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Stormwater project resumes in town

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Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Oct. 17, 2019) Construction on the submerged gravel wetland project on Graham Avenue is expected to start next week after a months-long lag, according to town officials. Darl Kolar, a consultant with E.A. Engineering, Science and Technology Inc., said the project aims to treat stormwater runoff and to reduce runoff pollution…. Read more »

Berlin Fire Company unveils new station

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After nearly 10 years, doors raised on third facility for volunteers By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Oct. 17, 2019) The Berlin Fire Company officially has a new fire station after formally unveiling Station 3 during a ceremony Sunday afternoon. The newly built fire station is on a two-acre piece of property on Ocean Gateway, about… Read more »

Berlin’s Planning Comm. approves project site plan

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Development to consist of retail, apartments in town By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Oct. 17, 2019) A proposed housing and retail property in downtown Berlin received a unanimous endorsement of its site plan by the Berlin Planning Commission last Wednesday. Property owner Ernest Gerardi showed members renderings of his three-story property on 2 Stevenson Lane, with… Read more »

Downing advises parking restrictions

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Oct. 17, 2019) Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing advised the Town Council Tuesday night to impose parking restrictions on two narrow streets after firefighting apparatus had to negotiate parked cars to respond to a garage fire earlier this summer. Downing endorsed having no parking on Grace Street and limited parking on… Read more »

Former admin. severance disclosed

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Oct. 17, 2019) The firing last month of Town Administrator Laura Allen resulted in a severance package of three months’ pay, Acting Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood disclosed at the Tuesday night session of the mayor and Town Council. “I’ve wanted to convey to you all [the Town Council], and also the… Read more »

Berlin commission talks rental policy status

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Oct. 17, 2019) Berlin Planning Commission Chairman Chris Denny took a moment to inquire about existing policies regarding Airbnb’s and short-term rental properties during a meeting last Wednesday. “We’ve just touched it. We haven’t really done any huge amount of work,” said Berlin Planning Director Dave Engelhart. Denny stressed the importance… Read more »

OPA board split vote rejects legal fee collection

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Oct. 17, 2019) The OPA Board of Directors voted 4-3 against a motion to have attorneys develop language for collection of legal fees tied to court actions for non-collection matters after cost-benefit questions were raised during its meeting earlier this month. The proposal was among a handful of recommendations discussed… Read more »

OP Community Health Fair on Saturday

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Oct. 17, 2019) A host of free medical screenings are available during the ninth annual Ocean Pines Community Health Fair on Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon at the community center. The Ocean Pines Association sponsors the event in conjunction with Atlantic General Hospital and Peninsula Regional Medical Center to provide community… Read more »

Burglary suspect in OP reportedly homeless woman

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Oct. 17, 2019) Ocean Pines Police arrested Heather Teal Reece, 42, on Saturday for a series of home robberies in the area, resulting in more than a half dozen counts, including first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary. Police allege that Reece, whose last known address was in Tazewell, Tennessee, burglarized four… Read more »

Bylaws balks at short notice

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By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Oct. 17, 2019) The Ocean Pines Bylaws & Resolutions Committee on Oct. 4 agreed that additional time will be required to review proposed revisions for resolutions regarding the lot maintenance violations discussed by the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors two days earlier. Committee chairman Jim Trummel said the directors… Read more »