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Berlin budget unveiled, with hearing set

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$6.8 million package up from $6.3M in current plan By Greg Ellison (May 13, 2021) The Berlin Town Council introduced its FY22 general fund budget by ordinance on Monday, with a public hearing scheduled on May 24. Mayor Zack Tyndall said the proposed $6.8 million budget is balanced and represents an increase of $532,879 or… Read more »

OP has five board applicants

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David Hardy submits application ahead of deadline to enter race By Greg Ellison (May 13, 2021)  The filing deadline for the Ocean Pines Board of Directors election arrived on Monday with a handful of applicants surfacing to compete for a pair of open seats. “We have five applicants,” board Secretary Camilla Rogers said Tuesday. Applying… Read more »

Berlin’s 2nd Friday to include art, music, activities for kids

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By Greg Ellison (May 13, 2021) After kicking off the season last month, Berlin’s 2nd Friday returns tomorrow at 5 p.m., with downtown overflowing with artists, musical performers and children’s activities. Berlin Economic & Community Development Director Ivy Wells said this year’s inaugural run in April was a resounding success. “I was pleasantly surprised and… Read more »

Custom painting pitched for Henry Park basketball courts

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By Greg Ellison (May 13, 2021) Berlin native and hoops enthusiast Adrian Bowen is hoping to launch a community project to beautify the basketball courts in Henry Park with an array of bright colors to make the site more appealing for players of all ages. Bowen, who was accompanied by Carol Rose, presented the proposal… Read more »

Crash throws toddler in bay, hero jumps in

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Two-year-old recovering from 25-foot fall into water By Greg Wehner (May 6, 2021) A 2-year-old toddler is safe after being ejected from a car and into Assawoman Bay during a multicar crash that left one vehicle dangling over the side of the Route 90 bridge on Sunday. As horrific as the accident sounds, there were… Read more »

Berlin Youth Club’s summer camp activities in person

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By Greg Ellison (May 6, 2021) The Berlin Youth Club summer camp will return to in-person activities this summer, after employing a virtual format last year because of the covid-19 pandemic. Dr. Jennifer Leggour, executive director of Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, provided the Berlin Parks Commission an update on 2021 program plans during… Read more »

Berlin’s Jazz, Blues Bash returns


After pandemic closed it last year, annual music  fest ready for high notes By Greg Ellison (May 6, 2021) Returning after a hiatus in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, a scaled-back version of the Berlin Jazz & Blues Wine & Brews Festival will take place on Main Street this Friday through Sunday. Initially launched… Read more »

Community bike ride in Pines well attended

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Healthy contingent joins in safety-first activity traveling 14 miles throughout area By Greg Ellison (May 6, 2021) Roughly five-dozen riders suited up for a community bike ride sponsored by the Worcester County Bike and Pedestrian Coalition in Ocean Pines last Saturday afternoon. Early arrivals began to cycle in just after 3 p.m. for the 14-mile… Read more »

OP spending referendum hotly debated


Daly defends board stance, recommends different limit By Greg Ellison (April 29, 2021) The referendum question to hold the Ocean Pines Board of Directors to a $1 million spending limit for unauthorized capital projects generated sparks during its meeting last Wednesday. During public comments, Director Frank Daly stood up and walked to the microphone facing… Read more »

Directors reject participating in self-evaluation


By Greg Ellison (April 29, 2021) Opposition from two members of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors last Wednesday led Director Dr. Colette Horn to withdraw a motion to go into closed session to discuss the directors’ self-evaluations. Horn said the grounds for entering closed session last week was because it involved personnel matters,… Read more »