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Patriotic activities in OC, Pines, Berlin and Snow Hill

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 28, 2018) From a hot dog-eating contest to patriotic concerts and fireworks, a number of Independence Day celebrations will be taking place this weekend and on July 4. Here are some activities planned: Ocean Pines: Freedom 5K: Ocean Pines kicks off its Independence Day celebration on Wednesday with the fourth… Read more »

Berlin Town Council approves $18.18M fiscal 2019 budget

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 28, 2018) The Berlin Town Council on Monday approved an $18.18 million budget for fiscal 2019, representing a 4.58 decrease, or about $870,000, from the previous fiscal year. Capital projects were also lower, $3.8 million compared to $4.6 million a year ago. Mayor Gee Williams said a budget draft publicly… Read more »

Directors spar over closed meeting

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 28, 2018) The resignation last week of Ocean Pines Director Pat Supik was discussed several times Saturday during a public board meeting before culminating with a verbal confrontation between two directors. Near the end of the meeting, Association President Doug Parks moved for the board to adjourn to a closed… Read more »

Crisafulli and Heiser big winners in primary

By Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor (June 28, 2018) It came down to reports from the very last of Worcester’s 20 election districts to confirm the results of the state primary this week, and the election ended with county voters choosing to replace the top prosecutor and sheriff. Challengers Matt Crisafulli for sheriff and Kris Heiser for… Read more »

Calling it a Day: Econ director to retire next month

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 21, 2018) After helping resurrect downtown Berlin and then moving slightly southwest to try his hand at revitalization there, 71-year-old Michael Day has announced his intention to retire as Snow Hill’s economic development coordinator next month. Day was born in Salisbury and raised in Caroline County. He returned to Salisbury… Read more »

Early voting ending, primary Tuesday

By Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor (June 22, 2018) Early voting for the 2018 primary ends today (Thursday) in Worcester, and early ballots can be cast at the Gull Creek Senior Living Center at 1 Meadow Street, Berlin between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. The in-person date of the primary is Tuesday, June 26. There are several… Read more »

Pines Director Pat Supik resigns

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 21, 2018) Ocean Pines Association Director and two-term treasurer Pat Supik has resigned, according to Association President Doug Parks. Supik was not immediately available for comment. “Pat called me late yesterday afternoon and shared her decision with me, citing a number of reasons,” Parks said on Wednesday. “We chatted for… Read more »

Seven remain in race for OPA Board

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (July 14, 2018) If recent history is to be believed, the annual candidate draw in Ocean Pines that determines the ballot order for board candidates produces somewhat mixed results. The winner of the candidate draw — the first name on the ballot — was elected only twice in the last five… Read more »

Suicide rates up nationally, also rising in county

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 14, 2018) During a week when the Centers for Disease Control reported that “Suicide rates in the United States have risen nearly 30 percent since 1999,” the world lost a pair of luminaries to suicide, food and travel writer/TV personality Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade. Awareness is suddenly up,… Read more »

Farmer’s Market returns to Berlin

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 14, 2018) Sunday will mark the debut of the new Berlin Farmer’s Market, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Artisan’s Green off Main Street behind Fins Ale House and Raw Bar. Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells, who was responsible for organizing the revival, said Monday she was… Read more »