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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 »

Berlin announces $30,000 for five Worcester nonprofits

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 22, 2018) Five area nonprofits received a total of $30,000 in grant funding from the Town of Berlin at a public meeting last Tuesday. Recipients were: The Berlin Arts and Entertainment Committee, $6,000 for a mural. The Shirley Grace Pregnancy Center, $5,000 for “ongoing bi-weekly support group meetings for women… Read more »

Berlin briefs

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 22, 2018) The Berlin mayor and Council discussed the following items last Tuesday during a public meeting at Town Hall: Municipal Government Month Town Administrator Laura Allen read into the record a proclamation declaring November “Municipal Government Works Month.” Included in the proclamation, “municipal government represents the most responsive level… Read more »

Clubs committee annual report shows improvement

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 22, 2018) What a difference a year makes. In 2017, the Ocean Pines Clubs Committee concluded in its annual report, “This has been a trying year.” The committee reported that it was not able to meet with the yacht club manager and had little communication with the acting general manager…. Read more »

Two fires in two days on East, West Martin St.

By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 22, 2018) Fires cinged two homes over the weekend on East and West Martin Streets in Snow Hill, but a bright spot in the blaze came with the rescue of a pit bull puppy. Lt. Michael Creech, of the Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Company, said several crews went to a… Read more »

Results in for Pines communitywide survey

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 22, 2018) The raw data obtained from an Ocean Pines membership survey of more than 1,700 homeowners late last summer was released by the Ocean Pines Association on Nov. 9 According to a press release, all property owners were invited to take the survey, which focused on community priorities and… Read more »

Committee endorses YMCA study

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 22, 2018) The Berlin Falls Park Committee last Thursday decided it’s probably worth $20,000 to find out how realistic would it be to put a YMCA on the 60-acre former industrial site. Committee members voted unanimously to recommend a feasibility study estimated to cost about that much. “We know for… Read more »

Berlin gets check to pay for police body cameras

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 22, 2018) Local Government Insurance Trust Executive Director Tim Ailsworth last Tuesday presented a check for $5,000 to the Town of Berlin for police body cameras and praised town officials for implementing their use. He said the trust insures 147 of the 157 municipalities in Maryland, and that the its… Read more »

Christmas season kicks off Friday in downtown Berlin

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 22, 2018) Berlin Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells remembers her first Christmas in the town four years ago, when she had just moved from Sykesville to take over the position formerly held by Michael Day. Her first impression was “that Berlin loves Christmas,” she said. “The entire community… Read more »