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Town recommends change for health insurance carrier

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (April 18, 2019) Town of Berlin employees can expect to see a change in health insurance providers from United Health Care to Carefirst Blue Cross, assuming the mayor and council take the advice of the town’s broker, Deeley Insurance Group. In addition to reevaluating United Health Care’s terms and costs, town… Read more »

Berlin mayor, council react favorably to county proposal

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (April 18, 2019) Several Berlin town officials seemed pleased with the idea of the Worcester County Department of Recreation and Parks’ proposition to purchase the Berlin Lions Club park property to preserve it for that purpose. “You know it’s obviously a county situation, but anything they do out there benefits Berlin,”… Read more »

Wor. Health Dept. warns of scam

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (April 11, 2019) A Medicare information spoofing scam reached Worcester County last week, as health department officials found the Berlin Health Office’s phone number being “illegally and fraudulently used,” the department said in a Facebook post. Spoofing involves impersonating a legitimate phone number to persuade someone to give away personal information… Read more »

Threat involved Snow Hill school

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 11, 2019) A “school safety threat” against Snow Hill Middle School on March 21 led to two students being charged, according to Carrie Sterrs, Worcester County Schools’ spokeswoman. Officials have not made public what the threat involved. Sterrs said “a cooperative effort between school officials, law enforcement, and the state’s… Read more »

Community wants development crossed out

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer, and Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 11, 2019) Purnell Crossing residents on Monday continued to oppose a planned new development they said did not match the project they initially supported. Last month, members of the 27-unit condominium association stormed a Berlin Planning Commission meeting when they learned owner and Town… Read more »

What will Ortt Companies do for an encore?

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 11, 2019) A year ago, all eyes were on the Matt Ortt Companies as they prepared to take over operations of the Ocean Pines yacht and beach clubs, which had just finished losing nearly $800,000 in the preceding 12 months. This fiscal year, under Ortt, the facilities project to break… Read more »

Builder Steen speaks on new advisor role

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 11, 2019) Local builder Marvin Steen on Monday weighed in on what his role would be in advising Ocean Pines on three major upcoming construction projects. The board of directors on Saturday approved spending $3.185 million to expand the police headquarters inside the administration building, rebuild the country club, and… Read more »

Ocean Pines Board tables GM executive search motion

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 11, 2019) While Ocean Pines Board members agreed last month to explore outsourcing management, the same panel on Saturday tabled a motion to seek an executive search firm to identify individual general manager candidates. John Bailey departed as the association’s general manager in February and, last month, John Viola was… Read more »

Conditional use for industrial district bldg.

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Washington Street structure approved for storage units, second-story apartments By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 11, 2019) The Berlin Board of Zoning Appeals on Monday approved a conditional-use exception that will allow three new apartments to be built over storage units on 305 Washington Street. According to a conceptual site plan, the 13,512-square-foot building is zoned… Read more »

Trendic golf leasing motion again fails to get second

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 11, 2019) Slobodan Trendic is no Chris Davis, but the Ocean Pines board member has his own kind of cold streak going. Trendic was hammered in November for proposing a motion to lease the association golf course. An extended period of public comment made opposition to the motion apparent, and… Read more »