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Berlin could change code on accessory dwelling units

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 22, 2022) The Town of Berlin will start researching the usage of accessory dwelling units in other communities, after the topic consumed nearly an entire Planning Commission meeting on Sept. 14. Planning Director Dave Engelhart said the discussion came at the behest of some commission members who saw the… Read more »

Berlin, nonprofit talk skate park

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 15, 2022) With some 30 people in attendance and plenty of lively discussion about a possible skate park in Berlin, the town’s Parks Commission meeting at Dr. William Edward Henry Park on Sept. 6 felt more like a Town Council meeting than a typical bureaucratic roundtable. During the meeting,… Read more »

Berlin Activities Depot celebrates 20 years

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 15, 2022) For 20 years, the Berlin Activities Depot has provided local parents with everything they need for their young families, from early childhood education to the occasional, well-earned date night. On Saturday, the Activities Depot will celebrate its 20th anniversary. “It feels awesome (to celebrate 20 years),” said… Read more »

Berlin confirms candidates, Bowen drops out

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 15, 2022) The Berlin Board of Supervisors of Elections confirmed five candidates for Town Council during its meeting on Sept. 7. However, only four remain after Adrian Bowen dropped out of the race, leaving at-large incumbent Jay Knerr running unopposed. Bowen acknowledged the development to Bayside Gazette via text message… Read more »

Janasek, OPA working on closing arguments in ban lawsuit


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 8, 2022) An evidentiary hearing in Snow Hill last month ended with presiding Judge Beau Oglesby setting a 25-day window from Aug. 26 to rule whether the Ocean Pines Association had the legal power to enforce a 90-day amenity ban on former director Tom Janasek. If the ruling goes… Read more »

Small Town Throwdown back Saturday


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 8, 2022) It’s going to be a certifiable hootenanny on the streets of Berlin with the fifth installment of the Small Town Throwdown on Saturday. The Nashville-themed, country music festival, which started in 2017, will feature musical artists Red Dirt Revolution and the Lauren Calve Band. Admission is free… Read more »

Berlin Sportsplex lives on with 4-3 vote to study access

Proposed Sports Complex Site

Absence of funding plan not seen as impediment to purchase of property Despite not having a funding mechanism to produce the $7.15 million needed to buy a 95.6-acre parcel on Route 50 for a sports facility site, the Worcester County Commissioners will continue to move forward with a study to get the ball rolling on… Read more »

Peach Festival back for 14th year


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Aug. 4, 2022) Georgia isn’t the only state that can grow a mean peach. Locals and visitors alike will have a chance to take in a variety of vendors and attractions — and, of course, peaches — at the 14th annual Peach Festival on Saturday at the Calvin B. Taylor… Read more »

OP board elections enter final stretch

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Aug. 4, 2022) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors election is around the corner. Ballots are due back for voting on the 2022-23 board on Wednesday and three winners from the six candidates are expected three days later at the annual OPA homeowners meeting — Saturday, Aug. 13. The candidates… Read more »