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BERLIN BRIEFS

Posted On: 8/13/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 13, 2015) The Berlin mayor and council discussed or took action on the following topics at their public meeting at Town Hall on Monday: Event approvals The council approved the annual Berlin Fall Cruisers, sponsored by the Berlin Chamber of Commerce, for Oct. 10, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as an expanded October Fest on Oct. 17 from noon to 6 p.m. Octoberfest will include a sidewalk sale as well as children’s activities, a beer garden by Burley Oak Brewing Co., and the inaugural Born to Be Wild Hobby Horse Steeple Chase Race. Ivory Smith, president of the Worcester County chapter of the NAACP also briefed the council on several upcoming events. On Aug. 27, the NAACP and Coastal Hospice and Palliative Care will hold a meeting at Ambassador for Christ International Ministry in Berlin at 7 p.m. NAACP will host a Sickle Cell awareness walk on Sept. 19 at Stephen Decatur Park in Berlin from noon to 3 p.m. Registration is free, a deejay will play music and participants ...
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Cannery Village application day set for Saturday

Posted On: 8/13/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Cannery Village application day set for Saturday (Aug. 13, 2015) Application day is Saturday at Cannery Village, where more than 40 new townhouses will be offered for rent in Berlin. The affordable housing complex on Flower Street broke ground earlier this year and recently set up an office in the Berlin Visitor’s Center. Osprey Property Company Vice President Andrew Hanson, who is overseeing the project, said response has been strong. “We had a huge response in the first couple of hours,” he said. “Probably 25 or more people came within hours of opening. Even before we opened the leasing office and put a sign up, we probably had over 200 folks express an interest and we’re really excited about the process.” Hanson said the applicants have been diverse. “We’re seeing whole bunch of different folks with different backgrounds, working in different sectors, different ages and different family sizes,” he said. “Some folks are already residing in the area, some folks are ...
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‘Float for the Coast’ coming Aug. 14

Posted On: 8/13/15
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(Aug. 13, 2015) Assateague Coastal Trust is partnering with local environmental groups to promote and support clean water with a “Float for the Coast” rally, beginning at Fish Tales on 22nd Street, bayside, Friday, Aug. 14. The event celebrates water quality protections put into place to keep Maryland’s Coastal Bays clean in addition to educating and raising awareness on current threats to fragile, coastal waters in the area. “On a local level, this is an important time for our coast with the threat of offshore drilling looming in the mid-Atlantic,” said Steve Farr, developmental director for Assateague Coastal Trust. “Float for the Coast is an opportunity for locals to join others up and down the East Coast in saying they don’t want oil rigs off Ocean City and Assateague’s coast, as well as show support for other waterways facing a number of other threats across the state.” There has been an outpouring of opposition from Florid...
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j.j. Fish to feature Salisbury potter during 2nd Friday

Posted On: 8/13/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 13, 2015) For Salisbury resident Robbie Johnson, pottery turned from a casual interest into a growing business he now operates with his wife, Sarah. Johnson is the featured artist at j.j.Fish Studio/Gallery on14 North Main Street during the 2nd Friday art stroll in Berlin tomorrow night. While he was always interested drawing, painting and music, Johnson said it was through his wife that he developed a passion for ceramics. Sarah was taking a class at Salisbury University when she brought home a bag of clay for a coil-pot assignment. “I watched as she started rolling out long snake-like coils of clay and was excited to play with it myself,” Johnson said. “I tried it and fell in love with the feeling that I could create almost anything I could imagine. I was hooked after that.” Johnson admitted it took time to develop his talent. “I was saving a lot on birthday and Christmas gifts,” he said with a laugh. “I started reading books, l...
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Coastal Association honors eight Realtors

Posted On: 8/13/15
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(Aug. 13, 2015) Eight local real estate professionals were honored during the Coastal Association of Realtors (CAR) 2015 annual awards ceremony on July 29 at the Ocean City Marlin Club. Edie Brennan, a Realtor for RE/MAX Crossroads in Ocean Pines, received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her extensive work in the local real estate industry, as well as numerous civic and charitable contributions. A Realtor for more than 35 years, Brennan has been very active in her local real estate association. She is also very active with the Women’s Council of Realtors and regularly attends national and Maryland Associations of Realtor conferences and committee meetings. Brennan is a champion of community outreach and service, most notably as a very active member of the board of directors for the Ocean Pines Players Community Theater Group. She has been a breast cancer survivor for nine years and supports the American Cancer Society in many local events. Vicki Harmon, a R...
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Berlin to crown Little Mister, Miss Peach this Friday

