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Two newest OPA directors start with conciliatory tone

Posted On: 8/14/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– After a contentious election, the two newest members of the Ocean Pines Association Board took a mostly conciliatory tone after the community released voting results on Saturday, Aug. 9. Pat Renaud and Dave Stevens, who ran as a voting bloc against members of the current board and its relationship with General Manager Bob Thompson, received 1,767 votes and 1,738 votes, respectively, handily defeating their opponents. Incumbent Jeff Knepper received 1,392 votes, incumbent Terri Mohr received 1,323 votes and newcomer Lawrence Lee, running as a moderate voice, received 456 votes. Renaud and Stevens will serve three-year terms on the seven-member board. While not calling it an outright mandate, Renaud said he and Stevens had an idea of what their first move as newly elected officials could be. “We want to look at some organizational changes and make the control go back to the board – I think we’ve been very clear about that,” he said. ̶...
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Third annual Family Fun Fly offers handmade kites

Posted On: 8/14/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– From high-tech acrobatics to handmade and hand-colored kites, the 3rd annual Family Fun Fly promises plenty of fun for the whole family on Saturday, Aug. 16. Organizers anticipate more than 100 participants to attend the event, held in Veteran’s Memorial Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Highlighting Family Fun Fly, an assembly line setup offers kids the chance to make and customize their own kites, while supplies last. “The kids can go off into the entire field at Veteran’s Memorial Park, which is off 589, and it’s free kite fly,” said Vicki Magin, recreation associate with Ocean Pines Recreations and Parks. A DJ will provide music, and Eastern Shore Kettle Corn and Kona Ice will sell refreshments. “We’re encouraging people to bring a picnic lunch, and if you have your own kite that’s fine,” Magin said. Staff members from Kite Loft in Ocean City will offer kite tips and tricks. Kite expert Joanne Rasmussen ...
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Berlin 9-10 All Stars drop final four regional games

Posted On: 8/14/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– After going a perfect 10-0 in district and state tournaments, the 9-10 Little League All Stars dropped their final four games in regional play, including a controversial 12-10 loss on Thursday, ending their season. Berlin, representing Maryland, lost lopsided games to New Jersey, Delaware and New York last week, scoring just three runs in three contests, before falling just short to Pennsylvania on Aug. 7. “Obviously it was nice to see our bats finally wake up,” said Coach Eric Snelsire. “We really played our style of baseball in that last game, and I felt like it was a good way to go out even though we didn’t win the game. I felt like the kids finally figured it out and were able to compete and play a really good Pennsylvania team. We had an opportunity to win the game and just didn’t do enough, but in the end I was very satisfied to know that we were able to finally go to our brand of baseball and go out on a positive note.” Ashte...
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Top Eastern Shore Dems pay tribute to Del. Norm Conway

Posted On: 8/14/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

SHOWELL– Top Eastern Shore Democrats met with donors on Saturday, Aug. 9, to pay tribute to Maryland Del. Norm Conway (38B) in what could be a preview of the party’s strategy during the November general election. Maryland State Sen. Jim Mathias (D-38) emceed the event at Showell Park, which included several members of the “team” of Democratic candidates running for election in Worcester and Wicomico counties. A number of speakers during the event also highlighted the voting bloc of Mathias and Conway. Redistricted to Wicomico County from Worcester this year, Conway formerly represented Somerset County before becoming a similar victim of redistricting in 2000. Mathias insisted that Conway would remain loyal to his Worcester County constituents, and highlighted their partnership in the general assembly. Conway is chair of the House Appropriations Committee. “Chairman Conway has continued to be there for Somerset, and he will continue to be there for us i...
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Heroic deeds lead to honors for policemen

Posted On: 8/14/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

 BERLIN– On April 17, two police officers heroically rescued a 6-year-old girl and her mother from a burning two-story home. Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing, wearing a suit for the occasion, awarded Spo. Edward Carmean and Spo. Merle Bragg for their bravery during a Berlin Mayor and Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 11. A packed house, including 6-year-old Mia McKenzie and 31-year-old Tocarra Derrickson, were on hand for the occasion, along with military personnel honoring both officers. “This is one of those proud occasions when a chief of police gets to stand before a community to state the good deeds and works of their officers,” Downing said. “We all can use the word ‘hero’ in loose terms and loose ways, but today I can go ahead and say the Berlin Police Department has two heroes.” Downing described the events on April 17, as a fire engulfed the home on 117 Branch Street. Police dispatched two officers, who arrived several minut...
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AGH and Berlin stormwater fee battle settled

