crab Ecology and Tagging Demonstration” on Saturday, May 20. Meet at 12:30 p.m. for refreshments prior to the program which begins at 1 p.m. Horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) will soon grace the shores of the coastline of the mid-Atlantic states to undergo an ancient mating ritual during the full and new moons in late spring through early summer.  Get the fascinating story of this amazing living fossil and find out how other species have come to rely on it for survival by joining AIA volunteer and citizen scientist, Dick Arnold, for an informative and hands-on program discovering horseshoe crabs and how valuable this creature is to the global ecosystem.  In addition, participate in a live tagging demonstration to find out how horseshoe crabs are monitored and why. This is an experience for the whole family and suitable for a...
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Looking inside Berlin’s FY 2018 budget draft

Posted On: 5/18/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 18, 2017) Most items in Berlin’s $19.2 million fiscal year 2018 budget draft introduced last week will likely to remain intact when the Mayor and Council meets again to discuss and finalize the budget on June 12, Berlin Town Administrator Laura Allen said last Thursday. She said $150,000 earmarked for Berlin Falls park was for an “unspecified capital project” and part of that would go toward project coordinator David Deutsch’s contract.  “We felt like it made sense to put to put money in the budget because we’ll probably be doing some work in the park, it’s just not clear exactly what right now,” she said.  Allen said a 24.45 percent ($433,819) decrease in the administration portion of the general fund was because money put into administration last year for Berlin Falls was moved to the capital budget. A more than $1 million decrease in general fund revenues was also tied to the park and a $611,253 drop in the police por...
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Trendic: Procedures were not followed

Posted On: 5/18/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 18, 2017) Ocean Pines Association Director Slobodan Trendic says he was kept out of the loop of election news last week and he isn’t happy about it.  Trendic, the board secretary and the liaison to the elections committee, said during a committee meeting last Friday that he was due to receive a list of candidates after the May 10 filing deadline, but that did not happen.  “It’s an odd situation,” Trendic said. “According to the bylaws, I’m supposed to, as association secretary, receive a list of the candidates and the applications. I don’t have it yet.” He said that list was given instead to Michelle Bennett, the executive assistant in the general manager’s office. She was out of the office on Friday.  “I, as association secretary, have to be given the candidate’s information by May 15. That information was given to Michelle, but not to me,” Trendic said. “The way the process works, th...
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Committee could pursue additional reforms next year

Posted On: 5/18/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 18, 2017) The Ocean Pines Association Election Committee might have had a difficult time getting election reforms passed by the board of directors this session, but it got almost everything it recommended.  During a meeting on Friday, committee Chairman Steve Tuttle said about 98 percent of the committee recommendations were approved. The board did not agree with the committee members that election results should be announced immediately after ballots are counted.  The process, however, dragged on for several months and the revised version of Resolution M-06 governing elections was only passed after Board Vice President Dave Stevens introduced a last-minute compromise during a meeting in April.  Tuttle said the approved text was sent to association secretary Michelle Bennett and was waiting for signatures from Board President Tom Herrick and Director Slobodan Trendic, the board liaison to the committee.  “The hard part is they wouldn’t go along ...
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May Day Play Day kicks off busy Berlin events season

Posted On: 5/18/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

  (May 18, 2017) A crowd of thousands is expected in downtown Berlin Friday night for the seventh annual May Day Play Day festival, hosted by Radio Ocean 98. The headlining act this year is Jocelyn and Chris Arndt, a Cambridge, Massachusetts group described as a cross between Grace Potter and Led Zeppelin. The band’s latest album, “Go,” was released on May 5.  The Rogue Citizens, a four-piece rock and reggae band from Ocean City, will also perform.  Berlin Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells said only two bands were booked “to allow for them to play longer.” Four bands performed in 2016.  “It’s kind of the first kickoff, nighttime event for the season,” Wells said of May Day Play Day. “It’s a chance to come out and have a great time and listen to some music under the stars.”  She said event planners worked with the Berlin Arts & Entertainment Committee to recruit more ...
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Jocelyn & Chris Arndt to headline May Day Play Day

Posted On: 5/18/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Jocelyn & Chris Arndt to headline May Day Play Day   (May 18, 2017) Brother and sister-fronted rock group Jocelyn & Chris Arndt will headline the annual May Day Play Day festival in downtown Berlin Friday night, before embarking on a national tour in support of their latest release.  Formed about three years ago, the band already has two EPs and a live album under its belt. Their newest album, “Go,” was released on May 5. The siblings grew up in Fort Plain, New York, about an hour west of Albany. Their musical partnership started, literally, in grade school.  “I think Jocelyn was in fourth grade when she started playing piano and I was in third grade when I started playing guitar about a month later,” Chris said. “There was a year when all of our musical instruments were in one room and we had to wait for the other to finish practicing. Eventually we said, ‘Why don’t we just do this together?’” They played a few talent shows and were booked to perform during ...
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Barbara Purnell wins Citizen of Year

Posted On: 5/18/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

  (May 18, 2017) In consideration of a lifetime of civic duty, Barbara Purnell was honored as the 2016 Berlin Citizen of the Year during the 52nd annual Berlin Lions Club Awards gala last Wednesday. Berlin Mayor Gee Williams, serving as emcee for the event, hit upon an overarching theme during his initial remarks that were later echoed by guest speaker and Worcester County Schools Superintendent Lou Taylor.  “Gee said something very important, ladies and gentleman: ‘we’ve got to work together,’” Taylor said. “It’s not about one race, it’s not about one people, it’s not about one person. It’s about working together.” Taylor said volunteerism is a core value that makes Purnell an asset to the community.  “Working hard for something we love is called passion,” he said. He added Purnell set an example that others should follow.  “We must take pride in our community,” he said...
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Eight filed and seven certified for Ocean Pines BOD election

Posted On: 5/18/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 18, 2017) Seven applicants — four women and three men — were confirmed as candidates in the 2017 board of directors election in Ocean Pines this week.  Director Doug Parks and former director Marty Clarke, and newcomers Colette Horn, Nicole Schaffer Crosariol, Paula Robertson Gray, Arie Klapholz and Brenda Lynn Wascak, will vie for two seats on the board.  Ocean Pines Association Board President Tom Herrick said Monday that eight candidates had filed to run for the two available seats in the August election. One candidate who filed, former Director Ray Unger, apparently did not meet the election criteria.  To be eligible, candidates had to complete an application before the deadline and must have not have unpaid annual charges or violations as of May 15. Adding a wrinkle to this year’s election is that it could increase the number of women directors on the board. With two women already serving on the seven-member panel, the association could se...
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Communication issues linger for Berlin and BFC

Posted On: 5/18/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 18, 2017) Town of Berlin officials balked last year when the Berlin Fire Company requested more than $1 million in funding from the town, more than double what had been allocated during the two previous years.  Instead, the mayor and council kept its allocation to fire and EMS a flat $400,000, and said a lack of information made it difficult to justify such a drastic increase. This year, Mayor Gee Williams said the town is budgeting $250,000, plus an additional $150,000 if the fire company agrees to third-party funding study that would help determine future needs.  Williams said the study was discussed during a budget work session last May and that Fire Company President David Fitzgerald had initially agreed. “They agreed. They were there in person,” Williams said. “This year’s budget is identical to last year in both the amount of money and the contingency on the $150,000 … the budget is exactly the same and the conditions are exactly t...
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