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Berlin planning to improve police pay, benefits

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 29, 2022) Berlin is finally making moves to solve its police staffing issues. During the Monday meeting of the mayor and Town Council, Berlin’s elected leaders unanimously agreed to pursue a plan that addresses myriad concerns including salary increases, shift differentials, FICA and retirement, pay for field training officers… Read more »

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 »

Burrell wants to see green development in Berlin

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 22, 2022) When asked what makes him the man to lead Berlin’s District 4, incumbent Councilmember Dean Burrell didn’t miss a beat. It’s his life experience. “My love and devotion to this town and my understanding of what this town needs, both residential and commercial,” he said. “We have… Read more »

Knerr to continue long career serving community


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 22, 2022) Barring unforeseen issues, Berlin Councilmember Jay Knerr will see four more years on the council. Knerr had been preparing to run against Adrian Bowen, but Bowen dropped out of the race suddenly last week. Knerr, who won the at-large seat that Thom Gulyas vacated in 2020, now… Read more »

Weeg wants to improve communication, government transparency

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 22, 2022) Tony Weeg’s passion for a skate park in Berlin has practically made his name synonymous with the term and now, the 49-year-old husband and father of three is hoping he can demonstrate to the residents of District 4 that his local passion and business acumen translate to… Read more »

Green running on integrity and insight from unique position


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 22, 2022) Residents of Berlin — and Worcester County — have been reading Steve Green’s reactions to what’s happening around town for years, and it is very likely, come Oct. 4, he’ll be given the power to be an agent of change instead of an observer. Green is running… Read more »

Bylaws committee resolution review continues

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 22, 2022) The Ocean Pines By-Laws and Resolutions Committee settled on three resolutions to submit for first reading during its virtual meeting on Friday. The committee drafted changes for resolutions M-05, B-07 and F-03, which the Ocean Pines Board of Directors will now review. It will still be some… 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 »