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Notification system will spread word

Posted On: 10/23/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– A new mass notification system that employs a variety of communication platforms will notify Berlin residents of the circumstances during emergencies, town officials announced during the Tuesday. Oct. 14 mayor and council meeting. The town sent request for proposals on the project in September and received four bids. Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen, Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing and Card’s Computers President Sam Card reviewed each proposal. CodeRED, a system developed by Emergency Communications Network, won the bid. A video demonstration on the company’s website describes CodeRED as “A high-speed emergency notification solution designed to notify millions of people in minutes.” The system informs communities about missing children, evacuations, hurricanes, wildfires and severe weather, and can be used to dispatch first responders. Alerts are sent by phone, text, email, social media and via the company’s CodeRED Mobile Alert ap...
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Board seeks golf lease bids

Posted On: 10/23/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– After years of negative dollar signs – and summer rumblings of turning it into a park – the Ocean Pines Association last week began sending out requests for proposals on the leasing and management of the golf course. Ocean Pines sent bid requests on the Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed facility on Oct. 16 seeking “an experienced Golf Course Management Company interested in either leasing or managing the OPA Country Club course.” Operation would include maintenance of the golf course as well as the country club and associated support facilities during an initial three-year term. Board Treasurer Jack Collins, who drafted the RFP with board Parliamentarian Tom Terry and former board member Jeff Knepper, said the community was, “simply doing the right thing and doing our job for the betterment of the membership of Ocean Pines.” Several members of the board balked after the proposal was posted without first facing a vote. Vice Presi...
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Hotel, store proposals to go before council

Posted On: 10/23/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The town’s Planning Commission last Wednesday approved measures that could bring plans for a new hotel and a convenience store closer to fruition. The commission voted to send a pair of projects – one a 40-room Cobblestone Hotel and the other a Royal Farms store – to the Berlin Mayor and Town Council for approval. The prospective hotel, which would go on two parcels of land on the northwest corner of North Main Street and Route 50, needs a zoning change. “It’s zoned industrial and they wanted to get it downzoned to a B-2 shopping district, which allows for hotels and motels,” said Planning Director Dave Engelhart. “I understand their intention is to put a hotel or a motel there. I don’t know that it’s Cobblestone, but the Cobblestone man was there for the meeting, so that would tell you something.” Phil Houck and his wife own the property, which does not have a formal address. Houck is represented by Mark C...
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Showell Street meeting half successful

Posted On: 10/23/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Town officials attempted to meet on Monday with a pair of residents near the corner of Showell and Flower streets, which is affected by stormwater runoff. They made it halfway. “One resident was available,” Town Administrator Laura Allen said. “The other wasn’t ready to meet yet.” District 4 Councilmember Dean Burrell had warned that a ditch running parallel to Showell Street was becoming unstable. The mayor and council asked that plans to address stormwater concerns in Berlin include those homes, and Burrell asked the town to follow up with residents who had voiced concerns. Allen said the meeting, “addressed their concerns regarding Hudson Branch, which runs behind their homes. “Specifically they wanted to discuss flooding and erosion of their property and understand to what extent the town’s stormwater management project is going to address those issues,” she said. “The town committed to continuing the ...
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Aviation Assn. plans rocket launch event

Posted On: 10/23/14
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WEST OCEAN CITY–The Ocean City Aviation Association (OCAA) invites members of the public to join in its “Rocket Launch Watch” Monday, Oct. 27.   It will begin with an Ocean City Municipal Airport arrival time of on or after 5:30 p.m. in anticipation of a launch time no earlier than 6:44 p.m. A NASA Antares rocket is scheduled to be launched from Wallops Island, and attach to the International Space Station. Internet access will be available for listening to the countdown for the launch. Small snacks will be available, and a small donation to offset costs would be appreciated. Amounts collected above costs will be contributed to the Huey Veterans Memorial display, for the care and maintenance of the Huey helicopter. The Terminal Building has restrooms serving the needs of both the public and handicapped persons. Visit www.wow.com/Wallops-+Launch+Schedule, upper right hand corner, “Wallops Launch Schedule Now” for updates. If timing is changed, or ...
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Work group to weigh capital improvements

