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Worcester Cares, Berlin Social Sec. Day coming up

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 28, 2019) Town of Berlin officials are spreading the word on two upcoming events in the area, a social security seminar scheduled for April 18, and the Worcester Cares event, which returns this weekend. Human Resources Director Jeff Fleetwood said a representative from the Social Security Administration would be at… Read more »

Committee hopes to revitalize town 2nd Friday events

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 28, 2019) Just a few years ago, downtown Berlin bustled with life during monthly 2nd Friday art strolls, with virtually each shop offering some kind of display of local artwork, as well as refreshments and special sales for visitors. More recently, the events have been limited to just a few… Read more »

Mayor sends letter to citizens, businesses

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 28, 2019) In an apparent first, Berlin Mayor Gee Williams last week sent a letter to all Berlin citizens and property owners regarding recent reports of property tax and utility fee increases in the coming fiscal year budget. “This is the first mailing of a letter to all Berlin… Read more »

Merchants also weigh in on budget

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Merchants Q&A with Councilman Gulyas By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 28, 2018) “Our chief of police does not make $175,000 a year, councilmembers do, in fact, pay taxes and I’ve got the bills to prove that, and the sky is not falling and we’re not running out of money,” Berlin Town Councilman Thom Gulyas… Read more »

BFPC to consider building rental

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 28, 2019) Berlin Falls Park Committee members last Thursday asked town officials to explore rental options for the large, former industrial building near the entranceway to the site. Committee members said they’d fielded several inquires about renting the space. Roger Fitzgerald added the former owner, Town Councilman Troy Purnell, was… Read more »

Tranzfusion to headline ‘Rock for Recovery’

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Event will benefit Worcester County Warriors nonprofit By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 28, 2019) Discounted tickets are on sale for the third annual “Rock for Recovery” concert, featuring live music by Tranzfusion and benefiting the Worcester County Warriors Against Opiate Addiction. Online advance tickets for the April 28 event at the West Ocean City… Read more »

Opposition grows for tax and fee increases

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Seniors, business owners protest increases By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 28, 2019) A crowd in the hundreds attended the public meeting Tuesday night in the Stephen Decatur High School auditorium to discuss proposed property tax and utility fee increases in the Town of Berlin. Along with many of the same speakers and public comments that… Read more »

Commission, residents pan Purnell pitch

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 21, 2019) For the second time in three days, Berlin residents stormed a public meeting at Town Hall. Last Monday, the furor during a Town Council meeting was about proposed tax and utility rate increases. Then, last Wednesday, members of the 27-unit condominium association at Purnell Crossing took to a… Read more »

BFP group hopes development quiets critics

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 21, 2019) While critics of the Berlin Falls park purchase believe development there should stop until town budgeting deficits are solved, members of the Berlin Falls Park Committee continue to work toward redeveloping the former industrial site. Committee Chairwoman Amy Field, in an interview last Thursday, said she was taken… Read more »

Toy Town Antiques officially open for business in Berlin

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 21, 2019) Just weeks after Walt’s Train Shop rolled out of 8 Pitts Street in downtown Berlin, Toy Town Antiques has officially stationed itself there, starting with a soft opening last weekend and officially opening Monday. The move came after public quarreling with Town of Snow Hill officials last month… Read more »