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Cruisin’ OC returns to resort, Berlin

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 17, 2019) The 29th annual Cruisin’ Ocean City event rolled into the resort on Thursday and will continue until Sunday. This nationally-recognized show attracts more than 3,000 customs, hot rods, street machines, classics and other vehicles from over 20 states, and Canada. “It’s just become a tradition,” Event Promoter… Read more »

Spending cuts lead to lower budget at intro.

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Fifteen percent reduction included in first reading By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) The Berlin mayor and Town Council introduced a $15.6 million budget for fiscal year 2020 during its Monday night meeting, revealing a spending package that is substantially less than its immediate predecessor. “This has been a challenging budget cycle –… Read more »

Oversight caused lack of annual mtg. notice

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) Members of the Ocean Pines Association apparently have not been receiving proper notification of the annual meeting for the past few years, and the Elections Committee intends to correct that immediately. During the Election’s Committee meeting last Friday, Chairman Steve Habeger brought it to the committee’s attention… Read more »

Berlin’s real property tax rate set

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Property owners will pay 12 cents more, based on new 80 cent per $100 structure By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) It’s going to cost 12 cents more per $100 of assessed value to own property in Berlin, after the Berlin Town Council on Monday adopted the real property tax rate for the… Read more »

Reggae Play Day returns Fri. night

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) Jah Works and Zion Reggae Band are expected to have people moving to the music Friday evening during the second annual Reggae Play Day in downtown Berlin. Sponsored by Ocean 98 radio, the event will take place from 5-9 p.m. on Main Street, with a stage set up… Read more »

Ocean Pines budget shows $200K profit

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) Although Ocean Pines originally expected a loss for fiscal year 2019, the association is now projecting a $200,000 profit against the budget, according to interim General Manager John Viola. In the monthly treasurer’s report at last Saturday’s board of directors meeting, Viola said the association had beaten… Read more »

Makers Market to open during Berlin’s 2nd Friday

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) More than 100 people are expected to attend the launch of the 2019 season of Makers Market in downtown Berlin. Heather Layton, president of the Berlin Arts and Entertainment District, said the monthly event, held in conjunction with second Friday, will run from May to October. “We want… Read more »

Berlin man indicted on 60+ sex abuse charges

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By Josh Davis, News Editor Keith Andrew Mariani, 60 of Berlin, was indicted and is being held without bond on more than 60 charges, including second-degree rape, sex abuse of a minor, and child pornography, Worcester County States Attorney Kris Heiser confirmed on Tuesday. According to court documents, Mariani was originally charged on March 27… Read more »

Resident survey choices considered

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 2, 2019) A 15 percent return on Ocean Pines’ community survey conducted last summer has members of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors considering how to address the concerns listed by the respondents. The survey was issued by the Communications Advisory Committee to all 8,452 property owners in… Read more »

Jazz and Blues, Wine and Brews festival in Berlin

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 2, 2019) Downtown Berlin is expected get jazzed up with wine, beer and live music this weekend at the 13th annual Jazz and Blues, Wine and Brews Festival. Presented by the Berlin Chamber of Commerce, the festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday on… Read more »