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Work underway on fiscal year ‘16 budget in Berlin

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

(April 9, 2015) The Town of Berlin staff is already several weeks into the fiscal year 2016 budget, with public work sessions set to begin later this month. Last year’s budget saw a 15 percent spending increase and a total operating budget of $15.1 million. “We’re getting ready to get down to the part where each department head states their case for what they want,” Berlin Mayor Gee Williams said. “The department heads have been working with [Town Administrator] Laura [Allen] then, I’ll go over it with Laura and make sure I’m okay with it before we present it to the council.” The Town Council will begin reviewing budget requests during a public work session on April 20. Williams said the first work session would address the general fund.   “That’s everything but the utilities,” he said. The following meeting, on May 4, would tackle enterprise funds, including water, wastewater, electric and stormwater. Town ...
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Volunteers needed for park Clean-Up Day in Berlin, Sat.

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

(April 9, 2015) In anticipation of warmer weather and a busy summer events lineup, Berlin is asking residents to help spruce up local parks as part of Clean-Up Day on April 11. The annual event has been a staple of the town for more than a decade. “Clean-Up Day is traditionally mostly just weeding, trimming bushes and trees, raking the pathways, that kind of thing,” Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen said. “It takes a little bit of the burden off the public works department and gets to the more down-to-the-ground things that they don’t always get to.” The town is asking volunteers to perform general cleanup at John Howard Burbage Park on William Street, general maintenance, weeding and trimming of the playground areas, trees and flowerbeds and entrance to William Henry Park on Flower Street, raking, weeding and trash pickup at Stephen Decatur Park on Tripoli Street and cleanup at the Hudson Branch. Volunteers can sign up for specific activities, ...
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Controversy on OP gun shop moot

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

(April 9, 2015) The hubbub over a potential firearms business operating in Ocean Pines became a moot point on Wednesday, when homeowner and would-be business owner Jim Kosienski withdrew his request for a county zoning variance that would allow him to establish a home occupation that would involve storing guns in his home. The hearing on the variance was scheduled for Thursday in Snow Hill but was canceled Wednesday morning. According to County Zoning Administrator Jennifer K. Burke, the withdrawal of his request prohibits Kosienski from applying again in Worcester County for 12 months. Kosienski told the Bayside Gazette on Monday there was no business – yet – and added on Tuesday that he had already bought a home in another community and planned to move within 30-45 days. Kosienski was upset by a rumor allegedly spread by a neighbor on an Internet message board that he intended to distribute guns in Ocean Pines. Kosienski had hinted at the withdrawal on Tuesday s...
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Town still on schedule in Tyson buy

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

(April 9, 2015) Progress is slow but steady, as the town of Berlin continues the exploring the possibility of buying the former Tyson Chicken plant on Old Ocean City Boulevard. The Town Council voted in December to approve a purchase of the facility, contingent upon whether it is feasible to convert the property to a multi-use park. Included in the deal was a $25,000 down payment and a six-month window, with a possible three-month extension, to complete an appraisal, feasibility study and environmental study. If all the town’s questions are satisfied, the town would then purchase the more than 60-acre property for $2.75 million from Berlin Properties North LLC. Mayor Gee Williams said the appraisal was originally due last month, but an illness postponed the assessment by the Trice Group. The Salisbury firm was awarded a $3,400 bid to appraise the property in February, with the town and current property owner splitting the cost. “We thought we would have an apprai...
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Lions Club to honor Wileys with Berlin Award April 23

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

Lions Club to honor Wileys with Berlin Award April 23 (April 9, 2015) Berlin resident Helen Wiley was honored last month as “Volunteer of the Year” by the town’s chamber of commerce. Later this month, Helen and her husband, Mike, will be presented with the 50th annual Berlin Award by the Berlin Lion’s Club. The couple moved to the area a decade ago after spending their summers vacationing near Berlin. “I worked in the school system in Anne Arundel County and Mike was a firefighter, so we would have a lot of time in the summer that we could spend down here and we discovered Berlin,” Helen said. “We liked the small-town atmosphere and the friendliness of the people so my husband said, ‘When I retire this is where I want to land.’” The Wileys figured they would move to the area and “be a little quiet” while enjoying their retirement, Helen said. “And then we started getting involved just because it’s such a wonderful town,” she said. “Peop...
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Mediacom answer questions during Ocean Pines town hall

