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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 »

Country club meeting canceled; no makeup date scheduled

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) A special meeting last Saturday concerning renovations at the Ocean Pines Golf and Country Club was canceled because the directors agreed the session wasn’t needed, according to Association President Doug Parks. Parks said it was “agreed the time could be used more effectively” by meeting with contractor Davis,… 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 »

Town, SU partnership gets bee-plus

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) The Town of Berlin continued its partnership with Salisbury University last week by holding a meeting in Town Hall with about a dozen students from Dr. Sarah Surak’s political science and environmental studies class. Surak is the university’s co-director of the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement… Read more »

Gazette Editorial: Deferred maintenance has an easy solution

Figuring out who’s to blame for the failure to keep up with the maintenance of some of Ocean Pines amenities is easy: the responsible parties are — everyone. Rather than a culture of indifference, as Director Frank Daly asserted last week, it was the culture of disagreement on boards of directors that resulted in more… Read more »

Fiddler’s Convention offers entire weekend of live music

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) The 26th annual Berlin Fiddler’s Convention is scheduled to bring three days of free, family-friendly events and live entertainment to the downtown areathis Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Slated to open the show on Friday night, starting at 7 p.m., are the Lonesome Ridge Rangers, winners of the 2017… Read more »

Paint Berlin back for ninth annual ‘plein air’ event

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) People in and around the Berlin area are likely to see dozens of plein air painters working in various outdoor locales this weekend, as the ninth annual Paint Berlin event returns. While registration is full, work produced during the four-day event will be on display during a free… Read more »