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Town gets Chamber input in preparation for PSC rate reduction case

BERLIN — The next step in lowering the electric rates for Berlin has begun, with the Mayor Gee Williams and the Town Council this week seeking the support of the business community as they prepare to argue the town’s case before the state Public Service Commission (PSC). Earlier this month, the council endorsed a proposal… Read more »

Town seek Pitt Street solution

BERLIN — As the Donaway Building on Pitt Street nears completion, the Town Council has charged Police Chief Arnold Downing with finding a solution that will make the street easier and safer for cars. When cars line both sides of Pitt Street, the road becomes difficult to navigate, as there is barely enough room for… Read more »

Staples fined for price mishaps

WEST OCEAN CITY — The Staples store in the White Marlin Mall was cited last month by the Maryland Department of Weights and Measures for charging a price at the register that was different from the price marked on the shelf. The local Staples was one of 38 stores cited in a statewide sweep of… Read more »

Maryland stores cited for weights and measure irregularities

ANNAPOLIS – The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) Weights and Measures reported the following enforcement activity between April 14, 2011 and July 11, 2011.  Giant Food # 362, Germantown — On April 14, MDA received $1000 for a civil penalty assessed for short weight. Giant Food # 140, Hyattsville — On April 15, MDA received… Read more »

Local author helps build people up

OCEAN PINES — Everyone has a story worth telling. The trick is to figure out how your experiences can edify others in a way that is both very personal and also engaging. Edify is kind of a tricky word. Many people use it in place of “educate” or as a synonym for teaching someone something…. Read more »

Federal regulations put a crimp in the Local Challenge’s style

BERLIN —  When Upton Sinclair got the country and its politicians all atwitter about the conditions under which meat was produced, America was a radically different country. Gasoline wasn’t even really the main fuel for moving things around the planet and the notion of highly-centralized production being the best way to handle all commodities was… Read more »

MDTA takes its toll

BERLIN — If it wasn’t clear that the folks on the lower Eastern Shore were against the proposed increase in the Bay Bridge toll, the fact that Del. Norman Conway was shouted down by the crowd for suggesting a compromise should have driven the point home. Conway was one of the many people who came… Read more »

Landlords could need licenses in Berlin

BERLIN — In an effort to bring a few recalcitrant landlords into line, the Mayor and Town Council began deliberations this week on how to finesse the town code to make it harder for non-compliant or unregistered businesses to operate as they have been. The expectation is that there will be a way to do… Read more »

More than pies at Four Seasons Pizza

WEST OCEAN CITY — One of the difficulties many restaurants encounter after their grand opening is that running a restaurant is hard and it stays that way for quite some time. The business is demanding on both the staff and the owner, requiring long hours, dedication and tight controls.  Would-be restaurateurs who don’t have the… Read more »

Commissioners go to bat for scofflaws

When was the last time you called your county commissioner? If you are not one of the fewer than 40 business owners they moved heaven and earth to protect — at the expense of the rest of the county’s taxpayers and business owners — the answer is “Not recently enough.” Last year, 23 businesses were… Read more »