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Berlin man arrested following crash


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 21, 2019) A 50-year-old man who crashed his car near Berlin early Sunday morning was arrested for driving under the influence and remains being held without bond at the Worcester County Jail, the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack said. Brian Paul Bierley, of Berlin, was charged with negligent driving and driving… Read more »

ThanksKitten run, Turkey Day Trash Trot activities

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Nov. 22, 2019) Runners can sign up for the third annual ThanksKitten Trot and second annual Trash Trot, which offer healthy ways to get active before and after Thanksgiving dinner indulgences. The ThanksKitten Run will take place at the Ocean Pines South Gate Pond Trail, Thursday, Nov. 28, starting at… Read more »

OP Chamber awards honors past and present


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Nov. 21, 2019) Service to the community was the theme of the Ocean Pines Area Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony last Thursday. The annual affair was held at the Ocean Downs Casino and honored both departing and departed community leaders. Receiving the chamber’s highest honor posthumously was Ocean Pines volunteer… Read more »

Berlin begins to weigh in on online commerce

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Airbnb, Vrbo, Uber, Lyft and about two dozen other internet-based sharing businesses have spread so quickly through the digital universe that small towns, big cities and even states have yet to figure out how to react to industries that have no physical presence. They enter local economies, take what they can, exact a toll on… Read more »

Environmental Assets talks drainage plans


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Nov. 21, 2019) Ocean Pines Environment & Natural Assets Committee board liaison Tom Janasek provided further details on efforts to work with the Maryland Coastal Bays Program to secure state funding for water quality improvements during the group’s meeting last Wednesday. Janasek joined OPA President Doug Parks and Operations Director Colby… Read more »

Community policing: higher value

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 21, 2019) The Berlin Police Department is working to strengthen the bonds between law enforcement and residents by working with organizations throughout the community, according to a recently released Berlin Community Policing Program. “The program emphasizes … interacting with community partners where they live, work and play to enhance open… Read more »

Pines offers double fun at Holiday Holistic Health & Vendor Fairs


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Nov. 21, 2019) Shoppers might be able to find that elusive original gift idea or the alternative health information needed to start the New Year with renewed energy at the Holiday Holistic Health & Vendor Fairs at the Ocean Pines community center on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m…. Read more »

Board, commission appointments OK’d by Berlin’s council


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 21, 2019) Two new people were appointed, and eight others were reappointed to several of Berlin’s boards and commissions by a unanimous vote from the Town Council Tuesday evening. “I have confidence they will all serve our community with integrity and uncommon, common sense,” Mayor Gee Williams said in a… Read more »

Homes for America will overhaul its properties


Nonprofit says cost of rehab, redevelopment will be $12 million By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 21, 2019) Several residential properties in Berlin will soon receive a facelift. “I think they’re getting tired,” said Diane Clyde, Homes for America’s vice president of development. Clyde was referring to the dated look of the 113 Flower St…. Read more »

Pines leaders seeking Coastal Bays support

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It doesn’t happen as often as it should, but now and then there occurs a partnership that makes perfect sense. That would be the union — or possible union — of the Ocean Pines Association and the Coastal Bays Program. Although the two entities have worked together on numerous occasions, one of the most recent… Read more »