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Playground equipment at Berlin parks to be updated


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 4, 2019) Dr. William Henry and Stephen Decatur parks are getting facelifts. Jeff Fleetwood, managing director for the Town of Berlin, said playground facilities are required to have inspections and these were inspected about one month ago. Safety concerns are the chief reason for the inspections, Fleetwood said, although… Read more »

‘Caustic chemical’ spills at Berlin Falls Park

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 4, 2019) Crews worked to mitigate the spill of a “caustic chemical” last week at Berlin Falls Park, according to the Berlin’s Managing Director Jeff Fleetwood. Fleetwood said Town Administrator Laura Allen made him aware of a Facebook post circulating last Wednesday about a potential spill that resulted in… Read more »

Town Council OK’s proposal revision


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 4, 2019) Language in an ordinance regarding variances was revised following unanimous approval at Berlin’s Town Council meeting last week. Planning Director Dave Engelhart introduced the need for the change during a May 28 council meeting. An applicant appealing a case before the town’s Board of Zoning Appeals in… Read more »

Berlin Police Department delivers groceries to seniors


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 4, 2019) A small act of kindness apparently goes a long way for those in need. Several members of the Berlin Police Department have delivered bags of groceries to people unable to get to Stephenson United Methodist Church Spirit Kitchen and food bank on 123 N. Main St. in Berlin…. Read more »

Disagreeing: it’s how we’ve always done it

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As we mark the 243rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, we ought to be asking ourselves how independent we are in our thinking about the role of government. Clearly, we are not as independent as we once were, in terms of government requiring us to do certain things whether we like… Read more »

Picnic planned prior to fireworks in Berlin


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 4, 2019) Berlin residents and visitors can take advantage of the eve of the United States of America’s 243rd birthday with a picnic on the lawn at the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum. The second annual event will take place from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday on the museum’s lawn on… Read more »

Beach, yacht club prospers with Matt Ortt management

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (July 4, 2019) Since taking over the Ocean Pines Beach Club and Yacht Club one year ago, the Matt Ortt Companies have experienced successes with those operations. Matt Ortt Companies have operated national chains including TGI Fridays and Hooters as well as nightclubs. Current clients include Abbey Burger Bistro in… Read more »

Junior lifeguard program kicks off

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (July 4, 2019) Ocean Pines children can beat the summer heat while learning skills that can help them become a lifeguard with the junior lifeguard patrol program. Created in 2014, the program run by Operations Director Colby Phillips helps children as young as seven years old learn what they would… Read more »

Work groups show results under Viola


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (July 4, 2019) Since taking on the responsibilities of general manager in April, John Viola has worked to create a more effective operation through multiple workgroups that focus on single projects throughout Ocean Pines. Overall, 10 workgroups have been created to keep projects on task, and they are comprised of… Read more »

$319K allocated in EMS grant for fire co.

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 4, 2019) A $319,000 emergency medical services operating grant for fiscal year 2019-20 was approved by the Berlin mayor and Town Council last Monday. The grant allocation comes as part an agreement for emergency medical services between the Town of Berlin and Berlin Fire Company and Emergency Services Inc…. Read more »