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Council sets special budget meeting, March 26 at Decatur High School

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District 2 storms Town Council meeting By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 14, 2019) A crowd of Berlin District 2 residents showed up at the Monday night Town Council meeting to protest proposed property tax and utility rate increases. By the end of a lengthy public comment period, District 2 Councilman Zack Tyndall, who apparently encouraged… Read more »

Friends honor baseball legend Judy Johnson

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 7, 2019) Judy Johnson, one of baseball’s greatest third basemen of all time, never achieved the universal reverence accorded today’s professional athletes, even though his enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975 reflected the respect he earned from his peers while playing in the Negro Leagues almost four… Read more »

Impeachment talk at library silenced over safety concerns

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Conservative groups had planned rallies, prompting cancelation on Wednesday By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 7, 2019) Safety concerns have forced the cancellation of a lecture on impeachment at the Worcester County Library in Berlin that was originally scheduled this Wednesday. The program, part of a series on the U.S. Constitution presented by Howard Sribnick, drew… Read more »

Berlin adds Toy Town to downtown collection

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With Snow Hill shop closed by town officials, owners sought second location By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 7, 2019) The dispute between the Town of Snow Hill and Toy Town Antiques could lead the business back to Berlin, albeit in a smaller, satellite location. Storeowners Richard and Debbie Seaton were in Berlin on Monday, looking… Read more »

Live burn training unites fire companies

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Berlin, Ocean City, Showell, Girdletree and Ocean Pines firefighters participated By Victor Fernandes, Staff Writer (March 7, 2019) Firefighters at Berlin Fire Company don’t instantly leap into action after getting certain fire calls. Although every second matters in real structure fires, live burn training exercises, such as what Berlin and several other Worcester County fire companies… Read more »

Pines could forgo traditional GM

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Director says three models being considered, board to evaluate existing staff Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 7, 2019) In looking to find their third Ocean Pines general manager in four years, association board members may pursue a nontraditional approach in attempt to alleviate some prior mistakes. John Bailey, the most recent general manager, served from… Read more »

Berlin to consider commercial annexations

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 7, 2019) Three upcoming annexation proposals could be headed to the Berlin Planning Commission and Town Council, and each could have an impact on the town economy, according to Mayor Gee Williams. Of the proposals, the lowest impact is said to be the IG Burton Chevrolet dealership on Old Ocean… Read more »

Berlin to host public meetings on resiliency

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 7, 2019) The Town of Berlin will begin a series of public meetings on environmental and operational resiliency next week, capping a nearly decade-long group of sessions designed to gather public opinion on a variety of subjects, including stormwater and community growth. According to a press release from the town,… Read more »

Lead tests at elementary school above normal levels

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 7, 2019) Seven sinks at Buckingham Elementary School in Berlin have tested above normal levels for lead. According to a Worcester County Board of Education letter sent to parents last Thursday, sinks in six bathrooms and in one classroom tested above the “compliance action level” for lead of 20 parts… Read more »

Business owners speak out as downtown shop shuttered

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 7, 2019) Several Snow Hill business owners, including one who is running for mayor, spoke on behalf of Toy Town Antiques last week. The business is facing legal action by the State of Maryland for operating without an occupancy permit, with Snow Hill Code Enforcement Officer Jon Hill listed as… Read more »