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Spring Celebration ushers events

Posted On: 3/26/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 26, 2015) Next week’s Spring Celebration in Berlin will mark the beginning of a busy season of concerts, food festivals, quirky competitions and a bookend pair of car shows. As for the town’s 20th annual Spring Celebration itself, it will take place on Saturday, April 4, on Main Street. Economic Development Director Ivy Wells said this year’s theme came to her in a coincidence of anniversaries. “It’s our 20th anniversary and it’s also the 150th anniversary of ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass,’ the book,” she said. “We decided, instead of what we usually do, we wanted to make it cooler this year.” Expect the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland in place of the Easter Bunny, Mayor Gee Williams in the role of the Mad Hatter, and the infamous vanishing grin of the Cheshire Cat popping up throughout the Victorian architecture of downtown Berlin. “The whole town will be decorated as if you walked into Won...
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Mediacom to host town hall meeting in Pines, March 31

Posted On: 3/26/15
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(March 26, 2015) Ocean Pines will host a town hall meeting with Mediacom representatives on Tuesday, March 31 at 6 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center.   Members of the Mediacom team will be on hand to respond to questions and concerns from Ocean Pines subscribers. Residents are encouraged to submit questions in advance in order for Mediacom to provide more detailed responses. Questions will also be taken from the floor during the event. Questions and comments may be submitted by email to info@oceanpines.org, in person at the Ocean Pines administration building at 239 Ocean Parkway or mailed to Ocean Pines Marketing Department, 239 Ocean Pkwy., Ocean Pines, Md. 21811. For more information, contact Teresa Travatello, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at 410-641-7717 ext. 3006.
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Ocean Pines rec. to present Egg-Stravaganza, March 27

Posted On: 3/26/15
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(March 26, 2015) The Ocean Pines Recreation & Parks Department invites area residents to hop over for two of its popular annual Easter events. The Easter Egg-Stravaganza Dive & Pool Party will be held on Friday, March 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the Sports Core Pool, located at 11143 Cathell Road in Ocean Pines. Children ages 12 and under are invited to dive for treasure-filled eggs in the indoor pool and enjoy open swim time between dives.   Participants will be grouped by age and must be within arm’s reach of accompanying adults if wearing flotation devices.   The event, which is open to the public, costs $6 for all swimmers and $3 for those not swimming.  Pre-registration is preferred; call 410-641-5255.   Ocean Pines will also host its annual Easter/Spring Celebration on Saturday, April 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at White Horse Park, located at 239 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. Admission is free and open to the public. The festivities will include egg h...
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County recruiting applicants for 2015 STEP UP program

Posted On: 3/26/15
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(March 26, 2015) Worcester County Economic Development (WCED) is now accepting applications for the 2015 STEP UP and Reach for the Stars summer programs. These programs provide opportunities to Worcester County youth to explore career paths in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Applications are available online at www.chooseworcester.org/STEM and are due no later than Tuesday, March 31.   “Since 2013, WCED has offered the STEP UP and Reach for the Stars programs to engage local students in the STEM disciplines,” WCED Director Bill Badger said. “This county program connects local students, from middle schoolers through the university level, with businesses and agencies in Worcester County. These programs provide students with a platform to learn from professionals and entrepreneurs in their own communities while allowing employers the opportunity to home grow their future workforce.” Reach for the Stars is an eight-da...
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COMMUNITY BRIEFS

Posted On: 3/26/15
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Singers needed The Worcester County Choral Concert and Workshop conducted by Jean Anne Shafferman is looking for singers to take part in the second annual presentation of this event. Workshop date is Saturday, April 18, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coffee and donuts will be provided in the morning. Guests should bring lunch. Concert date is Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m. Additional rehearsals are Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to noon and Thursday, April 16 from 7-9 p.m. The concert and all rehearsals will be held at Community Church at Ocean Pines located at 11227 Racetrack Road. The cost of personal music (eight anthems) is $20. Any questions or to sign-up, call 410-641-7335. Graduate Air Force Airman Javon Rounds graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles...
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Berlin to host “Coolest Anniversary Party”

