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Town of Berlin remembers PW Superintendent Purnell

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 7, 2018) Residents and town officials gathered last Friday at Dr. William Henry Park in Berlin to remember former Public Works Superintendent Wendell Ennis Purnell. Born Feb. 16, 1948 in Berlin, Purnell passed away on May 14 at Genesis HealthCare in Salisbury, according to his official obituary. He graduated from… Read more »

Over 200 graduate from Decatur

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 8, 2018) Family, friends and loved ones showed roaring support for the 286 graduates of Stephen Decatur High School, Wednesday, May 30, at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street in Ocean City. “This is a very special graduation class to me,” Principal Thomas Zimmer said. “When I… Read more »

Pines schedules reserve study mtg on Friday, June 22

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 7, 2018) “This will be an open meeting for everybody’s brother – and we’ll publicize the heck out of it,” Ocean Pines Association General Manager John Bailey said last Thursday, as he described a newly scheduled session about the long-dormant reserve study. The association in 2015 approved a $31,800 contract… Read more »

Patients caught in Medicare gap

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 31, 2018) Thousands of Medicare patients nationwide taking certain drugs at infusion therapy outpatient centers are finding themselves in a difficult position. As these centers refer patients to less costly home-based therapy, Medicare patients are being left out because Medicare, unlike other major insurers, won’t cover it. Locally, the policy… Read more »

Law Enforcement Torch Run, Monday

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 31, 2018) Law enforcement officers representing Worcester County and beyond will take part in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Relay for Special Olympics Maryland, on Monday, June 4. Participants are encouraged to wear a Law Enforcement Torch Run T-Shirt, which costs $15 and are available for purchase at the… Read more »

Berlin Bikeways proposal backed by council

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 31, 2018) A proposed new $950,000, 1.8-mile Berlin Bikeway adjacent to the old railroad tracks was peddled successfully to the Berlin Town Council Monday, as concept of the bike path received its unanimous support. The council also voted 5-0 to approve an application for a grant from the Maryland Department… Read more »

Trendic questions new OPA ethics resolution

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 31, 2018) Ocean Pines Director Colette Horn presented a first reading of a new document on “Director Ethics and Conduct” at last Thursday’s board meeting. Formally known as Resolution B-08, the new policy was developed by an ethics work group created last year in the aftermath of an unusually contentious… Read more »

New pup ‘Josiah’ joins Cricket Center team in Berlin

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 31, 2018) Josiah, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever raised and professionally trained by nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence, was introduced this month by the Cricket Center in Berlin. The dog will assist patients at the Cricket Center, which is the only child advocacy in Worcester County for sexually and physically abused… Read more »

Pines projected losses still $1.6M

UPDATE: During an Ocean Pines Association Budget and Finance Committee meeting Thursday, Finance Director Steve Phillips said with the release of April financials the year-end deficit for fiscal 2018 stood at about $1.2 million. He said the two-year deficit was now $1.6 million. Phillips credited austerity measures put into place by General Manager John Bailey… Read more »