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Disbelief following cell tower lease rejection

By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 13, 2018) Calvert Crosslands partner Barb Pivec said she was blindsided by the Worcester County Commissioners’ decision last week to reject a lease agreement for a cell tower site at the Ocean Pines Wastewater Treatment Plant. Pivec said she entered the meeting with the belief the lease would be approved…. Read more »

County found not in compliance

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 13, 2018) Based on an Oct. 9 complaint filed with the state’s Open Meeting Compliance Board by this paper, the Worcester County Commissioners were cleared of violating the open meeting act in one instance, but found not in compliance in another. In a letter dated Dec. 10 from Jonathan A…. Read more »

Berlin resident recalls meeting Pres. Bush

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 6, 2018) Berlin resident Mike Wiley last week marked the passing of 41st U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush on Nov. 30 by sharing a story and photos of the time they met. Wiley was a shift lieutenant at Anne Arundel County Fire Station 23 when Bush was vice president… Read more »

‘Artists Giving Back’ build bridges

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 6, 2018) Organizers of the third annual “Artists Giving Back” last Tuesday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Berlin said the event was about more than filling a few hundred empty stomachs with free meals. The larger impact, organizers said, was breaking down barriers – both social and geographic… Read more »

‘The friendliest police dog you’ll ever meet’

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 6, 2018) Dock, a one-year-old golden retriever that just began working with the Berlin Police Department and Worcester County Bureau of Investigations, is bringing new meaning to “Officer Friendly.” The outgoing pup is full of energy and loves to be around people – just ask first before you pet him…. Read more »

Commissioners pan Ocean Pines cell tower

By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 6, 2018) No Verizon cell tower will be erected on county property in Ocean Pines, following the Worcester County Commissioners’ rejection Tuesday of a lease agreement that fell far short of what the commissioners expected. The tower, which would have been built and owned by the Calvert County company, Calvert… Read more »

Packed event last Friday helped with town parking study

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 29, 2018) Berlin Main Street was exceptionally busy during a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony and launch of the holiday season last Friday. Along with the towering tree, placed just off the porch of the Atlantic Hotel, thousands of people were visiting shops and restaurants, taking free reindeer-drawn sleigh rides with Santa… Read more »

Town continues green initiatives

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 29, 2018) The Town of Berlin continued its progressive approach to governing last week by sending representatives from its planning, economic development and water resources departments to the first Maryland Climate Change Leadership Academy. Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science,… Read more »

What to do with the multipurpose building?

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 29, 2018) Approximately 50 community members gathered at the Stephen Decatur Middle School last Monday night to talk about “a real opportunity for East Berlin,” and about what to do next with the multipurpose building on Flower Street. The town has plans to build a community center somewhere on Flower… Read more »