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Berlin 50plus members give back to help pets in shelter

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 9, 2021) Roughly 50 members of Berlin’s 50plus Center are teaming up on a pair of holiday donation drives to aid homeless people, as well as animals sheltered at the Worcester County Humane Society. Kelly Jenkins, site supervisor at the Berlin 50plus Center, said the center on Old Ocean City Road… Read more »

Berlin HDC permits restaurant makeover

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 9, 2021) Following several months of back and forth exchanges over its design, plans for the 410 Social Eatery and Barroom on the corner of Pitts and William streets were approved last Wednesday by the Berlin Historic District Commission. After rejecting initial renderings in October, the commission last month voted 4-1,… Read more »

Berlin Parade still makes spectacle of itself

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Berlin’s extraordinary holiday procession draws huge crowds and will again tonight for its 50th anniversary By Greg Ellison (Dec. 2, 2021) Billed as the “largest holiday parade on the Eastern Shore,” Berlin’s 50th annual Christmas Parade will wind its way down Main Street tonight beginning at 7 p.m. Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells… Read more »

Bowen honored as Eastern Star ‘Past Grand Worthy Matron’

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 2, 2021) After volunteering for half a century with the Order of the Eastern Star, Berlin native Glendola Bowen was enshrined as a “Past Grand Worthy Matron” during the organization’s annual meeting last month in Baltimore. “It really was a surprise,” she said. The Myra Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern… Read more »

Berlin welcomes first ‘Ugly Sweater Run4Recovery’ on Saturday

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 2, 2021) Looking to increase support for people battling addiction, local nonprofits Hope4Recovery and Worcester Goes Purple will host their first “Ugly Sweater Run4Recovery” on Saturday in Berlin from 9 a.m. to noon. Patricia Ottey with Hope4Recovery said the “family fun” 5K run begins and ends in front of the Atlantic… Read more »

Viola steps down as Ocean Pines GM

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(Dec. 2, 2021) Leadership changes are coming in Ocean Pines after General Manager John Viola announced his resignation from the Ocean Pines Association’s top post on Wednesday. Association President Larry Perrone issued a statement on the matter on Wednesday afternoon. “John decided to resign to begin his well-deserved retirement,” Perrone said. Viola took the reins… Read more »

Berlin to open holidays with tree lighting

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Ice sculpting competition returns in all its cold glory By Greg Ellison (Nov. 25, 2021) After launching an adapted Christmas season kick-off event in 2020 because of covid-19, Berlin continues its Ice Ice and Tree Lighting shindig staring at 5 p.m. on Friday. Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells said prior to last year… Read more »

OP Elections Committee changes chair

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By Greg Ellison (Nov. 25, 2021) In addition to changing chairperson assignments, the Ocean Pines Elections Committee examined final edits for an annual report and pondered ways to improve the elections process at its meeting on Friday. Chairman Steve Habeger offered his resignation, noting that his term and that of member Mark Heintz had expired… Read more »

Tree-lighting ceremony goes live

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Last years was virtual, but ‘Hometown’ celebration this year returns to usual format By Greg Ellison (Nov. 25, 2021) After switching to a virtual format last year, Ocean Pines 11th annual “Hometown Christmas Tree Lighting,” event is scheduled on Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m. in White Horse Park. Recreation Supervisor Katie Goetzinger said holiday revelers… Read more »

OP reaffirms cash for Jenkins Point project

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Coastal Bays officials offer to help association solicit grants for larger endeavor By Greg Ellison (Nov. 25, 2021) Looking to take a second swipe at securing state funding for a proposed restoration of Jenkins Point, Maryland Coastal Bays Program Watershed Coordinator Steve Farr reconfirmed financial support from the Ocean Pines Board on Saturday. “Last year… Read more »