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Wells talks downtown facade, revitalization efforts in Berlin


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) Improvements to storefronts in Berlin are being aided by the town’s use of a state facade improvement program, Ivy Wells, Berlin’s community and economic development director, told the mayor and Town Council last Monday. “I have received approval for two facade grants this week,” Wells reported. She said… Read more »

Art League’s Sand Castle Home Tour begins


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) The doors will open to 10 private residences during the Art League of Ocean City’s 15th annual Sand Castle Home Tour, today and Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The self-guided tour takes participants to residences ranging from private family, vacation and retirement homes, at their… Read more »

Suicide prevention month noted

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) With September recognized as National Suicide Prevention Awareness month, the Worcester County Commissioners last week issued proclamations to that effect and heard from suicide prevention advocates. “I don’t think there’s an individual in here who hasn’t suffered the agony of knowing somebody that’s commit- ted suicide, and the… Read more »

Purnell Crossing plan gets another change

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) Another modification to a planned unit development for a proposed housing project in Berlin received unanimous approval from the town’s planning commission during a meeting last Wednesday. Property owner and Councilman Troy Purnell asked the commission for permission to cut five lots from “phase four” of the site… Read more »

Music, food and hundreds of vendors at 45th Sunfest


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) The 45th annual Sunfest celebration begins today, Thursday, Sept. 19, and continues until Sunday in Ocean City. The festival, which marks the end of the summer season, will take place in the inlet parking lot under large tents featuring more than 300 arts, crafts and food vendors… Read more »

Burrell expresses speeding, safety concerns in Berlin

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) The dangers posed by cars speeding down streets as school buses load and unload were brought to the attention of the Berlin Town Council last Monday by Coun- cilman Dean Burrell. Recalling having seen a silver pickup truck traveling down Branch Street that morning at an estimated 60… Read more »

Series of unfortunate events bedevils Berlin

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This has not been the Town of Berlin’s year. Although everyone generally accepts the principle that nothing stays positive forever, as the laws of the universe dictate, no one could have foreseen or expected that so many negatives would arrive one after the other on Town Hall’s doorstep. This is especially so considering the town’s… Read more »

Plein air event kicks off in Berlin


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) Painting is a spectator sport in Berlin this week, especially considering that 41 artists will be competing in the town’s 10th annual plein air event, which began Wednesday. Hosted by the Worcester County Arts Council, the outdoor affair will run through Saturday, Sept. 21. Artists are permitted to… Read more »

Berlin Fiddlers Convention takes its bows this weekend

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27th annual competition brings plenty of pickin’ too By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 19, 2019) Bluegrass, Cajun and Celtic music will fill the streets of downtown Berlin from Friday through Sunday during the 27th edition of the Berlin Fiddlers Convention. With scores of musical participants and thousands of spectators, the competition has grown into… Read more »