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Day honored to have been a participant

Posted On: 10/9/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN – Members of the town staff, merchants and residents met on Wednesday, Oct. 1 to extend their best wishes to retiring Economic and Community Development Director Michael Day, who nevertheless was surprised by the fanfare.  “It’s very nice, it’s embarrassing, but I’m glad people wanted to do it,” said Day, who announced his retirement in April. “There was nothing like this when I first came here – I just came to work and started the job.” Since Day became the full-time economic development director in 2009, the town experienced a major resurgence, capped by its being named “America’s Coolest Small Town” earlier this year. “It’s been very positive,” he said. “I’m thrilled to have been a part of it. Everybody congratulates me for what’s happened, but it’s really not me – it’s me getting a lot of folks on the same page. We had to figure out our goal a...
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Forget ‘ick’ factor, this is a nice facility

Posted On: 10/9/14
Written By: Clara Vaughn, Staff Writer

NEWARK–More than 600 sprinklers sputter thousands of gallons of water into the woods at Five Mile Branch Road, in Newark, each day. It isn’t a water-wasting operation, but a sponge for Berlin’s treated effluent that would otherwise flow from the wastewater treatment plant into local streams and other waterways. Visitors at the open house at the Five Mile Branch Spray Irrigation Facility last Friday might have been surprised by the scene they found: a lagoon, woodland paths and even a roving flock of guinea fowl. “It makes sense,” said Jane Kreiter, Berlin’s director of water resources and public works. “There’s a finite amount of water. We might as well clean up what we have and use it.” Berlin has been dispersing its treated wastewater in the woods, where trees soak it up, for nearly 20 years at another site in Libertytown. With the addition of the Five Mile Branch site, which opened about a year ago, the town can pump 750,000 ...
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‘Sticker’ shock fades, foreclosures disputed

Posted On: 10/9/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– A week after a mild panic erupted in the community following allegations of fraud, activity appears to have died down surrounding suspicious stickers placed on homes by foreclosure firm Mortgage Contracting Services. A suspicious locksmith, called to change the locks on an Ocean Pines home, reported an offending sticker to an agent at Prudential PenFed Realty. Prudential notified police, who asked the public to remain vigilant.   The stickers, allegedly placed in hard-to-read spots on garage doors, stated a property “has been determined to be vacant and abandoned” and warned, “This property may have its locks replaced and/or plumbing systems winterized within the next few days.” After calling the number on the sticker the realtor said he spoke with a rude MCS customer service operative who told him, “We don’t need you (that property), we have 2,700 other ones to deal with in Ocean Pines and Worcester County.” Amy Hu...
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OP’s Parke schedules yard sale

Posted On: 10/9/14
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OCEAN PINES–The Parke at Ocean Pines is holding its fall community yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the driveways of its residents. The Parke is an active 55+ Adult community of 503 homes. Parke residents are selling their treasures, which include clothes, lamps, artwork, household items, electronics and furniture. Maps will be available at the main entrance of The Parke located at Central Parke West off Ocean Parkway at the south entrance of Ocean Pines. In the event of rain, the date of Saturday, Nov. 8 has been scheduled as an alternative. For additional information, contact the Parke Clubhouse at 410-208-4994.
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Bertino, Wilson: Part 2

Posted On: 10/9/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES – The two Worcester County District 5 Commissioner candidates clashed on Route 589 expansion and the role of Annapolis in local politics during a political forum at The Clubhouse on Friday, Oct. 3. Democrat Tom Wilson, president of the board of directors at Diakonia and Republican Chip Bertino, editor and publisher of The Courier newspaper, met during the one-hour debate. Steve Habeger, a member of the communications committee at the Parke community in Ocean Pines, moderated the forum. Wilson, who touted his experience as finance director for the Peace Corps, retired to Ocean Pines in 2002, but said he found it hard to stay on the sidelines. “I like to get things done,” he said. “Part of the reason I’m running for county commissioner is that I became aware there were some problems here in Worcester County. We have the lowest average wage of any jurisdiction in the state and from November through April we have the highest unemployment. It...
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Custom cars to cruise into Berlin, Sat.

