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Arrive Alive Tour visits Wor. high schools with simulator

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (April 18, 2019) UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour visited Worcester County’s three high schools last week, providing students and teachers with a virtual firsthand experience of driving under the influence. UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour program uses a high-tech simulator, impact video and a number of other resources to educate the public… Read more »

Election planning begins, despite lack of hopefuls

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (April 18, 2019) With the May 10 candidate filing deadline three weeks away, this year’s Ocean Pines elections has yet to generate much interest beyond that of the community’s election officials. During the Elections Committee meeting last Friday, members acknowledged the dearth of candidates for the three open seats on… Read more »

Berlin mayor, council react favorably to county proposal

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (April 18, 2019) Several Berlin town officials seemed pleased with the idea of the Worcester County Department of Recreation and Parks’ proposition to purchase the Berlin Lions Club park property to preserve it for that purpose. “You know it’s obviously a county situation, but anything they do out there benefits Berlin,”… Read more »

Wor. Health Dept. warns of scam

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (April 11, 2019) A Medicare information spoofing scam reached Worcester County last week, as health department officials found the Berlin Health Office’s phone number being “illegally and fraudulently used,” the department said in a Facebook post. Spoofing involves impersonating a legitimate phone number to persuade someone to give away personal information… Read more »

Threat involved Snow Hill school

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 11, 2019) A “school safety threat” against Snow Hill Middle School on March 21 led to two students being charged, according to Carrie Sterrs, Worcester County Schools’ spokeswoman. Officials have not made public what the threat involved. Sterrs said “a cooperative effort between school officials, law enforcement, and the state’s… Read more »

Community wants development crossed out

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer, and Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 11, 2019) Purnell Crossing residents on Monday continued to oppose a planned new development they said did not match the project they initially supported. Last month, members of the 27-unit condominium association stormed a Berlin Planning Commission meeting when they learned owner and Town… Read more »

Second Friday stroll reinvigorated

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 11, 2019) The first in a reinvigorated series of monthly 2nd Friday strolls will begin in downtown Berlin this week, from 5-8 p.m. Following a well-attended merchant’s meeting last month, many local business owners pledged to recommit to the event, which has seen dwindling participation in recent years. The 2nd… Read more »

Ocean Pines Board tables GM executive search motion

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 11, 2019) While Ocean Pines Board members agreed last month to explore outsourcing management, the same panel on Saturday tabled a motion to seek an executive search firm to identify individual general manager candidates. John Bailey departed as the association’s general manager in February and, last month, John Viola was… Read more »

What will Ortt Companies do for an encore?

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 11, 2019) A year ago, all eyes were on the Matt Ortt Companies as they prepared to take over operations of the Ocean Pines yacht and beach clubs, which had just finished losing nearly $800,000 in the preceding 12 months. This fiscal year, under Ortt, the facilities project to break… Read more »

Builder Steen speaks on new advisor role

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 11, 2019) Local builder Marvin Steen on Monday weighed in on what his role would be in advising Ocean Pines on three major upcoming construction projects. The board of directors on Saturday approved spending $3.185 million to expand the police headquarters inside the administration building, rebuild the country club, and… Read more »