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A sidewalk becomes so complicated

Posted On: 11/20/14
Written By: Josh Davis, staff writer

(Nov. 20, 2014) Despite suffering repeated setbacks at nearly every stage, from inception to construction, the long-discussed sidewalk connecting downtown Berlin and Stephen Decatur Park appears to be edging ever-closer to reality. The town sent requests for proposals on the project and was set to move toward construction as far back as July when easements from a sole property owner put a proverbial wrench in the works. Frustrated, Berlin Mayor Gee Williams asked legal counsel David Gaskill to personally reach out to the homeowner. “This is ridiculous,” he said during a council meeting on Monday, Aug. 25. “Fortunately it happens very seldom when an entire community’s interest is being held hostage by someone who just doesn’t want to respond. We’ll go through all the hoops and everything we have to do, but this town will not be denied a sidewalk and safety so they can have access to the park.” Public Works Director Jane Kreiter underscored ...
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Mediacom isn’t going anywhere

Posted On: 11/20/14
Written By: Josh Davis, staff writer

(Nov. 20, 2014) The Mediacom stranglehold on Ocean Pines became one of the sole sources of contention during an otherwise smooth General Manager meeting on Nov. 13. The problem dates back nearly four decades, when the community signed a 15-year exclusive contract with Triad CATV, Inc. in 1978 with options that could have extended the run through 2003. In 1992, the company was assigned to Simmons Cable and then acquired by American Cable TV. Five years later the contract was transferred to Mediacom and amended, creating a new 15-year deal with a single five-year option. Mediacom replaced the existing cable television infrastructure as part of the deal, upgrading to fiber optic systems and allowing for more channels and the addition of internet services. The community also received video equipment and training used to establish cable channel 78, which now broadcasts board meetings. Ocean Pines President Dave Stevens wrote a Mediacom Fact Sheet published on Oct. 4, 2009 stating,...
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Planning cool parade

Posted On: 11/20/14
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(Nov. 20, 2014) The 44th annual Berlin Christmas Parade, “The Coolest Christmas Parade in America” is set for Thursday Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. The Berlin Main Street Program is sponsoring this year’s parade event. There will be a rain date of Thursday, Dec. 11 if needed. The parade line-up is completely full with 85 entries. Categories for the parade include: adult, student- and school-sponsored floats, performing youth units, adult and youth marching units, vehicle clubs and motorcycles and antique cars. Trophies for first, second and third place will be awarded in each category.   In anticipation of this parade being the biggest and “Coolest” parade yet, a shuttle service will be provided to help with parking. Hooper's Crab House and Ocean Downs have donated shuttles and drivers to the town for this event. The shuttle route will start at Berlin Intermediate School, drop off at the corner of Main Street and William Street and then loop back around. Th...
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Cannery Village gets commission OK

Posted On: 11/20/14
Written By: Josh Davis, staff writer

(Nov. 20, 2014) Berlin continued moving toward providing new affordable housing, as the town Planning Commission approved the final site design for Cannery Village during its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The development, located on Cannery Way at Flower Street, 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 start at $400 a month, and four-bedroom homes start at just $500. After 15 years, renters have the option to rent to own the properties. Planning Director Dave Engelhart said a public works agreement is the next step for Cannery. “They have to get that together, get the plat recorded, and then it will go to the final permitting,” he said. “That’s it, really. I would say that would happen in the next few weeks.” Andrew Hanson, a developer at Osprey Property Company, briefed the commission during the meeting, and offered a rough timetable a...
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GM issues upbeat report at ‘Town Meeting’

Posted On: 11/20/14
Written By: Josh Davis, staff writer

(Nov. 20, 2014) Delivering his first “town hall” session in more than a year, Ocean Pines General Manager Bob Thompson appeared upbeat last Thursday at the Recreation Center as he painted a picture of a robust community with a flourishing array of amenities Thompson provided updates on the yacht club and golf course, complete with an interactive slide show, and fielded questions from the audience for more than two hours. The Ocean Pines Yacht Club, which saw numerous controversies during the last few months after some community organizations booked functions elsewhere, showed strong numbers during its first season, Thompson said and brought in more than $400,000 during 60 events. Early 2015 numbers also appeared promising. The venue has already booked 41 events next year worth more than $370,000. “The type of product we now have is very, very different than the club we had previously,” Thompson said. “From our perspective … we’re looking...
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Two requests spur multiple bids

