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Atlantic Hotel Vinyl Windows Controversy Still Open

BERLIN – While the state and the Berlin Historic District Commission are powerless to enforce their rules it is possible that a lawsuit by a resident or interested party could force the owners of the Atlantic Hotel to replace the recently-installed vinyl windows with windows that meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation…. Read more »

Church Mouse Thrift Shop Raises Funds for Charities

BERLIN – The story of the Church Mouse Thrift Shop is one of transition, both for the shops customers and the shop itself. The current business grew out of a small warehouse where church members kept donated clothes and household items to be given to families who suffered from fire or some other loss or… Read more »

Carne Asada with guacamole and salsa roja

My wife and I love a good steak, and when it comes to Filet Mignon, I must admit with a heavy heart that it is difficult to find it done well in restaurants.   As such, we find ourselves (or more to the point, me) breaking down whole tenders at home to ensure that we… Read more »

State record blue marlin display unveiling rescheduled for Feb. 18

OCEAN CITY – The Maryland state record blue marlin of 1,062 pounds, reeled in during the 2009 White Marlin Open by Bob Farris of Charlotte, N.C., will be unveiled as a permanent display at Ocean City’s Roland E. Powell Convention Center, 40th Street and Coastal Highway. On Friday, Feb. 18, Farris will be joined by… Read more »

Snow event parking

The town of Berlin issued the following message via Facebook:   SNOW EVENT PARKING – The Berlin Public Works Department wants to ask all Berlin citizens, in the event of significant snow accumulation, to make every effort to avoid parking on the street as this hinders and, in same cases, prevents the snow removal crews… Read more »

Slots pull in big crowds

BERLIN – Ocean City resident Beckie Jolliff was on line for the Casino at Ocean Downs’ grand opening at 9 a.m., a full four hours before the scheduled opening. She’d bonded with Salisbury resident Jo Siminski, who rolled in at 9:30 but despite the cold the locals were happy to wait. It was an opening… Read more »

A little something for everyone at Stuarts’ Antiques

BERLIN – A little more than two decades ago Toni Stuart was in town visiting a friend who suggested lunch at King’s Pub. He’d recently left the U.S. Forest Service, where she was still employed, to sell real estate down here but the trip and the visit were purely social.  So impressed was Stuart by… Read more »

Anti-smoking drug Chantix may lead to depression

BERLIN – If you know anything at all about the smoking cessation drug Chantix it’s that taking it can cause vivid dreams and that one of the side effects is severe depression. When I elected to use this method to help me quit smoking I was counting on the former and discounting the possibility of… Read more »

Todd to join Wicomico County State’s Attorney office

BERLIN – Lifelong resident and former Worcester County State’s Attorney Joel Todd announced this week he’d accepted an offer from the Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matthew Maciarello to join the county’s prosecutorial team.  “I’m looking forward to it,” Todd said of his new position. “I always said it was the best job I ever had.”… Read more »

Salt cod croquettes with tomato sauce

Forgetting that I had asked my amazing wife for books (I am somewhat of a broken record when it comes to wish lists), I once again received volumes of letter with an assortment of texts of culinary lore for Christmas. Also in the stack was a wonderful non-culinary novel, a Pulitzer Prize winner of 1981,… Read more »