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Town Council meetings to resume in person

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Berlin boards, commissions can now gather with limited capacity in hall chambers By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (March 11, 2021) Berlin boards and commissions meetings resumed limited capacity in-person attendance this week following the Town Council’s approval on Monday. Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood asked the councilmembers to consider that the Historic District Commission meetings usually… Read more »

OP Get Involved Facebook group gains fast popularity

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By Greg Ellison (March 11, 2021) Focused on community issues and civic engagement, a new private Facebook group, Ocean Pines Get Involved, has expanded rapidly with hundreds of members joining in less than two weeks. Esther Diller, who along with Colby Phillips is a page administrator, said on Monday said more than 300 members have… Read more »

OP Easter egg runs kept to 100 kids

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Modified event will utilize White Horse Park in three shifts By Greg Ellison (March 11, 2021) Although unable to sponsor its Easter events because of coronavirus health safety restrictions, Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks will hold three rounds of Easter egg hunts on Saturday, April 3 in White Horse Park. Recreation Supervisor Katie Goetzinger said… Read more »

County hears towns’ budget pleas

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By Greg Ellison (March 11, 2021) Worcester County municipalities Pocomoke, Berlin and Snow Hill, along with Ocean Pines, presented FY22 budget requests to the county commissioners last Tuesday. Ocean Pines OPA President Larry Perrone gave a brief overview of the homeowners association’s expenditures dependent upon county funding, which totaled roughly $1.45 million in FY21. He… Read more »

Pines Bylaws Committee reviews pending updates

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Related work group status discussed during virtual meeting held last Friday By Greg Ellison (March 11, 2021) The Ocean Pines Bylaws and Resolutions Committee last Friday dove into the multiple updates to association governing documents that have been pending. Committee Chairman Jim Trummel said a related bylaws work group held its most recent meeting the… Read more »

Berlin Youth Club held online amid pandemic

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (March 11, 2021) Like many other organizations, Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services adapted to the age of covid-19 by hosting its first virtual Berlin Youth Club summer camp last year. Dr. Jennifer Leggour, executive director of Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, told the Berlin Parks Commission on March… Read more »

Pines revises organizational chart

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By Greg Ellison (March 11, 2021) Following the departure of Director of Amenities and Operational Logistics Colby Phillips last month, the Ocean Pines Association has realigned its organizational chart to reassign her previous duties to various department heads. The changes include handing oversight of parking at the Ocean Pines Beach Club to Aquatics Director Kathleen… Read more »

Nonprofit to raise funds for recreational opportunities

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (March 4, 2021) We Heart Berlin Inc. has been established as a Maryland-based nonprofit to raise funds for town projects. Organizer Tony Weeg said he used LegalZoom to set up the nonprofit, and is now embarking on the next step of pursuing tax exempt status through the federal government. As… Read more »

Virtual props workshop about film

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (March 4, 2021) As part of the fifth annual Ocean City Film Festival, prop masters on Disney’s 2002 romantic fantasy and coming-of-age film, “Tuck Everlasting,” will live stream a free workshop about their Berlin experiences and their work in the film industry in and around Baltimore for more than 30… Read more »

Auto Zone site plan approved for Route 50

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (March 4, 2021) A site plan for a beige Auto Zone store that would replace the former McDonald’s building on Route 50 in Berlin was approved by the Berlin Planning Commission last Wednesday at a virtual special meeting. Applicant Kevin Murphy told the commission the new landscaping plan showed additional… Read more »