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OP candidate caught in DWI bust

Posted On: 7/2/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OP candidate caught in DWI bust (July 2, 2015) OPA Board candidate Slobodan Trendic, 59, has been charged with numerous traffic offenses, including drinking and driving and leaving the scene of an accident, according to a release issued Tuesday by the Ocean Pines Police Department. The charges stem from an incident that occurred on June 20 in Ocean Pines, when Trendic allegedly was driving while intoxicated. Other charges include, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, negligent driving and violation of a license restriction related to corrective lenses. Numerous other traffic citations were issued to Trendic, who was released pending trial, according to the report. Speaking to the Gazette on Tuesday, Trendic said he has hired a lawyer, who advised him not to speak about the case. He added that he has no intention of dropping out of the board race. “I will let people judge for themselves, and when the truth comes out, they can make their own decision,” he said. “I’m entrusting ...
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Ocean Pines board  candidates clash over issues at forum

Posted On: 7/2/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Ocean Pines board  candidates clash over issues at forum (July 2, 2015) Underground fiber optic cable, more civility on the board, spending issues and support for the Ocean Pines Association general manager system were among the topics covered last Wednesday at the Ocean Pines Elections Committee’s forum. Moderated by committee Chairman Bill Wentworth, the forum allowed the seven candidates for two open seats in this summer’s board of directors election to present their views to a standing-room-only crowd at the Community Center. Former board members Terri Mohr, Ray Unger and Bill Zawacki and newcomers Cheryl Jacobs, Thomas Herrick, Carol Ludwig and Slobodan Trendic also addressed questions asked by Wentworth and the audience. Mohr, who worked as a medical practice manager for more than three decades, touted her previous board experience as an asset. She also recalled her 2010-2014 term as a director, citing as accomplishments during that span the replacement of the golf green, the new yacht club the lowering of assessments i...
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Board members react to OP candidate forum

Posted On: 7/2/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 2, 2015) In a critique of last Wednesday’s Ocean Pines Association candidates forum, current members of board of directors this week rated the performances of the seven hopefuls, offering assessments that ranged from disappointment to praise for a job well done. Among those in the standing-room-only crowd in the Assateague Room was Board President Dave Stevens, who said he was disappointed by some of the comments about the relationship between the board and General Manager Bob Thompson. “I think it’s unfortunate that they want to call it dysfunctional,” he said. “I think that’s not true. It is functional, but the way that’s it’s supposed to function is that the board is supposed to do its share of the job and not simply put it off to the general manager to do it all.” As an example, Stevens cited his first board meeting as president, when he floated the idea of conducting a new capital improvement study. “I brought...
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May marks turnaround for Pines amenities

Posted On: 7/2/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 2, 2015) After a long string of down months financially, Ocean Pines released some good news during a board of directors meeting last Thursday. The May controller’s report showed a positive budget variance of $4,590, with several amenities hitting new highs for the month. Aquatics came in $18,395 over budget in net operations, bringing in $131,101 and marking a $46,289 improvement over the previous year. Despite failing to meet revenue estimates in golf, which is now under the management of Landscapes Unlimited, it finished May $8,521 over budget in net operations at $94,550, a $44,941 uptick over the previous year. While the yacht club fell more than $35,000 shy of budget estimates, finishing with a net operating profit of $38,312, General Manager Bob Thompson, in his monthly report to the board, said there was room for optimism. “The good news is that while revenues were down, so were expenses,” he wrote. “Regular food and beverage costs were dow...
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Stevens provides update on three OP studies

Posted On: 7/2/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 2, 2015) Even though three major studies were either approved by the board of directors or introduced by Board President Dave Stevens back in March, the need to plan was a recurring them during last Wednesday’s candidates forum. According to those plans, Jerry Aveta and Ted Moroney would tackle a new capital improvement plan (CIP), Salisbury University’s Dr. Memo Diriker would handle a new long-term comprehensive plan, and General Manager Bob Thompson would prepare a request for proposals for a new reserve study. Aveta and Moroney are residents and volunteers. Diriker, founding director of the Business, Economic, and Community Outreach Network at SU, would receive grant money and two payments of $8,250 from Ocean Pines to cover two stages of the study. The vendor of the reserve study was, and apparently still is, to be determined. As for progress made on those plans, Stevens said this week that it has turned out to be a case of easier said than done. “Tho...
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Ocean Pines Farmers Market to hold raffle through Nov. 21

