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Burrell wants to see green development in Berlin

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 22, 2022) When asked what makes him the man to lead Berlin’s District 4, incumbent Councilmember Dean Burrell didn’t miss a beat. It’s his life experience. “My love and devotion to this town and my understanding of what this town needs, both residential and commercial,” he said. “We have… Read more »

Knerr to continue long career serving community


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 22, 2022) Barring unforeseen issues, Berlin Councilmember Jay Knerr will see four more years on the council. Knerr had been preparing to run against Adrian Bowen, but Bowen dropped out of the race suddenly last week. Knerr, who won the at-large seat that Thom Gulyas vacated in 2020, now… Read more »

Weeg wants to improve communication, government transparency

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 22, 2022) Tony Weeg’s passion for a skate park in Berlin has practically made his name synonymous with the term and now, the 49-year-old husband and father of three is hoping he can demonstrate to the residents of District 4 that his local passion and business acumen translate to… Read more »

Green running on integrity and insight from unique position


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 22, 2022) Residents of Berlin — and Worcester County — have been reading Steve Green’s reactions to what’s happening around town for years, and it is very likely, come Oct. 4, he’ll be given the power to be an agent of change instead of an observer. Green is running… Read more »

Bylaws committee resolution review continues

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 22, 2022) The Ocean Pines By-Laws and Resolutions Committee settled on three resolutions to submit for first reading during its virtual meeting on Friday. The committee drafted changes for resolutions M-05, B-07 and F-03, which the Ocean Pines Board of Directors will now review. It will still be some… Read more »

Berlin elections around corner

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 22, 2022) With 12 days to go until residents head to the polls, the next iteration of Berlin Town Council already looks just about in place — save for one race in District 4. To be clear, there are four candidates on the ballot: incumbents Jay Knerr and Dean… Read more »

Berlin could change code on accessory dwelling units

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 22, 2022) The Town of Berlin will start researching the usage of accessory dwelling units in other communities, after the topic consumed nearly an entire Planning Commission meeting on Sept. 14. Planning Director Dave Engelhart said the discussion came at the behest of some commission members who saw the… Read more »

Berlin, nonprofit talk skate park

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 15, 2022) With some 30 people in attendance and plenty of lively discussion about a possible skate park in Berlin, the town’s Parks Commission meeting at Dr. William Edward Henry Park on Sept. 6 felt more like a Town Council meeting than a typical bureaucratic roundtable. During the meeting,… Read more »

Berlin passes short-term rental amendment

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 15, 2022) The Berlin Mayor Town Council unanimously passed an amendment to the short-term rental ordinance following a public hearing during its meeting Monday night. The amendment changes the language regarding zones where short-term residential rentals are permitted: districts R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4 and B1-3. “The old language said… Read more »

Town tossing Tyson tenant


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 15, 2022) With demolition plans moving along, the Berlin Mayor and Town Council voted 4-1 on Monday to terminate a lease for a portion of the former Tyson chicken processing plant with Burley Oak owner Bryan Brushmiller. Councilmember Troy Purnell voted in opposition. Back in 2020, Brushmiller requested and… Read more »