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Terry memo gives OPA golf critics needed assurance

Posted On: 4/3/14
Written By: Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

OCEAN PINES—Recent actions by members of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors appear to have slowed momentum that began building last month for a referendum to stop the financial bleeding of expenses on the golf course by converting it to open space or park land.   During a March 5 work session, the overwhelming costs of maintaining and improving the golf course was one of two issues that drew a crowd to the proceedings. The other, of course, was geese. Director Marty Clarke presented the issue of the OPA offering a request for proposals to lease the community’s golf operations to an outside group to save the OPA from further expenditures on the financially troubled amenity. He said he intended to raise the matter at the next regular meeting because of reports that inquiries by interested third parties were not being taken seriously. The discussion soon turned to long-time Ocean Pines developer Marvin Steen, who was circulating flyers on behalf of the mem...
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Mural artists reflect as landmark to be replaced

Posted On: 4/3/14
Written By: Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

Mural artists reflect as landmark to be replaced BERLIN—The artists involved in creating the first mural in Stephen Decatur Park took a few moments to reflect on their project as the 22-year-old images are about to be repainted during “Take Pride in Berlin Week” from April 19-26. The repainting project was organized by the Berlin Parks Commission and was funded in part by the Worcester County Arts Council. The new mural will include elements from 10 art pieces submitted by Stephen Decatur Middle School students, who participated in a contest sponsored by the commission. Patti Brumberg, a retired artist who now lives in Fenwick Island, was the art teacher at Berlin Middle School (now Berlin Intermediate School) when the first mural was created, which was dated June 4, 1992. She said she was the host for Monique Goss, who had been chosen as the school’s artist in residence, a position by which commissioned professional artists were provided with a project-based stipend to work with students on art projec...
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Boater safety to be focus of three-day OP Library classes

Posted On: 4/3/14
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OCEAN PINES–The Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering a three-day Maryland Basic Boating Safety course, April 8-10, 6- 9 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Library. Participants can learn about local Ocean City waters and safely navigating and piloting them as well as how to tie nautical knots. Students will receive boating knowledge and advice from Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors. Course discussions will include piloting, knots, boat terms, trailering, maintenance, boating safely and legal requirements. This course meets the requirements of the Maryland Boating Safety Education Act that requires anyone born after July 1, 1972 to possess a Maryland Basic Boating Safety Certificate to operate a boat in the state. Those attending and passing the course will receive a Maryland Boating Certificate. The cost is $15 and includes all course materials. Register or get more information by calling Steve Haffner at 410-208-2531, or e-mail CGAUX1205 @Gmail.com. Courses will also be held in May,...
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Search Committee invites members to public meeting

Posted On: 4/3/14
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OCEAN PINES–Ocean Pines Association’s 2014 Search Committee will host an informative public meeting on Tuesday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center in the Assateague Room.   The meeting will be open to association members and anyone interested in a position on the board is encouraged to attend. The purpose will be to outline the function of the Search Committee, describe the qualifications of the candidates they search for, outline the responsibilities of OPA Board members, and receive input from attendees about finding interested candidates. The Committee’s function will be to seek at least four candidates to run for the Board of Directors in the next election. To be eligible a candidate must be the owner of record of property in Ocean Pines as of Jan. 1, eligible to vote as of May 15 and have completed and submitted an application to the search committee or administration office no later than 5 p.m. on May 10.  An application fo...
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Friday Arts on the River to welcome Snow Hill spring

Posted On: 4/3/14
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SNOW HILL–Easter bonnets will be on display during Snow Hill’s Friday Arts on the River, First Friday Gallery Walk, beginning at 5 p.m. The decorated hats are part of an Easter Bonnet decorating contest and will be featured in store windows and in the old Firehouse on Green Street. Merchants and gallery owners will be open for shoppers to browse and enjoy discounts, art openings and music. The Arts and Entertainment Committee welcomes Adcock Studio Gallery at 106 East Green Street back to its First Friday line-up. The store has custom mirrors and lamps by Jim Coltellino and Shell Magnets from Poetry by Jen of Snow Hill. Entertainment will be provided by Charlie Flagiello. Antiques by the River is celebrating spring and the season with an Easter egg hunt. Uncover discounts and prizes, as well. Bishop’s Stock Fine Art Craft & Wine will show work by Lynne Lockhart and Kirk McBride during April. Wines from Italy will be featured for tasting. Stop by The Corner...
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Conway proposes naming U.S. 113 in Bozman’s honor

