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PHOTO BY GREG ELLISON Ocean Pines Association Director Tom Janasek, left, and General Manager John Viola fist bump after clearing the air over previous comments involving job performance criticisms during a special board meeting in November.


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PHOTO BY GREG ELLISON Before resigning from the Ocean Pines Association Board in October, Director Steve Tuttle expressed disappointment over recent contention among members.

Berlin Mayor and Council

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ALLY LANASA/BAYSIDE GAZETTE Zackery Tyndall was sworn in as the new mayor of Berlin by Susan Braniecki, clerk of the Circuit Court for Worcester County, on Oct. 13. Then, Tyndall swore into office the three elected officials. Pictured, from left, are District 2 Councilmember Jack Orris, District 3 Councilmember Shaneka Nichols, Mayor Tyndall and At-Large… Read more »

Temperature Check

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PHOTO COURTESY WORCESTER PREPARATORY SCHOOL Worcester Preparatory School Director of Advancement Betsy Hornung takes freshman Sam Menendez’s temperature as he exits the bus on Sept. 1. Director of College Counseling Vickie Garner assists by logging any pertinent information.

Ocean Pines seeking Jenkins Point funding

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 24, 2020) After receiving no comment from community members, Ocean Pines will continue to work with the Maryland Coastal Bays Program to request Department of Natural Resources funding for restoring migratory bird nesting habitats at Jenkins and Osprey Points. Ocean Pines Association President Larry Perrone said the decision to proceed with… Read more »

Berlin leaders lobby for help on utility regs

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Meeting with legislators concentrates on savings By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Dec. 24, 2020) The Berlin Mayor and Council held a work session virtually with District 38 legislators last Thursday to discuss the electric utility’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards, the multi-purpose building on Flower Street and covid-19 funding and resources to the town. Berlin’s electric… Read more »

OP pending budget outlook unclear

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With so many variables, it’s tough to know how year will end, and how future looks By Greg Ellison (Dec. 24, 2020) Handicapping potential assessment increases in the Ocean Pines Association’s budget for next year would be challenging as it is, but the absence of covid-19 relief funds makes it worse. General Manager John Viola… Read more »

County students start winter break with eye on Jan.

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Dec. 24, 2020) Students in Worcester County  are getting their winter break before returning to school in person or online in the new year. Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School on Racetrack Road in Berlin is following the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington’s direction to return virtually after winter break from Jan…. Read more »

Berlin’s utility finances projected for years

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Jean Holloway advises town officials to increase water, sewer rates in near future By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Dec. 17, 2020) Berlin government needs to narrow the gap between the water it pumps and the water it bills, Jean Holloway, from Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc. (SERCAP) in Delaware and Eastern Maryland told the… Read more »

County promises fire departments funding

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 17, 2020) Local fire and EMS companies, having lost out on CARES Act financial relief because of shifting requirements and confusing paperwork, got a sympathetic hearing from the Worcester County Commissioners in a special session last Wednesday in Snow Hill. Demonstrating that sympathy, County Commissioner President Joe Mitrecic opened the meeting… Read more »