Posted On: 8/14/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– After several months of dialogue, Atlantic General Hospital settled a potentially problematic lawsuit over stormwater fees with the town last month. The suit, filed in October, 2013, alleged the town unfairly charged AGH more than $9,000 in annual fees. The hospital, which operates as a nonprofit, manages its stormwater onsite and does not believe it causes or contributes to any stormwater problems in Berlin. Both sides settled out of court on July 14. Berlin Mayor Gee Williams said there were two steps to the settlement. “One was in the spring or the early summer,” he said. “Our water resources people and our stormwater engineer met with AGH’s engineer and they reviewed every detail of the way in which the fee had been computed originally, for the first year, and we both looked for any reasonable way to make sure that no pervious surfaces were being charged. They went through everything with a fine-toothed comb and they were able to reduce the ...
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Berlin approves Unity in the Community day

Posted On: 8/14/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Still coping with the death of 16-year-old Tymeir D. Dennis and the severe injury of his brother Tyheim D. Bowen, the town approved plans for a Unity in the Community day during a Mayor and Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 11. A Berlin-based Maryland State trooper hit the brothers, crossing the street on foot, while he was driving an unmarked police car on a routine patrol on Nov. 8. Pastor Robert Brooks, Jr., senior pastor at Solid Rock Outreach Ministry, presented the event to the council. “Last year, as you’ll recall, Tymeir Dennis and Tyheim were involved in a serious, tragic accident,” Brooks said. “Tymeir lost his life and Tyheim lost his leg to his hip.” Brooks said the boys’ mother, Tynise Bowen, wanted to commemorate her sons. “Knowing that her son has interest in music and wants to do other things and financially it’s not there for them, we wanted to as a church body and as a community body put together an ev...
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Town of Berlin experiencing restaurant business boom

Posted On: 8/14/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Anthony Bourdain has eaten his way through Brooklyn, Rome, Copenhagen, Madrid and Tokyo, but maybe the Travel Channel correspondent should consider stopping by America’s coolest small town next. A veritable restaurant explosion has hit Berlin, and the town of roughly 4,500 people now boasts more than a dozen noteworthy independent restaurants, cafes and bakeries in its historic downtown sector. At the heart of the town’s resurgence is the upscale American oasis of the Atlantic Hotel on 2 North Main Street. Built in 1895, the hotel was near structural and spiritual collapse before a group of business owners resurrected it, sparking a town-wide revival. “That’s what really turned Berlin around,” said owner John Fager. “The hotel is the heartbeat of the town.” As more and more restaurants have opened in Berlin, business, rather than becoming spread thin, has increased virtually everywhere. “Every time a new restaurant o...
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OPA Board wants action on properties

Posted On: 8/7/14
Written By: Nancy Powell, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

OCEAN PINES - Owners of several Ocean Pines properties are in continuous violation of required maintenance of them, the Ocean Pines board of directors decided July 29. In a unanimous vote, the board authorized attorney Joe Moore to continue action, including filing suit, on owners of nine properties until a resolution is reached. The nine properties are 14 Capetown Road, 61 Moonraker Road, 12 Brookton Lane, 58 Nottingham Lane, 8 Willow Way, 37 and 52 Battersea Road and 70 and 74 Crest Haven Drive. In the case of the Capetown Road property, there is already an injunction that calls for the owner to remove a box trailer on it. Moore said he will ask the court to find the man in contempt of that injunction and order him to remove it or the OPA will remove it and bill him for services rendered. An additional four properties were also found to be in continuous violation, but in those cases, the board authorized General Manager Bob Thompson to take appropriate action that could include ...
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ALMOST!

Posted On: 8/7/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– After a storybook season, the Intermediate All-Stars ended their run in the Little League World Series on Sunday, Aug. 1, falling to the Nogales, Az. West All-Stars 6-5 in the U.S. Championship game in Livermore, Ca. Berlin, representing the East region, jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Kevin Beck drove in a run with a single, Kevon Wharton had an RBI groundout and Hayden Snelsire drove in two runs with a single. Tristan McDonough went six innings on the mound, striking out nine and giving up four earned runs. Snelsire threw a scoreless inning in relief. The team had the top of the order up in the bottom of the 7th with a chance to tie. Wharton hit a sharp ground ball to shortstop to start the inning, but was called out on a close play at first base. Snelsire and Ryan Duncan struck out to end the game. West went on to win the Intermediate World Series Championship game, beating Puerto Rico 11-4 on Monday. “We’re very, very h...
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