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Berlin Wins The East Region Pennant over NY: 13-6

Posted On: 7/25/14
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Town fire whistle stays activated for alarming time

Posted On: 7/24/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Early on the morning of July 4, as forecasts predicted Hurricane Arthur would drench the Mid-Atlantic, a malfunctioning fire department alarm frightened dozens of guests staying downtown. The fire whistle, located behind Town Hall, went off at around 6 a.m., staying on for nearly a half hour before town workers were able to shut it down. Confused guests at the Atlantic Hotel and Holland House feared the worst, recalling tornado sirens in their respective hometowns. Berlin Fire Chief David Lewis said the weather caused the malfunction. “It caused a relay cue to burn up on our siren on Franklin Avenue, which caused the siren to hold open for that location and for the one downtown.” Lewis confirmed the town ultimately silenced the alarm. The fire department responded to a carbon monoxide detector on Ann Drive at approximately 3 a.m. on July 4. Ironically, the carbon monoxide alert was also a malfunction. Multiple gas meters found no traces of carbon monoxi...
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Unavailable parking spots uncool for Berlin merchants

Posted On: 7/24/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– A tempest in a teapot, brewing for years, began to boil over during a Mayor and Council Meeting on Monday, July 14. As traffic into the town continues to increase exponentially, a limited number of public parking spaces continue to be unavailable. Aggravating the problem, some residents and workers in the busy downtown area have been accused of abusing Berlin’s lenient parking laws. Bill Outten, who runs both locations of Town Center Antiques, and Walt Dennison, owner of Walt’s Train Shop, asked the council to create a 30-minute loading zone near their stores on Pitts Street in order to accommodate inventory deliveries. A 30-minute debate erupted, causing the council to table the motion into order to more fully explore their options. Tensions continued to rise the following week. “There’s always been a parking problem.” said Dennison. “Now, it’s (gotten worse) because we don’t have the parking space for the number of n...
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Mayors, officials converge on Berlin for LESMA meetings

Posted On: 7/24/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Dozens of leaders converged on Thursday, July 17 as the town hosted the Lower Eastern Shore Mayor’s Association monthly meeting. Mayors and top officials from Ocean City, Salisbury, Pocomoke City, Crisfield and Sharptown were on hand during the meeting, held in Tex Mex & Country Cook’n’s newly renovated second-story dining room. The light-hearted affair was filled with one-liners. Berlin, as hosts, gave each guest a keychain keepsake. “To show you that we appreciate the advantages of age, we left the back blank so you can write down what the heck it’s for,” said Berlin Mayor Gee Williams. “I hope you appreciate the fact that, for this year, this is the coolest Lower Eastern Shore Mayor’s Association meeting,” Williams continued. “We’ve got a lot to share and a lot that we can help each other with. We’re Americans first, but right behind it we’re Eastern Shore.” Pocomoke City M...
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Festival of Boats returns to OP after seven-year hiatus

Posted On: 7/24/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– After a seven-year hiatus, the Festival of Boats parade returns to the community on Saturday, July 26. The revived and expanded event now includes family entertainment, games and concessions by Kiwanis. “The event had been stopped because of lack of boats and lack of participants,” said parade chairman Steve Stein. “The last year was 2007.” The event had run for 20 years before the interruption. “There seemed to be enough interest that people were willing to get involved in it again, and they wanted to start it up again,” said Stein. “I was asked to do (the event) and it’s quite a task to take on. It’s been a lot of work, but it’s pretty much come together now. I think everything is going to come off well.” Boats will line up beginning at noon in Pintail Park. Guests may bring chairs and coolers. Sixteen boats have signed up for the parade. “Most of them are pontoon boats,” Stein sai...
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Berlin 9-10 All Stars win state title; off to regionals

