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Bed and Breakfast allowed in town

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 8, 2019) A couple was permitted to use their home on South Main Street as a bed and breakfast following a unanimous vote from Berlin’s Board of Appeals last Wednesday evening. Mark Harris and Vlada Hudson said they plan to live in the home full time, and rent rooms during… Read more »

Malinowski shares statistics, rounds of golf played

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) Ocean Pines Golf Director John Malinowski appeared before the board of directors last Saturday to clear up what he considers to be some misconceptions the costs and operations of the course and clubhouse. One of the biggest factors affecting play, he said, was the exceptionally wet weather…. Read more »

Board welcomes Tom Piatti

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) Tom Piatti has been named to fill the seat on the Ocean Pines Board of Directors vacated last month by Slobodan Trendic, whose term will expire in August. Board Vice President Steve Tuttle introduced Piatti at the board’s Saturday session. Tuttle chaired the session in the absence… Read more »

Berlin officials talk reserve issues

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) The Town of Berlin is focusing on rebuilding its depleted reserve funds following discussion at a work session last Monday evening. As it stands, the reserves — or cash not earmarked for a specific use — would allow Berlin to operate for roughly four months should it find… Read more »

Ocean Pines budget shows $200K profit

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) Although Ocean Pines originally expected a loss for fiscal year 2019, the association is now projecting a $200,000 profit against the budget, according to interim General Manager John Viola. In the monthly treasurer’s report at last Saturday’s board of directors meeting, Viola said the association had beaten… Read more »

Purnell gets work approved needed for façade grant

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Awning, windows included in plans for downtown bldg. By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 8, 2019) Berlin Town Councilman Troy Purnell didn’t have his usual view of the council chambers when he faced members of the Historic District Commission during a meeting last Wednesday evening. Purnell, owner of Purnell Properties Inc., received approval from the commission… Read more »

Berlin man indicted on 60+ sex abuse charges

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By Josh Davis, News Editor Keith Andrew Mariani, 60 of Berlin, was indicted and is being held without bond on more than 60 charges, including second-degree rape, sex abuse of a minor, and child pornography, Worcester County States Attorney Kris Heiser confirmed on Tuesday. According to court documents, Mariani was originally charged on March 27… Read more »

Resident survey choices considered

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 2, 2019) A 15 percent return on Ocean Pines’ community survey conducted last summer has members of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors considering how to address the concerns listed by the respondents. The survey was issued by the Communications Advisory Committee to all 8,452 property owners in… Read more »

Reduced number of geese in the area

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 2, 2019) The steep decline in the resident goose population at Ocean Pines’ ponds, following the eradication of a large year-round flock last June, has negated the need for another round-up and removal this spring. Canada geese, once a protected species, has taken up residence in the state in… Read more »

Lawrence leads Berlin’s electric utility dept.

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 2, 2019) Tim Lawrence, director of Berlin’s Electric Utility, received a certification from the American Public Power Association in Washington, D.C. at last Monday’s meeting of the mayor and Town Council. The electric department was ranked in top 14 percent in the public power industry for six consecutive years…. Read more »