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Fiscal 2016 Berlin budget includes stormwater project

Posted On: 5/7/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 7, 2015) Two weeks after Berlin unveiled the general fund portion of the budget, town officials met again on Monday to go over the finances of the electric, water, wastewater and stormwater utilities. Overall costs in the electric fund look to decrease 4 percent, or $200,799, mostly because of a new purchase power agreement with American Municipal Power Inc. AMP, based in Columbus, Ohio, is a nonprofit wholesale power supplier serving more than 130 municipalities. “Our current contract [with another supplier] runs out at the end of May, and our new contract with AMP starts June 1,” Electric Director Tim Lawrence said. “Basically, by doing that, we were able to get our purchase power contract to be reduced by what you pay per megawatt hour.” The switch, Lawrence said, reduced the town’s purchase power costs by 10 percent, although it also drove a 33 percent increase in diesel fuel. “Now, because we’re with AMP, we may be required to ...
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OCEAN PINES BRIEFS

Posted On: 5/7/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 7, 2015) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors discussed several issues during a public meeting at the community center on Thursday, March 30. Star Charities     A motion to refund Star Charities $450 spent in January on rental of the community center for a “beef and beer fundraiser” benefiting wounded combat veterans passed 5-1, with Parliamentarian Tom Terry abstaining and Director Sharyn O’Hare voting against. During the debate over the motion, Terry successfully lobbied for a special meeting to work through the community’s facility usage policy regarding nonprofits. No date was set for the meeting. First Reading F-01 Treasurer Jack Collins introduced the first reading of Resolution F-01 on investment guidelines in the community. According to Collin’s motion, “Given that Resolution F-01 … was last reviewed in June 2009, a review with recommended amendments is warranted.” The motion went on to sta...
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West OC overnight Relay for Life fundraiser benefits ACS

Posted On: 5/7/15
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(May 7, 2015) Hundreds of participants will gather at the Frontier Town Campground in West Ocean City, Friday, May 8, for the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life, which celebrates beating cancer, remembers loved ones who lost their battle and shows support for people who are currently fighting the disease. The 2015 North Worcester County Relay For Life is an all-night walk kicking off at 6 p.m. “This event is the signature event of American Cancer Society because it raises research money for all cancers as well as celebrates all cancer survivors and gives our community a chance to remember those we have lost to cancer,” said Dawn Hodge, event co-chairwoman. The theme for this year’s overnight celebration is “Saving Lives Since ’85.” “The original Relay for Life was started in 1985 in Tacoma, Wash. by a man named Dr. Gordy Klatt. Therefore, it is the 30th anniversary of Relay this year. Sadly, Dr. Klatt lost his own fight w...
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Mitchell used art to cope with breast cancer diagnosis

Posted On: 5/7/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 7, 2015) Although Berlin resident Lisa Mitchell has been painting for less than a year, her vivid and whimsical artwork tells a powerful story that stands in stark, almost defiant contrast to the diagnosis doctors saddled her with several years ago.   Mitchell, whose work is on display this month at Baked Dessert Café in Berlin and will be featured during the town’s 2nd Friday art stroll on Friday, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. After a brief period of remission, she relapsed in 2012. Kate Cashman, owner of the Random Juxtaposition gallery in Ocean Pines, was the first to suggest art therapy as a means to cope with the illness. “We’ve known each other for years,” Mitchell said. “Our kids go to school together, we go to church together, and she’s been trying to get me to take classes [in art],” Mitchell said. “She had cancer and she said it could be something that could be therapeutic for me to do.” Mi...
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May Day Play Day features music, games, beer garden

Posted On: 5/7/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 7, 2015) Four bands, one beer garden and a handful of carnival games geared toward families highlight this year’s May Day Play Day in Berlin on Friday. This year’s event, the fifth annual, also coincides with the town’s 2nd Friday art stroll, and will feature a live radio broadcast from host Ocean 98. “That’s how it started,” organizer Brendan Kashuba (“DJ BK”), said. “We started it on year one as a Friday event. Last year we did a Saturday afternoon event and the town and the radio station and everyone agreed to go back to the Friday night this year.” Part of the decision, Kashuba said, was made because the town saw a bigger potential boost to the local economy on Friday evening. “The town has a very unique relationship with the radio station, and the radio station likes to support the people who support us,” Kashuba said. “Really, the whole idea behind it is to deliver a free family-friendly...
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Ocean City’s 25th annual Springfest kicks off May 7

