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Ultimate Frisbee pick-up games offered in Berlin

Posted On: 7/10/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Ultimate Frisbee pickup games that began in Berlin are leading up to an international showdown at the beach this summer. Pro player Alex Jacoski of the DC Breeze is hosting the Ocean City Beach Classic Aug. 9-10 on Somerset Street. The tournament will offer competitive and recreational divisions with coed teams required to have three men and two women on the field at all times. Jacoski expects to see three-to-four matches each day. “Right now we have some competitive teams from Pennsylvania and Baltimore,” he said. “My own beach team, who I traveled to California with and played in a tournament up in New Jersey, will host the Boracay Dragons from the Philippines.” Jacoski and strength and conditioning coach Tim Morrill traveled to the Philippines in April to play in a tournament. The Dragons will return the favor next month. “They hosted us for nine days, treated us like family, we were initiated to the team, and now they’re com...
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Activities countywide for Independence Day

Posted On: 7/3/14
Written By: Clara Vaughn, Staff Writer

WORCESTER COUNTY—From patriotic concerts and fireworks to pool parties and hot dog-eating contests, Worcester County has a host of ways to celebrate Independence Day. Here are a few events going on in the area this weekend: Ocean Pines • Freedom 5K: Ocean Pines kicks off its Independence Day celebration Friday, weather pending, with a Freedom 5K open to all ages. The fun run event starts at 8 a.m. in the Veterans Memorial Park on Racetrack Road. Organizers encourage runners to support the military by wearing red, white and blue while they wind their way through the course. Registration costs $30 at the event and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Home of the Brave, an organization devoted to reducing homelessness among veterans. • Pool Party: Ocean Pines will host its family-friendly July4  celebration Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sports Core Pool on Cathell Road. An entry fee of $5 gets guests an armband good for unlimited play on the moon b...
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Took more than huge voting effort to become ‘cool’

Posted On: 7/3/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– From an outsider’s perspective, Berlin can seem like a town built inside of a snow globe. Are the shop and restaurant owners that line Main Street – who perpetually shake your hand and ask how your day was – really that friendly? Just many bathtub and high heel races, fiddler’s conventions and Victorian jubilees, music festivals, art strolls and free concerts on the lawn can a town of a few thousand possibly sustain? What, exactly, makes America’s coolest small town seem so – for lack of a better word – cool? There isn’t really a singular answer – or a singular architect behind modern-day Berlin – but the story that is most-often repeated suggests several people working together over a period of decades brought the town back from the edge of extiction. Berlin, a name that came, possibly by accident, from a popular inn formerly located on Burley Street, was once the peach capital of the world and home to a thr...
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County says no to Parke request for sewer charge cuts

Posted On: 7/3/14
Written By: Nancy Powell, Staff Writer Ocean City Today

OCEAN PINES - The Parke at Ocean Pines must continue to pay its wastewater bills as usual. The Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday denied the written request of Kristi Clarke, general manager of The Parke, for a reduction in sewer charges because of water used for landscaping. The Parke, the homeowners association for active adults age 55 and older, has approximately 400 acres of land. Most of the land is used for individual lots, but the association owns and maintains a lot of common area. The central square, which Clarke stated is the focal point for the association, offers “beautiful landscaping and gazebo fit for any outdoor summer picnic and celebration. It is in these particular areas that the Association has invested in landscaping enhancements over the years,” she wrote. Those areas are irrigated with water from the county water supply, so the association pays for the water. It also pays, Clarke wrote, “for the sewer in relation to water consumption,...
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Seriously low voter turnout storyline of June 24 primaries

Posted On: 7/3/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

WORCESTER COUNTY– More than any single race for office, the central storyline coming out of June’s primary election was the historically low turnout. The off-year primary pulled in just 20 percent of registered voters in Worcester County, down 10 percent from the similar primary held four years ago. Maryland previously held primary elections in September, but the state moved up to the summer date to give candidates more time to campaign for the general election in November. County Commissioner Bud Church blamed the low turnout on lack of knowledge and voter apathy. “I was shocked,” he said. “I walked into Ocean City Elementary and there was no one there – there were people sitting around the table, but I was the only one voting. At one place in Snow Hill I heard just 15 people turned out to vote. “I think the date change had a lot to do with it,” Church continued. “People weren’t geared to having the election this ear...
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Habitat for Humanity house now Spence family’s home

