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Town OK’s PD body camera policy

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 27, 2019) The Berlin Police Department officers will add a new accessory to their uniforms following the Town Council’s unanimous approval Monday of a new body camera policy. “We feel the policy is ready to go ahead and move forward,” said Chief Arnold Downing. Police aim to use these body… Read more »

Berlin woman celebrates cancer milestone, attends CTCA conference

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 27, 2019) For June Lewis, a 67-year-old Berlin resident, her trip to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Celebrate Life earlier this month was special. “It was just wonderful. It was just perfect,” Lewis said. “Everything was grand.” Lewis, a Stage IV lung cancer patient, was one of 100 people… Read more »

Pines Fire Dept. finds volunteers tougher to recruit

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 27, 2019) The Ocean Pines Fire Department has seen a 17 percent decrease in volunteers since 2012, a drop that has left it with half the number of volunteers it needs for the summer. The fire department has roughly 45 employees and volunteers, including  firefighters, the auxiliary, fire police… Read more »

Train makes tracks through Berlin

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After long hiatus, railroad resumes route between Delaware and Maryland By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 27, 2019) Berlin residents felt that once-familiar rumble of a train rolling down a track last Tuesday, as a diesel locomotive pulled a freight car of corn south to the Tyson Foods feed mill in Snow Hill. It was… Read more »

Comm. endorses ‘Heron Park’ as new name

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Survey reveals options for ‘Berlin Falls Park,’ members to make recommendations By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 27, 2019) Odds are the informal name, Berlin Falls Park, will be formally named Heron Park if the mayor and Town Council accept the recommendation of the Berlin Falls Park Advisory Committee. After reviewing the results of a… Read more »

Science teachers use new innovative program

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 28, 2019) Children’s education has been moving forward with innovative teaching and programs which actively engages students, as showcased during the presentation provided by three Worcester County science teachers to the board of education, June 18. The three educators along with Coordinator of Instruction Jen Sills, demonstrated the shifts… Read more »

OP candidates face off again in final forum

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 27, 2019) All seven candidates for the Ocean Pines Board of Directors participated in the second and final official candidate forum in the community center last Saturday. The candidates, in ballot order, Tom Janasek, Larry Perrone, Camilla Rogers, Paula Gray, Shawn Kotwica, Edward Solum and Greg Turner, took turns… Read more »

Council approves FY20 contract for Berlin Fire, EMS

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 27, 2019) The Town of Berlin’s Mayor and Council approved the fiscal year 2020 contract for the Berlin Fire Company Monday, with Mayor Gee Williams saying he’s pleased with the town’s “fruitful” discussions with the Berlin Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services. Williams added the two agencies have “ma[d]e recognizable… Read more »

Berlin Mayor and Council approve new review policy

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Plan would set town’s tax rate by second March mtg. By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 27, 2019) A policy designed to set the town’s tax rate further in advance was unanimously approved by the Berlin Town Council Monday night. Town officials cited community member comments during the fiscal year 2020 budget cycle “indicating taxes… Read more »

Wor. English programs successful

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 28, 2019) PreK-12 Literacy and Title I Coordinator Dee Shorts shared with the Worcester County Board of Education the successes and progress made in the PreK-12 programs, how they have evolved the past five years as well the initiatives for the future, last Tuesday. The new English programs first… Read more »