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Snow Hill revitalization grants being pursued

Posted On: 6/22/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(June 22, 2017) Supporting commercial and residential revitalization is the goal behind state grant funding being pursued by Snow Hill. The council approved two grant applications with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) at its meeting last Tuesday. The first is though the DHCD’s Community Legacy Commercial Building and Improvement Program. Town Manager Kelly Pruitt provided background on the efforts. “The Town of Snow Hill recognizes the very significant need for reinvestment and revitalization of communities,” she said. If approved for inclusion in the program, Snow Hill could receive up to $125,000 to support enhancing the commercial business community. “The Mayor and Town Council shall offer financial assistance to commercial property owners for building improvements with the grant funding through this program,” she said. In total, DHCD will distribute approximately $6 million for the Community Legacy Program stat...
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Berlin moving forward with fire company study

Posted On: 6/22/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

 (June 22, 2017) The Town of Berlin is proceeding with plans to commission a study of the Berlin Fire Company’s operations and how they relate to its financial needs, according to Town Administrator Laura Allen. In the fiscal year 2018 budget, passed unanimously by the Town Council last week, the fire company received $250,000 in unrestricted funds, plus $150,000 contingent on the study. Part of the $150,000 will pay for the study, which is estimated to cost much less than that amount. After the study is finished, Berlin Fire Company will receive the balance of the money. Allen said the report would consist of “every component of [the fire company’s] operation,” including staffing, equipment, facilities and training. “It’s what does the community need, or what does [the fire company] need to best serve the community given the types of structures we have, the types of calls they’re getting, and changes that they see as our population...
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Berlin helps out Head Start with play equipment

Posted On: 6/22/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 22, 2017) Children who attend Head Start programs on Flower Street in Berlin recently got a surprise in the form of new playground equipment, courtesy of the Town of Berlin. While working to install a large stormwater pond, or offline wetland, behind the multipurpose building, workers had to move several pieces of playground equipment nearby. Town Administrator Laura Allen said the area is county property, but the town had an easement to work there. “In scoping out the area for the wetland, it became apparent that we were going to be encroaching on play equipment that the Head Start program had behind the multipurpose building,” Allen said. “One structure – I really couldn’t tell you what it was – they were perfectly fine with us taking it out and not doing anything to replace it.” Another small jungle gym also had to be moved, she said, and town workers inspected the remaining equipment and made recommendations for repairs. R...
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West Street road construction stops as asphalt settles

Posted On: 6/22/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 22, 2017) Construction on West Street in Berlin will take a break as things literally settle, then pick back up in a few weeks, according to Town Administrator Laura Allen. Allen said the town hand-delivered letters to residents tfrom Broad Street to Abbey Lane last week, letting them know they hadn’t been forgotten. At first glance, she said, it will look like nothing is happening there. “The project is still ongoing, but given the nature of the road, we’re letting the paving work that we’ve done so far settle,” Allen said. “There are some interesting mixtures of cement and asphalt under the road that we can see and there’s some concern about how those two elements will perform once we do a final paving.” She said measures were taken to ensure “a really high quality final product.” These included getting quotes on laying a paving fabric to improve the structural integrity of the road. That will require about a ...
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Denton granted extension despite no-show

Posted On: 6/22/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(June 22, 2017) For the third time since her June 2015 conviction on 22 counts of malicious destruction of property in the Town of Berlin, Jordan Denton was scheduled to appear in District Court last Friday for a violation of probation hearing, but didn’t show up. Her lawyer, Anders Randrup, said despite several attempts to contact his client, he had not spoken with her before the hearing. Deputy State’s Attorney Paul Haskell said he’d spoken with Denton’s probation officer, Michelle Peeples, and was told she may be seeking treatment for a personal issue. Randrup said he had no other details. Haskell told the court he wanted it to know what he knew. District Court Judge Gerald Purnell said the information, scant as it may have been, was sufficient to grant a delay until July 21. According to court documents, Denton, 20, is accused of failing to pay all costs, fines and fees associated with the early 2015 spray-painting spree in Berlin, along with failure t...
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Lisa Perez named winner of OPA anniversary logo contest

