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OP Committee left cleaning up mess after fishing event

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 28, 2022) The Ocean Pines Environmental Assets Committee is sounding the siren to get buffers around community ponds like the South Gate Pond as soon as possible following a fishing event a couple of weekends ago that they claim irreparably harmed local wildlife. The Ocean Pines Anglers Club’s Art… Read more »

As community celebrates life of Gavin, investigation continues

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 28, 2022) Worcester County’s coastal community showed up big on Saturday for an Ocean Pines family whose lives were upended by the death of their 14-year-old son and brother in a hit-and-run on July 11. Around 250 surfers participated in a “paddle out” organized by the Ocean City Surf… Read more »

Berlin agrees to floodplain restoration

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 28, 2022) The Berlin Mayor and Town Council struck an agreement on Monday with the Nature Conservancy to improve water flow on the Pocomoke River by breaching manmade levees. “We started the project back in 2013 with state and federal agencies,” said Mike Dryden, a wetland restoration specialist who… Read more »

Decatur playground, skatepark talks tabled

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 28, 2022) The Berlin mayor and Town Council tabled until August the Parks Development Plan that the Parks Commission submitted at its meeting on Monday. The annual plan is a way to prioritize the various projects to fund over the next year and this year included two items: a… Read more »

Berlin Town Briefs

By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 28, 2022) The Berlin Mayor and Town Council discussed the following during its meeting on Monday: National Night Out The council unanimously approved the permit for the annual National Night Out, held by the Berlin Police Department, on Tuesday. The event at Henry Park on Flower Street will go… Read more »

More calls, quicker responses in BFD’s final FY22 report

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 28, 2022) With FY22 in the books, Berlin Fire Company President David Fitzgerald and Fire Chief RJ Rhode briefed the Berlin mayor and Town Council during their meeting on Monday on the numbers from the last quarter of the fiscal year. Of the 101 calls that the company took… Read more »

Preliminary primary results give Fiori win for District 3

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By Greg Wehner, Staff Writer The preliminary results are in for the Worcester County primary races, and the commissioners will see a new face on the dais representing the South Point and Sinepuxent area for the next four years. Eric Fiori, 44, took 32.48 percent of the vote in District 3 with 293 votes. The… Read more »

Car suspected in hit-and-run found, paddle-out planned

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 21, 2022) Key details are emerging regarding the hit-and-run accident that occurred on the night of July 11 that claimed the life of 14-year-old Gavin Knupp of Ocean Pines. The Maryland State Police announced on Monday that they had located and seized a black Mercedes they suspect was involved… Read more »

Berlin prepares for election, board in need of member

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 21, 2022) During a Board of Elections meeting last week, Berlin Town Administrator Mary Bohlen walked her volunteer staff through the ins and outs of candidate registration and election day for the town council elections this fall. Volunteers were residents Tony and Linda Bowen, Betty Justin and Gina Velong…. Read more »

Berlin hikes stormwater runoff fees

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Ditch in no man’s land plagues Flower Street By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 21, 2022) The Berlin Town Council voted 3-1 twice, with councilmember Jack Orris in opposition twice, to double the town’s stormwater fees and raise the water and sewer capital service fees during its July 11 meeting. Residential stormwater fees will raise… Read more »