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Berlin parade, other events killed by covid

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Inability to social distance causes schedule changes By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 17, 2020) The covid-19 Grinch might not steal Christmas this year, but it has caused the cancellation of one of Berlin’s signature Christmas events — the annual parade, which draws throngs of spectators from the area. The pandemic, and the town’s efforts… Read more »

Candidate list certified for Berlin election set for Oct. 6

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 17, 2020) The Berlin Board of Supervisors of Elections last Tuesday certified the remaining candidates for inclusion on the ballot for the municipal election on Oct. 6. All the candidates met the minimum requirements to qualify for the election: residing in Berlin, being registered voters in the town and,… Read more »

Pair of Pines Golf Committee members quit over inaction

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 17, 2020) Recently resigned OPA Golf Committee charter member Olga Novy clarified this week that her decision to step down was not because of ground conditions at the Ocean Pines Golf Course. “The golf course is in terrible condition. However, this happens historically every summer,” she said. “It is a matter… Read more »

OP creating succession standards

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By Greg Ellison When time comes to hire new GM, directors will have guidelines and procedures (Sept. 17, 2020) When the time comes to make changes in the Ocean Pines Association’s top layers of administration, the board of directors plans to be ready by establishing an evaluation process for future hires at the general manager… Read more »

Chief Massey keeps busy in familiar space as instructor

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 10, 2020) After retiring at the start of August, former Ocean Pines Police Chief Dave Massey recently returned for a pair of recognition ceremonies but appears far from finished in the law enforcement arena. Following a small-scale retirement celebration for Massey On Aug. 27 at the Ocean Pines Golf Clubhouse that… Read more »

OPA revises mask policy, staff tests positive

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 10, 2020) The Ocean Pines Association, which announced last week another employee had tested positive for coronavirus, was contacted by the Worcester Health Department regarding health safety guidelines during board meetings. OPA Board member Steve Tuttle said a resident emailed her concerns about masks after witnessing several members remove face coverings… Read more »

County billing Comcast for OP water woe

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By Greg Ellison Subcontractor broke lines during cable installation (Sept. 10, 2020) After multiple disruptions of water service in Ocean Pines caused by Comcast subcontractors drilling into underground pipes while laying cable underground, Worcester County officials are looking to recoup the associated repair costs. Worcester County Commissioner Chip Bertino said after sending an initial bill… Read more »

Filing deadline passes, Berlin election set

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Five candidates on ballot for mayor, with contests for council dist. 3 and at-large By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 10, 2020) The ballot is set for the Berlin municipal election on Oct. 6, with the passing of the candidate filing deadline last Friday at 5 p.m. The race for mayor has five candidates: Jennifer… Read more »

Fire leaves seven people homeless

Unattended barbecue grill identified as cause of blaze that leveled family’s home By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 10, 2020) Firefighters from Berlin, Showell, Bishopville and Willards responded to a fire on Monday at 3:45 p.m. at 8336 Circle Road in Berlin that left seven people homeless. The single-story home was owned by Burley Collins…. Read more »

Second candidate files for Berlin District 3

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By Ally Lanasa (Sept. 10, 2020) Shaneka Nichols, a Flower Street resident, filed for the District 3 Berlin Town Council seat last Wednesday and will face Dan Packey in the nonpartisan election. “Public office wasn’t something I ever saw myself doing, However, when it was brought to my attention that my predecessor, Mr. Brittingham, was… Read more »