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Berlin to get wired to new steel poles beginning Oct. 1

Posted On: 9/11/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The town announced during a Mayor and Council meeting on Monday, Sept. 8 that Delmarva Power plans to replace several transmission poles in the area, requiring a four-to-six hour interruption of power on Dec. 9. The company will replace all of the 60-65 foot wooden poles between the Worcester Substation on Old Ocean City Boulevard and Route 50 and the West Ocean City Substation on Golf Course Road with 80-90 foot steel poles. Poles in Berlin will be brown steel, and poles toward Route 611 will be galvanized steel. Delmarva Power estimates the project to run from Oct. 1 through May 2015. The power interruption will affect more than 2,400 Berlin customers and more than 11,000 Delmarva Power Customers. “The entire town will be down for that time period,” said Electric Utility Director Tim Lawrence. Lawrence said the town discussed the possibility of adverse weather conditions with Delmarva Power. “We talked about the temperature outside – durin...
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Three candidates to run for available town council slots

Posted On: 9/11/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Three candidates filed for the three available slots on town council before the Tuesday, Sept. 9 deadline. Incumbent Troy Purnell filed to keep his District 1 seat and incumbent Dean Burrell filed to keep the seat in District 4. Newcomer Thom Gulyas, owner of Ace Printing, filed for the At-Large seat made available by retiring councilmember Paula Lynch. Berlin’s Board of Supervisors of Elections certified each candidate for inclusion on the ballot during a meeting on Tuesday. Minimum requirements were residency in Berlin for at least a year and completed voter registration. None of the candidates will face opposition on the ballot. Linda Bowen, Lou Creter, Anthony Bowen, John Briddell and Milton Schul were in attendance at the meeting, along with Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen. The two incumbents filed financial disclosures earlier in the year. Gulyas filed his disclosures when he filed for office. Write-in candidates, who will not appear on the ball...
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OPA leaders work to standardize all future meetings

Posted On: 9/11/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– New OPA leadership did not waste any time in reorganizing the Board of Directors, effectively streamlining procedure and standardizing future meeting dates through 2015 during an assembly on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Newly elected Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors President Dave Stevens called the meeting and proposed six new procedures in an attempt to give Board members more information ahead of time, make the meetings more transparent for media and OPA members, and reduce the duration of meetings. The new president asked that Board members receive all items of discussion at least three days ahead of time, with presentations and reports submitted and approved in advance. Stevens also asked for briefer General Manager Reports, posting of financial reports online on the same day the Board receives them, imposing a five-minute limit on public comments and reading action items at the conclusion of each meeting. Board Director Sharyn O’Hare objected to the...
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Berlin mayor, council urge Planning Comm. action

Posted On: 9/11/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– A discussion on the efforts of the Planning Commission morphed into a virtual referendum of the town’s future during a Mayor and Council meeting on Monday, Sept. 8. Berlin Planning Director Dave Engelhart’s departmental report on a proposed new Dollar General Store across from Atlantic General Hospital, moving to a bigger facility from the current location near Food Lion, triggered an examination of the commission. The Board of Appeals approved Dollar General’s request to exempt the required 49 parking spaces for a building of its size, but Engelhart said the project had plenty of work left to do with the State Highway Administration as well as the Planning Commission. Officials admitted fitting the 9,100 square foot building and 40-plus parking spots into the space would be a squeeze, not to mention the traffic problems it might pose on MD Route 346. “I don’t know how they will get it all on there, but it will be creative I’m su...
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County looking for bidders to replace OP water lines

Posted On: 9/11/14
Written By: Nancy Powell, Ocean City Today

WORCESTER COUNTY - Worcester County will try again to attract bidders to replace approximately 250 water service lines in Ocean Pines. All of the service lines to be replaced are on Ocean Parkway. The project was originally advertised for bids in March, but the April 28 deadline came and went with no bids at all. According to John Tustin, director of the Worcester County Public Works Department, interested contractors told him the timing for the bids was not good and they hoped bids would be sought again for the project, which is estimated to cost $250,000.   A pre-bid meeting is scheduled to be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 19 at the Water and Wastewater Division Office at the Ocean Pines Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Bids will be accepted until 1 p.m. Sept. 29. After the bids are opened, they will be forwarded to the Public Works Department for tabulation, review and recommendation to the Worcester County Commissioners, who are expected to award the work to one of the bidders...
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Final concert on Taylor House lawn

