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Berlin town clerk gets municipal certification


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 29, 2019) Kelsey Jensen blazed her own trail to become not just Berlin’s town clerk, but a certified municipal clerk with the credentials to back it up. Jensen, 30, of Ocean Pines, came to Worcester County nearly nine years ago after graduating from Frostburg University in 2011 with a… Read more »

OPA board finds petitions invalid

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Effort to force referendums falls short in voter totals and guidelines in bylaws By Greg Ellison (Aug. 22, 2019) The pair of petitions submitted by former board member Slobodan Trendic calling for referendums on $3 million in capital improvements at the Ocean Pines Golf Course have failed, the Ocean Pines Association announced Wednesday morning. One… Read more »

Newly designated smoking areas OP Yacht Club and pool


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Aug. 22, 2019) In response to concerns from residents about exposure to second-hand smoke, the Ocean Pines Yacht Club and adjacent pool have two newly designated areas for vaping or using tobacco products. As of this week, the smoking rules at the Yacht Club and Oasis Pool restrict smokers to… Read more »

OPA and Ortt Companies sign on for 3-5 more years

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Aug. 22, 2019) The Matt Ortt Companies, which turned around the money-losing food operations at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club and Beach Club last year, inked a fresh 3-5-year contract last week that includes plans for a third location at the to-be-expanded Tern Grille. The Ocean Pines Board of Directors… Read more »

OPA new board validated


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Aug. 22, 2019) Departing members of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors welcomed three newly elected officials to the ranks last Wednesday after officially validating vote counts for the 2019 election. Election results, which were tallied the previous Friday, were approved by a 6-0 vote during the meeting on… Read more »

Town Hall ledgers, records showcase history


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 22, 2019) A ledger detailing Berlin’s mayor and council meetings more than 100 years ago shed light on the importance of keeping records within town. Berlin’s Managing Director Jeff Fleetwood, said town officials borrowed the ledger from the Calvin B. Taylor Museum while doing research on the town’s history. These… Read more »

Berlin praises town special events


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 22, 2019) Berlin’s Mayor and Council praised the outcomes of National Night Out and the Peach Festival at their meeting last week. Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing said between 1,500 and 2,000 people attended the town’s National Night Out on Aug. 6 at Dr. William Henry Park on Flower Street…. Read more »

Berlin revises stormwater priorities

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 22, 2019) To improve its chances of obtaining FEMA funding for storm water-control projects, the Berlin Town Council last Monday took one long-range plan off its list of priorities. Town Administrator Laura Allen said the town probably wouldn’t get to what’s known as “Project Five, Tier II, on Bottle Branch… Read more »

Derelict house will be razed in controlled burn

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 22, 2019) A derelict home that’s become an eyesore on Flower Street is scheduled to be razed via a controlled burn by the Berlin Fire Company, Berlin Planning Director Dave Englehart told the mayor and Town Council meeting last Monday. Engelhart said the burn is set for sometime in September,… Read more »

Berlin Town Council seeks grant funds for court lighting

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 22, 2019) The Berlin Town Council approved agreed last week to seek state funding to buy lights for the basketball courts at Dr. William Henry Park. Administrative Services Director Mary Bohlen said the town is seeking a $107,500 grant from the Community Parks and Playground Program of Maryland Department of… Read more »