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Water, sewer rates rise as promised


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 30, 2019) Municipal water and sewer rates, which have been a major factor in Berlin government’s budget discussions this winter and spring, were increased Tuesday night by a unanimous Town Council vote. As of July 1, the water utility’s rate will go up 5 percent, and the sewer utility’s… Read more »

School attendance policy approved


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 30, 2019) The Worcester County Board of Education last Wednesday approved a revised attendance guideline that imposes harsher penalties for unexcused absences. “Inasmuch as there is a direct relationship between attendance and grades, this policy is intended to instill in the school youth of this county the importance of… Read more »

Turner runs to bring accountability to board

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 30, 2019) Having received more than 700 votes during the last Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors election last year, resident Greg Turner, 60, believes people agree with his message that the board needs more accountability. Turner, who grew up in Greenbelt in Prince George’s County, moved to Ocean… Read more »

Macky and Pam Stansell Hospice House open

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 23, 2019) With forest green oversized scissors, Pam Stansell cut the ceremonial ribbon to the applause of public officials and hospice providers to officially open the Macky and Pam Stansell Coastal Hospice House on Wednesday, May 15. Stansell House is the region’s first residential hospice facility, providing care to… Read more »

MDOT provides concept of roundabout for north gate

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 23, 2019) Not long after a traffic circle concept was proposed by the Maryland Department of Transportation at the intersection of Route 589 and Ocean Parkway at Ocean Pines’ north gate, a new single lane roundabout concept was introduced to the board last Thursday. The Maryland Department of Transportation… Read more »

Ocean Pines board candidates announced

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 23, 2019) All eight candidates who filed by the May 10 deadline have met the requirements as permitted by the Ocean Pines Bylaws, according to Board Secretary Dr. Colette Horn. The candidates, in alphabetical order, are Cynthia L. Bartolomeo, Paula Roberson Gray, 73, Tom Janasek, 53, Shawn Kotwica, Larry… Read more »

Berlin Fire Company gets quarterly payment for EMS

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 23, 2019) The Berlin Fire Company received unanimous approval for emergency medical services funding from the mayor and Town Council last Monday. David Fitzgerald, president of the Berlin Fire Company’s board of directors, requested an $88,750 check from town officials and said it was needed by May 15 to… Read more »

Clubs committee discusses smoking policy


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 23, 2019) The Ocean Pines Clubs Committee came to no final conclusions during its discussion last Thursday about a 25-foot no smoking restriction near the Yacht Club and Ocean Pines Beach Clubs’ pools, restaurants and tiki bar. The committee’s consideration of restrictions was prompted by an unnamed resident’s concerns… Read more »

Pines Country Club gets demolished

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 23, 2019) The Ocean Pines country club building is no more as of Monday, having been demolished earlier than anticipated, though residents can still play on the greens itself. Demolition began last Friday, when an Ocean City contractor, Absolute Demolition, which had bid on the project, was in the… Read more »

Proposed Berlin budget shows cuts


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 23, 2019) When Berlin town government’s departments put the knife to their budgets in the last few weeks, they apparently didn’t miss much, judging from the $15.6 million budget for fiscal year 2020 town officials reviewed last Monday. The proposed budget was reduced by 15 percent, or $2.6 million,… Read more »