Posted On: 9/11/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Calvin B. Taylor House Museum’s final 2014 Concert on the Lawn promises to be the biggest of the year. The Salisbury Community Band will bring more than 30 musicians to the museum lawn on Sunday, Sept. 14. at 6 p.m. Formed in the late 1930’s, the band played concerts in Salisbury City Park throughout the summer. “The band has been around for a long time,” said Chairman of the Board of Directors Pat Shaner. Shaner, who has played trumpet in the group for 37 years, said the musicians are a mix of amateur and professional players from Delaware, Maryland and Virginia ages 16-80. The youngest players must have graduated from 10th grade, and the oldest in the band’s history have been well into their late-80s. Membership varies from week-to-week based on availability, generally ranging between 30 and 60 musicians. Because of the rotating cast, the Salisbury Community Band uses an adaptable repertoire with band directors creating a song list ...
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Ocean Pines Assoc. to continue talks with Sandpiper Energy

Posted On: 9/11/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– With frustrations over the delayed conversion to natural gas growing, the community made a tentative agreement to continue negotiations with Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors issued a press release on Friday stating they extended the franchise agreement made in 1993 and would continue talks with Chesapeake subsidiary Sandpiper Energy in approving the conversion. The company is in the process of converting much of Worcester County from propane to natural gas. The Board contended that, “It should be noted that during the conversion process these rates are the same for all Sandpiper customers whether they are being served by the propane distribution system or have been converted to natural gas.” The release went on to say that the Board and staff are assembling cost data “to aid members in making intelligent decisions regarding conversion” and that “Ocean Pines does not have a one size fits a...
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Three honors to be bestowed at OP chamber installation

Posted On: 9/11/14
Written By: Nancy Powell, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES - The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce will bestow three honors during its upcoming installation and awards banquet. The chamber will honor Taylor Bank as business of the year, long-time volunteer Terri Mahoney of WMDT as citizen of the year and the Kiwanis Club of Ocean Pines and Ocean City as non-profit of the year. The chamber’s board of directors for 2014/2015 will also be installed during the banquet, which will be held 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Ocean City Marlin Club on Golf Course Road in West Ocean City.    The theme for the banquet is “The Captain’s Dinner” and the ambience will be like the ambience of a captain’s dinner aboard a cruise ship. Dress is black tie optional. Tickets, at $60 each, may be purchased online at www.oceanpineschamber.org or by calling 410-641-5306 to RSVP by Oct. 3. This is the chamber’s 15th annual awards and installation banquet. The chamber also has events planned for the rema...
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Atlantic Hotel to host bridal expo

Posted On: 9/11/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Following a rainout in May, the town’s signature wedding expo returns this month. The Atlantic Hotel hosts Say “I Do” in Berlin on Friday, Sept. 26 from 5-8 p.m. The one-stop bridal show features information on wedding products and services including wedding fashions, gifts and registry, beauty services, catering, bakeries, reception venues, photography, videography and wedding ceremony sites. Guests can meet with representatives from the Atlantic Hotel, St. Martin’s Church, the Waystead Inn and the Rackliffe Manor about booking a venue. Dozens of additional vendors will offer samples and presentations. “It’s everything involved with a wedding,” said Kathy Macaboy-Walsh, organizer of Say I Do and owner of the bridal boutique Bustle. “We’re trying to keep most of the vendors Berlin-based, but we have expanded a little – we have a couple people from Salisbury and a couple people from Ocean City. We’re ...
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Vendors needed for OP flea market

Posted On: 9/11/14
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OCEAN PINES–Vendors are needed for the Ocean Pines annual Fall Indoor/Outdoor Flea Market, to be held, Saturday, Sept. 27, from 8 a.m. to noon, to sell items including gently used clothing, household items and collectibles. Indoor spaces will be inside the Community Center gymnasium and include an 8-foot table and a chair. Outdoor spaces will be the parking spaces in front of the Administration Building (bring your own table). Spaces for Ocean Pines residents are $15 for indoor and $10 for outdoor. Spaces for nonresidents are $20 for indoor and $10 for outdoor. The Ocean Pines Farmers Market will also be open in the park from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register for the flea market by either using the registration form in the fall activity guide or by visiting the Recreation and Parks Department in the Ocean Pines Community Center or visit  www.oceanpines.org for a form.  
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