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Federal fund programs audit approved by education board

Vince Tolbert

By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Jan. 7, 2021) An audit of the federal program funds used by the Worcester County public school system in the past fiscal year found nothing but full compliance, according to a report to the board of education on Dec. 15. The audit was conducted by the accounting firm TGM Group… Read more »

Wor. schools in virtual instruction after break

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Jan. 7, 2021) Worcester County public and private schools will remain in distance learning mode this week, as school officials from both sectors agreed to abide by the Worcester County Health Department’s request. Health department officials told Bayside Gazette that the recommendation for schools to conduct classes virtually was based… Read more »

Berlin permits show growth at end of 2020

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Jan. 7, 2021) Once again, the Berlin Planning and Zoning Department saw an increase in permits for building-related projects and other town-regulated matters and pursuits, with 308 total permits issued in 2020 as compared to 232 overall in 2019. “It just shows how we’re still a destination, and we’re still… Read more »

Berlin mayor, council agree on priorities

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FY21 will see infrastructure, reserve fund get attention By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Jan. 7, 2021) Finances, Heron Park, a community center and utility infrastructure are the priorities that Berlin’s elected officials hope to tackle in 2021. Mayor Zackery Tyndall, who began his first term in October 2020, said he has adopted “more of a… Read more »

Restaurant Week offers good deals on meals in Berlin

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Thirteen establishments join promotion next week By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Jan. 7, 2021) Thirteen dining locations will offer special meal prices from Jan. 11-17 for the fifth annual Berlin Restaurant Week sponsored by Bunting Realty. Cam Bunting, the event founder and owner of Bunting Realty on Broad Street, decided to bring restaurant week to… Read more »

Shoe drive to raise funds for recovery in Wor.

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Jan. 7, 2021) Worcester Goes Purple and Worcester Warriors are conducting a shoe drive to raise funds to continue their fight against opioid addiction in the county. Men’s, women’s and children’s boots, sneakers, dress shoes, athletic shoes, flip flops and sandals are all accepted in usable condition. “Our goal is… Read more »

Parks Comm. hopes to proceed with projects

Mary Bohlen

By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Jan. 7, 2021) The Berlin Parks Commission continues to hope its grant application for permanent restrooms at Stephen Decatur Park will be approved by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Community Parks and Playgrounds Program this year. “Usually, we learn the results of those applications in the late spring/early summer,”… Read more »

Trash contract price raise built up

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By Greg Ellison (Jan. 7, 2021) The annual cost for trash service in Ocean Pines is set to jump nearly $50 annually after the Board of Directors voted unanimously last month for a contract renewal with current provider Republic Services. During the Dec. 19 board meeting, the directors renewed a three-year agreement with Republic Services… Read more »

Last-minute drive to give family holiday gifts

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By Greg Ellison (Jan. 7, 2021) An outpouring of last-minute donations saved the day for four children who are being raised by their grandmother and weren’t going to receive Christmas gifts this year because of tight finances. The family’s plight came to light after contacting members of the Community Church at Ocean Pines and parishioner… Read more »

Budget options impact Pines assessments

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By Greg Ellison (Jan. 7, 2021) Ocean Pines residents are facing the possibility, but probably not the likelihood, of triple-digit assessment increases based on the proposed fiscal 2021-22 budget released late last month. While by no means set, as extensive negotiations remain before the board votes to adopt a budget in February, the initial numbers… Read more »