Posted On: 7/2/15
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(July 2, 2015) The Ocean Pines Farmers Market is offering visitors the chance to win a new bicycle and ride around the market in style with the introduction of its 2015 raffle. Tickets will be sold at the market, open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in White Horse Park in Ocean Pines, now through Nov. 21. Other prizes include $100 in Market Bucks, valid at any Ocean Pines Farmers Market vendor, and an Ocean Pines Farmers Market gift basket with market products and gift certificates valued at $50. Tickets cost $5 each or $20 for six.   The raffle drawing will be held at the 2015 Thanksgiving Market on Nov. 21. Winners need not be present. The Ocean Pines Farmers Market is open year-round. For more information about the Ocean Pines Farmers Market including a list of vendors and upcoming events, visit www.OceanPines.org or the Ocean Pines Farmers Market on Facebook.   For information about participating as a vendor, contact Market Manager David Bean at 410-251-6383....
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Apparently, OP amenities profit

Posted On: 7/2/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 2, 2015) Although it’s been a matter of some debate in Ocean Pines, a report obtain by the Gazette this week shows that Ocean Pines amenities did turn a profit during the previous fiscal year. What they did not do, however, was generate enough money to cover all the unrelated expenses elsewhere in the Ocean Pines Association’s operation. Overall, the community, run as a nonprofit, lost money, with a sub-net of -$29,419 and an overall net loss of $182,419 after adding in $153,000 in capital and loan principal payments. Positive returns at the Beach Club ($92,723), Beach Club Parking ($414,846), marinas ($132,697) and racquet sports ($3,993) offset losses at the yacht club (-$189,152), golf (-$107,649) and aquatics (-$168,614). All told, the amenities finished with a net gain of $178,844. CPI, recreation, police and public relations posted a net loss of $1,953,659, while cost centers, including the manager’s office, finance, membership, general maintenance,...
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Little Miss, Mister, Peach Pageant deadline Aug. 14

Posted On: 7/2/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Little Miss, Mister, Peach Pageant deadline Aug. 14 (July 2, 2015) The deadline for entry to the 6th annual Peach Pageant, crowning Little Miss Berlin Peach and Little Mister Berlin Peach, is Friday, Aug. 14. Boys and girls, ages 4-7 years, old who live in Worcester County may enter beforehand at the Atlantic Hotel, or during the Peach Festival on Aug. 1. Contestants must register no later than Friday, Aug. 14 at 5:30 p.m. An adult must accompany all contestants, and dress code is “Sunday best,” according to a press release. The 2015 contest will be held on the front porch of the Atlantic Hotel. David Miller will emcee. Contestants will be judged on poise, personality and stage presence with each category scored on a scale from one to five points. Winners will cut the ribbon during the ceremony for the 2016 Berlin Peach Festival, and must be available for approximately six town functions during their one-year reigns. Last year Hailey Lewis, 5, was crowned Little Miss Berlin Peach and Hunter Dysart, 5, was crowned L...
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Crush n Crab cuts ribbon on former Boomers in Berlin

Posted On: 7/2/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Crush n Crab cuts ribbon on former Boomers in Berlin (July 2, 2015) Crush n Crab, one of Berlin’s newest restaurants, tested the waters last weekend with an unannounced soft opening. Located at the site once occupied by Boomers, the Eastern Shore-style seafood house also celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday. “The soft opening went really well,” Owner John Cookro said on Monday. “Our official opening is July 1, and we’ll probably have a grand opening after we get 30 days under our belt.” Signs at the restaurant were not in place until late Monday. “I’ve been really pleased with business with not having a sign on the building given the volume that we had Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” Cookro said. “I think people were really happy with the crabs that we got, and it seems like the chicken is a big hit and the ice cream’s a big hit. We had some late-night people that came up and got ice cream on Sunday night.” Cookro said breakfast also went over well. &...
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Ocean Pines opens pools for summer aquatics offerings

Posted On: 7/2/15
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(July 2, 2015) Children can stay cool in the pool this summer with several fun events offered by Ocean Pines Aquatics. Future lifeguards can learn the necessary skills while having fun with Ocean Pines’ popular junior lifeguard program.  The three-day sessions will be offered evenings beginning July 7, July 21, Aug. 4 and Aug.t 18.   The cost is $75 per person, which includes a T-shirt, whistle and first-aid kit. A pizza dinner will be served the Wednesday of each session.   Beginning July 11, children ages 8-12 can learn how to swim like mermaids. Fin Fun mermaid tails will be available for use during the one-hour sessions, which will be held at 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. at the Sports Core Pool, located at 11143 Cathell Road.   Additional sessions are scheduled for July 18, July 25 and Aug. 1. Children should be strong swimmers.   The cost per session, which includes a certificate and goggles, is $20 for Ocean Pines swim members and $25 for all others. ...
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