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Rackliffe House story comes full circle with slavery exhibit

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 23, 2019) The surnames featured in the Rackliffe Plantation House’s newest exhibition, “The Enslaved at Rackliffe House and Worcester County, Maryland: A Local Story” will be familiar to many. Purnell, Ayers, Fassitt, Derrickson, and Henry, just to name a few. “Many people in this area have really deep roots… Read more »

Manklin dog park enforces key card access

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 23, 2019) Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department established key card access to its dog park at the Manklin Meadows complex in the south end of the community on Monday, May 13. The dog park, which includes benches, a water station, and dog waste bags, features an enclosed space… Read more »

Saleh calls for award recognition

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Jane Kreiter, Keith Dukes previously honored by MD Rural Water Association By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 23, 2019) Two Water Resources Department personnel who received awards for their exemplary service were praised by members of Berlin’s Mayor and Council last Monday during a Town Council meeting. Keith Dukes was honored for Maintenance Specialist of… Read more »

Berlin Parks Commission Briefs

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) The Berlin Parks Commission discussed the following items last Tuesday: Spring, summer programs Two organizations inquired about access to the recreational courts at Stephen Decatur Park and Dr. William Henry Park in Berlin. Mary Bohlen, administrative services director for the town, said Worcester County Recreation and Parks… Read more »

Residents do not like traffic circle concept, citing safety

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) A majority of residents of Ocean Pines believe that a traffic circle proposed by the Maryland Department of Transportation at the intersection of Route 589 and Ocean Parkway at Ocean Pines’ north gate is more than a bad idea, it’s a safety concern. That appears to be… Read more »

Allen gets four months for defrauding OPA residents

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) A 47-year-old man will spend four months in prison for defrauding Ocean Pines residents, the Tuesday, the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office reported following his sentencing in circuit court Tuesday. Pasco “Patrick” Allen, of Berlin, was initially sentenced to 18 months in prison by Judge W. Newton… Read more »

Purnell Crossing homeowners show up to Planning Comm.

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) Purnell Crossing homeowners continued to express their frustrations over a proposed rental development on an adjacent property at the Berlin Planning Commission meeting last Wednesday. The item was not listed on the agenda, but Planning Director Dave Engelhart and members of the commission allowed people to speak… Read more »

Berlin at crossroads of preservation and cost

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Letter writer Jeff Smith makes a good point this week: no one wants to see a repeat of the money scramble Berlin officials and residents experienced during this year’s budget process. It’s certain that the mayor and council don’t want to go through that mess again, and property owners, who never like tax surprises, will… Read more »

Spending cuts lead to lower budget at intro.

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Fifteen percent reduction included in first reading By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) The Berlin mayor and Town Council introduced a $15.6 million budget for fiscal year 2020 during its Monday night meeting, revealing a spending package that is substantially less than its immediate predecessor. “This has been a challenging budget cycle –… Read more »

Cruisin’ OC returns to resort, Berlin

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 17, 2019) The 29th annual Cruisin’ Ocean City event rolled into the resort on Thursday and will continue until Sunday. This nationally-recognized show attracts more than 3,000 customs, hot rods, street machines, classics and other vehicles from over 20 states, and Canada. “It’s just become a tradition,” Event Promoter… Read more »