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Wayfinding your way around Berlin

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) New “wayfinding” signs are going up around downtown Berlin and several more are on the way, according to Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells. As of Tuesday morning, one two-sided sign had been placed at the corner of Main and Pitts streets, and signs had also been… Read more »

WYFCS looks for new youth program coordinator

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services’ Youth Program Coordinator Austin Piccarreta announced during a Berlin Parks Commission meeting last week she is leaving her position. Piccarreta, a New Jersey native, was hired last year and quickly became known for her energy and enthusiasm. She has accepted a position… Read more »

John Bailey, one year in as Ocean Pines GM

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) Ocean Pines General Manager John Bailey earlier this month celebrated the one-year anniversary of his hire. His first official day was Sept. 11, 2017. At the time, Bailey was the third Ocean Pines general manager in two years, following Brett Hill, interim general manager from Aug. 26, 2016… Read more »

Ocean Pines Association briefs

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors discussed the following items during a Sept. 8 regular meeting: Agenda swamp Director Frank Daly asked to change a discussion item, on “Improving Management and Board Accountability,” to an agenda topic. Daly said a number of association facilities had deteriorated or… Read more »

Jeep Golf runs off course, as county posts stop work order

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) Deer Run Offroad Jeep Golf on Logtown Road in Berlin remains closed following complaints from neighbors and apparent violations of a county agreement. A stop work order from Worcester County Environmental Programs hung on the front entrance as of late last week. The former Deer Run golf course… Read more »

OPA portion of lawsuit dismissed

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 21, 2018) The Ocean Pines Association was dismissed from a lawsuit that still involves a former director and interim general manager and a current board member, a representative from the Worcester County Clerk of Court’s office confirmed on Wednesday. Brett Hill, the plaintiff, is alleging his application to run for… Read more »

Pup pilot program next step in Pines goose mitigation

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) “Passion. Passion. Passion. I have been getting it from all angles you could imagine,” Ocean Pines General Manager John Bailey said Saturday. The passion Bailey was referring to was the June culling of about 300 resident Canada geese and the subsequent protests outside board meetings, the formation of… Read more »

Ocean Pines voter error was lower

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) Total ballots counted were down slightly and voter error dropped significantly during the 2018 Ocean Pines election, according to preliminary numbers released by the association elections committee last week. According a draft of the 2018 committee report, 7,614 ballots were mailed and 3,119 total ballots were counted, a… Read more »

Berlin HDC approves sign, shingles, replacement shed

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) Burley Oak Brewing Company owner Bryan Brushmiller briefly previewed his new downtown shop, Viking Tree Trading Company, for the Berlin Historic District Commission last Wednesday. The commission was quick to approve new signs for the shop, which is coming soon to 114 North Main Street. Brushmiller said David… Read more »

Committee guidance suggests no operating growth

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) With plenty of time to address variables, the Ocean Pines Budget and Finance Committee on Saturday recommended no growth in the fiscal 2020 operating budget, according to Committee Chairman John Viola. Viola, on Saturday, presented the board of directors with an overview of a budget guidance document created… Read more »