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Pool cards make splash at OPA Town Hall


Board promises no one will lose money on cards By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 4, 2019) Ocean Pines Association leadership several times on Saturday promised to sort through a recent argument about pool access coupon cards. Apparently, for many years the association offered refillable cards for access to Ocean Pines pools, with balances rolling over… Read more »

Budget draft has spending cuts, but also tax increases


General fund budget cuts total 18 percent, $1.3M By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 4, 2019) Some departments were cut more than others, but the numbers in the staff-prepared draft of Berlin’s general fund budget presented to the mayor and Town Council Monday night were 18 percent lower than the previous year’s spending. To go along… Read more »

Second fire this year strikes home on Snug Harbor


Berlin fire claims life of at least one pet; one missing By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 4, 2019) A house fire at 12332 Snug Harbor Road in Berlin on Monday claimed the life of at least one pet and another was missing as of Monday evening. Berlin Fire Company 3rd Assistant Chief Robert J Rhode… Read more »

Taxes and roads take over council public comments


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 28, 2019) Two men familiar with the Berlin Town Council dominated the public comments portion of a meeting Monday night, hammering elected officials on issues of taxes and roads. First was Jason Walter, a Berlin resident who in 2008 ran for the District 2 council seat. He and current At… Read more »

Committee hopes to revitalize town 2nd Friday events


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 28, 2019) Just a few years ago, downtown Berlin bustled with life during monthly 2nd Friday art strolls, with virtually each shop offering some kind of display of local artwork, as well as refreshments and special sales for visitors. More recently, the events have been limited to just a few… Read more »

Merchants also weigh in on budget


Merchants Q&A with Councilman Gulyas By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 28, 2018) “Our chief of police does not make $175,000 a year, councilmembers do, in fact, pay taxes and I’ve got the bills to prove that, and the sky is not falling and we’re not running out of money,” Berlin Town Councilman Thom Gulyas… Read more »

Opposition grows for tax and fee increases


Seniors, business owners protest increases By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 28, 2019) A crowd in the hundreds attended the public meeting Tuesday night in the Stephen Decatur High School auditorium to discuss proposed property tax and utility fee increases in the Town of Berlin. Along with many of the same speakers and public comments that… Read more »

BFP group hopes development quiets critics


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 21, 2019) While critics of the Berlin Falls park purchase believe development there should stop until town budgeting deficits are solved, members of the Berlin Falls Park Committee continue to work toward redeveloping the former industrial site. Committee Chairwoman Amy Field, in an interview last Thursday, said she was taken… Read more »

Toy Town Antiques officially open for business in Berlin


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 21, 2019) Just weeks after Walt’s Train Shop rolled out of 8 Pitts Street in downtown Berlin, Toy Town Antiques has officially stationed itself there, starting with a soft opening last weekend and officially opening Monday. The move came after public quarreling with Town of Snow Hill officials last month… Read more »

Resilience series has good info, but lackluster crowds


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 21, 2019) The audience was smaller than expected, but those who did attend three recent public meetings hosted by the Town of Berlin on environmental and operational resiliency said they were pleased with the information presented. Meetings were held in three different locations last Thursday and Saturday, and on Monday…. Read more »