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Family Fun Night at Ocean Pines Aquatics Department

Posted On: 9/25/14
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OCEAN PINES–The Ocean Pines Aquatics Department will turn up the music and open the doors at the Sports Core Pool for the first indoor Family Fun Night of the season on Friday, Sept. 26 from 6-8:30 pm. This event, which is open to the public, will feature music by DJ Donnie, a splash contest and time to swim and play with family and friends. Snacks will be available for purchase. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic drinks. The cost of the event is $3 for pool members, $5 for Ocean Pines residents and $7 for non-residents.  There is no cost for those not swimming. Additional Family Fun Nights have been scheduled for Oct. 24 and Jan. 2. All will be held at the indoor Sports Core Pool, located at 11143 Cathell Road in Ocean Pines. The Ocean Pines Aquatics Department hosts a variety of special events, aquatic fitness classes and swim lessons year-round. Additional events to be held at the Sports Core Pool this winter and fall include Dive-...
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Winners reported for ‘Paint Berlin’ plein air contest

Posted On: 9/25/14
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BERLIN–Thirty five artists from five states and the District of Columbia painted last weekend in America’s Coolest Small Town and competed for cash prizes in the Worcester County Arts Council’s annual plein air event. A large audience enjoyed the exhibit during the “Wet Paint” sale and reception and voted for the “People’s Choice” $100 award, which was given to Lois Engberg for her oil painting, “Sunlit Baskets.” Completed artwork in this competition was judged by Ann Coates, director of Snow Hill Arts and Entertainment District and owner of Bishop’s Stock Fine Art & Fine Craft in Snow Hill. First place and a $1,000 prize went to Alison Menke from Washington D.C. for her oil painting titled “The Town of Berlin.” Second place and $500 was awarded to Engberg, of Salisbury, for “Sunlit Baskets,” and third prize of $250 went to William Andrew of Dover, Pa. for his watercolor painting, “...
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Stormwater project progress report goes to council

Posted On: 9/25/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The status of improvements to the town’s stormwater system was outlined for the mayor and Town Council Monday night by a representative of the environmental engineering company, EA Engineering, Science and Technology Inc. Company representative Darl Kolar focused on the success of three recent grants that were presented to the council in February and April. The Hudson Branch Stormwater Project received major grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Development Block Grant program. The FEMA grant included $165,000 and a matching requirement of 25 percent. Berlin asked DNR for $3.8 million, submitting an application under Coastal and Atlantic Coastal Bay’s trust fund. Kolar said DNR was eager to work with the town, and approved funding of $946,000, with reimbursement including permit costs, design and construction phase service...
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Unrelated feline rabies incidents reported by county

Posted On: 9/25/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

WORCESTER COUNTY– The first two cases of feline rabies in the county in four years have been confirmed by Worcester County Health Department officials, who reported separate incidents near Berlin and in Pocomoke in the same week. A rabid cat bit a woman in the Pocomoke River State Park-Milburn Landing campground area on Monday, Sept. 15. Health officials captured the cat, a medium adult male with dark gray with white under its chin and belly, euthanized it and sent it to the State Laboratories Administration Rabies Lab for confirmation. On Thursday, the department confirmed the second case, described as a small black and orange female cat that was part of a free-roaming colony living on an unoccupied property near Old Ocean City Road. Janet Tull, rabies coordinator for the department, called two cases in one week “a statistically significant number.” “If you look at the statistics on our Web page, we have had other rabid cats in the county, but to get two i...
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Town’s spray irrigation system opens for tours, really

Posted On: 9/25/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The town will hold an open house at its newest “state-of-the-art” spray irrigation site on Friday, Oct. 3. The Five Mile Branch Spray Irrigation Facility on 7303 Five Mile Branch Road in Newark will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Built in 2012, the $3.5 million facility received funding from the Maryland Department of the Environment, Water Quality Financing Administration and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Development Block Grant. Water Resources / Public Works Director Jane Kreiter said Berlin’s two spray irrigation facilities have eliminated surface discharge into coastal bays. “We spray irrigate 100 percent our treated wastewater into forest land, which can be harvested and used,” she said. “It’s truly recycling of our wastewater. The additional nutrients that might be present actually help the trees grow faster.” The complex is the largest government ...
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Town planning controversy not controversial at all

