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Berlin library opens new chapter

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (July 12, 2018) It was supposed to be a soft opening for the Berlin branch of the Worcester County Library, but about 400 people showed up within the first hour and a half on Tuesday to welcome the new library to town, according to county library Director Jennifer Ranck. The $6.25… Read more »

Pick four: ballots sent out for OPA Board election

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (July 12, 2018) Ocean Pines voters will select four of seven board members this August for the first time since 2007. The unusually high number is because two directors resigned before their terms expired: Brett Hill last September and Pat Supik last month. Both were elected to three-year terms in 2016…. Read more »

Five take part in candidate forum

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (July 5, 2018) Five of the seven remaining candidates for the Ocean Pines Board participated last Wednesday in the only scheduled public forum. Held at in the upstairs ballroom of the yacht club and hosted by the elections committee, it included Steve Tuttle, Frank Daly, Greg Turner, Paula Gray and Ted… 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 »

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 »