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Berlin Fire workshopping new emergency fee

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 29, 2022) It could soon be that a $50 or $100 donation to the Berlin Fire Department will mean a cheaper ambulance ride for residents. After the regular council meeting on Monday, officials from the Berlin Fire Department briefed the mayor and Town Council on their new emergency response… Read more »

Berlin Fiddlers Convention this weekend

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 22, 2022) There will be plenty of loot on the line this weekend as the Berlin Fiddlers Convention returns for its 30th year. The three-day celebration of bluegrass music will feature both professional and amateur artists. The weekend will kick off with a locals’ party in front of the… Read more »

Worcester vet gets grant, trip to WWII museum


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 22, 2022) Lieutenant Dan is giving one Worcester County World War II veteran a leg to stand on. Morris Semiatin, 96, will receive $35,500 from the Gary Sinise Foundation, a charity and veterans service organization founded by the actor of the same name, who famously portrayed Lt. Dan Taylor… Read more »

Berlin elections around corner

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 22, 2022) With 12 days to go until residents head to the polls, the next iteration of Berlin Town Council already looks just about in place — save for one race in District 4. To be clear, there are four candidates on the ballot: incumbents Jay Knerr and Dean… Read more »

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 »