Posted On: 3/26/15
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(March 26, 2015) Downtown Berlin will again be the coolest place to be on Saturday, April 18 from 1- 6 p.m., when the town will celebrate the first anniversary of being voted the 2014 winner of America’s Coolest Small Town. The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. with a parade down Main Street featuring Berlin youth from various organizations and will include food, giveaways, music and activities for the children including Eastern Shore Karate and Cascading Carlos. “The Kelly Bell Band” will perform at 3 p.m. Ocean Downs will provide a shuttle that will run from Berlin Intermediate School to the downtown area for those who need to utilize the temporary satellite parking. In downtown Berlin, non-glass containers will be permitted from 1-6 p.m. in clearly designated areas.  The Berlin Chamber of Commerce will have a beer garden set up on Commerce Street featuring beers from Burley Oak Brewery. No beverages of any kind may be brought into the celebration area. T...
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Berlin mayor participates in U.S. congressional briefing

Posted On: 3/26/15
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Berlin mayor participates in U.S. congressional briefing (March 26, 2015) Berlin Mayor Gee Williams was selected as one of three public officials in the U.S. to participate in a congressional briefing at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. on March 4, in support of federal Coastal Zone Management funding in the budget currently under debate in the U.S. House and Senate. Williams gave a speech on the benefits the town of Berlin is receiving from Coastal Zone Management (CZM) funds for the development and maintenance of the town’s new stormwater utility. Berlin’s CZM funding of $964,000 is provided through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. Representatives of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Mayor Williams worked together through the entire day fulfilling appointments with senior staff representatives of Maryland members of Congress including Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Sen. Ben Cardin, Congressman Andy Harris and Congressman Steny Hoyer, who is the Democratic Minori...
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Masked BB&T bank robber nabbed

Posted On: 3/19/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 19, 2015) It only took a matter of hours for police to track down a suspect in the armed robbery of the BB&T Bank in Ocean Pines on Friday, as authorities arrested 52-year-old Jeff Varner Hare at his residence that evening. According to police, a white male entered the bank on 11111 Racetrack Road at approximately 1:13 p.m. on Friday, flashed a handgun and demanded money from the tellers. A police report described the robber as “an older white male wearing a blue ski mask, white shirt, light blue colored jeans and white sneakers.” The report went on to say the man retrieved money from one of the tellers then took the purse, containing a set of car keys, of another teller. He then fled the scene in the teller’s car. According to Md. State Police Sgt. Adam Howard, numerous 911 calls came into the State Police Berlin Barrack at 1:13 p.m., including an alarm company call referencing a robbery in progress. Howard said state police troopers responded, along...
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Pines directors reach accord on $10.9M budget

Posted On: 3/19/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 19, 2015) Compromise was the magic word as the Ocean Pines Board of Directors voted on Thursday, March 12 to approve a $10.9 million operating budget for fiscal year 2016. The budget included a little more than $2.1 million in new capital expenditures and a basic annual assessment of $921. General Manager Bob Thompson delivered the first draft of the budget to the board on Jan. 8, followed by budget and finance committee meetings Jan. 12-14. The board held a number of meetings in February to go over lingering issues such as ballooning payroll, uncertainties at the community golf course and philosophical differences on reserves. By the time the seven directors walked into the boardroom of the administration building on March 12, however, board President Dave Stevens said a general agreement had been reached on the budget. Stevens circulated a document titled “Plan B” outlining several changes over the original Thompson budget. The board added $175,000 in ca...
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State’s attorney still mulling vandal options

Posted On: 3/19/15
Written By: Josh Davis & Josh Gilliland, Staff Writers

(March 19, 2015) The Worcester County State’s Attorney’s office has yet to decide how it will proceed with regard to the two juveniles who were charged along with an adult in connection with the nighttime vandalism of more than 30 cars and three businesses in downtown Berlin on Jan. 25. “We did not reach a decision,” Assistant State’s Attorney Billy McDermott said this week. McDermott, who is handling the case, said the possibility of trying the juveniles as adults would depend “on information we have not yet received.” Ocean City resident Jordan Alexandria Denton, 18, and two unnamed Ocean Pines juveniles aged 16 and 17 were charged with 39 counts of malicious destruction with the damage total estimate at more than $11,000 and one count of theft valued at less than $100.   Denton was scheduled for a hearing on Friday, March 13 but a new trial date is scheduled at the district courthouse in Snow Hill on, June 19. An investigation by t...
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