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Public hearing on group homes set for next Monday

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 22, 2018) The definition of a “group home” and regulations regarding its location were introduced during a Berlin Town Council meeting last Tuesday. A first reading for both ordinances was the first part of a two-step process, culminating in a public hearing scheduled for Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at… Read more »

Artists Giving Back event on Flower St. seeking donations

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 15, 2018) A local nonprofit group is looking for some last-minute help with the annual “Artists Giving Back” event that has provided hundreds of hot meals for local people in need. The event is hosted on Giving Tuesday each year by the Berlin Arts and Entertainment Committee. This year, that… Read more »

Worcester Youth honors ‘outstanding’ citizens

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 15, 2018) Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services honored seven local people who made outstanding contributions to the community during the Berlin-based organization’s open house last Friday. Recognized were “Outstanding Supporter” Judge Peggy Kent and “Outstanding Contributors” Pat Oltman, Helen Wiley, Carol Rose and Suzanne Parks, and Mary Yenney and… Read more »

Mural project benefits Buckingham

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 15, 2018) The Young Audiences program, begun in Baltimore, may bill itself as “the nation’s largest arts education network,” but its impact locally has been in Berlin. The nonprofit group recently sent artist Amanda Pellerin to Buckingham Elementary School there to work with students on a massive mural project made… Read more »

Proposed motion to lease Ocean Pines golf course fails

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 15, 2018) For the second straight month, Ocean Pines golf operations dominated the public comment period of a board of directors meeting. Last month, several members of the golf community protested assertions by Director Frank Daly that temporarily closing the course could save money. On Saturday, many of the same… Read more »

OPA Board reaches compromise on bulkhead motion

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 15, 2018) Ocean Pines Director Slobodan Trendic on Saturday asked to run the numbers on separate contracts for bulkhead replacement work and the materials needed to do the work, and the board eventually reached a compromise to do just that. His original motion would have required General Manager John Bailey… Read more »

Pines crab pier taken down; Board considers alternatives

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 15, 2018) Contractors removed the floating portion of the crab pier in the Whitehorse Sanctuary neighborhood of Ocean Pines last Thursday. The Ocean Pines Board on Oct. 20 approved a $17,500 contract with Fisher Marine Construction Inc. to remove the pier. An inspection by Snow Hill firm J Stacey Hart… Read more »

Apple Drugs partially reopens after fire early Sat. morning

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 15, 2018) A fire early Saturday morning shut down the Apple Discount Drugs store in Berlin for several days. Matthew Owens, chief deputy with the Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office, said the incident was reported at about 4:15 a.m. and responding volunteer fire companies included Berlin, Showell, Ocean Pines, Ocean… Read more »

CFO Viola shares his frustration

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 15, 2018) The frustration was apparent as Ocean Pines Chief Financial Officer John Viola on Saturday used the time for his monthly treasurer’s report to address several lingering questions, presumably asked of him by board and community members. Much of it was delivered in a stream of consciousness style that… Read more »

Commission of two minds on Berlin home renovation

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 15, 2018) Some people play by the rules, while others might work around them in Berlin’s Historic District. Historic District Commission members last Wednesday expressed frustration over some unnamed projects while considering renovations to the home and business of Matthew Amey. Amey, several commission members said, had earned their respect… Read more »