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Officials get inside look at Berlin Fire Company

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New council members get facility tour, update on why service costs what it does By Greg Ellison (April 1, 2021) Berlin Fire Company leadership provided recently elected town officials an in-depth facility tour, including an overview of equipment and staffing needs, at operation headquarters at 214 North Main Street on Monday evening. In addition to… Read more »

Teacher of the Year awarded to Worcester Tech instructor

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By Jack Chavez (April 1, 2021) To win a Teacher of the Year award in any year is significant. But to win it after a year when little of the traditional learning experience applied is a distinguished honor. Such was the experience for Worcester Technical High School instructor Aarti Sangwan, who earned the Worcester County… Read more »

Berlin nudges property tax up 1.5 cents

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By Greg Ellison Council says mayor’s plan to keep old rate won’t work (March 25, 2021) The Berlin Town Council spent two hours Monday night vetting a proposal from Mayor Zack Tyndall to keep property tax rates static for FY22 but eventually voted for a minor increase to 81.5 cents per $100 of assessed value…. Read more »

Berlin Town Council approves reserve policy

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By Greg Ellison (March 25, 2021) The Berlin Town Council voted unanimously this week to approve a previously rejected general fund reserve policy. Finance Director Natalie Saleh said no additional changes or adjustments were made to a draft version of the reserve policy discussed in detail during the mayor and Council meeting on March 8…. Read more »

OP Board looks to self-evaluate

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Plan proposes to improve working environment and directors’ professionalism By Greg Ellison (March 25, 2021) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors is launching a self-evaluation process to gauge the performance of directors and officers. Director Dr. Colette Horn introduced the proposal, which would begin with board members completing a detailed survey. Horn said the evaluation… Read more »

Short-term rentals proposal prompts extended comments

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By Greg Ellison (March 25, 2021) Although a motion for short-term rental guidelines was delayed because a town hall meeting on the topic is scheduled next month, Ocean Pines residents spent nearly two hours airing their views on the proposed rules during a board of directors’ virtual meeting Saturday. Board member Dr. Colette Horn preempted… Read more »

Future use of Heron Park in Berlin uncertain

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (March 18, 2021) The Berlin mayor and Town Council heard a variety of ideas Monday night about the future of Heron Park, with some residents in favor of selling parcels 410 and 57, while others suggested transforming the property into an entertainment venue. Berlin resident Tony Weeg began the discussion… Read more »

Berlin receives $50K in grants for facade fix-ups

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Program has given facelift to numerous businesses By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (March 18, 2021) Businesses in Berlin’s Main Street District will have access to more funding for façade improvements, following the town’s receipt last week of a $50,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). “I apply for a community… Read more »

Elections Committee weighs details of referendum

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Clock on ballot mailing will start ticking on March 27 By Greg Ellison (March 18, 2021) Sorting out details for an upcoming referendum on whether to limit the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors’ spending authority dominated discussions during the Elections Committee meeting last Friday. The board has scheduled a public hearing on Saturday, March… Read more »

OP Yacht Club sets sail for ‘normal’ summer

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By Greg Ellison (March 18, 2021) After closing following its New Year’s celebration, the Ocean Pines Yacht Club reopened this past weekend with a slew of pre-St. Patrick’s Day specials in hopes that greener pastures are on the horizon. Matt Ortt Companies CEO Ralph DeAngelus said the Yacht Club returned to service at noon last… Read more »