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Berlin Briefs

Posted On: 4/13/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 13, 2017) The Berlin Town Council discussed the following items during a meeting at town hall on Monday: Take Pride The council unanimously approved a proclamation to designate the week of April 22-29 as “Take Pride in Berlin Week.” Bohlen said the town had designated a week in April as such for four years. Berlin Clean-Up Day, when the town asks for volunteer assistance with town parks, is April 22. Bohlen said the town would give out yellow “Berlin pride” wristbands during the week, and some merchants have agreed to give discounts to anyone wearing them. The town will also host a hashtag photo contest using #BetterInBerlin on Instagram and Facebook, with each photo counting as an entry to win “some really great prizes,” according to Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells. Substitution Council Vice President Elroy Brittingham filled in for Mayor Gee Williams, who was apparently under the weather. All councilmembers w...
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Berlin Parks Briefs

Posted On: 4/13/17
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(April 13, 2017) The Berlin Parks Commission discussed the following items during a meeting at town hall last Tuesday. Ongoing projects Commission member Mike Wiley said Stephen Decatur Middle School students would return to Stephen Decatur Park on May 9 to help prepare an area for planting. Students, as part on the ongoing “Edible Forest” project, assisted Wiley with a similar effort in November. Blueberries, chokeberry and daikon radish have already been planted in the area in the park, opposite the playground. The town council approved the project in October 2015. Assateague Coastal Trust oversees it. Administrative Services Director Mary Bohlen, the commission liaison, said there was not much news on installation of new bathrooms at Dr. William Henry Park. The town signed a contract with a vendor in February with a five-month window, she said. Less certain, according to Bohlen, are renovations of the tennis courts at Stephen Decatur Park. Initial budget estimat...
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Berlin art stroll to include outreach, exhibits and sales

Posted On: 4/13/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 13, 2017) Berlin’s 2nd Friday festivities will feature more than a dozen art displays throughout the downtown area, along with sales and specials in restaurants from 5-8 p.m. The Church Mouse Thrift Shop on 101 North Main Street will provide outreach to the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund. Information on suicide awareness and support information for survivors will be available through a representative set up outside the store. Inside, the shop will offer $1 specials, with proceeds supporting the Klump Fund. Bungalow Love on 9 South Main Street will host a DIY tabletop garden workshop from 5-7 p.m. Drop-ins are welcome. On What Grounds? on 103 North Main Street Berlin will display “Images of Assateague,” an exhibition by Rick and Tonia Hunt. Nest on 11 South Main Street will feature Stephen Decatur student Zoe Watson, who creates handmade jewelry made from paper and plastics. Baked Dessert Cafe on 4 Bay Street will show original artwork by Ian Posely and host a ...
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Ocean Pines Players present ‘Savannah Sipping Society’

Posted On: 4/13/17
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(April 13, 2017) Unless we are profoundly fortunate, most of us get derailed by life from time to time. One minute everything is going according to plan and the next, all bets are off.   It’s even worse when you are new in town and don’t know anyone. That is what is happening for four women “of a certain age” at the outset of “The Savannah Sipping Society,” the latest offering by the Ocean Pines Players. Although it is hilarious, the humor in this award-winning play comes from the realistic struggles of these women, who have absolutely nothing in common except that they have all lost their footing and could use a friend, whether they want one or not. With the help of some snappy direction, fun music, insightful performances and a cozy and lushly decorated set, the play is a reminder that despite our individual quirks and foibles, we all just want to feel safe, loved and at home in the world, no matter how crazy we feel sometimes. Despite ...
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Berg donation benefits hospital foundation

Posted On: 4/13/17
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(April 13, 2017) Atlantic General Hospital Foundation recently received a $5,000 donation from Cliff and Donna Berg toward its Campaign for the Future and the development of the new Regional Cancer Care Center. The Bergs live in Ocean Pines having moved to this community from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania after retiring. Cliff was a principal in a financial planning firm, while Donna worked for Christiana Care Hospital as a medical technologist. Cliff serves on Atlantic General Hospital’s Foundation board and is president of the Ocean City/Berlin Rotary Club. Donna volunteers for the American Cancer Society and Atlantic United Methodist Church Thrift Shop. The new cancer center will be named the John H. “Jack” Burbage, Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center in honor of Burbage’s personal and financial contributions to the hospital and the community. “We’re extremely grateful for the continued support of community members like Cliff and Donna that recogniz...
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Worcester Arts Council grant review

