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Registration open for Komen Race

Posted On: 1/21/16
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Registration is open for the Susan G. Komen Maryland Ocean City Race for the Cure, which features a competitive and recreational 5K run/walk and 1-mile family fun course, Saturday, April 16 on the Boardwalk beginning at the inlet.   Through Friday, Jan. 22, Komen Maryland is offering a $15 early bird discount on all adult registration types, making an adult untimed registration $20 and an adult timed registration $25. This year’s call to action is #OneStepCloser. “Each year there are new discoveries that bring us one step closer to finding the cures for breast cancer,” said Kim Marzullo, senior event manager. “Participant fundraising helps fuel those discoveries.” Komen Maryland has made some changes to the race this year, including the new Saturday race date. “With events planned across the weekend, this inspiring event will offer an opportunity to enjoy a weekend getaway to Ocean City as the sunny spring season begins,” said Jes...
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Bravo to Berlin’s bold approach to its future

Posted On: 1/14/16
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Congratulations to the Town of Berlin, again, for continuing to go after opportunities that should bear fruit over the next few years, rather than focusing exclusively on projects and needs that deliver an immediate return. While there’s no such thing as a risk-free deal, the town’s pending purchase of the former Tyson chicken processing plant sets the stage for improvement no matter how the project turns out a decade from now. As Mayor Gee Williams observed this week, the plant has been sitting vacant and more or less unattended for years, offering nothing to the town except a spoiled view. At least under town ownership, the property can be made to look better now and possibly overwhelmingly good at some point down the road. Time, patience and a willingness to invest in a vision has become something of a tradition in Berlin, going back to the day when local investors resurrected the Atlantic Hotel. Although local government has followed that path for years, most notab...
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Bravo to Berlin’s bold approach to its future

Posted On: 1/14/16
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Congratulations to the Town of Berlin, again, for continuing to go after opportunities that should bear fruit over the next few years, rather than focusing exclusively on projects and needs that deliver an immediate return. While there’s no such thing as a risk-free deal, the town’s pending purchase of the former Tyson chicken processing plant sets the stage for improvement no matter how the project turns out a decade from now. As Mayor Gee Williams observed this week, the plant has been sitting vacant and more or less unattended for years, offering nothing to the town except a spoiled view. At least under town ownership, the property can be made to look better now and possibly overwhelmingly good at some point down the road. Time, patience and a willingness to invest in a vision has become something of a tradition in Berlin, going back to the day when local investors resurrected the Atlantic Hotel. Although local government has followed that path for years, most notab...
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Manklin Meadows reports should not cause concern

Posted On: 1/7/16
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There’s no point in jumping to conclusions, which would seem to be the case with reports that the Manklin Meadows project has gone over budget. It hasn’t gone over budget for one simple reason: no work has been done, outside of the creation of a site plan for an overhaul of the complex, so not much money has been spent. More simply put, something can’t be over budget until a budget has been set and that hasn’t been the case. All that has happened is that the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors got an estimate of the cost from one bidder and that estimate apparently falls far short of what will likely be needed to add pickleball courts, more parking and other features. Further, the operative word in the previous paragraph is “likely” rather than “will,” because the overall undertaking continues to be evaluated. As General Manager Bob Thompson pointed out, it’s more probable that the single bid did not account for every as...
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All things considered, good year ahead in ‘16

Posted On: 12/30/15
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Any number of predictions might be made and myriad past issues explored as we enter the new year and consider what lies ahead, as well as what went right or wrong in 2015. That, however, would be a pointless exercise. In the grand scheme of things, our accomplishments outweighed our difficulties, which were insignificant as compared to those experienced elsewhere. We did not, in the coastal area, suffer any calamities or face any great struggles. By and large, we went about our business, did the best we could, disagreed or concurred, and continued to proceed in a relatively peaceful fashion. If we’re guilty of anything, it would be getting caught up in the moment and attaching too much importance to matters that would hardly alter the course of our existence. On the flip side, our communities continued the area’s long tradition of unparalleled generosity, donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to charity and community improvement efforts. In addition, most of our bu...
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Golf member drop not unique to Ocean Pines

