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Berlin considers options for voting

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (June 25,2020) Although Berlin residents were invited to participate in Monday night’s mayor and council public hearing on changes to absentee voting requirements, the absence of questions allowed the council to approve the election law amendment with a unanimous vote. Under the amendment, voters will not have to provide a… Read more »

Berlin requests to be KAB affiliate

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (June 25, 2020) The Town of Berlin is seeking to become an affiliate of the Keep America Beautiful program, the Town Council was told Monday night, as Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood read Mayor Gee Williams’ letter of request to the nonprofit organization. Established in 1953, Keep American Beautiful provides “a… Read more »

BLM march set for Saturday in Berlin

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer Partially a response to Klan flyers in WOC, Berlin, Ocean Pines (June 25, 2020) In response to the reported distribution of KKK literature throughout Worcester County, a Black Lives Matter March through Berlin is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, beginning at Stephen Decatur Park on Tripoli Street. Rosie Bean… Read more »

OP restaurants go to inside dining

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By Greg Ellison No easy task for some, as money might not work out, or employees tough to find (June 18, 2020) As Maryland continues to ease covid-19 health restrictions, numerous Ocean Pines eateries are again providing indoor dining at half-capacity for the present time. Matt Ortt Companies cofounder Ralph DeAngelus said food operations at… Read more »

Still Rockin’ plays Windmill Creek

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By Greg Ellison Pines-based five-piece unit to perform variety of genres outdoors at winery, Friday (June 18, 2020) In another sign of life as covid-19 restrictions are rescinded, the Ocean Pines-based Still Rockin’ band will deliver a free live performance at Windmill Creek Winery on Friday, starting at 5 p.m. Still Rockin’ bassist Dave VanGasbeck… Read more »

Pines recreation launches summer camps next week

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By Greg Ellison (June 18, 2020) Following the most recent easing of state level covid-19 restrictions, the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department has reopened White Horse Park amenities and is set to begin summer camp, with health mandates in place, on Monday. Recreation and Parks Director Debbie Donahue reported last Wednesday that Gov. Larry… Read more »

Pines sponsors online rain barrel seminar

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By Greg Ellison (June 18, 2020) Installing rain barrels or planting backyard rain gardens to aid stormwater runoff and lessen waterway pollutants or toxins was the message delivered during a virtual seminar sponsored by the Ocean Pines Association last Tuesday. University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension Watershed Restoration Specialist Jennifer Dindinger, who conducted the Facebook… Read more »

Viola updates financials, projects

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By Greg Ellison General manager reviews  capital expenditures, recent    amenities reopening details (June 18, 2020) General Manager John Viola provided a status report for capital projects, the recent golf course reopening and nearly completed bulkhead repairs during the OPA Board meeting on June 3. Viola said both the Golf Clubhouse and cart barn are finished… Read more »

Fresh air exercise, healthy eating still advisable habits

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By Greg Ellison (June 18, 2020) In light of pandemic-related self-isolation and less physical activity on the part of many residents, the Worcester County Health Department is espousing the merits of proper diet and ample outdoor exercise. Public Affairs Officer Travis Brown said the health department remains committed to encouraging healthy lifestyle choices through prevention… Read more »

Berlin parks reopen with guidance from CDC

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (June 18, 2020) Stephen Decatur Park and Dr. William Henry Park reopened to the public at noon last Friday, following the May 7 opening of Heron Park. In addition, public restrooms in Henry Park and on William Street next to Town Hall also reopened. Portable toilets have been placed in Stephen… Read more »