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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 »

BFC, town officials clash over study

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 7, 2018) Although progress might have been made, hard feelings apparently remain between the Town of Berlin and the Berlin Fire Company officials, judging from the exchanges between representatives of both Tuesday night. At a meeting designed to help the public understand the fire company funding study released by Matrix… Read more »

Patients caught in Medicare gap

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 31, 2018) Thousands of Medicare patients nationwide taking certain drugs at infusion therapy outpatient centers are finding themselves in a difficult position. As these centers refer patients to less costly home-based therapy, Medicare patients are being left out because Medicare, unlike other major insurers, won’t cover it. Locally, the policy… Read more »

Old Fashioned Memorial Day Parade, Monday

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 24, 2018) For decades in the borough sometimes known as East Berlin, the Old Fashioned Memorial Day Parade was an important cultural event, akin to a second Christmas, according to co-organizer Gregory Purnell of the Berlin Community Improvement Association committee that sponsors the annual event. “For the last 60 years… Read more »

New era at Pines Yacht Club starts tonight

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 17, 2018) Just minutes prior to opening the doors for a restaurant stress test on Tuesday, Matt Ortt and Ralph DeAngelus gathered several dozen employees of the Ocean Pines Yacht Club – from chefs, busboys and line cooks, to front-of-house wait staff, hostesses and managers – for a last-second pep… Read more »

Ten filed, nine verified for OPA Board election

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (May 17, 2018) Ten candidates have filed for three vacancies on the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors, but only nine were verified as of Wednesday, according to board sources. One announced candidate, Brett Hill, apparently did not meet the qualifications as set forth in association bylaws and Resolution M-09, sources… Read more »

Hall faces meaty charges for theft

By Josh Davis & Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor (Jan. 4, 2018) Former Berlin Councilwoman Lisa Hall, who is already scheduled to go to trial in Worcester County Circuit Court on February for writing bad checks, now faces a second set of charges related to her former business, the Berlin Butcher Shop. The new charges, filed… Read more »

Lack of diversity in video questioned

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 14, 2017) A new tourism video for the Town of Berlin, created by Good Clean Fun Life, has set records on social media by earning more than 25,000 views and 435 shares. Running just under two and a half minutes, the video sweeps across Main Street, showing off gorgeous… Read more »

Snow Hill man shot, Friday; suspect at large

By Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor (Oct. 26, 2017) Snow Hill police and Worcester County Sheriff’s office deputies found Deron Ames, 25, lying near the curb in the area of West Federal and Ross Streets around 7 p.m. Friday night after an unidentified person shot him. Lt. Ed Schreier, public information officer for the Sheriff’s office,… Read more »