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Jeep Week has rolled into Ocean City and runs through August 30th.

One of the top attractions is the Jeep Jam which takes place at the old Tyson’s Plant in Berlin where jeeps will take a shot a mud pit and an obstacle course of rocks and logs.

Meanwhile, the Ocean City Convention will be the site of some monster truck rides as well as a Kid’s zone.

Today and tomorrow there’s the Beach Crawl where several hundred Jeeps move down the shoreline as part of a parade.

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Motorists may soon see some road closure signs in the town of Berlin.

Part of Main Street between Old Ocean City Boulevard or Route 346 and Route 50 will be shut down to through traffic between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. over a number of weeks.

It’s the result of a sewage repair project which is now in its preliminary assessment stage.

A hard start has yet to be determined.

Local residents on Main Street will still be allowed to get to their homes during construction.

 

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Michael Day, who has been the economic development director in Berlin since 2009, says he is retiring at the end of the year.

He said that ideally he hopes to be able to work with his successor for around a month and is expected to have some input into who will be hired.

The town has already listed the position on its website and says the director’s responsibilities range from working with county officials and representing the town at state and regional meetings to working with merchants and writing grants.

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The intersection of Bay Street and Route 113 in Berlin just got safer.

It now has new crosswalks, signage and a new speed limit that has been lowered from 55 mph to 45 mph.

In addition, town officials say a lit crossing signal will be put in by September.

The improvements come after a deadly crash in November where on teenager was killed while his brother lost his leg.

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BERLIN, Md. (AP) - The Worcester County Sheriff's Office says a 75-year-old woman died after cleaning her home in Berlin.

Officials say the woman was cleaning her bathroom at her home at the Lake Haven Trailer Park on Sunday, when she mixed a cleaning product that may have had ammonia in it with bleach, a combination which can create toxic vapors.

The woman was taken to Atlantic General Hospital where officials say she was pronounced dead.

Officials say the incident is still under investigation, but they are reminding people to never mix cleaning products.

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The weather was warm as hundreds showed up in Berlin this past weekend to celebrate the city being named the coolest small town in America by Budget Travel. Delmarva Public Radio's Erin  McKibben prepared this report:

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It’s being called “America’s Coolest Small Town”.

The town of Berlin earned that name in a nationwide contest hosted by Budget Travel.

The Worcester County city bested 14 other small towns in the online contest that saw a total of over 137-thousand votes cast for 15 finalists from mid-January until yesterday.

Berlin got nearly 40-thousand votes or more than 28 percent of the total.

Berlin Mayor Gee Williams told the Salisbury Daily Times, “We have a lot to be proud of.”

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After a 16 year old Tymeir Dennis was killed last Friday night when he and his brother, Tyheim Bowen, were struck by a state trooper while crossing Route 113 in Berlin local residents say they want some changes to the intersection.

Patricia Dufendach told the town council that she had been asking officials for years to make crossing Route 113 at the intersection of Bay Street safer.

On one side there are apartments and homes while nearly all of the town’s shops are across Route 113 in the western part of the town.

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BERLIN, Md. - The town of Berlin is finally moving forward with a new wind turbine.

WMDT reports that the turbine will be built behind Cropper's Towing Company off of Old Ocean City Boulevard.

It is designed to produce 50 Kilowatts of electricity, but officials say they won't know how much it will save the town, money-wise, until it's been in place for at least a year.

The town of Berlin is investing $4,500 in the more than $100,000 project, with the company designing the wind turbine absorbing the majority of the cost.

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This week President Obama went to Germany and called on Russia to move toward to reducing a vestige of the Cold War, i.e., the two nation’s nuclear arsenals.

50 years ago another president went to Berlin amidst some the most serious confrontations of that time.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Dick Rosse recalls the sights and sounds of that day – June 26 1963 -- during which President John F. Kenney uttered words that are still recalled to this very day.

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The Eastern Shore municipality of Berlin will be looking for a new Town Administrator.

Tony Carson announced he is stepping down on June 30th to take a job in Ohio.

Carson has been Berlin’s town administrator since 2009 and will finish out the fiscal year

He will be taking on the job of city manager in Painesville, Ohio.

Carson told the Salisbury Daily Times that he felt fortunate to work for town.

He has spent 17 years in county and municipal government

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When there’s a new brew the Town of Berlin is willing allow some celebrations.

The Mayor and City Council gave their blessing to three events that will focus on new beer releases at Burley Oak this year.

Bryan Brushmiller, who owns the brewery told the Salisbury Daily Times, that he believes these will give the town an economic boost.

He says that other breweries around the country host beer release events that bring in thousands of people and expects the same to happen in Berlin.

The Berlin Town Council has voted unanimously to begin billing residents and businesses later this year for the establishment of a stormwater utility.

That decision comes in the face of a standing-room only crowd this past Monday by local citizens who sharply criticized the plan.

Under attack was a University of Maryland report that proposed a stormwater utility with an implementation fee as the best way to raise the $8.3 million needed to fix the town’s flooding problems.

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Good news for the Town of Berlin from its auditors.

PKS and Company reports that the municipality was in good financial shape with a $7.5 million fund balance.

