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Yes, let’s celebrate, but remember responsibilities

While Berlin is getting ready for its Victorian Christmas and many have worked hard to prepare for a successful holiday season, there is still something that can’t be forgotten. We’re not writing here that it is being placed on the back burner in favor of the holidays. That’s not the case at all. This is… Read more »

Sgt. Maj., Berlin officer Merle Bragg, Jr. honored

There’s always plenty on the agenda to be done at any particular Berlin Mayor and Council meeting. Sometimes, though, it’s important to stop the discussion of public policy and recognize a citizen who is nothing short of a true hero. That happened Monday night when Mayor William G. Williams III and the council recognized and… Read more »

Dumping personal property tax good start

The political season is certainly under way, as was evidenced Tuesday by the gathering of candidates for the General Assembly in Ocean Pines, where the consensus among these hopefuls is that Maryland is not as business-friendly as it ought to be. And, by golly, candidates will say that something ought to be done about it…. Read more »

Workforce housing project worth supporting

This week the Berlin Town Council voted to support a workforce housing project with tax and other incentives of $167,000 over the course of 15 years. The Cannery Village project, slated for the east side of Berlin, is one of several being considered throughout the state under the Maryland and Federal Community Development tax equity… Read more »

Maryland not so friendly in business tax area

A report issued this week by the Tax Foundation ranked Maryland among one of the worst in the nation for its state tax policies. The Foundation has just released its 2013-2014 State Business Tax Climate Index, ranking states based on corporate tax rates, individual income taxes, sales taxes, unemployment insurance and property taxes. Overall Maryland… Read more »

Commitee could help review, make decisions

The Ocean Pines Yacht Club was demolished this week as work on the new building got into full gear, and with that has come an uproar from some on changing work orders and materials. It’s not to be unexpected, as change orders occur in projects of any size, especially one of this nature.  What is… Read more »

Change of season, now time to enjoy ourselves

Late September not only brings a change of season with more moderate temperatures, but it’s also a time of year that locals look forward to, as the huge crowds and resulting traffic jams dissipate. For those who live here year-round or own businesses, it’s a time to relax a bit now that family, friends and… Read more »

Power struggle between Berlin Fire Co. and town

The recent ramping up of the power struggle between the Berlin Fire Company and the town serves no purpose other than to try to heighten the concerns of residents who so far have refrained from looking at the issue from an emotional standpoint. By calling for a show of resident support at the upcoming council… Read more »

Lawsuit could answer all community's questions

The lawsuit filed this week by a former Berlin Fire Company employee will now bring to full light allegations made against members of the fire company, with a federal court helping the community to decide if the rift between the town and the company warranted its defunding. While there is no question the continued deadlock… Read more »

Number of justifications for restructuring calendar

At some point over the years, state education officials changed the way the world works for public school students. There was a time, after all, when August was still a full month of vacation, because school didn’t start until after Labor Day. There are, without a doubt, any number of justifications for the restructuring of… Read more »