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OP candidates face off again in final forum

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 27, 2019) All seven candidates for the Ocean Pines Board of Directors participated in the second and final official candidate forum in the community center last Saturday. The candidates, in ballot order, Tom Janasek, Larry Perrone, Camilla Rogers, Paula Gray, Shawn Kotwica, Edward Solum and Greg Turner, took turns… Read more »

Council approves FY20 contract for Berlin Fire, EMS

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 27, 2019) The Town of Berlin’s Mayor and Council approved the fiscal year 2020 contract for the Berlin Fire Company Monday, with Mayor Gee Williams saying he’s pleased with the town’s “fruitful” discussions with the Berlin Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services. Williams added the two agencies have “ma[d]e recognizable… Read more »

Berlin Mayor and Council approve new review policy

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Plan would set town’s tax rate by second March mtg. By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 27, 2019) A policy designed to set the town’s tax rate further in advance was unanimously approved by the Berlin Town Council Monday night. Town officials cited community member comments during the fiscal year 2020 budget cycle “indicating taxes… Read more »

Berlin Council Briefs

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 20, 2019) Berlin’s Mayor and Council approved two requests to use town facilities for upcoming events last Monday. Elected officials also waived the park fees. Walk at park The Grace Center for Maternal and Women’s Health was permitted to use Stephen Decatur Park for a walk next month. The walk… Read more »

Petition seeks control over annexation

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Effort calls for referendum on recent Berlin addition By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 20, 2019) Berlin resident Jeff Smith is circulating a petition calling for a referendum on the mayor and Town Council’s approval of the annexation agreement for a proposed gas station and convenience store off Route 50 in Berlin. “This would be the opportunity… Read more »

Site plan OK’d for proposed Berlin property

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 20, 2019) After much debate and discussion, members of Berlin’s Planning Commission narrowly approved the final site plan of a proposed housing development project during a meeting last Wednesday. In a 4-3 vote, the commission backed the updated renderings for a project that has prompted months of objections from… Read more »

Phillips creating plan to combat flooding in Pines

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 20, 2019) Sitting as it does on low-lying land, Ocean Pines often has issues with flooding and drainage, which is why Operations Director Colby Phillips is working on a three-to-five-year plan to “drain the swamp.” “We recognize our drainage problem as one to be managed rather than fully resolved,”… Read more »

Berlin Planning Comm. irked by ‘derelict’ homes

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 20, 2019) Frustration might not be a strong enough word to express how some members of Berlin’s Planning Commission feel about the lack of remedial action on a few building eyesores throughout Berlin. “It is an abomination,” Planning Commission Member Newt Chandler said. That and other spontaneous observations were… Read more »

Candidate forum held in Pines

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 20, 2019) Six of the seven candidates for the Ocean Pines Board of Directors met for this election’s the first candidate forum last Wednesday at the Ocean Pines Community Center. Tom Janasek, Larry Perrone, Camilla Rogers, Paula Gray, Shawn Kotwica and Gregory Turner attended the forum. Edward Solum could… Read more »

Issue of elder abuse recognized in Wor.

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Social Services dept. receives proclamation from commissioners By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 13, 2019) The work being done to protect Worcester County’s vulnerable adults was recognized by the Worcester County Commissioners meeting last Tuesday. “It’s important to educate the community on elder abuse because it is so under reported,” Roberta Baldwin, director of Worcester County’s… Read more »