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Paint Berlin and Fiddler’s draw big crowds downtown

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 27, 2018) After several weekends of rainy and otherwise lackluster weather, the skies were mostly clear during a pair of well-attended events in Berlin last weekend, the 26th annual Fiddler’s Convention and the ninth annual Paint Berlin contest. A crowd of thousands flocked downtown on Friday night for a… Read more »

Trendic and clubs committee discuss dynamic of new roles

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 27, 2018) When Director Slobodan Trendic was the liaison for the Ocean Pines Election Committee, he became its advocate during board of directors meetings and saw to the passage of several key election reforms, such as opening the vote-counting process to membership and announcing vote totals immediately after votes are… Read more »

Elder reportedly at odds with department

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 27, 2018) Worcester County Commissioner Ted Elder didn’t care for the stop work order and fines imposed on the Deer Run Offroad Jeep Golf operation in Berlin by Worcester County Environmental Programs and said so in strong terms in a closed-door meeting last Tuesday. “It was a situation where I… Read more »

Ocean Pines dismissed from Hill lawsuit

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 27, 2018) The Ocean Pines Association was dismissed as a defendant from a lawsuit filed in June by former director and interim general manager Brett Hill against the association and member of the board of directors, the Worcester County Clerk of Court’s office confirmed last Wednesday. Hill filed suit in… Read more »

Ground broken on new larger Showell Elementary School

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Sept. 27, 2018) Construction on the new $47 million Showell Elementary School is scheduled to start this weekend. On Tuesday a groundbreaking ceremony occurred in the original Showell Elementary School that first opened in 1976. The current 5,200 square-foot building will be replaced with a state-of-the-art 9,600 square-foot facility, eliminating the… Read more »

New signs likely for boat launch

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) While parking has at times been difficult to come by at the White Horse Park boat launch in Ocean Pines, an advisory committee on Tuesday decided not to pursue new enforcement or security measures there. Members of the Marine Activities Committee voted to recommend installing new signs. Several… Read more »

Berlin picks ‘Early’ replacement for Timmons

By Josh Davis Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) Allison Early will replace the departing Sharon Timmons as a Town of Berlin administrative assistant in the office of economic and community development, department director Ivy Wells said on Tuesday. Early had been working as an assistant to Berlin Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Larnet St. Amant…. Read more »

Tree giveaway planned to help boost ‘Clean-Up Day’

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) In firming up its 2019 events schedule, the Berlin Parks Commission last week discussed ways to improve dwindling attendance during the annual Clean-Up Day celebration. “This coming year will be kind of a test, because we did not get great turnout last year,” Administrative Services Director Mary Bohlen… Read more »

More than 1,600 respond to OPA communitywide survey

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) All 8,000-plus Ocean Pines property owners were invited to participate in a membership survey released last month that is expected to help “identify community priorities and evaluate the quality of municipal services,” according to an Aug. 23 press release. The association strategic planning committee developed survey questions over… Read more »

Yoga objections get mindfulness program pulled

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) Local religious groups who complained that yoga elements in a mindfulness program at Buckingham Elementary School were anti-Christian apparently contributed to the program’s removal this year. Students went back to the Berlin school this month, but “Mindfulness Moments” reportedly did not return with them. The program, which included… Read more »