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

Mediacom answer questions during Ocean Pines town hall (April 9, 2015) Mediacom attempted to answer questions from the community during a brief town hall at the Ocean Pines community center on Tuesday, March 31. Pat Hynes, area director of operations from the Dagsboro office, gave a brief introduction. During the past year, Hynes said, Mediacom “went to a digital platform” system-wide, growing from 68 to 82 channels in the “family TV lineup,” moving from 33 to 56 high definition [HD] channels in the package and adding 20 new “premium HD” channels, including additional HBO, Showtime and Starz offerings. Hynes said Mediacom began carrying the security system “Home Controller” in July, and in September added additional bandwidth as well as the digital video recording service TiVo. Mediacom also added local NBC affiliate WRDE and MeTV. “Everybody, I think, was very happy to see those channels added,” Hynes said. Just over a dozen Ocean Pines residents were in attendance, and...
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Hospice offering info on shore ill

Posted On: 4/9/15
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(April 9, 2015) Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care is soliciting opportunities to speak to the Lower Shore community about how the organization can help the terminally ill and their families. The presentations are appropriate for any group of any size including civic, service and church groups, companies, school groups, healthcare professionals, counseling professionals and social service agencies. Speakers include Coastal Hospice nurses, social workers and administrative staff, all experts in their fields. Topics can include advance directives, coping with loss, and how Coastal Hospice helps. Coastal Hospice provides speakers in an effort to dispel myths about hospice and improve end-of-life care in the region. Studies confirm that hospice patients live longer and have a better quality of life than those with serious illness who do not receive hospice care. Many families tell Coastal Hospice staff that they wish they’d called sooner.  While Medicare and insurance pay ...
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Unger first to enter fray in ‘15 OPA board race

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

(April 9, 2015) Two weeks after the community leaders met in a public forum to recruit potential board of director candidates, Ray Unger became the first Ocean Pines resident to step forward. Unger previously served two terms on the board and went on to record a loss in the District Four primary for Worcester County Commissioner last year. “I’ve been in the fray before,” Unger said. “I ran three times and served twice, and the primary reason I’m running again is because I enjoyed it. I absolutely love it. We love Ocean Pines and I like being involved in things that are going on.” Unger said he was on the board responsible for “making some nice improvements,” including building the community center. “It’s been a fun ride,” he said. “I got a little bored because I haven’t been doing anything in a while. The only thing I’ve been doing is serving as president of the Ocean City Aviation Association, so ...
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Eppard’s artwork toast of Berlin’s Baked Dessert Cafe

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

Eppard’s artwork toast of Berlin’s Baked Dessert Cafe (April 9, 2015) For Prince George’s County native Shirley Eppard, art has been a lifelong love affair. Eppard is the featured artist at Baked Dessert Café in Berlin during the town’s monthly 2nd Friday Art Stroll on April 10. Public schools did not offer art classes when Eppard, 80, was growing up. Still, she said, “even in grade school, if they needed artwork done, they’d usually ask me if I wanted to do it, whatever it was.” “I’ve been painting for as long as I can remember and I just love it,” she said. “The way I feel, I think everybody should have a hobby of some kind and art isn’t just in painting. You’ve got art in cooking, you’ve got art in sewing, and there’s just an art in getting along with people.” Eppard attended the National Institute of Interior Design in Washington, D.C. and ran a design business, Butterfly Interior, for 30 years in Prince George’s County. “I’...
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Berlin family takes ‘journey into unknown’

Posted On: 4/9/15
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Berlin family takes ‘journey into unknown’ (April 9, 2015) Berlin native Trisha Brown Gudeman is about to embark on a journey into the unknown. Gudeman and her family – her husband, Andy, and their two young children – are set to take on a full-time role with Missionary Maintenance Services Aviation this summer. MMS provides aircraft maintenance apprenticeship for people involved in mission work, as well as free repair, overhaul and modification for Christian missionary organizations. “We have always been involved in ministry of some sort, whether at our church or for our vocation,” Gudeman said. “Together we have 10 years of campus ministry experience and we knew our calling was to serve in full-time missions.” Gudeman said she was specifically drawn to MMS after learning about the needs in missionary aviation, which also serves organizations worldwide in transporting missionaries, goods, medical supplies and providing medical transport. “We knew that was where God was calling ...
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