Posted On: 4/3/14
Written By: Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

Conway proposes naming U.S. 113 in Bozman’s honor MARYLAND—If Delegate Norman Conway has his way, US Route 113 will serve as a memorial to the late Delegate Bennett Bozman (D-38B), who served as a Worcester County commissioner for 12 years and as a delegate in the Maryland General Assembly for 16. In a March 18 letter to the Maryland Transportation Commission, Conway suggested that naming the highway, which connects Pocomoke City with Milford, Del., after Bozman would be a fitting tribute for the former pharmacist and Berlin Fire Company firefighter, who was originally from Princess Anne. The Maryland Transportation Commission, which advises the Secretary of Transportation and Department administrators on policy and programs, is planning to meet on April 2 to discuss and vote on the request, Chuck Brown, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Transportation said in an email. “If the majority of Commission members vote to approve the dedication, then the recommendation is sent to the Transportation Secretary for fina...
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Point home owners look to complete turn over agreement

Posted On: 4/3/14
Written By: Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

OCEAN PINES—The homeowners in Section 17, The Point, are working in conjunction with the Ocean Pines Association to find a way to complete the development’s “turn over agreement,” which deeds ownership rights to the OPA. The OPA maintains the common areas, roads and stormwater management system of the subdivision, Kathy Brennan, president of The Point Homeowners Association, Inc. said April 1. Brennan spoke about the effort to complete the agreement in an interview with Carol Terry, treasurer of The Point HOA. Brennan said OPA legal counsel Joseph Moore, of the firm Williams, Moore, Shockley & Harrison was in the process of conducting research on how to obtain an agreement without the signature of the original developer, who had left the area and could not be reached. She said the parties were seeking to model the agreement after a similar turn over agreement that exists between the OPA and The Parke at Ocean Pines. Brennan said the homeowners discovered ...
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MEA announces launch of wind business fund

Posted On: 4/3/14
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MARYLAND–The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) announced the launch of an innovative program aimed at supporting state-of-the-art and pioneering business development in Maryland. The Market Entry Assistance Grant Program is the first initiative to originate from the Offshore Wind Business Development Fund, and is designed to help Maryland businesses become integral participants in the global offshore wind market. MEA intends to issue grants to support immediate rollout of emerging businesses’ products and services throughout the state, and facilitate development of specific business opportunities within the offshore wind sector. This grant program will spur industrial innovation and growth of Maryland businesses, including minority businesses, seeking their first entry into the offshore wind market. According to Abigail Ross Hopper, director of Maryland Energy Administration, “this ground-breaking program is the result of the Business Development Fund’s...
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Geranium sale, May 2-3, to help Coastal Hospice

Posted On: 4/3/14
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Geranium sale, May 2-3, to help Coastal Hospice LOWER SHORE–Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care is selling locally grown geraniums for $4 each. The sale helps fund the more than $775,000 in charity care Coastal Hospice provides to the four Lower Shore counties each year. The geraniums will be available for pickup May 2-3, in time for Mother’s Day giving. The geraniums are available in red, pink or white, and are locally grown in 4.5-inch pots. The deadline for placing orders is Friday, April 25, and orders may be placed on a link from CoastalHospice.org or directly at https://coastalhospice.thankyou4caring.org/annual-geranium-sale. Pick-up locations May 2-3 include points in Cambridge, Crisfield, Ocean City, Ocean Pines, Pocomoke City, Princess Anne, Salisbury and Snow Hill. Complete pick-up locations and dates are listed online at CoastalHospice.org. This is the 30th and final year Coastal Hospice will be selling geraniums. In the language of flowers, geranium means “comfort and friendship.” Coas...
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FEMA gives county 90 days of flood insurance appeals

Posted On: 4/3/14
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WORCESTER COUNTY–The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently revised the Worcester County Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). This notice is to inform property owners that FEMA placed Worcester County and incorporated areas in a 90-day appeal period, which runs from March 14 to June 11. During this time, property owners may appeal preliminary FIRM’s provided they can supply scientific information that the preliminary FIRMs are incorrect. The FIRMs indicate flood-prone areas in Worcester County, and insurance companies use FIRMs to determine flood insurance rates for buildings and contents. In most cases the base flood elevations on the maps have been reduced significantly, in some cases by several feet. However, there are areas in Worcester County that will have an increase in base flood elevations. These changes will affect property owners’ insurance rates. Preliminary FIRMs are available for viewing at   www.mdfloodmaps.com.  FEMA pu...
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