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Landscapes VP talks mgmt. style

Posted On: 3/5/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 5, 2015) With Billy Casper Golf out as manager of the Ocean Pines golf club and Landscapes Unlimited taking over following the 4-3 vote on Feb. 20 by Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors, two questions remain: what is this Nebraska-based company all about and what do its people know about golf? Founded in 1976 by landscape architect William “Bill” Kubly, the company develops and manages more than 50 courses nationwide and employs more than 1,200 “team members” during peak season. Landscapes Vice President Mark Mattingly spoke to the Bayside Gazette about the company’s plans for the Ocean Pines course. Mattingly said Landscapes became aware of the request for proposal at the course and immediately contacted to the association “to request to be involved in the process.” “Our regional presence in nearby Annapolis, Md. made this a natural fit for our company,” he said. “Our team made several trips to the club/ar...
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Decision on Dollar General postponed by Berlin planning

Posted On: 3/5/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 5, 2015) The slow process towards bringing a Dollar General store to Berlin on Old Ocean City Road opposite the Barrett building hit yet another snag on Feb. 25, when the town’s planning commission voted to postpone a decision on the final site plan. The proceedings began in the summer, but stalled when developer Oxford Chase was told the site plan would not meet town code.   “They first came and talked about the concept last summer in July or August, and they needed 49 parking spaces according to our code,” Planning Director Dave Englehart said. “You can’t put that size building with that lot if don’t have enough space for the required parking. When you get told no by the zoning code, then your appeal is to the board of zoning appeals.” The zoning board granted the developer a variance for 41 parking spaces in September. Then, Englehart said, the town did not hear about the project for the remainder of the year. “They di...
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Staying positive key to Berlin resident’s 21-year MS battle

Posted On: 3/5/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 5, 2015) Berlin resident Lori Heinz-Giampa said staying positive has been her secret weapon during her 21-year battle with multiple sclerosis. A fixture of the Berlin Visitor’s Center, Heinz-Giampa was diagnosed with the disease in February 1994. “It was scary initially,” she said. “I was falling. I was dropping things. I was getting the title, ‘you’re so clumsy.’ I wasn’t feeling things with my hands. I could feel pressure, but I wasn’t feeling weight. I thought, ‘Well, I need to go to the doctor.’” After describing her symptoms, Heinz-Giampa’s doctor scheduled an MRI. The results came back positive for MS. “It was pretty relevant that I had lesions on the brain and brain stem, and I had actually two on the spine already,” Heinz-Giampa said. “It was a definite multiple sclerosis.” Heinz-Giampa was diagnosed just months after marrying her husband, Frank, in October 1993. ...
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BUSINESS BRIEFS

Posted On: 3/5/15
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License Ciara Johnson has received her Property & Casualty Insurance License. She assists the Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley personal lines’ customer service agents with new business policies. Johnson has two years of insurance experience. Headquartered in Willards, Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley is an independent insurance agency specializing in employer benefits, business and personal insurances.   Woulfe joins L&F Long & Foster Real Estate, the largest independent residential real estate company in the United States, welcomes Julie Woulfe to its Ocean City office. Woulfe brings to her new position a background in retirement planning and financial services, providing her the experience needed to help buyers and sellers achieve real estate success. Before her real estate career Woulfe worked as a retirement plan consultant, specializing in 401(k) plans, for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Institute fo...
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Fire Company still giving Berlin fits

Posted On: 3/5/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 5, 2015) A major new housing proposal in Berlin has reopened old wounds between the Town Council and the Berlin Fire Company. The Berlin mayor and council and the Worcester County Commissioners both gave preliminary support to the annexation of 90-plus acres on Seahawk Road and Route 50 so developer Rinnier Properties can build apartments on the parcel, beginning with a 144-unit complex this year. Meanwhile, the Berlin Fire Company wrote a letter to the commissioners criticizing the town for not consulting them on the matter. “Our concern is the continued development within the town and no planning for the fire company’s future,” Fire Company President David Fitzgerald said. “The town has made decisions over the last three years to cut the fire company’s budget over $1.2 million, but yet we’re going to get more property in town and not only is it going to be more property, it’s going to be developed property. “Anybody with ...
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Thompson, OPA Board, grapple over golf decision

