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Gazette Editorial: Ethics generally deal with actions, not words

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The Berlin Ethics Commission’s decision that At-Large Councilman Thom Gulyas committed no breach when he allegedly criticized a citizen in harsh terms during a telephone call is almost a head-shaker. This isn’t because the commission failed to do its job, or that Gulyas was right or wrong or that public officials just shouldn’t criticize non-officeholders…. Read more »

Crowded field for three Snow Hill offices

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 4, 2019) Voters will have plenty of options to choose from when they go to the polls for the 2019 Snow Hill General Election. According to a Town of Snow Hill press release issued last Friday, the following candidates filed before the March 29 deadline: Mayor: Gary Weber, Richard Thompson… Read more »

Berlin Fire Co. budget ask totals over $900,000


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 4, 2019) While the Town Council looked at a general fund budget proposal 18 percent lower than the current year’s spending, Berlin Fire Company and EMS officials on the same evening asked for a significant funding increase. Several town officials also questioned some of the fire company’s accounting practices. The… Read more »

How has controversy impacted Berlin’s budget?

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 4, 2019) Berlin Town Administrator Laura Allen, in an interview last Thursday, weighed in on how expected tax and fee increases would affect the fiscal 2020 budget, and what will happen next in the process. She also defended town staff after some workers were criticized during a well-attended budget hearing… Read more »

Buckingham county’s green school


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (April 4, 2019) Buckingham Elementary, the only Maryland Green School in Worcester County, continues to conduct experiments and use resources to teach using low energy and cost. A Maryland Green School is a school that creates a healthy environment conducive to learning, while saving energy, environmental resources, and money. A presentation… Read more »

First look at proposed new 589 roundabout


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 4, 2019) Ocean Pines officials on Saturday unveiled a proposal for a new traffic circle at the North Gate entrance. Association Vice President Steve Tuttle said Maryland Department of Transportation officials had asked if Ocean Pines would be willing to give them roughly three-tenths of an acre of land on… Read more »

Pool cards make splash at OPA Town Hall


Board promises no one will lose money on cards By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 4, 2019) Ocean Pines Association leadership several times on Saturday promised to sort through a recent argument about pool access coupon cards. Apparently, for many years the association offered refillable cards for access to Ocean Pines pools, with balances rolling over… Read more »

Ethics complaint against Gulyas dismissed

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 4, 2019) The Berlin Ethics Commission dismissed a Feb. 28 complaint against At-Large Town Councilman Thom Gulyas. According to a copy of the complaint by resident Jason Walter and received by this paper, Walter alleged that Gulyas insulted his character during a phone call with Christina Tucker. Tucker, who apparently… Read more »

Budget draft has spending cuts, but also tax increases


General fund budget cuts total 18 percent, $1.3M By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 4, 2019) Some departments were cut more than others, but the numbers in the staff-prepared draft of Berlin’s general fund budget presented to the mayor and Town Council Monday night were 18 percent lower than the previous year’s spending. To go along… Read more »