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Budget amendment approved for FY2021

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 17, 2020) The Berlin Mayor and Council on Monday approved the fiscal year 2021 general fund budget amendment, which increases the expense and revenue accounts associated with street improvements made this summer. Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood said money would be transferred from the impact fees for the street improvement… Read more »

Berlin comprehensive plan update

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 17, 2020) The Berlin Planning Commission discussed the town’s “Resilience Element” during its meeting on Sept. 9. The Resilience Element will be a new section in the town’s comprehensive plan, which is updated every 10 years and is due for review. “We can make any changes we like to… Read more »

Berlin Mayor and Council Briefs

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(Sept. 17, 2020) The following occurred during the Berlin Mayor and Council meeting on Monday: Flu vaccines Town Administrative Manager Kelsey Jensen said flu vaccines will be administered to town employees and anyone on their medical plans on Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. t0 1 p.m. in in town hall, 10 William Street. Finance Natalie… Read more »

GoFundMe page for Collins family

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 17, 2020) Coworkers of Destiny Collins organized a GoFundMe to support her family after a fire destroyed the family’s house on Circle Road in Berlin on Labor Day. Collins said the fire occurred when her father was grilling and went inside to use the restroom. “I went outside to… Read more »

Berlin Planning Commission approves office building plan

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(Sept. 17, 2020) The Berlin Planning Commission last Wednesday approved a site plan with conditions to construct a two-story office building on the south side of Old Ocean City Boulevard directly across from the Barrett Building. Old Ocean City Boulevard LLC., the owner and the developer, plans to construct a total 12,415-square-foot building on the… Read more »

Berlin parade, other events killed by covid

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Inability to social distance causes schedule changes By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 17, 2020) The covid-19 Grinch might not steal Christmas this year, but it has caused the cancellation of one of Berlin’s signature Christmas events — the annual parade, which draws throngs of spectators from the area. The pandemic, and the town’s efforts… Read more »

Raccoon gets wires crossed, outage follows

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 17, 2020) The raccoon did it. That would be the culprit responsible for a power outage in Berlin last Wednesday, after one of nature’s masked marauders apparently took the short-circuit route up an electric pole on North Main Street. Town Electric Utility Director Tim Lawrence said 600 customers were… Read more »

Candidate list certified for Berlin election set for Oct. 6

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 17, 2020) The Berlin Board of Supervisors of Elections last Tuesday certified the remaining candidates for inclusion on the ballot for the municipal election on Oct. 6. All the candidates met the minimum requirements to qualify for the election: residing in Berlin, being registered voters in the town and,… Read more »

Tyndall campaign sign raises ethics concern


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 17, 2020) The ethics complaint filed against Town Councilman Zackery Tyndall earlier this months was discharged without comment last Friday by the Berlin Ethics Commission. In a closed meeting, the commission determined that the complaint filed on Sept. 8 by Grice Street resident Carol Vaughan concerning the placement of… Read more »

OP Beach Club closes subpar season

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 17, 2020) Despite coronavirus slowing down most aspects of life during 2020, the Ocean Pines Beach Club, which closed for the season after Labor Day Weekend, managed to stay afloat financially with hopes of a return to normalcy by next summer season. Matt Ortt Companies cofounder Ralph DeAngelus said the Beach… Read more »