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OP manager ready to take all questions

Posted On: 11/13/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Nov. 13, 2014) Ocean Pines Association General Manager Bob Thompson will hold his first town hall meeting in more than a year. Thompson plans an update on association business today at 6 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center. The meeting is open to the public. “I used to do quite a few of them the first couple years. The yacht club last year kind of tied up any extra time I had,” he said. “Now that the yacht club project is behind us, I’m trying to get back to interacting through town hall meetings with the membership.” Thompson said the meetings provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions and get an overview of current financial standings. “We’re going to talk about some of the things we’re focusing on,” he said. “I’ll do a little bit of a presentation and then I really open the floor for questions. At that point it’s really a true Q and A – it’s an interactive, say whateverR...
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Council gets another park pitch

Posted On: 11/13/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Nov. 13, 2014) Berlin residents continued their plea for a recreation facility on Monday, taking over a town meeting to discuss the subject for the third time in three weeks. Outcry began during a Mayor and Council meeting on Oct. 27, continued during a Parks Commission meeting on Nov. 4, and lasted for more than 40 minutes during the most recent Mayor and Council meeting on Nov. 10. This time Patrick Truitt, Tres Denk and Beth Gourley approached the council, asking for updates on a possible skate park. Mayor Gee Williams said the takeaway from the parks meeting was that a temporary location might be more realistic than larger proposals, like the massive Tyson’s Park suggested as a possibility for the former Tyson’s poultry plant property. “It might take some time and money whereas at least a good, decent but temporary skateboard park would be something that would be feasible and would be able to happen on a much faster track,” he said. “A temporar...
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Parks panel hears from skateboarders too

Posted On: 11/13/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Nov. 13, 2014) For the second time in two weeks, a Berlin town meeting was overtaken by talks of a skateboard park. First, it was the mayor and council meeting on Oct. 27, when Beth Gourley kick-started the discussion of a recreation center large enough to hold skaters, bikers and a host of other indoor and outdoor community activities. Then, at a parks commission meeting on Nov. 4, Berlin resident Benjamin Smith pitched a smaller scale skateboard facility that could be ready in as little as nine months. Accompanied by a cadre of young people and their skateboards in the Town Hall meeting chambers, Smith dismissed commission member Patricia Dufendach’s assertion that the commission has spent two years working hard to find a solution.  “Not hard enough,” Smith said. “Here’s what I want to know … what is on the table as far as a skateboard park is involved, as far as the Berlin youth is involved? Does anyone here know that informati...
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Tyson plant as park may require major clean-up

Posted On: 11/13/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Nov. 13, 2014) Berlin could be required to clean up the grounds of the former Tyson’s poultry plant should it buy the property for a recreation facility, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment. The department approved the chicken processing plant as a “Voluntary Cleanup Program” site in 2005. Established by the state legislature in 1997, the Voluntary Cleanup Program provides a streamlined cleanup process as well as liability protection for prospective owners of eligible properties, in effect making property transfers easier and redevelopment more likely. Under the plan, the state would provide oversight for properties contaminated with hazardous substances. The evaluation process requires property owners to submit an application, undergo two phases of environmental site assessment and pay a $6,000 application fee. The department reserves the right to require additional information in order to determine eligibility. A fact sheet provided by the ...
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Cannery Village pact gets OK from Berlin council

Posted On: 11/13/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Nov. 13, 2014) The Berlin Mayor and Council approved a pilot agreement for the new affordable housing complex, Cannery Village, on Monday, Nov. 10. The town had eyed the development, located on Cannery Way at Flower Street, for more than a decade before finally moving towards the design phase last October. Berlin Mayor Gee Williams praised property owner Frank Gunion for his “vision” on the project. “He has for years been trying to find a feasible way that would be beneficial to the community to provide some affordable housing to the town,” Williams said. Cannery includes 45 lots that will be developed into 36 four-bedroom rancher style homes, eight two-bedroom ranchers and one community center. Two bedroom homes will rent for $400-$750 and four bedroom homes rent for $500-$850 per month. What makes Cannery unique, however, is renters have the option to rent-to-own after leasing for 15 years. “Not everybody right out of the box … can com...
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Holiday vendor show set in OP