Posted On: 10/9/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The town’s final car show of the year will take place Saturday, when hundreds of classic cars motor into town and take up position in the downtown area. Registration for Berlin Fall Cruisers will begin at 8 a.m., with the main event kicking off at 10 a.m. Organizer Tanya Giles said the fall auto show is different from the spring show in name only for the most part. “They are different only because they both are in conjunction with Special Event Pro events,” she said. “Cruising OC is their spring event and Endless Summer is their fall event. We piggyback from that.” Giles expects more than 200 hotrods, muscle cars, classics and more to flood the streets of downtown Berlin. “We’re also trying to get more trucks in this year,” she said. “People seem to like those.” Cars generally begin parking at around 7 a.m. All cars must be parked by 10 a.m., with the award ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. Registration is $...
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Cooking show trip sign-ups being taken

Posted On: 10/9/14
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OCEAN PINES– The Ocean Pines Recreation Department will take a bus trip on Sunday Nov. 9, to the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Washington, D.C. The fee for the trip is $100 per person and includes general admission to the show and a cooking demonstration by celebrity chef Bobby Flay. This trip will leave the Community Center at 6:30 a.m. (with a quick stop for breakfast). Time in Washington D.C. is approximately 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show begins at 11a.m. The trip will return to Ocean Pines at approximately 8:30 p.m., with a stop in Annapolis for dinner on the agenda.  Breakfast and dinner are not included in price of trip. Trip cost of $100 includes transportation, demonstration and general admission to show.   These trips are open to public and registration is required. Early reservations are suggested to ensure a spot on the bus. For more information or to register, call the Ocean Pines Recreation & Parks Department at 410-641-7052.&n...
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Another full agenda set for 2nd Friday

Posted On: 10/9/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– This month’s 2nd Friday runs takes place on Oct. 10 from 5-8 p.m. in the downtown area and features art exhibits, activities, live entertainment and extended hours by area shops. Berlin also welcomes more than 150 Little League all-stars for a parade down Main Street beginning at 6 p.m. The Cricket Center, a child advocacy for physically and sexually abused children, is the October outreach organization for the Church Mouse on 101 North Main Street. Call 410-641-4385 or visit www.stpaulsberlin.org. Ta Da, on 18 North Main Street, debuts Patty Falck’s “Henry the Octopus” printed on new media including wood, acrylic and metal. Call 410-641-4430 or visit www.berlintada.com. Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services Inc. at 124 North Main Street will host pumpkin decorating from 5-6:30 p.m. Pumpkins, supplies and tacos are provided. Call 410-641-4598 or visit www.gowoyo.org. Steve Frene will perform at Victorian Charm on 100 North Main Str...
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Ocean Pines rec. to offer basketball clinics for youth

Posted On: 10/9/14
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OCEAN PINES–Young basketball players can learn more about the game and how to play it at two youth basketball clinics to be offered by the Ocean Pines Recreation & Parks Department beginning Oct. 11 at the Ocean Pines Community Center. Led by Ocean Pines recreation staff, these clinics are created for both beginners and experienced players. Little Shooters, for children ages 4-6, offers an introduction to the basics of basketball. Participants will learn dribbling, passing and shooting as well as the basic rules of the game in a fun, non-competitive environment. This program will be held on Saturdays from 9-10 a.m., with a second session scheduled to begin on Jan. 10. The cost for six classes is $40 for Ocean Pines residents and $50 for nonresidents. Older children ages 7-14 will enjoy Hoopsters, which is designed to help beginners and advanced players improve their skills. Participants will learn the fundamentals of dribbling, passing and shooting as well as game strat...
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County sets e-cycling day to dispose of that e-stuff

Posted On: 10/9/14
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BERLIN–The Recycling Division of Worcester County Public Works, in conjunction with Maryland Environmental Services and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), will conduct Household Hazardous Waste and E-Cycling Collection Day on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Showell Elementary School parking lot. Old or unusable cans of pesticides, pool chemicals, gas and other fuels, oil-base paints, thinners and everyday hazardous wastes should go to the recycling center for safe disposal. Electronic items such as computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, radios, televisions and VCR’s will be collected and later recycled. Household hazardous waste and electronics don’t degrade readily and recycling them saves much-needed landfill space. Many of the items also contain poisonous materials that could seep out of the landfill and contaminate surrounding soil and groundwater. Proper disposal of these items is one of many simple tasks that helps protect t...
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