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Snow Hill Mayor Mathews on serving again after controversy

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 14, 2019) Snow Hill Mayor Stephen Mathews, who replaced Charlie Dorman after his resignation in October, has had an interesting time on the job. No stranger to the role, Mathews replaced another former Snow Hill Mayor in 1998, when Craig Johnson was removed from office by a council vote and… Read more »

Pines budget going down to wire

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Board still looking for ways to cut assessments ahead of Saturday adoption vote By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 14, 2019) A basketball game was going on next door, with scoreboards buzzing and crowds cheering, but the real sporting event Saturday morning was in the adjacent Marlin Room of the Ocean Pines Community Center, where… Read more »

Historic District Commission briefs

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 14, 2019) The follow items were discussed by the Berlin Historic District Commission last Wednesday at Town Hall: Reelection Carol Rose was unanimously selected to continue as commission chairwoman and Robert Poli was unanimously named to remain the vice chair. In both cases, there were no other nominations. Welcome center… Read more »

‘Substantial amount more being recycled’ with new pgm

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 14, 2019) The Town of Berlin last November changed its recycling program, from a traditional collection facility on William Street to a simplified “single-stream” system on Old Ocean City Boulevard, and early results have been positive. Public Works Superintendent Dave Wheaton last year suggested the change to single stream, which… Read more »

Hundreds gather for ‘African-American Life in Another View’

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 14, 2019) Berlin artist Patrick Henry’s restorations of scores of photographs – many more than a century old – were met with a strong community response last Saturday as “African-American Life in Another View” was unveiled at the Germantown School Community Heritage Center. A four-hour reception on Saturday evening was… Read more »

Meet new Wor. Youth program coordinator

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb.14, 2019) Tiffany Scott, newly hired youth programs coordinator with Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, introduced herself to Berlin Parks Commission members at their session last Tuesday. Scott succeeds Austin Piccarreta, who left the position in September to accept a job closer to home, and Amanda Chaffee, who is now… Read more »

Trendic, Bierley provide OPA history lessons

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 14, 2019) While most of a four-hour budget discussion Saturday in Ocean Pines concerned lowering assessments, two men asked to speak about a slightly different topic: recent political history. Ocean Pines Director Slobodan Trendic stood up near the start of the meeting to address an article in last week’s Gazette… Read more »

Berlin BZA tables case over county fire code concerns

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 14, 2019) The Berlin Board of Appeals last Wednesday tabled a requested setback reduction for a residential accessory building, although one of the main concerns stated by board members was later found not to apply. Just minutes before the appeals board meeting, homeowners Daniel and Naquelle Jacobs were given approval… Read more »

OPA President gives forensic audit update

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 14, 2019) The only recent news on the forensic audit of Ocean Pines finances ordered last spring is that the effort continues and apparently involves the Bank of Ocean City. The Ocean Pines Board hired Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates last April to perform the audit and work officially began a… Read more »

Locals remember Decatur graduate Tyler William Birch

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Feb. 14, 2019) Friends and family last week mourned the passing of Stephen Decatur High School graduate Tyler William Birch, 19, who was killed in a single-vehicle crash last Tuesday morning near the Glen Riddle community. For 20-year-old Dakota Maycrantz, hearing of his former classmate’s death inspired him to write a… Read more »