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‘Mary Humphreys Park’ name gains popularity

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 21, 2018) Debating what, exactly, to call the former Tyson’s Chicken property on Old Ocean City Boulevard in Berlin is far from a new pastime, although one name seems to have gathered momentum of late. Currently the property is referred to as “Berlin Falls park,” evoking Bedford Falls from the… Read more »

Wet weather postpones Worcester County Fair until September

By Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor (June 21, 2018) The sustained, soaking rains have, more or less, been weathered pretty well during the last month with few reported injuries, little spillover from the wastewater treatment plants and floodwaters receding shortly after they arrived. There has been one casualty, however, as the board of directors of the Worcester… Read more »

First ‘Bus Stop Snack Shack’ debuts in Berlin

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 21, 2018) Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services last Wednesday debuted its “Bus Stop Snack Shack” at Dr. William Henry Park on Flower Street. The program was inspired by a similar effort in Wicomico County, where local officials greet children as they get off the bus from school to provide… Read more »

Seven remain in race for OPA Board

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (July 14, 2018) If recent history is to be believed, the annual candidate draw in Ocean Pines that determines the ballot order for board candidates produces somewhat mixed results. The winner of the candidate draw — the first name on the ballot — was elected only twice in the last five… Read more »

Berlin Parks Commission Briefs

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 14, 2018) The Berlin Parks Commission last Tuesday discussed the following items during a meeting at Town Hall: Tennis court update Administrative Services Director Mary Bohlen, staff liaison to the commission, said little progress has been made on the tennis court renovations at Stephen Decatur Park. Work halted last month,… Read more »

Hope4Recovery passes zoning test

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 14, 2018) While a full house turned out last Wednesday for a Berlin Board of Zoning Appeals hearing about a proposed Hope4Recovery house in the town, the audience didn’t have to stay long. According to Board Chairman Joe Moore, an attorney, the hearing was not necessary, as the nonprofit recovery… Read more »

Law enforcement veteran seeking county sheriff role

By Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor (June 8, 2018) If school security is a campaign issue this election cycle, and according to the candidates it is, then Matt Crisafulli, candidate for Worcester County Sheriff, thinks he is the most qualified for the position. Crisafulli, who filed for the office on the first day it was legally allowable… Read more »

Candidate signs raise red flag for Pines Dir. Trendic

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (July 14, 2018) Ocean Pines Director Slobodan Trendic expressed concern last week that a possible conflict of interest exists where members of association committees have posted yard signs supporting candidates for the board of directors. At an elections committee meeting last Friday, Trendic said the practice could violate a section of… Read more »

New administrative policy for park fee waivers in Berlin

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 14, 2018) Berlin Town Administrator Laura Allen is now in charge of approving fee waivers for nonprofit use of town parks, following a 3-0 Town Council vote on Monday night. Per the amended ordinance, fees can be waived “upon request and with verification of nonprofit status.” A public hearing on… Read more »

Suicide rates up nationally, also rising in county

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 14, 2018) During a week when the Centers for Disease Control reported that “Suicide rates in the United States have risen nearly 30 percent since 1999,” the world lost a pair of luminaries to suicide, food and travel writer/TV personality Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade. Awareness is suddenly up,… Read more »