Posted On: 7/3/14
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SNOW HILL - Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County, Inc. welcomed its 17th partner family during a dedication ceremony on June 18 in Snow Hill. The new homeowner, Jessica Spence, thanked Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County, her pastor, and family who helped her to achieve her goal of homeownership. “I just kept thinking… when, when, when, would this [homeownership] happen for me? Then it happened and I really felt like I was doing something. This is for me but, it’s really for my kids,” said Spence who is a Snow Hill native and works within the community as a home healthcare aide. “My kids love their new house; they love their rooms. My girls love the kitchen because it’s big enough they can spin around like ballerinas,” Spence said. Members of the Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County board of directors, executive director, and Worcester County Commissioner Judy Boggs attended the dedication in support of the Spence family...
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Worcester Arts Council sets July workshops, classes list

Posted On: 7/3/14
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BERLIN - The Worcester County Arts Council is offering several classes and workshops in July. Rhyme With Art will be held on July  8, 15, 22 and 29 from 4-4:45 p.m. Inspired by famous nursery rhymes, little artists ages 2-4 will be introduced to various media and techniques such as collage, stamping, watercolors and tempera. Erika Rittling-Uebel will instruct. The signup fee is $6. Art Around The World will be held July  9, 16, 23 and 30 from 4-5 p.m. Ages 5-13 will explore the art of Egypt, China, North America, Mexico and Indonesia while creating artwork symbolizing each country through hieroglyphics letters, Chinese lanterns, totem poles, mandala and more. Erika Rittling-Uebel will instruct. The signup fee is $12. Introduction to Doodle Art will be held on July 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be abstract shapes. Adults and teenagers 13 and up will learn the basic of thoughtful doodling whi...
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Taylor Museum adds clock, knife box to collection

Posted On: 7/3/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Two new additions have been added to the already impressive collection at the Taylor House Museum. An antique grandfather clock and a knife box were donated by the Ocean Pines-based Arcadia chapter of the Questers. “They are a historic preservation organization, so they kind of adopted our museum, and each year they raise money to buy us historic things,” said museum curator Susan Taylor. “The year before we had the Andrew Jackson lithograph from 1832, and last year was the argon lamp. They’ve been really generous.” No specific information accompanied the clock, which was purchased from a shop in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. “It’s a red-flame mahogany tall case clock,” Taylor said. “It’s hand-painted, and it’s signed by Anderton Huddersfield. It does work – we have the weights underneath and the bell, so we’re just waiting to set it up to run. Hopefully sometime in July that’s going to happ...
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No changes in user fees for most sanitary service areas

Posted On: 7/3/14
Written By: Nancy Powell, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

WORCESTER COUNTY - Seven of the county’s 11 sanitary service areas have no changes in user fees in the Water and Wastewater Enterprise Fund adopted June 18. The service areas with no changes in user fees are Ocean Pines, West Ocean City, Assateague Point, The Landings, Mystic Harbour, Lighthouse Sound and River Run.   Ratepayers in the Briddletown sanitary service area will have an increase from $55.50 to $61 per EDU (equivalent dwelling unit, the same approximately amount of water and sewer flow used for an average  single-family residence) per quarter domestic flat rate and from $20 to $22 per quarter domestic pool fee and from $25 to $50 per quarter domestic irrigation fee. Ratepayers in the Edgewater Acres sanitary service area will see an increase from $128 to $135 per EDU per quarter domestic base rate. Ratepayers in the Newark sanitary service area will see an increase from $192 to $196 per EDU per quarter domestic base rate for water and sewer and from $228 ...
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Berlin expected to annex land tract across from SDHS

Posted On: 7/3/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– A significant growth in the town’s commercial and residential capacity could begin construction by the end of the year.   A 120-acre piece of land at 9828 Seahawk Rd., across from Stephen Decatur High School, is expected to be annexed by the town and developed by Salisbury-based Rinnier Development Company. “The first component of the development concept is market-rate apartments, similar to our Marley Manor project in Salisbury,” said CEO Blair Rinnier. “It’s something you’d see with a clubhouse and pool and landscaped grounds, so it’s a very nice community for folks to live at. It’s also a nice neighborhood for the folks around the community.” The larger, 86-acre back portion of the property, currently zoned for agriculture, would house the residential property. Developers will need the county to approve a zoning change for residential use. The 34-acre front end of the property, already zoned for commercial ...
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