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Mayoral candidates address town plans

Mayor Gee Williams 2020

By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Oct. 1, 2020) With the Berlin municipal election taking place next Tuesday, the five mayoral candidates provided their opinions and plans about town issues, specifically regarding finances and growth in the area. What is your professional background and your connection to Berlin? Gee Williams: I was born and raised in… Read more »

Austin Purnell appointed to planning com.

Purnell sworn in

Audience cries foul during raucous council meeting By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Oct. 1, 2020) Awkward. That’s the only way to describe one of the more rancorous Berlin Mayor and Council meetings to be held in some time, as residents gathered Monday night to challenge the appointment of Austin Purnell to the town’s Planning and… Read more »

Daly lines up new Golf Committee chair


By Greg Ellison Board liaison sources fresh  candidate to take reins as advisory group chairperson (Sept. 24, 2020) Following the recent resignation of two Ocean Pines Golf Committee members, the board of directors’ liaison to the committee, Frank Daly, is on the verge of nominating a new chairperson and said he is encouraged by recent… Read more »

Worcester County Veterans Memorial event goes virtual

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By Greg Ellison Social distancing standard makes having live audience difficult to accommodate (Sept. 24, 2020) Unable to proceed in traditional fashion, but not wanting to skip its annual Veterans Day tribute, the Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation’s program will proceed virtually this year. In lieu of the typical gathering held on Nov. 11 at the… Read more »

As schools convene, safety guiding principle

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Public, private institutions adopt different strategies to keep students, staff safe By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 24, 2020) Public and private schools in Worcester County are adapting to new safety protocols to allow for in-person instruction, as the covid-19 pandemic continues to spread, although at a slower pace. Nearly 18 percent of public school… Read more »

Deadline nears to join Berlin race as write-in

Mary Bohlen

By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 24, 2020) Berlin residents who are interested in filing as write-in candidates for the Oct. 6 municipal election have until next Tuesday at 5 p.m. to do so. Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen said residents may obtain a filing packet from her at Town Hall, 10 William Street. The… Read more »

Berlin parade, other events killed by covid

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Inability to social distance causes schedule changes By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 17, 2020) The covid-19 Grinch might not steal Christmas this year, but it has caused the cancellation of one of Berlin’s signature Christmas events — the annual parade, which draws throngs of spectators from the area. The pandemic, and the town’s efforts… Read more »

Candidate list certified for Berlin election set for Oct. 6

Mary Bohlen

By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 17, 2020) The Berlin Board of Supervisors of Elections last Tuesday certified the remaining candidates for inclusion on the ballot for the municipal election on Oct. 6. All the candidates met the minimum requirements to qualify for the election: residing in Berlin, being registered voters in the town and,… Read more »

Pair of Pines Golf Committee members quit over inaction

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 17, 2020) Recently resigned OPA Golf Committee charter member Olga Novy clarified this week that her decision to step down was not because of ground conditions at the Ocean Pines Golf Course. “The golf course is in terrible condition. However, this happens historically every summer,” she said. “It is a matter… Read more »

OP creating succession standards


By Greg Ellison When time comes to hire new GM, directors will have guidelines and procedures (Sept. 17, 2020) When the time comes to make changes in the Ocean Pines Association’s top layers of administration, the board of directors plans to be ready by establishing an evaluation process for future hires at the general manager… Read more »