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Berlin to issue RFP for new study


Rather than pursue YMCA directly, town to take broad look at community needs By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 14, 2019) Rather than jump straight into the deep end and fund a $20,000 YMCA feasibility study to gauge interest in an indoor swimming pool and other amenities, the Berlin Town Council on Monday night agreed to… Read more »

Uncle Jon’s Soaps makes fresh start in new location


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 7, 2019) About four years after opening on 12 William Street, Uncle Jon’s Soaps has moved just around the corner into a bigger and more visible space on 12 Pitts Street in downtown Berlin. “We needed more square footage. That was the main reason [for the move],” shop owner Jon… Read more »

Student art show opening Friday in Berlin


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 7, 2019) Student artists from the four Worcester County High Schools will compete for $1,400 in prizes this Friday during a contest and exhibit at the Worcester County Arts Council in Berlin. The Berlin/Ocean City Optimists Club sponsors the annual Student Art Contest and Exhibit. Arts Council Executive Director Anna… Read more »

BFC making some deadlines, missing others


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 7, 2019) Berlin Mayor Gee Williams on Monday said he was pleased with the Jan. 21 Berlin Fire Company quarterly presentation, and that working to satisfy last year’s fire and EMS funding agreement was part of a process with some necessary growing pains. On the first quarterly presentation, now mandated… Read more »

No pitchforks, but plenty of villagers

10 OPA budget hearing

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 7, 2019) Not much in the way of public comment was made when the proposed budget was unveiled to Ocean Pines membership on Jan. 12, but that was not the case last Saturday when the “recommended” budget was presented. That session generated several dozen comments over a two-hour period, most… Read more »

Chamber awards include check presentation


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 31, 2019) The Berlin Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new president and board, honored several local people, and handed a $5,000 donation to the Town of Berlin during its annual installation dinner last Tuesday at DiFebo’s Restaurant. Long-time volunteer and event planner Steve Frene was sworn in as president. Frene… Read more »

A solider, and father’s, homecoming in Berlin


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Jan. 31, 2019) Last Wednesday started like any other for 14-year-old Berlin resident Madilynn Diehl, until she got an unexpected visit in the cafeteria from what she thought was the Stephen Decatur Middle School “Bulldog” mascot during her lunch period. “I was like, ‘why is he coming in here?’” Madilynn… Read more »

Assessments surge in latest OPA budget draft

9 Assessment-History

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 31, 2019) Although the proposed fiscal year 2020 Ocean Pines budget released on Jan. 4 did not include an assessment increase, the more recent “recommended” budget published on Friday did include one and, if it survives, would represent the second-largest in association history. The $127 increase to the $951 basic… Read more »

Steen on Pines Country Club: ‘tear it down’


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 24, 2019) Ocean Pines Builder Marvin Steen volunteered a renovation estimate for the Ocean Pines Country Club last week, but after a tour of the structure last Thursday, he is seeing things differently. He attended a public budget hearing last Wednesday and, during a special board meeting that night, several… Read more »