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Berlin mural for pollinators, bees underway on Main Street

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Berlin’s celebration of National Pollinator Week is right around the corner and this year, the town is completing a project that will raise awareness and educate children about the importance of bees, year-round. Late last month, Artist Jessica Hall, owner of Happy Now Creations, began working on “Pollinator Way,” an… Read more »

OPA directors yank privileges from Janasek

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Board’s 5-2 vote invokes suspension for 90 days By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Tom Janasek’s privileges have been suspended. The Ocean Pines Board of Directors held a special meeting on June 9 to allow residents and board members to speak on whether the former director should be barred from Ocean Pines amenities and made that… Read more »

Annual Bathtub Races dazzle crowds, TV cameras


Prized Rubber Duck Trophy goes to Ocean 98’s top tub as duo finishes undefeated By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (June 16, 2022) The 32nd annual and first-televised Berlin Bathtub Races did not disappoint on Friday. As usual, hundreds of spectators filled the Main Street corridor between Commerce Street and Stevenson Lane as a dozen-plus teams… Read more »

Elections Committee preps for first OP candidate forum

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The Ocean Pines Elections Committee is dotting every i and crossing every t in the lead-up to the first candidate forum for the six board of directors hopefuls on June 22. The candidates are Paula Gray, Stephen Jacobs, Stuart Lakernick, Monica Rakowski, Amy Peck and Josette Wheatley. On Friday, the… Read more »

It’s tub time on Main Street


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The bathtubs are back for the 32nd year. Tomorrow night, in front of fans and television cameras, at least a dozen teams will line up on Main Street and strap into self-built, wheeled vessels that likely are not NHTSA-certified. Then, as Capt. Jimmy Wilder said in the 1996 box-office hit… Read more »

Short-term rental, long-term implementation

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Talk is circulating in Berlin that the short-term rental ordinance could be delayed until 2023. The town set the impldmentation date for July 1 after the town council narrowly passed the ordinance, which allows short-term rentals in residential units in all residential districts (R-1-4) and where they are allowed on… Read more »

Worcester Prep holds 50th annual graduation ceremony


By Greg Wehner Worcester Preparatory held its 50th annual graduation on Friday morning, honoring the 46 students and their accomplishments at the private Berlin school. The air that morning was filled with drizzle as the sound of a solo bagpiper led the students, faculty and honorees to the commencement. For some, it may have been… Read more »

Town finances ahead entering final quarter


Rescue Act money biggest contributor to fiscal health By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (June 2, 2022) The Town of Berlin’s finances are outpacing FY2021 at the third-quarter benchmark of FY2022. At the May 23 meeting of the Berlin Town Council, Finance Director Natalie Saleh broke down revenues and expenses through the first nine months of… Read more »

OPA directors mull 86-ing Janasek


His yacht club confrontation has board asking whether to yank amenity privileges By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer After an altercation at the tiki bar at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club that allegedly saw former Ocean Pines Director Tom Janasek accost current Director Josette Wheatley, Director Larry Perrone introduced and tabled a motion during a special… Read more »