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Water, sewer rates rise as promised

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 30, 2019) Municipal water and sewer rates, which have been a major factor in Berlin government’s budget discussions this winter and spring, were increased Tuesday night by a unanimous Town Council vote. As of July 1, the water utility’s rate will go up 5 percent, and the sewer utility’s… Read more »

School attendance policy approved

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 30, 2019) The Worcester County Board of Education last Wednesday approved a revised attendance guideline that imposes harsher penalties for unexcused absences. “Inasmuch as there is a direct relationship between attendance and grades, this policy is intended to instill in the school youth of this county the importance of… Read more »

Berlin Ghost Walk tour offers history, mystery of town

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 30, 2019) Participants in the Berlin Ghost Walk can expect to learn a little something about the supernatural occurrences in town. “It is … a walking tour with stories about hauntings, paranormal activities and unexplained events, [as well as] mystical events,” Mindie Burgoyne, owner and founder of Chesapeake Ghost… Read more »

Turner runs to bring accountability to board

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 30, 2019) Having received more than 700 votes during the last Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors election last year, resident Greg Turner, 60, believes people agree with his message that the board needs more accountability. Turner, who grew up in Greenbelt in Prince George’s County, moved to Ocean… Read more »

Macky and Pam Stansell Hospice House open

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 23, 2019) With forest green oversized scissors, Pam Stansell cut the ceremonial ribbon to the applause of public officials and hospice providers to officially open the Macky and Pam Stansell Coastal Hospice House on Wednesday, May 15. Stansell House is the region’s first residential hospice facility, providing care to… Read more »

Mountain bicycling program offered at Berlin Intermediate

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 23, 2019) The fourth, fifth and sixth-graders who participate in the mountain biking club at Berlin Intermediate School are apparently learning more than just how to ride a bike. “It’s preparedness for life. It really is,” said program organizer Tres Denk. Assistant Principal David Gell said about 20 students… Read more »

Community mural project wraps up

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 23, 2019) It’s been a long journey for those involved with the community mural project in Berlin, as it was just a little more than two weeks ago when artist John Donato put the finishing touches on the piece’s fourth and final segment. Toni Keiser, vice president of Public… Read more »

MDOT provides concept of roundabout for north gate

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 23, 2019) Not long after a traffic circle concept was proposed by the Maryland Department of Transportation at the intersection of Route 589 and Ocean Parkway at Ocean Pines’ north gate, a new single lane roundabout concept was introduced to the board last Thursday. The Maryland Department of Transportation… Read more »

Ocean Pines board candidates announced

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 23, 2019) All eight candidates who filed by the May 10 deadline have met the requirements as permitted by the Ocean Pines Bylaws, according to Board Secretary Dr. Colette Horn. The candidates, in alphabetical order, are Cynthia L. Bartolomeo, Paula Roberson Gray, 73, Tom Janasek, 53, Shawn Kotwica, Larry… Read more »

Do more than thank them for their service

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Dear veterans and active duty military personnel: Thank you for your service … whoever you are. Chances are we don’t know you, what you’re like, where you’re from or what you’ll be doing tomorrow. Still, it makes us feel patriotic to say it, like we’re in this with you all the way, even though we… Read more »