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Toy Town Antiques officially open for business in Berlin

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 21, 2019) Just weeks after Walt’s Train Shop rolled out of 8 Pitts Street in downtown Berlin, Toy Town Antiques has officially stationed itself there, starting with a soft opening last weekend and officially opening Monday. The move came after public quarreling with Town of Snow Hill officials last month… Read more »

Berlin PD promote prescription drug drop-off program

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 21, 2019) Berlin Police are spreading the word about a free and anonymous prescription drug take-back program at the new station on 129 Decatur Street, near the corner of Flower Street and Assateague Road. Police Chief Arnold Downing said the drug drop-box inside the lobby has been a permanent fixture… Read more »

Ranck praised for handling of library rancor

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (March 21, 2019) Worcester County Library Director Jennifer Ranck approached the podium during Tuesday’s county commissioner meeting in Snow Hill requesting funding to purchase audio-visual shelving for the county’s Ocean City Branch. Ranck said the old units were crumbling and added there was funding in the library’s budget to cover the… Read more »

Berlin recognizes employees

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 21, 2019) Town of Berlin officials last Friday honored workers for five, 10, 15 and 20 years of service at a fourth-annual employee-recognition ceremony at Town Hall. “We can’t tell you how much we appreciate the special work you all do,” Mayor Gee Williams said. “I know the mayor and… Read more »

OPA approves ad-hoc public works committee

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 21, 2019) Ocean Pines Board members on March 9 authorized the creation of an ad hoc public works advisory committee. Before the formal vote, Director Frank Daly proposed a board-appointed to advise the board on construction and maintenance of roadways, bridges, bulkheads, ditches and other infrastructure, as well as new… Read more »

OP PD chief requests vehicle pgm.

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 21, 2019) The Ocean Pines Police Department is having a tough time retaining officers, according to Chief David Massey. Massey, during a March 9 board meeting, said the current job market is extremely competitive. “We’re losing our younger officers, the ones that just come into the department, the ones in… Read more »

Resilience series has good info, but lackluster crowds

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 21, 2019) The audience was smaller than expected, but those who did attend three recent public meetings hosted by the Town of Berlin on environmental and operational resiliency said they were pleased with the information presented. Meetings were held in three different locations last Thursday and Saturday, and on Monday…. Read more »

Planning commission approves annexation

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 21, 2019) The Berlin Planning Commission easily approved a commercial annexation petition last Wednesday. Commission members voted 6-0 to endorse annexing roughly six acres known as Athena Plaza, on Route 818 across from Berlin Main Place. Peter Buas, an attorney with Williams, Moore, Shockley & Harrison, representing property owners Spiro… Read more »

Pines mows over golf maintenance confusion

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 21, 2019) Ocean Pines Board members on March 9 quickly putted through the “nonissue” of exactly who is in charge of golf maintenance. According to Frank Daly, Golf Director John Malinowski was asked during a Feb. 27 budget and finance committee meeting, “if he was responsible for golf maintenance, or… Read more »

Ocean Pines BOD approves country club renovations

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Renovations said unlikely to disrupt club operations By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 21, 2019) Communication issues hampered the process early on, but Ocean Pines Board members on March 9 said they were confident beach club renovations are now moving forward. The directors voted 5-0 to award a $162,354.50 contract and a 5 percent contingency to… Read more »