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Brooklyn Baking Barons cooking up new cake slate

Posted On: 5/19/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 19, 2016) Berlin’s newest confectioners, the Brooklyn Baking Barons, hope to have their Main Street storefront open soon. Chris Poeschl and Tony Lanuza had been making their famous whiskey cakes at Crack of Dawn Bakery on Old Ocean Boulevard after running out of room in their original location in New York City. On Friday, both attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Tracy’s Barber Shop in Berlin and could be seen laughing and mingling with the locals. “We were in a small kitchen in Brooklyn in a restaurant in our neighborhood, and when we knew we were going to be in People Magazine this past December, we knew we needed to find some room,” Poeschl said. “Tony’s parents live in Ocean View, and they were able to connect us with Sean [Burke], who owns Crack of Dawn Bakery. We’ve been baking there ever since, and it’s 10 times the size of our old kitchen.” Lanuza said the stunning response and reception by the people of Berlin...
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Second annual arts race, Saturday

Posted On: 5/19/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 19, 2016) The Worcester County Arts Council will hold its second annual 5K Race/Walk for the Arts on Saturday, May 21 in downtown Berlin. Designed to raise awareness for the arts, the event charges a registration fee of $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the event. The price includes a one-year membership to the arts council. “Last year was the first time we ran this, and it was a really awesome event,” Executive Director Anna Mullis said. “We had wonderful participation. People came out with families and children, and the weather cooperated. We’re hoping the weather will be good this Saturday as well.” Mullis said the council had already registered a number of runners, but was hoping to pick up even more participants on the day of the event. Registration runs from 7-7:45 a.m., with the event itself spanning from 8-11 a.m. The route is the same as the previous year, starting at the arts council building on 6 Jefferson Street, looping around ...
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Pines Public Works sets bulk pickup

Posted On: 5/19/16
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(May 19, 2016) Ocean Pines Public Works will hold a free bulk pickup day for Ocean Pines residents and property owners on Saturday, May 21 beginning at 6 a.m. Items that may be placed curbside for pickup include furniture, waste lumber, plastic chairs, electronics, large appliances and plumbing fixtures. Small items should be placed in containers at the edge of the road and weigh no more than 100 pounds. Doors should be removed from large appliances. The bulk pickup does not include construction materials from active projects, hazardous or flammable materials, paints, tires, automobile batteries, oil or petroleum products, rocks, bricks or dirt. Republic Services receptacles should not be used to hold items. Regular household garbage and yard waste is not part of this collection. Instead, yard waste may be brought to the Ocean Pines Public Works yard, which will be open to Ocean Pines homeowners and residents during the month of May from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8...
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Next Wor. Warriors meeting, May 24, to change venues

Posted On: 5/19/16
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(May 19, 2016) The next meeting of the Worcester County Warriors Against Opiate Addiction, May 24 at 6:30 p.m., will have a change of venue. The meeting will move to the OC Worship Center, on 10736 Ocean Gateway in Berlin. Previously, plans were made to hold the meeting, the group’s second, in the Ocean Pines Library. Organizers said the change was necessary because the meeting space at the Pines library can only hold 80 people, and turnout is expected to exceed that number. The group is organizing to fight the heroin epidemic in our community via education, awareness and support. For more information, email Heidi at Heidi.anne@verizon.net or call 302.381.0569.
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Community Briefs

Posted On: 5/19/16
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Cecil graduates Earl T. Cecil of the Ocean City Police Department graduated in the 95th entrance-level class of the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy operated by Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury. He was among 19 jail and correctional officers from Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, Dorchester, Talbot and Caroline counties who graduated. Wine tasting luncheon The Women’s Club of Ocean Pines is holding its annual wine tasting luncheon on Thursday, June 2 at Harrison’s Harbor Watch Restaurant located on the Boardwalk at the inlet in Ocean City. The cost of $36 includes lunch and the pairing of a wine per course. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. For reservations, call Kay Hickman at 410-600-0552 no later than May 26. Clark accepted Emily Clark, daughter of Bob and Shelly Clark of Pocomoke City, was recently accepted into the Beta Gamma Sigma international honor society of business at Salisbury University. Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest scholastic honor attainable by st...
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Berlin debuts $19.4M FY ‘17 budget

