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HDC approves Auxer mural

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The Berlin Historic District Commission approved a mural on the side of glassblower Jeff Auxer’s storefront at 19 Jefferson Street during its meeting on July 6. Auxer, whose store is named Jeff Auxer Designs, said he wishes to capitalize on the popularity of photographable backgrounds, especially with the fence on… Read more »

So far, no issues with Berlin’s short-term ordinance

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Nearly two weeks into the implementation of Berlin’s short-term rental ordinance, everything seems to be running smoothly, according to Planning Director Dave Engelhart. “The only thing is I still get people in the R-1 and R-2 (zones) who don’t like the fact it has to be their permanent residence,” Engelhart… Read more »

Parks Commission moves Decatur Park renovations to top of wish list

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer An all-new Stephen Decatur Park got bumped up to the top of the Berlin Parks Commission’s priority list during its July 5 meeting. Mayor Zack Tyndall stopped by the meeting to support the project. “We brought this up a year ago almost, looking at the playground equipment and hopefully pursuing… Read more »

Berlin looking into Verizon service issues

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The Town of Berlin is looking into recently shoddy Verizon mobile phone reception that has hindered town employees’ abilities to communicate. “Verizon has had a substantial drop in service in the municipal limits,” Mayor Zack Tyndall said. “There have been a lot of people impacted. I’ve been in discussion with… Read more »

Berlin approves minority, women business plan

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The minority and women business plan for FY23, which requires the town to make “good-faith efforts” to recruit enterprises owned or majority-owned by women or minorities, was unanimously approved by the Berlin Town Council on Monday. Institution of the plan allows these businesses to receive state and federal funds through… Read more »

Berlin police to council: ‘Do better’

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Monday’s meeting of the Berlin Mayor and Town Council ended with impassioned speeches from multiple people in the Berlin law enforcement community asking the town to take the retention of officers and competitive pay and benefits more seriously. Former Berlin police officer and resident J.B. Bunting kicked off the topic,… Read more »

OP youth killed in hit-and-run on Grays Corner

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Maryland State Police are investigating a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a 14-year-old boy Monday night. Gavin Knupp, of Ocean Pines, was pronounced deceased by hospital personnel at Atlantic General Hospital, according to a press release. The preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 10:45 p.m., Knupp… Read more »

Gazette Editorial

The 2022 primary elections for the Democratic Party and Republican Party taking place next Tuesday will offer voters a ballot bursting with candidates. Some contests in this preliminary round are not contests at all, since the candidates face no competition and will, barring some bizarre circumstance, take office after the general election in November. In… Read more »

Chicken, scallops with cauliflower puree

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By Paul Suplee, MBA, CEC, PC-3 So, there’s a lot going on here. As I prepare to fly out to Las Vegas for a competition (a career milestone should I prove successful), I go through my notes again and again. With only two more weeks left for preparation, I suddenly realize that it is time… Read more »