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Year in Review 2019: Town Council passes budget, tax rate increase

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 26, 2019) The Berlin mayor and Town Council approved a $15.2 million budget for fiscal year 2020, but getting to that final vote involved one of the most tumultuous budget processes in years. “This has been a challenging budget cycle – that’s an understatement,” said Mayor Gee Williams about the… Read more »

Berlin commission recommends annexation

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Planning members give OK to incorporate restaurant, business into town’s fold By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 19, 2019) An agreement to annex more than 100,000 square feet of property into the Town of Berlin was given a favorable recommendation by the Berlin Planning Commission last Wednesday. Attorney Joseph Moore, of Williams, Moore, Shockley & Harrison… Read more »

Berlin K-9 officers participate in certification

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Narcotics, explosives focus for testing last week; dogs called ‘invaluable resource’ By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 19, 2019) Several K-9 officers and their handlers with the Berlin Police Department underwent testing for an annual certification last week in Powellville. Cpl. Chris Bireley and K-9 officer Luke, an 8-year old German shepherd, Cpl. Jessica Collins and… Read more »

Planning officials continue to look at rental policies

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Town wondering what kind of regs to impose on Airbnb By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 19, 2019) Members of the Berlin Planning Commission discussed the status of a short-term rental policy in town for the third consecutive meeting last Wednesday. Chairman Chris Denny asked Planning Director Dave Engelhart about the procedures for staying in rental… Read more »

‘Resiliency element’ discussed

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 19, 2019) Members of the Berlin Planning Commission began reviewing a potential policy addition to the town’s comprehensive plan during a meeting last Wednesday. Planning Director Dave Engelhart brought forth the “resiliency element,” which would be “designed to take into account sea level rise and climate change and how it’s… Read more »

Star Charities’ members toast Foultz legacy

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Despite being disbanded after founder’s death, group holds final holiday festivity (Dec. 19, 2019) Longtime members of Star Charities gathered last week for a holiday luncheon to honor the memory of recently departed co-founder Anna Foultz, while also agreeing to carry on one of the group’s signature charity drives next year. Sue Walter, who worked… Read more »

Ocean Pines library to hold Lego build challenge Saturday at 1 p.m.

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(Dec. 19, 2019) Interest continues to mount in the Ocean Pines library monthly Lego building challenge slated for Saturday at 1 p.m. Karen Earp, library youth services specialist, said the creative building activity targeted to children between ages 5-14 began in October as part of the Earp said each month a different theme is included… Read more »

Viola continues successful path

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(Dec. 19, 2019) Ocean Pines Association General Manager John Viola, who stepped up to take the reins after a leadership upheaval last spring and signed a six-month contract in June, can now continue to lead the association’s financial and operational turnaround through June 2022. The OPA Board of Directors agreed unanimously on Dec. 4 to… Read more »

Election committee weighs changes to vote validation

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Group members mull over resolution M-06 amended language before board vets (Dec. 19, 2019) Seeking to define election validation processes, the Ocean Pines Elections Committee reached agreement on updates to resolution M-06 last week with the revised language set for a first reading by the board of directors meeting on Jan. 4. The principal modification… Read more »