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Election committee releases report

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 14, 2017) According to an Ocean Pines Association Elections Committee report, 6,545 validated votes were cast during the August election. The report stated 129 ballots were disqualified. Of those, 26 were duplicate ballots. Doug Parks and Dr. Colette Horn each won three-year terms on the board of directors, earning 1,912 and 1,647 votes, respectively. Marty Clarke finished third with 1,579 votes and Nicole Schafer Crosariol received 1,407 votes. Ballots are kept for one year and are locked in an elections committee file cabinet in the administration building. The report said ballots and envelopes from the 2016 election were discarded. “The counting process went very smoothly,” the report stated. “Ballots rejected by the Scantron machine were reviewed by the Elections Committee and counted if a determination could be made as to the clear intent of the voter.” According to the 2017 report, the major undertaking of the committee was submitting a revisi...
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Berlin Activities Depot celebrates with ribbon cutting

Posted On: 9/14/17
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(Sept. 14, 2017) Berlin Activities Depot and the Berlin Chamber of Commerce are hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. during the grand opening, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Up and running since June, all members of the community are invited to experience the new facility, which provides activities for the entire family. Berlin Activities Depot is located on Old Ocean City Boulevard in Berlin and offers a learning center, education station for infants up to 4 years old with a new public school-based Pre-K program. The gym inside offers recreational, developmental and competitive gymnastics programs and competitive cheerleading programs. Before and after school programs are available as well as Open Gym, Ninja Nation, Laser Tag and a fully equipped adult fitness center with classes. Special priced classes and activities along with discounts and freebies will be offered. For more information, contact Berlin Activities Depot at 410-629-0878...
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Open Paint and Community Pot Luck, Saturday in Berlin

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 14, 2017) Organizers on Monday finalized plans for an “Open Paint and Community Potluck,” Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Germantown School Community Heritage Center on 10223 Trappe Road in Berlin. The event, which will take place from 4-7 p.m., will include food and live gospel music by a local church choir, as well as the chance to lay paint on canvas for a permanent community mural that will be hung on the Berlin Welcome Center on Main Street. “I’m looking forward to a great, exciting afternoon – a great gathering. I just like to see the yard filled,” Barbara Purnell said. “I’ve talked to everybody that I’ve come in contact with. I’ve called, I’ve met, I’ve announced, I’ve passed out flyers and I’m looking for a great event.” Purnell, who oversees the Germantown School, admitted the event would have to compete with a number of others occurring in the community at roughly the same time. &...
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BFP report focused on passive enhancement

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Sept. 14, 2017) According to recommendation from Conservation Community Consultants, delivered to the Town of Berlin on Monday, Berlin Falls park is best served by drawing out and enhancing what is already there, rather than undertaking a major redevelopment. But at an estimated price tag of almost $276,000 to do everything recommended by the report appears to be more than just an enhancement. “That’s if the town funded everything,” Dave Wilson said. “Jim [Rapp, cofounder] and I have 50 years of experience working on similar projects, and have a decent idea of the landscape. We got estimates from people we’ve worked with in the past, and identified possible funding sources and if Berlin’s Public Works department could contribute.” The report identifies 11 projects ranging in cost from $5,000 to $75,000 and, along with Wilson’s evaluation of funding opportunities and possible town employee involvement, he said the actual cost would b...
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Area bikers invited to ‘Ride to Sturgis’ in Snow Hill, Sat.

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(Sept. 14, 2017) Snow Hill is preparing for a throng of throttle-enthusiasts during the second annual “Ride to Sturgis” event, this Saturday. The motorcycle-themed event aims to attract a small percentage of the more than 100,000 bikers who descend on the Lower Shore during mid-September for OC BikeFest and Delmarva Bike Week to the town’s aptly named Sturgis Park. Snow Hill’s Ride to Sturgis runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature food, drinks and music by hard rock outfit Scrapple from Lewes, Delaware. After envisioning the concept in 2016 with Pocomoke River Canoe Company owner Barry Laws, Economic Development consultant Michael Day enlisted help this year from Walt “Big Poppa” Kuch, Fast Lane Biker magazine’s Delaware marketing and sales director. “He wound up approaching me last year saying, ‘can you help me market and promote this?’” Kuch said. “I said, ‘absolutely, I think it’s a great...
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Parks Commission weighs in on Berlin Falls

