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BZA opts to deny variance request for Berlin property


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) Berlin residents Junior and Janet Fortney will need to find storage elsewhere for their cars after a variance request for a side yard setback was denied during a Berlin Zoning Board of Appeals meeting last Wednesday evening. The Fortneys originally sought ae variance to put a 20 x… Read more »

Crabbing pier will be removed, unanimously approved by board


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) A small audience of Ocean Pines residents applauded the board of directors vote last Saturday to remove the crabbing pier and elevated walkways in the Whitetail Sanctuary neighborhood. The pier, which has caused parking issues in that area, has fallen into disrepair over the years and is… Read more »

Pocomoke woman killed in weekend crash on Rt. 113


Driver apparently crosses into other lane and hits car going in opposite direction By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 10, 2019) A 66-year-old woman was killed in a car crash that shut down a portion of Route 113 in Snow Hill for several hours last Friday evening, Maryland State Police said. Charlotte Sophia Teter, of Pocomoke,… Read more »

Bed and Breakfast allowed in town


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 8, 2019) A couple was permitted to use their home on South Main Street as a bed and breakfast following a unanimous vote from Berlin’s Board of Appeals last Wednesday evening. Mark Harris and Vlada Hudson said they plan to live in the home full time, and rent rooms during… Read more »

Malinowski shares statistics, rounds of golf played

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) Ocean Pines Golf Director John Malinowski appeared before the board of directors last Saturday to clear up what he considers to be some misconceptions the costs and operations of the course and clubhouse. One of the biggest factors affecting play, he said, was the exceptionally wet weather…. Read more »

Board welcomes Tom Piatti


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) Tom Piatti has been named to fill the seat on the Ocean Pines Board of Directors vacated last month by Slobodan Trendic, whose term will expire in August. Board Vice President Steve Tuttle introduced Piatti at the board’s Saturday session. Tuttle chaired the session in the absence… Read more »

Berlin officials talk reserve issues


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) The Town of Berlin is focusing on rebuilding its depleted reserve funds following discussion at a work session last Monday evening. As it stands, the reserves — or cash not earmarked for a specific use — would allow Berlin to operate for roughly four months should it find… Read more »

Ocean Pines budget shows $200K profit


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) Although Ocean Pines originally expected a loss for fiscal year 2019, the association is now projecting a $200,000 profit against the budget, according to interim General Manager John Viola. In the monthly treasurer’s report at last Saturday’s board of directors meeting, Viola said the association had beaten… Read more »

Purnell gets work approved needed for façade grant

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Awning, windows included in plans for downtown bldg. By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 8, 2019) Berlin Town Councilman Troy Purnell didn’t have his usual view of the council chambers when he faced members of the Historic District Commission during a meeting last Wednesday evening. Purnell, owner of Purnell Properties Inc., received approval from the commission… Read more »

Berlin man indicted on 60+ sex abuse charges

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By Josh Davis, News Editor Keith Andrew Mariani, 60 of Berlin, was indicted and is being held without bond on more than 60 charges, including second-degree rape, sex abuse of a minor, and child pornography, Worcester County States Attorney Kris Heiser confirmed on Tuesday. According to court documents, Mariani was originally charged on March 27… Read more »