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Berlin mayor, council defend  intentions over open meeting

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (April 13, 2023) Two weeks after receiving the second violation in two years from the Maryland Open Meeting Compliance Board, Berlin’s elected officials are making it known they’re not taking the matter lightly. And they’d also appreciate it if residents cut them a little slack. At the end of the… Read more »

Berlin budget  closing in on revenue gap

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Current tax rate included, but changes still likely with public hearing on horizon By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (April 13, 2023) With a public hearing scheduled for later this month, the Berlin mayor and Town Council are still trying to find ways to reduce the town’s budget deficit, but the message coming from them remains… Read more »

Easter hoppenings in Ocean Pines, Berlin and Ocean City

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(April 6, 2023) Hop on over to one of the many Easter activities in Ocean Pines, Berlin and Ocean City this weekend. Whether it’s an egg hunt, meeting the Easter Bunny, arts and crafts or face painting, there’s an activity for everyone this Easter season. Ocean Pines: White Horse Park will be the site for… Read more »

Decatur Park recommended as skate park site

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (April 6, 2023) Stephen Decatur Park looks like the most likely candidate for a skate park after developer Spohn Ranch recommended it over Dr. William Henry Park in a report it released to We Heart Berlin last week. “It feels incredible to finally have some professional eyes on Berlin from… Read more »

Smart water meters coming to Berlin


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (April 6, 2023) In an effort to revise how the town records and bills water usage, Berlin homes should be equipped with smart water meters by the fall. The Berlin Mayor and Town Council voted unanimously last week to proceed with requests for proposals (RFPs) for installing smart water meters… Read more »

Berlin looking at ‘painful’ year ahead as budget work steps up


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (April 6, 2023) Berlin Mayor Zack Tyndall and the Town Council praised their department heads for submitting fiscally conservative requests during an FY24 budget work session on Monday, but after most items discussed in the nearly four-hour session, one troubling question continued to persist: How are we going to pay… Read more »

Council sticks with tax rate … for now

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Last year’s 81.5-cent levy might be in notice, but not necessarily in new budget (March 30, 2023) The Town of Berlin will advertise that the property tax rate of 81.5 cents may stay the same in FY24, but plenty could change before a final vote. On Tuesday, the Berlin mayor… Read more »

Mayor and Council OK wish list topped by new skate park


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (March 30, 2023) The Town of Berlin reordered its project priorities for the state’s 2024 Program Open Space (POS) Monday, as it prepares to seek grants to help pay for the recreational undertakings that it hopes to pursue. The official order of the list is the first phase of a… Read more »

Stop diamondback terrapins from drowning in crab pots

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (March 30, 2023) Crabbing season is almost here. That’s great news for crab lovers, but not so great for Maryland’s state reptile, the diamondback terrapin. Diamondback terrapins are aquatic turtles that were once plentiful but today are struggling to survive, largely because of the human presence: their greatest threat is… Read more »

Ocean Pines GM report for March positive

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Reporter (March 23, 2023) General Manager John Viola provided updates on various efforts around Ocean Pines during Saturday’s Board of Directors meeting. He noted that the Police Department is still aggressively looking to fill five to six positions. The department has  begun using a written and physical test before cadets go into… Read more »