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New countywide agency aims to prevent substance abuse

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) Officials, community members and representatives of agencies from across Worcester County discussed ways to prevent substance abuse at a community interest meeting Monday. “We really want to see all of Worcester County go purple,” said Debbie Smullen, coordinator of the Worcester Goes Purple movement. About 30 people attended… Read more »

BZA opts to deny variance request for Berlin property

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) Berlin residents Junior and Janet Fortney will need to find storage elsewhere for their cars after a variance request for a side yard setback was denied during a Berlin Zoning Board of Appeals meeting last Wednesday evening. The Fortneys originally sought ae variance to put a 20 x… Read more »

OP election uncertain, but numbers don’t lie

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At the time this was being written, three days remained before the end-of-the-day Friday filing deadline for the Ocean Pines Board of Directors election, with just one candidate officially on the ballot. Another has informed board officials of his/her intention to file, leaving just two people to pursue one of three seats available. Incumbent Esther… Read more »

Crabbing pier will be removed, unanimously approved by board

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) A small audience of Ocean Pines residents applauded the board of directors vote last Saturday to remove the crabbing pier and elevated walkways in the Whitetail Sanctuary neighborhood. The pier, which has caused parking issues in that area, has fallen into disrepair over the years and is… Read more »

Pocomoke woman killed in weekend crash on Rt. 113

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Driver apparently crosses into other lane and hits car going in opposite direction By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 10, 2019) A 66-year-old woman was killed in a car crash that shut down a portion of Route 113 in Snow Hill for several hours last Friday evening, Maryland State Police said. Charlotte Sophia Teter, of Pocomoke,… Read more »

Bed and Breakfast allowed in town

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 8, 2019) A couple was permitted to use their home on South Main Street as a bed and breakfast following a unanimous vote from Berlin’s Board of Appeals last Wednesday evening. Mark Harris and Vlada Hudson said they plan to live in the home full time, and rent rooms during… Read more »

Comcast Cares bolsters ‘Clean Up’

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) An increase in volunteers boost efforts to beautify parks in Berlin last month during the 2019 Clean Up Day event. Mary Bohlen, administrative services director for the Town of Berlin, appeared pleased with the success of the event held last month. “I think it went very well,” Bohlen… Read more »

Malinowski shares statistics, rounds of golf played

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) Ocean Pines Golf Director John Malinowski appeared before the board of directors last Saturday to clear up what he considers to be some misconceptions the costs and operations of the course and clubhouse. One of the biggest factors affecting play, he said, was the exceptionally wet weather…. Read more »

Board welcomes Tom Piatti

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 9, 2019) Tom Piatti has been named to fill the seat on the Ocean Pines Board of Directors vacated last month by Slobodan Trendic, whose term will expire in August. Board Vice President Steve Tuttle introduced Piatti at the board’s Saturday session. Tuttle chaired the session in the absence… Read more »