Posted On: 12/17/15
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The golf club membership problem in Ocean Pines is every club’s problem in recent years, as the sport nationwide struggles to return to its pre-recession level of popularity. Of course, the Pines club’s problems began well before the economy bottomed out, as the quality of the play it offered nearly sank out of sight before a massive overhaul returned it to the level it enjoys today. But enjoyment is the key issue here, in that golf isn’t the attraction it used to be, especially among the younger generations who are vital to the sports’ future. A Washington Post story last March examined the state of the golf industry and found that despite its claim that things have been looking up, it’s still playing in the rough in terms of appeal to new players. In short, the game hasn’t changed, the population has. As the Post wrote, “The game – with its drivers, clubs, shoes and tee times – is expensive both to prepare for and to play...
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Pines golf meeting a start

Posted On: 12/10/15
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The one consistent thread apparent in the notes of the recent meeting with representatives of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors and golf course operator Landscapes Unlimited was the need for a clearer line of communication between the association and Landscapes. As is generally the case with most initial meetings, concerns seem to outnumber bright spots in the conversation. However, the advent of a more open discussion is a step in the right direction. What wasn’t entirely clear is whether the cause of these concerns – tee time management, building repairs, food service and a continuing decline in membership – is because of inertia on Landscape’s part or confusion over who’s responsible for resolving issues, the association or course management. One of the main worries for property owners has been the lack of solid information from the association on why the course continues on a downward spiral. While open and honest dialogue tends to bri...
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High-profile trial offers one more reason to be thankful

Posted On: 12/3/15
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Post-Thanksgiving reflections on the good things in life probably didn’t include this reason to be glad you live in this area: at the start of Monday’s jury selection process for the Freddie Gray trial in Baltimore, the 75 people called as prospective jurors were asked if they ever had been the victim of a crime or ever had been charged with one. Thirty-eight people – that’s one person more than half of these randomly selected people – stood up to say “yes,” that they were either victims, perpetrators or alleged perpetrators at some point in their lives. As astonishing as that is, an even greater number of people stood up on the second day of the proceedings to declare the same thing. Again, these are people whose names were, metaphorically speaking, pulled from a hat. Even though this hardly qualifies as scientific survey – and it’s possible that more than a few people lied to avoid jury duty for this volatile case – it st...
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Life isn’t always a beach, but we do all live on one

Posted On: 11/26/15
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Not to be preachy, but isn’t this the time of year that we should be thankful that we’re here and functioning rather than being self-involved, angry and uncivil because, well, this is America and it’s our right to be anyway we want? One might argue that we’re simply following the tone set by the increasingly divisive bleating of current and recent national political campaigns, as candidates encourage our fierce dislike – and worse – of anyone who doesn’t see things our way. But it’s the other way around – they are reflecting and playing to the self-centered disagreeableness that we have, for one reason or another, been cultivating for years. More succinctly, not only does it seem that we become more rude, belligerent and disrespectful every year, but we also appear to celebrate it. Driving a little slow in the left lane because you’re approaching your turnoff? If you’re lucky, all you will get from the outraged driver...
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Time for Berlin, fire company to move on

Posted On: 11/19/15
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While, as Yogi Berra once observed, it’s not over until it’s over, the three-year battle between the Berlin Fire Company and the Town of Berlin has reached a détente and appears to be on its way toward closure. While that, of course, is a good thing, it’s even more important to Berlin’s residents, who are dependent on both for their health, welfare and safety. It would be counterproductive at this point to revisit the various circumstances of the episode or to argue about who was right or wrong in a mess that divided the community. Further, there is nothing to be gained by either the town or the company dragging this history behind them as they enter into future discussions. What the community needs is two entities that can address the needs and requirements of each other without being adversarial about it or being inflexible without good reason. Some pride will have to be dispensed within the months ahead because the fire company needs local governme...
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