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Kotwica wants board to have transparency

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 30, 2019) Shawn Kotwica, 38, says he wants to join the Ocean Pines Board of Directors in order to bring more transparency and help oversee the important projects taking place in the community. Originally from Pennsylvania, Kotwica studied criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. He first visited Ocean Pines… Read more »

Berlin ‘Hometown Heroes’ honored for service

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 30, 2019) Veterans at Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center were honored for their service during a ceremony last Wednesday. They were originally part of Ocean City Elks Lodge #2645’s sixth annual “Hometown Heroes,” banner dedication ceremony, held May 2 on the Ocean City Boardwalk, but the facility’s van broke… Read more »

Pines better off with in-house management

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In most instances, the local administration of community or business affairs is better than regional or broader corporate management, which frequently suffers from a lack of knowledge about the area it serves. As many an operator of a corporate-owned outpost will admit, a fair amount of time is wasted trying to work around one-size-fits-all directives… Read more »

Taylor House opens for 2019 season

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 30, 2019) The Calvin B. Taylor House Museum is open for the 2019 season. “I suggest people start [at the museum] and learn about the town’s history, and then you can see how it’s changed,” curator Susan Taylor said. “It’s just a great look into the past and a… Read more »

Community mourns death of teen

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 30, 2019) The community continued to mourn the loss of a 17-year-old boy who died last week in Berlin. “We know it’s a time for healing for the community,” Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing said during a Town Council meeting Tuesday. “We anticipate a lot of other events with… Read more »

Maryland Coastal Bays Program crab survey

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 30, 2019) From mid-May to early July, the Maryland Coastal Bays Program and the Maryland Natural Resources Fishing and Boating Services will conduct its annual survey of the horseshoe crab population. Horseshoe crabs are not crabs as the name would imply, but are most closely related to spiders and… Read more »

Council approves annexation agreement for Berlin project

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 30, 2019) The Berlin Town Council approved the annexation of about six acres for a proposed gas station and convenience store Tuesday evening. Attorneys Regan Smith and Peter Buas represented the interests of property owners Spiro and Mary Anne Buas of Athena Properties Inc. The land, now called Athena Plaza… Read more »

Showell construction continues

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 30, 2019) The construction of the new Showell Elementary School continues, following the Worcester County Board of Education’s approval last Wednesday of the project’s next phase. Over the past month, workers completed installation of slab-on-grade concrete, foundation masonry, foundation dampproofing, and energized permanent power, according to construction progress reports. The… Read more »

Plant Nite offers ‘Succulent Beer Garden’ at Burley

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 30, 2019) Residents and visitors can become one with nature while sipping a beer this Sunday during Plant Nite at Burley Café in downtown Berlin. The event, hosted by Yaymaker Eastern Shore Maryland, will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. at the eatery on 17 Jefferson St. Tickets cost $45… Read more »