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It’s all skate on second floor at Berlin Fire Co.

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Feb. 6, 2020) The Berlin Fire Company will install a portable synthetic ice rink inside its facility for use for the entire month of March, the organization said during a quarterly report to the Berlin mayor and Town Council last Monday. “We are in the process of bringing [the ice… Read more »

Heron Park nears ‘all-clear’ signal


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer Grounds expected to open by next council session, says town administrator (Jan. 30, 2020) Berlin Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood expressed confidence that Heron Park will be able to reopen by the next mayor and Town Council meeting when he gave his report on the park during Monday’s meeting. Fleetwood told… Read more »

Search committee needs members

DOug Parks

By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Jan. 30, 2020) Despite repeated attempts to recruit people to serve on the Ocean Pines Association Search Committee before the Feb. 1 deadline, the panel charged with soliciting candidates for the 2020 board of directors’ elections still has no members. OPA President Doug Parks said committee membership is open to… Read more »

100+ Women Who Care on the Shore gather Tuesday in Berlin

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In three years organization has raised more than $30,000 to support local nonprofits By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Jan. 30, 2020) Illustrating the power of collective efforts over individual involvement, members of 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore have raised more than $30,000 in funds over the past three years, while also generating publicity… Read more »

Delivery trucks get their own parking zone


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Jan. 30, 2020) After two more weeks of deliberation, a convenient loading zone for parcel and mail delivery trucks in downtown Berlin, as well as two designated 15-minute parking spots, were approved by the Berlin mayor and town council on Monday night. Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells suggested… Read more »

Valentines for Veterans closes Jan. 31

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Jan. 23, 2020) While special occasions are not required to offer gratitude for the sacrifices made by U.S. Armed Forces members, the Jan. 31 submission deadline is quickly approaching to participate in Caring for America’s “Valentines for Veterans” program. Caring for America Chairperson Vera Beck said the undertaking is in… Read more »

OPA Recreation and Parks Committee reorganized

Larry Perrone

By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Jan. 23, 2020) Following a brief period of inactivity, the recently reconstituted OPA Recreation and Parks Committee convened earlier this month with discussions covering both procedural matters and future projects. Board liaison Larry Perrone said the committee membership count blossomed over the past month. “We actually have four new people… Read more »

Census data means money to jurisdictions

Mary Bohlen

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer Failure to participate risks losing out on govt. grants (Jan. 23, 2020) If resident participation in the national census were to be graded on the standard A-to-F basis, Berlin would have managed a “C” 10 years ago and Worcester County would have failed. The town, the county and all its… Read more »

OPA has say over treasurer’s office

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By Elizabeth Bonin, Staff Writer County officials wait to hear from board on whether it will provide space in library (Jan. 23, 2020) The potential move of the Worcester County Treasurer’s Office to the Ocean Pines Library computer lab hinges on how the Ocean Pines Association board of directors respond to that possibility. During the… Read more »

Fisher prepares OP marina for another successful year

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Jan. 16, 2020) Although still awaiting warmer temperatures, Ocean Pines Marina manager Ron Fisher is striving to match last year’s stellar performance. “Our revenue is driven by slip rentals and gas sales,” he said. “We were fortunate this past year to have good weather most weekends.” Fisher, who also serves… Read more »