Posted On: 11/20/14
Written By: Josh Davis, staff writer

(Nov. 20, 2014) Less than a month after the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors questioned its own “Request for Proposals” (RFP) procedures, the community appears to have found corrective action. In October, the board reviewed a single bid for the new White Horse Boat Ramp and then balked as the questioned whether the bid qualified as sole source. The board called a special session a week later and accepted the bid, but continued to question procedure. This month, Ocean Pines received another single bid, this one to award an exclusive three-year franchise to collect refuse and recycling in the community. “We would have opened [bids] Friday, but as of 1:30 Friday we only had one sitting on the desk,” General Manager Bob Thompson said during a town hall meeting on Thursday, Nov. 13. “Given the last RFP with only one bidder I said, ‘We’re going to wait.’” Instead of opening the bid, Thompson re-sent the requests for propo...
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Kiwanis aiming for 100 coats in annual drive

Posted On: 11/20/14
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(Nov. 20, 2014) The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines–Ocean City recently received a challenge from the Greater Millsboro Kiwanis Club to collect 100 coats for local agencies who administer the providing of coats to those in need.   All of the Kiwanis Clubs in District 5 received the same challenge, which is meant to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Kiwanis in 2015. The Ocean Pines–Ocean City Club accepted the challenge, but moved it to December, as the cold weather begins earlier than 2015, and designated Worcester G.O.L.D. as the recipient. Kiwanis Club member, Reverend David Herr, is chairing the project and encouraging all members to gather new or gently used, clean coats for children and adults by the Dec. 3 deadline. If the public wants to participate, bring donations to the Kiwanis Club’s meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. in the Ocean Pines Community Center Assateague Room.    For more information, call Pat Winkelmaye...
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Residents falling prey to con artists

Posted On: 11/20/14
Written By: Josh Davis, staff writer

(Nov. 20, 2014) Multiple suspected cases of fraud caused Berlin law enforcement to issue a warning to area residents last week. Police issued a press release on Wednesday, Nov. 12 after receiving at least two calls involving telephone and Internet scams on the same day. “Because of that we wanted to get something out to let people know this was happening,” Lt. Jeffrey Lawson said. “Two of the same type of thing in a short amount of time – that’s a lot. And if we’re receiving an increased number, imagine the number of people who are not reporting it.” Lawson said the elderly were frequent targets of fraud, and cases generally involved information gathered over the Internet. The incidents were not limited to Berlin. “It’s all over,” Lawson said. “It’s not just here, it’s everywhere. I think there’s a connection with certain things people may do business with where they have access to some informati...
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Berlin tourism aided by ‘cool’ designation

Posted On: 11/20/14
Written By: Josh Davis, staff writer

(Nov. 20, 2014) More than 200 members of the state tourism industry gathered in Ocean City last week for the 34th annual Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit. Held at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on Nov. 12-14, the summit is a three-day war room-style preparation for Tourism Day 2015, when tourism industry leaders lobby their legislative representatives in Annapolis. “We’ve obviously got a big transition with the state government right now and tourism is a huge part of the state’s tax revenue,” Kevin Atticks, chair of the Maryland Tourism Coalition, said. “We to need to kind of gear up for the legislative session and for all-new agency heads and probably a new chairman in Annapolis, and make sure everything is in order so we can make the best case about tourism and the tax revenue we bring. The funding that state tourism gets from the state budget to market Maryland out of state is going to be tied to the administration and the new legislature a...
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Hometown Christmas in OP

Posted On: 11/20/14
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(Nov. 20, 2014) Area residents are invited to enjoy a cup of hot cider and treats by a warm bonfire and kick off the holiday season with the Ocean Pines Association’s 4th annual “A Hometown Christmas” and tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at White Horse Park in Ocean Pines. Trees decorated by Ocean Pines businesses, clubs, families and individuals will be on display and lit during the event, which is free and open to the public. Local choral groups will also perform, and Santa Claus will make an appearance.   Any business, organization or individual interested in sponsoring a tree may do so for $45, which includes an 8-foot to 10-foot tree and sign. Trees must be decorated by Thursday, Nov. 27. For more information about the event or to sponsor a tree, contact the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Dept. at 410-641-7052.
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