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Trailblazer Lockwood visits Berlin Police Dept.

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Feb. 28, 2019) Former Berlin Police Department officer David Lockwood Sr., 70, walked into the new station on Decatur Street last Wednesday to share some history. Much to the surprise of members of the department, including Chief Arnold Downing, Lockwood had found an old newspaper article tucked behind his high school… Read more »

Berlin considers property tax, utility fee hikes


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 28, 2019) Town of Berlin budget work sessions for fiscal 2020 began last Thursday with rate increase recommendations for utility fees and property taxes, with the latter possibly going up by a third or more. Stormwater fees are recommended to double for residents – from $50 annually to $100 –… Read more »

Berlin celebrates fifth anniversary of ‘Coolest’ honor

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 28, 2019) Five years ago, this week, former Anne Arundel County firefighter Mike Wiley went to his volunteer post at the corner of Route 50 and Main Street with a special purpose: to announce that Berlin had been named “America’s Coolest Small Town.” Wiley, a Berlin resident, has been in… Read more »

John Bailey out as Pines General Manager


GM Bailey departure follows rocky 2019 budget process By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) Ocean Pines General Manager John Bailey has departed that post, following a tumultuous six-month budget process that had yet to conclude as of the middle of the week. According to a statement released Tuesday by the association, “The Board… Read more »

Multipurpose bldg. again gets BCIA focus


No consensus, but as a membership drive mtg. success By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) Little progress was made in terms of a public consensus on the future of the multipurpose building at last Friday’s Berlin Community Improvement Association meeting, but, as a general membership drive, the session could be called a success. BCIA… Read more »

Jenkins given inaugural conservation award


Honor also commemorates Stephen N. Parker By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) Jolly Roger founder Buddy Jenkins on Friday received the inaugural Stephen N. Parker Conservation Legacy Award, named in honor of the former Nature Conservancy director and given in recognition of Jenkins’ help in preserving more than 3,500 acres of Eastern Shore… Read more »

One more OPA budget hearing, this Saturday


Parks confident board will finalize budget on Saturday By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 21, 2019) The Ocean Pines Board on Saturday failed to pass a fiscal 2020 budget, despite a self-imposed deadline to do so. However, after a grueling budget schedule that officially began on Aug. 22, Association President Doug Parks on Monday said… Read more »

Snow Hill Mayor Mathews on serving again after controversy

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 14, 2019) Snow Hill Mayor Stephen Mathews, who replaced Charlie Dorman after his resignation in October, has had an interesting time on the job. No stranger to the role, Mathews replaced another former Snow Hill Mayor in 1998, when Craig Johnson was removed from office by a council vote and… Read more »

Pines budget going down to wire


Board still looking for ways to cut assessments ahead of Saturday adoption vote By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 14, 2019) A basketball game was going on next door, with scoreboards buzzing and crowds cheering, but the real sporting event Saturday morning was in the adjacent Marlin Room of the Ocean Pines Community Center, where… Read more »

Hundreds gather for ‘African-American Life in Another View’

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Feb. 14, 2019) Berlin artist Patrick Henry’s restorations of scores of photographs – many more than a century old – were met with a strong community response last Saturday as “African-American Life in Another View” was unveiled at the Germantown School Community Heritage Center. A four-hour reception on Saturday evening was… Read more »