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OP community still buzzing about home-based business

Posted On: 4/16/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 16, 2015) A week after a potential new home-based business involving firearms sparked debate and then abruptly ended in Ocean Pines, questions remain about exactly what the Ocean Pines Association’s community bylaws allow. According to Section 700.2 of the Architectural Review Committee guidelines, home occupations in Ocean Pines must be “conducted solely within the structure,” unless the business relates to childcare and cannot generate “substantial” amounts of traffic. Businesses are limited to no more than 25 percent of the gross floor area of the home and cannot use signs of any type, including window signs. The community forbids businesses from stocking anything “other than parts or supplies used in the occupation” on the premises, and further stipulates that nothing can be sold “except what is produced on the premises or as permitted by special exception by the committee.” Businesses cannot include a boarding hous...
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Berlin replacing Main Street ‘eyesore’ with new art gallery

Posted On: 4/16/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 16, 2015) One of the few remaining empty spaces on the revitalized Berlin Main Street has been filled, Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells announced this week. Wells reported the sale of the former Mid Atlantic Pain Medicine building on 6 South Main Street during a mayor and council meeting on Monday evening. Salisbury residents Foster and Lisa Schoch bought the building from Tom Rosenthal, who now operates Pain Medicine exclusively in Salisbury. Cam Bunting of Bunting Realty in Berlin brokered the deal, which closed on Monday. “It will eventually become an art gallery,” Wells told the council. “I’m meeting with [the new owners] on Thursday.” “It’s an ideal place for an art gallery,” Mayor Gee Williams said during the meeting. Wells told the Bayside Gazette on Tuesday that many area residents had complained about the lingering downtown “eyesore.” “It was definitely on my radar,” ...
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Berlin Briefs

Posted On: 4/16/15
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(April 16, 2015) The Berlin mayor and council discussed several issues during a public meeting at Town Hall on Monday, March 9.   Designations The council voted to designate April as “Fair Housing Month” in Berlin. The designation, part of a new national initiative, is a requirement of block grants awarded to Berlin. The Community Development Block Grant program has funded Berlin projects, including sidewalk upgrades, stormwater improvements and public restrooms. April 18-25 was designated “Take Pride in Berlin” week. The Fourth annual weeklong observance acts as, “an acknowledgement of Berlin’s encouragement of its citizens to take pride in their community,” according to Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen. “[It’s] a chance for all of us to show off what a great place we call home,” Bohlen said. Events The council approved a slew of special events to be presented by the Arts and Entertainment Dis...
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‘Take Pride’ week includes movies in park, on street

Posted On: 4/16/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 16, 2015) The fourth annual Take Pride in Berlin Week encourages residents to reflect on the town where they live and includes in the debut of the new “Movies in the Park & on Main” series. Take Pride in Berlin Week runs April 18-25. “It’s just drawing attention to the fact that folks are living in a pretty great little town here,” Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen said. “We’ve always encouraged people to kind of think of how they can show their pride in their neighborhoods, in their own homes, downtown, wherever they feel like doing something for the town.” Bohlen said the annual event also serves as a reminder to residents to “be green.” “We always do encourage people to consider the environment when they’re doing this,” she said. “We’ve always encouraged things like reducing electricity use, neighborhood gardening projects, composting projects, things like that. It’s s...
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AIA hosts ‘Road to Assateague,’ Sat.

Posted On: 4/16/15
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(April 16, 2015) Assateague Island Alliance (AIA), the Friends Group of Assateague Island National Seashore (ASIS), will host “The Road to Assateague Part 2:  Becoming a National Seashore” on Saturday, April 18 in the Environmental Education Center. Coffee and refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. prior to the program which begins at 10 a.m. Following devastating effects of the Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962, development plans ceased and an opportunity was created for the National Park Service to acquire land. Great change would take place in the years that followed resulting in mandates to keep ASIS free from commercial development, rendering the island reborn. Presenter Joseph Fehrer, currently the Coastal and Lower Shore project manager for The Nature Conservancy, will share his personal account of living on the island during Assateague’s historical shift from life as the seaside resort “Ocean Beach” to becoming a National Seashore. Fehrer will ...
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Berlin, ‘antique capital of the Eastern Shore,’ hosts art mart

