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Poli tackles wheelchair ramp and downtown shop windows

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 10, 2019) With only one item on the agenda last Wednesday, Historic District Commission Vice Chairman Robert Poli turned his attention to several items he said had been nagging him. Poli was filling in for Chairwoman Carol Rose, who could not attend the meeting. After the commission unanimously approved renovations… Read more »

Berlin Restaurant Week runs through Sunday

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 10, 2019) Fifteen local restaurants are taking part in the 2019 Berlin Restaurant Week, which began on Monday and will continue through Sunday. The event began in 2016 to encourage patrons to try new eateries and to dine during the offseason, as restaurants offer special menus and discounts in an… Read more »

Diller to OP GM: ‘we’re not your babysitters’

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 10, 2018) A 6-1 vote by the Ocean Pines Board on Saturday to rescind a directive came with several notes of caution and a fiery dig at General Manager John Bailey. A previous board, on Jan. 27 last year, approved a motion to “instruct the General Manager to issue an… Read more »

Berlin business vacancies likely to fill in by summer

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 3, 2019) A few business vacancies were in downtown Berlin last year, but Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells said she expects those all to be filled by next summer. For starters, Wells said a new clothing store would likely move into the 11 South Main Street space vacated… Read more »

Community talks to be held on tax and fee increases

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 3, 2019) The next Town of Berlin budget will probably include property tax and utility fee increases, and public discussions related to how and to what levels that would occur could have implications on the next decade or more. Last month, representatives from Ocean City firm PKS & Company, in… Read more »

OPA Clubs committee adjusting to new role

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 3, 2019) For more than a year, Ocean Pines Clubs Committee members have debated what to do with comment cards submitted by customers at the yacht and beach clubs. With a professional management company now overseeing food and beverage operations, they’ve also wondered about their larger purpose. A year ago,… Read more »

County approves next step for AGH outpatient building

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Jan. 3, 2018) A request to reclassify the water and sewer systems of a proposed Atlantic General Hospital outpatient center for the Ocean Pines area was approved by the Worcester County Commissioners last month. The site is located at on Racetrack Road, just south of the southern gate to Ocean Pines,… Read more »

Berlin woman has rescued over 1,500 animals

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Jan. 3, 2019) Susanne Hoshino has rescued over 1,500 animals through her organization, Kindness Matters Rescue. She has spent the last eight years living by her motto, “working together we save them because every life matters.” Hoshino, a resident of Berlin since the 1980’s, has spent her life caring for animals… Read more »

Santa visits Cedar Chapel School

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 3, 2019) A decades-long local holiday tradition continued last month, as Santa Claus and one of his top elves visited the Cedar Chapel Special School in Snow Hill to deliver presents to students. The school has 55 students between the ages of 3 and 21 with moderate to severe disabilities…. Read more »

New Year’s resolution: make more carbonara

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By Paul Suplee I can always tell when it is time for the kids to get back to school. The conversation shifts quite rapidly from an old person’s diatribe on what to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner (and what I am going to do to entertain them), to something to the effect of wanting… Read more »