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Berlin museum adds exhibit with narration for first time

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (July 9, 2020) The Calvin B. Taylor House Museum on North Main Street in Berlin reopened to the public last Wednesday with a new exhibit about Cpl. Isaiah Fassett. “The new Isaiah Fassett exhibit has several pieces to it,” said Melissa Reid, president of the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum…. Read more »

Historic District OKs design for detached garage

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (July 9, 2020) The Berlin Historic District Commission unanimously approved the requests for an exterior renovation of a one-bedroom garage and guesthouse at 19 S. Main Street last Wednesday, with the window frames painted a different color. The meeting was a continuation of a June 3 session, when the commission… Read more »

New trash cans and recycling cans in Berlin

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (July 9, 2020) Four recycle cans and 26 trash cans were purchased for Downtown Berlin, according to Economic and Community Director Ivy Wells after the town received a grant through the Main Street Maryland Program. “We received $10,000 for the purchase of new trash cans and recycle cans for the… Read more »

Williams seeking to retain position as Berlin mayor

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer Three-term incumbent will face two challengers in Oct. (July 9, 2020) Incumbent Berlin Mayor Gee Williams, 71, has filed for re-election for a fourth consecutive term this week and is emphasizing his experience. “The bottom line is that I have the experience necessary to do this job well,” Williams said… Read more »

Pines Comcast installations remain on track

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By Greg Ellison (July 2, 2020) With two of eight sectors now completed, Comcast is continuing its infrastructure work to provide digital services to Ocean Pines. Comcast officials announced sectors one and two were completed last month, with properties in those areas now able to sign up for service. Looking to expand Internet and cable… Read more »

Police face recruiting difficulties

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By Greg Ellison National negativity causes number of job applicants to fall far below usual level (July 2, 2020) The Ocean Pines Police Department is facing mounting recruitment challenges at a time when demands on the department are rising as well. Police Chief Dave Massey said increased rates of domestic incidents have been evidenced since… Read more »

Pines Golf Clubhouse opens at limited capacity to start

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By Greg Ellison (July 2, 2020) Aside from serving its obvious purpose, the recently opened Ocean Pines Golf Clubhouse is set up to handle all sorts of community functions. Ocean Pines Association President Doug Parks said despite statewide health restrictions to help block the spread of covid-19. an unveiling ceremony was held for the more… Read more »

Bertino says enforce regs for OP rentals

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By Greg Ellison Then look at new rules for short-term vacation units (July 2, 2020) Responding to concerns about an Ocean Pines seasonal rental on Abbyshire Road, Worcester County Commissioner Chip Bertino at a special Board of Directors meeting last Tuesday suggested enforcing short-term rental regulations before examining how to tweak the rules. “It’s a… Read more »

OP Election Committee does final ballot pass prior to mailing

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By Greg Ellison (July 2, 2020) The OPA Board of Directors continued to set the stage for the 2020 board election following final review of ballot materials last Friday. Elections Committee Chairman Steve Habeger said the group met on June 26 with Berlin-based Ace Printing owner Thom Guylas to examine mailing materials for last second… Read more »

Roar at the Shore rally backs law enforcement

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By Greg Ellison (July 2, 2020) Coordinated in under two weeks, the Hogs and Heroes 2020 Roar at the Shore ride held Saturday between Berlin and Ocean City received an outpouring of public support for allied law enforcement agencies, while raising money to support families of fallen police officers. Hogs and Heroes Foundation Maryland Chapter… Read more »