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Deadlines for 2020 Berlin election

Town Hall Front

By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (July 23, 2020) Berlin Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen and the Board of Supervisors of Elections reviewed the 2020 Berlin municipal election schedule during its meeting on Tuesday, July 14. Voter registration and regular candidate filing are due on Sept. 4. The town will also begin accepting absentee voting applications… Read more »

Fourth candidate joins mayoral race

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Jennifer Allen says she will be voice for Berlin citizens and bring fresh perspective By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (July 23, 2020) Berlin resident Jennifer Allen, 68, became the fourth candidate for mayor in the Oct. 6 municipal election ballot after filing on Monday. Allen will run against incumbent Mayor Gee Williams, District 2 Councilmember… Read more »

Water quality at safe level off beach at racquet club

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By Greg Ellison (July 16, 2020) After reports last week that bacteria counts in the St. Martin River next to the Ocean Pines Swim and Racquet Club exceeded EPA safety standards, water sample data from July 8 compiled by Assateague Coastkeeper Kathy Phillips showed that water quality had dropped back to acceptable levels. Enterococci bacteria… Read more »

Oyster gardens aid water quality

•Oyster Reef Donation

By Greg Ellison (July 16, 2020) Oyster spat, although barely visible to the naked eye, could have sizeable impacts on pollution levels in the St. Martin River watershed. Long regarded as Maryland’s coastal bays’ most compromised body of water, the St. Martin River and its tributaries have improved via the water filtration provided by oyster… Read more »

Schools keep options open

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (July 16, 2020) Although local educators would prefer to return to face-to-face instruction when schools open this fall, the Worcester County Board of Education is keeping its options open. The board discussed three possibilities for that in a draft of its “Responsible Return” model at its meeting on Tuesday. Among… Read more »

Faulty audio leads to short session for mayor, council

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer Facebook Live wasn’t live enough for people to hear discussions during session (July 16, 2020) Poor audio quality resulted in the quick postponement of Monday’s  Berlin Mayor and Council meeting, as viewers apparently struggled to follow the discussion on a Facebook Live stream. Just 15 minutes into the meeting, the… Read more »

Police, military honor terminally ill veteran


By Greg Ellison (July 9, 2020) More than 50 vehicles paid tribute to retired Anne Arundel County Police Cpl. Doug Juckett, 80, in a drive-by ceremony Monday at the Macky & Pam Stansell House Coastal Hospice in Ocean Pines. Charlie Dorman, past president with the Ocean City-Berlin Optimist Club, helped organize the gathering of law enforcement… Read more »

OP Kiwanis Club turns 40 during pandemic

Kiwanis Banners from Page shed

By Greg Ellison (July 9, 2020) After decades of sponsoring community enrichment campaigns, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City will mark its 40th anniversary this year, albeit in a subdued manner because of covid-19 concerns. Public Relations/Press Chairman Dave Landis said the group, which was originally designated as the Kiwanis Club Berlin-Ocean Pines,… Read more »

Berlin museum adds exhibit with narration for first time

•Fassett Exhibit

By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (July 9, 2020) The Calvin B. Taylor House Museum on North Main Street in Berlin reopened to the public last Wednesday with a new exhibit about Cpl. Isaiah Fassett. “The new Isaiah Fassett exhibit has several pieces to it,” said Melissa Reid, president of the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum…. Read more »

Williams seeking to retain position as Berlin mayor

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer Three-term incumbent will face two challengers in Oct. (July 9, 2020) Incumbent Berlin Mayor Gee Williams, 71, has filed for re-election for a fourth consecutive term this week and is emphasizing his experience. “The bottom line is that I have the experience necessary to do this job well,” Williams said… Read more »