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Berlin Fire, EMS present quarterly report to council


(April 25, 2019) Representatives from the Berlin Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services presented a quarterly report during the Town of Berlin’s Mayor and Council meeting Monday night. David Fitzgerald, president of the Berlin Fire Company’s board of directors, said there were 114 in-town fire and rescue call responses calls between July 1, 2018 and… Read more »

Golf committee refutes many town hall claims

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (April 25, 2019) Ocean Pines Golf Committee members were not thrilled with information shared about golf clubhouse operations during former board member Slobodan Trendic’s town hall meeting on Monday. On Tuesday, committee members shared their frustrations about what they saw as inaccuracies being distributed to homeowners. “All of this misinformation… Read more »

Tax rate increase gets first reading


Business owners, residents again storm Town Council meeting to voice opposition By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (April 25, 2019) Despite strong opposition from residents, organizations and businesses, the Berlin mayor and Town Council presented a 20-cent increase in the property tax rate on the first reading of the enabling ordinance Monday night. Nearly every seat in… Read more »

Homeowners frustrated with proposed new development


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (April 25, 2019) Purnell Crossing and Austin Circle residents remained steadfast in their opposition to a nearby proposed development project. A group of homeowners from the two neighborhoods met with landowner and Berlin Town Council member Troy Purnell and Developer Justin White last Tuesday evening by the central mailbox on Sunlight… Read more »

One more step for ops director Colby Phillips

Colby Phillips

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (April 25, 2019) Longtime Ocean Pines resident Colby Phillips, 44, has been a part of the community since 1994, worked for several years in several occupations in Worcester County and has now taken on the role of the Ocean Pines Association’s operations director. The position was created during the Saturday,… Read more »

If they hadn’t built it, nobody would’ve come

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The irony of the Town of Berlin’s budget and taxation predicament is if it had focused on maintaining a financially self-sufficient water and wastewater operation 10 or 15 years ago, kept tax rates closer to that of other area towns, and not devoted so many resources to infrastructure improvements and revitalizing the town’s economy and… Read more »

WCPS honors anniversary, seals time capsule


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (April 26, 2019) Future students and staff of Worcester County Public Schools will get a blast from the past when they open a time capsule, which was filled and sealed during last Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, in 50 years. Carrie Sterrs, coordinator of public relations and special programs for Worcester… Read more »

BCIA calls for participation ahead of parade festivities


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (April 25, 2019) Preparations for the Old Fashion Memorial Day Parade in Berlin are underway, but organizers are calling for additional participation ahead of the May event. DJ Lockwood, chairman of the Berlin Community Improvement Association, said organizers need help setting up, sees the need for more food and arts and… Read more »

Buckingham unveils new outdoor classroom


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (April 25, 2019) Buckingham Elementary School unveiled its new outdoor classroom at a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday after taking steps to go green over the past several years. “It’s been a joy to watch this vision grow as more people become invested,” said second grade teacher April Eichelberger. Eichelberger, the green… Read more »

Equestrian teens compete at nationals in PA

Olivia Brown

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (April 26, 2019) Two Worcester County teens will participate in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Nationals at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, this weekend. Olivia Brown,16, a sophomore at Stephen Decatur High School, was the highest point earner in the Open Division in Zone 3… Read more »