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Berlin to issue RFP for new study

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Rather than pursue YMCA directly, town to take broad look at community needs By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 14, 2019) Rather than jump straight into the deep end and fund a $20,000 YMCA feasibility study to gauge interest in an indoor swimming pool and other amenities, the Berlin Town Council on Monday night agreed to… Read more »

County to bring parks offerings to Berlin

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 14, 2019) Worcester County Recreation and Parks offerings are coming to the Town of Berlin this spring and summer, and both sides said they’re eager to work together to deliver new activities for the public. During a Berlin Parks Commission meeting last Tuesday, staff liaison Mary Bohlen said she met… Read more »

GM Bailey: ‘I certainly got your attention’

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 7, 2019) Ocean Pines General Manager John Bailey opened his presentation of the latest fiscal 2020 budget draft to a large audience last Saturday by thanking everyone for coming and for sharing their “comments, concerns and frustrations.” He said his favorite comment so far was that the $127 proposed assessment… Read more »

Ocean Pines man killed during car crash on Tuesday

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(Feb. 7, 2019) A single-vehicle crash early Tuesday morning claimed the life of a 19-year-old Ocean Pines man and shut down portions of Route 50 for several hours. The lone occupant, Tyler William Birch, was pronounced dead on the scene. Police said his next of kin was notified. A Maryland State Police spokeswoman said a… Read more »

Diller: Bailey, not board, botched budget

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 7, 2019) Ocean Pines Director Esther Diller said she’s furious with General Manager John Bailey’s handling of the budget process thus far, and will not support the proposed $127 assessment increase that she said caught the directors off guard last week. In an interview last Saturday, Diller said she wanted… Read more »

Special budget discussion set for Saturday morning

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 7, 2019) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors scheduled a special budget discussion this Saturday, Feb. 9, at 8 a.m. in the Marlin Room of the community center on 235 Ocean Parkway. Association President Doug Parks said the meeting would be “an open work session that will allow the board… Read more »

BFC making some deadlines, missing others

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 7, 2019) Berlin Mayor Gee Williams on Monday said he was pleased with the Jan. 21 Berlin Fire Company quarterly presentation, and that working to satisfy last year’s fire and EMS funding agreement was part of a process with some necessary growing pains. On the first quarterly presentation, now mandated… Read more »

No pitchforks, but plenty of villagers

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 7, 2019) Not much in the way of public comment was made when the proposed budget was unveiled to Ocean Pines membership on Jan. 12, but that was not the case last Saturday when the “recommended” budget was presented. That session generated several dozen comments over a two-hour period, most… Read more »

BCIA meeting scheduled Feb. 15 at SDHS

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 7, 2019) The Berlin Community Improvement Association will have a membership drive meeting on Friday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Stephen Decatur High School on 9913 Seahawk Road. Among the items expected to be discussed is the fate of the Flower Street multipurpose building, which the organization controls. “It… Read more »

Moroney: budget process could’ve been done better

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 7, 2019) Ocean Pines Director Ted Moroney said mistakes and numerous other factors led to the $127 assessment increase seen in the latest draft of the fiscal 2020 budget, which was released on Jan. 25. For one, he said the most recent draft, called the “recommended” budget, should have been… Read more »