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Year in Review 2019: Kirwan recommendations going to legislators

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 26, 2019) Policy recommendations designed to revamp the state’s public education system will go before the Maryland General Assembly next month. The Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, which is also known as the Kirwan Commission, is led by its chairman William “Brit” Kir- wan. The legislation, known as… Read more »

Year in Review 2019: Town Council passes budget, tax rate increase

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 26, 2019) The Berlin mayor and Town Council approved a $15.2 million budget for fiscal year 2020, but getting to that final vote involved one of the most tumultuous budget processes in years. “This has been a challenging budget cycle – that’s an understatement,” said Mayor Gee Williams about the… Read more »

ACT’s 40th New Year’s Day beach walk set

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Dec. 26, 2019) Celebrate the start of 2020 with a scenic nature stroll during Assateague Coastal Trust’s 40th annual Ilia Fehrer/Judy Johnson New Year’s Day Beach Walk at Assateague State Park. Assateague Coastal Trust Communications Manager Billy Weiland will be leading participants up the beach to scenic and pristine views,… Read more »

Little Leaguers celebrate great tourney results

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Dec. 26, 2019) Berlin’s Little League All-Star teams were quite successful this season, with several winning district, state and/or regional titles. One squad even advanced to the World Series. Junior League: The Junior Berlin Little League All-Star team played in Taylor, Michigan for the World Series in August and finished… Read more »

Berlin commission recommends annexation

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Planning members give OK to incorporate restaurant, business into town’s fold By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 19, 2019) An agreement to annex more than 100,000 square feet of property into the Town of Berlin was given a favorable recommendation by the Berlin Planning Commission last Wednesday. Attorney Joseph Moore, of Williams, Moore, Shockley & Harrison… Read more »

Berlin K-9 officers participate in certification

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Narcotics, explosives focus for testing last week; dogs called ‘invaluable resource’ By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 19, 2019) Several K-9 officers and their handlers with the Berlin Police Department underwent testing for an annual certification last week in Powellville. Cpl. Chris Bireley and K-9 officer Luke, an 8-year old German shepherd, Cpl. Jessica Collins and… Read more »

Planning officials continue to look at rental policies

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Town wondering what kind of regs to impose on Airbnb By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 19, 2019) Members of the Berlin Planning Commission discussed the status of a short-term rental policy in town for the third consecutive meeting last Wednesday. Chairman Chris Denny asked Planning Director Dave Engelhart about the procedures for staying in rental… Read more »

Berlin police officer named ‘Everyday Hero’

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 19, 2019) Berlin Police Officer Joseph Kerr represented the state of Maryland as an “everyday hero” and received an award for his contributions last week. “It was a proud moment,” he said. Kerr said his wife, Christy, nominated him in the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Encore Moments campaign, which aims to… Read more »

‘Resiliency element’ discussed

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 19, 2019) Members of the Berlin Planning Commission began reviewing a potential policy addition to the town’s comprehensive plan during a meeting last Wednesday. Planning Director Dave Engelhart brought forth the “resiliency element,” which would be “designed to take into account sea level rise and climate change and how it’s… Read more »