Posted On: 6/22/17
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(June 22, 2017) The winner of the 50th anniversary logo contest is Lisa Perez, of Ocean Pines.   After receiving many creative entries, members of the 50th Anniversary Committee selected Perez’s logo to best commemorate Ocean Pines’ golden anniversary. “The 50th Anniversary Committee would like to thank all of the artists who submitted logo entries,” said 50th Anniversary Committee Chair Jennifer Cropper-Rines. “It was such a hard decision.” The finalized logo will be used on a wide range of applications during the marketing of the Ocean Pines 50th Anniversary, including but not limited to exterior signs, clothing, flags, banners and the association’s website. The winning entry becomes exclusive property of the Ocean Pines Association for its unlimited use. For submitting the winning design, Perez will receive a $100 gift certificate to The Cove at Mumford’s in Ocean Pines and some Ocean Pines swag. She will also be featured at ...
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Town stormwater improvements continuing

Posted On: 6/22/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 22, 2017) The Town of Berlin is about halfway through four major stormwater projects being paid for by almost $2 million in grants. The off-land wetlands installation behind the multipurpose building on Flower Street finished last year, and a culvert replacement on Flower Street is nearly finished, according to Town Administrator Laura Allen. “For all intents and purposes Flower Street is done,” Allen said. “We just have a few, small punch-list items that we’re dealing with, with the contractor.” Next, the town will expand the existing culvert and install an off-land wetland on William Street. A pre-bid meeting was held early last week, and the town signed an agreement on June 12 with Maryland State Highway related to the work. When bids for William Street come in, Allen said the town would have a better grasp on how much grant money is remaining for stormwater projects on Graham, Grice and Nelson streets. She said some preliminary work was d...
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Baker Street repairs likely after Labor Day

Posted On: 6/22/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 22, 2017) Design work for repairs on Baker Street in Berlin are due back soon from engineering firm Davis, Bowen & Friedel Inc., and construction could start during the next few months. Town Administrator Laura Allen expects that “any day now” and said the firm would assist with the bidding process. The Berlin Town Council in April approved the first phase of an estimated $120,000 project to restore Baker Street, the last oyster shell road in the town. In a separate measure, the council voted to ban large trucks on the street. If all goes well, Allen said construction could start by the end of the summer. “I’m not sure we want to start any sooner because of the number of events and folks that we have coming to downtown,” she said. “I understand the folks that live on Baker Street are very anxious to get their street repaired. I’m just thinking maybe with the folks that we’ve got coming into town, it might make more sense...
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Berlin parks projects progressing

Posted On: 6/22/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 22, 2017) Dr. William Henry Park in Berlin is getting new bathrooms – soon – and plans are underway on several other notable parks projects, according to Administrative Services Director Mary Bohlen. Bohlen is the staff liaison to the Berlin Parks Commission and manages parks improvements for the town. The Town Council agreed in February to pay $119,885 to Green Flush Technologies for a prefabricated outdoor restroom at Henry Park. Bohlen said the majority of funding for the project, about $96,000, would come from a Community Parks and Playgrounds grant overseen by the Department of Natural Resources, Program Open Space. The total cost of the bathrooms, including hookups to town water, sewer and electric, was estimated at $135,035. Councilman Dean Burrell has been a proponent of installing permanent bathrooms at both parks since he took his preschool age granddaughter to Stephen Decatur Park and she had to use one of the portable toilets there, he said in Februa...
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Pocomoke 4th Friday highlights local artist

Posted On: 6/22/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(June 22, 2017) Among the numerous highlights at this week’s 4th Friday Street Festival in Pocomoke will be featured artist of the month Jean Mason, a longtime educator who pursues creative expressions in her spare time. “I’ve lived in Pocomoke for about 40 years,” she said. “I met my husband and stayed.” In her younger years, in addition to raising her own children, Mason kept busy instructing pupils at Holly Grove Christian School in Westover. Despite the hectic schedule, she always envisioned an artistic outlet. “I often said as a young mom, ‘when my kids are grown I’m going to learn to paint,’” she said. Her creative juices began percolating after attending a watercolor class taught by Doris Glovier at the Delmarva Discovery Center in 2010. “She did such a nice job explaining things and making it clear,” Mason said. “She could see that I could do more and I was really surprised when she told me...
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