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Jan. boards, commissions meetings canceled

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Berlin transitions to virtual gatherings, but no urgent matters occur this month By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Jan. 14, 2021)  All town of Berlin boards and commissions meetings have been canceled for January, given the absence of any urgent matters to discuss, Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen and Planning Director Dave Engelhart said this week…. Read more »

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Berlin Mayor and Council Briefs


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Jan. 14, 2021) The following took place during the Berlin Mayor and Council virtual meeting on Monday: Hiring The Town of Berlin is hiring a superintendent for the Public Works Department, which handles maintenance, streets and sanitation, as Dave Wheaton is retiring. “The game plan is to do paper screening… Read more »

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John Dale Smack, Jr.

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John Dale Smack, Jr. Berlin (Jan. 14,2021) John Dale Smack, Jr., 86, of Berlin, departed this life on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional in Salisbury. Born in Berlin, he was the son of the late John Dale Smack, Sr. and Rosie Henry Smack. The Town of Berlin’s first Black council member, Mr…. Read more »

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Pines fiscal discussions ends with aquatics

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By Greg Ellison (Jan. 14, 2021) The Ocean Pines Budget and Finance Committee closed its multi-day review of the budget proposal for next year on Friday with detailed financial projections for aquatics, beach club parking, racquet sports and the Bainbridge drainage project. AQUATICS Ocean Pines Director of Amenities and Operational Logistics Colby Phillips said the… Read more »

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Media Expo honors WCPS students’ artwork


Aspects of annual event to take place online because of current covid concerns By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Jan. 14, 2021) Since 1975, Worcester County’s public schools have celebrated students’ creative communication through media and technology to local and global communities with the annual Media Expo. “In the late 1970s, the Maryland state library media… Read more »

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Record turnout in Letters for Santa campaign

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Jan. 7, 2021) More than 200 people sent a letter to the North Pole through the “Letters for Santa” mailbox in the foyer of the Berlin Welcome Center on 14 S. Main St. from the middle of November to Dec. 18. “This year was more than ever,” said Ivy Wells,… Read more »

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Restaurant Week offers good deals on meals in Berlin


Thirteen establishments join promotion next week By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Jan. 7, 2021) Thirteen dining locations will offer special meal prices from Jan. 11-17 for the fifth annual Berlin Restaurant Week sponsored by Bunting Realty. Cam Bunting, the event founder and owner of Bunting Realty on Broad Street, decided to bring restaurant week to… Read more »

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Letters to the editor


KKK-related print material found Editor, It is hard to believe we live in a community where recent KKK-related print materials were left in driveways of local residents of Berlin, Ocean Pines and West Ocean City. This is an affront, not just to those who received these hate-filled, scare-mongering missives, but to all of us who… Read more »

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Sad summer with no Berlin Little League

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Just when we really needed a feel-good diversion from the extremely upsetting difficulties of our times, the one thing we normally could count on to unite our communities and give us something to cheer about has fallen victim to covid-19. To borrow from “Casey at the Bat,” there will be no baseball joy in Berlin… Read more »

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