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FEMA flood maps shrink by more than 50 percent in plan

BERLIN—Nearly half of the property parcels that are currently required to carry flood insurance in Berlin and Ocean Pines will no longer be required to do so, if preliminary flood insurance maps proposed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency are implemented. FEMA is proposing changes to its flood insurance rate maps (FIRM) that will essentially… Read more »

Chamber offers murder mystery dinner

OCEAN PINES – The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a murder mystery dinner and show  in the Community Center on Jan. 17. The case of the “Family” business in Ocean Pines will be performed by Get a Clue Productions. Guests will be able to test their detective skills by attempting to solve a… Read more »

Berlin third after first-round voting

BERLIN–Maryland’s historic town of Berlin placed third in the preliminary voting round of Budget Travel’s “America’s Coolest Small Town” contest. The Web site’s polls opened the first week of October and asked Americans to nominate small towns that they felt were the “coolest.” The rules stated the town must have fewer than 10,000 people, have… Read more »

Berlin faces redistricting after Census shows population hike

For Berlin’s redistricting plans, Monday was a start. Based on the 2010 U.S. Census, Berlin’s population has grown from around 3,000 to 4,496, and with all of these new residents, Berlin must adjust its election districts to maintain – as best as possible – an equitable number in each one. This would mean that each… Read more »

State Sen. Jim Mathias files for re-election to Gen. Assembly

MARYLAND–State Sen. Senator Jim Mathias (D-38) filed to run for re-election last week, hoping to return for another four years of representing the lower Eastern Shore. Mathias counted among his accomplishments in his last four years since moving up from the House of Delegates, co-sponsoring legislation to make it easier for small businesses to hire… Read more »

Berlin council OKs proposal to close area

BERLIN—In a move that surprised at least one observer, the town council voted on Dec. 9 to approve a proposal by Joseph Moore, a partner with Ocean City-based law firm Williams, Moore, Shockley & Harrison, that the town close and transfer part of their right-of-way interests to an unpaved street near Stephen Decatur Park to… Read more »

Safety initiative to be discussed

BERLIN–Guest speaker Patricia Dufendach, head of the Berlin Safe Pedestrians Committee, will report on safety initiatives proposed to Route 113 to ensure that walkers can cross the street safely on Thursday, Dec. 19. Countdown Crosswalks and reduced speed limit are two of the many proposals. The Executive Board meeting begins at 6 p.m. with the… Read more »

Ocean Pines Farmers Market to feature new event series

OCEAN PINES – The Ocean Pines Farmers Market announces the addition of the new event series, “Meet Me at Market,” to its schedule. “Meet Me at Market” will feature local speakers, craftsman, chefs and artisans. The Ocean Pines Farmers Market is currently operating its fall and winter season and is open from 8 a.m. to… Read more »

SH Christmas parade winners announced

SNOW HILL–The winners for the Snow Hill Christmas parade held on Wednesday Dec. 11, were announced by its sponsors the Snow Hill Lions Club, Town of Snow Hill, and merchants in Snow Hill.   Snow Hill Christmas Parade winners are:   Best Band: Pocomoke High School   Best Car/Vehicle: Hardwire, LLC   Best Color Guard:… Read more »

Voting now underway for ‘Light Up the Pines’ competition

OCEAN PINES—Need a happy holiday pick-me-up? Craving Christmas creations? The final entries for the “Light Up the Pines” lawn decorating contest are in and ready to be viewed. Seasonal sightseers and voting residents can see the 12 displays of Christmas throughout the Ocean Pines community in either forward or reverse order at:   76 Ocean… Read more »