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Phillips creating plan to combat flooding in Pines

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 20, 2019) Sitting as it does on low-lying land, Ocean Pines often has issues with flooding and drainage, which is why Operations Director Colby Phillips is working on a three-to-five-year plan to “drain the swamp.” “We recognize our drainage problem as one to be managed rather than fully resolved,”… Read more »

Berlin Planning Comm. irked by ‘derelict’ homes

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 20, 2019) Frustration might not be a strong enough word to express how some members of Berlin’s Planning Commission feel about the lack of remedial action on a few building eyesores throughout Berlin. “It is an abomination,” Planning Commission Member Newt Chandler said. That and other spontaneous observations were… Read more »

Deeley Insurance wins 30th annual Berlin Bathtub Races

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Event fell on Second Friday, Makers Market as crowds fill downtown sidewalks By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 20, 2019) Deeley Insurance Group representatives Trevor Freder- ick and Delaney Manning crossed the finish line as the victors of the 30th an- nual Berlin Bathtub Races last Friday. “That was awesome,” Manning said. Manning was the… Read more »

Candidate forum held in Pines

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 20, 2019) Six of the seven candidates for the Ocean Pines Board of Directors met for this election’s the first candidate forum last Wednesday at the Ocean Pines Community Center. Tom Janasek, Larry Perrone, Camilla Rogers, Paula Gray, Shawn Kotwica and Gregory Turner attended the forum. Edward Solum could… Read more »

Berlin could learn from Rehoboth Beach’s past

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Several decades ago, the town of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware proposed extending its zoning authority a mile beyond its municipal boundary to control what officials saw as uncontrolled growth near the town’s Rehoboth Avenue entrance on Route 1. It either couldn’t or didn’t want to annex that swath of land contiguous to its town limits and… Read more »

Wor. Tech’s SkillsUSA club nationals bound

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 20, 2019) Members of Worcester Technical High School’s SkillsUSA chapter are preparing for the national SkillsUSA Championships next week in Louisville, Kentucky. The SkillsUSA Championships will take place from June 24-28. The team took home awards from a state competition and earned a national level Chapter of Excellence in April…. Read more »

Issue of elder abuse recognized in Wor.

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Social Services dept. receives proclamation from commissioners By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 13, 2019) The work being done to protect Worcester County’s vulnerable adults was recognized by the Worcester County Commissioners meeting last Tuesday. “It’s important to educate the community on elder abuse because it is so under reported,” Roberta Baldwin, director of Worcester County’s… Read more »

Berlin council OKs $15.2M budget

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Taxes, fees up, as spending drops about 16 percent to produce balanced package By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (June 13, 2019) The Berlin mayor and council adopted a $15.2 million budget for fiscal year 2020 at their meeting Monday night. The budget represents a 16.26 percent decrease from the fiscal year 2019’s $18.2 million budget,… Read more »

Air Show this weekend

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 13, 2019) The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the 12th annual Ocean City Air Show, which showcases a number of military aircrafts performing acrobatic displays over the beach downtown, Saturday and Sunday. Although the show does not officially begin until Saturday, events kick off Friday with a Jack… Read more »