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Oversight caused lack of annual mtg. notice

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) Members of the Ocean Pines Association apparently have not been receiving proper notification of the annual meeting for the past few years, and the Elections Committee intends to correct that immediately. During the Election’s Committee meeting last Friday, Chairman Steve Habeger brought it to the committee’s attention… Read more »

Site plan approved for Berlin bldg.

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) A site plan for a proposed industrial complex building on Washington Street was unanimously approved during a Berlin Planning Commission meeting last Wednesday. Owner Duane Maddy received unanimous approval for a conditional use exception for the 13,512-square-foot property on 305 Washington St. from the Berlin Board of… Read more »

Council reflects on budget process

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Members appreciate input, participation from public, call for increased civility By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) After all was said and done, members of Berlin’s Mayor and Council reflected on the journey of the real property tax rate for fiscal year 2020’s budget. Councilmen Elroy Brittingham and Dean Burrell observed there was much… Read more »

Council adopts business license ordinance

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) An ordinance imposing harsher penalties on Berlin businesses that have not paid or renewed their license fee was adopted at the Berlin mayor and Town Council meeting Monday night. Town Administrator Laura Allen, who told the council that 14 businesses have yet to pay for their licenses,… Read more »

Worcester Tech students honored in ceremony

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) For the students attending Worcester Technical High School, last Wednesday’s 2019 National Signing Day was more than just a ceremony. “An event like this is important because it’s good for kids to get recognition for their skills, and it makes them feel like they’re appreciated,” said Di’Mond… Read more »

Argh mateys: Pirate Party returns

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) Roughly 20 pirates of a sort will don their finest gear for a good cause this Friday during the Pirate Party fundraiser. Steve Taylor, executive director of Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, said event guests could expect to see a ship’s complement of buccaneers at the… Read more »

Berlin’s real property tax rate set

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Property owners will pay 12 cents more, based on new 80 cent per $100 structure By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) It’s going to cost 12 cents more per $100 of assessed value to own property in Berlin, after the Berlin Town Council on Monday adopted the real property tax rate for the… Read more »

Man sentenced for distribution

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) A 41-year-old man will serve five years behind bars after being found guilty of cocaine possession and distribution charges, the state’s attorney’s office said last Thursday. Monqual Sturgis of Berlin was sen- tenced last Tuesday to 12 years in prison, with all but five years were suspended,… Read more »

OPA BOD candidate Perrone touts financial experience

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 16, 2019) Larry Perrone, 63, who has made a home for himself in Ocean Pines for 36 years, and has decided to run for the board of directors. Perrone, who moved to this area from Pennsylvania, is a retired insurance claims adjuster whose work has led him to travel… Read more »