Posted On: 3/5/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 5, 2015) Two hours into an especially active Ocean Pines Board of Directors meeting on Saturday, work ground to an halt as General Manager Bob Thompson asked for clarification on the recent decision to replace Billy Casper Golf with Landscapes Unlimited as management of the golf course. Thompson said he had both a concern and a responsibility after being asked a number of questions by association members. “My concern is decisions were made and I don’t believe we did any background checks with the final company that was chosen,” Thompson said. “That’s strictly [the] board’s decision, but I think we need to know we didn’t do the same level of scrutiny that we did when we made the last selection of our golf folks. My big concern … is making these decisions without actually doing enough homework. We’re not only impacting the longevity of our course, but also of our members who are paying the rates.” Thompson said the ab...
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Pines yacht club having poor winter

Posted On: 3/5/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 5, 2015) The new yacht club in Ocean Pines received mostly positive reviews after opening on Memorial Day last year, but things are not going as smoothly during the shoulder season, with at least one member of the board of directors advocating closing the facility. The yacht club posted a $45,000 net operating loss in January, continuing a four-month downward trend. “We just had the worst January in the last eight years,” Vice President Marty Clarke said. “December was the second worst month in the last eight years. We’ve lost $142,000 and change in the last four months. “Any human being with a brain who understands their fiduciary duty and their stewardship of other people’s money would lock the door,” Clarke continued. The problem, Clarke said, is not the struggle with ballooning payroll figures, more than $29,000 over budget in January and off the mark by more than $100,000 for the year, or high utility costs, $6,000 over budg...
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Another winter storm could bring more snow, sleet

Posted On: 3/5/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 5, 2015) A third winter storm could hit the lower shore on Thursday, this one bringing a mix of freezing rain and snow with as much as 4 inches of accumulation. Scott Minnick, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said overnight rain would turn into sleet by Thursday morning, changing over to a sleet/snow mix in the afternoon as temperatures plummet throughout the region. “We are expecting really anywhere from 1 to 3 [inches],” Minnick said. “The models are holding steady in that range, although we definitely cannot rule out up to four inches. “Thankfully, by Friday night things start to dry out and temperatures should actually moderate throughout the weekend,” Minnick continued. “It will be cold on Friday with a high right around 30, but by Saturday and Sunday we do start to warm up into the low 40s. That’s not saying much, but at least it’s progress.” The second major snowfall to hit Worcester County came ...
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Board gives GM mandate on amenity policy

Posted On: 3/5/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 5, 2015) The resolution governing Ocean Pines’ amenity policies, including who must pay for what, could become clearer in the next 60 days when the OPA board of directors follows up on a motion that was tabled on Saturday. Hoping to correct a perceived wrong, OPA Board Vice President Marty Clarke moved to refund all fees charged to Star Charities for its use of the community center during a “beef and beer” fundraiser on Jan. 9. It was an uphill fight from the start. “For the last couple of years, we sat here at budget time and we both agreed there are things that have to be paid for and we can’t give the place free to everybody,” Director Bill Cordwell said. “Are you talking just this one charity, or all we giving all charities [facilities] for free, because then I guess we would have to revise the budget?” Clarke argued that the board had erred in not setting fee structure under the resolution. “There has been no fee st...
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Final vote for FY 2016 OP budget set for March 12

Posted On: 3/5/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 5, 2015) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors on Saturday set a tentative date for a final vote on its 2016 fiscal year budget. During the board’s regular public meeting, President Dave Stevens and the board agreed to meet next Thursday at 3 p.m., although the location of that session has yet to be decided. Stevens said the board was close to having a budget “considering the number of issues.” The latest draft of the budget shows a total of $12.8 million, which includes an operating budget of $10.6 million. The projected property owner assessment is $915, a $6 increase over the previous year. The original draft showed a $25 increase. Still at odds are whether the “five-year” funding plan officially becomes the “legacy fund,” as Stevens hopes, or is done away with altogether, as advocated by Vice President Marty Clarke. The board could also alter projections of golf, with new management company Landscapes Unlimited takin...
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