With $6.8 million not allocated it equals the town’s operating expenses for the next a year and a half.

The auditors noted that the town increased its general fund balance by 3 percent.

And revenues were up by 5 percent while expenses declined by 16 percent to $4.9 million.

But the town’s debt service costs did go up amounting to just under $450-thousand or 9 percent of overall expenditures.

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There will not be an outdoor bar this New Year’s Eve in front of The Globe in Berlin.

The Town Council this week turned down the request by a 3-to-2 vote.

Council member Elroy Brittingham who opposed it Monday said that after approving it last year he received  “a lot of flack” from his constituents.

Mayor Gee Williams quickly criticized the decision telling the Salisbury Daily Times that he believed the denial was based on personal belief and not the practical ramifications.

  

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The Berlin Fiddlers Convention is back.

This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the event.

It will offer live bluegrass music complete with instruments ranging from the fiddle and banjo to guitar and mandolin.

Friday, Audi Blaylock and Redline will play from 8 pm to 10 pm.

Their new album Hard Country has just been released.

Their first single “A Natural thing” is on the Top 30 Hot singles Chart in the June issues of Bluegrass Music Profiles magazine. 

On Sunday there will be a bluegrass gospel jam at the Taylor House Museum.

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Mayor Gee Williams is seeking reelection in Berlin.

And, he says this will be a referendum on where the town is headed.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times he is most proud of economic development and environmental responsibility in Berlin.

Williams called it “Berlin’s Renaissance”.

Berlin’s election is October 9th and includes council districts 2 and 3 are up for grabs.  

The basketball courts at the Dr. William Henry Park in Berlin will be getting an upgrade.

The town officials have applied for a $108-thousand grant from the Department of Natural Resources as part of an effort to replace the decades old courts in the Flower Street Park.

The town already has a $37-thousand grant from Maryland’s Program Open Space.

Council member Elroy Brittingham told the Salisbury Daily Times that basketball is the most popular feature of the park outdistancing even the tennis courts.

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There could be a $100-thousand from Ocean City for the making of an independent movie to be produced in the resort.

With a unanimous vote Town Council President Jim Hall noted that the movie including the trailer will be shot on the Boardwalk.

He pointed out the benefit to the town of Berlin when the film Runaway Bride was filmed there.

“Its $100-thousand worth of advertising that’s going to say come to Ocean City,” Hall said.  

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports this does not mean it’s a done deal.

The one year anniversary Burley Oak Brewery is coming up in Berlin with a big champagne-style bottle of beer expected to be ready for the celebration on August 26th.

Bryan Brushmiller began his microbrewery with just three original beers.

That’s now up to 12 on tap with plans to begin bottling.

Brushmiller said around half of them are always changing.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times that he’s pleased with the number of tourists the brewery is bringing in. 

Residents in Berlin will get an average cut of $100 in their property taxes under the $13.5 million budget for the next fiscal year.

The Town will cut the tax rate by 5-cents per $100 of assessed property dropping from 73 cents to 68 cents.

It will cost the town around $102-thousand in revenue.

Mayor Gee Williams said the cut was made possible by the surplus the town had accrued over the last few years.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that council member Dean Burrell credited the town staff for its efforts to cut department budgets.

           

The Berlin Parks Commission wants to create a subcommittee to look at ways to improve Henry Park.

The group will get input from neighbors to develop recommendations for the parks commission.

Grant money has allowed the town to hire a company to come up with a design for a walking path.

Mary Bohlen, Berlin’s deputy town administrator, and liaison to the parks commission told the Salisbury Daily Times that there is a similar path at Stephen Decatur Park.

Mike Wiley, chair of the parks commission, added that particular walking path is heavily used.

 

      COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The Eastern Shore town of Berlin is the first in Maryland to be certified as sustainable under a new statewide environmental program.

     The Sustainable Maryland Certified program is managed by the University of Maryland's Environmental Finance Center. The program recognizes and helps communities that are working to protect resources, revitalize and improve their long-term quality of life.

 

      Berlin officials are expected to take up the issue of whether to loosen zoning restriction during today's Town Council meeting.

       One ordinance would relax restrictions no local bed and breakfasts. 

       Currently, there is a limitation on such establishments that 0nly allows breakfast to be served.

      B & B onwer Mark Cropper hopes to host wine tasting events if the restriction is lifted.

       The second measure would permit a home to be built up to 35 feet high, if the surrounding homes are also higher than 30 feet.

 

           Property owners in Berlin could see a 5 cent cut in their tax rates under the budget proposed by Mayor Gee Williams.

            He wants to cut the tax rate from 73 cents to 68 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the reduction would mean around $100 less in property taxes for the average Berlin resident.

            Williams says the proposed cut was possible for the third year in a row because the town has a budget surplus of more than a half-a-million dollars.

 

             The baby whale, known as Minke, has died after losing its mother and its way.

            The whale showed up on a sandbar in the creek near The Route 589 bridge.

            The staff from the National Aquarium in Baltimore made the eventual decision to euthanize the animal.

            The 11 foot long female was severely emaciated and was believed to be as young as two weeks old.

            The body of the whale has been transferred to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC for research and will undergo CT scans.