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Police find 502 cigarette cases in car

BERLIN–On Dec. 9 at 2126 hours, a Berlin police officer stopped a vehicle for speeding on US 113 and Burley Street. The driver, Nasser Othman, 30, of Clifton, N.J., was driving a rental vehicle without authorization.  Othman gave conflicting stories of his departure and destination.   The officer saw in plain view four cases of… Read more »

Deadline to enter ‘Light Up the Pines’ decorating contest Dec. 13

OCEAN PINES—It’s not too late for homeowners to combine their landscaping decorating talent with their holiday spirit for the annual “Light Up the Pines” outdoor holiday display contest, but the deadline to register is Friday, Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. Sixteen homeowners participated in the event last year. The homeowners who register for the competition… Read more »

Painter Laura Jenkins among Berlin Art Stroll participants

BERLIN—Baked Dessert Cafe & Gallery is hosting local painter Laura Jenkins as the December artist of the month, including during the Dec. 13 Second Friday Art Stroll. Jenkins is donating 100 percent of the month’s proceeds from sales of her featured oil paintings to the West Ocean City nonprofit organization Diakonia. Jenkins participated in the… Read more »

Assateague Island annual passes now available for ‘14

BERLIN–Are you looking for the perfect gift for that person on your Christmas list who loves to spend time at the beach?  How about a year-long entrance pass to Assateague Island where a stroll along the shore, paddle in the bay, or casting a line of bait is a great way to spend time. The… Read more »

Winners of Berlin’s 43rd annual Christmas parade announced

BERLIN–Berlin’s 43rd annual Christmas parade attracted a crowd of several thousand who lined the parade route along Main Street to near capacity on Dec. 5.  A total of 83 groups participated in the parade which was sponsored by the Berlin Main Street, in cooperation with the merchants of Berlin.  The parade is funded through the… Read more »

Pine Tones Chorus Christmas Concert

 OCEAN PINES–The Pine Tones Chorus will present a Christmas Concert at Atlantic United Methodist Church, on Baltimore Avenue and Fourth Street in Ocean City, on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. The Pine Tones Chorus includes about 60 singers from Ocean Pines, Ocean City and nearby areas. June Todd is the chorus director and Sandra… Read more »

COMMUNITY BRIEFS

Applications accepted  for SHORE UP! program SHORE UP! Inc. is accepting applications from people who need help paying their home heating bills and electric bills. Residents of either Somerset, Wicomico or Worcester counties who meet state income guidelines may qualify for assistance. To receive help, an individual must complete an Energy Assistance application and provide… Read more »

Pedestrian safety committee collects more sigs

BERLIN—More than 1,032 signatures have so far been collected from people who support an initiative to improve the safety conditions at intersections of U.S. Route 113 within town limits, Pat Dufendach, member of Berlin Pedestrian Safety Committee, told the mayor and town council during a Dec. 9 meeting. Dufendach said committee members met with Donnie… Read more »

Property tax drop causes slight fall in town revenue

BERLIN—Auditors from the Salisbury firm PKS & Company P.A. reported an “unmodified” audit opinion of the financial statements prepared by town officials during the Dec. 9 meeting of the mayor and town council. PKS representatives Leslie Michalik, a PKS manager, and Mike Kleger, a partner with the firm, noted the term “unmodified opinion” had replaced… Read more »

Planning data analysis will be offered to OPA

OCEAN PINES— Salisbury University’s Business, Economic, and Community Outreach Network  (BEACON) program could provide high-tech help to the Ocean Pines Association as it prepares to create its 10-year comprehensive plan by compiling and analyzing computer data to determine the cost benefits of planned facilities. During the Dec. 4 work session, members of the Ocean Pines… Read more »