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Berlin library opens new chapter

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (July 12, 2018) It was supposed to be a soft opening for the Berlin branch of the Worcester County Library, but about 400 people showed up within the first hour and a half on Tuesday to welcome the new library to town, according to county library Director Jennifer Ranck. The $6.25… Read more »

Pines special meeting ends in handshakes

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (July 12, 2018) Doug Parks remains president of the Ocean Pines Association and he apparently apologized during a special meeting Friday to Director Slobodan Trendic for belittling comments made in this paper. The two men quarreled during and after a June 23 regular board meeting over a discussion about the resignation… Read more »

OPA geese on way to Maryland Food Bank, source says

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (July 12, 2018) The meat from Canada geese rounded up in Ocean Pines on June 29 is in the process of being donated to the Maryland Food Bank, according to a representative from the nonprofit reached for comment on Monday. Ocean Pines residents, upon hearing news reports last week about the… Read more »

Bathtub Races getting international spotlight

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (July 5, 2018) Berlin’s annual Bathtub Races went international this year as the subject of a two-minute TV spot on Voice of America. The network, begun in 1942 to combat Nazi propaganda, is a U.S. government-funded international broadcast service sent out in more than 40 different languages and with an estimated… Read more »

Five take part in candidate forum

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (July 5, 2018) Five of the seven remaining candidates for the Ocean Pines Board participated last Wednesday in the only scheduled public forum. Held at in the upstairs ballroom of the yacht club and hosted by the elections committee, it included Steve Tuttle, Frank Daly, Greg Turner, Paula Gray and Ted… Read more »

Election unlikely to be delayed by Hill lawsuit, clerk says

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (July 5 2018) In an amended complaint filed with the Worcester County Circuit Court June 27, Brett Hill again disputed the ruling by Ocean Pines Association officials that he is ineligible to run in this year’s election. Hill requested a temporary restraining order to halt election proceedings, but that was apparently… Read more »

Berlin Council incumbents file for reelection

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (July 5, 2018) Two of three Berlin Town Council incumbents have filed while one, At Large Councilman Thom Gulyas, “expects to file very shortly” to seek a second term, he said. Administrative Services Director Mary Bohlen said District 1 Councilman Dean Burrell and District 4 Councilman Troy Purnell have already filed…. Read more »

Patriotic activities in OC, Pines, Berlin and Snow Hill

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (June 28, 2018) From a hot dog-eating contest to patriotic concerts and fireworks, a number of Independence Day celebrations will be taking place this weekend and on July 4. Here are some activities planned: Ocean Pines: Freedom 5K: Ocean Pines kicks off its Independence Day celebration on Wednesday with the fourth… Read more »

Berlin Town Council approves $18.18M fiscal 2019 budget

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 28, 2018) The Berlin Town Council on Monday approved an $18.18 million budget for fiscal 2019, representing a 4.58 decrease, or about $870,000, from the previous fiscal year. Capital projects were also lower, $3.8 million compared to $4.6 million a year ago. Mayor Gee Williams said a budget draft publicly… Read more »

Directors spar over closed meeting

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (June 28, 2018) The resignation last week of Ocean Pines Director Pat Supik was discussed several times Saturday during a public board meeting before culminating with a verbal confrontation between two directors. Near the end of the meeting, Association President Doug Parks moved for the board to adjourn to a closed… Read more »