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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 »

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 »