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OPA Sec. Farr qualifies candidates

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Farr replaces Wheatley, who steps down to seek regular seat on board of directors The Ocean Pines Association shook up its ranks on Friday when Josette Wheatley resigned her position as board of directors secretary ahead of her bid to join the board. “Although it’s not a requirement that she resign, she resigned her secretary… Read more »

Berlin’s Spring Cruisers take to streets Saturday

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Vintage wheels will be rolling down Berlin’s Main Street once again this Saturday for the annual Berlin Spring Cruisers event. For the second year in a row, the event will be at full force after previous renditions of cruising events had to accommodate covid-19 restrictions. Starting at 6 a.m., Main Street and adjacent streets, including… Read more »

Annual Ocean City Springfest celebration runs through Sunday

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By Greg Wehner, Staff Writer (May 5, 2022) Ocean City will officially kick off its visitor season this weekend by celebrating the 31st annual Springfest, featuring an open-air layout for patrons to browse vendor tents, listen to music, play games, and partake of local flavors. The festival, which runs from Thursday through Sunday, will take… Read more »

Berlin Farmers Market kicks off 2022 season

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The Berlin Farmers Market kicked off the spring and summer season last weekend with a few more vendors, now that covid-19 restrictions have eased to the point that they can squeeze in a few more booths. “(The turnout this weekend) was wonderful,” said Berlin Economic and Community Development Administrative Assistant… Read more »

OP leadership gives crash course to board hopefuls

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The Ocean Pines Search Committee continued its engagement with residents on April 28 as it searched for more applicants to throw their hats in the ring for the three Ocean Pines Board of Directors seats up for grabs later this year. Much of the virtual discussion dealt with the nuts… Read more »

Jazz and Blues this Saturday

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The Berlin Chamber of Commerce’s Jazz and Blues, Wine and Brews festival comes back to Main Street at full strength on Saturday, a year removed from having to accommodate covid-19 restrictions to facilitate the event. The free, eight-hour event, from 2-10 p.m., will feature two alternating stages — one for… Read more »

Berlin approves smart water meters

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By Greg Ellison (April 28, 2022) In an effort to improve the accuracy of water bills, the Berlin Town Council on Monday agreed to spend about three quarter of a million dollars to acquire smart meters. Water Resources Superintendent Jamey Latchum said a report delivered in February by Jean Holloway, from Southeast Rural Community Assistance… Read more »

Berlin Council briefs

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By Greg Ellison (April 28, 2022) The Berlin mayor and Town Council weighed an event approval, while also considering revised flag designs and updating the walking path in Stephen Decatur Park during its meeting on Monday. Taylor House concert Council members voted unanimously in favor of a request from the Taylor House Museum to sell… Read more »

OP financials strong as fiscal year nears end

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By Greg Ellison (April 28, 2022) With a month remaining in its current fiscal year, the Ocean Pines Association is beating its budget by roughly $1.6 million, aided by positive revenue and expense figures for March. General Manager John Viola and Office Manager Linda Martin reviewed the latest numbers for the board of directors last… Read more »

Berlin awarded state grant for safety issues downtown

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By Greg Ellison (April 21, 2022) The Town of Berlin has received state funding for public safety improvements to keep gatherings peaceful downtown and to deter crime and vandalism. Berlin officials last week announced the receipt of a Community Safety Business District Grant of $76,300 that was awarded through the Department of Housing and Community… Read more »