Posted On: 9/25/14
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BERLIN– A minor controversy about the role of the town’s Planning Commission is now no controversy at all, following a clarification issued by Planning Commission Chairman Chris Denny. The role – and the competence – of the commission briefly came into question during a Berlin Mayor and Council meeting on Sept. 8. The conversation arose out a discussion about a proposed Dollar General expansion and architectural standards in Berlin. Denny, who served on the commission for 16 years, said the mayor phoned him on the day after the meeting. “The whole thing was through an inner-office email about a scheduled meeting,” Denny said. “One member had said, ‘We don’t have time to fiddle with (developing the standards),’ and the member that fed the information to (a Berlin councilmember) said he didn’t feel like he was qualified. That was interpreted as we all didn’t know what we were doing, which is just not true. We hav...
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OP candidates forum: roads and schools

Posted On: 9/25/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– When eight candidates for Worcester County Commissioner met at a political forum at the Ocean Pines Library last Wednesday, they did agree on two subjects: the local economy continues to need help and most residents who meet the age requirement don’t care enough to vote. Also covered were the need for a new elementary school at Showell, the expansion of Route 589, the community’s share of proceeds from gambling revenues and state government’s apparent lack of concern about local problems. At the forum were candidates from the northern and middle county districts: hopefuls Diana Purnell (District 2), Michael Maykrantz (District 3), Tom Wilson and Chip Bertino (District 5) and Joe Mitrecic (District 7) along with incumbents Bud Church (District 3), Virgil Shockley (District 4) and Jim Bunting (District 6). Although the majority of the questions came from the audience, moderator and Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce Director Will Cathell got the ball...
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United Way celebrates 70th anniversary this yr.

Posted On: 9/25/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

WORCESTER COUNTY– United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore turns 70 this year and its footprint in the county has never been bigger. The largest non-governmental source of funding for nonprofit agencies in the area, United Way currently supports 35 programs servicing Worcester County residents, reaching more than 7,000 individuals and families. The organization recently toured the several of its partner sites in the area, including the Worcester County Development Center in Newark and Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services Inc. in Berlin. “With the Worcester County Development Center, they applied to become a partner last year,” said Assistant Director Amy Luppens. “We were involved with them a number of years ago and now we’re back. (Executive Director) Jack Ferry is just doing amazing things there.” In the case of Worcester Youth and Family, United Way supports the CASA program, as well as the mental health counseling, Family Connections a...
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Armed with bags, gloves, vols take to beach for cleanup

Posted On: 9/18/14
Written By: Clara Vaughn, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

ASSATEAGUE ISLAND—Volunteers armed with trash bags and gloves will take to the beach tomorrow, Sept. 20, for the 2014 Coastal Cleanup. Delmarva Power with local partners will host the 28th annual event to remove trash from beaches, rivers and bays in Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. Volunteers can still sign up to help with the cleanups taking place at Assateague National Seashore, Ocean City and Nassawango Creek Preserve, in Snow Hill, Saturday morning. “Unfortunately, some people who visit our region’s beaches and rivers over the summer leave behind a lot of trash,” Delmarva Power spokesman Matt Likovich said during the Coastal Cleanup kickoff news conference last Thursday. “Add that to the debris that washes ashore and you have the potential for serious pollution.” The annual cleanup event kicked off earlier this month and will continue into October at 12 sites in Maryland and 50 in Delaware and New Jersey. Last year, around 2,300 volunteers...
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Father voices concerns about investigation

Posted On: 9/18/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Almost a year after a fatal car crash involving a Maryland state trooper and two local teenagers, police have concluded their investigation. On Nov. 8 trooper Nicolas Hager struck 16-year-old Tymeir D. Dennis and his then 17-year-old brother Tyheim D. Bowen on Route 113 in Berlin. Dennis died in the accident and Bowen sustained serious injuries, leading to the amputation of one of his legs. The trooper was driving an unmarked police car on a routine patrol when the accident occurred. The mother of the two boys, Tynise Bowen, witnessed the crash. Hager returned to work four days later. Tymeir’s father, Quentin Dennis, read the investigation report. “There are some things that concern me as far as the investigation with the police officer – the way it was handled and who handled it,” he said. “I felt like it should have been another agency handling the investigation since it involved one of their officers.” Dennis said he would pr...
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