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Malinowski shares statistics, rounds of golf played

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) Ocean Pines Golf Director John Malinowski appeared before the board of directors last Saturday to clear up what he considers to be some misconceptions the costs and operations of the course and clubhouse. One of the biggest factors affecting play, he said, was the exceptionally wet weather…. Read more »

Board welcomes Tom Piatti

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) Tom Piatti has been named to fill the seat on the Ocean Pines Board of Directors vacated last month by Slobodan Trendic, whose term will expire in August. Board Vice President Steve Tuttle introduced Piatti at the board’s Saturday session. Tuttle chaired the session in the absence… Read more »

Reggae Play Day returns Fri. night

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) Jah Works and Zion Reggae Band are expected to have people moving to the music Friday evening during the second annual Reggae Play Day in downtown Berlin. Sponsored by Ocean 98 radio, the event will take place from 5-9 p.m. on Main Street, with a stage set up… Read more »

Berlin officials talk reserve issues

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) The Town of Berlin is focusing on rebuilding its depleted reserve funds following discussion at a work session last Monday evening. As it stands, the reserves — or cash not earmarked for a specific use — would allow Berlin to operate for roughly four months should it find… Read more »

Ocean Pines budget shows $200K profit

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) Although Ocean Pines originally expected a loss for fiscal year 2019, the association is now projecting a $200,000 profit against the budget, according to interim General Manager John Viola. In the monthly treasurer’s report at last Saturday’s board of directors meeting, Viola said the association had beaten… Read more »

Purnell gets work approved needed for façade grant

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Awning, windows included in plans for downtown bldg. By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 8, 2019) Berlin Town Councilman Troy Purnell didn’t have his usual view of the council chambers when he faced members of the Historic District Commission during a meeting last Wednesday evening. Purnell, owner of Purnell Properties Inc., received approval from the commission… Read more »

Makers Market to open during Berlin’s 2nd Friday

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) More than 100 people are expected to attend the launch of the 2019 season of Makers Market in downtown Berlin. Heather Layton, president of the Berlin Arts and Entertainment District, said the monthly event, held in conjunction with second Friday, will run from May to October. “We want… Read more »

Berlin man indicted on 60+ sex abuse charges

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By Josh Davis, News Editor Keith Andrew Mariani, 60 of Berlin, was indicted and is being held without bond on more than 60 charges, including second-degree rape, sex abuse of a minor, and child pornography, Worcester County States Attorney Kris Heiser confirmed on Tuesday. According to court documents, Mariani was originally charged on March 27… Read more »

SDHS works to improve teaching practices

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 2, 2019) Stephen Decatur High School teachers have changed their teaching practices over the nearly two years they have been working with Learning Sciences International. Tom Sites, principal at Stephen Decatur High School, said the school has used the consulting firm since May 2017. Sites discussed the school’s developments… Read more »

Buckingham teacher to hold fundraiser in OC

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 3, 2019) After all the support she received while battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, April Eichelberger wanted to give back. She will co-host a fundraiser this Friday at Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon on 28th Street in Ocean City, beginning at 8 p.m. Eichelberger was first diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in April… Read more »