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 (April 13, 2017) The Worcester County Arts Council Grants Review Committee is seeking applicants for local art projects to be held in Worcester County between July 1 and Dec. 31. Organizations holding art projects and activities year-round or in both of the six-month periods (July 1 – Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 – June 30) may request grants which cover the entire fiscal year of July 2017 through the following June of 2018. Proposed project must be sponsored or presented by incorporated in Maryland not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization and be open to the public. Grant amount requested must be matched one-for-one by organization funds. Last fiscal year the Arts Council awarded more than $30,000 to local organizations through this program. Funding will support a wide variety of creative and innovative projects that are of outstanding artistic quality and demonstrate community benefit enhancing the lives of everyone living and visiting Worcester County. Applications must be...
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Freshman students enrolled in seminar at Snow Hill school

Posted On: 4/13/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(April 13, 2017) To ease the transition into ninth grade and beyond, Snow Hill High School enrolled its freshman students into a new seminar class in the fall, hoping to provide a helpful structure and the necessary skills to succeed. School officials said the shift to high school was often difficult for nine graders, many of which were lacking studying, typing and basic technology skills. To help bridge the gap, the course introduced students to high school expectations, character development skills and digital literacy. In addition, students started looking into college and career opportunities. The school started a freshman-mentoring program during the 2010-2011 school year, when each ninth-grade student was paired up with an upperclassman and met every other week to go over grades, attendance and school life. Freshman seminar expands on the mentoring program by adding SAT preparation, study strategies, time management, social skills, note-taking, research methods, conflict reso...
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OPA Rec & Parks Briefs

Posted On: 4/13/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 13, 2017) The Ocean Pines Association Recreation and Parks Committee discussed the following items during a meeting in the community center last Tuesday. Board assistance Committee Chairman Tim McMullen, at the start of the meeting, said the committee would prefer to have a board member in attendance to provide updates on ongoing projects. Board liaison and interim General Manager Brett Hill was not available to attend, as he is on leave until April 7 because of the birth of his son. Project updates McMullen said he had received several calls that the new restrooms at White Horse Park were not open. He said he would look into the matter. New information technology systems at the community center, according to McMullen, should be up and running by June. The systems are used, in part, to book activities through the recreation and parks department in Ocean Pines, including the Summer Youth Program. McMullen said the systems were a necessity. New playground equipment will ...
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Berlin shocked by passing of local icon, Jesse Turner

Posted On: 4/6/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 6, 2017) Former Berlin Shoe Box owner Jesse Turner passed away on Friday, following an apparent battle with cancer. The Accomack, Virginia native operated the iconic shop in downtown Berlin for several decades. He worked in the industry – in the town – since the late 1940s. His influence, however, was more than business owner and cobbler. People in the community fondly referred to him “The Mayor of Germantown.” Turner was honored by the Berlin Town Council and by members of the community at separate ceremonies following his retirement in February. He was born in 1930. Berlin Mayor Gee Williams reacted to the news on Mondays, saying, “Shock is an understatement.” “I’m just so thankful that the mayor and council and the entire community got a chance to express and show our appreciation to Jesse and to let him know how much he meant to us,” Williams said. “I wish he had had a longer retirement, but he certainly ha...
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Bay Club hearing postponed again; no date pending

Posted On: 4/6/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 6, 2017) A Worcester County Board of Zoning Appeals hearing related to the Bay Club was postponed this week at the request of Berlin Mayor Gee Williams. That’s according to attorney Hugh Cropper, who represents Bay Club ownership group the Carl M. Freeman Companies. The hearing was scheduled for April 13, when the developer would have asked for a special zoning exception to transform the 437-acre property on Libertytown Road in Berlin into a 434-unit campground. The property is currently zoned A-2. A similar hearing, which had been set for Dec. 8, was postponed for similar reasons, and Cropper presented some details of the project during a Town Council meeting on Dec. 12. Now, he will apparently go before the council again before rescheduling with the county. “Carl Freeman wants to be a friend and a good neighbor to the Town of Berlin, so we’ll make further presentations and present further details about our project to the town before [the hearing] is r...
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