Posted On: 10/23/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– In a contentious move, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors on Saturday ordered the creation of a new capital improvement work group to examine the growth and management of the community well into the next decade. At a special meeting, the directors voted 5-2 to establish the group, with directors Bill Cordwell and Sharyn O’Hare opposing the measure. OPA President Dave Stevens, Comprehensive Plan Committee Staff Liaison Jerry Aveta and Ted Moroney, who previously served on an OPA 10-year task force, will form the core of the “Coordinate Committee” which will appoint various subcommittees to explore different aspects of the capital improvement plan. Stevens said the committee was “the highest need for Ocean Pines right now,” while Cordwell and O’Hare insisted that work on the project had already been undertaken others, most notably General Manager Bob Thompson. “I hope we’re not going to go back to ground...
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Yacht Club work group idea nixed

Posted On: 10/23/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– Just minutes after supporting one workgroup on long-term capital improvements, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors defeated a similar motion establishing a committee to assess the much-maligned Yacht Club. Board President Dave Stevens and Vice President Marty Clarke supported the measure presented at Saturday’s meeting while the rest of the board struck it down. Stevens said the board had an obligation to use the lessons learned during the first six months of the Yacht Club’s existence to “determine how we can best move forward into the future,” examining aspects ranging from layout and décor to security and maintenance. Director Bill Cordwell, however, argued that the existing Food and Beverage Committee, on which he is the board’s liaison, already serves the same purpose as the proposed workgroup. “I knew nothing about (the proposed committee), which I was embarrassed at, until I got the board packet for t...
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OPA GM Thompson plans Nov. 13 town hall session

Posted On: 10/23/14
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OCEAN PINES–Ocean Pines Association General Manager Bob Thompson will hold a town hall meeting on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center.   The meeting is open to the public. Thompson will use the meeting as an opportunity to address comments and questions posed by Ocean Pines residents and property owners, who are encouraged to participate and share feedback.  Questions may be submitted in advance via email to info@oceanpines.org. Those unable to attend the meeting may view it live at OceanPines.org or on Mediacom channel 78.  It also will be posted on the Ocean Pines website and will air on channel 78 afterward. For more information, contact Teresa Travatello, director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at 410-641-7717 ext. 3006 or ttravatello@oceanpines.org.
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From ruins a business rises

Posted On: 10/23/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– West Coast transplants Ken Briggs and Cesar Raygada are bringing a taste of Peru to the Eastern Shore. Their new shop, Inca Ruins on 12 Pitts Street in Berlin, opened during the last week of August. “I’m from Peru originally,” said Raygada. “When I was in college everyone would say, ‘Oh, I like your ring, I like your necklace.’ I thought it might be a good business, so we started, years ago at weekend fairs on the West Coast.” The pair sold Peruvian goods to “snowbirds” at a flea market in Yuma, Ariz. When Briggs’ parents fell ill, they made the move to Ocean Pines to be with family. “We started learning about what to do at the small markets, so we had the idea and just made the next step,” Raygada said. “One day we were walking around Berlin and one of the ladies in the coffee place said there was a little place up for rent. We looked, and it was perfect.” “To start,” ...
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Economic dev. director introduced

Posted On: 10/16/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The town officially named its new economic and community development director on Tuesday, replacing Michael Day, who is retiring. When Day announced his retirement last spring, many Berlin residents wondered how the town would replace one of its most universally liked public officials. Enter Ivy Wells, the current economic development director of Sykesville, Md. and longtime collaborator with Day. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Wells moved to Maryland at a young age, attended school in Laurel and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland College of Journalism with a concentration in marketing, advertising and public Relations. Wells later worked for Post-Newsweek Media in Montgomery County with Bayside Gazette Publisher Elaine Brady. “I wanted to be a writer for as long as I could remember,” she said. “Once I started taking classes at the University of Maryland, I learned more about the business environment and promotion, and even e...
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