Posted On: 5/12/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 12, 2016) Berlin unveiled its $19.4 million fiscal year 2017 budget Monday night during a mayor and council meeting at Town Hall. While the numbers were largely set, there were a few last-minute additions to the spending package, which is 13 percent more than the previous budget. Even so, there were no increases to the property tax rate, and Berlin residents will not see increases in town fees for water, wastewater or stormwater. Mayor Gee Williams, who read from a prepared statement on Monday, said a prior-year surplus pushed the general fund up 38 percent, to $8.3 million. The big-ticket item in this year’s budget is the new $2.2 million Berlin Police headquarters. The town will pay for the station using its reserves and plans to replenish that fund over a 10-12 year period using casino revenue. Many departments showed overall decreases in spending, including a one percent ($5.5 million) drop in the electric fund and five percent drops in water ($1 million) and was...
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One dozen file for three seats on OPA Board of Directors

Posted On: 5/12/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 12, 2016) Sources close to 2016 Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors election suggest as many as a dozen homeowners have filed the paperwork to run this year for the three available seats on the board. By comparison, seven people ran during the last election cycle, last year.   This year’s crop of candidates includes one current director, Jack Collins, who is running for reelection after serving one three-year term. Another current director, Bill Cordwell, has decided not to run and a third, Tom Terry, cannot run because of term limits. Along with Collins, three other candidates have announced their intentions in the pages of the Gazette: former director Ray Unger, newcomer Larry Perrone and Comprehensive Planning Committee Member Frank Daly. Sources said Slobodan Trendic would run for the third straight year. Two years ago he ended his candidacy prematurely, and last year his bid was slightly derailed by a DWI during the campaign. Others who have filed t...
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May Day Play Day returns Friday in Berlin

Posted On: 5/12/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 12, 2016) Ocean 98 and the town of Berlin are celebrating all things cool, with the return of the annual May Day Play Day bash on Friday from 5-9 p.m. Local favorites Blind Wind, The Messengers and Eastern Electric will rock out on Main Street, along with headliners Stone Senate, a southern rock band from Nashville. Beer gardens by Burley Oak and the Atlantic Hotel, along with a food truck by Rosenfeld’s Jewish Delicatessen, will also be part of the festivities.   “We sponsor Ocean 98, so this is their way of giving back to Berlin as sort of a ‘thank you,’” Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells said. “This year, May Day Play Day is also going to celebrate the anniversary of the Berlin winning the ‘America’s Coolest Small Town’ designation. We’re going to remind everyone that we won that honor two years ago and that we are still the coolest small town, with this amazing townwide party.” Wel...
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Snow Hill ecotourism barely tapped

Posted On: 5/12/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(May 12, 2016) A room full of tourism advocates, economic development professionals, business owners, officials, consultants and interested parties first had to come to a conclusion: none of them had seen it all. A program offered by Conservation Community Consulting, funded through a combination of grants and the Town of Snow Hill, brought everyone together for two days last week with the goal of developing an eco-tourism marketing strategy for the town. The two-day seminar gathered together local stakeholders to discuss the opportunities in the county seat area. These experts knew what they knew — but didn’t know what they didn’t know. “Today was amazing,” Jim Rapp, half of the Conservation Community Consultants team, said. “All we did was get all the stakeholders together and jumped on a bus. We weren’t on the road more than four hours. Many of us thought we’d seen it all, but it quickly became apparent we haven’t really beg...
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Snow Hill passes flat $2.46M budget for fiscal year 2017

Posted On: 5/12/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(May 12, 2016) Property taxes in Snow Hill will remain at the established 86 cents per $100 of assessed value on real property and $1.82 per $100 on corporate personal property this year after a unanimous vote on second reading by the Town Council on Tuesday. This rate on real property will provide the town with an estimated $880,000 to spend during the next fiscal year. The estimated revenue on corporate personal property should net about $106,000. The town is also expecting a $450,000 grant from the county commissioners, but that budget has not yet been finalized. The town also gets a payment of $100,000 in lieu of taxes from the county, because county facilities are not subject to local taxes. The state will kick in another estimated $110,000 on income taxes. Other major revenue streams include salary reimbursement for emergency services personnel, which saves the town about $450,000, while metered water and sewer charges combine for a total of about $775,000. In total, the to...
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