Posted On: 8/13/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 13, 2015) There are moments, as a parent, you will always look back on fondly, with pride, and maybe with a stray, single tear in your eye. First steps, first words, graduation and that time your son or daughter became Little Miss or Mister Berlin Peach. For parents with such inclinations – or children with such effusive, bubbling personalities – the 2015 Little Miss Berlin Peach and Little Mister Berlin Peach Pageant will coincide with the town’s 2nd Friday art stroll tomorrow at 6 p.m. on the front porch of the Atlantic Hotel. Berlin Main Street will present the event, and David Miller will emcee. Administrative Assistant Sharon Timmons advised contestants to, “dress in your Sunday best and be cute.” Contestants will be judged on poise, personality and stage presence with each category scored on a scale from one to five points by a panel of judges. Winners will participate in several town events, including the 2015 Berlin Christmas parade ...
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Pa. family looking for lost dog ‘Rizzo’ in Ocean Pines area

Posted On: 8/13/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 13, 2015) A lost dog was circling the Ocean Pines area this week after slipping out of its owner’s leash. The dog was described as a “skittish” female German Shepherd, Rizzo, approximately 60 pounds and belonging to vacationing Reading, Pa. resident Adam Wawrzyniak. If you have seen the dog call Wawrzyniak at 717-681-4646, or call Worcester County Animal Control at 410-632-1340.
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Clarke, O’Hare go out with a bang

Posted On: 8/6/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Clarke, O’Hare go out with a bang (Aug. 6, 2015) For three years, Ocean Pines Associations Board directors Marty Clarke and Sharyn O’Hare epitomized the philosophical divide on the board, often leading to fiery debates during public meetings. On Thursday, July 30, during their final meeting together, the pair continued to clash. Less than five minutes into the meeting, O’Hare asked Clarke to clarify his comments during a June 25 board meeting when she was absent. According to the minutes, Clarke, addressing a CPI violation on Tail of the Fox Drive, said, “Sharyn must have forgotten it’s illegal to offer a house for sale without a written listing.” “Marty, did you in fact make that statement?” O’Hare asked. “Yeah,” he said. O’Hare, obviously not amused, made a public statement that General Manager Bob Thompson “made it very clear” the property was not for sale. “You are accusing me of doing something illegal,” she said. ...
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Pines mourns passing of Col. Hall

Posted On: 8/6/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Pines mourns passing of Col. Hall (Aug. 6, 2015) Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Howard L. Hall passed away on Monday, July 27 in Ocean Pines. Born in 1924, Hall was the first recreational director in Ocean Pines, a sales agent during the early years of the community and a founder of the Pine’eers club. He was also among the first homeowners in the community and managed the former Ocean Pines Equestrian Center. “He’s been very, very involved in Ocean Pines,” retiring OPA Director Sharyn O’Hare said during a board meeting last Thursday. “We’ll miss him and he certainly was a very, very wonderful member of our community.” Hall is survived by daughters Sherry Schreier and Miki Carroll, granddaughters Dawn and Danielle Vileno, great-granddaughter Maddie Valenzuela and his sister, Marlene Aigner. A service was held at Hall’s home on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations in Hall’s name to the Snow Hill Animal Shelter at Worcester Coun...
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Board taps GM to continue talks with Sandpiper Energy

Posted On: 8/6/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Aug. 6, 2015) Following a closed meeting on Thursday, the Ocean Pines Board of Directors voted unanimously to allow General Manager Bob Thompson to continue talks with Sandpiper Energy. The board had given Thompson a two-month window to strike a deal during a previous closed meeting, with a deadline set for July. Sandpiper converted existing propane lines in Berlin and West Ocean City to natural gas last year and hopes to do the same thing in Ocean Pines. A franchise agreement is believed to be central to any new deal the community would sign. “Basically, the board agreed to have the general manager continue the discussions,” Board President Dave Stevens said on Monday. “It was kind of an arbitrary deadline, and as long as conversations are going on we’re going to continue.” Stevens said he was satisfied with the results of the discussions thus far. “Happy or not happy all depends on what your expectations were,” he said. “When I...
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