Posted On: 7/24/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 25, 2014) Overcoming an early-inning scare, the Berlin Intermediate All-Star team advanced to the regional semifinals after thrashing New York, 17-5, on Tuesday. “That New York team came out like gangbusters on us,” said Berlin Coach Cameron McDonough. “We scored five in the top of the first and they came right back and scored four in the bottom of the first. (Starting pitcher) Mathew Kinsey settled down for us and did a real good job of settling in and not allowing himself to get upset. He got through the second inning clean and Jack Rosenberg came in and pitched the third and the fourth.” The team limited the innings of their pitchers to keep all of their players eligible for the start of the semifinal round, which was set for Thursday, July 24. Wes Powell finished the game on the mound for Berlin, although his biggest contributions that day were at the plate. “Wes was a monster today,” McDonough said after the game. ̶...
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Friends of OP Library to present annual book sale

Posted On: 7/24/14
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OCEAN PINES–The Friends of the Ocean Pines Library will present its annual book sale on Friday, July 25, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, July 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday, July 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library is located at 11107 Cathell Road, next to the Ocean Pines post office and across from the Sports Core pool. The Friday evening sale is limited to members of the FOPL, but people may join or renew memberships at the door and proceed to the sale. Membership is $5 for individuals or $10 for a couple or family. On Monday, prices will be marked down to half price. This sale is the single biggest source of funds for the Friends of the Ocean Pines Library. This year, it supported purchases of new electronic equipment to keep its check-out, inventory and computer facilities current. The Friends also replaced the benches in the ornamental garden and provide for seasonal cleanup. The children’s and adults’ Summer Reading Programs and the McGuffey Reader Program also benefi...
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MAAC will recommend OP boat ramps closed to public

Posted On: 7/24/14
Written By: Nancy Powell, Staff Writer Ocean City Today

OCEAN PINES–The Ocean Pines boat ramps should be closed to the public, the Marine Activities Advisory Committee will recommend to the board of directors. The committee will write a motion clarifying that fact to give to the board, MAAC Chairman Frank Watkins said July 15. A sign at the White Horse Park boat ramp says it is for members and guests only, but some people thought they were open to the public. The issue came to light back in March when board member Sharyn O’Hare told the Worcester County Commissioners  that boat ramps were among the community’s facilities that are open to the public. They were open to the public, but they should not have been. Some board members had reviewed a video of an August 2011 meeting when the issue was discussed and it was clear from that video that the boat ramps were meant to be for use of only Ocean Pines members and their guests. Board members at that time discussed removing the ramps from the list of amenities that...
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Ocean Pines Players looking for director, producer help

Posted On: 7/24/14
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OCEAN PINES–The Ocean Pines Players has planned an exciting new season of plays and now seeks enthusiastic individuals to direct and help produce these events. Experience is desirable, but newcomers will receive guidance, training and support from experienced members. With assistance from technical crew and other experienced individuals, the director sets the tone for the production, casts the show and works with the actors. He or she also envisions the overall look of the production and works with other volunteers to provide the necessary sets, props, and costuming to bring the entire production to life.   Directors would be expected to commit several hours per week, usually in the evening, over a period of about 10-15 weeks, depending on the project. The Players offer a small honorarium to volunteer directors. The producer is basically the event coordinator. He or she sets the dates for the production and coordinates with the venue, locates rehearsal space, oversees al...
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Close finish highlights 25th annual Berlin Bathtub Races

Posted On: 7/24/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– A historically close finish highlighted the 25th annual Bathtub Races on Friday, July 18. The Phillips International team tied Uptown Antiques during the race’s final heat, then won by a nose in a rematch moments later, taking the coveted “Winner Takes All” trophy. “It’s exciting,” said driver Emiliano Espinosa. “It was a relief for me, because it was such a pressure,” said Anton Tudor, a tall, lanky Romania native who pushed the racer. Tudor tripped near the finish line during the race’s 22nd heat, skinning his knee and elbow but still managing the tie, then recovered to secure the narrow win during the 23rd heat. “I focused and I saw me winning,” Tudor said. It was the first time in the race’s more than two-decade history that a final ended in a tie. Photos of the finish line confirmed the draw. The winning team was the third Phillips Seafood entry in the races. Shirley Phillips, widow of ...
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