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 14, 2017) Although a scheduling conflict prevented Berlin Falls park project coordinator David Deutsch from attending a parks commission meeting last Tuesday, commission members still spent plenty of time discussing the property. Administrative Services Director Mary Bohlen, the staff liaison to the commission, said when Deutsch addressed the Town Council the week before, he talked about studies of the cost of remediating the ponds and rehabilitating the main building. Bohlen said some residents interpreted the findings of the studies, two of which carried a combined price tag of $9 million, as being part of a strategy rather than an assessment of what’s there. “When we put the mayor and council packet out, people assumed that what they were looking at was the town’s plan and that is so far from [the truth],” Bohlen said. “There are pieces of that plan that we could implement that would be very low cost and at least start getting the idea that i...
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Popular event could continue muddy ways

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 14, 2017) Jeep Jam will not return to Berlin Falls park, Mayor Gee Williams said last week, although he would love to find a home for the popular annual event elsewhere in the town. “It was the last year [at Berlin Falls]. That was the agreement,” Williams said. “It went very well and I’m very optimistic that they’ll find a location in the Berlin area — not within the town limits, but within the immediate Berlin area — that will allow this portion of the event to continue.” Williams said organizers enjoy having the annual satellite of Ocean City Jeep Week in Berlin, because it gives attendees access to the shops and restaurants downtown. Jeep Jam organizer Chris Cropper raved about the town during a recent council meeting, adding the event enjoyed record attendance this year. “They’ve given us every indication … that they would much prefer to be in the immediate vicinity of Berlin,” Williams said. ...
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Big event coming for Cricket Ctr.

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 14, 2017) “I wanted to join a charity that I could share my contacts with, my talent with, and put my heart into – and I wanted to find a charity that hurt my heart the most,” Patty Falck said. “And I can’t think of anything that is more disturbing than sexually abused kids.” Falck, along with “a civic-minded group of caring individuals,” helped launch the Cricket Center Foundation last year. Based on her background in advertising, Falck said she wanted to raise awareness and be “as blunt as we can to make people know that children are being sexually and physically abused.” The Cricket Center in Berlin is the only child advocacy center for sexually and physically abused children in Worcester County. Last year, the center reviewed 92 local cases, logged 472 hours of trauma therapy with victims and identified 31 sex offenders. With the help of local law enforcement and the ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children), 11 ar...
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Mayor Hailey remembered fondly by Berlin Town Council

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 14, 2017) Several members of the Berlin Mayor and Town Council spoke about their fond memories of former Mayor Rex Hailey at their public meeting on Monday night. Hailey, who died on Sept. 1, served Berlin for 16 years, as a town councilman for eight years and as mayor for another eight years, from 1996-2004. Mayor Gee Williams read from a prepared statement on Monday. “During his eight-year tenure as Berlin’s mayor, Town Hall … underwent major, urgently needed renovations to update and modernize the facility while preserving its historic architecture,” Williams said. “He was also a strong advocate for providing equitable town services to all neighborhoods in Berlin. “Under Mayor Hailey’s leadership, Berlin initiated significant upgrades to Berlin’s Electric Utility over a period of several years, which laid the foundation for the efficient and cost-effective electric utility we all enjoy today. “He also successfully a...
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Patient accused of sexual assault

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(Sept. 14, 2017) Based on a request from legal counsel, Richard Stephens Jr., 46, of Pocomoke, will undergo a competency evaluation before possibly facing charges of sexual assault at Hartley Hall Nursing Home in Pocomoke this spring. Circuit Court Judge Thomas Groton III accepted the request for a competency evaluation from Stephens’ lawyer, Salisbury attorney David Moore during a motion hearing last Wednesday. Moore told the court despite his best efforts to explain the gravity of the charges, which include second-degree assault and fourth-degree sexual contact, Stephens doesn’t appear to comprehend the legal ramifications. “I’ve done my best to explain what we’re doing here this morning,” he said. “He will be seen by a couple of doctors.” According to the statement of charges, on May 9, Stephens, then a patient at Hartley Hall, received nursing assistance to shower and get dressed. The charging documents state that after the show...
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