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Mother talks of deadly November night on Rte. 113

BERLIN—Tynise Bowen, 36, of Berlin is a young mother who has experienced the nightmare nearly every parent fears—the horror of watching helplessly as their child is hurt or killed. For her, both occurred in tandem on Nov. 8, when she watched from her car as her son Tymeir Dennis, 16, was struck and killed, and… Read more »

High turnout by property owners at FEMA meeting

BERLIN—The turnout for an open house event to let local property owners review preliminary flood insurance maps that was sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency at Stephen Decatur Middle School on Jan. 16 was so robust, it took the officials by surprise. The FEMA officials on hand were not expecting the number of people… Read more »

Council approves retail liquor sales within city limits

BERLIN—The Town Council voted to support a proposal to allow retail liquor sales within the town limits and to ratify a settlement agreement designed to resolve a challenge to the way electric utility customers are charged for the town’s power grid membership, during a Jan. 13 meeting. Joseph Moore, a partner with the Ocean City… Read more »

Stormwater tax an issue for Berlin’s hospital

BERLIN—In a letter to inform other town businesses, Michael A. Franklin, president and CEO of Atlantic General Hospital, told members of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce that the hospital’s Board of Trustees had filed a declaratory judgment complaint to seek an exemption from the Town of Berlin’s new stormwater management tax. Franklin noted that AGH… Read more »

Stormwater runoff an issue for lawmakers as session opens

MARYLAND—As the General Assembly convened on Jan.8, Eastern Shore legislation watchers seemed focused on legislation to modify a new regulation on chicken waste, the so-called “rain tax” intended to curb stormwater runoff, and a possible new “chicken tax” on commercially produced poultry. Del. Addie C. Eckardt (District 37B), who chairs the Eastern Shore Delegation, is… Read more »

Wind turbine installation set for Berlin by month’s end

BERLIN—If all goes well, the initial prototype of Berlin’s long-awaited innovative wind turbine design will be installed at the Rayne’s Sand and Gravel Co. property on Old Ocean City Blvd by the end of January, the exhausted inventor, Doug Richards of DDU Magnetics, Inc., predicted during a Jan. 10 interview. It could prove to be… Read more »

Scholarship funds available

SNOW HILL–The Jesse Klump Memorial Fund has opened nominations for its annual scholarship, to be awarded to a member of the 2014 class of Snow Hill High School.  The potential amount of the scholarship is $12,000. “Candidates for the Jesse Klump Memorial Scholarship are young people who have demonstrated, without any expectation of reward, a… Read more »

OP 2014-15 budget proposals

OCEAN PINES—As the Ocean Pines Association began to review General Manager Bob Thompson’s fiscal year 2014-2015 budget, which was presented on Jan. 6, two items are already facing resistance—a proposed $15 increase in annual membership assessments and a promotion to offer members a $25 coupon for the upcoming new Yacht Club. The net increase in… Read more »

Upcoming restaurant gets historic district sign

BERLIN—The Historical District Commission approved proposed signage for a new restaurant slated to open at 104 Pitts Street by April, but had to reschedule ruling on a second proposal due to the lack of a quorum, during the first meeting of the year on Jan. 8. Justine Zegna, owner of Planet X in Rehoboth, is… Read more »

Komen offers training session

OCEAN CITY–Susan G. Komen Maryland will offer a Volunteer Training Session on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the Marriott Courtyard on 15th Street and the Boardwalk in Ocean City. Komen Maryland relies on trained volunteers to provide free educational programs highlighting breast health, breast cancer awareness and the importance of early detection.  A variety of opportunities… Read more »