Posted On: 11/13/14
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(Nov. 13, 2014) The Ocean Pines Holiday Vendor Show will take place, Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center where more than a dozen vendors will be offering a selection of jewelry, toys, food and cooking items, cosmetics, handbags and essential oils. Participating vendors include Origami Owl, Mary Kay, DoTERRA, Avon, Scentsy, Jamberry, The Beez Kneez and Thirty One Gifts. Admission is free and open to the public. Free parking is also available at the community center, located at 239 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. For more information about this event, or to inquire about participating as a vendor, contact the Ocean Pines Recreation & Parks Department at 410-641-7052.  
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James Hastings benefit will aid him and family

Posted On: 11/13/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Nov. 13, 2014) Members of the Berlin community will hold a fundraiser Saturday for 49-year-old James Hastings, who suffered severe injuries after being hit by a car as he pulled out of his driveway on a scooter in August. Berlin Police said the Aug. 27 accident occurred as Hastings pulled out on Buckingham Road and was struck by a motorist traveling east. Police also the property Hastings was exiting was partially hidden by a chain-link fence. The car struck the left side of the scooter, throwing Hastings to the ground with the scooter falling on top of him. Police also said Hastings was asphyxiated by his helmet. Rescue workers spent 40 minutes stabilizing Hastings before he was airlifted him helicopter to PRMC. Hastings, who was later transferred to Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Pa., suffered brain trauma, broken limbs, internal injuries and cuts and bruises. “He is getting some of his speech back, some of his motor skills,” a police spokesman said. “He sti...
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Care packages assembled for those serving

Posted On: 11/13/14
Written By: Brian Gilliland,Staff Writer

(Nov. 13, 2014) Operation We Care, a 501(c)3 charitable organization is ending its eighth year collecting and distributing supply boxes to U.S. soldiers deployed overseas. The deadline to donate is Friday, Nov. 14. Drop-off locations are spread throughout the Salisbury-Ocean City areas and a list of the most-needed items is available at www.operationwecare.org. Students from Showell Elementary and Snow Hill Elementary schools have taken to decorating the boxes for the soldiers, at first drawing or writing directly on the interior of the package and then, after the Post Office began printing on the inside, using construction paper “panels” that are easier to handle and can be easily removed, according to Dawn O’Hara, a teacher at Showell involved with Operation We Care for the past six years. The panels can be decorated before the box is put together, and are just easier to work with, O’Hara said. O’Hara said the children love decorating the boxes an...
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Drive still needs supplies

Posted On: 11/13/14
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(Nov. 13, 2014) Operation We Care is entering the home stretch in pursuit of donations to pack and send to deployed military members this holiday season. Donations can be dropped off at OC Floor Gallery in West Ocean City and in the Salisbury area at Minuteman Press, Herl’s Bath & Tile Solutions and Subrunners. Drop-off locations also include most branches of Hebron Savings, BB&T and First Shore Federal banks. The deadline to donate items is Friday, Nov. 14. Operation We Care is a Delmarva-based nonprofit group supporting deployed military members who are far from home. Items will be packed and shipped overseas to arrive before the holidays. Some of the most sought after items included canned pasta, like Chef Boyardee, granola bars, instant oatmeal, Pop Tarts and other handheld snacks, as well as hot chocolate, microwave popcorn and personal items such as deodorant, body wash and shampoo. A complete list of needed items can be found online at www.operationwecare.org....
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State reports October’s take from casinos

Posted On: 11/13/14
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(Nov. 13, 2014) The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency announced October revenue numbers for the state’s five casinos – Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in Baltimore City, Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County and Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County. October’s combined statewide revenue totaled $86,819,616. Casino at Ocean Downs generated $4,122,318 in October, and its gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $166.22. Casino at Ocean Downs’ October revenue decreased by $115,743, or 2.7 percent, from October 2013. The Casino at Ocean Downs operates 800 slot machines. Hollywood Casino Perryville generated $6,132,743 from both slot machines and table games in October. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $142.17 for slot machines, $2,485.83 for banking table games and $337.27 for non-banking table games. Hollywood Casino’s October revenue decreased ...
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