Posted On: 4/16/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 16, 2015) Vintage goods guru Bill Outten is looking to grow the legend of the “antique capital of the Eastern Shore” with a new outdoor Antique Art Mart in Berlin that will debut this Sunday, April 19.   As a bonus is the first in a planned series of monthly events that will run every third Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is an Antique Road Show-style appraisal session with local expert Charlene Upham. Outten, who today runs three antique stores in Berlin – Town Center Antiques, Pitts Street Antiques and Uptown Antiques – came to the town 15 years ago from Baltimore, where he, in another life, worked for an investment group that flipped restaurants. Feeling burned out after years of venture capitalism, Outten began looking for something with a slightly slower pace. His mother, remarried after his father passed away, was a recent Berlin transplant who fell in love with the area. She and her husband also found themselves managing an antique store. ...
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Cancer benefit at BJ’s on the Water

Posted On: 4/16/15
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(April 16, 2015) BJ’s on the Water’s annual Relay For Life cancer benefit in honor of Donna Clarke will take place Sunday with music, food and drinks. “Everyone come out and celebrate life,” BJ’s owner Madlyn Carder said. “We all know someone who has cancer whether it be your mother, a friend or brother. It’s a fun day to celebrate your best friend who beat cancer or immortalize someone in your memory.” The party starts at 2 p.m. at the 75th Street restaurant with entertainment provided by Teenage Rust and the Fabulous Rustettes. Winners of a $10,000 50/50 raffle and a $20 Electra Bike raffle will be named at 6 p.m. There will be food and drink specials offered and proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Clarke died in a car accident this past November. She would typically be in attendance supporting the Carders with her husband, Marty, Madlyn said. “Our history with the Clarkes go back for years,” Carder said...
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Arbor Day ceremony draws crowd

Posted On: 4/16/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 16, 2015) The Ocean Pines Garden Club greeted close to 100 people during an Arbor Day Ceremony at the community center last Thursday. The ceremony doubled as a memorial service for former club members and their loved ones, and included a performance by the Delmarva Chorus and a poetry reading by Lilly Cordwell. Garden Club President Gail Jankowski noted the ceremony marked the 25th anniversary of the original meeting in 1991, when the group planted a tree in Bainbridge Park. Arbor Day began in 1872 as the brainchild of Nebraska newspaper editor Julius Sterling Morton, according to club member Suzanne Brooke. “He said we need to put back what we use up so it will be there for those who come after us. Today we call that sustainability,” Brooke said. “Morton understood the concept before the current buzzword came into use, and certainly before becoming a committed green society.” Brooke said the benefits of planting a tree include shade, shelter and f...
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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, April 19

Posted On: 4/16/15
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(April 16, 2015) Along with a sea of pink, expect water wings, Hawaiian shirts and snorkels to appear at Ocean City’s fourth annual Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure this Sunday, April 19. “As a resident of West Ocean City, I am proud that we are bringing the Race for the Cure to this community again this year,” said Jill Brady, Eastern Shore Race and Development manager of Komen Maryland. The event supports breast cancer research and raises awareness with a timed 5K, a 5K fun run or walk and a 1-mile family walk, where organizers encourage participants to dress in beach attire for the chance to win a prize. Since the inaugural race in 2012, Ocean City cancer survivors, supporters and race participants have raised more than $1 million for the organization. “What sets Komen apart from many organizations is that a large portion of the funds raised stay in the state of Maryland and are funneled back in to the local community for support progra...
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No sophomore slump for T-Wrecks

Posted On: 4/9/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 9, 2015) For the second consecutive year, the Worcester County youth robotics team Titanium Wrecks took home honors at the Chesapeake Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in College Park, Md. The T-Wrecks took home a Rookie Inspiration Award during their inaugural season last year, and earned awards for team spirit and engineering inspiration during the 2015 competition, held April 2-4. Team members are in grades 8 to 12 and come from the county’s public and private schools and include home-school students as well. T-Wrecks also carries the distinction of being the official Worcester County NASA House Robotics Team. “There were 58 teams from the U.S., Israel, United Arab Emirates and of the 17 awards given out besides the winners and finalists, the kids won two of the awards,” team mentor Paul Suplee said. Suplee said the Chesapeake Regional Team Spirit Award is given to the team that embodies the spirit of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Scie...
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