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First look at FY’19 suggests big turnaround

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 6, 2018) Early reports from fiscal year 2019 suggest Ocean Pines finances are headed toward a significant turnaround. While fiscal year 2018 budget numbers finished in the red to the tune of more than $1 million, the first six months of fiscal 2019 reportedly finished more than $100,000 in the… Read more »

‘Artists Giving Back’ build bridges

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 6, 2018) Organizers of the third annual “Artists Giving Back” last Tuesday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Berlin said the event was about more than filling a few hundred empty stomachs with free meals. The larger impact, organizers said, was breaking down barriers – both social and geographic… Read more »

Berlin Christmas Parade returns to downtown

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 6, 2018) More than 80 floats will compete for awards in 10 categories during the annual Berlin Christmas Parade, today, Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m. Participants will travel north on Main Street, through the downtown area and end at the Berlin Fire Company. New this year are trophies in each… Read more »

‘The friendliest police dog you’ll ever meet’

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 6, 2018) Dock, a one-year-old golden retriever that just began working with the Berlin Police Department and Worcester County Bureau of Investigations, is bringing new meaning to “Officer Friendly.” The outgoing pup is full of energy and loves to be around people – just ask first before you pet him…. Read more »

Commissioners pan Ocean Pines cell tower

By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 6, 2018) No Verizon cell tower will be erected on county property in Ocean Pines, following the Worcester County Commissioners’ rejection Tuesday of a lease agreement that fell far short of what the commissioners expected. The tower, which would have been built and owned by the Calvert County company, Calvert… Read more »

Dream Weaver opens new Berlin location


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 6, 2018) Boardwalk mainstay Dream Weaver recently opened a second location in downtown Berlin, bringing the same merchandise to Main Street. Husband and wife Tiffany and Sean Lackner, originally from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, respectively, came to the area with the hopes of opening a business. “We ended up on… Read more »

Packed event last Friday helped with town parking study

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 29, 2018) Berlin Main Street was exceptionally busy during a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony and launch of the holiday season last Friday. Along with the towering tree, placed just off the porch of the Atlantic Hotel, thousands of people were visiting shops and restaurants, taking free reindeer-drawn sleigh rides with Santa… Read more »

Town continues green initiatives

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 29, 2018) The Town of Berlin continued its progressive approach to governing last week by sending representatives from its planning, economic development and water resources departments to the first Maryland Climate Change Leadership Academy. Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science,… Read more »