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Fox sightings more common in springtime   

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (April 6, 2023) Spring is in the air, and that means it’s mating season for foxes, so don’t be surprised to see a few running around Ocean Pines looking for a date. According to Maryland DNR, the ideal red fox habitat includes a mix of open fields (or beaches) small… Read more »

Berlin Barrack V ground breaking tomorrow

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By Hunter Hine, Staff Writer (April 6, 2023) The Maryland Department of General Services and Maryland State Police are hosting the ground-breaking ceremony for Berlin Barrack V’s reconstruction, tomorrow at 11 a.m. The project actually began Jan. 17, said Barrack V Commander Lt. Earl Starner. The Department of General Services contracted the $26.8 million project… Read more »

Decatur Park recommended as skate park site

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (April 6, 2023) Stephen Decatur Park looks like the most likely candidate for a skate park after developer Spohn Ranch recommended it over Dr. William Henry Park in a report it released to We Heart Berlin last week. “It feels incredible to finally have some professional eyes on Berlin from… Read more »

Smart water meters coming to Berlin


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (April 6, 2023) In an effort to revise how the town records and bills water usage, Berlin homes should be equipped with smart water meters by the fall. The Berlin Mayor and Town Council voted unanimously last week to proceed with requests for proposals (RFPs) for installing smart water meters… Read more »

Berlin looking at ‘painful’ year ahead as budget work steps up


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (April 6, 2023) Berlin Mayor Zack Tyndall and the Town Council praised their department heads for submitting fiscally conservative requests during an FY24 budget work session on Monday, but after most items discussed in the nearly four-hour session, one troubling question continued to persist: How are we going to pay… Read more »

Jury finds Ocean Pines man guilty of child abuse, assault

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By Hunter Hine, Staff Writer (March 30, 2023) On March 15, a Worcester County Circuit Court jury found Connor Paul Kelly, of Ocean Pines, guilty of second-degree child abuse, three counts of second degree assault and neglect of a minor, said Worcester County States Attorney Kristin Heiser. Sentencing is scheduled for May 19. The offenses… Read more »

Grievances aired by many regarding sex ed in HB119

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By Hunter Hine, Staff Writer (March 30, 2023) When the Worcester County Board of Education opened the floor to individual comments at their meeting on March 21, many took the chance to air concerns about the Health Education Framework Bill (HB119), state legislation that outlines sex education requirements for public schools. Most community speakers used… Read more »

Berlin disagreeing with state board open meeting violation


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (March 30, 2023) The Town of Berlin received a wag of the finger on Friday from a state advisory board after it issued an opinion that a closed meeting earlier this year should have been open to the public. But some officials, including town attorney Dave Gaskill and Mayor Zack… Read more »

Mayor and Council OK wish list topped by new skate park


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (March 30, 2023) The Town of Berlin reordered its project priorities for the state’s 2024 Program Open Space (POS) Monday, as it prepares to seek grants to help pay for the recreational undertakings that it hopes to pursue. The official order of the list is the first phase of a… Read more »

Stop diamondback terrapins from drowning in crab pots

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (March 30, 2023) Crabbing season is almost here. That’s great news for crab lovers, but not so great for Maryland’s state reptile, the diamondback terrapin. Diamondback terrapins are aquatic turtles that were once plentiful but today are struggling to survive, largely because of the human presence: their greatest threat is… Read more »