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Town, SU partnership gets bee-plus

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) The Town of Berlin continued its partnership with Salisbury University last week by holding a meeting in Town Hall with about a dozen students from Dr. Sarah Surak’s political science and environmental studies class. Surak is the university’s co-director of the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement… Read more »

Gazette Editorial: Deferred maintenance has an easy solution

Figuring out who’s to blame for the failure to keep up with the maintenance of some of Ocean Pines amenities is easy: the responsible parties are — everyone. Rather than a culture of indifference, as Director Frank Daly asserted last week, it was the culture of disagreement on boards of directors that resulted in more… Read more »

Fiddler’s Convention offers entire weekend of live music

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) The 26th annual Berlin Fiddler’s Convention is scheduled to bring three days of free, family-friendly events and live entertainment to the downtown areathis Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Slated to open the show on Friday night, starting at 7 p.m., are the Lonesome Ridge Rangers, winners of the 2017… Read more »

Paint Berlin back for ninth annual ‘plein air’ event

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) People in and around the Berlin area are likely to see dozens of plein air painters working in various outdoor locales this weekend, as the ninth annual Paint Berlin event returns. While registration is full, work produced during the four-day event will be on display during a free… Read more »

Wayfinding your way around Berlin

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) New “wayfinding” signs are going up around downtown Berlin and several more are on the way, according to Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells. As of Tuesday morning, one two-sided sign had been placed at the corner of Main and Pitts streets, and signs had also been… Read more »

WYFCS looks for new youth program coordinator

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services’ Youth Program Coordinator Austin Piccarreta announced during a Berlin Parks Commission meeting last week she is leaving her position. Piccarreta, a New Jersey native, was hired last year and quickly became known for her energy and enthusiasm. She has accepted a position… Read more »

John Bailey, one year in as Ocean Pines GM

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) Ocean Pines General Manager John Bailey earlier this month celebrated the one-year anniversary of his hire. His first official day was Sept. 11, 2017. At the time, Bailey was the third Ocean Pines general manager in two years, following Brett Hill, interim general manager from Aug. 26, 2016… Read more »

Sunfest set to start Thursday in Ocean City

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Sept. 20, 2018) The 44th annual Sunfest celebration begins today, Thursday, and continues until Sunday, Sept. 23, 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 as… Read more »

Ocean Pines Association briefs

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors discussed the following items during a Sept. 8 regular meeting: Agenda swamp Director Frank Daly asked to change a discussion item, on “Improving Management and Board Accountability,” to an agenda topic. Daly said a number of association facilities had deteriorated or… Read more »

Jeep Golf runs off course, as county posts stop work order

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) Deer Run Offroad Jeep Golf on Logtown Road in Berlin remains closed following complaints from neighbors and apparent violations of a county agreement. A stop work order from Worcester County Environmental Programs hung on the front entrance as of late last week. The former Deer Run golf course… Read more »