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Merchants also weigh in on budget


Merchants Q&A with Councilman Gulyas By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 28, 2018) “Our chief of police does not make $175,000 a year, councilmembers do, in fact, pay taxes and I’ve got the bills to prove that, and the sky is not falling and we’re not running out of money,” Berlin Town Councilman Thom Gulyas… Read more »

Opposition grows for tax and fee increases


Seniors, business owners protest increases By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 28, 2019) A crowd in the hundreds attended the public meeting Tuesday night in the Stephen Decatur High School auditorium to discuss proposed property tax and utility fee increases in the Town of Berlin. Along with many of the same speakers and public comments that… Read more »

BFP group hopes development quiets critics


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 21, 2019) While critics of the Berlin Falls park purchase believe development there should stop until town budgeting deficits are solved, members of the Berlin Falls Park Committee continue to work toward redeveloping the former industrial site. Committee Chairwoman Amy Field, in an interview last Thursday, said she was taken… Read more »

Toy Town Antiques officially open for business in Berlin


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 21, 2019) Just weeks after Walt’s Train Shop rolled out of 8 Pitts Street in downtown Berlin, Toy Town Antiques has officially stationed itself there, starting with a soft opening last weekend and officially opening Monday. The move came after public quarreling with Town of Snow Hill officials last month… Read more »

Resilience series has good info, but lackluster crowds


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 21, 2019) The audience was smaller than expected, but those who did attend three recent public meetings hosted by the Town of Berlin on environmental and operational resiliency said they were pleased with the information presented. Meetings were held in three different locations last Thursday and Saturday, and on Monday…. Read more »

OPA Director Ted Moroney announces resignation


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 21, 2019) In an unexpected turn of events, Ted Moroney on Saturday announced his resignation from the Ocean Pines Board of Directors. Moroney was appointed to the board in September 2017 to replace Brett Hill after his resignation. He was then elected to a one-year term last August. He emailed… Read more »

Pines Board crafts building compromise


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 14, 2019) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors on Saturday approved a design concept and location for a new craft building to be used by the Pine’eer Craft Club. Plans call for the new building to be north of the bathrooms across from the administration building and adjacent to the… Read more »

NJROTC earns A-OK grade at inspection


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 14, 2019) An annual military inspection of several dozen Stephen Decatur High School students in Berlin last Thursday resulted in an outstanding report, according to Jennifer Miller. Miller is the booster club secretary for the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, or NJROTC. LCDR Dr. Robert C. Stewart, U.S. Navy… Read more »

Resident backlash hits Berlin Falls park


Public park purchase questioned By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 14, 2019) In approving $124,000 to demolish seven small buildings and a digester at Berlin Falls park on Monday night, the Town Council gave an angry mob a focal point in its objections to town spending. The 5-0 vote came after months of research by town… Read more »

Council sets special budget meeting, March 26 at Decatur High School


District 2 storms Town Council meeting By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 14, 2019) A crowd of Berlin District 2 residents showed up at the Monday night Town Council meeting to protest proposed property tax and utility rate increases. By the end of a lengthy public comment period, District 2 Councilman Zack Tyndall, who apparently encouraged… Read more »