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Berlin budget work begins, but no tax increases planned

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 3, 2018) A Berlin water rate study is underway, but that won’t mean rates will be going up in the town’s 2019 budget, nor will the property tax rate be changing, Town Administrator Laura Allen said Tuesday. Allen said the results of the study won’t be delivered until later in… Read more »

Dorman reelected Snow Hill Mayor

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 3, 2018) Snow Hill Mayor Charlie Dorman was reelected to a fourth term on Tuesday, 188 to 106 votes, over challenger Brian Gilliland. Election officials said 29 absentee ballots and two provisional ballots were cast. Dorman, 76, was first elected in 2012 and reelected without opposition in 2014 and 2016…. Read more »

Ortt, DeAngelus pledge fresh start for OP restaurants

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 26, 2018) A full house at the Ocean Pines Community Center last Thursday ate up much of what new food and beverage consultant Matt Ortt Companies had to say. The Berlin based company was recently hired to oversee operations at the yacht and beach club. Matt Ortt spoke first, joking… Read more »

Board, Bailey meet with ownership

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 26, 2018) Questions during a first of its kind Ocean Pines Association town hall meeting last Thursday took on a wide range of tone and topics, as General Manager John Bailey and several board members fielded inquiries for just over an hour. One of the more heated exchanges of the… Read more »

Berlin blaze damages downtown

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 26, 2018) A fire in downtown Berlin on Monday devastated a local business and shut down portions of Main Street for several hours. Fire alarms sounded at about 8:25 a.m. and multiple agencies responded to a fire at the former Donaway Furniture Building on 11 South Main Street. The blaze… Read more »

A.M. mindfulness program targeted by Berlin pastor

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 26, 2018) A “mindfulness” program at a Worcester County school has drawn the ire of a local church, whose pastor has condemned the yoga-based exercise as a product of Satan. SonRise Church Pastor Daryl McCready stated his case against the Buckingham Elementary School morning ritual during his March 26 service… Read more »

Berlin introduces $7.05 million gen. fund budget draft

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 19, 2018) The Town of Berlin introduced the first draft of its fiscal 2019 general fund budget Monday by unveiling a $7.05 million package that contains a projected decrease of almost 9 percent. General fund spending covers elected officials, administration, finance, customer accounts, buildings and grounds, police, public works, sanitation,… Read more »

Light-hearted signs point to downtown Berlin

Along with volunteering at town events, Wiley handles slogans at Rt. 50 entrance By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 19, 2018) Although some issues were reported with new parking systems in the Ocean City inlet lot, parking in downtown Berlin remains free and relatively painless. A town sign near the corner of Route 50 and… Read more »

Ahoy! Pirate ship makes landfall at White Horse Park

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 19, 2018) After sitting adrift in the public works yard for several months, the infamous Ocean Pines pirate ship playground this week sailed into White Horse Park. Fueled by a donation from the Mary Mac Foundation, Inc., the structure was installed last year at the yacht club, but removed because… Read more »