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Berlin Restaurant Week runs through Sunday


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 10, 2019) Fifteen local restaurants are taking part in the 2019 Berlin Restaurant Week, which began on Monday and will continue through Sunday. The event began in 2016 to encourage patrons to try new eateries and to dine during the offseason, as restaurants offer special menus and discounts in an… Read more »

Community talks to be held on tax and fee increases

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 3, 2019) The next Town of Berlin budget will probably include property tax and utility fee increases, and public discussions related to how and to what levels that would occur could have implications on the next decade or more. Last month, representatives from Ocean City firm PKS & Company, in… Read more »

Santa visits Cedar Chapel School


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 3, 2019) A decades-long local holiday tradition continued last month, as Santa Claus and one of his top elves visited the Cedar Chapel Special School in Snow Hill to deliver presents to students. The school has 55 students between the ages of 3 and 21 with moderate to severe disabilities…. Read more »

Buckingham Elementary unveils new mural


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 3, 2019) Just before going on Christmas break, students and faculty at Buckingham Elementary in Berlin unveiled a new mural at the school. Planning for the months-long project began last year and in October muralist Amanda Pellerin from the Baltimore based Young Audiences program began working with students to put… Read more »

Farmers seeking PMT rollout delay


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 3, 2019) Members of the Delmarva Poultry Industry trade association are seeking a delay in the rollout of environmental regulations they contend will inflict severe financial damage on local farmers. DPI officials said they are concerned by the “Phosphorus Management Tool” that was developed a decade ago by University of… Read more »

The Year in Review: Ortt Companies spearhead OPA turnaround


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 27, 2018) Hiring of the Matt Ortt Companies this year to oversee Ocean Pines food and beverage operations was the linchpin of a remarkable fiscal turnaround for an association entity that had lost $1.6 million over two years. About $1 million of those losses were attributed to bad budgeting –… Read more »

The Year in Review: Berlin Little League teams win state titles


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 27, 2018) By all accounts, it was another milestone year for Berlin Little League. Vice President of Baseball Operations Ron Knerr in October praised players, staff and volunteers throughout the league, saying, “It doesn’t happen by chance that in one year the Town of Berlin – tiny little Berlin on… Read more »

The Year in Review: Controversy flocked to Pines geese


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 27, 2018) To say the resident Canada geese situation in Ocean Pines was a hot topic this year would be something of an understatement. The Ocean Pines Association announced in June it had “contracted with the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services for… Read more »

The Year in Review: Berlin, OPA celebrate milestone anniversaries


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 27, 2018) The Ocean Pines Association turned 50 this year, while the Town of Berlin celebrated its 150th anniversary. Each community celebrated in its own way, as the association held several events throughout the year, while the town’s observance was a low-key celebration during an Oktoberfest event on Oct. 13…. Read more »

Northstar presentation well received by OPA Board, GM


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 20, 2018) Following two extensive meetings with representatives from Northstar Club Management Software last week, Ocean Pines officials appear to be closing in on selecting the company to furnish new software to run much of the community’s operations. Northstar Sales Director Jim Wisniewski and Director of Product Development Imran Balkhi… Read more »