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‘The friendliest police dog you’ll ever meet’

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 6, 2018) Dock, a one-year-old golden retriever that just began working with the Berlin Police Department and Worcester County Bureau of Investigations, is bringing new meaning to “Officer Friendly.” The outgoing pup is full of energy and loves to be around people – just ask first before you pet him…. Read more »

Commissioners pan Ocean Pines cell tower

By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 6, 2018) No Verizon cell tower will be erected on county property in Ocean Pines, following the Worcester County Commissioners’ rejection Tuesday of a lease agreement that fell far short of what the commissioners expected. The tower, which would have been built and owned by the Calvert County company, Calvert… Read more »

Packed event last Friday helped with town parking study

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 29, 2018) Berlin Main Street was exceptionally busy during a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony and launch of the holiday season last Friday. Along with the towering tree, placed just off the porch of the Atlantic Hotel, thousands of people were visiting shops and restaurants, taking free reindeer-drawn sleigh rides with Santa… Read more »

Town continues green initiatives

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 29, 2018) The Town of Berlin continued its progressive approach to governing last week by sending representatives from its planning, economic development and water resources departments to the first Maryland Climate Change Leadership Academy. Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science,… Read more »

What to do with the multipurpose building?

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 29, 2018) Approximately 50 community members gathered at the Stephen Decatur Middle School last Monday night to talk about “a real opportunity for East Berlin,” and about what to do next with the multipurpose building on Flower Street. The town has plans to build a community center somewhere on Flower… Read more »

Berlin briefs

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 29, 2018) The Berlin Mayor and Council discussed the following items during a public meeting at Town Hall on Monday: Traffic concerns Councilman Elroy Brittingham said he is still concerned about traffic patterns coming out of the new Ocean’s East apartment complex and onto Seahawk Road, near Stephen Decatur High… Read more »

Preconstruction has begun on new Showell Elementary

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Nov. 29, 2018) Bill Moschler of Oak Contracting, LLC presented an update on construction activities for the new $47 million Showell Elementary School at the Worcester County Public Schools Board of Education meeting, last Tuesday. “Work has been completed in the last 30 days,” Moschler said. “The perimeter construction fence has… Read more »

Public can weigh in during school board budget meeting

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Nov. 29, 2018) Those wishing to have a say in the fiscal year 2020 Worcester County Board of Education budget are encouraged to attend a public budget input meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Board of Education Central Office in Newark. “The public budget input meeting… Read more »

Trader restaurant earns planning approval

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 22, 2018) John Trader’s pitch to the Berlin Planning Commission last Wednesday was received about as well as first-rate barbecue and cold beer. Trader, the owner of Liquid Assets in Ocean City and Our Harvest in Fenwick Island, wants to put a 145-seat barbecue restaurant and bar on the site… Read more »

Ocean Pines releases legal opinion on drainage ditches

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 22, 2018) The Ocean Pines Association released a legal opinion related to drainage issues on Friday, and two board members offered slightly different takes on what it means. In a Nov. 16 press release, the association announced it had “received an opinion letter from its legal counsel addressing the maintenance… Read more »