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Pines committee continues resolution reviews, updates

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 21, 2022) The Ocean Pines Bylaws and Resolutions Committee continued to update and confirm resolutions and processes in the association’s bylaws on Friday. “Our agenda was a long list of resolutions to establish the status of them concerning a periodic review that we initiate and keeping the resolutions up… Read more »

Jacobs has outsider’s perspective 

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Retired lawyer says career on Capitol Hill good experience for political position in Pines By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 21, 2022) Steve Jacobs has been in Ocean Pines for a couple of years, perhaps not long enough to gain access to the cliques and factions that form in the tight-knit community over years and… Read more »

Peck strives to be voice for part-time residents in Pines

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 21, 2022) Amy Peck doesn’t see herself as among the Ocean Pines elite. Sitting under the pavilion at White Horse Park on a pristine Thursday afternoon earlier this month, the former paralegal and retired early childhood teacher described her 1973 “original rancher” home that has aluminum siding “that’s as… Read more »

Berlin receives Travelers’ Choice award

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Another day, another award for the Town of Berlin. Last week, Tripadvisor selected the cozy community as a recipient for the 2022 Travelers’ Choice award, the second time in four years Berlin has won the honor. “It feels like a great accomplishment for such a small town,” said Berlin Economic… Read more »

HDC approves Auxer mural

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The Berlin Historic District Commission approved a mural on the side of glassblower Jeff Auxer’s storefront at 19 Jefferson Street during its meeting on July 6. Auxer, whose store is named Jeff Auxer Designs, said he wishes to capitalize on the popularity of photographable backgrounds, especially with the fence on… Read more »

So far, no issues with Berlin’s short-term ordinance

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Nearly two weeks into the implementation of Berlin’s short-term rental ordinance, everything seems to be running smoothly, according to Planning Director Dave Engelhart. “The only thing is I still get people in the R-1 and R-2 (zones) who don’t like the fact it has to be their permanent residence,” Engelhart… Read more »

Parks Commission moves Decatur Park renovations to top of wish list

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer An all-new Stephen Decatur Park got bumped up to the top of the Berlin Parks Commission’s priority list during its July 5 meeting. Mayor Zack Tyndall stopped by the meeting to support the project. “We brought this up a year ago almost, looking at the playground equipment and hopefully pursuing… Read more »

Berlin looking into Verizon service issues

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The Town of Berlin is looking into recently shoddy Verizon mobile phone reception that has hindered town employees’ abilities to communicate. “Verizon has had a substantial drop in service in the municipal limits,” Mayor Zack Tyndall said. “There have been a lot of people impacted. I’ve been in discussion with… Read more »

Berlin approves minority, women business plan

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The minority and women business plan for FY23, which requires the town to make “good-faith efforts” to recruit enterprises owned or majority-owned by women or minorities, was unanimously approved by the Berlin Town Council on Monday. Institution of the plan allows these businesses to receive state and federal funds through… Read more »

Berlin police to council: ‘Do better’

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Monday’s meeting of the Berlin Mayor and Town Council ended with impassioned speeches from multiple people in the Berlin law enforcement community asking the town to take the retention of officers and competitive pay and benefits more seriously. Former Berlin police officer and resident J.B. Bunting kicked off the topic,… Read more »