Posted On: 5/7/15
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(May 7, 2015) Springfest, a four-day festival featuring food, live musical entertainment and arts and crafts, kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday in the inlet parking lot in downtown Ocean City. “Springfest celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, which makes it a part of Ocean City history and it is fitting that it resides over Mother’s Day weekend,” said Frank Miller, Special Events superintendent for the Town of Ocean City. “There’s no better place to pull the family together and bring mom out for the day to enjoy her family with shopping, music, food and the fun of Ocean City’s Boardwalk and beach.” The first 500 moms to enter Springfest will receive a button pin with the 25th anniversary logo and a carnation. “We hope to see lots of moms coming down this year,” Miller said. Admission is free to Springfest, although headlining musical acts required tickets, but they are already sold out. The festival is in full swi...
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Berlin plans ribbon cutting for 113 crosswalk

Posted On: 5/7/15
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(May 7, 2015) The Town of Berlin has scheduled a ribbon-cutting for the new countdown crosswalk signal recently installed at the intersection of Bay Street extended and Route 113 for 11 a.m. Friday. The public is invited to join the event. “We are gathering at Henry Park on Flower Street and walking over to the intersection for a brief ceremony to mark the completion of the project,” said Mayor Gee Williams. “This is an example of something good that will permanently benefit the community coming out of a terrible tragedy,” he said, referring to the Nov. 8, 2013 fatal crash involving a state police cruiser and pedestrian Tymeir Dennis. Dennis’s brother Tyheym Bowen was also injured during the incident. Patricia Dufendach, chairperson of the Berlin Pedestrian Safety Committee, led the community effort to get the countdown crosswalk in place.   “This really was a communitywide effort,” she said. “We had over 1,000 signatures on our...
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OP rec dept. invites children to mountain bike

Posted On: 5/7/15
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(May 7, 2015) Ocean Pines may be flat, but local children can still get a taste of mountain biking during the community’s “Take a Kid Mountain Biking” day on Saturday, May 9 from noon to 2 p.m. in Bainbridge Park. This free event will offer children ages 8 and up and their parents the opportunity to ride bikes off-road in a fun, non-competitive environment. It is presented by the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department and the Eastern Shore International Mountain Biking Association. Participants will learn the ABCs – air, breaks and chain – of bike riding. They will also get to try a basic skills course and then ride the bike trails that weave through Bainbridge Park in Ocean Pines. Tres Denk and other members of the Eastern Shore International Mountain Biking Association will be on hand to offer helmet checks and instruction. Snacks will also be provided. Children and parents riding should bring helmets, bikes, gloves and closed-toe shoes. A limi...
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Assateague Coastal Trust 16th annual festival, May 9

Posted On: 5/7/15
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(May 7, 2015) For the 16th year, Assateague Coastal Trust will offer a selection of native flowering perennials, heirloom tomatoes, herbs and local crafts at its annual festival. This year, the event will again take place next to ACT’s office, steps from the corner of Old Ocean City Boulevard and North Main Street in Berlin on Saturday, May 9, the day before Mother’s Day. The festival, which also features nature-inspired crafts, runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. “It is always a good idea, however, to place plant orders in advance,” said ACT President Ken Wolf. “That guarantees that gardeners (and moms) will get the best of the plants that come from our growers.” Advance order forms are available at www.actforbays.org or by calling 410-629-1538. Orders may be placed directly through the website. All plants are chosen because of their drought resistance and their natural ability to adapt to local gardening conditions. Native plant gardens require less ...
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DG heading to zoning appeals board

Posted On: 4/30/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 30, 2015) The clash over a potential Dollar General store on Old Ocean City Road near Healthway Drive in Berlin is headed back to the town’s board of zoning appeals after a Worcester County Circuit Court judge decided on behalf of the developer last Thursday. According to court documents, Attorney B. Randall Coates, representing Oxford Chase Development Inc., argued that the site plan rejection by Berlin’s planning commission in March was without merit, and that the town’s board of appeals should hear the matter. Oxford Chase on Dec. 12 formally requested a building permit from the town for the construction of retail store in a commercial zone. The Berlin planning commission on March 11 unanimously recommended that Planning Director Dave Engelhart deny the zoning certificate because of traffic problems its members argued would be caused by granting the property access to Route 346. Engelhart did just that, citing a town code section involving highway corrid...
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