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Enjoy, but remember

We look to welcoming our seasonal visitors back to the Berlin, Ocean Pines, West Ocean City, Ocean City and the Worcester County region. While you were away, we celebrated, as Berlin became America’s “coolest small town.” But we also grieved as two brothers were struck along Rte. 113 in Berlin, killing one and seriously injuring… Read more »

Impact of single branch

Sometimes, one of the most important issues concerning a community can come down to a single item. In this case, a tree. Berlin’s Town Council discussed one particular tree on private property and how it seems to be leaning further and closer to power lines. Berlin has apparently been in touch with the home owner,… Read more »

Cannery Village approval was correct decision

We think The Berlin Planning Commission’s approval of the 44-unit Cannery Village housing development to be a good decision. For those who don’t know, this project is different for Berlin. It’s a rental community where each unit will be made available for the tenant to purchase after 15 years of occupancy. Andrew Hanson, vice president… Read more »

Berlin’s success cool for entire region

So this is probably going to be the last week I’ll get to say the name “Cazenovia” as in the town finishing second behind Berlin in the Budget Travel Magazine coolest small town contest. Berlin and its Mayor Gee Williams wanted this win badly. Along with the County, the region and even Governor Martin O’Malley,… Read more »

Your votes could help make Berlin ‘coolest’

When Berlin Mayor Gee Williams attended a recent Maryland Mayors Conference in Annapolis, one of the last comments of the meeting came from Governor Martin O’Malley wishing Williams and Berlin well in its effort to win America’s Coolest Small Town of 2014 contest. Budget Travel Magazine sponsors the contest. According to the mayor, he was… Read more »

Assembly to consider quality county funding

County residents who love Worcester County’s environmental beauty such in its waterways, green spaces and parks, should be encouraged by state budget allocations coming out of the General Assembly. Worcester should receive over $300,000 from Program Open Space that will be used for land acquisition or infrastructure of existing local parks. Other expenditures include funding… Read more »

Taking the ‘Happy’ out of New Year for 1.3 million

There are over 1.3 million Americans, including 23,000 Marylanders who will be missing the “Happy” and perhaps dreading the New Year. Congress is in recess, and it didn’t take any action in extending long term-unemployment benefits prior to its holiday break. Those benefits expired this past Saturday, Dec. 28., just three days after Christmas and… Read more »

Best of times ahead

Aside from being one of the best writers in the history of the written word, Charles Dickens gave us such grand opening lines in his “Tale of Two Cities” that they have been employed in other writing to the point of ridiculousness. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it… Read more »

Council faces much work with redistricting ahead

Berlin’s Board of Election Supervisors and the mayor and Town Council sat down for a work session on Monday evening. The focus was on Berlin’s increase in population from roughly 3,000 to almost 4,500 in the 10 years since the last federal census was taken. What looks to be more difficult than locating people in… Read more »

Ocean Pines Association should OK conduct codes

Sometimes a proposal, a statement or even the wording of a code can hit a raw nerve. That’s what seemingly occurred at the Dec. 4 Ocean Pines Association work session when Director Terri Mohr gave colleagues background material for a motion to reinstitute an OPA code of conduct at the upcoming Dec. 18 meeting. Director… Read more »